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July 07, 2018

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Adam

"Due to Patriarchy, we require a $5 minimum..."

An Indian restaurant we frequent has a 3.5% "cash alternative" charge on credit card transactions.

They should add "due to lingering colonial exploitation we are required to collect this fee" to the sign.

David

Isn’t the heart a little… girly?

Jen

There were “Riots not diets” buttons and a “Fuck patriarchy” T-shirt. The latter was double-extra-large—too big for me.

Mee-oww. :-)

Burnsie

It's hard to believe that "Angry Stores" don't flourish as well as "Angry Studies." Oh well, there goes my franchise dreams.

Capitalism just sucks, doesn't it?

David

It’s hard to believe that “Angry Stores” don’t flourish

It turns out that combining dogmatic condescension with whiny, badly-written books and t-shirts for the obese isn’t the key to commercial success. Even in Portland. And even with a monopoly and plenty of cronyism, i.e., “an exclusive contract to sell textbooks for PSU’s women’s studies courses.”

David

Incidentally, for those thwarted by the WSJ paywall, the article can be read in full here.

Damian

Jordan Peterson claims that this may very well be the single stupidest article he's ever encountered. High praise indeed.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...the single stupidest article he's ever encountered...

The day is young...

But the masculine language of medicine doesn’t end there. Does it matter?

Not in the least, thanks for asking.

Gender bias in the teaching of anatomy and physiology to medical students was examined in a 2013 study by Susan Morgan and her colleagues. In textbooks used to instruct students, they found that “male anatomy and physiology are often represented as the norm, with women being underrepresented in non‐reproductive anatomy.

When your argument hinges on a "study" done by a "research student" in creative writing, what ever the hell that is, you might have a problem, you might have a bigger problem if you didn't read the paper.

The hypothesis tested is that medical students perceive a gender bias that is reflected in the books they read and the tuition they receive. Our findings suggest that, while students recognise the importance of gender issues and do not wish to associate with sexism, most are unaware of the possible negative aspects of sexism within anatomy. In this respect, the findings do not support our hypothesis. Nevertheless, we recommended that teachers of anatomy and authors of anatomy textbooks should be aware of the possibility of adverse effects on professional matters relating to equality and diversity issues.

There was no evidence of our preconceived notion but everyone needs to be be aware that in some as yet undiscovered universe the problem we desperately want to exist, might.

Addendum:

The paper noted is truly a piece of garbage.

Modern anatomy texts too often reduce descriptions of female perineal anatomy...

That is either a bald faced lie, or they wouldn't know a "modern text" if they were beaten about the head and neck with it, going to the shelves, my 30+ year old books (anatomy, I know what you perverts were thinking) go into explicit detail both descriptive and with drawings and photographs, and Frank Netter's images have been around since he began drawing them around 1960.

Should the reader be in any doubt that there are equality and diversity (i.e. sexist) issues to contend with, a need for intervention/management is shown by some of the written comments made by students, a sample of which (designation confidential) is provided below:

A male colleague of mine told me that girls could only be GPs – so there's no point bothering with anatomy...
A woman's job is to open her thighs and to have big breasts...
A female's appropriate occupation is the making of sandwiches...

Right. My money is on the author was too stupid to know when the students were screwing with her.

David

There was no evidence of our preconceived notion but everyone needs to be aware that in some as yet undiscovered universe the problem we desperately want to exist, might.

Heh.

Eagle

A statement on its website blamed the closure on “patriarchy,” “white supremacy” and “capitalism.”

In other words, nobody was interested in what they sold.

Killer Marmot

All capitalist enterprizes risk failure, but a anti-capitalist capitalist enteprize doubly so. To repudiate the very thing that the business needs to flourish must generate enormous cognitive dissonance.

David

To repudiate the very thing that the business needs to flourish must generate enormous cognitive dissonance.

These are intersectional feminists, advocates of “social justice.” Sworn enemies of “patriarchy” and “white privilege.” I suspect the cognitive dissonance was in the red long before they opened for business.

David

Today’s word is multiculturalism.

Killer Marmot

I suspect the cognitive dissonance was in the red long before they opened for business.

For sure. To live in the most free, civil, humane, affluent, and equitable society the world has ever seen and to declare it evil and oppressive requires mental gymnastics that would leave Nadia Comaneci gasping in admiration.

But at least those contradictions are buried under layers of impenetrable feminist "theory", and one can maintain the fantasy that the people of Cuba and Vietnam are far happier, never being forced to actually live there. Profits or lack thereof are a daily concern, with immediate and palpable ramifications. There's no escaping that reality.

Richard Cranium
I am a left-leaning progressive. I am an ally to progressive causes.

My sympathy for Ms. Newman is practically nonexistent.

David

My sympathy for Ms. Newman is practically nonexistent.

Fair enough. As Daniel and others noted in the previous thread, anyone choosing to get into serious debt for a media studies degree at Concordia is choosing to spend time among incompetents, charlatans and borderline lunatics. But it’s telling that the Mao-ling tendency has reached levels that even fellow lefties find creepy and destructive. Sufficiently so to impact, even endanger, the wider institution. When I started blogging about the pathologies of academia, a decade ago, I was often told, flatly, that the mindset I was pointing to - and showing video of - either didn’t exist or was nothing of consequence.

I don’t hear that quite so often now.

[+]

Your data is offensive.

http://dailycaller.com/2017/06/27/democratic-rep-citing-uncomfortable-data-is-white-privilege/

Surreptitious Evil

From the stupidest article evah:

Ghil’ad Zuckermann, professor of linguistics and endangered languages at the University of Adelaide, points out that in languages where the word for ‘bridge’ has a feminine gender, people describe bridges as elegant. But in languages where the word for ‘bridge’ has a masculine gender, people refer to bridges as sturdy.

Really? There are elegant bridges in Florence and Venice. There are sturdy bridges in Frankfurt (hell, German engineering - there are sturdy bridges everywhere in Germany. Even some of the elegant ones!)

And, re Farnsworth's comment:

Nevertheless, we recommended that teachers of anatomy and authors of anatomy textbooks should be aware of the possibility of adverse effects on professional matters relating to equality and diversity issues.

Yes. Teaching anatomy students to call things by different names in the interests of 'equality and diversity', whatever they actually are (either the 'interests' or 'equality and diversity' themselves) is likely to lead to, coughs, 'interesting' outcomes in theatre.

I hypothesise.

Nurse: "Doctor, have you seen the small bleed under the patient's left Fallopian tube?"
Properly indoctrinated Dr: "Nurse, I'm ashamed of you. Don't you know that such an important female body part must not be referred to by the name of some dead white Italian? As a professional woman, you should be standing up for the rights of all women, etc, etc, etc ..."
Nurse: "Doctor, there is now a major bleed ..."
Anaesthetist: "Doctor, the patient's blood pressure is dropping dangerously ..."
Machine (which cares about reality, rather than 'equality and diversity') 'Beeeeeeep ...'

Watchman

Another woeful article near the BBC's "Names of Womens' Body Parts" is another article “How the pay gap starts while we are still teenagers”

The author, Yasemin Besen Cassino, bases her conclusions on some statistics, and information gathered when she “also interviewed 35 young women who worked as babysitters and 25 women who worked in the retail and service sectors in the US.” It strikes me that if you interview only females then how are you supposed to understand the differences between males and females, unless you are just gathering support for a pet thesis? I know the numbers hover around that magic 'At least 30 or it's not statistically useful', but to draw conclusions about all teenagers is stretching it.

Later she says, “Even though there were very few male babysitters, what was surprising about the group that I spoke to was they all knew the going rate..” I don't understand: do males not count in the consideration of the 35 babysitters and the 'interviews' now seem to be group interviews instead of individual interviews and this can have a big difference in what is said in front of other people, especially peers. We don't really know how many males were interviewed, only that it was 'very few' compared to 35 females: 2-5 perhaps?

It strikes me that if you actually do proper research and discover that there is a difference between male and females from an earlier and earlier age, then this might more strongly indicate that this is mostly due to sex chromosome genetic differences. The part that isn't, (all of it according to Progressive/SJW ideology) must be as a result of nurture. Who has the most contact and influence in a young child's life? Mothers and teachers: female pre-school teachers, female primary school teachers, and female high school teachers where teachers these days are almost all female with the few males considered to be potential pedophiles. The fathers are often spending too much time at work to be spending an equal time as the mothers influencing their children, yet are told that their spending this extra time at work has nothing to do with any difference in wages. So this supposed patriarchy seems very much to be driven and sustained by women - as long as you assume genetics has nothing to do with differing behaviours and values between the sexes.

Pogonip

In Other Words, in other words, “The customer is always wrong.” 😄. But I think what really doomed them was their infamous policy of “No refunds. Credit note only.”

Thank you, David, for providing that link! I hate it when someone links an article that’s behind a paywall.

Is the great English heat wave over? We get a break over the weekend and then back to normal July weather, mid- to upper-eighties w/ humidity to match, but the high nineties are gone for a while.

David

Is the great English heat wave over?

Currently a mere 27°. The forecast is for slightly lower temperatures next week, hopefully within the comfort zones of pale English bloggers.

David

Of course it’s been worse for those poor souls in Scotland, where heatwaves, like fresh fruit and dentistry, are unheard of.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

An infographic for you UK types unaccustomed to mild heat.

Franklin

At Mises, How the United Kingdom Became a Police State.

Chester Draws

The idea that language drives thought, the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis, is a very enticing. It's also pretty much total bullshit. The Language Log blog is very good on it.

You can be certain the "elegant" bridge when feminine will be both cherry picked (who would have the time to do it thoroughly) and based on a tiny sample size. But in the world of gender studies no-one cares about facts, statistics or logic.

Penseiveat

Frankfurt School of thought writ large.

David

Remember, citizens. Always respect the media:

Via Orwell & Goode.

champ

Sadiq Khan is such a putz...

https://hotair.com/archives/2018/07/06/london-mayor-permits-trump-blimp-soar-city-upcoming-visit/

champ

It's 42.8 C today where I live...

Captain Nemo

Because the first thing I do when seeing a black family having a picnic in the park is call the cops on them:

https://twitter.com/nowthisnews/status/1015687648260902914

Trump is a shoo-in for 2020 at this rate.

champ

As I said up-thread, Sadiq Khan is such a putz...

https://twitchy.com/samj-3930/2018/07/07/whodunit-kurt-schlichter-drops-sadiq-khan-when-he-forgets-1-key-detail-about-77-london-bombing/

champ

As I've said before, everything turns out to be racist...

https://pjmedia.com/trending/now-monty-python-is-racist-or-something/

Pogonip

Hi Captain Nemo,

Actually that did happen, in the U.S., a while back; the people were something like 50 feet from the Approved Picnic Zone and the lady called the cops on them. Something to do with where you could set up a bbq grill.

She was probably the president of the local Homeowner’s Association.

Captain Nemo

That I didn't know, Pogonip. My point still stands, I think. Most sensible people of whatever pigmentation wouldn't call the cops over a family having a picnic. From what you've said it sounds as if the woman in question would have called the cops on anyone over something so trivial.

Pogonip

Yes, that was the impression I got, too.

Darleen

She was probably the president of the local Homeowner’s Association.

There are equal opportunity Mrs. Grundys.

Funny how the video equates this kind of stuff with Trump supporters, yet it is people like Kino Jimenez who physically assaulted a 16 y/o over a hat.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...yet it is people like Kino Jimenez who physically assaulted a 16 y/o over a hat.

Still, it doesn't always go completely to plan...

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Let us criticize and make political all the things, up next, white science cures a disability in a comic book movie.

Instead of helping Ava find a way to cope (and not necessarily eradicate) her disability, the film seeks to provide a cure. It does so with its own version of “white science,” a term coined by author Carol Clover in her psychoanalytic exploration of horror films, Men, Women, and Chainsaws. It refers to anything considered to be “Western traditional medicine,” usually dispensed or controlled by a white man.

The utter derangement of these idiots to think that somehow it is better to cope with an ailment, and that people with disabilities are somehow marginalized because of a movie cure, is astounding.

Ed Snack

What is this “heatwave” thing of which you speak, it was -1 C overnight a couple of nights ago, and actually got to 7C by 1 pm. Though it is warmer now and is nearly 13C.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

Don't go down the rabbit hole of deaf culture, Farnsworth.

Pogonip

Um... my doctor’s a brown guy from the Phillippines.

Pogonip

I read the In Other Words site, and I spotted 3 likely reasons for their closure:

1). They were only open 12 hours a week.

2). They complained that closing for a day for that TV show to film there cost them “a day’s profit.” This told me they didn’t understand the difference between sales and profit. You may sell 10 widgets at $10 apiece, but if the rent on your store is $150/month, not only have you not made a profit, you haven’t even covered your expenses.

3). All the rules you had to remember and follow just to walk in the place, much less make a purchase, may have caused potential customers to shrug and go elsewhere. That’s what happened in the 1960’s to restaurants that refused to serve women in pants.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Don't go down the rabbit hole of deaf culture, Farnsworth.

Been there, that there are deaf parents disappointed that their child isn't, or refusing treatment that will cure or lessen a deaf child's affliction, should be grounds for the child being removed if you ask me, though so far no one has.

Pogonip

Where I work there are a fair number of deaf people, and someone tried to get a “deaf culture” thing going. Nobody bit; they’re deaf, not stupid. Upper mgmt finally settled for making all the supv’s learn sign language.

Darleen

Southern California - Corona
Friday 117F/47C
Saturday 105F/40C (currently - 9 pm -- 83F/28C)
Tomorrow predicted 101F/38C

Pogonip

Hi Darleen,

Is that unusually hot for southern Calif this time of year, or just on the high side of normal?

Darleen

Pogonip

We've broken some July records this year. Combo of bad weather factors all at once (high pressure, desert winds and monsoonal flow up from Mexico -- the foothills got heavy rain today along with the 100+ temps) . Last few summers have been relatively mild so I'm not surprised we get a bad one this year.

Triple digits aren't unusual, but usually in mid-late August. 100-105 not unusual but you don't get the above 105 until you head out to the Mohave desert.

Darleen

Oh, and I've set up a shrine in the house to honor St. Willis [Carrier]

Pogonip

Me too!

David

The utter derangement of these idiots to think that somehow it is better to cope with an ailment, and that people with disabilities are somehow marginalized because of a movie cure, is astounding.

Apparently, we’re to believe that a black character’s desire to escape from chronic, disabling pain and impending death – using “white science” - is “ableist” and steeped in “white privilege,” and therefore wicked. On grounds that people in pain should abandon all hope of treatment and resign themselves to endless suffering for the benefit – yes, benefit – of other people in pain. And presumably Ms Lopez, our self-styled “disabled freelance film critic,” has spent money on having her mind blunted in this way. It does rather smell of Angry Studies.

Pogonip

Fun With (doubtless patriarchal) science: If you are, or know, a beekeeper, or just like to observe the fascinating little critters, you are probably aware that laying worker bees of the apis mellifera species can only lay male (drone) bees, not females, and that’s why if the beekeeper notices an unusual number of drones in a hive he knows he’s got enough laying workers to cause a problem and usually has to go to a lot of work to set things right. But interestingly enough, in the African subspecies A. m. capensis a laying worker can produce females, who, if fed correctly, will grow into queens. If they’re not sent down the path of royalty, they will be workers, parthenogenetic clones of their mother.

I think most people know that aphids, like tribbles, are born pregnant, and Mom Aphid cranks out lots of parthenogenetic clones of herself. And I imagine a fair number of people knew about parthenogenesis in several species of ants (as if the world didn’t already have more than enough ants). But bees?!?! That was a new one!

David

The utter derangement of these idiots to think that somehow it is better to cope with an ailment, and that people with disabilities are somehow marginalized because of a movie cure, is astounding.

Ms Lopez’s article reminded me of this.

WTP

Apparently, we’re to believe that a black character’s desire to escape from chronic, disabling pain and impending death – using “white science” - is “ableist” and steeped in “white privilege,” and therefore wicked.
...
reminded me of this

I can’t get past this feeling that a few months from now, a year maybe, we’re going to look back at today with a nostalgia for even these saner, happier days.

Lancastrian Oik

Last night Mrs. Oik and I watched La Hora Final, a dramatised account of the hunt for and eventual capture of the leader of Peru's onetime band of bloodthirsty Maoist lunatics known as The Shining Path.

It's no Lives Of Others, but it's not bad and worth a couple of hours of anyone's time.

I did a bit of Googling afterwards, trying to find out a bit more about the movie and stumbled across this. Sample excerpt:

Tens of thousands of Peruvians lost their lives at the hands of the state repression unleashed in response to the tactics employed by Shining Path. Rather than trying to mobilize the working class in revolutionary struggle, that movement sought to organize a Maoist, peasant-based insurrection in the Andean countryside that would supposedly gradually encircle the capital..

Trans: when the gummint do murder, rape and torture, it's "state repression"; when Marxist revolutionaries do the same, it's "tactics".

Go on, "fill your boots" as they say around these parts. That's if you can make it though more than a couple of paragraphs of mind-numbing, morally insane Marxoid bollocks.

Damian

Oh, and I've set up a shrine in the house to honor St. Willis [Carrier]

Me too!

Good to see fellow worshippers! Any plans to celebrate our hero on the 17th?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Ms Lopez’s article reminded me of this.

Based on audire, audism, as defined by Humphries is the “notion that one is superior based on one’s ability to hear or behave in the manner of those who hear.”

When one starts a paper with such a flawed premise, it is small wonder that the outcome is a dog's breakfast.

...explaining why she put her six-month old infant under brain surgery to instill an implant in the child’s ear to simulate sound. The only explanation for such an orientation is a nearly maniacal obsession with the voice.

A) As the implant merely goes into the mastoid, it is not "brain surgery", it is outpatient otolaryngology surgery, though that hardly is as scary or hysterical, b) it does not "simulate" sound, it directly stimulates the 8th cranial nerve, turning sound waves into electrical impulses, i.e., the same thing that happens in a person with normal hearing*, but with an external boost c) "maniacal obsession" - lighten up, Francis, d) maybe the author should have skipped the stuff about which ze had no clue.

Together, Derrida and Deaf Studies may conspire to launch an irrevocable blow, toppling the notion that arbitrariness is the hallmark for all language, thus creating new understandings of nature of naming and the naming of nature.

With that bit of po-mo twaddle I abandoned further reading as at 0652, it is too early to start drinking.

*I denounce myself for violent audism.

David

Audism… is the “notion that one is superior based on one’s ability to hear or behave in the manner of those who hear.”

I have a niece who was born with a hearing problem, successfully corrected with an implant, and a father-in-law who relies on a hearing aid. So far as I can recall, I haven’t ever felt “superior” to either of them on grounds that my hearing works better than theirs. And both seem immensely grateful for the devices that allow them to enjoy music, family gossip and questionable gameshows.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

When there are so few real problems, problems have to be invented, Chapter 1,287,265.

So far as I can recall, I haven’t ever felt “superior”...

Yes, that is because you have sonoblind audism. Sonodeaf audism ? Whatever it is, you are obviously just denying you audonormative oppression. I think I can get a paper out of this.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

As a follow up to The Stupidest Article Ever:

Canada's reply: hold my anatomy book;

"Accurate", I do not think that word means what they think it means.

David

So far, so good. Fingers crossed.

Captain Nemo

This, sent to me via a friend, is worth a read: https://quillette.com/2018/07/08/the-fear-of-white-power/

Chester Draws

I get the impression that a lot of the dead advocates feel, perhaps subconsciously, that because they cope without sound that *they* are superior.

Certainly the ones opposing cures behave exactly as would a group that *was* superior that was asked to renounce what made them superior.

Chester Draws

Deaf advocates, obviously. Sigh.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Deaf advocates, obviously.

These days, not obviously, many people are necrophobic and life-shame Bodies of Decay.

Darleen
Perhaps I’m too simple-minded, but the way I see it, in this globalized age, if I want to live in a place where people closer to my skin colour have power, I can always move to any of the 60 plus black-majority nations in the world. In these societies, it will be black people deciding my life chances, not white people. But as long as I choose to live in Britain I see little benefit in being resentful of demographic realities.

Thanks, Nemo, that indeed was well worth my time reading.

This stood out, too:

The policeman became defensive, muttering nervously it had nothing to do with race. The whole affair ended with the officer issuing a caution, the British equivalent of a citation. My friend who was in the car asked his colleague why he brought up race when he knew he was in the wrong. “Dude, when in a tough spot with a white person, bring up racism and there’s a 99 percent chance they’ll get defensive and back down,” his colleague responded and laughed.

What the racemongerers have to know is that crying "wolf" too often and the people they are trying to intimidate with "RAAAAACIST" accusations are going to ignore them.

Maybe they're just don't care.

fnord

All capitalist enterprizes risk failure, but a anti-capitalist capitalist enteprize doubly so. To repudiate the very thing that the business needs to flourish must generate enormous cognitive dissonance.

This, of course, presupposes that the persons under discussion engage in, or are indeed capable of cognition.
In the legal realm this is referred to as 'assumes facts not in evidence'.

Darleen

"Are you planning to use this equipment for alt-right purposes?"

R. Sherman

Just got back from two glorious, internet-free weeks in the wilds of New Mexico--it's a dry heat. I see you all have been busy. Someone slide something cold this way.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Good point about the Thai rescue effort.

Pogonip

I am disgruntled because an idiot backed into my car, which I was not using for alt-right purposes, and now I am the one who has to be inconvenienced running around getting estimates, etc. I want a Federal, at least, preferably international, law that in a car accident caused by idiocy the idiot has to do all the legwork AND has to accompany the victim to all time-consuming accident-related appointments.

I bet persons of all nationalities, races, religions, “genders,” you name it, would support this. It could be the issue that finally unites mankind.

😡😠🧐

David

“Are you planning to use this equipment for alt-right purposes?”

Heh. It’s going to be both lively and tedious if denying service for not being sufficiently leftwing is going to be the hot new thing.

David

I see you all have been busy. Someone slide something cold this way.

You escaped the internet for two weeks…? ‘Tis the stuff of legend, sir.

[ Slides Sherman’s favourite tankard along bar. A pickled egg follows. ]

David
Here we have a woman joining an industry and then complaining how things are done when she gets there. Note she’s not complaining of sexual harassment, which would be unacceptable, merely about what people choose to do at tech events. If she doesn’t like what she herself says is normal about an industry, why did she join it? To cause trouble? […]

If women want to engender hostility from men in the workplace, the best way to go about it is to demand access to male-leaning industries and then campaign to get them changed for their benefit as soon as they arrive. I have no doubt they’ll be successful, but whether they’ll be happy with the final result is another matter entirely.

Tim Newman on women in the workplace.

Hal

[ Slides Sherman’s favourite tankard along bar. A pickled egg follows. ]

The pickled eggs are now moving about on their own??

You are getting your bar snacks from Strangefellows, aren't you . . .

David

The pickled eggs are now moving about on their own??

I think they’ve developed some kind of bacterial sentience. They seek out body heat.

Col. Milquetoast

The idea that language drives thought, the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis, is a very enticing. It's also pretty much total bullshit

I always ask what conclusions they draw from the slang terms in Spain for genitalia having opposite genders (el coño, la polla). Is everyone in Spain secretly gay or transgender?

Pst314

Here we have a woman joining an industry and then complaining how things are done when she gets there.

Two American liberals who grew up in a large city bought s second home in a very rural area. For years afterwards I heard their complaints about the local people. Why, in winter they even drove their snowmobiles into town! And of course these liberals made a big thing of being tolerant and open-minded.

Pogonip

I work in an open-plan office and I hate it because of the noise.

I bet at least half of the workers who felt they were being watched use Facebook. 😄

David

I bet at least half of the workers who felt they were being watched use Facebook.

Of course, the really shifty buggers may well be reading this thing.

Sonny Wayze

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned the Two Deaf Lesbians:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2002/apr/08/davidteather

Would be a great band name, except it's not funny.

Daniel Ream

Is everyone in Spain secretly gay or transgender?

Don't give them any ideas.

Clam

presumptuous and revolting male feminists

'Related'...

https://www.refinery29.com/2018/07/203982/feminist-apparel-ceo-alan-martofel-fires-staff

Governor Squid

'Related'...

Good gracious, is there ever a lot to unpack from that article. Is the CEO trying to atone for his past transgressions, or is he a very clever fox who built a house tailored to appeal to a particular kind of hen? Were the (now former) employees pulling one over on their boss, or were they complicit in his ongoing abuses? Is the company offering its feminist customers a valuable way of broadcasting their message and empowering one another, or is it all just a lie?

If the women who voluntarily exchange their money for these products find the products to be valuable and empowering, does it matter if the CEO is a {calculating monster|contrite former abuser}? Are the thousands of t-shirts out there now "fruit of a poison tree," or do they represent the triumph of Strong Feminists over the stale patriarchy of the CEO?

If Angry Studies were a legitimate field of study, this article would make for a fascinating couple of classes.

David

If Angry Studies were a legitimate field of study,

And if my grandmother had wheels…

Daniel Ream

is he a very clever fox who built a house tailored to appeal to a particular kind of hen

The latter. Opportunistic online T-shirt stores (often based on outrageous copyright violations) are an entire market segment. Dude found a way to tap into the affluent bourgeois I Hate You Dad market. Good for him.

Alex deWinter
Is the CEO trying to atone for his past transgressions, or is he a very clever fox who built a house tailored to appeal to a particular kind of hen?

I found that article vastly entertaining, and I honestly don't even care whether Martofel is a genuine penitent or a heartless user. He's a businessman and it's his company. He's the one who went to the risk, effort, and expense of founding it and making it a successful going concern. He's the one who gave that pack of self-righteous graspers jobs at it. If they suddenly decided he was too morally repugnant to work for they should have quit. Instead they tried to fire him. From his own company. The fact that he didn't go into some sniveling defensive crouch and instead responded by firing them is the sort of poetic justice that makes me smile.

Sharon Acker

Is the CEO trying to atone for his past transgressions, or is he a very clever fox who built a house tailored to appeal to a particular kind of hen?

The CEO seems to be a feminist of the Hugo Schwyzer type. New allegations of predatory behavior give the Schwyzer type better media exposure for his schtick as a charming rogue who struggles with toxic masculinity, opening up new career opportunities and more access to freshmeat interns, which sooner or later leads to new allegations of predatory behavior...

The typical pajamaboy male feminist doesn't have the kind of antifragility. There's always a suspicion that if he hasn't been sexually misbehaving, it's because he doesn't have much opportunity put his way. One strike and Pajamaboy is out - nobody liked that creep anyway.

The appeal of the Schwyzer type to the hens, apart from being better looking and more socially adept than the typical wussy male who's always hanging around, is that he can be relied on to behave as badly as they believe all men behave, or would if they were given the chance, and he's happy to go along with their narrative explaining his bad behavior as a manifestation of a toxic masculinity for which all men are collectively guilty.

SDN

"Heh. It’s going to be both lively and tedious if denying service for not being sufficiently leftwing is going to be the hot new thing."

It's going to be even more lively and tedious when people realize that they won't be able to order from a restaurant without getting their food contaminated / poisoned once the woke start doing an internet search on the info you provide for every transaction and find out their political donations, blog posts, etc.

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