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Archive for the ‘Ladies’ Category

June 13, 2011 1

This Post is About Badminton, Kinda

By in Ladies, Sartoria, Society, The Arts, Uncategorized

My senior year of college, once winter was officially gone, one of my housemates or neighbors bought a backyard games set from Walmart on a whim. And that’s how I spent half my senior year playing badminton. I’d played occasionally before, like you do as a kid because—let’s face it—badminton has a certain amount of [...]

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November 6, 2010 0

Pilot Versus Ballerina

By in Gentlemen, Ladies, Society

Sometimes, if you are not a cis white dude, life will up and smack you in the face for not being a cis white dude. Even if all you are doing is sitting around typing crappy prose on your laptop. I was doing just that when the love of my life started scrolling through the [...]

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August 31, 2010 0

Nathan Rabin Fails at Modeling and as a Human Being.

By in Gentlemen, Ladies, Sartoria, Society

It may seem like a clever move to self-deprecatingly refer to your own article as a “lousy blog post”, but it doesn’t mean the phrase does not ring true. If there is one set of ads I would purge from all the internets given the chance (and the POWER), it is the marketing campaign spat [...]

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August 14, 2010 0

A Bechdel Test for Historical Romance

By in Ladies, Romance, Society, Writing

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the Bechdel test and what it reveals about the film industry. And there’s been at least one post I could find on a Bechdel standard for video games as well, which is interesting, even though I could dispute a whole bunch of points in the post (such as: [...]

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August 11, 2010 0

Vodka is for Lame Babies — Take My Word For It

By in Drink, Food and Drink, Gentlemen, Ladies, Society

Previously on this blog, I wrote about Caskstrength’s troubling rules for drinking like a man. Today, we’re looking at the first of those rules: No vodka. Vodka is not manly, says Caskstrength. “How so?” you ask. It just isn’t. I have harped on this for too long so I’ll make it crystal fucking clear, there [...]

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August 1, 2010 0

The Drink-Like-A-Man Trap.

By in Drink, Food and Drink, Gentlemen, Ladies, Society

One night, four of us ended up at Seattle’s lovely Mistral Kitchen for dinner, because the rumor mill had it that the cocktails were pretty good. The rumor mill underestimated by a mile. The cocktails were more than good: they were fantastic. Maybe the best cocktails I’ve ever had: well-crafted, unique, and utterly delicious. And [...]

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July 13, 2010 0

Women Like Writing, But Nobody Writes Like Women.

By in Ladies, Society, The Arts, Writing

Internet personality quizzes are my Achilles heel. I enjoy finding out what interval best embodies my complex individuality (major 7th, as it happens) and what the shape of my letter A’s says about me on a fundamental level. If I’d been around in the late eighteenth century I would have been totally into phrenology, though [...]

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June 1, 2010 1

Prostitutes, Villains, and Video Games: A Rant

By in Ladies, Society

Let’s talk about video games, and the ladies in them. And by ladies, I mean prostitutes. Back in 2008 (Ye Olden Dayes, it seems), Rockstar Games took a lot of heat on account of Grand Theft Auto IV, particularly the fact that within the game, you could hire a prostitute, have sex with her, kill [...]

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April 27, 2010 0

E-reader Ads and Gender Bias: A Rebuttal

By in Gentlemen, Ladies, Society, The Arts, Writing

So lately — on Shakespeare’s birthday, in fact — there was this Huffpo post by Jason Pinter, which then meandered through the blogosphere until it reached my habitual environs (NPR’s delightful Monkey See Blog). The article alleges that there are not enough books for men because of a publishing mantra: men don’t read. So there [...]

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April 27, 2010 0

RITA: Julie Garwood’s The Bride

By in Ladies, Romance, Writing

My first form-specific look at a past RITA award winner: The Bride, by Julie Garwood. First off, I must explain that this is one of the first romance novels I read growing up. And it is definitely the one I’ve reread most often: probably upwards of a hundred times, easily. There are scenes and sentences [...]

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