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Only of course it didn't, this being the US, but the song kept running through my head anyway.

After a trip to the hair salon this morning, I went back downtown to find the streets around the Common closed.  I had arrived just at the start of the Veteran's Day parade, led off by a band of bagpipers and a small cavalry unit.  So I stopped to watch the parade, thinking about my great-uncle who passed away last month, a WWII vet, my grandfather who died young, also a WWII vet, my uncle, a Korean War vet--it had never really occurred to me somehow that my dad's family was so military.  see? )My dad was of an age to be drafted for Vietnam, but fortunately for him he was working on a radar project deemed of importance to national security, plus had a family, and wasn't drafted.  So I thought about these men as the vets marched by, and my heart ached a bit for the great-uncle with the life long lived, the grandfather who was loved by all but I never knew and the uncle who never could seem to find peace until cancer took him.  The Waltham Veterans Association marching band came by, all of them I would say WWII and Korean War vets, the bass drummer pushing his drum along ahead of him in one of those rolling wire shopping carts with a look that dared anybody to think any less of him for not being able to carry the drum himself, the saxophonist bent and twisted nearly as much as his instrument, the women in their support hose and glasses.  And the Chinatown Veterans Association--many of them were WWII veterans.  I can't begin to imagine how difficult it must have been to be a person of Asian descent serving during WWII.  Of course it was the Japanese the US was at war with, but I suspect that subtlety would have been lost on many.  They got a big cheer from the crowd, all colors and ages of people.  I clapped too.  I don't like the idea of war--nobody in their right mind should--but in this moment I loved every one of those veterans, from Waltham or Chinatown or wherever, for having gone through whatever experiences the tides of war dealt them, for the sake of future generations, which would be me and my extended family of blood and friends.

Then came the Junior ROTC and the students of the Boston area military high schools, and I had to stay for them.  Some of them could be headed to Iraq or Afghanistan come this June or next, at least the military high school kids, and I thought they deserved to see people standing to see them march.  Again, I don't like war, it shouldn't happen, I have very, very, very mixed feelings about our engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan, but I felt like these kids should have random strangers stop and respect them for their commitment and courage, regardless of the government's policies that send them into difficult, perhaps impossible situations.  So I smiled at the young men and women as they marched with their varying degrees of precision but unwavering sense of pride in filling out a uniform, even a uniform so small.

It occurred to me as I watched that with the exception of the Chinatown Veterans Association, nearly all of the Korean War/WWII vets were white, the few Vietnam vets (who marched for POW/MIA rather than as an Association or post) were white, but the vast majority of the JROTC and military high school men and women were minority, mostly black or Latino.  There were some white kids in there, but not many.  It was hard to know what to make of that.  On the one hand, I felt proud for the kids who were obviously working hard and finding a path for success.  I don't want to assume that they were all from disadvantaged backgrounds, but given the locations of the high schools involved, I think that could be taken as something of a given.  On the other hand, I couldn't help but see a country that sends its minorities (racial or economic) off to war so that the majority (racial or economic) can exploit their labor and keep their own hands clean.  That is nothing new; it's been happening since Vietnam, since wars stopped being about what was right and honorable--stopping Hitler! even if the US had to be dragged in kicking and screaming!--and started being about what was politically or economically advantageous.

So I am equal parts appreciative and angry today.  I hope all those kids eventually become veterans and survive wherever they are sent, and I hope that they get the support they need when they return.  I urge everyone--in any country--to write your senators, representatives, members of Parliament, presidents, prime ministers, queens, whathaveyou to demand that very thing, proper veterans support services, from professionally-run hospitals to continuing mental counseling to treating their bodies with respect after they are gone (see the Salon series on Arlington National Cemetery, if you don't know what I am talking about there).  It's not "cool" to care about veterans.  It's way more cool to be in the anti-war rally that follows the parades.  But we make our society a better place one step at a time, and repaying those who have given everything they have would be a step in the right direction.  From small acts of compassion greater things may spring.
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Jul. 15th, 2009 02:53 pm
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From Joan Walsh's column today at Salon:

Not to be outdone by Sessions, though, Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn shamed himself with an unbelievable reference to Desi Arnaz's ancient Cuban stereotype, Ricky Ricardo, husband of Lucille Ball on "I Love Lucy." During a surreal exchange on gun rights, in which the theoretical example was what might happen to Sotomayor if she (wrongly, illegally, but maybe understandably) got a gun and shot Coburn, the right-wing senator told her, "You'd have a lot of 'splainin' to do," referring to Arnaz's refrain when Lucy got in trouble with one of her crazy schemes.

Sometimes I hate white people.
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"Many just accept that lame duck status, and they hit that road. They draw a paycheck. They kind of milk it. And I'm not going to put Alaskans through that," Palin said.

Or, they choose to honor the obligation that voters put upon them when they elected them to office, serving out their full term.  I thought our former governor of MA was blatant in his using the state as a stepping stone, but this takes the cake, and tries to eat it too.
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  • Caprica:  A+!  Still dubious about how the concept will spin out into a series, but enjoyed the premiere episode that's been released on DVD very much.
  • Gardening!  I bought mostly purple plants, even their leaves.
  • Mother's Day:  much being busy!  Fun though.
  • Wrentham Outlets: somewhat disappointing in terms of the bargains to be found, but I did really well at my new favorite store, White House Black Market, where all the clothes are black and/or white.  Finally I have found clothes made for grown ups that totally suit my style, and I know I will like the color ;-)  Did well at the Jockey outlet too, though I expected that.  The Hot Topic outlet was ridiculous, clearly it was the junk bin and that's saying something when talking about Hot Topic merchandise.  In light of South Park we were amused by the wall of Twilight stuff.
  • Found truly waterproof foundation that works well for my skin, Make Up Forever's Face and Body Foundation.  Reviews online complain about it being lumpy and hard to remove, but I think those reviewers do not read their product packaging, which clearly says to shake well before use and that water-based makeup removers will not suffice to remove it.
  • Watched "Wounded Knee" on American Experience and recognized someone I knew in Chicago who had always said he had been at the occupation of Wounded Knee in 1973 but I was never sure whether to believe him or not.  It was definitely him, though, and as he's dead now (bar fight) I feel very badly for having doubted him.  I'll do something appropriate in his memory the next time I have the opportunity to do so.  It's an excellent documentary.  I felt like I knew a lot about that time period and the politics involved, but I was surprised by some things, and hadn't made the connections between other things before.  I think it's something every US citizen should watch, to understand these things about their country.
  • Off to see Star Trek at the Imax now!  Whee!
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My office reeks overwhelmingly this morning of some ungodly combination of oil, rubber cement, lemon furniture polish and Coca Cola.  Seriously I can smell all those things.  I have no idea what it might be but I can feel my brain cells melting.

Like everybody else who wrote to Amazon, I suppose, I received the "embarrassing and ham-fisted cataloging error" apology.  I'm not sure reading it whether they're sorry they did it at all, sorry they did it badly or just sorry they got caught, but at least they seem to be backing down.

Ianto seems to be doing better.  When I left this morning he was tucking into a big healthy breakfast of kibble.  Now that I know he is much older than we thought I am seeing all the characteristics of an old ferret when I look at him :-(  But, he is still happy and playful in his own silly way, and loves his little Sisiutl, and his coat is beautiful and fluffy, so all in all he's in good shape.  At the vet's on Saturday at one point he came to me and asked me to pick him up, which was a first and made my heart very happy--I am comfort and safety to him :-)  Sissy is like a whole new ferret without the ear mites, I feel terrible that we didn't realize they were there and I will be much more vigilant about the signs in the future.

OMG I am seriously going to pass out from the fumes.  I have the one window that opens open, but it's on the other end of the floor so I think mostly it's just pushing the fumes into my office.
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The latest Ill Doctrine totally sums up how I feel about the New York Post's Obama chimpanzee cartoon:



Seems somewhat applicable to certain conversations lately on bhuz as well...

It's a good thing that the bar I walk by on my way to the office isn't open in the mornings, otherwise I might not have made it here with the one-two punch served to me by my mp3 player in the form of Amy Winehouse's Back to Black followed by Nick Cave and Shane McGowan's What a Wonderful World.
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because they could have added this to their collection of theme songs:



Blaqstarr and MIA. Seriously, gave me chills.

Also, if you are not yet done feeling the emotional rush from Tuesday, check out today's Ill Doctrine video. Now I'm chilled *and* choked up!
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YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  *flailing of Kermit arms*

Now all he has to do is fix everything.

I do hopefully feel it's the very beginning of a new era in American politics and culture.  Dare to dream...
 
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nepenthe01 posted this and I though it was neato:

Here's an interesting topic:

What's the earliest political event or significant piece of news you can remember?

Who is the first president you remember?

What's the first election series that you became aware of?

What's the first election you voted in?

1. The aftermath of Nixon's impeachment.  I remember asking my mother what impeachment meant, because it sounded kind of good, like peaches.  It would be fair to say that I has zero grasp of the issues at that time.  I do remember not being able to understand how the president who was supposed to be good all the time could do something bad.  Ah, innocent childhood.

2. Well, I guess that would be Nixon.  But by the time I understood really what a president was, it would have been Gerald Ford.

3. Ford and Carter--our elementary school had a mock election, which for kids came down to the clumsy guy who tripped over everything or the guy with the big cheesy grin who liked peanuts.

4. Dukakis against the patriarch of the Bush dynasty.  I voted by absentee ballot from Chicago.
 

surprise!

Oct. 24th, 2008 01:57 pm
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or not:

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) ― Police sources tell KDKA that a campaign worker has now confessed to making up a story that a mugger attacked her and cut the letter "B" in her face after seeing her McCain bumper sticker.

That is rather what I figured.  It is sad that someone, on any side of the political spectrum, would do something like this, and I hope she gets the helps she needs.
 

Hummus war

Oct. 7th, 2008 02:27 pm
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from an AP wire written by Zeina Karam:

Oct 7th, 2008 | BEIRUT, Lebanon -- The latest conflict simmering between Lebanon and Israel is all about food: Lebanese businessmen accusing Israel of stealing traditional Middle Eastern dishes like hummus.

Fadi Abboud, president of the Lebanese Industrialists Association, said Tuesday his group plans to sue Israel to stop it from marketing hummus and other regional dishes as Israeli.

"It is not enough they (Israelis) are stealing our land. They are also stealing our civilization and our cuisine," said Abboud.

He said his group also seeks to claim the eggplant spread baba ghannouj and tabbouleh, a salad made of chopped parsley and tomatoes, as Lebanon's own.

Hummus — made from mashed chickpeas, sesame paste, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic — has been eaten in the Middle East for centuries. Its exact origin is unknown, though it's generally seen as an Arab dish.

But it is also immensely popular in Israel — served in everyday meals and at many restaurants — and its popularity is growing around the globe.

While Abboud cites a history of complaints by Lebanese businessmen about Israel exporting and marketing Lebanese dishes as Israeli, it's not clear where the Lebanese might file suit since the two countries are officially at war.


The answer is obvious:  they should settle this on Iron Chef!  Tonight's secret ingredient is... tahini!  Let the battle begin!  *zaghareet*

 


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My own private shoe store arrived yesterday.  It was pretty nice trying on shoes at home with all different socks without the pressure of sales people, or feeling silly jumping around.  I approve of this process.  One of the pairs of boots I ordered fits like a dream, so I declare this a success.  The boots that fit were Rockports, ordered in wide, and happily they were also the least expensive pair on the menu.  I'm still going to need something for when it really snows, but for the fall I'm all set.  Maybe by the time heavy snow arrives my foot will be able to tolerate my Fluevogs again.  I start my second series of foot shots today.  Yay giant needles!

While trying on boots and working on costume stuff, I kept one ear on the VP debate.  my thoughts on that )

Anyway that's my thoughts on that.

Busy weekend ahead--chilling and sewing tonight, more sewing Saturday afternoon, Bellyqueen Sat. evening and also potentially a sort of high school reunion of nice people, a gig on Sunday plus more sewing...  It must be fall!
 
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Cintra Wilson's piece in Salon on Sarah Palin contains more hyperbole than I would have liked to have seen from Wilson, but it does contain the best one-line summary I have seen of Palin anywhere:

"We must regard Sarah Palin as the Carmella Soprano of the GOP -- an enabling wife of organized crime, who sees, hears and speaks no evil of the boys in her old-boy network for whom she does this ideological lap dance."

Camille Paglia's treatment of her in her Salon column is pretty even-handed and is a worthwhile read.  Respectful without losing any critical perspective.  I don't always agree with Camille Paglia, but she always makes me think, and that's a good thing.
 
 
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nasty stomach bug
i never did anything
to hurt you, why me?

Went home from work early and no dance class for me tonight.  This belly is definitely not dancing.  Peppermint tea is my best friend. 

Finished watching A Man in Our House and when I have more energy I will definitely write about it.  I want to learn more about the context in which it was made.  Seeing it in the context of the Middle East today was often poignant and often downright uncomfortable as the acts of the Egyptian "patriots" who you want to cheer on in their battle against the corrupt regime of the king so closely resembled those of "terrorists" in the present day.  Somehow I totally missed the fact that it starred a young Omar Sharif--no wonder I thought the main character was a hottie.  Those eyes!  Anyway, more on the film later when I have a brain.

I hope I am well enough to at least make it to the polling station tomorrow, as I finally made up my mind.  This article in today's Salon really resonated with me--don't agree with it 100 percent, but this bit rings true for me:
But here is the honest part: Hillary Clinton is a woman. And so am I. And my president doesn't have to look like me, any more than she has to be a person I want to have a beer with, but I can't pretend that it doesn't mean something, something really important, that we've never had one who looked like me before.
That's not the candidate I will be voting for, but I can't deny that I really wish I could, just on her own merits.  It hurts a little not to be able to--makes me angry at her, even, for not being what I wish she was--, but I guess I'm doing the genuine feminist thing in looking past gender.
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I had my first physical therapy session since before the holidays yesterday--ow.  My PT pushes me, which is good, and I can feel that exactly the right muscles are being worked.  But we went beyond burn into wobble and crash, to the point where my left calf simply could not lift my body weight any more.  PT's comment:  "Oh, we fried it?  Good!"  Left aching and sore and wrapped my foot in ice when I got back to the office.

Three hours after that, what do I do?  Why, go to Najmat's boot camp for belly dancers, my first dance class since before the holidays!  I actually held up quite a bit better than I thought I would, in part because I was excited to note that a) despite the ache, I did have better range of motion in my left calf and foot and more stability in my turns and b) a pre-Christmas resolve to do more ab work is apparently paying off, as my control was pretty decent.  Oh, and as we were learning one move, I watched what I was doing in the mirror and recognized it as something that Suhair Zaki often uses--then was slightly stunned to realize that I could recognize something that Suhair Zaki does in something that I was doing!  Eventually I couldn't go up on relevé any longer and then after that my leg ceased being able to shimmy, so I sat out the last few minutes of class.  My foot cramped badly during the cool down but I stretched through it.

So all in all, even though everything I did yesterday ached, I felt very good about it all.  I feel like I'm making progress with my foot (and ankle and knee, it's all connected) and I feel much better about my dancing than I have been lately.  I think leaving the Middle East was such a scary step it made me doubt everything, but now I feel back on track, motivated and re-energized.  I have a chiro appointment tonight; getting my bones sorted out while my muscles are in the right places seems like a good idea.


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On a completely different note, stayed up too late last night to watch the post-primary speeches by the Dems.  Missed Edwards, but don't much care.  I am still quite undecided over whether I think Clinton or Obama would make a better president, but I'm glad the results turned out the way they did, as it will keep the race competitive and keep both of them on their toes.  Plus there's the historic precedent to be celebrated for each of them.  Obama's post-primary speech was very stirring, though the use of "Signed, Sealed and Delivered" as the closing song was perhaps a bit ill-considered.  Clinton showed the most emotion she has yet during this campaign and came across as very real--and I have to say, she also came across as more real about the issues.  For once, she managed to get into some specifics without sounding like she was reciting a report.  And I was proud of her as a woman, I must admit.  So I don't know.  I need to learn more about their detailed platforms.

I did catch some of McCain's speech.  His supporters chanting "USA!  USA!" was totally annoying, as though McCain's victory represented the USA winning over something.  But I did appreciate his message of cooperation and reaching out.  He seems like the least of all evils republican to me (did I mention I vote Democrat?  I do.  Except for when I vote Green), which isn't saying much but he does come across with genuine sincerity and some level of honesty.

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Dec. 6th, 2007 04:05 pm
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I really, really do not Mitt Romney to become president.  It would mark an enormous step backwards for this country.  Excerpt from his speech on religion and tolerance (oh the irony):

There are some who may feel that religion is not a matter to be seriously considered in the context of the weighty threats that face us. If so, they are at odds with the nation's founders, for they, when our nation faced its greatest peril, sought the blessings of the Creator. And further, they discovered the essential connection between the survival of a free land and the protection of religious freedom. In John Adams' words: "We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion... Our constitution was made for a moral and religious people."

Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom. Freedom opens the windows of the soul so that man can discover his most profound beliefs and commune with God. Freedom and religion endure together, or perish alone.

[....]

The founders proscribed the establishment of a state religion, but they did not countenance the elimination of religion from the public square. We are a nation "Under God" and in God, we do indeed trust.

We should acknowledge the Creator as did the Founders -- in ceremony and word. He should remain on our currency, in our pledge, in the teaching of our history, and during the holiday season, nativity scenes and menorahs should be welcome in our public places. Our greatness would not long endure without judges who respect the foundation of faith upon which our constitution rests. I will take care to separate the affairs of government from any religion, but I will not separate us from "the God who gave us liberty."

Whole speech here.

He references JFK's "don't worry about my Catholicism" speech, but here is what JFK said:

Finally, I believe in an America where religious intolerance will someday end; where all men and all churches are treated as equal; where every man has the same right to attend or not attend the church of his choice; [emphasis mine]

[...]

I want a Chief Executive whose public acts are responsible to all groups and obligated to none; who can attend any ceremony, service or dinner his office may appropriately require of him; and whose fulfillment of his Presidential Oath is not limited or conditioned by any religious oath, ritual or obligation.

I feel more included by a 47 year old speech by a presidential candidate than I do by one given yesterday.  I am sincerely saddened by Mitt Romney's speech.  To me, the Founding Fathers' "God" and "religious people" are just shorthand for the ideas they wanted to convey about a just and equal society that takes care of its own, not something to be taken literally.  I'm sure there were plenty of atheists and agnostics back then; Benjamin Franklin for one was certainly a questioner of blind faith and sometimes of any faith at all, and a reading of Thomas Jefferson's papers shows he saw the basis for the Constitution in philosophy, not religion, and, most significantly, that he felt the common law upon which natural rights were based came from the pre-Christian Anglo-Saxons.  But in today's climate, literalism is in, nuanced readings are out, and I suspect reading the original sources is out as well.

I would like to think that if Romney doesn't win the Republican nomination, it is because others saw his betrayal of the principles of this country and rejected him for it, but I suspect it will be because of his religion, because most of the rest of America is just as narrow-minded as he is.  In a sense it would serve him right but it would be a hollow thing for those of us who don't happen to be one of the Peoples of the Book.


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My current MA state representative Jim Marzilli is running for state senator in the 4th Middlesex senate district*, which includes Arlington.  I think he is an excellent person to be involved in government, embodying some of the best traits of public service.  I tend to agree with him on nearly all issues, and when I write him emails to thank him for various votes, he always writes back to thank me for being interested and involved.  So, if you live in the 4th Middlesex district, please consider voting for him in the special election tomorrow.

*Arlington, Billerica, Burlington, Lexington (Pcts 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7), Woburn (Wards 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

ha

Nov. 6th, 2007 02:52 pm
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excellent open letter to the Democratic Party in Salon:

Denial is not just a river in Egypt. It's time to come clean and admit that we are a Dennis Kucinich-loving party trapped in Hillary Clinton-supporting bodies.

This is not such a joke, actually. There is no better illustration of exactly how far right political discourse has swung, and how self-loathing and beaten down the Democratic Party has become, than that among its presidential candidates, the one most willing to consistently, unapologetically stand for the things on which the party is supposedly built (some of your more basic civil liberties) is also the guy who believes in aliens.

The article makes some very valid points, I think.  Also makes me feel better about voting with my heart in the last primary and the upcoming one.  Kick me the hacky sack, dude.

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There are many things one could say about today, but I'll limit myself to two.

One, according to Iraq Body Count, there have been between 71,510 and 78,081 documented Iraqi civilian deaths between 2003 and 2007.  Way to stop the spread of terrorism, my country.

Two, I will go to belly dance class tonight in a spirit of solidarity with all those who resist fundamentalism in whatever way they can, wherever they are.  Dance is subversive when music is outlawed and women are reduced to walking ghosts.
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Reading Salon's coverage of last night's Republican presidential candidate debate, I encountered the following statement by McCain that I think shows a uniquely nuanced view of Native Americans that I don't believe I've ever heard from another politician of any political party:

"Blitzer asks if any of the Republicans onstage disagree with the claim that English should be the official language in the United States. McCain is the only one to raise his hand. "I would like to remind you that we made treaties with Native Americas such as the Navajos in my state, where we respect their sovereignty and they use their native language," he says. "It's no big deal." He stands alone."

A presidential candidate on national television noting Native American sovereignty not to score points at some commemorative event but just as a matter of fact--there are plenty of things I disagree with McCain about, but I genuinely admire him for that.

BPAL of the day is Queen Mab:  "Warrior, Trickster and Goddess of Magic and Poets, she is one of the Tuatha De Danaan and the Queen of the Faeries. A very complex scent, both shadowy and fierce: black orchid, sandalwood, night-blooming jasmine, osmanthus, Somalian rose, and Chinese musk."  I didn't order this one, it was a freebie.  It does smell nice, but it's too rosy for me.  Or maybe it's the rose and musk together that don't totally work for me.  However, people who like to smell of roses would probably like this one, it's a quality scent with good staying power.

Najmat's class left me feeling like I'd been hit in the abs with a 2x4.  Ow.  Good moves, though.  We did a bunch of Saidi as well.  Between that on Tuesday and the karshlima on Monday, I feel like I've been hopping for days.  Because I have.
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Post by Joss at Whedonesque that starts with the "honor" killing of Kurdish woman Dua Khalil and expands across the world:

"Women’s inferiority – in fact, their malevolence -- is as ingrained in American popular culture as it is anywhere they’re sporting burkhas. I find it in movies, I hear it in the jokes of colleagues, I see it plastered on billboards, and not just the ones for horror movies. Women are weak. Women are manipulative. Women are somehow morally unfinished. (Objectification: another tangential rant avoided.) And the logical extension of this line of thinking is that women are, at the very least, expendable.

I try to think how we got here. The theory I developed in college (shared by many I’m sure) is one I have yet to beat: Womb Envy. Biology: women are generally smaller and weaker than men. But they’re also much tougher. Put simply, men are strong enough to overpower a woman and propagate. Women are tough enough to have and nurture children, with or without the aid of a man. Oh, and they’ve also got the equipment to do that, to be part of the life cycle, to create and bond in a way no man ever really will. Somewhere a long time ago a bunch of men got together and said, “If all we do is hunt and gather, let’s make hunting and gathering the awesomest achievement, and let’s make childbirth kinda weak and shameful.” It’s a rather silly simplification, but I believe on a mass, unconscious level, it’s entirely true. How else to explain the fact that cultures who would die to eradicate each other have always agreed on one issue? That every popular religion puts restrictions on women’s behavior that are practically untenable? That the act of being a free, attractive, self-assertive woman is punishable by torture and death? In the case of this upcoming torture-porn [the movie Captivity], fictional. In the case of Dua Khalil, mundanely, unthinkably real. And both available for your viewing pleasure."

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