The Radical Notion

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

Facebook and Gender May 14, 2010

Filed under: Meta,Pop Culture,Uncategorized — theradicalnotion @ 10:56 am
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So criticizing Facebook, especially its latest iteration,  is kind of like . But I couldn’t help but laugh when I saw their latest bit of WTF?!

The first block is covering a completely unambiguous "lady name", btw.I delisted my gender a while back, just to mess with them (same reason I delisted my sexual orientation; if it’s something you have a right to care about, you probably already know). Facebook was not so much of a fan of the non-gendered TRN, but eventually they stopped begging and shut up. Now most of my profile page is a sea of the third-person plural (“TRN waggled their scurvy tongue ’bout Alexander Hamilton’s recent tales”) or just sentences structured in a way that doesn’t require a pronoun at all, but apparently Facebook (or at least the Pirate English version) is unable to cope with all my activities in a gender-neutral manner. (more…)


Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey… January 24, 2009

Filed under: Abortion,Obama,Uncategorized — theradicalnotion @ 6:10 pm
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Curse my lack of faith! The Global Gag Rule, officially known as the Mexico City Policy?

Buh-bye now.

To celebrate, please enjoy the following clip of the late and irrepressible George Carlin, on abortion rights: (more…)


Breaking the Airwave Silence November 4, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — theradicalnotion @ 4:24 pm
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So, I’m sorry that I haven’t been posting as much. I kind of got election fatigue – thousands of posts a day about omg McCain said this and Obama did that and Palin is an idiot and Biden had a face lift can be really draining. However, today is the last (hopefully last?) day of all that, as by this time tomorrow we should know who is the next President-elect.

Should know. That is, if the countless reports of vote tampering, roll purging, defective machines, Bradley effects, long lines, Republican misinformation about polling dates, and the forces of Satan himself don’t come to fruition. But hey – I’m not worried. Don’t worry about me, as long as Obama wins. If he doesn’t, I may need to retreat to an undisclosed location for some time.

Of course, lots of things have happened since I last posted. Sarah Palin got punk’d, Obama put out a long infomercial, everybody and their sibling has been on SNL, Elizabeth Hasselbeck has been idioting it up over on The View, and conservatives at my school are whining because they feel underappreciated. If I even attempted to cover all that, it would be ridiculous (plus, you know, all the important things that I left out). So here’s what I’m going to do. (more…)


Post And A Half October 11, 2008

What’s new, cyber-denizens? I have about eleventy-50 articles and posts bookmarked for suitable blog posts, as I haven’t written anything substantive in days. However, I have several days of Fall Break ahead of me, with nothing to do but luxuriate in the awesomeness of home-cooked food and fuzzy puppies, so I expect to make up for lost time.

So, let’s see – the debate. A lot of people I’ve talked to agree that it was ridiculously boring, but lots of people also feel that McCain made a complete fool of himself, what with wandering around during Obama’s speeches, making faces, being overly condescending to the audience members, and the infamous “That one”. Most polls agree that Obama won, which is good – not that most debates have an objective winner, but if people think a certain candidate won, it’s because they like that one better, so that’s good. Alternet has, as with the first presidential debate, short essays by six different people on who won the debate and why.

It really is breathtaking to take in the magnitude of McCain’s lies – both in the debate and in other venues, like ads and rallies. (more…)


Presidential Debatage, 2.0 October 7, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — theradicalnotion @ 8:15 pm
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Yay, debate! You know the drill by now – drinking games, tallies of popular phrases, hatred of the McCain. I actually do hate him more than usual today – I don’t have the energy to link to anything, but he and Palin have been unacceptably vociferous in their racist attacks and encouragement of same in the past couple days.

Alas, it looks as though I won’t be recapping from the Big Bad Room full of unabashed liberals tonight, but rather from the TV room in my dorm. Ah well; ’twill be good anyway. Pandanose has a bingo for Obama and McCain; Jezebel’s liveblog is here, Feministe has a combination liveblog/drinking game, a play-by-play with actual facts and linkage and such from Alternet showing how McCain is off the deep end, and you obviously know where I am, so I think we’re all set. See you in 50!

8:57 I catch the last couple minutes of 90210. Intriguing. From what I hear, the old one was better. All I can say is that I better not miss any of the debate for this drivelish.

9:00 NBC News has their ridiculous logo, complete with Grecian columns. I’m sorry, but would you mind being just a tad more dramatic? Thanks so much. This will be a town-hall type debate, with 80 preselected, uncommitted voters. Questions submitted by same and by millions of Americans, by e-mail. Let’s get it on! Brian Williams tells us that the economy sucks, like we didn’t already know. The debate is in Nashville, across from the house of one of my friends.

9:01 Tom Brokaw is the moderator, and he tells us that this is the only debate with the town-hall format. Whoople-dee-doo. (more…)


Miscellanea October 6, 2008

Sorry, peeps, but ’tis the midterm season again, so no insightful postage today. But as I can certainly identify with your (perhaps imagined on my part) near-constant pursuit of erudition and greater procrastination material, I will link to some more good articles from the past few days.

This is becoming a pattern, isn’t it? Ah well. Tomorrow I will, of course, be liveblogging the second presidential debate, in which McCain will probably just come right out and ask Obama if his SSN starts with 666, and I will cry.

No time for categories today! We shall post these links WILLY-NILLY, with NO REGARD for alphabetizing, subject matter-izing, or conveniencizing!

  • Another study confirms the wage gap and unequal treatment given to men and women in the workplace, but in an interesting way: they interviewed transgendered people before and after transitioning, and catalogued the differences in the treatments. While I would be the last to argue that trans people don’t face discrimination (duh), it is interesting that merely transitioning produced at least some of the societal benefits or disadvantages inherent in each gender, in spite of previous socialization and any other bigotry directed towards them.
  • This explains the vomitous speeches I’ve been hearing from McCain and Co. all day – cognizant of the fact that he cannot beat Obama on his policies, especially economy-wise, he has blatantly resolved to focus on “character attacks” – i.e. racism, xenophobia, and [insert your favorite type of bigotry here].The sad part is that this will undoubtedly be effective, at least for some people.



Follow-Ups October 4, 2008

So, a day and a half after the Debate to End all Debates, the group consensus* seems to be that Palin did wonderfully in the eyes of conservatives (especially male ones who admitted to being a bit turned on by her performance; via), and not as awful as most liberals thought she would, as long as you don’t take things like facts into account. I think the flow chart below accurately summarizes the liberal viewpoint, though I wish it had incorporated “contrived folksiness” or “deliberate mentions of the word ‘nucular’ “: