commented on What's the Difference Between a 5-Hour Energy Commercial for Men and a 5-Hour Energy Commercial for Women?
While I don't want to promote viewing media phenomena in a vacuum, do you really think this is the right target for criticism? Perhaps 5 Hour Energy is targeting men and women in these specific ways just because their marketing team are misogynists, but I'm guessing it's more because of marketing research indicating the best ways to attract more sales from their likely customer base. Sure it plays into a negative feedback loop that reinforces these gender stereotypes but marketing tends to be responding to social realities every bit as much as it attempts to create them.
commented on Why Does the Seattle Times Hate Constitutional Democracy?
Goldy - You sound jurisprudentially right-wing in your admonishment of referring to law as political. Law is political as surely as any other social decision-making vehicle. Legal texts may constrain decision making to a range of decisions, but decisions made within that range are always made according to a particular (personally held) moral framework independent of the written law. It takes a truly delusional judge (ahem, Scalia) to believe that a legal text contains one true meaning.