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Good morning, Sexist readers:
* Salon‘s Mary Elizabeth Williams got me all excited when she titled this post “Fighting for Ke$ha’s Right to Suck,” because . . . come on, she does. But isn’t it interesting how aggressive sucking is pretty much exactly the vibe that Ke$ha‘s music is going for? I mean, the woman is auto-tuned within an inch of her life, her music is all about getting extremely shitty in the most self-conscious way possible, and her stated cultural icon is P. Diddy. Even her cultural appropriation (from the horrific “native” garb to her confused appreciation of “the transgender community“) is half-assed.Also, I know all the words to her songs.Accordingly, I was extremely pumped for Williams to commence pontificating on how Ke$ha’s brave, brave suckiness is actually a subversive feminist rejection of the expectation of perfection placed on young girls today, but instead Williams suggested that maybe Ke$ha won’t suck forever. Oh well.
* 14-year-old Jordanna blogs about her experience dealing with street harassment:
What would have happened if he had come closer towards me? I felt so completely powerless; I could have done almost nothing to protect myself from this man. At that moment I hated myself for being so small, for wearing something one day that actually made me feel pretty, for walking with my head held high. Because I was running so fast I had a few minutes alone at the bus stop. My breathing was heavy, my heart was pounding. At that moment I felt so utterly alone.
* Amanda Marcotte grades country songs on “family values” criteria on the spectrum from sin to salvation. Truth: “Ramblin’ is sinful behavior.”
* Thomas at Yes Means Yes!, describes the patterns emerging in the accusations against Ben Roethlisberger:
As the number of accusations mounts, and the accusations themselves look like classic engineered acquaintance rape situations — pick victims with little recourse and/or use alcohol, test boundaries, physically isolate, deny — there may be some people stupid enough not to see it. But mostly those who choose not to see it are those who don’t want to see the problem because they’re in favor of the problem. They think that any woman who wanders too close to Big Ben is a very bad girl and deserves something of his stuck up something of hers whether she wants it or not. The serial rapists themselves may be a small percentage, but the number of people who are basically their fan club is large enough to allow them to operate with impunity for a good long time.
* Check out SAFER Campus‘ policy suggestions for dealing with sexual assaults on college campuses.
* Bitch Magazine reminds us that some people employ the term “sweater puppies” to refer to boobs, and I am saddened.