Sunday, December 22, 2013

A note to our readers

Hey --

Another Sunday and another edition.

We could have posted earlier if we'd worked all night.

We didn't.  We slept.

Around noon we started this edition.  It's 6:36 pm as we type this.

We would have been done sooner but it's just us this weekend -- Ava and C.I.

We're the ones in charge of the edition.  We're the ones who had to type everything.

First up, we thank all who participated this edition which includes Dallas and the following:

The Third Estate Sunday Review's Jim, Dona, Ty, Jess and Ava,
Rebecca of Sex and Politics and Screeds and Attitude,
Betty of Thomas Friedman Is a Great Man,
C.I. of The Common Ills and The Third Estate Sunday Review,
Kat of Kat's Korner (of The Common Ills),
Mike of Mikey Likes It!,
Elaine of Like Maria Said Paz),
Cedric of Cedric's Big Mix,
Ruth of Ruth's Report,
Wally of The Daily Jot,
Trina of Trina's Kitchen,
Stan of Oh Boy It Never Ends,
Isaiah of The World Today Just Nuts,
and Ann of Ann's Mega Dub.

And this edition's articles?  Here they are:

With us in charge of this edition and events last week, our goal was to make this the edition that focused on women. This is Frances Cudjoe Waters and this is her first truest.  

Margaret Kimberly's had truests before.  This is her first for 2013 however.  Betty, Ann, Kat, Ruth and Stan joined us in voting on both truests.
This is our big story.  Beyonce is a feminist, we were told.  No, she's not.  This became an issue last week with her new album which promotes violence against women in the track "Drunk In Love."  As we explain here, this false claim of feminism is based on a weak statement Beyonce made about feminism being grafted onto her strong defense of her right to show her tits and ass onstage.  The press created a 'quote' and ran with it.  It is not as it is printed in the actual magazine interview.  Will they do corrections?  We doubt it.  (A) We think they're dishonest liars.  (B) They're too vested in the lie at this point.  Joining us to work on this editorial were Dallas, Elaine, Rebecca, Betty, Ruth, Ann, Marcia and Stan.

The Iraq feature.  We had several ideas.  In the end, we decided covering press silences would allow us to include the largest number of  issues women in Iraq face so we decided we'd have two editorials.  Joining us in working on this editorial were Dallas, Mike, Elaine, Betty, Ruth, Ann, Isaiah and Trina.  Added 7:43 a.m., 12-23-2013: Readers Joan and Roberto both e-mailed to note we meant "Iraqi women" in the title and not "Iraq women."  We actually intended to write "Iraq and women."  But we goofed up and didn't catch our error.  Since Joan and Roberto did, we're going with their title of "Iraqi women."  Thank you both for catching that.  And the e-mail address, by the way, is 
As usual, we wrote the TV pieces ourselves.  In this one, we're taking on the lies -- non 'Beyonce is a feminist!' lies -- and the lousy year in TV that 2013 was for women.

If you head an organization to prevent violence against women, you don't go on NPR and praise an album that promotes violence against women.  Kim Gandy is the hypocrite of the year.  Cedric, Kat, Ruth and Ann joined us on this piece.
'You keep saying us is just you two but the credits above not Ty, Jess, Dona and Jim!'  They were with their families today.  So this edition is Ava and C.I., sorry.  But Jim, Dona, Ty and Jess worked on this piece with us last Sunday.  It wasn't finished but over two-thirds were done.  We finished it out today with help from Ruth.
Stan's "Wolverine" inspired this.  We were thinking of it Saturday when we first heard the news that all of Rogue's scenes were cut from the film.  Stan, Ann, Ruth, Dallas, Cedric and Marcia joined us to work on this piece.

When Jim asks for two TV articles from us, we groan and object.  Without Jim this weekend, we did two.  Why? We honestly thought we didn't have enough.  Our goal was twelve features minimum so no one said they were short changed.  Our Ms. magazine parody fell through.  After two attempts did not work out, we said, "That's it.  It goes the trash pile, we're not posting articles after midnight.  We're moving on to work on something else."  If we had realized that we would have 18 articles, we wouldn't have written this.
We're sure people will object to the title.  We're also of the opinion that middle classs feminism and upper class feminism need to take a long break.  Working class feminism seems a lot more focused and a lot less hung up these days.  And if you're hurting women, guess what, you're a stupid bitch.  We're just not in the mood to pretty it up for The Genteel.
Prachi made an error.  This is our women's edition.  She's a woman.  And this was actually written by Dona and us three weeks ago and got dumped on the trash pile.  Why?  It was ready to post.  It was even typed.  For some reason it didn't go up.  No one's sure why.  Since it was done and we could post it and since Prachi Gupta fits our women focus edition, we did.

Ann misread a comment.  We've all done that.  Jezebel's way of billing comments led her to think one person had posted something.  When Ann figured out that wasn't true, a planned piece that the three of us were going to do fell through.  So we did this quick short piece -- Ann and us.
Ruth, Trina, Wally joined us to author this piece.
A repost of Kat's amazing review.
A press release from Senator Patty Murray's office.

Great Britian's Socialist Worker remembers a female scientist.  
Mike typed this and he, Rebecca, Cedric, Kat, Betty, Ruth, Marcia, Stan, Ann, Isaiah and Wally wrote it.

That's what we've got to share this week.

Peace and happy holidays.  We'll see you next Sunday.

--  Ava and C.I.

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