So, which of these is the Washington Post article, and which is the satirical Onion article? Sorry, these are getting uncomfortably close for me.
No wonder Jon Stewart’s doing so damn well.
Check out more hysterics here. This time, we get this great freak-out quote from a mother protesting the mere idea that there’s such a thing as a school dance where men and women are expected to switch social roles. She seemed to believe this meant crossdressing – as opposed to, say, the Sadie Hawkins women-ask-the-guy-out-and-pay-the-tab dances that prep women for real life – you know, life after highschool.
My favorite quote from this hysteric: “It’s like experimenting with drugs,” Davies said. “You just keep playing with it and it becomes customary. … If it’s OK to dress like a girl today, then why is it not OK in the future?”
It’s not OK? Wow. I must live way way too close to boys’ town Belmont and Andersonville, then, cause in my world, all sorts of non-compulsory-hetero-social-role bullshit is OK… I really do live in a different world than these 58 million Americans. I really do. More on this later.
I’ve also submitted my newsfeed to – and been picked up by – Feminist Blogs, a cool compilation of feeds from a bunch of feminist and pro-feminist blogs. Check it out.
And for those interested – I’m currently reading and recommend the Penguin Book of Modern Fantasy by Women. For literary snobs who can’t be bothered with “fantasy” you’ll find “literary” luminaries in here like Elizabeth Bowen, Muriel Spark, Leguin, and P.D. James. And you’ll get to meet swoon-worthy Angela Carter and that most epic of brutal women, Joanna Russ.