November 3rd, 2006

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Quotes sampler...

1. From "Teens Call Hyper-Sexualized Media Images 'Normal'," by Sandra Kobrin, at, quoting Ariel Levy, author of Feminist Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture:

"Young women are trying to look and behave like those images... As if being able to incite lust is women's work. That's just your first job, inciting lust."

[The term "Raunch Culture" is new to me -- but a quick Google search brought up 182,000 links to it, including Mackenzie Carpenter's "The rise of raunch culture: Feminists are torn: Is it porn or liberation of women's sexuality?," at .]

2. From "My senior moment," by Zoe Williams -- an article that curtana pointed me to -- at,,1931893,00.html , where Williams writes about her experiences while disguised as an 86-year-old woman:

"...[A]s an old woman you have to be careful to project to the world a total, encompassing sense of retirement. You have to make blindingly clear you do not expect to relate sexually, or even physically, to people. If you don't, you have to watch this grim circus of disgust and confusion on people's faces while they try to work out what you think you're doing, making eye contact, accidentally smiling... "

3. From "Young Women Say Generation Labels Need Not Apply," by Courtney E. Martin, at, quoting Tiffany Ludwig of the art collective "Two Girls Working" and its multimedia project "Trappings":

"Clothing is just the way in. Starting there allows us to take a seemingly simple, daily event--getting dressed--and lead into complex analysis of an individual's movement through class and social strata, the use of sex as strategy in business and social settings and the use of clothing as a way to connect with cultural or personal history as power sources."

4. And then there's this one, which might strike you as unrelated to the others -- but I have a feeling that it's a frame around the sampler. It comes from "Isn't It Rich?: The bard of the anti-Bush set may have the last laugh," by Charles Kaiser, at , quoting Ron Suskind talking about a conversation he had in the summer of 2002 with a presidential aide:

"The aide... informed Suskind with great condescension that a 'judicious study of discernible reality' is 'not the way the world really works anymore.' The aide explained: 'We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality... we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors ... and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.' "
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Personal dither....

I am such a nervous wreck about the election coming on Tuesday -- and the various assorted messes that are sure to follow it, no matter what happens -- that I can't do anything properly; no point in pretending otherwise. I'm very much afraid that it's going to be worse this time than it was even in 2000.... and I have not the least idea which one (or more) of the messes to expect. I wish it were over and I at least knew what we had to deal with.

IMHO, the scenario that would constitute The Creepiest Outcome Of All would be this one:
The election goes off without a single hitch everywhere, coast to coast, and the Republicans keep both houses of Congress by a nice wide margin.

Brrrr. A "reality" election. Makes my teeth chatter.