Posts Tagged: debates

The Shark Has Pretty Teeth, Dear: Why I Teach Women Self-Defense

I took my first empowerment-model self-defense class in 1999, and I've been teaching it since 2000. For 14 years, I’ve been deeply invested in this way of helping women, children, and other targeted populations discover their power and reduce their risk of harm.

Empowerment self-defense, or ESD, was developed by feminist activists who rejected the old, male-designed-and-taught self-defense models of the '50s and '60s. They wanted a system that taught practical skills within the context of rape culture; one that addressed the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social/cultural components of self-defense. The ESD model is constantly fine-tuned by the people who teach it; today, for example, the National [...]


Last Night's Chats

Ken: Oh it's the closing statement, I can see the phony sincerity on Ryan. CREEPER. Choire: He has his Bobby Jindal camera face on.

Last night on The Awl, Ken Layne and Choire Sicha live-blogged the debate with the sound off. There are GIFs; it's lots of fun.

What do you mean, was I Googling "young joe biden"? Who hasn't Googled "young joe biden"?


Woman From Stomped On at Rand Paul Debate

Lauren Valle of attended a Rand Paul-Jack Conway debate in Lexington, KY last night and ran into a handful of thuggish Rand Paul supporters outside the debate while attempting to give Paul an "employee of the month" certificate from Republicorp, a fake business that created to symbolize the Republican party's close ties to business interests.


Please Continue Pronouncing "GIF" Any Way You Please

Before accepting a lifetime achievement award at the Webby Awards last night, Steve Wilhite, the man who invented the GIF back in 1987, ruined everybody's day by reintroducing the great pronunciation debate of our time: How do you pronounce "GIF"? Here he is in an interview with the New York Times Bits blog yesterday:

“The Oxford English Dictionary accepts both pronunciations,” Mr. Wilhite said. “They are wrong. It is a soft ‘G,’ pronounced ‘jif.’ End of story.”

First of all: here's a relevant GIF.

And alternatively: Steve Wilhite is wrong. Steve Wilhite admits that he has never even made an animated GIF himself. [...]


What is "Personhood?"

"…the Personhood movement hopes to do nothing less than reclassify everyday, routine birth control as abortion." —Salon has a pretty good primer today on the "personhood" debate going down in Mississippi.


"I'm Sorry, I Didn't Bring My Constitution With Me"

Today in the hopefully soon-to-be-canceled sitcom that is Christine O’Donnell’s senate candidacy, the Republican from Delaware participates in another debate with Democratic candidate Chris Coons. At one point, Coons clarifies for O’Donnell that the First Amendment refers to the separation of church and state, which O’Donnell has a hard time believing…even after Coons recites the text of the amendment to her.


Do You Need a Hug?

In a world where so much has gone horribly wrong, this outcry against hugging is just about the most unbelievable thing I have ever seen. Of all the things to take against! This is not to say that I would care to ask, let alone pressure, anybody (meaning, by "anybody,” anti-hug Katie Notopoulos of BuzzFeed) to hug, who is not comfortable doing so, though I can't help but wish everyone on earth could experience even a small fraction of the pleasure I do from a hug.

Those who do not care to hug need only preemptively stick an arm out for a handshake, if they wish to avoid [...]


What Does Your Toilet Paper Preference Say About You? (Besides EVERYTHING)

Traits associated with people who prefer the over orientation, as determined by complete fact, without exception: