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Friday, November 17, 2017

F for Frankendetta

I admit when I first saw Franken's initial, short, weak tea apology, I wanted him to step down

The longer version, along with his direct apology to his victim, along with her acceptance of his proffer, changed my mind.  He did wrong, admits it, and isn't so smarmy and self-serving as Louis CK or other men called out.  Sure, "investigate" and castigate and let his lesson be for all of us in the ruling patriarchy.

More than that strikes me as counterproductive.  No need to shoot him behind the chemical shed when Roy Moore and Donald Trump don't acknowledge their wrongdoing.

ntodd

November 17, 2017 in Soaking In Patriarchy, Suffering Fools | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Confirmed Kills


Before we watched quaint, rather sexist Xmas movies, we took in some Iliza tonight.

ntodd

November 17, 2017 in Soaking In Patriarchy | Permalink | Comments (5)

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Medicine's Women Problem

Via the MissTreated blog:

As the kids say, read the whole comic.

ntodd

October 30, 2017 in First Do No Harm, Soaking In Patriarchy | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

People Don't Understand, Anne Hutchison Forced Men To Found Harvard So Lord Dampnut Could Attend

On October 28, 1636, the Great and General Court of Massachusetts voted to establish what eventually became Harvard:

The Court agreed to give 400 [pounds] towards a schoale or colledge,  wherof 200 [pounds] to bee paid the next yeare, and 200 [pounds] when the worke is finished, and the next Court to appoint wheare and what building.

According to American Jezebel:

[T]he Massachusetts court determined to build the colony's first college as a way of minimizing Hutchinson's threat. 'The college," which would later be named for the wealthy newcomer John Harvard, "is ordered to be at Newtown"...At a college, orthodox ministers would be able indoctrinate young men before they fell under the Antinomian spell.
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[T]he colony determined to provide for the education of a new generation of ministers and theologians who would secure New England's civil and theological peace against future seditious Mrs. Hutchinsons "when our present ministers shall lie in the dust"...At Harvard we may seek her memorial in vain, but without her it is difficult to do justice to the motivating impulse of our foundation. Inadvertent midwife to a college founded in part to protect posterity from her errors, Anne Marbury Hutchinson, ironically, would be more at home at Harvard today than any of her critics.

In times like these, we need a lot of uppity...

ntodd

October 28, 2017 in Soaking In Patriarchy | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Monday, October 23, 2017

"What happens when you know something is terribly wrong but nobody believes you?"

It’s time for women to be taken seriously when it comes to our health, our bodies and our ability to speak out.

 - Salon (10/23/2017)

A couple weeks ago, Samuel and I went to the local clinic to establish a PCP so we could get refills on our meds (our VT medicos were kind enough to give us plenty to stretch until we'd settled in).  Records had not been transferred yet, so it was pretty much a cold call.  After getting our vitals and our basic exams, I told the doctor what we each were taking, and also asked if I could get something to help me sleep. 

Boom, boom, boom, he sent orders electronically to the local pharmacy without my having to bring up info on our old clinic's portal showing we had, in fact, been prescribed anything previously.  Even my new Rx wasn't an issue.

Compare and contrast:

As Jennifer sought treatment for her symptoms, “they would run a wide range of tests and do investigations. And then when they couldn't find anything, it always turned back to, ‘Well, maybe you're just really stressed. Maybe you are depressed. Maybe there's nothing wrong at all. Maybe this is all in your head.’”

It took Jennifer over a year of seeing doctors and getting second, third and fourth opinions to even land on her diagnosis. Was this reluctance to diagnose Jennifer due to the lack of knowledge about this fairly prevalent disease? Or was there another unstated prejudice standing in the way of Jennifer getting treatment?

“I started to suspect as I was trying to get a diagnosis that I was being taken less seriously because I was young and female there was a strong expectation that because of my youth I was supposed to be well and nothing could be wrong,” Jennifer told me in our interview for "Inflection Point." “But that also because of my youth and my gender that I was just more prone to be kind of anxious and worry about my body and what I was feeling. . . . And I think there's just this sort of unspoken expectation that women are more fragile and more achy, more whatever.”

This has been precisely Ericka's experience with the United States' medical community (please see the previous Factoid of the Day). 

Glibly diagnosed with menopause at 42 by her PCP. when her ovaries completely failed all of a sudden.  Told by ER doctors that she was making herself hyperventilate to explain why she was tachycardic, hypertensive, and doubled over on the floor in pain and nausea.  Scolded for not getting enough exercise when my active, vivacious wife was brought down by absolute fatigue.

At various times during this saga, Ericka questioned herself, and would ask me if I thought she was crazy.  No, the strongest person I know, who always played through the pain, who made amazing shit happen, who could extemperaneously convince funding agencies to give her millions of dollars for affordable housing whilst dressed in gardening clothes, would not all of a sudden...just stop.

She stopped being able to have light in her life.  She stopped being able to listen to music.  She stopped being able to read, be active, do any of the things she loved.

We went to the same clinic last week to jump through bureaucratic hurdles and get an extension of meds an astute ER doc had prescribed her a few days prior to mitigate debilitating pain--neurology couldn't get her in for a couple more days, and it would be the height of cruelty to make Ericka suffer for any length of time.  Yet a 30-minute appointment turned into a torturous, 2-hour ordeal of cajoling, presenting old records, proving the need for relief, even taking a drug test, before the physician deigned to do no harm, and prescribed a mere 2 days' refill to help my wife.

Ericka has a systemic disease.  We know because she has terrible symptoms, and we have a lot of lab data to explain why.  But nobody listens to her because our health "care" system, and society at large, has a systemic disease that quite literally hurts and kills women.

Despite that fact, despite the crippling agony, despite the anguish caused by lacking a diagnosis, despite all the obstacles--from insidious microaggressions to traumatic misogyny--my wife is still here.  She is relentless, and she is smart, and she has put all the clues together and gotten all the pieces in place.

Ericka is going to make the medical establishment listen to her.  Every doctor she meets--not to mention American society--will be all the better for it.

ntodd

October 23, 2017 in Family Life, First Do No Harm, Soaking In Patriarchy | Permalink | Comments (5)

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Kinder, Kirche, und Kuche

Defender of Womanhood, General Kelly:

When I was a kid growing up, a lot of things were sacred in our country.  Women were sacred and looked upon with great honor.

Reminded me of das Ehrenkreuz der Deutschen Mutter, and the Rosenstrasse wives' resistance in Berlin:

By the third day SS troops were given orders to train their guns on the crowd but to fire only warning shots. They did so numerous times, scattering the women to nearby alleyways. But the wives always returned and held their ground. They knew the soldiers would never fire directly at them because they were of German blood. Also, arresting or jailing any of the women would have been the rankest hypocrisy: According to Nazi theories, women were intellectually incapable of political action. So women dissenters were the last thing the Nazis wanted to have Germans hear about, and turning them into martyrs would have ruined the Nazis' self-considered image as the protector of motherhood.

Say what you will about Hitler, he never grabbed a mutter by die Muschi.

ntodd

October 21, 2017 in Conscience, Constitution, Schmonstitution, Soaking In Patriarchy | Permalink | Comments (0)

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A Prater, A Star-gazer, A Good-for-nothing

Factoid of the Day: 26 doctors, 6 specialties, 3 states, 2 years, 0 confirmed diagnosis of the systemic failure ravaging Ericka's entire body.

Over the coming days and weeks, we'll be sharing more about the systemic failure of the American health "care" system, including the entrenched misogyny that makes it nigh impossible for a relentless, incredibly smart woman to be heard, helped, or healed by the medical community despite having platinum insurance coverage.

ntodd

October 21, 2017 in Family Life, First Do No Harm, Soaking In Patriarchy, Suffering Fools | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

How Dare Disney Ruin My Second Favorite Childhood Ride With Political Correctness

After three days men grow weary, of a wench, a guest, and rainy weather.

 - Benjamin Franklin


What fresh PC hell is this?

DLP Welcome has released a look inside the new Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland Paris. The Wench Auction has been replaced with an auction where male and female residents of the town are forced to turn over their valuables for bidding. The famous Redhead, formerly a “wife” up for sale, has been transformed into a bidding pirate, armed with a cool hat and a shit-ton of guns.

Paris’ new Pirates of the Caribbean ride opens to the public July 24, and the companion rides at Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom should be updated sometime in 2018.

What next?  Excising racist scenes from timeless movies?

ntodd

July 13, 2017 in Soaking In Patriarchy | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Trump: "Have you heard of Peggy Whiston? I’m shocked!"


Let's go outside for a walk!  #RecordBreaking8thEVA

ntodd

March 30, 2017 in Mars, Bitches!, Soaking In Patriarchy | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Friday, March 24, 2017

No quarter will be given!

The Quartering Acts--first of which passed March 24, 1765--were egregious enough to be referenced in our Declaration of Independence:

[King George III{ has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us...

And 15 years later we got the Third Amendment protecting us from forced billeting of soldiers in our private homes, which probably isn't the biggest worry most people have right now.  F'rinstance, here's Griswold:

[S]pecific guarantees in the Bill of Rights have penumbras, formed by emanations from those guarantees that help give them life and substance. See Poe v. Ullman, 367 U.S. 497, 516-522 (dissenting opinion). Various guarantees create zones of privacy. The right of association contained in the penumbra of the First Amendment is one, as we have seen. The Third Amendment, in its prohibition against the quartering of soldiers "in any house" in time of peace without the consent of the owner, is another facet of that privacy. The Fourth Amendment explicitly affirms the "right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures." The Fifth Amendment, in its Self-Incrimination Clause, enables the citizen to create a zone of privacy which government may not force him to surrender to his detriment. The Ninth Amendment provides: "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."

With the defeat of TrumpCare2.0, women at least don't have to worry about Republican Men quartering in their uteri or mammaries for now...

ntodd

March 24, 2017 in Constitution, Schmonstitution, Soaking In Patriarchy | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Show And Tell

Jenny Boylan:

I’m so over defending my own humanity. I’m so over providing a power-point presentation about the fact that I exist. And I’m completely done with engaging with anyone who has a clever theory explaining why they actually understand my soul better than I do.

To be blunt: if your crazy-ass theory of the world doesn’t ease the suffering of people whom you do not understand, maybe what you actually need is a new theory.

Look, I’m going to continue all of the work I’ve been doing these last 15 years talking about identity and story and love. I’m going to try to support other people in the community whose work I admire, or find challenging or engaging.

But in creative writing circles we have a saying: Show, Don’t Tell. [ed. note: she drilled that into us in class] In writing, that means that a scene — with dialogue and texture and character — is much more convincing than narration — explaining and lecturing. And it strikes me that this is true of our movement now as well.

To exist is to resist.

ntodd

February 19, 2017 in Conscience, Soaking In Patriarchy | Permalink | Comments (1)

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Give us a reading on the 1202


As you can see, there are no chicks landing on the Moon.

ntodd

November 25, 2016 in Mars, Bitches!, Soaking In Patriarchy | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Patriarchy In Space

Just catching up on this week's news:

President Obama awarded his last Presidential Medal of Freedom — the highest US honor given to a civilian — in a packed ceremony on Tuesday, according to The New York Times. Margaret Hamilton, the woman behind the onboard flight software for NASA Apollo lunar modules and command modules, was among the 21 recipients.

Hamilton, who invented the term “software engineer,” began her career as a computer programmer at MIT in the 1960s. In August 1961, NASA issued a contract to MIT to design the spacecraft’s guidance and navigational system. Hamilton presided over the in-flight software group, which included overseeing the alarm system that would give a warning when the computer was overloaded, but at the same time allowed it to switch its focus to critical tasks and stop doing non-critical tasks.

This alarm system proved to be crucial in the moments leading up to Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong’s Moon landing when it rang due to a faulty radar. But it allowed Aldrin and Armstrong to continue with the landing as the computer informed the crew that it was shedding its less-important functions to focus on steering the engine during the spacecraft’s descent.

During the award ceremony, Obama said Hamilton represents “that generation of unsung women who helped send humankind into space.”

Unsung is an understatement.  In popular culture and history about the Apollo program, women are relegated to the Wives, some nurses...men are the heroes.  And I admit I didn't even realize that until recently.

ntodd

November 25, 2016 in Mars, Bitches!, Soaking In Patriarchy | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Tuesday, August 02, 2016

For There Is No Power But Of Trump

Cesspool seems to be a well-researched name:

James Edwards, host of The Political Cesspool, reflected on Chelsea Clinton’s speech at the Democratic National Convention and opined that Hillary Clinton could “not be the mother God wants you to be” because she was an “extremist radical, feminist.”

“So I’m sure that there is love between Hillary Clinton and her daughter, but I did not see the family and familial bonds out of the Clinton family that I saw from the Trump family,” he explained. “Does anyone really believe that Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton sleep in the same room? Does anyone really believe that Hillary Clinton even sleeps with men?”

“Should Hillary Clinton be president of the United States?” Edwards asked his listeners, adding that “under God’s law, a woman should not even have dominion over her household.”

“There are natural roles and abilities that men and women have that are God-ordained and together, they are complementary of one another, and together, a man and a woman can raise a family,” the radio host insisted. “The husband is the ruler of the house under God’s law, and that’s the law that I abide by,”

Edwards went on to assert that the country would be “better” if women did not have the right to vote.

I'm sure when Hillary wins, these folks will all follow the higher powers ordained by G-d instead of, you know, fomenting rebellion.

ntodd

August 2, 2016 in Soaking In Patriarchy | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Religious Accommodations For Plan B, But Not For Peyote

Conservatives legitimately ask Why Can't I Discriminate If I Really, Really Hate Something?

[I]n 2007, the Washington State Board of Pharmacy issued new regulations declaring that a pharmacy may not “refuse to deliver a drug or device to a patient because its owner objects to delivery on religious, moral, or other personal grounds.” Quite reasonably, the board felt Washington pharmacies should not be permitted to deny patients safe, legal drugs—which was a growing problem within the state: In addition to Plan B, religious pharmacists had refused to give patients diabetic syringes, insulin, HIV-related medications, and Valium. That, the board decided, was unacceptable. Pharmacists have every right to believe whatever they wish, but when those beliefs are manifested in the form of brazen discrimination against customers, they cannot be sanctioned by the law. In 2015, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the constitutionality of Washington’s regulation.

Alito, along with Thomas and Roberts, seesStormans differently. “There are strong reasons to doubt,” Alito writes, “whether the regulations … actually serve … any legitimate purpose.”

There are strong reasons to doubt whether Justice Alito serves any legitimate purpose.

ntodd

June 28, 2016 in Constitution, Schmonstitution, Soaking In Patriarchy | Permalink | Comments (1)

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Monday, June 27, 2016

It's A Trap!

And Dead Tony couldn't have stopped it:

In a huge victory for the pro-choice movement, the Supreme Court voted 5-3 Monday to strike down two major anti-abortion provisions that were part of an omnibus anti-abortion law Texas passed in 2013.

The court's ruling in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt also strikes a blow to a strategy by the pro-life movement to limit abortion access incrementally, through state laws.

To provide abortions at any stage of pregnancy, the provisions forced doctors to have"admitting privileges" with a nearby hospital (which are difficult to get for abortion providers specifically), and forced clinics to undergo often expensive renovations to become "ambulatory surgical centers," which haven't been demonstrated to make abortion safer (though abortion is already quite a safe medical procedure.)

While pro-life advocates said these laws made abortion safer for women, their most significant effect was forcing roughly half of the state's abortion clinics to close. The overwhelming consensus from doctors is that the laws had no medical benefit, and actually made abortion less safe because they forced quality clinics to close for no compelling medical reason.

The central constitutional question was: Did the policies put an "undue burden" on women when they are forced to drive hundreds of miles because their nearest clinic has closed due to regulatory hurdles?

The Court found that it did.

"Both the admitting-privileges and the surgical-center requirements place a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking a previability abortion, constitute an undue burden on abortion access, and thus violate the Constitution," read the decision.

No fucking shit.  I mean, TRAP laws are no threat to liberty like background checks and smaller magazines and/or clips, of course, but this is still pretty good news, if you're into that sort of thing.

ntodd

June 27, 2016 in Constitution, Schmonstitution, Soaking In Patriarchy | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Soon National Right To Life Will Become Anti-drone

This is nice:

Existing Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) rules had meant commercial [drone] operators needed a pilot's licence in order to fly even small drones - a stipulation industry advocates said was unnecessarily restrictive.

In addition to the licence, commercial drone operators had to apply to the FAA on a case-by-case basis to gain permission. To date, only 5,300 commercial applicants were successful in gaining permission from the FAA, a tiny fraction of drones owned in the US.

Critics of the old system said the process was too cumbersome and expensive.

From August, commercial drone operators will be able to fly by meeting much simpler criteria.

Because we'll probably need this to help women trapped in TRAP states:

Tuesday morning, something flew into the airspace of Northern Ireland. It wasn’t a bird, it wasn’t a plane — it was an abortion drone, carrying the means for safe pregnancy termination for women in protest of the strict abortion laws governing Ireland.

The drone carried abortion pills containing mifepristone and misoprostol, which together are considered the gold standard for medical abortion. The drugs are safe for women to use up to 10 weeks into a pregnancy. It set off from the Republic of Ireland and flew to Northern Ireland, where it landed and two women took the pills, according to a press release.

The women who took the pills didn’t say whether they were pregnant or not, according to theTelegraph, arguing that was private medical information. While police officers were present at the landing site, they didn’t confiscate the medication, which had been prescribed by doctors. Although abortions are illegal in both parts of Ireland, the differing laws in the two countries allow for a drone to fly the pills between them.

Let's just make sure the delivery drones are armed so nobody will be able to regulate them...

ntodd

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June 22, 2016 in Soaking In Patriarchy | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Dedicated To Sansa Stark

Chiyorozu no:

Though you faced a foe
A thousand myriads in strength
You are such a man
As without lifting up words
Could bring them captive back.

Motoori Norinaga.

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June 21, 2016 in Soaking In Patriarchy | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Now there was a time when they used to say

Behind every great woman:

[Sansa] proves she’s absolutely right: Jon and his foolish honor fall victim to Ramsay’s games just as Sansa warned him not to, and he abandons his carefully laid plans. He charges, alone, at a superior force and allows his army to be surrounded and nearly overwhelmed. He himself loses his horse and nearly suffocates. Sansa, meanwhile, enlists the help of Littlefinger and rides in with the Knights of the Vale to save the day. The Starks retake Winterfell — largely because of Sansa. At the end, when Jon overtakes Ramsay, he looks to her — acknowledging that especially with this enemy, she deserves to call the shots.

In the ending scene, she gets the ultimate revenge on her rapist and torturer. “Your words will disappear. Your house will disappear. Your name will disappear. All memory of you will disappear,” she tells him. Having lived with him, she knows his greatest fear. And then she sets him up for the most karmic piece of brutality yet...

Probably the most satisfying episode in six seasons.  I just hope it doesn't, you know, give any of my lady readers dangerous ideas...

ntodd


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June 21, 2016 in Soaking In Patriarchy | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Best Gun Control Is Cock Control

Perhaps we should do what Benjamin Franklin suggested Britain try on some violent North Americans: all the Males there be castrated.

The English, whose Humanity is celebrated by all the World, but particularly by themselves, do not desire the Death of the Delinquent, but his Reformation. The Advantages arising from this Scheme being carried into Execution are obvious. In the Course of fifty Years it is probable we shall not have one rebellious Subject in North America. This will be laying the Axe to the Root of the Tree. 

In the course of 50 years it is probable that we shall have not one mass shooting...

ntodd

June 16, 2016 in RKBA, Soaking In Patriarchy | Permalink | Comments (0)