I could have made my opinion based on the title and subtitle. In journalism, titles and subtitles are no accident. You pick the most attractive titles and subtitles from a list. That was a premonition for the incoming fail.
MEN today are haunted by the “spectre of a coming gender apocalypse”, Hanna Rosin declares in her new book, “The End of Men”. How worried should they be? It is true that women are contributing more than ever to household income. They dominate university attendance around the world. In South Korea more women than men pass the foreign-service exam, which has sparked the foreign ministry to implement a minimum quota for men. In Brazil nearly a third of women earn more than their husbands, a phenomenon that has caused men to form church support-groupscalling themselves “Men of Tears”.
NEARLY A THIRD
EVERYONE BURN DOWN YOUR HOUSE, THE SUPERIOR WOMEN ARE COMING! NEARLY A THIRD! NEARLY A THIRD!
Fuck this article, fuck the Economist for publishing it, fuck the Economist in general, fuck the editor, the fact-checkers, the columnist asshole, the board of directors, and I’m glad magazines and newspapers are sinking because it means in the future this bullshit will cease to exist because nobody cares about it, because they need to stoop to articles that are guaranteed to piss people off just so people will buy newspapers or put the article on their iPad.
Nobody read this article. It’s a piece of shit and can kiss my ass.
I’m really glad someone has commented on this - a similar article on the same book was published in the World section in the New Zealand newspapers. I bet a whole bunch of MRAs are going to lap up this shit. This author actually used the word “matriarchy” in all seriousness.
A Christian pastor wrote an article for CNN’s “Belief Blog” about God’s absence at the recent Aurora shootings. This is the fist comment under that piece. It’s brilliant.
I found this a little hard to read so I typed it out for better legibility.
God here. I thought I would take the time to personally explain my absence in the Aurora shootings. While I was at it, I thought I would also explain my absence during every murder, massacre and crime that has ever taken place in World history, and in every war, in every famine, drought and flood.
You see, I do not exist. I never have. Did it really make sense to you that I would create an entire Universe with billions and billions of planets and wait about 13,700,000,000 years just so I could focus on a few Jews from Palestine about 2,000 years ago while ignoring the rest of the 200,000,000 people on the planet at the time? Did I make those few Jews or did those few Jews make me?
Further, do you really think I would sit back and do nothing while Nazis killed 6 million of my “chosen people”, but find it important enough to intervene and turn water into wine to stop some hosts being embarrassed at a wedding in Cana? Why did I seem to be so active in the Middle East for a brief period abou 2,000 years ago, but totally absent everywhere else on the planet and for the rest of recorded history? Did I make the Jews or did the Jews make me?
So, you really think my periodic miracles prove my existence, hey? Then why not something inarguable and unambiguous, like a huge crucifix in the sky, or my face on the moon? Why is it always that believers have to construct my miracles out of perfectly explicable natural events?
This happens every time there is a tragedy or near tragedy of any kind, anywhere in the world and in all cultures. Captain “Sully” Sullenberger pilots a distressed plane to land safely on the Hudson River in New York City with no deaths, and it’s a miracle from God; a young girl is found in India, totally terrorized, but alive after being abducted and raped for a week, and it’s a miracle from my competitor Rama (or Vishnu or Shiva) that she is returned to her parents; or a family in Northern Pakistan survives an errant American missile attack, and it’s a miracle from Allah.
What all these self-serving proclamations of miraculous intervention always ignore is the downsides of the incidents. The fact that the passengers and crew of Flight 1549 were terrorized and the plane destroyed, that 11 innocent people are dead in Aurora, that the girl was held for seven days, raped and sodomized and will be traumatized for the rest of her life, or that a number of innocent civilians were killed by the missile.
Of course, none of these incidents really are “miracles”. When the totality of facts are taken into account, “miracles” turn out to be nothing more than believers who are desperate for some sign of my existence ignoring the downside of a set of facts, focusing solely on the upside and calling the quarantined “good” a miracle from me or one of the other sky-fairies. A CEO might as well ignore the liability side of his balance sheet and declare it a “miracle” that his company just doubled in value.
Another annoying habit my “miracles” seem to have is that they always seem to tag along, just behind medical science, like an annoying kid brother who won’t go away. Until the mid nineties, those with AIDS who prayed for a miracle were never granted one. Medical science finds a way to permanently suppress the disease, and all of a sudden I start to perform miracles with AIDS patients. No polio patient ever received a miracle until the Salk vaccine and I routinely ignored cancer patients until chemotherapy and radiation treatments were developed. Suddenly, prayers to me from cancer patients are regularly “answered”.
Why is it that I still seem deaf to the pleadings of amputees who would like their fingers, arms or legs back, to those who have physically lost eyes or ears, to the horribly burned and to all others who ail from patently visible and currently incurable maladies? Why is it that, at the very same time, I am very receptive to the prayers of those whose condition is uncertain, internal and vulnerable to miraculous claims?
Take five minutes to make two lists; one of those ailments I will miraculously cure and the other of those I will not. You will quickly find it coincides perfectly with those conditions medical science (or the human body itself) can defeat and those we cannot. Why do you think that is? It is almost as if my miracles are created out of medical ambiguity isn’t it?
No, my human friends. I am afraid I do not exist. I do not read your minds (or “hear your prayers” as you like to call it) and you are not going to achieve immortality (or “eternal life” as you like to call it) no matter how many commandments from Iron Age Palestine you choose to “keep”. Move on and enjoy the few years you have. You were all dead for the last 13,700,000,000 years and it wasn’t that least bit uncomfortable now, was it?
This is an article from the mX Melbourne newspaper today.
It mentions how Pixie Lott has turned up on the red carpet with underarm hair.
Now, when I first saw this, I was literally just like “Wow, what the fuck, you fucking idiots mX.”
But as I read one, they were satirising the fact that she had underarm hair, like most other fully grown humans! I was really pleasantly surprised at how they handled most other media’s opinions on what shouldn’t even be called a matter.
They went on to say how scientists had discovered that yes, females do also grow hair under their arms and, in fact, other places as well!
I dunno, I was really impressed by the integrity of mX today defending her saying that it’s not weird for someone to have underarm hair just because they’re a female, and I will continue reading this newspaper because gosh darn it they are brilliant.
Well done on sticking up for a woman and her “completely unacceptable” bodily growths, mX! Maybe you can teach other media outlets to not be fucking idiots about stuff you literally learn in sex education in primary/early secondary school.
Fourteen people were killed and up to 50 others wounded after a gunman opened fire at a midnight showing of the “The Dark Knight Rises” at a mall outside of Denver.
A 24-year-old suspect is in custody and a SWAT team had surrounded his apartment building amid reports it was packed with explosives, police said.
The suspect walked into the movie theater in Aurora minutes after the movie started, released a canister that might have emitted tear gas and opened fire, Denver’s NBC affiliate 9News reported.
“A lot of people thought the gunshots were part of the movie,” Brenda Stuart, of 850 KOA radio in Colorado, told Britain’s Sky News.
Ten people were found dead at the scene. Four died at local hospitals.
“This is a horrific event,” Aurora police chief Dan Oates said at a press conference early Friday morning.
Oates said the black-clad gunman had a gas mask and was arrested in the back of the movie theater.
CNN reported that the suspect was wearing a bulletproof vest and packing a rifle."
The New York Daily News, “Dark Knight Rises’ Screening Shooting in Suburban Denver Theater Leaves 14 Dead, Up to 50 Wounded.”
Jesus H. Christ.
Had to check this is legit, it’s even made NZ news. Holy shit.
Two things have been bothering me for awhile now.
One is that Yahoo! News always has headlines stories that are ridiculous. Many of the top ones are always about apperance, like “celebrity beauty blunders” or something, which of course, are always directed at women. And they’ve taken to calling Selena Gomez “Bieber’s girlfriend” in every article about her, as if she doesn’t have an identity not to mention isn’t famous and has her own career (also, how the hell is her wearing a bikini news, worthy of the top spot on the page?).
Also, the icon for friends on Facebook has the man overlapped on top of the woman, in front of her.
These might be simple, trivial things but they definitely say something about gender in society.
That bugs me, too. Anyone who knows Justin Bieber knows Selena Gomez. Geez, why do we wash away her identity?
Wearing a bikini is not news. That is so disgusting, perverted, sexist, and downright pathetic. It makes me sad that actual news is of so little interest to so many people out there.