June 02, 2004

Looks Like I Picked the Wrong Week to Quit Sniffing Glue

My NT installation on my work machine got hosed somehow last night. I don't know whether part of the drive went bad or if it was somehow affected by the massive storms we had here last night, but suffice to say, I have an unexpected--and unwanted--night off tonight. And maybe tomorrow night, too. It depends on whether the new CPU they're shipping me out "by noon tomorrow" really gets here, uh, by noon tomorrow. Because it's technically the company's property, I can't just bum an NT CD from a friend and tinker with it myself, which actually, now that I think of it, is probably for the best anyway.

Instead, they'll ship me a whole new (refurbished, actually) CPU. Weird how business is done nowadays, huh?

I initially thought this meant you'd see more blogging from me this week, but then it occurred to me that thanks to this mishap, I won't be taking this Saturday night off to celebrate my birthday after all. So maybe we'll go out tonight instead.

Besides, I see everyone's favorite topic has resurfaced, and you'll pardon me if dinner and a movie sounds like only 30,000 times more fun than participating in the discussion of it. I have nothing to say about it that I haven't said already, or that hasn't been said better by others, except to note that remarks like these, from the comments to this rebuttal by Daniel Drezner:

Lauren, I hope you spend many nights alone.

I wouldn't date you if your boyfriend paid.

Ever thought of getting a decent disposition? You might want to try learning something from Asian women.


I ignore completely just about everything that western women have to say. I intend to continue to do so. They have nothing to say that is worth listening to.
I correct the females in their behavior, but it's only a thing that can be successful if we all do it, it won't help us, but maybe our children can find decent mates
. . . go a long way towards explaining why I think feminism still matters. Because personally, I do not wish to raise a daughter in a world where such views are prevalent, or given serious consideration.

My hat's off to both Trish Wilson and Ms. Lauren for sticking to rational argument in the face of remarks like those above--which is not to imply that such is atypical behavior for either of them. As for the objection made by several of Drezner's readers that inviting "conservatives" to "feel free to leave" Feministe is offensive, I suggest more conservative bloggers ensure they are without sin before casting the first stone, particularly if they're carrying the blogad for RightWingStuff with the tagline, "Back-handing the Left Into Submission." Really makes a person with opposing viewpoints feel about as welcome as . . . why, as a conservative being invited to "feel free to leave."

Posted by Ilyka at June 2, 2004 11:04 PM in navel gazing

This one by Lauren was so perfect:

Personally, I'm uninterested in high rates of readership - it brings blog spammers, flame wars, and tends to cut down on real discussion, leading to petty infighting and generally useless commentary that often relates little to the original post.

Talk about Nostradamus in action, she pegged that discussion way early. It's too bad they let that troll Stephen run rampant.

Posted by: Jim at June 3, 2004 12:42 PM

I swear none of this stuff ever ends. People wait around to dredge it up and stir the evil pot again. Mostly, it gets this kind of response from the male majority: Pick up the pieces of your shattered life and move on.

From the women you get, what I feel (and not just because I am a chick) rather well thought out responses.

Then you have the popsicle monkeys like Richard Bennett, and all he does is jump into comment conversations with his dick out, hoping to urinate all over the discussion.

It makes me glad that I don't write a political blog. And it bears noting that if people think political blogs written by women get ignored, it doesn't hold a candle to how people do not take personal blogs written by women seriously. Annoying, really, since although I have talked about my breastages, I do have a brain, and I am ok at wielding it at 20 paces.

In general, I do have to agree-we are less likely to be linked and less likely to be taken seriously, and less likely to be challenged on our opinions.

*hits her head on the glass ceiling*

Posted by: Helen at June 3, 2004 01:16 PM

That kind of discussion is tiresome to me. The old adage about never arguing with a fool is the only thought that pops into my head when I see that sort of thing. It was quite evident there.

Posted by: Rob at June 3, 2004 10:41 PM

Thanks for bringing it up. Those ugly comments over there floored me. Apparently they were due to Glenn "Instapundit" Reynolds linking to that post, but still... it was all vicious and over the top. All they did was reinforce my point. I agree that the same old women bloggers discussion is tiresome, but it keeps coming up every few months like clockwork. The next time another group of women will get the shakedown for letting another guy know exactly what they think of questions like "where are the women bloggers?" and "why aren't women more interested in politics?"

And "popsicle monkey"... that was priceless. ;)

Posted by: Trish Wilson at June 4, 2004 04:07 PM