Friday, November 10, 2006
Friday Rockstar Blogging - Victims of a Down
Not a Victim
No, I'm not. I have a good life. Good job, great guy, and a fun hobby. I'm a lot of things, but oppressed isn't one of them.
So why do people think I have to be a victim to be a feminist? I don't get it. Just because I realize that sexism still exists (against both women and men) doesn't mean I think life sucks and I'm oppressed. It just means that I recognize it exists. It's a little hard not to notice when a guy walks up to me during a sound check and says, "Are you really the drummer? Really?" Um, no... I'm just the band's eye candy. And they let me tune the drums. Cuz that's hot.
What is so wrong with seeing people as individuals? Sure, there are gender differences. But we, as individuals, are a lot more than our gender stats. I can't help it if I have a natural urge to want to hit things. (Hey, at least I'm taking it out on the drums!) And just because most women don't play drums, does that mean I shouldn't? What do other women have to do with me?
Oh, right. We belong to the same "class". It's this class-analysis that is at the root of socialist, collectivist thinking. Excuse me while I opt out.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
It's the Spending, Stupid
Make no mistake: fiscal conservatives either stayed home or voted for other candidates this election. Sure, Bush has lowered taxes (a good thing in itself). But true fiscal conservatives know that is meaningless in the face of Republican spending.
What was that? You think the spending was all for the war? Listen up, fool! Bush, with the help of a Republican Senate and House, has greatly increased non-defense spending. You can't blame that on the cost of the war. If you look at the real annual growth rate of federal spending, less defense, homeland security, and entitlements, Bush is the biggest spender since Nixon and Ford.* If you look at total spending, he's even worse than Johnson!*
And there is no excuse. The Republicans controlled everything -- the Presidency, the Senate, and the House. They and only they are responsible for the outrageous spending and growth of government. They can't blame this one on the Dems! The so-called party of Personal Responsibility needs to look in the mirror.
The Republican party is no longer the party of limited government. It hasn't been since Reagan. And I'm not the only one who feels that way. Take a look at these select emails to CNN on How did you vote and why? Emphasis below is mine.
David Cook, Moore, Oklahoma
I am a registered republican but I voted in the following order during this cycle: Libertarian, Independent, and then and only then democrat -- any party except the Republican Party. Within the next week I will also re-register as either a Libertarian or Independent. I haven't made up my mind yet. One thing I have made up my mind about, though, is I will never vote for another republican candidate for any office. They have certainly shown their true colors with their refusal to practice fiscal discipline, secure the borders, and allow our military in Iraq to show the insurgents who is in charge.
Mark Gibb, League City, Texas
I voted for as many Libertarian candidates as I could in my district. I am also fortunate to have Ron Paul as my representative, so it was a pleasure to vote for him even though he is a republican. Paul is a strong liberatian. The best thing we could do for our society is to reduce government in every sphere of life. Libertarians want to do that.
Dan Belling, Charlotte, North Carolina
Let's just say, that as a republican, I showed my displeasure toward my party. We gave them a House/Senate/Oval Office and all they do is listen to the far right Christian coalition and spend money like its going out of style.
*Source: Buck Wild by Stephen Slivinski, pages 145-147
Monday, November 06, 2006
Revenge of the Late-Bloomer
Sometimes it's hard to be a feminist. Take this anecdote as evidence of why.
As I've written before, I was way too skinny prior to having my son. I was teased mercilessly in high school by both boys and girls. To be precise, I was 5'7 and 95 pounds. People told me I had a pretty face, but that my body was gross.
One girl was particularly mean to me. Let's use some 90's slang and call her Ms. Thang. She had the perfect 120-pound slim, curvy figure (or at least what everyone in my class thought was perfect). I didn't hold that against her. But for some reason she hated the fact that I was skinnier than she was. And she did her best to make my life hell.
Now let's fast-foward a few years. I was at the mall buying some travel clothes when I saw it. Yep, you know what's coming. Ms. Thang was now Ms. Lumpy Ass! And your favorite redneck had done some blooming.
The temptation. Oh, the temptation! How I dreamt of this moment when I was 16. Could it be that Ms. Thang had fallen from grace? I knew how fragile the ego of Ms. Thang was, and I knew at this moment that I had the power. I could smash the esteem of Ms. Thang with little effort, the way she had tried to do to me years ago. Revenge could so easily be mine!
I had the thought. I admit it. I envisioned myself prancing my tight little buns in front of her, flipping my hair, looking back, smiling, and saying, "Oh hi, Jenny! I didn't recognize you at first." I knew this small action would crush her because Ms. Thang had never bothered to invest in anything other than her looks. And now, sporting thighs of jell-o, poor Ms. Thang had nothing left.
Now if you are of faint heart you may protest this little anecdote and think of me as an evil person, and certainly no feminist at all. But before you run for your binkie and blankie, consider this. Is it evil thoughts that make one evil? Or evil actions? I am willing to bet that we all have evil thoughts sometimes. Is it better to deny them, or to face them head-on?
This story ends with my super-ego victorious. Yes, I was a good little feminist. Damn it!
Friday, October 27, 2006
Friday Rockstar Blogging - R.I.P. Sandy West
This is one of those things I started Friday, but couldn't finish until Monday because it made me so sad. Sandy West, the drummer for The Runaways, has passed away.
I noticed CNN cut Joan Jett's quote -- too politically incorrect, I suppose. I have pasted the entire quote from Jett's website below.
We are deeply saddened by the lost of our good friend Sandy West. She was an incredible drummer and a kind soul. She will be missed. "I started the runaways with Sandy West. We shared the dream of girls playing rock and roll. Sandy was an exuberant nd powerful drummer. So underrated, was the caliber of John Bonham. I am overcome from the loss of my friend. I always told her, we changed the world." -Joan JettWest was such a good drummer by the age of 16 that many questioned whether she really played on the first album. (She did. The only one who couldn't play her own parts was the bassist, Jackie Fox.) I too have always been impressed by her chops.
Here's a video of The Runaways where West does some vocals.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Redneck Feminist Described as "Otherwise Sensitive" (In other news: Hell finally freezes over)
My sensitivity can be witnessed in blogging about "pro-lifers" who get abortions, ugly chicks who think feminism is just for all those other ugly chicks, and anti-feminist women who come running to the feminists for help once they get dumped.
Yeah, I'm a pretty sensitive person.
Saturday, October 14, 2006
Hot Enough to be Feminist (see also: tough enough to wear pink)
My 13-year-old male cousin is a jock -- a guy's guy. According to him, there are two kinds of guys who wear pink: 1) the homo-or-metrosexual and 2) the secure-in-his-manhood tough guy. He and his friends are the latter. They actually have pink shirts that say "tough enough to wear pink". And yes, they are considered to be the tough guys in school.
How the heck does this relate to feminism? I often get surprised looks when people find out I'm a feminist. They don't expect someone like me (skinny, blonde) to wear that label. They have blindly accepted the conservative rhetoric that only ugly butch chicks are feminists. And the only reason they're feminists is because guys don't think they're hot. Right?
I completely disagree. If you're an ugly straight chick looking for a man (any man), your best strategy is to not be a feminist.* Face it: you're not going to get a guy based on your hotness. My advice is to bend over and take it, and maybe some guy will bite. Better learn to cook, sweetie, and of course you need to swallow. You must also get an A+ in Ego Stroking 101.**
That is.... only if snagging a man is your #1 goal. If not, then ignore my advice!
This is not to imply that women who enjoy cooking and swallowing are doormats. Many women, including feminists, enjoy these activities. But these things are not required unless you're... you know.
But if you're ugly and landing a man isn't your top priority, then your best strategy is to be a feminist (and by feminist I don't mean member of NOW, I just mean you demand to be treated like a human being). You can do whatever you want because you'd rather just be yourself than change yourself to meet someone else's demands. And since not all men are jerks, it's still quite possible you'll find one who loves you despite the fact you're neither attractive nor a personal maid.** He may even appreciate your brain, which would mean you found a really great guy.
Now that I've covered the ugly chicks, let's move on to the attractive ones. Everyone knows that if you're attractive, you can do whatever the frak you want with regard to men. You can be feminist, anti-feminist, or spoiled princess. Many guys (not all) will want to date you regardless of the path you take.
I am not drop-dead-gorgeous, but people consider me attractive enough to "get away with" being a feminist (remember I live in Iowa where like 85% of the population is unattractive, so the bar isn't set real high). This point was driven home in comment #84 by twf on this Feminste post:***
And yes, there are certain men who like “guy’s girls,” the ones who drink and belch and watch football, but as others have mentioned, it only counts if she’s also conventionally beautiful and does the beauty work. Women can only defy one stereotype at a time and still be considered attractive by men socialized in a certain way.To which I replied in comment #94 (emphasis added here):
Oh crap, that’s me. And it’s something I never wanted to admit. The only reason it is acceptable for me to play drums, watch football, and belch obnoxiously is because guys think I’m attractive enough to get away with it. Being attractive can give you the freedom to do the things you really want to do - the “boy” things, that is. I think that’s why I can’t bring myself to cut my hair, even though I know it would make my life easier and would give me more time for all my manly hobbies.To which zuzu replied in #95:
Yeah, seriously. See how comfortable guys are with football lovin’, beer drinkin’, belchin’, scratchin’ bulldykes.And when arwen brought social class into the mix, I said in #100:
Even as a working class feminist, though, looks mattered. Not only could I get away with having manly hobbies, I could also get away with being a feminist. This was mostly due to being skinny with long blonde hair. Guys still wanted to date me and even pretended to be feminists, just so they could parade around with a skinny chick who had ample boobage. I remember the first time I posted a feminist opinion on a message board and got all these hostile reactions. I couldn’t figure out why…. guys had always thought my feminist opinions were cool. Then I figured it out. These message board guys couldn’t see me. They assumed I was the hairy butch feminist and were therefore hostile to any feminist opinion I had.Which is how this relates to being "hot enough to be feminist".
Obviously, not all hotties take the feminist path. Some choose to be doormats because they need the constant approval and are afraid to challenge the status quo. Or perhaps religion has convinced them they're inferior (yeah mom, I'm talking 'bout you). Other hotties may choose the princess path (the "it's my world and you're just living in it" approach). The princess path isn't about equality; it's about thinking you're better than someone else. It's not real feminism, it's just reverse sexism. But I suppose that's the lure of being the Empowerful Woman. And achieving empowerfulness is probably why so many naturally plain chicks try so! hard! to be pretty and engage in expensive, time-consuming beauty rituals that don't produce much of an effect.**** (Yeah, I said it. Your glitter lipgloss and fake tan don't hide your assymmetrical features. Okay?)
*I believe this is the approach anti-feminist Charlotte Allen has taken, and for good reason!
**All of this is null and void if you have money. If you have money, you can always afford a man. I recommend a poor-but-hot young college student. Then trade him in after he graduates and starts to make money. Unless he majored in liberal arts. If he majored in liberal arts, he'll still need your money.
***The post I'm referring to was written by Jill (who is drop-dead-gorgeous) and it has helped me face my own demons with regard to being a "fun feminist".
****If you're a beauty product junkie, I recommend reading Paula Begoun's work. This isn't an attempt to reform you of your beauty habits, but rather to inform you of which products and procedures really work -- and which ones don't. Begoun's work is based on independent, scientific reseach as opposed to hokey marketing ploys.
My Fiance Has a Blog
My partner in crime trilobyte has a new blog detailing his musical journey. So far he's only written about his teen years, but trust me -- he develops into a stellar guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He's not yet worthy of a Friday Rockstar Blogging post, not with these Brick mp3's from when he was like 14 or so, but he will be. Soon.
Friday, October 13, 2006
The Book Meme
I am embarrassed to say that SmartBlkWoman tagged me for this over a month ago, and it took me this long to write the post. I have the usual excuse: working way too much!
1. ONE BOOK THAT CHANGED YOUR LIFE?
This will sound incredibly lame, but The Making of Modern Economics: The Lives and Ideas of the Great Thinkers by Mark Skousen. I read this as an economics undergrad for a course called History of Economic Thought. This book was my introduction to several different economic schools of thought on a philisophical level. And even though I obviously come down on the free market side, I like reading other perspectives.
2. ONE BOOK YOU HAVE READ MORE THAN ONCE?
I don't think I have ever read an entire book more than once. Perhaps the Bible when I was little, but I'm not sure.
3. ONE BOOK YOU WOULD WANT ON A DESERT ISLAND?
Some sort of masturbatory material.
4. ONE BOOK THAT MADE YOU LAUGH?
Any of the Artemis Fowl series books. I read these aloud with my son and fiance. We take turns reading and assign a voice to each character. These books are always a hoot, and they have contributed to my son's love of reading (second to Harry Potter).
5. ONE BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY?
When I was in middle school, I read That Was Then, This is Now by S.E. Hinton. I read The Outsiders too, like everyone else in my class, but this is the Hinton novel that made me bawl.
6. ONE BOOK YOU WISH YOU HAD WRITTEN?
The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith. You know, if I would have been alive back then.
7. ONE BOOK YOU WISH HAD NEVER BEEN WRITTEN?
I can't say. I suppose most people would choose something they disagree with, but I can't. Even the bad ideas need to be published, otherwise we wouldn't have anyone to feel superior to.
8. ONE BOOK YOU ARE CURRENTLY READING?
Buck Wild: How Republicans Broke the Bank and Became the Party of Big Government by Stephen Slivinski. The author was kind enough to comment on my teeny little blog! (He's also a drummer and has a band going with fellow Cato Institue folks -- who'd of thunk Cato employed crazy musician-types?)
9. ONE BOOK YOU HAVE BEEN MEANING TO READ?
I was going to say Vienna and Chicago, Friends or Foes?: A Tale of Two Schools of Free Market Economics by Mark Skousen. That's been on my Amazon wish list for months. But after reading SmartBlkWoman's meme, I'm interested in Life at the Bottom: The Worldview That Makes the Underclass by Theodore Dalrymple. I'm curious as to what about this book could convince one to give up statist liberalism in favor of classic liberalism. And since I like to approach feminism in an optimistic way, rather than the one-down-victim perspective, I think there is likely something for me in this book.
How about tagging some Iowa bloggers? I tag trilobyte, Scott Devore, An Iowa Libertarian, John Deeth, Iowa Ennui, Simplicity, KL Snow, Iowa Geek, Krusty Konservative, and Iowa Progress. I'm also tagging Kirsten, Jacqueline Mackie Paisley Passey, The Truffle, Happy Feminist, and John Norris Brown.
Friday Rockstar Blogging - "Can you play like a mofo?" Edition
Friday, September 15, 2006
Friday Rockstar Blogging - Boob Edition
In honor of Ann Althouse, I just had to pick a rockstar with boobs for tonight's feature.
Lita Ford is a good guitar player. I mean the lady can shred. She used to take a rhythym guitarist on tour with her, but she always did all the guitars herself on the albums (yes, that means the solos too). Like many male rockers of her time, she used her sex appeal to her advantage. But the talent was there to back it up.
Well... at least talent musicianship-wise. She had some pretty silly songs. This particular video is hilarious, especially the blood at the end. But I like the solo and the outro drum fills. Give it a watch!
Me and my Man Boobs
Unfortunately, Ann Althouse likes Jessica's boobs better than mine. In fact, she thinks I'm a man.
But since breastblogging for attention is the way to go, allow me to join. I don't have any bare boobie shots of myself, so I'll just re-post this one of me with sweaty drummer boobs. Behold my man boobs! (Except please don't actually hold them. My fiance might get pissed.)
Friday, September 01, 2006
Why Statistics Can't Run Your Life
But don't think I didn't catch the Forbes article hoopla (the article cautioning men not to marry career women). To that, I just want to say... who cares? I already have the best guy in the world. And even if I didn't, I would rather be alone than settle for a guy who didn't love me for who I am - an ambitious, hard-working person with high career goals.
Statistically, I'm supposed to be pretty screwed up. I had a teen pregnancy and grew up in an abusive, working-class, redneck home. I'm supposed to be uneducated, depressed, dependent on welfare, and desperate for a man. But I'm none of those things.
Statistics say my marriage will be a failure, too. But I don't believe it. I am confident in my ability to continuously buck the trends. Sorry, Forbes, but you didn't scare me.
Friday Rockstar Blogging - Riot Grrl Edition
Blogs I'm Reading
I Jus' Wanna Sing
A blog by SmartBlkWoman. I particulary recommend this post. She recognizes the double standard against Black women with regard to interracial dating. But she's not letting you get her down, fellas!
Sassy city girl who likes Star Wars and recognizes the scariness of airbrushing. Remember, I used to model, and yes... they DO edit out those lines around the mouth!
Cooking with Ideas
A blog by Bibliochef. I'm no chef, but I love to eat. I vow to never diet!
Saturday, August 19, 2006
Finally, someone who gets it!
To comply with legislation, companies and other organizations hired many women for low- and lower-middle-level positions from which they were never promoted. Consequently, women still don’t have anything like the "old boy’s network" to help them advance.
As the political and legal landscape I’ve described was taking shape, a few companies decided, on their own accord, to adapt more female-friendly policies such as child care leave. They realized that by excluding "the 51% minority," they were denying themselves some very valuable workers. What smart executive doesn’t want the best and brightest people available working with, or for, him or her? Eventually, I think, most companies would have had to come to such a realization, for the growth in areas such as high technology would outpace universities’ ability to turn out qualified male graduates.
What we ended up with, instead, were lots of companies hiring "token" females and a loss of opportunities for women – particularly poor single mothers – to rise out of poverty. The only alternative for many of them, under the circumstances I’ve described, is government handouts. And, as we’ve seen, it’s hard to devise a better way to keep people "in their place."
And one more point I must add:
The fact of the matter is that legislators (Even today, most are still male.) wouldn’t have such power over us if governments didn’t gain the wherewithal to pass or abolish laws regulating our private lives. They wouldn’t be able to exert such control over us if they didn’t have the symbiotic relationships that they have with the medical establishment.Now ladies, I know many of you just love the FDA so much. But the reality is that we wouldn't have to fight for over-the-counter access to emergency contraception if we didn't give the state this power in the first place.
Friday, August 18, 2006
I'm Gettin' Buck Wild
Buck Wild: How Republicans Broke the Bank and Became the Party of Big Government (Hardcover)Via Amazon.
by Stephen A. Slivinski
"If you fell into a coma in November of 1994 and woke up yesterday, a lot of things might surprise you. But nothing would baffle you more than what has happened to the Republican Party. Stephen Slivinski can explain. Buck Wild tells a painful story, but it's honest and true and well worth reading."
-TUCKER CARLSON, host of MSNBC's The Situation with Tucker Carlson and author of Politicians, Partisans and Parasites
"Buck Wild does more than reveal what's wrong with the Republicans. It reveals what's wrong with us, the voters who put them in office. Politicians are foxes. But we insist on believing that some are guard dogs. We elect them to watch the hen house, and on the first Wednesday in November there's nothing left but feathers."
-P. J. O'ROURKE, author of Parliament of Whores and Peace Kills
"During the course of Stephen Slivinski's superbly researched chronicle, we meet some true conservative heroes from whom we can draw inspiration for the future. Their constant courage, punctuated by occasional success, tells us that the fight against the Leviathan state might yet be won."
-JAMES P. PINKERTON, White House domestic policy aide under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush
A scathing look at how the Republican Party, once the paragon of fiscal conservativism, has embraced Big Government and become even more irresponsible with taxpayer money than the Democrats.
Friday Rockstar Blogging - Iowa Style!
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Further Evidence that Feminists are Lazy
Rockstar blogging will be back Friday. In the meantime, I'm going to pig out and then get some rest.
Friday, July 28, 2006
Redneck Goes on Vacation
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Ask a Working Woman - Which government program is the sexiest?
2. Indicate your top TWO choices for laws that would most improve your life as a working woman.
Stronger equal pay laws Laws to improve the quality and affordability of child care and after-school care Laws to make quality health care more affordable Laws to make retirement more secure Laws to expand family and medical leave and to provide for paid leave Stronger affirmative action laws to provide more opportunities for all women Stronger laws to challenge discrimination and unfair treatment on the job
Gee, one would think working women just can't get enough laws! We are just women, after all. We need more laws in order to make it in the public sphere.
I took the survey in order to see the results (as of 7/23/2006). I posted a couple of things I found interesting below.
Looks like stronger affirmative actions laws are in last place. Perhaps working women realize gender-based affirmative action is actually working against them?
2. Indicate your top TWO choices for laws that would most improve your life as a working woman.
Stronger equal pay laws
Laws to improve the quality and affordability of child care and after-school care
Laws to make quality health care more affordable
Laws to make retirement more secure
Laws to expand family and medical leave and to provide for paid leave
Stronger affirmative action laws to provide more opportunities for all women
Stronger laws to challenge discrimination and unfair treatment on the job
Look who's bringing home the bacon! Even if you assume the women in the top category are single, take a look at the next four categories. If you add more than half to about half, it appears to be greater than less than half plus none or almost none. They don't have the percentages listed; I am merely judging by the size of the bars. It also doesn't say how many women have taken this survey.
12. What proportion of your family or household's income do YOU personally earn?
All or almost all
More than half
Less than half
None or almost none