Category Archives: Women

Truths, Half-Truths, and Extinction: The Hidden Face of The Economist

A Guide to Womenomics,” The Economist, 12 April 2006, pg 73, http://www.economist.com/finance/displaystory.cfm?story_id=6802551 (from Sean Meade at TPMB).

A plan whose success involves your own extermination, whose concept of strategy is limited to high-kinetic conflict, whose description of stability operations is building-guarding, is one doomed to failure.

That’s why the recent Economist article on women and work should be read suspiciously. The piece is a slipshod collection of half-truths and deceptions in support of social experiments that destroy the nations which adopt them.

And you thought The Economist was just a girlie magazine.

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The Economist: More Than Just Booth Babes


I. The Economist on the Value of Education

“WHY can’t a woman be more like a man?” mused Henry Higgins in “My Fair Lady”. Future generations might ask why a man can’t be more like a woman. In rich countries, girls now do better at school than boys, more women are getting university degrees than men are and females are filling most new jobs. Arguably, women are now the most powerful engine of global growth.

If, however. the editors of The Economist had read tdaxp, they would know that, statistically, white American women do not enter college for higher earning opportunities. Of all ethnic-sex groups, only latin women earn less from higher education than white women.

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Chart of Income Among American College Educated Women by Race

For a substantial fraction of women, the purpose of college appears to be social life or an “Mrs” degree. The Economist might as well be talking about widespread female education, because of the popularity of manner schools. Of course, that context of that fact is inconvenient, so the magazine does not mention it.

II. The Economist and the Value of Work

Later, the article confuses itself in its economics. Discussing female entry into “paid work,” The Economist notes

over the past decade or so, the increased employment of women in developed economies has contributed much more to global growth than China has.

In other words, value unpaid work at $0, value paid work at the going rate, and — unsurprisingly — paid work is valued more. (Not that it’s surprising for some not to value unpaid work.)

III. The Economist and Styles of Work

A more serious criticism is found in the articles myopic materialism:

To some extent, the increase in female paid employment has meant fewer hours of unpaid housework. However, the value of housework has fallen by much less than the time spent on it, because of the increased productivity afforded by dishwashers, washing machines and so forth. Paid nannies and cleaners employed by working women now also do some work that used to belong in the non-market economy.

It boggles the mind how wrong this is. America, and the rest of the Old Core, is a capital-rich, labor-poor society. This style of economy is very sensitive to the quality of the workforce. Yet The Economist dismisses the purpose of “housework” as somehow centering on “dishwashers, washing machines and so forth” instead of standing up the next generation. This would be like the US Military ceasing training of Iraqi Police officers, because their hygienic needs can be easily taken care of by “dishwashers, washing machines and so forth.”

What The Economist calls paid work is a high-kinetics, low-network-density activity. Likewise, what our British publishing pals call “housework” is lower kinetic but higher density work. Trying to find an essentially Phase III (Combat Operations) force to do a Phase IV job (Nation Building) — what The Economist suggested by its quick reference to “paid nannies” — is as insane as having the US Military rebuild the society of a middle eastern nation.

By focusing on monetized gains at the expense of social capital, The Economist is like a general that advocates just blowing things up instead of transitioning to a civilian reconstruction force.

IV. The Economist and Population Implosion

As if that was not bad enough, The Economist wants to lull us into extinction:

It is sometimes argued that it is shortsighted to get more women into paid employment. The more women go out to work, it is said, the fewer children there will be and the lower growth will be in the long run. Yet the facts suggest otherwise. Chart 3 shows that countries with high female labour participation rates, such as Sweden, tend to have higher fertility rates than Germany, Italy and Japan, where fewer women work. Indeed, the decline in fertility has been greatest in several countries where female employment is low.

What the article fails to mention is that Sweden has a death rate higher than the birth rate (0.31 deaths/1,000 population (2006 est.) compared to 10.27 births/1,000 population (2006 est.)). America, by contrast and more primitive in the eyes of The Economist, has a birth rate higher than its death rate (8.26 deaths/1,000 population (2006 est.) compared to 14.14 births/1,000 population (2006 est.))

Further:

It seems that if higher female labour participation is supported by the right policies, it need not reduce fertility. To make full use of their national pools of female talent, governments need to remove obstacles that make it hard for women to combine work with having children. This may mean offering parental leave and child care, allowing more flexible working hours, and reforming tax and social-security systems that create disincentives for women to work.

That might be comforting, if such policies were correlated to higher fertility. Yet as Old Europe has expanded “maternity” services, actual maternities have fallen. The Economist enjoys mentioning corollaries when it suits it in this “finance & economics” article, but not when it’s an inconvenient fact.

V. The Economist and Politically Motivated “News”

Though The Economist is based in London, it is trying to change into a leading American newsmagazine. Apparently, part of its transition is social agenda fluff pieces disguised as news and analysis.

Pity.

Gap Sex Caboose Breaking

I’m in the middle of a mind-melting project, so no time for a coherent blog post. Instead, I’ll vaguely fulminate against Jessee Jackson, Gap sex caboose breaking, and sexism. If you want a coherent application of PNM Theory to domestic politics, read Chirol. If you want a good summary of the Lacrosse incident, read . Else, read on.

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Rev. Jesse Jackson, Founder and President Rainbow/Push Coalition, has announced his organization will pay the Duke scandal accuser’s tuition regardless of whether she’s telling the truth or not about being raped.

Too bad Elisabet Sunde wasn’t black. Then she would at least have
help paying for her lawyer.

Of course, if Elisabet Sunde was black, her name might have been Crystal Gale Mangum.


Regardless of the criminal‘s name, but it Janette Rivers, , or something else entirely, this case reminds me of an Oriental Sex Party.

Seriously. The washed up hack‘s presence should remind us that we have left the world of fact and entered the world of Race.

Similar hysteria was seen in China in a case that gave two men life sentences for soliciting a prostitute. As the AP reported:

A Chinese court sentenced a hotel worker and a prostitute to life in prison on Wednesday for organizing a three-day sex party for Japanese tourists – a case that outraged Chinese and reignited anger over Japan’s wartime conduct.

Its final day fell on Sept. 18, the anniversary of a Japanese attack in 1931 on a city in China’s northeast that Chinese regard as the start of World War II. The timing, which appeared to be coincidental, angered Chinese, many of whom believe Japan hasn’t atoned for wartime brutality, including mass rapes.

For that matter, remember Jewish Sex Gum?

The Chinese, Duke, and Arab incidents are symbolic, because they show a “deprived” group (Arabs, blacks, Chinese) taking sexual revenge against their perceived oppressors (Jews, whites, Japanese). It’s typical of both The Gap and Gap-like pockets in the Core. Just typical.

Unix, Complexity, Patriarchy, Matriarchy, and Eunuchs

User Friendly?,” edited by Simson Garfinkel, Daniel Weise, and Steven Strassmann, The UNIX-Haters Handbook, 1994, http://www.simson.net/ref/ugh.pdf (from Daniel Weise’s Microsoft Research page).

Basics of the Unix Philosophy,” by Eric Raymond, The Art of Unix Programming, 2003, http://www.faqs.org/docs/artu/ch01s06.html (from ZenPundit).

Jesusism-Paulism, Part III: Every Man a Panzer, Every Woman a Soldat,” by Dan, tdaxp, 14 July 2005, http://www.tdaxp.com/archive/2005/07/14/every-man-a-panzer-every-woman-a-soldat.html.

On Modularity,” by Mark Safranski, ZenPundit, 7 April 2006, http://zenpundit.blogspot.com/2006/04/on-modularity-other-day-i-was.html.

Fists of the Patriarchy,” by Razib, Gene Expression, 7 April 2006, http://www.gnxp.com/blog/2006/04/fists-of-patriarchy.php (from ZenPundit).

Razib from Gene Expression wonder why in all his

years of searching through the literature I haven’t stumbled upon a matriarchy. I emphasize the “archy” because there are many cultures that are matrilineal, matrifocal, or, where women have a prominent role in the decision making process within a society. Among the Iroquois older women had veto powers over the decisions of the male war leaders. But note that their powers were of veto, men still ultimately presented and constrained the range of choices. My overall point is that there are many cultures where men and women are rather equal in their power in comparison to the stratified societies of the Eurasian civilizations. But, the distribution is skewed, there is no inversion to the operational chattel treatment of respectable females that was characteristic in ancient Athens or modern Saudi Arabia. The alternative to patriarchy is not matriarchy, it is non-patriarchy.

The answer is The Unix Philosophy.

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The Unix Philosophy

Recently, Mark looked at “modularity”:

The essence of modularity in a complex network system is getting to have your cake and eat it too. As effective, flexible and adaptive as scale free networks might be compared with traditional, hierarchical, 20th century systems or randomly distributed networks, modular ones are better- at least in terms of human networks. I can’t speak for non-human systems ( go ask Dr. Von)

Coming from a computer science background (and having recently installed Ubuntu on my PC), the word “modularity” reminded me of The Unix Philosophy.

The Unix Philosophy are the guiding principles in writing programs and utilities for “Unix.” This is a broad range, from simple elements like cp and ls to the C programming language, yet all philosophically unix program share the following in common.

  1. Rule of Modularity: Write simple parts connected by clean interfaces.
  2. Rule of Clarity: Clarity is better than cleverness.
  3. Rule of Composition: Design programs to be connected to other programs.
  4. Rule of Separation: Separate policy from mechanism;
    separate interfaces from engines.
  5. Rule of Simplicity: Design for simplicity; add
    complexity only where you must.
  6. Rule of Parsimony: Write a big program only when it is
    clear by demonstration that nothing else will do.
  7. Rule of Transparency: Design for visibility to make
    inspection and debugging easier.
  8. Rule of Robustness: Robustness is the child of transparency and simplicity.
  9. Rule of Representation: Fold knowledge into data so program
    logic can be stupid and robust.
  10. Rule of Least Surprise: In interface design, always do
    the least surprising thing.
  11. Rule of Silence: When a program has nothing surprising
    to say, it should say nothing.
  12. Rule of Repair: When you must fail, fail noisily and
    as soon as possible.
  13. Rule of Economy: Programmer time is expensive; conserve it in
    preference to machine time.
  14. Rule of Generation: Avoid hand-hacking; write programs
    to write programs when you can.
  15. Rule of Optimization: Prototype before polishing. Get it
    working before you optimize it.
  16. Rule of Diversity: Distrust all claims for “one true way”.
  17. Rule of Extensibility: Design for the future, because
    it will be here sooner than you think.
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Complex Adaptive Networks

Even if you aren’t a bearded Unix administrator, these principles will be familiar to you if you’ve read a book on complex adaptive networks. Such as Howard Bloom’s Global Brain.. To take the first few items from the list and relate it back to life’s neurosystem:

  • “Write simple parts connected by clean interfaces.”
    Prokaryotes are the most successful lifeforms in, on, or above the planet. Their colonies are really networked computers, and their highly social life is governed by chemical exchange. The chemical processes are simple and highly effective: by developing a system that clearly says “come here,” clearly says “stay away,” and clearly says “let’s eat!,” prokaryotes are able to live in vast colonies that dwarf our networks of supercomputers.
  • “Clarity is better than cleverness.”
    While the prokaryotes’ cleverer cousins, the eukaryotes, exist, they are more fragile than their simpler kin. Indeed, as a fraction of biomass they are minuscule.
  • “Design programs to be connected to other programs.”

    From prokaryotes to dogs to humans, isolation is a form of torture and death. Life is social.

I won’t go through the entire list —for that you’ll have to buy Global Brain for yourself — but the evolutionary adaptability of this philosophy is clear. As a final note for this section, even those who despite Unix have compared it repeatedly and often to highly successful genetic warriors

Chromosomes accumulate random genetic material; this material gets happily and haphazardly copied and passed down the generations. Once the human genome is fully mapped, we may discover that only a few percent of it actually describes functioning humans; the rest describes orangutans, new mutants, televangelists, and used computer sellers. The same is true of Unix. Despite its small beginnings, Unix accumulated junk genomes at a tremendous pace. For example, it’s hard to find a version of Unix that doesn’t contain drivers for a Linotronic or Imagen typesetter, even though few Unix users even know what these machines lookalike. As Olin Shivers observes, the original evolutionary pressures on Unix have been relaxed, and the strain has gone wild.

Others have noticed that Unix is evolutionarily superior to its competition,rather than technically superior. Richard P. Gabriel, in his essay “The Riseof Worse-is-Better,” expounds on this theme (see Appendix A). His thesisis that the Unix design philosophy requires that all design decisions err onthe side of implementation simplicity, and not on the side of correctness,consistency, or completeness. He calls this the “Worse Is Better” philosophyand shows how it yields programs that are technically inferior to programsdesigned where correctness and consistency are paramount, but thatare evolutionarily superior because they port more easily. Just like a virus.There’s nothing elegant about viruses, but they are very successful. Youwill probably die from one, in fact.A comforting thought.

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Patriarchy

Why the diversion? Simple to set up this: Men are biologically closer to The Unix Philosophy than Women.

I noted a similar thing when I compared the Apostle Paul’s view on sex relations with those of the 20th century feminist Rebecca West:

Paul saw what the 20th Century feminist Rebecca West famously saw while researching her magnum opus Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, and captured as

“The main difference between men and women is that men are lunatics and women are idiots.” Rebecca West (Black Lamb and Grey Falcon)

Black Lamb and Grey Falcon is a travelogue of ex-Yugoslavia (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Kosovo) immediately before the Nazi invasion. Over and over again she saw the same pattern: men were swept away by far-away schemes and ideas (like lunatics), while women were so absorbed by families and personal relationships they ignored those same forces (like idiots). To Dame Commander West, men were idiotically refusing to focus on the real details of daily living while women were foolishly refusing to focus on the fate of their nation and culture. In other words, men are idiots for not engaging in long-term coalition building on a family level (in “tight” or “dense” networks) while women are fools for not engaging in long-term coalition building on the national and ideological level (in “loose” or less “dense” nets)

In other words, men are competitive-cooperative. As Bob Kurzban has scientifically demonstrated, all male groups rapidly form cooperative hierarchies when they merely know about the existence of another group. Female groups do not. Males achieve this through application of the Unix Philosophy. Males are genetically equiped for complex intergroup activity — that behavior commonly called “politics.” This is the philosophy that relies on modularity, simplicity, silence, and repair, or as Razib might say, “males need strict dominance heirarchies because they lack the requisite social intelligence to fluidly manipulate different contexts. “

Of course, if there is a masculine, Unix orientation towards the complex intergroup interactions that we call patriarchy, then there is also a feminine, anti-Unix orientation is genetic equipment for complex intragroup activity — that state of affairs commonly called anarchy.

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Matriarchy

Thus, Razib’s original point about there no being no patriarchies is true to a point. It makes sense that there is no female-dominated politics, because females face a genetic disadvantage in politics (complex integroup behavior). But if there is a genetic predisposition fo female-dominated anarchy (complex intragroup behavior) — then where are the gynarchical anarchies — the femimine “competittions and tumults

In familes throughout the world and throughout time. There is perhaps no better example of an arachy on the planet than a family. Several individual, no written laws, no agreed upon hierarchy, no judiciary — only an evolving consensus of who does what and gives what to whom, when, where, and how. Indeed, as in many cultures only the father is allowed to strike another, a family with a father absent is close to absolute anarchy (in that the police function is actually forbidden).

Attempts to find matriarchies operating in the political world are thus as fruitless as trying to find families that are patriarchal. The human beings in society — the human network nodes in our complex adaptive network — our genetically gifted with different advantages.

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The Eunuch’s Philosophy?

There’s an odd pun in this post that’s worth exploring. If men are gifted with the Unix philosophy, are they also born with a eunuch’s philosophy?

Apparently so. As Razib writes:

What does this have to do with dominance heirarchies? I will posit that perhaps males are phenotypically more varied that females, that is, their standard deviation on characters is greater. The idea is that the SRY induces greater developmental instability in male fetuses than female ones. Some of this is bad, ergo, more pathological or subfit males. But, some of it explores the outer edges of fitness space, and who knows when new traits might come in handy? Now, consider two women who have 10 sons. Imagine that the expectation is the same for the characteristics of sons for both women, but the variance for one woman is far greater than for the other. In a winner take all reproductive skew scenario all of the sons of the woman whose offspring exhibit no variance might not reproduce. In this case, the “risky” strategy, where a mother produces superfit and subfit sons, is the optimal one. To some extent this is a reductio ad absurdum, humans are not elephant seals, and our relatively mild sexual dimorphism is a clue that we are not a hyperpolygnous species (though we are not exclusively monogamous in the sense idealized by modern romantics).

The complement of the Unix philosophy (simplicity and cooperation) is the Eunuch’s philosophy (more sub-fit and super-fit nodes). Compounding the natural difference in networking protocols, male and female networks differ because male networks are more likely to have more diversity, and thus be ruled by an implicitly hierarchical power law.

But such is a post for another time…

Elisabet Sunde: Sexual Predator

Elizabeth Sunde? Elisabeth Sunde? Elisabet Sunde?

The minor details of the case keep changing. Is her name ? , as the Orange County Clerk of Courts maintains? Perhaps ?

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“Elizabeth Sunde”

Is her age 19? 26?

Whatever it is, she deserves twenty years in prison, and she’ll probably get a fine.

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Elizabeth Sunde, 26 (09.26.86), 8037 Gables Commons Drive #127, told investigators that she was approached by five or six “French men” in her apartment…


First, what we do know about her. She was born on September 26, 1986. She’s 5 foot 4 and 140 pounds. Her address was:

Elisabet Sunde
8037 Gables Commons Drive #127
The Commons
Orlando, FL 32821

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And she used switchboard, (407) 560-2280, for incoming calls.

She was booked on March 3rd, 2006, and currently resides in cell B-FD-4. Her address at Orange County Incarcerationshas been

Elisabet Sunde
06009224 B-FD-4
P.O. Box 4970
Orlando, FL 32802-4970

Sickeningly, if I’m reading her inmate record, correctly, she can be out with only $500 bond.

She’s a slut. That’s clear. She had sex with four men. From the videotaped evidence she enjoyed it.

Much, much worse (Elisabet’s private life, after all, is her own) is that she cried rape. Some people believed her. Fortunately, skepticism and video-taped evidence won the day.

For attempting to ruin the lives of several young men, almost nothing will happen.

The most horrible part is the lack of punishment she’s facing. If we are to believe the Orlando Sentinel‘s account, she’s been charged with of breaking Florida State Statue 837.05(1)

(1) Except as provided in subsection (2), whoever knowingly gives false information to any law enforcement officer concerning the alleged commission of any crime, commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.

And Florida State Statute 837.06

False official statements.–Whoever knowingly makes a false statement in writing with the intent to mislead a public servant in the performance of his or her official duty shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.

Misdemeanors. She may get more from getting arrested while carrying marijuana.

A fellow blogger makes a good point:

Women who make false charges of rape should face the same harsh penalties as a man accused of rape, and she should have to register as a sex offender. She should also have to inform every man she dates or has sexual relations with that she has made a false charge of rape in the past; if she fails to do so it would mean a mandatory life sentence without parole.

Elisabet Sunde is a sexual predator. The law should treat her like one.

Just like Sharon Irons should be.

The Political Art of Amir Normandi

I was browsing something else when I came across this at One Free Korea:

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No tolerance for intolerance
No apology for being free
No Burka for the West. Support Denmark

I’ve been falling the cartoon controversy, and by clicking on the link I found Angantrys Hjorne.

And from that, this:

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Well, this too:

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But one’s sexier than the other.

(Notthat all of the girls here are as sexy as such as Lebanese protest babes or playmate kajira — indeed, the gallery has a Dove “real beauty” feel to it –but as I and others have been threatened with death by , if not killed, I’m erring on the side of Danish solidarity.)

There’s more. It’s political

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We Shall Overcome
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Lifted Red Burka
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Islamic JAV?
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Prayer Bead and Breasts
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Hand of Fatima on Breast

Betty Friedan, Author of The Feminine Mystique, Has Died

, 1921-2006:

Betty Friedan, the American writer and social activist whose 1963 book The Feminine Mystique became one of the most influential manifestos of the modern feminist movement, has died.

Her cousin, Emily Bazelon, said Friedan died of congestive heart failure at her home in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. It was her 85th birthday.

Friedan, on “concentration camps

Just as with the prisoners in the concentration camps, there are American women who have resisted that death, who have managed to retain a core of self, who have resisted that death, who have managed to retain a core of self, who have not lost touch with the outside world, who use their abilities to some creative purpose. They are women of spirit and intelligence who have refused to “adjust” as housewives. (308)


Wikipedia, on concentration camps:

Concentration camps (Konzentrationslager or KZ) rose to notoriety during their use in Germany during the Nazi era. The general populace referred to them as Kah-Tzets (the initials KZ in German). The Nazi regime maintained concentration camps as labor camps and prisons since the beginning of their regime in 1933. After the beginning of the war, they also established extermination camps for the industrialized mass murder of the Jews of Europe, called the Holocaust, starting in 1941. Over three million Jews would die in these extermination camps, which included Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka, and Auschwitz-Birkenau. The victims were primarily killed by gassing, usually in gas chambers, although many prisoners were murdered in mass shootings or perished from hard labor and not enough to eat or drink.

Prisoners in Nazi concentration and labor camps were also treated horrifically, and many died: worked to death on short rations and in bad conditions, or killed if they became unable to work. Slave labor was used by many German companies, who established their own sub-camps. Guards were known to engage in target practice, using their prisoners as targets. During World War II, these concentration camps for “undesirables” were spread throughout Europe, with new camps being created near centers of dense “undesirable” populations, often focusing on areas with large Jewish, Polish intelligentsia, communists, or Roma populations. Most of the camps were located in the area of General Government in Poland. The transportation of prisoners was often carried out under horrifying conditions using rail freight cars, in which many died before they reached their destination. Concentration camps for Jews and other “undesirables” also existed in Germany itself, and while not specifically designed for systematic extermination, like the extermination camps, many concentration camp prisoners died because of harsh conditions or were executed.

It is estimated that up to ten million people died in Nazi concentration camps, of them six million were killed in the 15 larger ones.

Friedan, on navel-gazing and forgetting real concentration camps:

Women went home again just as men shrugged off the bomb, forgot the concentration camps, condoned corruption, and fell into helpless conformity; just as the thinkers avoided the complex larger problems of the postwar world. it was easier, safer, to think about love and sex than about communism, McCarthy, and the uncontrolled bomb. It was easier to look for Freudian sexual roots in man’s behavior, his ideas, and his wars than to look critically at his society and act constructively to right its wrongs. There was a kind of personal retreat, even on the part of the most far-sighted, the most spirited; we lowered our eyes from the horizon, and steadily contemplated our own navels. (186-187)

Hypocritical Liberal Puritans

Arnold’s ‘Harriet Miers Moment’: Has Gov. Schwarzenegger jumped the shark?,” by John Fund, Opinion Journal, 5 December 2005, http://www.opinionjournal.com/diary/?id=110007637 (from The Corner).

One of the reasons I am a registered Republican is the big-government morality of the Democrat Party. This ranges from the perhaps wise, like Hillary Clinton’s protection for religions in the work force, to the questionable, such as Cherry Cayabyab’s sexual dinner plate regulations,

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to the dumb, like Charles Schumer’s attack on video games, to the idiotic:

One of the victims of that ruthlessness was Bruce Herschensohn, who in 1992 was the GOP candidate for U.S. senator against Barbara Boxer. Four days before the election, the Field Poll showed Mr. Herschensohn only one point behind. But that day Bob Mulholland, Ms. Kennedy’s political director, confronted Mr. Herschensohn by parading down the aisle at a campaign appearance holding a giant poster of a strip club and shouting, “Should the voters of California elect someone who frequently travels the strip joints of Hollywood?” Reporters seized on the story. Mr. Herschensohn admitted he and his girlfriend had gone to a strip club once with another couple. Enough social conservatives stayed home to give Ms. Boxer a five-point victory.

And who was the mastermind of this puritan scheme?

Socially-liberal Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s new Chief of Staff, socially-liberal Democrat .

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I guess she doesn’t like either.

The Muslim Sisterhood

Brotherhood Wins 20 Pct. of Egypt Vote,” by Nadia Abou El-Magd, Associated Press, 16 November 2005, http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051116/ap_on_re_mi_ea/egypt_election_2.

Good news from Egypt, as The Society of the Muslim Brothers fares well in the parliamentary elections

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An Egyptian woman shows her thumb, marked by red ink, after voting at a polling station in Cairo 15 November 2005. Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood said it had won 34 seats in the first phase of legislative elections, in a breakthrough for the banned but tolerated Islamist group.

The Muslim Brotherhood won 20 percent of the overall vote in the first round of Egypt’s parliamentary elections, according to initial official results released Wednesday after a day of intense runoff balloting.

The Brotherhood, the country’s largest opposition group, is officially banned as a political party in Egypt but fielded candidates as independents. It won 30 seats, while the ruling National Democratic Party won 50 seats, the semi-official Middle East News Agency reported, quoting judges in counting stations.

The results of Tuesday’s runoffs and last week’s polling — the first round in the four-week elections — mean the Brotherhood has already captured 34 seats in parliament, more than double the 15 it held in the outgoing assembly. This confirms its position as the biggest single opposition group to President
Hosni Mubarak’s government.

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An Egyptian woman receives assistance on finding her voting station during the runoff election on 133 out of 164 seats that were not decided last week during the first phase of parliamentary elections in Cairo, 15 November 2005. Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood said it had won 34 seats in the first phase of legislative elections, in a breakthrough for the banned but tolerated Islamist group

This in spite of widespread voter intimidation by the present government, Hosni Mubarrak’s NDP….

Human rights groups and election monitors reported widespread irregularities, including ruling party supporters attacking and intimidating opposition supporters at polling stations and busing in voters from outside the constituency.

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights said it saw “increasing instances of election bribes … collective voting, and in some cases assaults on voters for not supporting NDP candidates.”

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A female Muslim Brotherhood supporter stands outside a polling station in Cairo’s suburb of Nasr City before voting in Egypt’s reruns parliamentary elections, Tuesday Nov. 15, 2005.

The Muslim Brothers are an important tool in defeating terrorism. They have a lot to gain from free-and-fair elections in Syria and in a federal Sunni Arab Iraq. As I wrote earlier

Every success in the Cold War came from using nationalists against ideologues. In China and Yugoslavia we helped turn a radical ideology into a patriotic party. We can do so against in Egypt.

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Female Muslim Brotherhood supporters chat outside a polling station in Cairo’s suburb of Nasr City before voting Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2005, in Egypt’s runoff parliamentary elections. The poster for Brotherhood candidates, Makarim el-Deeri, right, the only female Brotherhood candidate, and Issam Mukhtar, carries Brotherhood logo and their election campaign slogan ‘Islam is the solution.’

The Muslim Brothers run, and, as much as they could, won.

Good.

Urban Chinese Female Sexual Submission

Paper: Going Along to Get Along: Female Sexual Submission in Urban China,” by Yan, Glutter, 7 November 2005, http://glutter.typepad.com/glutter/2005/11/paper_going_alo.html (from SimonWorld).

No, not this kind:

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Rural Japanese, not Urban Chinese

The story itself is so-so, but a very interesting conversation thread has developed has developed on Glutter. Your brave tdaxp as the lonely defender of women’s economic rights, the left-puritans soundly against:

Dan tdaxp

Interesting that “treating women as equals” seems to involve treating them as children: Women can do and wear what they want, but if they attempt to earn money (prostitution) or dress (office clothes) in a way that is “impure” — it is up to a man to teach her better morality!

I’m promptly of accused of being an extraterrestrial john…

Oh please. Which planet are you on? None of what you are saying has anything to do with equality. Why don’t we try and give all the women who are poor and from little villages really good education and a damn good job and see how many of them “choose” to be prostitute.

And who the fuck is talking about office clothes, and having a man tell her she is impure? Who said her boss is a “man” anyway.

You’re so full of it and not know a damn thing about “equality” you purport to be talking about. That’s not equality, that’s just plane old fashion sexist John talk.

which of course is irrelevent:

What does my status as a john or not have to do with the validity of my arguments?

and further, Glitterbug’s views:

Why don’t we try and give all the women who are poor and from little villages really good education and a damn good job and see how many of them “choose” to be prostitute.

and tdaxp‘s

Heck, give me a “damn good” trust fund and see how long I “chose” to work for other people at all 🙂

Read on!

Feminist Initiative Attacks Marriage, Maternity Leave

Feminists call for abolition of marriage,” The Local, 9 September 2005, http://www.thelocal.se/article.php?ID=2055&date=20050909.

Swedish feminism put to the test,” by var Ekman, International Herald Tribune, 20 October 2005, http://www.iht.com/bin/print_ipub.php?file=/articles/2005/10/19/news/feminism.php.

The Corner links to a pair of stories about Sweden’s feminist party, Feminist Initiative. These people have friends in the United States, especially .

On Marriage

Instead the group, which is expected to become a fully-fledged political party following the meeting, wants a ‘cohabitation law’ which ignores gender – and allows for more than two people to be included.

The proposal is one of the group’s ‘prioritised political demands’ which the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet got hold of before the meeting.

FI founder and board member, Tiina Rosenberg, told the paper that the group wants to create “a modern concept which does not favour and promote couples and heterosexual norms”.

On Maternity Leave

Even the Social Democrats are distancing themselves from one of their own proposals: to put quotas on parental leave that would oblige men to stay home more than they do today (in 2004, women used 81 percent of the paid parental-leave days).

“We are critical of the fact that people don’t use parental leave in an equal fashion,” Marita Ulvskog, the Social Democrats’ party secretary, told Dagens Nyheter recently.

Fortunately the good guys have plans too…