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Study finds that liberals really are weed-smoking wimps who cry a lot and watch The Daily Show

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Young man watching tv, crying

Young man watching TV, crying / AP: Probably a liberal

Ha ha! Every wishy-washy stereotype about liberals turns out to be…true!

Liberals really do cry at the drop of a hat, get their news from The Daily Show, and smoke a lot of weed–just as we all suspected. Oh, and they also tend to be vegetarians.

Conservatives: Guns, steak, the outdoors, and Jesus!

The Washington Free Beacon‘s Elizabeth Harrington reports:

“Conservatives are more interested in the outdoors and the gun range while liberals prefer ‘museums, yoga, and crying,’ according to a new study by the online dating website OkCupid.

“OkCupid used data from nearly 200,000 profiles for its Words and Politics analysis, which also found that liberals looking for love are vegetarians and conservatives like steak….

“For users who said they are ‘actively seeking love’ the divide between conservatives and liberals was stark.

“’Like the outdoors or going to the shooting range? So do a majority of conservatives interested in love,’ OkCupid said. ‘Liberals looking for love prefer museums, yoga, and crying.’

“The analysis also found liberals tend to list ‘The Daily Show, Broad City, NPR, podcasts, and weed’ on their profiles, while conservatives mention ‘Jesus, faith, guns, and Marines.’…

“Other terms commonly listed on liberal profiles included ‘Atheist,’ ‘Social Justice,’ ‘Feminist,’ and ‘Queer.’ Common conservative terms included ‘Country,’ ‘Fishing,’ ‘Old fashioned,’ and ‘C.S. Lewis.'”

Posted by Charlotte Allen

Your tuition $$: Freshman “common reading” all about illegal immigrants and “racial injustice”

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Old freshman reading favorite Plato: Take a hike and drink some hemlock

 

So this year the hottest common freshman reading topic is…illegal immigrants. Inside Higher Education reports:

“Freshmen at Miami University of Ohio will read Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot and the Battle for the American Dream (MacMillan) by Joshua Davis, a contributing editor at Wired magazine. The book — which inspired a film — is based on the true story of undocumented high school students who entered a national robotics competition….

“Favoring an ethnographic approach, Tufts University chose Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America (University of California Press) by Roberto G. Gonzales, an assistant professor at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. The book examines the results of a 12-year study that followed 150 undocumented young adults in Los Angeles….

“Opting for a personal narrative, California State University East Bay chose the memoir Illegal: Reflections of an Undocumented Immigrant (University of Illinois Press), in which the author recounts his attempts to gain an education and build a new life in America. Due to legal concerns surrounding his immigration status, the author published the memoir under the name José Ángel N.”

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But on some campuses the freshman-orientation administrators have evidently decided that illegal immigration is so last year. They’ve gone with the second hottest common-reading topic: racial injustice.

“Students entering the Honors College at Arizona will read Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf Press) by the poet Claudia Rankine, a fusion of poetry, art and criticism that explores the intersections of race, language and the body. The first chapter relates microaggressions directed at Rankine and her friends, while the seventh chapter features a list of African-American men involved in recent police shootings that concludes with the phrase ‘because white men can’t police their imagination black men are dying.’…

“Wesleyan University picked The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (The New Press) by Michelle Alexander, associate professor of law at Ohio State University. The book seeks to challenge the idea that we live in an era of colorblindness, tracing how the war on drugs targeted black men and suggesting that mass incarceration replaced segregation as a system of social control.”

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

 

Snake on a plane: Former NBC producer rats out airline pilot for calling stewardesses “pretty”

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Hell hath no fury like a feminist journalist spotting a microaggression

Former NBC producer Betsy Fischer Martin was so freaked out by having to listen to a United Airlines pilot call the stewardesses “pretty” that she promptly alerted United via Twitter, presumably so that appropriate disciplinary steps could be taken:

“Really? @united pilot just directed passengers on PA to pay attention ‘to the pretty young ladies in the aisle’ for safety instructions.

So–will United fire the man, or just push him out of the plane at 30,000 feet?

Well, United is going to do something, because Fischer is such a big media cheese (she’s married to New York Times political reporter Jonathan Martin). Indeed, the airline promptly tweeted back:

“Betsy, please feel free to DM us more details including flight number. ^NC”

That’s nice: Punishing a pilot for complimenting the flight attendants.

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

NYT film critic Manohla Dargis: Love the new all-female “Ghostbusters” or I’ll kill your dog

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Melissa McCarthy;Kristen Wiig;Kate McKinnon;Leslie JonesLaugh or die: Manohla says these women are funny–over and over till your head hurts

 

Here’s the headline, lifted from the text of Dargis’s piece: “Girls Rule. Women Are Funny. Get Over It.”

Is this a movie review or a threat?

And here’s how we, the audience, are supposed to react—or else:

“[W]hatever else you can say about the new ‘Ghostbusters,’ it’s a lot like the old ‘Ghostbusters,’  except that it stars four funny women instead of, you know, four funny men. In other words, it doesn’t have a lot of XY chromosomes and basso profondo voices….”

OK, Manohla, if you say the women in the new Ghostbusters are funny, they’re funny.

And in case we didn’t get the message, here’s Manohla telling us one more time that the women in the new Ghostbusters are funny—get it, they’re funny:

“’…Ghostbusters’ is also a female-friendship movie, but without the usual genre pro forma tears,  jealousies and boyfriends. Friendship here, even at its testiest, is a given, which means that [director Paul] Feig doesn’t have to worry it and can get on with bringing the funny with his stars and toys, his ghosts and laughs.”

Oh, and did I tell you that Manohla Dargis says the women in the new Ghostbusters are funny?

“Part of what makes ‘Ghostbusters’ enjoyable is that it allows women to be as simply and uncomplicatedly funny as men….”

And also:

“It’s no surprise then that Sony Pictures wanted to resurrect the ‘Ghostbusters’ franchise in some form, just as it’s no surprise that it took someone like Mr. Feig to figure out how to make it work, mostly, by not really messing with it. Even so, what he’s doing onscreen — by helping to redefine who gets to    be   funny in movies — is what makes him a thoughtful successor to original Ghostbusters director Harold] Ramis….”

There’s that “funny” again.

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

Swedish police combat groping of teenage girls with…bracelets that say “Don’t touch me”

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Magical Swedish bracelet stops gropers dead in their tracks.

 

The Swedish police have decided that the best way to combat an onslaught of “refugee” male groping of teenage girls in public places is…for the girls to wear colorful plastic bracelets that say “Don’t touch me.”

Right, that’ll do it.

And if it doesn’t, “The hashtag #tafsainte (don’t grope) is also part of the campaign,” the Daily Caller reports.

Says the Caller:

“’We hope this will, above anything else, make guys think once or twice,’ National Police Chief Dan Eliasson told news agency TT. ‘A lot of people don’t realize this is a crime.’…

“’If you feel uncomfortable, you should immediately go to the police and talk to us because it’s not ok,’ Eliasson said. ‘Who wants to be remembered as the guy who gropes? For the love of god guys, think!’”

Indeed, what newly arrived Afghan wants to be “remembered as the guy who gropes”? Imagine!

As the Caller pointed out earlier:

“Sexual assaults by gangs of refugees — similar to the events in Cologne, Germany on New Year’s Eve — happened two years in a row at a music festival in Stockholm, Sweden. Police allegedly kept the events quiet in attempts to avoid public debate on immigration.

“The assaults took place at the We are Sthlm music festival in August of 2014 and 2015, according to an investigation published Sunday by daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter. Most of the attendees were teenage girls, but some were as young as 11 years old, according to police.”

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

Eat, pray, write best-selling slurp about finding love on an Indonesian beach, then divorce

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Gilbert and visa-seeking Brazilian hub

 

Guess which smash 2006 best-seller with a near-100 percent female readership this quote comes from:

“’I’m here. I love you. I don’t care if you need to stay up crying all night long, I will stay with you….There’s nothing you can ever do to lose my love. I will protect you until you die, and after your death I will still protect you. I am stronger than Depression and I am braver than Loneliness and nothing will ever exhaust me.’”

Yup, you guessed it. And now Elizabeth Gilbert is splitting from the Brazilian Romeo who whispered the above sweet nothing into her ear that found its way into Eat, Pray, Love, the memoir that launched 9 million swoons from 9 million women who devoured it on beaches and in book groups all over the world.

The plot: Sensitive 32-year-old  Elizabeth dumps her boring husband and takes a year off traveling ’round the world to find herself: eat (pasta by the pound in Italy), pray (at one of those Western “spirituality”-catering ashrams in India), and love (the Brazilian  trinket-seller she meets on a beach in Indonesia, whom she calls “Felipe.”) Actually, all of this was fnanced by a generous book advance, but finaind yourself is finding yourself.

Eat, Pray ultimately became a 2010 hit movie, also geared to the Oprah crowd. True, Elizabeth Gilbert doesn’t exactly look like Julia Roberts, who played her, and “Felipe” (his real name is Jose Nunes, short, balding, and 16 years older than Gilbert, doesn’t exactly look like Javier Bardem, the hunky Latin hunk who played him.

Gilbert and Nunes ultmately got married. The reason turned out to be a little more prosaic than “There is nothing you can ever do to lose my love”: The Indonesian beaches seemed to have lost their appeal for Nunes, and he needed a green card in order to to live with Gilbert in a country that’s apparently even more spiritually fulfilling than exotic Indonesia: the good old USA. As this blurb for Gilbert’s 2010 follow-up book, Committed, explains:

“But providence intervened one day in the form of the United States government, which—after unexpectedly detaining Felipe at an American border crossing—gave the couple a choice: they could either get married, or Felipe would never be allowed to enter the country again.”

Oops! Fortunately Gilbert had the sense to get a pre-nup shielding much of her Eat, Pray millions from the man who swore to protect her until she died.

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

LAT writer becomes the weenie at his own BBQ: caters to every one of friends’ PC food phobias

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Wife won’t eat the burger, grain-frees won’t eat the bun, paleos won’t eat the chips.

 

My favorite Fourth of July story was this one, by freelance editor Robin Rauzi in the Los Angeles Times: It’s titled “How Vegetarians, Gluten-Frees, Grain-Frees and Other L.A. Food Tribes Ruined My BBQ Tradition.”

A better title: “How to Be the Weenie at Your Own BBQ.”
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“Anyone who knew my wife and me knew that on Friday night we would be on the patio, grill fired up. Just show up with a side dish.

“There was, however, a hitch with this from the very beginning:
“The very easiest form of cookout — burgers and hot dogs — was off the table from the start. My wife, some years before we met, stopped eating beef. I’ve long abandoned trying to explain her political or social or dietary positions to others, but I think it had something to do with the Ogallala Aquifer.”
OK, Robin, you married her and you love her. But whatever weird thing the Rauzis were grilling that summer—bison patties?—obviously gave their neighbors ideas about what else they could get away with imposing:
“Our friends next door, not surprisingly, very quickly became FNBBQ regulars. Co-hosts, really. But  one of them had narrower meat options: no mammals. So that first summer we grilled a lot of  variations on chicken and turkey sausage, and filled in with salads and slaws.”
Guess the sex of the “one of them” with the “no mammals” rule.
Then the circle expanded to include the first semi-vegetarian.
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In what I considered a propitiatory gesture, I added salmon to the grill — but the semi-vegetarian  didn’t eat fish, or like it, or something. My wife gave me a look that said ‘What in the world is wrong  with you?’ She then added aloud, ‘There is nothing here for her to eat.’ Apparently my fallback position, that vegetarians should fill up on bread and cheese, was not hospitable.”
At this point, if I were Rauzi, I’d start thinking about getting a different wife.
Posted by Charlotte Allen

 

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