Don’t worry

Don’t worry that you can’t read this. It doesn’t matter. Just watch the awesomeness in the video at the bottom.

The woman in white is Olga Ivanova, Taekwando world champion. She intervenes when some dude is harassing a woman as she is passing by. It was filmed by a dashcam (very common in Russian cars).

What Olga does is the difference between training in real combat and not having it. I am in no way blaming the woman being assaulted, but notice she hits the guy several times and it has no effect. No training there.

Olga lands one not-all-that-hard kick in the right place and the guy goes down instantly. She most likely kicks him in the lower sternum, the same place that EMTs do the sternal rub. The reason is that doing anything to that spot is extremely, EXTREMELY painful. In fact, kick or punch someone there hard enough and it will kill them. At the least it will cause great pain and knock the air out of you.

Just from her poise and stance before she does anything at all you can tell that she has training, like you can always recognize a ballerina even when they aren’t dancing.

Wonder

I don’t read comic books. I am just terrible at visual processing and can’t really understand them.

But when I was a little kid, I was gaga over the 1970s TV version of Wonder Woman. I had no shame in carrying my Wonder Woman lunchbox to school after my grandparents bought me one.

I have no idea if watching Wonder Woman turned me into a little feminist. But it certainly didn’t hurt. This relates to something I was discussing with my girlfriend, about how the Left is just terrible at propaganda and PR while the Right excels at it.

Marston put it this way: “Frankly, Wonder Woman is psychological propaganda for the new type of woman who should, I believe, rule the world.”

Disdain for PR efforts means that the Left consistently loses where it should win. On the Left, there should be equivalents of the Heritage Foundation and the Cato Institute; there is not. This means the Left will lose battles over and over even when they have a large majority.

Interesting that one side of the political spectrum consistently loses battles where it should easily dominate while one side goes nearly insane and still prevails effortlessly.

Anyway, the Wonder Woman TV show while not that good demonstrates that we’ve actually regressed a bit from the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. A show like that – with a woman superhero – would not get made today.

Role models matter. The Left needs to take the creation of Wonder Woman and use that as a lesson for how to proceed.

Bad design

Bad design reigns supreme now.

Nominally, this sort of design disaster is intended for tablets. However, having enormous header elements and too-large headlines actually makes it more difficult to read on a tablet. (Yep, just checked on my iPad.)

So what is the purpose of it, design-wise? It’s not easier to read. Not on a phone, desktop machine or tablet. It doesn’t use less bandwidth and isn’t more attractive.

I’m not sure, then. Just to change, I think, and it follows myrmidon-like all the latest worthless design manias.

Not sure if I’ll keep reading that site now. It’s design is just painfully bad in every way.

Puzzle

If you ignore the energy companies and their propaganda, what’s puzzling about climate change denialism is that almost without exception nearly every initiative proposed to prevent or ameliorate climate change and its effects would help us anyway, even if climate change were utterly false.

I wonder if the imperatives of evolution would also tend to build such irrational creatures as humans elsewhere in the universe, or are we an anomaly?

Link

The list

Sarcozona mentions accurately that films that focus on women’s lives are rated less highly than those that tell men’s stories.

This is completely true. I go out of my way to find films that tell women’s stories or are told from a woman’s perspective for just that reason, and because I like experiencing all that humanity has to offer not some tiny subset of it (as most seem to prefer).

Here’s a partial list of films I’d recommend that focus on a woman or a girl and/or are told from a woman’s point of view:

Made in Dagenham
Kissing Jessica Stein
Happy-Go-Lucky
Phoebe in Wonderland
Practical Magic
Ginger & Rosa
Veronika Decides to Die
Julie & Julia
Proof
Tomboy
Cargo
Stories We Tell
The Descent
Winter’s Bone
My Blueberry Nights
Mother and Child
Mulholland Drive
Side Effects
Damsels in Distress
Safe
Cherish
Veronica Guerin
The Brave One
Whip It
In Her Shoes
Sleepwalking
The Hours
The Whistleblower
Charlotte Gray
Tamara Drewe
Vera Drake
Far From Heaven
Blue Jasmine
Junebug
Atonement
In a World…
Another Earth
Pitch Perfect
Heavenly Creatures
The Gift
The Craft
Clone
Jennifer’s Body
Volver
Notes on a Scandal
Nell
Easy A
Rachel Getting Married
Speak
The East
Bridesmaids
Offside
Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging
Chloe
The Accussed
Postcards from the Edge
Bend it Like Beckham
Un Long Dimanche de Fiançailles (A Very Long Engagement)
Room in Rome
Little Fish
Blue is the Warmest Color
The Secret Life of Bees
Maleficent
My Sister’s Keeper
Fair Game
Ten Inch Hero
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Triangle
American Violet
The Runaways
Fried Green Tomatoes
The Heat
Ghost World
My Life Without Me
Better Than Chocolate
Inland Empire
Frozen River
Ginger Snaps
According to Greta
Carrie
Martha Marcy May Marlene
Cracks
But I’m a Cheerleader
Saved!
Josie and the Pussycats
Nine Lives
Prozac Nation
Imagine Me & You
Thirteen
Waitress
Very Good Girls
The Bling Ring
Lost & Delirious
Clockwatchers
May

This list is by no means comprehensive – it is just movies that I personally liked. I am sure I am forgetting very many. Also note that I watch widely across all genres so the list entire will probably include many movies not to quite a few people’s taste.

Self-right

Anne Truitt on Compassion, Humility, and How to Cure Our Chronic Self-Righteousness.

All of Tumblr needs to read this.

Recently on Tumblr I witnessed someone saying that Aubrey Plaza, who is a Latina woman, is not a “real” Latina since she can pass for white.

This sort of thing isn’t restricted to Tumblr, of course, but a lot of these people do hang out there.

My girlfriend was recently reading to me excerpts from a site about unconventional weddings where a woman with Native American heritage had incorporated some NA elements into her wedding.

A commenter promptly signed on to tell her that she wasn’t a real Native American.

Though I don’t completely agree with it, as I believe in social justice, there’s a reason that “Social Justice Warrior” has become a pejorative. It’s not just the Right attempting to besmirch the name. No, these people do it just fine all by themselves.

This is not a cohesive social movement; this is a bunch of whining babies attempting to one-up one another in the Oppression Olympics and having contests to see who can call out someone the fastest.

If the Left wants the win the culture wars, it’s going to have to do better than that.

Slam

Funny how if you say anything bad about Islam, you are Islamophobic but in the very same communities many people are lining up left and right to slam Christianity.

This is why and how liberals get a bad name. The excesses of both Islam and Christianity are worth denigrating.

I haven’t really discussed Islamophobia on this blog yet, but it’s a problem in many parts of the world, from the French government banning head coverings to people assuming that Islam is a violent religion. When in reality, if you compare the two, Christianity is a lot more violent than Islam based on their corresponding holy books. Also more misogynistic. No seriously, the Bible is MESSED UP.

A lot of liberals tend to overlook Islamophobia, especially atheists. In fact, Islam tends to become a scapegoat when liberal atheist men want to pretend they care about women while also attempting to silence women in the US complaining about misogyny in the US.

Such lazy arguments that have about as much logic as an ad lib.

Holy books matter – but practice also matters.  And like many, I care about misogyny in the US and everywhere else, too.

This is the cultural relativism of being “fair to both sides” when one side is just wrong.

We have this problem in our discourse around the most important challenges we face where we feel we have to be “fair to both sides.” But sometimes, one of those sides is subjugation and oppression. If you’re OK with legitimizing that side in the interest of “fairness,” you’re essentially saying you’re OK with oppression as a part of the human condition. That’s some hateful shit.

Millions – literally millions – of women are oppressed every day by the strictures and proscriptions of Islam. Pretending this is not so is simply the most ridiculous bit of unreasoning insensibility I’ve yet seen.

How is this level of stupidity even possible? It rivals the anti-vaccine movement for sheer clueless obliviousness.

No, bombing to freedom does not work and should never be done.

But if believing that women all over the world are greatly harmed by Islam makes me Islamophobic, well fuck me I’M FUCKING ISLAMOPHOBIC.

Yep.

“Islamophobia” is what a lot of people trot out when they went to close their eyes, cover their ears and shout “la la la” and ignore the contradictions inherent in their own worldviews.

Me, I like to pull out my contradictions, put them on the table like action figures and make them fight.