The Radical Notion

Encouraging women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become lesbians

Getting Back On The Horse October 31, 2008

Filed under: Meta — theradicalnotion @ 9:45 pm
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So, I got a spanking-new computer a couple of days ago, and need to get back into the blogging habit. I was in the middle of writing a post when my former computer died, so I’ll finish that one soon. In the meantime, however, I would like to pass on a little Halloween cheer.

Many of my friends are already aware of this, as we’ve been having dramatic readings of it at the slightest provocation. It is, quite simply, the absolute worst fanfiction ever written in the history of time. (more…)

 

Sad Face :( October 26, 2008

Filed under: Meta — theradicalnotion @ 5:02 pm
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Hello, cyber-denizens! Unfortunately, yesterday my computer had what I can only assume is the electronic equivalent of a brain aneurysm – a completely unexpected but potentially fatal condition. I’m looking into resuscitation, but in the meantime, things will be quiet around here for the next couple of days. My sincere apologies. I do have several half-done posts, though! So when I get a computer again, ’twill be magnificent.

 

Sarah Haskins For The Masses (and The Win!) October 25, 2008

Filed under: Meta,Pop Culture,Sexism/Misogyny,Teh Interwebs — theradicalnotion @ 1:39 am
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It has recently come to my attention that several of my readers don’t know who Sarah Haskins is. I decided that this should be rectified post-haste and forthwith. Or something.

Who is Sarah Haskins, you ask? She is a comedy writer and actor on the TV channel Current. She’s on a weekly 30-minute show called Infomania. The reason that she’s become so popular, particularly in the feminist blogsophere, is because of a recurring segment on Infomania called “Target Women”, in which Sarah (hilariously) analyses and mocks advertisers’ attempts to sell products to women. There is, of course, lots of fodder for this endeavor; as she puts it:

I think they’re trying to toe a very fine line between seeming “with it” in terms of modern female roles and responsibilities while trying to do the tricky dance of selling us products that are related to much more traditional things: cleaning, cooking for your family, being a wifey… Hard to do both and not seem insane or ridiculous.

The above quote, by the way, comes from a recent interview Jezebel did with her. I know a lot of my friends, as well as I, have been craving info on Sarah – there is precious little of it on the Interwebs (Wikipedia seems to think she’s some Olympic triathlete). So for all of you out there dying to know her alma mater or hometown, go to this interview at The Bastion, or this one at Jezebel.

For the unitiated out there – I know I could offer some lengthy, boring explanation of why precisely Sarah Haskins is so awesome, complete with references to the patriarchy and societal privilege. But I think it be more effective (and more fun) to just show you why her clips still make me laugh out loud, after having watched them at least 5 or 6 times each. Below is one of my favorites, on birth control:

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Links Round-Up! October 23, 2008

I don’t feel like typing a lot today, as I have a midterm to study for and a mouse bite on my finger to nurse (yes, for serious. Yes, it hurt quite a bit. Yes, I’m milking it for all it’s worth). So, here’s some recommendations on some of the topics being bandied about the blogosphere today:

  • The incomparable David Sedaris on the election:

    To put [undecided voters] in perspective, I think of being on an airplane. The flight attendant comes down the aisle with her food cart and, eventually, parks it beside my seat. “Can I interest you in the chicken?” she asks. “Or would you prefer the platter of shit with bits of broken glass in it?”

    To be undecided in this election is to pause for a moment and then ask how the chicken is cooked.

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If McCain loses, will it have been my fault? He seems to think so. October 21, 2008

Why thank you, Senator!

McCain blamed the “feminist left” for criticizing Sarah Palin since he announced his choice for a running mate.

Again, interesting choice of words for the senator, there. I wonder if he thinks that everyone on the left is feminist. Because while they certainly should be [<— Liss’s classic “Important Announcement” post – a must read] – I think I can say, fairly definitively, that they are not. Not when I’ve seen “Drill, Baby, Drill” shirts with Palin on them that were not talking about oil. Not when I heard about the new Sarah Palin porno (and no, I will not link to it. It’s not even good). And absolutely not during the primaries, when I got to listen to Obama and (to a lesser extent) Edwards supporters be every bit as misogynistic and narrow-minded and hateful as Rush Limbaugh, only it was okay because they hated him too! Gag me.

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McCain admits Palin selection was anti-Feminist October 20, 2008

Filed under: Feminism,Republicans,Sexism/Misogyny — theradicalnotion @ 6:52 am
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No, really. He totally did (via Feministing). In an interview with…idk, some dude, he said, and I quote, “she is a direct counterpoint to the liberal feminist agenda for America” to justify picking her to be his running mate. Watch it.

Which is rather rich, of course, as one of Palin’s major selling points (at least nominally) has been how she gives hope to women that we can be powerful too, and she isn’t afraid to stand up for what she believes in, and oh yeah – she explicitly calls herself a feminist (about 0:20 in the video below). (more…)

 

It’s Flowchart-Tastic! October 18, 2008

Filed under: Politics,Republicans — theradicalnotion @ 12:32 am
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Just had to share this awesome flowchart from 236. It describes the thought process of those few Americans who are still “undecided” (seriously – how can anyone be undecided at this point? Haven’t we got the lay of the land by now?) (more…)