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The Not So Beautiful Game, Step 7: In Which Our Narrator Mistakes Familiarity with Flim-Flam for Strength of Character

The Not So Beautiful Game, Step 7: In Which Our Narrator Mistakes Familiarity with Flim-Flam for Strength of Character

Our bloody fabulous editor Mindy brought this article to my attention.  It confirmed my impression from reading The Game that the type of people who attend workshops given by internet libertines are looking for some, any, social skills and the whole thing is rather sad.  It also points out some shortcomings in the way that people are socialized.  It is my remembrance and observation that small chi... »

Depending on What you Mean by Love

Depending on What you Mean by Love

There’s a great line in Madama Butterfly, after Pinkerton is asked if he actually loves his newly purchased (literally, for 100 yen) Japanese wife, and he replies “Well, it depends on what you mean by love.”   Of course, the point is to continue to illustrate what a truly terrible person Pinkerton is, but it’s actually a point to keep in mind.  What it means to love can var... »

The Not So Beautiful Game Step 6: In Which an Opportunity for Research and Plot Development is Lost

The Not So Beautiful Game Step 6: In Which an Opportunity for Research and Plot Development is Lost

I am so sorry, darlings.  I have not posted in quite a while about this book, and one might think, given the developments at the end of the last section, that something of breathtaking interestingness would be happening soon.  One would, however, be wrong.  In Step 6 (Create an Emotional Connection) our narrator brags about the women he has seduced, talks about the emotional problems of his guru M... »

50 shades of fail Chapter 3: where creepy muffin eating occurs and the intimidation is purposeful

50 shades of fail Chapter 3: where creepy muffin eating occurs and the intimidation is purposeful

Off we go again. Together we can defy all reason and continue reading 50 shades of fail. Chapter 3: where creepy muffin eating occurs and the intimidation is purposeful We begin with Kate’s delight that Ana has managed to snag a photo shoot with the elusive Mr Grey.  Kate suggests that Grey’s appearance at the store has to be more than mere coincidence, maybe he came to see Ana specifi... »

How Best to Be Pleasingly Decorative to Complete Strangers: Facial Expression Edition

How Best to Be Pleasingly Decorative to Complete Strangers: Facial Expression Edition

It has come to my attention that “resting bitch face” or “bitchy resting face” is an expression and that it describes an undesirable thing.  I think, as usual, I’m behind the times on this, but I heard it for the first time only recently.  I react to it about the same way I react to the eternally infuriating directive “smile.” I think because the idea behi... »

The Not So Beautiful Game: In Which Our Intrepid Narrator Validates his Ideological Convictions via Reality Television, Name Drops, and then Blames the Internet for Mental and Societal Ills

The Not So Beautiful Game: In Which Our Intrepid Narrator Validates his Ideological Convictions via Reality Television, Name Drops, and then Blames the Internet for Mental and Societal Ills

Content warning: Besides the usual misogyny, we have suicidal ideation. Terminology warning:  I am so over the term pick up.  For one thing, I’m never entirely certain whether it should be one word or two, and if the latter, is it hyphenated?  Also, we already have the perfectly delightful word libertine to describe these people.  So I think I’m going to use that instead from here on. ... »

The Not So Beautiful Game Step 4: In Which our Narrator Talks about Himself

The Not So Beautiful Game Step 4: In Which our Narrator Talks about Himself

Step 4: Disarm the Obstacles.  Nothing has happened in these 50 pages, so we can all go home early today.  What’s the point of having a book structured in 12 steps if there isn’t enough content for so many sections?  Our filler fluff is surprisingly self-aggrandizing, since it’s all about how all the “gurus” of the pick up movement are now all competing to have Style.... »

50 Shades of Fail: Chapter 2 yeah uh, I totally love DIY, yeah ha ha ha, this isn’t wildly inappropriate at all.

50 Shades of Fail: Chapter 2 yeah uh, I totally love DIY, yeah ha ha ha, this isn’t wildly inappropriate at all.

Yes it’s that time again. *sings* Come with me and you’ll see a world of poorly written, abusive eroticaaaaa.  Chapter two: yeah uh, I totally love DIY, yeah ha ha ha, this isn’t wildly inappropriate at all ha ha ha ANA IS FREE! Hurrah, she has escaped the subtly constructed penis building, without falling over! I feel like giving the poor girl a hug already. Oh I may have spoken... »

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