On Field Trip!

Whenever I meet other native NJians, I always ask them if they grew up reading Weird NJ and what urban legends/ ghost stories they grew up with. NJ is a weird, weird place.

Posted on September 26, 2013 at 12:07 pm 2

On What Is Most Millennial?

Holy Shit, something I haven't thought about in 20 years!

Now I know what the Game of Thrones opening credits always reminded me of!

Posted on September 24, 2013 at 6:32 pm 0

On 8 Headlines That Sound Like Upworthy, But Are Simply Attempts To Express My Withering Contempt For That Collective of Neo-Liberal Douchebags

@sarpmiller I think the confusion between "liberal" and "neo-liberal" is from the fact that almost none of the people who have this worldview would call themselves "neo-liberal" and so it's a label that's been affixed to them by political theorists. It's also a world-view that is so prevalent in American culture that people who wouldn't even describe themselves as "political" nevertheless espouse these views. Also because "liberal" in the US means left while in Europe it means center-right.

(Also, thanks for writing this article! My friends think I'm a Marxist revolutionary when I talk about this stuff.)

Posted on September 20, 2013 at 3:54 pm 1

On 8 Headlines That Sound Like Upworthy, But Are Simply Attempts To Express My Withering Contempt For That Collective of Neo-Liberal Douchebags

@Ramonita Neoliberal in the 2013 colloquial sense has evolved past the economic policies of Friedman and Hayek. It's more about a mindset that some (many?) American twenty and thirty-somethings have that entails believing free-market capitalism can be used for social good and ignoring the inherent inequalities of a capitalist class system. There's definitely a neo-colonial component to it too (see: voluntouring.) I would argue that it's different from neoconservative thinking which, calls for maintaining US hegemony through military force, while neoliberalism calls for upholding US hegemony through free-market trade (and by ignoring/ denying that it is doing so.)

Posted on September 20, 2013 at 3:13 pm 9

On Which Name Is Weirder, Saxby Chambliss or Barkevious Mingo? The Answer May Tell You Whether or Not You're Racist

@Count Chocula Can we retire the Lemongello and Orangello story too?

Posted on September 20, 2013 at 12:03 pm 1

On A Very Rare Look Inside the Lisa Frank Headquarters

@kfizz Yes, it is me!

Posted on September 11, 2013 at 2:30 pm 4

On "AMERICAN: With the prefix 'all,' a blonde."

Lisa Frank: person who passive aggressively links to articles on FB to prove that she is so much more progressive than her friends who make more money.

Posted on August 29, 2013 at 2:51 pm 4

On 9 Lines in the Marissa Mayer Profile That Are Lady-Specific and One Line That Is Not

@Sea Ermine I don't think telecommuting is the only solution for working mothers. It's a solution, but so is having on-site nurseries and day care centers (and some companies do provide this.) If MM wanted all women to work on-site and she was already building a nursery, why couldn't she have built a company-wide nursery and pre-school? Because her baby is too good to be with all the dirty plebe babies?
There are a lot of things that can be done to improve the conditions for working mothers (in all fields) like mandating maternity (and paternity!) leave (it's embarrassing that the US is the only industrialized country that does not provide this by law) and greater early childhood education so that working mothers can have access to affordable childcare.
MM isn't under any obligation to improve the lives of working mothers or to increase the numbers of women in management positions, but it isn't it sad that we see greed and regressive social attitudes and just shrug our shoulders and say that's the way it is?

Posted on August 27, 2013 at 2:04 pm 0

On 9 Lines in the Marissa Mayer Profile That Are Lady-Specific and One Line That Is Not

@leonstj Nah, she's right, she's not a feminist. She's basically saying, "I got mine; everyone else can screw off." And her decisions at Yahoo show that too. She can build a nursery in her office, but no other female workers can work from home to take care of their children. I prefer her steely, damaging honesty to Sheryl Sandberg's false girl-power "feminism." It's pretty clear neither of them are truly interested in dismantling sexism in our society. They've been able to rise to the top because of a combination of privilege and hard work, but both deny the true social forces that got them to where they are and keep so many other woman out of the corner office.

Posted on August 26, 2013 at 2:30 pm 18

On Friday Open Thread

@Quinn A@twitter I've definitely been in positions where I feel like I've been subjected to "dog-whistle sexism" and I'm left thinking "Is this because I'm a woman?" Although I'm not sure if that's your concern in this situation? Is there a way you can repeal your performance review if you get one?

Posted on August 23, 2013 at 3:38 pm 0