This blog has mocked the notion of “Excellence without Money” as the guiding meme of universities these days, because excellence has a price, and a price that can’t be paid without actual money. (It’s like all of those people who tell you that “breastfeeding is free!” These people must never have breastfed a child and/or … Continue reading Supporting women’s work with money is a feminist issue
From the very first paragraph of Mary Watkins’s Maternal Solicitude, or Lady’s Manual (New York, 1809), h/t to my graduate student, Clarissa: WHEN a mother does not nurse her own infant, she, in many instances, does violence to nature; a custom unknown among the most polished in the purest ages of Greece and Rome. The … Continue reading “Maternal Solicitude,” or, how to avoid both infanticide and suicide!
Why is it that Libertarian “feminism” is only expressed as criticism of any kind of feminist activism? Take Cathy Young, for example—please! Here she instructs us that “letting ideologues dictate the boundaries of acceptable speech on a large area of the Internet is a very bad idea.” OK–that’s an interesting point, right? The problem is … Continue reading Libertarian “feminist” to actual feminists: stop whimpering like a bunch of p*ssies!
Some of you have probably heard of Geoffrey Nunberg’s Ascent of the A-word: Assholism, the First Sixty Years (2012) because of his platform as the resident linguist for NPR’s Fresh Air. A few weeks ago, we learned that Aaron James, a philosophy professor at the University of California, Irvine, published a book in 2012 called Assholes: … Continue reading 2012: the Year of the Asshole?
Hillary Clinton. Sarah Palin. Barack Obama. Motherhood. Breeder. Breastfeeding. TimTebow. Flame on!
Well, friends, Happy New Year and all that crap. We’re back home on the High Plains Desert, and it’s sunny and reaching into the 50s and 60s this week. Fun! I will miss feeling like Jaime Sommers running at sea level for the past two weeks, but it’s time to get back into running at … Continue reading New Year’s Roundup: Plus ca change edition
We’re back in Potterville, and I’m back in the saddle again with nothing to do but write for a whole month! Yippee-kai-ai-ay and yee-haw to that. While I’m working away at my day job, go read this post by Echidne, in which she discusses the ways in which the media discuss the “fertility crisis” in … Continue reading Back in the saddle again
Nicholas Kristof asks, “What if nutritionists came up with a miracle cure for childhood malnutrition? A protein-rich substance that doesn’t require refrigeration? One that is free and is available even in remote towns like this one in Niger where babies routinely die of hunger-related causes? Impossible, you say? Actually, this miracle cure already exists. It’s … Continue reading The breast milk "cure:" how can something so miraculous and cheap be resisted by women worldwide?
I got an e-mail yesterday explaining that I’m not getting a raise this summer, again. (We haven’t had a raise of any kind since 2008, and we faculty only get merit increases anyway. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cost of living increase in my life.) Here’s the boffo list of valuable, money-saving coupons I’m getting in lieu of a … Continue reading Baa Ram U. lays it on thick this year
I don’t quite reveal it all, but I’ve been invited to write recently for peer reviewed journals about the non-peer reviewed world-wide time-wasting blogosphere and my playground here, Historiann! I know, friends: Whodathunkit? And who really cares? First of all, readers will find an answer to this question at least if they click on over to Common-place to … Continue reading Historiann tells all! (And too much is sometimes plenty.)