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April 28, 2014

Laugh or cry, you decide

Some of the things people think about in the United States of America, 2014:

"Students Demand Acknowledgement of Robert E. Lee's 'Racist and Dishonorable Conduct'".

"You Can Call a Man Fat But You Can’t Fat-Shame Him".

"It’s Official: At Dartmouth, The Word ‘Fiesta’ Is Racist And White People Can’t Use It".

"Loaded language: The gun metaphors that pervade our everyday slang".

"Why Are There No Butch Lesbians on Television?"

"Activists: De Blasio picks ‘not diverse enough’".

"The Troubling Power of Romantic Comedies".

"Stall Tactics: Getting It On in Restaurant Restrooms Is More Common Than You Think".

Finally, A. A. Gill tries, very hard, to explain why the rich spend lots of money: "Perfection Anxiety".


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Ted Craig

So are students at Dartmouth going to have to say, "I drive a Ford subcompact?"


Thanks for all the good links.

My heart goes out to that fragile flower of Dartmouth, Miss Hernandez. How horrible it must have been for her to hear of that Fiesta Party on the campus she shares with so many evidently hurtful and insensitive students. Her mental anguish must surely rival that of the protestors Bull Conner's men turned fire hoses on in Birmingham in the 1960s.

In order not to cause her additional offense I (a non-native-speaker-of-Spanish) will now refrain from using the dreaded word and will call it instead "the F word".

Perhaps Dartmouth's Spanish department will follow suit and will eliminate the odious pain-causing word from its Spanish classes, replacing it with "la palabra efe" (the F word).


I just noticed Miss Vitiello's piece asking why there are no butch lesbians on TV, but only femme lesbians. Kudos to her for bringing this injustice to our attention. Since directors and casting people haven't voluntarily done anything about this problem, I am going to write to the Obama administration and offer my suggestion for remedying it. A new agency of the federal government should be set up, or an existing agency should be tasked to take on this problem. Panels should review the casting for every show on TV and approve them only if they have a sufficient number of butch lesbian characters. And not just bit players, but major cast members with good screen time.

No longer will butch lesbians be excluded from TV shows. The broadcast spectrum, after all, is the property of us all, which is just another way of saying it is the property of the federal government. Stout butch lesbians with buzz haircuts wearing plaid flannel shirts insist on equality with beautiful lesbians with makeup and long hair.

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