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On Hysteria and Teenage Girls

"Adolescent girls see a feminine quality in these kinds of men, sociologists say, that reminded them of themselves. Girls feel safe around more androgynous singers because they’re not pushing the macho stereotype which can be intimidating to a teenage girl."

I never fully believed this explanation, because there are plenty of dudes that girls go nuts over that definitely aren't androgynous (Chris Hemsworth???). I like androgynous guys because however superficially looks are tied to sexuality, it allows me the fantasy that they are as queer as I am. I've seen tons of articles on ladies going nuts for androgynous singers, but no one ever talks about how it allowed you to experiment with more "masculine" styles that you wouldn't be able to otherwise.

Posted on March 13, 2015 at 5:34 pm 0

On "A Certain Type of Male Thinking": An Interview with Adelle Waldman

"Lou said he goes to a writing space so he can’t look at Internet porn all day. In a thousand years, I would never have thought of that! Men have a different relationship with Internet porn."

This lady has never tried to write lurid fanfic in a coffeshop. :P

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 10:18 pm 0

On A Love Letter to the Postal Service

@Emby I live in DC now and this description is making me laugh so hard, which may not be what you intended.

Posted on August 7, 2013 at 7:15 pm 0

On D.I.-Why?: Emily Matchar on the Allure of the “New Domesticity”

I think there's also a distinction to be made between "DIY because I need it" and "DIY because it's BETTER".

Like, my own personal example is how I'm realizing I have only one pair of decent shorts right now. But I DO have a lot of capri-length pants because I thought for some reason I looked better in them than shorts. Instead of buying a new pair of shorts, I can hem these pants and BOOM-- I will have 5 pairs of new shorts as opposed to 1 pair of shorts for $30!

On the other hand, I've seen sewing projects that demand like, tons of money in special cloth and findings and such. So making my own DIY shorts from scratch isn't cost effective, even if I'm more likely to be able to make shorts in my size than find them at a store. (I'm plus sized).

Posted on July 22, 2013 at 6:21 pm 2

On D.I.-Why?: Emily Matchar on the Allure of the “New Domesticity”

@Mae "Granted, it's a huge, intractable problem, with roots extending beyond feminism, but I don't have much faith in the ability of individual workers to effect much structural change in this area."

Yup, that's my fear too.

Posted on July 22, 2013 at 1:59 pm 1

On Every Meal Almanzo Eats in Laura Ingalls Wilder's Farmer Boy

@iceberg I fucking love the internet. Almost before I have time to wonder what it is, a link appears!

Posted on July 16, 2013 at 5:24 pm 2

On I Don't Believe in Ghosts (So How Did the Empty Dog Kennel Break Down Our Door?)

@KatPruska The thing is, even with these "scientific" explanations, I'm still annoyed because they're not really an explaination. Like, would a sudden wind be enough to lift up a doghouse and ram it through a screen door? How big was the doghouse? Now I want a Mythbusters-style reinactment of the doghouse liftoff.

... does this mean I've been spoiled by TV?

Posted on May 10, 2013 at 6:04 pm 1

On I Don't Believe in Ghosts (So How Did the Empty Dog Kennel Break Down Our Door?)

@Nutellaface Yup

Posted on May 10, 2013 at 5:49 pm 1

On I Don't Believe in Ghosts (So How Did the Empty Dog Kennel Break Down Our Door?)

@Emby That. is. awesome.

Posted on May 10, 2013 at 5:45 pm 0