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Feb 12 virginia mason commented on Guest Editorial: Young Women Don't Owe Clinton.
There was a great article in Harper's by Susan Faludi called "American Electra: Feminism's Ritual Matricide" that sums up the problem for Clinton and women's equality as a whole, in which she argues that while feminists have fought productively for men to "give women some of the power they used to give only to their sons," it hasn't been able to figure out how to pass that power down from woman to woman, which has crippled women's progress in every respect:…
Feb 11 virginia mason commented on Guest Editorial: Young Women Don't Owe Clinton.
I also don't think you can argue that identity politics don't matter as much to this generation. If Obama were running against Sanders, I'd be surprised if Sanders were more popular with young blacks despite Obama's more moderate views. Remember how many articles were written about the symbolism of electing a first black president? To think that this generation doesn't care about identity at least as it pertains to race is odd considering the BLM movement (and Beyoncé worship, for that matter).

The real issue is that women do not band together and support other women in their fight for gender equality the way gays and blacks and other marginalized groups do. There has always been a lot of in-fighting among feminists, and like another commenter said, fewer than half the women in this age range even consider themselves feminists despite the fact that we have all faced gender discrimination. I think the issue is more complex than this author seems to believe.
Feb 11 virginia mason commented on Guest Editorial: Young Women Don't Owe Clinton.
While I agree with the author's statements that women of a certain age have had to work twice as hard to be seen as competent (I'm assuming she's 40-ish), I don't know how she can argue that things have changed for the current generation in that respect. Based on every article I've read on the subject, it seems that there is as much under-representation of women in leadership roles, and in the tech and science industries as there was in the 90's. Women have to play the same exact games now as then.

Bernie has so much male privilege that is disappointingly being ignored by a generation of women that is usually so quick to recognize that. A female Sanders would be laughed out of the room or at the very least have her ideas critiqued way more harshly for being a grumpy woman with disheveled hair yelling about revolution and socialism while making idealistic promises like free education for all.

I like Bernie, and I like Clinton, as well, and understand that she has to take the conservative approach because of her gender. But look at how successful republicans have been using that same strategy.

Jan 29 virginia mason commented on You're New to Town? We're Glad You're Here! We Can Finally Do Something About....
#43, you say that, but the first thing I notice when I go to NYC and London is that people there know how to walk, and that includes escalator use. It you walk like a Seattlite in either city (meandering down the middle of the sidewalk blocking the way for everyone around you), you'll get mowed down.
Jan 19 virginia mason commented on David Brewster's New "Membership Library," Folio: Athenian Revival or Mediocre-but-Benign Cultural Gesture? Discuss..
I agree with #8. Libraries and art museums in this city are so ridiculously noisy, and they aren't as enjoyable because of it.

They should build a library in the Hot House. The women who run that place seem to be the only workers in the city who enforce a strict code of whispering.
Jan 13 virginia mason commented on Marlon James Wins Man Booker Prize 2015.
This is one of the best books I've read in years. It was especially interesting to finish it the weekend El Chapo was captured because there are so many parallels between these stories (El Chapo being Josey Wales, of course). All I can say is Sean Penn better have beefed up his security so as not to end up like Alex Pierce.
Dec 9, 2015 virginia mason commented on I, Anonymusic.
#2, And it's interesting that a woman can't use that word in a song without causing outrage while male hip hop artists along with everyone else can use the word "bitch" liberally with the actual intent to denigrate women (as opposed to Patti's intent, which was to try to align herself with blacks) and we're completely resigned to that fact. Which reminds me of that other controversial Patti line...
Dec 3, 2015 virginia mason commented on Fuck You, Spike Lee.
"Do the Right Thing" also reduced women to vaginas, or at least to love interests.
Dec 3, 2015 virginia mason commented on I, Anonymous.
#10, Yeah, I was going to say, knocking and simply asking has never worked for me. People can be so self-righteous and defensive about their rights to disturb you.

I've gotten a whiny "I'll see what I can do...." which lead to no change, until the next time I asked and he responded by simply not answering the door and turning his amp up even louder (this guy had monday night experimental noise band practice in his apartment that started at 10pm).

I've also gotten a sarcastic, "I just want to warn you that I'll be using the vacuum, so it might be loud for a few minutes," the day after I asked a neighbor to turn the bass down on his surround sound which had been causing my living room to vibrate for hours every day for a week. And yet he's still using surround sound and it's still driving me crazy. In a polite society this approach should work, but that's not exactly the society we live in.

Oct 29, 2015 virginia mason commented on I, Anonymous.
You generally don't know who you are competing against for a job, so why would you handicap yourself by not bringing both an enthusiastic attitude and your skills to an interview?

Of course, no one loves data entry. But there are tons of people who like the cushiness of that sort of job, in which you can show up after a late night out, keep to yourself, and listen to the radio all day. And there are a lot of people would be enthusiastic just to get any kind of job at all. From an employer's perspective, you'd be more likely to hire those types because the unenthusiastic ones don't tend to last long, and the hiring/onboarding process is time consuming.