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The Independent tells us that women just love women’s toilets.

We do?????

I must not be a woman then; I don’t love any public toilets, because they’re, you know, public toilets. It’s not exactly a luxury environment, nor is it a breezy bright day in the mountains. It’s a public toilet.

Public spaces where women feel entirely safe can be few and far between: a 2019 report by the Trades Union Congress found one in two women have been sexually harassed at work. Survey data from reviews site FitRated found 71 per cent of women have had an uncomfortable interaction at the gym, and a YouGov survey last year found that 55 per cent of women in London have been

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By Ophelia Benson, July 24, 2021

The Independent tells us that women just love women’s toilets.

We do?????

I must not be a woman then; I don’t love any public toilets, because they’re, you know, public toilets. It’s not exactly a luxury environment, nor is it a breezy bright day in the mountains. It’s a public toilet.

Public spaces where women feel entirely safe can be few and far between: a 2019 report by the Trades Union Congress found one in two women have been sexually harassed at work. Survey data from reviews site FitRated found 71 per cent of women have had an uncomfortable interaction at the gym, and a YouGov survey last year found that 55 per cent of women in London have been

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A place of camaraderie and bonding 

The Independent tells us that women just love women’s toilets.

We do?????

I must not be a woman then; I don’t love any public toilets, because they’re, you know, public toilets. It’s not exactly a luxury environment, nor is it a breezy bright day in the mountains. It’s a public toilet.

Public spaces where women feel entirely safe can be few and far between: a 2019 report by the Trades Union Congress found one in two women have been sexually harassed at work. Survey data from reviews site FitRated found 71 per cent of women have had an uncomfortable interaction at the gym, and a YouGov survey last year found that 55 per cent of women in London have been

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Her favorite things 

Arizona state Senator Wendy Rogers:

An Arizona Republican who called for a new presidential election in the state and the recall of President Joe Biden‘s electors has said she likes two famous Confederate generals but doesn’t like “traitors” to the U.S.

Yo! Confederate generals were traitors. Go back to school and learn what the Confederacy actually was.

Our culture is racist pancake mix and instant rice?

I did not know that.… Read the rest


Systemic v individual 

Let’s try yet again to tease out some of the polarities of Critical Race Theory versus The Approved Kind of Discussion of Racism.

Marisa Iati in the Post a couple of months ago:

Some lessons and anti-racism efforts, however, reflect foundational themes of critical race theory, particularly that racism in the United States is systemic.

So there’s one: racism as systemic, i.e. embedded in various systems and institutions, as opposed to being random and individual – just people with bad manners.

Critical race theory is an academic framework centered on the idea that racism is systemic, and not just demonstrated by individual people with prejudices. The theory holds that racial inequality is woven into legal systems and negatively affects

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These badass women 

And the badass women are…Simone Biles, Allyson Felix, Naomi Osaka, Laurel Hubbard, and the US Women’s Soccer Team.

Yes that’s right, Laurel Hubbard is included as one of the badass women. A shameless cheating man becomes a badass woman just by saying so.… Read the rest


Glasgow July 20 

The women won’t wheesht rally:

I think we get a glimpse of latsot as the camera pans left.… Read the rest


Confidence scheme 

Republicans are using this “everybody’s always picking on me” rhetoric as cover for their campaign to suppress the Enemy Vote.

In Texas, Republican state legislators are pushing a new bill to require an audit of the 2020 results, one conducted by a third party appointed by top Republicans.

But tellingly, as The Post reports, the audit would be required only for the largest counties — virtually all of which backed President Biden.

Aka the cities are where all the Jews and communists are. We’ve been down this road before.

This is being justified by the notion that Republican voters no longer “believe in their election system,” as its chief sponsor, Republican state Rep. Steve Toth, put it.

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“We have successfully frozen their brand” 

Interesting.

This is what I’ve been saying all along – people are slapping the CRT label on every kind of anti-racism they … Read the rest


Personal responsibility 

Gee, now why would we despise Trump and all his works? It’s such a mystery, and just so rude of us.

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Every right to be insulted 

Hot damn this is a stupid piece for the Washington Post to bother publishing.

When supporters of former president Donald Trump hear media pundits analyze them with the usual collection of belittling observations, they must be tempted to respond, “Hey, we’re right here! We can hear you!”

So we shouldn’t think it’s stupid or evil or both to vote for Donald Trump for any public office at all, let alone the presidency? Why? Why shouldn’t we? He’s one of the most thoroughly godawful human beings on the planet, and possibly the only one without a single redeeming quality.

Yes, they are indeed here, and living among us. And they have every right to be insulted by being accused of believing

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What’s most glaring 

A nitwit writer for Jezebel writes the 40 millionth piece on JK Rowling the transphobe blah blah:

We can certainly quibble over how much Rowling needs to be defended from random Twitter users, especially considering the violence associated with her transphobia and the transphobia of her supporters (who haven’t hesitated to defend Rowling with threats of their own). But here’s what’s most glaring about Rowling’s responses: Her insistence on framing this as gendered violence against women, perpetrated by men. Rowling cannot accept that the transgender women who have clowned her, who have told her to “go die,” who have been the loudest critics of her TERF agenda, are women. It’s easier for her to simply dismiss them as men,

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A test of loyalty 

David Frum is gentler on the anti-vaxxers than I am.

Experts list many reasons for the vaccine slump, but one big reason stands out: vaccine resistance among conservative, evangelical, and rural Americans. Pro-Trump America has decided that vaccine refusal is a statement of identity and a test of loyalty.

And that’s profoundly wicked, because statements of identity and tests of loyalty are trivial compared to spreading a killer virus. Utterly utterly trivial. People have no right to put their identities or political loyalties ahead of public health. It’s disgusting and contemptible.

Part of the trouble is that pro-Trump state legislatures are enacting ever more ambitious protections for people who refuse vaccines. They are forbidding business owners to ask for proof

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Miscellany Room 7 
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“Tumultuous” is putting it politely 

FBI confirms the “investigation” of Brett Kavanaugh was a sham.

Nearly three years after Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh’s tumultuous confirmation to the Supreme Court, the F.B.I. has disclosed more details about its efforts to review the justice’s background, leading a group of Senate Democrats to question the thoroughness of the vetting and conclude that it was shaped largely by the Trump White House.

Ya think?

In a letter dated June 30 to two Democratic senators, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Chris Coons of Delaware, an F.B.I. assistant director, Jill C. Tyson, said that the most “relevant” of the 4,500 tips the agency received during an investigation into Mr. Kavanaugh’s past were referred to White House lawyers in the

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Guest post: Now that new genders are available off the peg 

Originally a comment by latsot on The chemistry teacher’s question.

A brilliant, moving article. Lesbian and Gay News gets better and better. Any comparison with the off-red comic would be such a glaring category error that it would blind us all from space.

I have much sympathy with the author. I was bullied in much the same way, relentlessly, by kids and teachers alike. Every single day, from around the age of four to when I left school at 15. While I had a few friends, I don’t remember a single day that wasn’t hell. At first, my family didn’t seem to notice. After I had an enormous, violent explosion one night, they most certainly knew about it, but … Read the rest


Head round both sides 

Another thing that’s funny (but infuriating) about that “Duhhhhhh wut’s GC?” is –

He knows all about it, unlike us, but he doesn’t know what GC is.

And it gets worse.

Yes you find things out by asking but you just told us you already know all about the subject and that WE DON’T.

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We are seeing something quite disturbing 

More pathetic by the day.

“Evidence? Don’t come pestering me with your evidence – I’m SCIENCE-BASED MEDICINE.”

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Very little in common with your average cop 

What’s Tucker Carlson’s complaint?

In a March interview with The Washington Post, Dunn said he was called the n-word more than a dozen times that day in January. Black police officers, he said, “were fighting a different fight” as a throng of Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol grounds and building — some violently attacking police officers standing in their way.

Dunn will be one of the first witnesses to testify next week before a special committee tasked with investigating the insurrection. But Fox News host Tucker Carlson, during his Wednesday night broadcast, cast doubt on the officer’s ability to testify objectively.

Ah yes, and by the same token an assault victim can’t testify objectively, a victim of … Read the rest


That day 

Here’s an interview Officer Dunn did on ABC News in February. We can see why Tucker Carlson wouldn’t like him…

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When Tucker met Harry 

I really despise Tucker Carlson. I would be happy to see him get the virus and become deathly ill.

Harry Dunn:… Read the rest


Some wore a yellow star 

Macron has put his foot down.

More than 100,000 people took to the streets across France over the weekend to protest against President Emmanuel Macron’s tough new vaccination strategy, which will restrict access to restaurants, cafes, movie theaters, long-distance trains and more for the unvaccinated.

More than a hundred thousand people took to the streets to protest measures to prevent the spread of a virus that kills.

Why are people so stupid?

Demonstrators in Paris and elsewhere vented against what some called Mr. Macron’s “dictatorship” after he announced that a “health pass” — official proof of vaccination, a recent negative test, or recent Covid-19 recovery — would be required for many to attend or enter most public events

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