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Monday, April 23, 2007

The mystery of the ladies' room


Ever wonder why women go to the restroom at the most inopportune times? Well, mystery solved!

Enjoy this amusing video.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear sir,

I did not find your posted video amusing at all. It is precisely this type of chauvanistic behavior that tries to set the womans movement back 50 years. I cannot believe such misogyny could be propogated by a so-called educated man. I cannot begin to express my disappointment in your propogation of hate-speeach and barbaric attempts to reinforce stereotypes feminists have been seeking to break.

How do you sleep at night?

- a concerned reader

4:05 p.m.  
Blogger Pious Labours said...

I'm sorry you weren't amused. Keep in mind I didn't make the video, and, although I don't agree with it, i did chuckle a few times.

First, I (as well as the video) was being ironic and lighthearted. You can't take these things seriously. If you consider that hate speech and think that I'm "propagating hatred," then you have serious problems.

Second, the video is equally misanthropic (in the sense that it mocks men).

Oh, and where are people like you when we see blatantly anti-male stereotypes propagated? All too silent, I'm afraid.

BTW, I don't sleep very well at night, but that's another matter :)

6:19 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mr. piouslabours,

I was about to commend you on your heartfelt feelings regarding my last comments.

However, your last paragraph deriding *people like me* for not defending men has unfortunately brought to light your latent, passive aggressive, and boorish attitude to gender stereotypes!

How dare you question people like me, in that you clump the feminism into one cluster that is only seeking their own self interests.

We are not all man-hating lesbians who refuse to shave our underarms arbilius who worship at the altar of Steinham and find you about as useful as goldfish on a ten-speed. If you do not understand the reference, i expect that.

We are your mothers, sisters and lovers. Have you ever been involved with a feminist movement or person? Most you will find, are advocates for the right to exist of ALL people regardless of sex, colour or creed. If you ever did, you would nary call us *you people* as if some monolithic establishment of men-haters.

I truly hope you sort out your issue with women arbilius because you genuinely seem to have a good yet misdirected heart.

Remember, men can be feminists too :)

11:12 a.m.  
Blogger Pious Labours said...

Of course I am a feminist; I can't see how any educated person under the age of 60 can't be (forgetting for the moment that feminism is not a monolith and contains divisions within itself).

What really irks me are those "feminists" who are hypocritical or "selective" (not necessarily you; I admit it was unfair to label you as such without knowing you). For example, too many feminists, scholars even, forget that feminism is fundamentally anti-essentialist, yet this doesn't stop them from being conveniently essentialist when it comes to men. As a man who does not fit our society's male stereotypes, that really pisses me off, so I know all to well how you feel.

And yes, I have plenty of feminist friends (I am a doctoral student in English, after all).

BTW, just out of curiosity, how did you find my blog? I thought no more than two people read it.

2:24 p.m.  
Anonymous Ranylt said...

Thanks for your posts, pious one.

Just wanted to point out that there are in fact some legitimate schools of feminism that are exceedingly, deliberately (and in their minds benignly) essentialist--the "French" school of the late 20C is often considered so, in contrast to the American and British. And then you have people like G Spivak who acknowledge "strategic essentialism" as a necessary evil.

Personally, though, I'm no proponent. Stuff makes me cringe.

3:55 p.m.  

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