could put them back on again if she wished

“In her Sex and the Office, Brown documented some rather bizarre office practices, none more so than “scuttling,” a group pastime at a radio station where she once worked:

[Men] would select a secretary or file girl, chase her up and down the halls,…catch her and take her panties off. Once the panties off, the girl could put them back on again if she wished. Nothing wicked ever happened. De-pantying was the sole object of the game.


true incompetency

Sheelagh Whittaker, non-executive director at Standard Life and Imperial Oil supports quotas for women on company boards:

“Society has been pursuing this issue for 40 years and we still have a number like 10 per cent. We will only have true equality when we have as many incompetent women on boards as many incompetent men…  Women opposing quotas is like turkeys arguing for Christmas.”

no Japanese word for them

Suzanne Price:

The Japanese word for rape is “rapu”; the Japanese word for sexual harassment is “seku hara.” These words are “borrowed” from the English language because traditionally, there was no Japanese word for them and therefore no previously (voiced) concept for these assaults of sexual harassment in Japan.


Matthew Yglesias:

… you can’t take a political order that’s been constructed over hundreds of years on the basis of the disempowerment of women, and then one day say, as a kind of add-on, “oh and also we’ll treat women fairly”. Once you take seriously the idea that women are equal, you actually have to rethink social and political institutions from the ground up.

a complicitous silence

Gillian Tett:

Three decades ago, Pierre Bourdieu, a French sociologist, observed that elites in a society typically maintain their power not simply by controlling the means of production (ie money), but by dominating the cultural discourse too (that is, a society’s intellectual map). And what is most important in relation to that cognitive map is not what is overtly stated and discussed – but what is left unstated, or ignored. Or as he wrote: “The most successful ideological effects are those which have no need of words, and ask no more than a complicitous silence.”

pulpy love

i love these books!

“Their love was right! But their sex was wrong”

“There’s no hell on wheels like – Dykes on Bikes.”

“A man who knew him as no woman ever had…”

“A savage hunger drove her from man to man. Then she fell into the clutches of a perverse woman.”

“Satan Was A Lesbian.”

crazy homos

Adam Gopnik:

It wasn’t that they really cared about the conceptual difference between the claim that Jesus and the Father were homoousian (same in essence) and the claim that the two were homoiousian (same in substance); they cared about whether the Homoousians or the Homoiousians were going to run the Church.

extravagant festivals


Two M.I.T. economists, Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, found that the world’s poor typically spend about 2 percent of their income educating their children, and often larger percentages on alcohol and tobacco: 4 percent in rural Papua New Guinea, 6 percent in Indonesia, 8 percent in Mexico. The indigent also spend significant sums on soft drinks, prostitution and extravagant festivals.

had utterly vanished


in the 1970s a Japanese photographer, Keiki Haginoya, undertook what was to be a lifelong project to compile a photo documentary of children’s play on the streets of Tokyo. He gave up the project in 1996, noting that the spontaneous play and laughter that once filled the city’s streets, alleys and vacant lots had utterly vanished.

it is important that we continue

Gene Siskel:

The importance of Judaism isn’t simply theological, or, in the minds of some Jews, necessarily theological at all. It is that we have stayed together and respected these things for thousands of years, and so it is important that we continue.

russian butter and asian values

back in the USSR, Russians know that when reports about the dangers of butter appear in the press, it was a sure sign that people would soon face a butter shortage.

here in Asia, when you read about politicians talking about “Asian values” in the press, it’s a sure sign that people would soon be confused with Confucianism, neutralised with sweet Namastes and sodomised as we Sawatdee-ka and bend.

don’t bend.

she once was walter but now am wendy

The Telegraph:

Most people’s first exposure to synthesized music was in 1971, on the soundtrack to Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange. The film’s sinister score – written and performed on the Moog synthesizer by American composer Walter (now Wendy) Carlos — would lead many listeners always to associate synth with the idea of a bleak and alienating future.