And the Whig of Illusory Progress goes to. . .

UPDATED BELOW Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post for her silly and mutually contradictory comments on the nomination of Elena Kagan for the United States Supreme Court yesterday.  It’s been quite a while since I’ve awarded a Whig of Illusory Progress–for an explanation and the Whiggy archive, just click here. Today’s Whiggy goes to another “We’re Never Going Back … Continue reading And the Whig of Illusory Progress goes to. . .

Whig of Illusory Progress awarded to the New York Times!

Good morning, folks!  Autumn is here on the high plains desert.  The light even in late afternoon is looking paler and whiter, and a cold front blew in last night that demanded window-shutting and sweater-putting-on.  Amazing!  Well, at least some members of famille Historiann get some use out of winter through skiing.  We still have … Continue reading Whig of Illusory Progress awarded to the New York Times!

“Hillary, can you excite us?” The unresolved mommy problem of feminist politics, plus the return of the Whiggies!

Jill Abramson, the former executive editor of the New York Times and a woman who has has her own struggles straddling the line between “revolutionary” and “the establishment,” has an interesting article in The Guardian about Hillary Rodham Clinton’s troubles “exciting” young women.  “The ‘I’m a woman and it’s OK to vote with your uterus’ message is … Continue reading “Hillary, can you excite us?” The unresolved mommy problem of feminist politics, plus the return of the Whiggies!

The fantasy life of Whig historians, or, Srsly, Tina?

Click here and try not to barf all over your desk.  ZOMFG.  You’ll have to click–I’m not going to post that trash on this blog, and that’s really saying something for someone who recently posted a photograph of Pat Buchanan.  You’ll notice, however, that “Father Pat Coughlin” of the Know-Nothing Party wasn’t posed topless and blindfolded, … Continue reading The fantasy life of Whig historians, or, Srsly, Tina?

"The Conflict": Encore? Vraiment? Or, mama's got a brand new whig.

Apparently, Le Conflit:  la femme et la mère by Elisabeth Badinter is big news in the Anglophone world now that it’s been translated.  (The title is usually translated as The Conflict:  the woman and the mother, a clunky and literal-to-a-fault translation if ever I saw one.)  The book was in the European press a great deal back in March, when … Continue reading "The Conflict": Encore? Vraiment? Or, mama's got a brand new whig.

Feminism and whig history: why are we always fooled again?

Echidne has an interesting post about the history of the moon shot, “Reaching for the Moon,” in which she calls out the erasure of women from history even by purported “feminist” allies.  The specific occasion for her post was an article by Paul Campos, in which he boasted whiggishly, “One measure of how much has changed … Continue reading Feminism and whig history: why are we always fooled again?

Marcia! Marcia! Marcia! A member of a Monstrous Regiment of Women pipes up a tune & smokes it.

Do women historians exist?  If we exist, do men historians know it?  Going by the antics of the editors of the Journal of the American Revolution, the answer to both questions is an entirely nonsensical no! Which you must admit is pretty hilarious, especially considering that the very first historian of the American Revolution (yes, that one!) … Continue reading Marcia! Marcia! Marcia! A member of a Monstrous Regiment of Women pipes up a tune & smokes it.

Weekend round-up: splinters in our skirts edition

I go away for a few weeks, slacken off on my bloggy reading and production values, and come home to find many of my favorite feminist blogs up in arms!  Talk about some splinters in your skirts–but at least they’re funny!  Here for your enjoyment are some high quality feminist rants you may have missed aimed at the d00dz … Continue reading Weekend round-up: splinters in our skirts edition