The Sexist

The Morning After: Masculinity Crisis Edition

* Figleaf points us to the myth that masculinity is perpetually "in crisis," from Rip Van Winkle onward.

* Amanda Marcotte on risk assessment in child-rearing:

There's so much pressure in our society not to talk about the very real risks of child-rearing, usually because of superstitious fears that talking makes it true. But I tend to think that it's best if people walk in with their eyes wide open. If you know that the risks include strained or terminated marriages, constant stress, and the inability to move about freely for many years, and you decide those are risks you're willing to take, then that's great. And I certainly believe the sense of satisfaction will outweigh the headaches for that person.

* Via Geek Feminism Blog: Is there a lady track at your workplace?

* Tracy Clark-Flory asks why more women don't shop at Best Buy. Speaking as a woman who has continually marveled at the fact that Best Buy stores still exist, I'm frankly impressed that anyone shops at Best Buy. Turns out there's also some sexism involved.

* D.C.'s Catholic University has got itself a new president. He's not a priest—the first not-priest to lead the university since 1982. So how does he feel about premarital masturbation?

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  • Mrs. D

    Lighting and displays have nothing to do with Best Buy's failure with the ladies, their problem is that every time I have been in there (in multiple locations around the country) I have been blatantly ignored while male customers are promptly helped. Oh noes! The lady wants a TV! Do you think she'll ask us how Lifetime comes in on it? Do we have any of those TVs with the colored lighting thingys? So glad the internets make electronics shopping so much easier and cheaper these days.

  • Love Letters in Hell

    I never wanted to be forced to think about Garvey and masturbation in the same sentence.

    I graduated from BC Law in May, and in addition to meeting Garvey at random times over the years, I was actually in his law and religion class this year. Popular opinion at the school is that he isn't a very good administrator, in that he's too conservative for BC Law, which has typically been more nominally Catholic. He has managed to alienate a rather sizeable portion of alumni, and some alumni have stopped donating in response to some of his decisions.

    However, he is a good lecturer who cares about his students and gets to know them. His scholarship is impressive-- and though he and I do have very different opinions on some matters of law, when I met with him to discuss a paper I was writing for his class he was quick to direct me to other sources that disagreed with his take. He is a very fair minded, good guy... he does what he thinks is right, but because of his views, what he thinks is the right path is often different than what you or I might think.

    As a side note, he was very fair in dealing with student groups-- Lambda and CFE got to have a Trans 101 presentation, LSRJ got to pass out condoms (which is banned on the main, non-law campus), and there were a ton of both pro-gay marriage and anti-gay marriage events throughout the years, with whoever student groups wanted to bring. His personal politics do affect students in the form of faculty and community interactions, but he does care deeply about education, and is a man worthy of respect.