It’s been an awful long time since we’ve had an old-fashioned round-up–I’ve been so busy with this, that, and the other thing that I haven’t been a good blog citoyenne lately now, have I? Well, here’s a few things you can use to warm yourself up and keep your power dry:
- Tenured Radical asks: to boycott or not to boycott the American Historical Association annual meeting in San Diego in January? (On the one hand: I stand in solidarity with my GLBTQI sisters and brothers, of course! On the other hand: it’s finally in San Diego, not in frakkin’ Chicago or Washington flippin’ D.C. again. Couldn’t we pick a better year in which to hold ourselves accountable for our values, friends? It’s San Diego, in January! Let’s boycott the 2014 conference in Fargo, m’kay?
- Who can turn the world on with his smile, and/or his red boots and sparkly tights? It’s GayProf, with his annual Halloween Costume extravaganza. You’re not going to believe the number of 1970s-80s TV shows he crams into this year’s costume theme, Cloris Leachman. (Yes, that’s right: Cloris Leachman! None of you under the age of 34 know who we’re talking about, do you?)
- The Bittersweet Girl wonders: can you hire someone else to clean your house and still be a good Marxist feminist? I say yes–it’s either that or 1) quit my day job, or 2) hire a ranch hand, and I kind of like doing the outdoor chores myself. So long as you pay decent money to an independent contractor, you’re helping out a small business owner, aren’t you? (And remember: David Sedaris used to clean apartments for a living before he became a Famous Writer and Performer. Just because it’s work you don’t want to do doesn’t mean it’s not worthy or dignified work.)
- Over at Roxie’s World, Moose has finally returned from her Southwestern sabbatical sojourn, and reports on something exceedingly strange: pR0n being consumed (or what have you, substitute a better verb if you’ve got one) in public, on various handhelds and laptops and other wireless devices–something she calls Secondhand Smut, after an article alerting her to this important topic in The Washington Post. Can I just say EEEEEEEEEEEWwwwwwwwwwww! Roxie wants to know if this is something you’ve noticed. Thank goodness I’m too incurious (or too clueless) to have noticed this myself! But, a few years ago during an academic job interview witnessed by friends of mine at another university, one student in the audience had his laptop open and was surfing pR0n during the teaching demonstration part of the interview. Super-duper extra classy, dude! You write your mother e-mails on that laptop?
Boy howdy! I don’t really know how to use this thing, but you never know that I won’t hit you, do you? Aux armes, cityoennes! Formez vos bataillons!