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“Immature” man actually wants to have sex with his wife–but “I’m watching a ‘Friends’ rerun”!

Why do women get married if they don’t want to have sex with their husbands?

Someone claiming to be the wife took the spreadsheet to Reddit and, under the username throwwwwaway29, shared it with the /r/relationships community, writing: “My husband [M26] sent me [F26] an immature, inflammatory email as I was driving to the airport for a 10-day work trip. Now he has cut contact.”Sex? ...or sex not. A spreadsheet

If I were this husband, I’d “cut contact,” too.

There are only two excuses for not having sex with your husband: 1) being really sick; 2) being dead.

Posted by Charlotte Allen



The decline of feminist prose: From Germaine Greer to Rebecca “I Don’t F*cking Care” Traister

If you’ve got to read a man-hating screed, which would you rather read?

Germaine Greer, Shakespeare scholar, writing in 1971:

The revolutionary woman must know her enemies, the doctors, psychiatrists, health visitors, priests, marriage counsellors, policemen, magistrates and genteel reformers, all the authoritarians and dogmatists who flock about her with warnings and advice. She must know her friends, her sisters, and seek in their lineaments her own. With them she can discover co-operation, sympathy and love. The end cannot justify the means: if she finds that her revolutionary way leads only to further discipline and continuing incomprehension, with their corollaries of bitterness and diminution, no matter how glittering the objective which would justify it, she must understand that it is a wrong way and an illusory end. The struggle which is not joyous is the wrong struggle. The joy of the struggle is not hedonism and hilarity, but the sense of purpose, achievement and dignity which is the reflowering of etiolated energy. Only these can sustain her and keep the flow of energy coming. The problems are only equalled by the possibilities: every mistake made is redeemed when it is understood. The only ways in which she can feel such joy are radical ones: the more derided and maligned the action that she undertakes, the more radical.


Rebecca Traister, “F”-word queen, writing in 2014:

“I Don’t F*cking Care If You Like It”

Just asking.
Posted by Charlotte Allen



Critics can’t decide whether “Planet of the Apes” is a gun-control PSA or a sexist screed

My latest blog post for the Los Angeles Times:

Andy SerkisIs “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” a leftist’s dream movie — or a right-wing farrago of sexism, racism and even speciesism worthy of, oh, Mel Gibson?


On the left, we have:

1. Gun control.

Here’s Katey Rich swooning at Vanity Fair:


“The very first conflict in the film is eerily, depressingly similar to the way humans shoot each other every day — a man walking through the forest is startled by the arrival of two apes, and out of fear, he shoots one of them.”


But on the right, we have:

1. A “woman problem.”

Kyle Buchanan writes in Slate:

“This ‘Dawn is virtually devoid of female characters.


So, is “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” a left-wing apologia or a right-wing cinematic screed? It looks like a tossup, doesn’t it?

Posted by Charlotte Allen




No, “Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck” doesn’t star Rebecca Traister

My latest blog post for the Weekly Standard:

Amy Alkon

Amy Alkon, Los Angeles-based syndicated advice columnist (“Advice Goddess”) and author of Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck (St. Martin’s Griffin), is a friend of mine, so this is a plug, not a review. But even if this were a review because I didn’t know Amy, it would read like a plug anyway. Her previous manners book, I See Rude People (2009), got rave blurbs from Elmore Leonard and Harold Bloom. I’m not in the same league as either of those, but I can say without reservation that Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck is hilarious, consistently entertaining, and, above all, wise. It’s Emily Post as a beach read.

Unlike Post, though, Amy doesn’t pretend to know, much less dispense advice about, the finer points of formal etiquette. In her opening chapter, titled “I Don’t Care Where You Put the Fork (as long as you don’t stab anybody in the eye with it),” she confesses: “I do have a grasp on certain table manner basics, like that you shouldn’t lick your plate clean unless there’s a power outage or you’re dining with the blind, but I’m basically as domestic as a golden retriever.” But as she points out: “What really matters isn’t how you set the table or serve the turkey but whether you’re nice to people while you’re doing it.” Her book, she writes, is “for people like me, who are well-meaning but imperfect…who sometimes swear (and maybe even enjoy it) but take care not to do it around anybody’s great-aunt or four-year-old.”

Posted by Charlotte Allen

Animal-rights people won’t wear leather shoes, but they want to butcher Kendall Jones

My latest blog post for the Los Angeles Times:

A “Kill Kendall Jones” page flourished on Facebook — at the same time that Facebook removed photos of Jones’ kills from her own Facebook page on the ground that they violated a Facebook prohibition against “graphic images shared for sadistic effect or to celebrate or glorify violence,” according to a Facebook spokesperson quoted in the Washington Times. Facebook did eventually remove the “Kill Kendall Jones” page after a few days, but the sentiment remained.


And then there was this, as reported by CBC: “A [100,000-signature] petition circulated on the White House’s website demands that Jones be banned from Africa. Anonymous commenters said Jones should be hunted down like the animals she targeted. Rape threats followed. Some called her a ‘slut’ and ‘bimbo.’ Misdirected rage assailed other blond women who shared the name Kendall Jones.”

[W]hen Katniss Everdeen of “The Hunger Games” wields her bow and arrow, she’s hailed by feminists as “feisty” and “independent.” When Kendall Jones wields hers, she’s denounced as a shameless self-promoter who wears short shorts and makeup (horrors!) and posts mean memes about vegetarians (see this Facebook sample).

Posted by Charlotte Allen

Rolling Stone’s 5 most dangerous guns: 1. guns; 2. guns; 3. guns; 4. guns; 5. derringers

What you get when you assign a chick to write about firearms.

It’s the comments (2,265 so far) that are priceless. Some samples:

The 5 Most Dangerous Guns in America
1. the kind that kill people
2. Evil black ones
3. The kind that can shoot hundred of rounds without reloading
4. Plastic ones that can’t be seen on metal detectors
5. Any that are outside of law enforcement or military hands


The five most dangerous sharks:
1. Sharks
2. Sharks
3. Sharks
4. Sharks
5. Sharks


Five Hardest Things for Rolling Stone Journalists to Deal With:

1. Reporting
2. Counting
2. Remembering
3. Remembering
4. Hard stuff
3. Counting
5. Derringers

Posted by Charlotte Allen

Not an Onion parody: Feminists plan to stop “rape culture” with…a “rape quilt”!

You can’t make this stuff up:

The Monument Quilt is a crowd-sourced collection of thousands of stories from survivors of rape and abuse. By stitching our stories together, we are creating and demanding public space to heal. The Monument Quilt is a platform to not only tell our stories, but work together to forever change how Americans respond to rape. We are creating a new culture where survivors are publicly supported rather than publicly shamed.

Sections of the quilt will be witnessed across the United States through a tour, quilt making workshops, and a historic display in our nation’s capitol.

And wait till these ladies get to their next project:

The existing monuments on the national mall are places to honor the heroes of our history, to grieve the losses of violence, and to remember and reflect. When our nation remembers difficult parts of our history, we are better able to prevent injustice and atrocities from repeating. This important public process has not happened with sexual violence.

We believe in creating a national monument to survivors of rape and abuse because we want to live in a country that holds public space for survivors to heal. We believe in creating a national monument because we want to live in a country that believes rape can end.

My proposal for a design for the rape monument: A granite version of this:

h/t: Kathy Shaidle



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