Saturday, May 31, 2008

Misogyny is Alive and Well

What the hell? Is this supposed to be funny??

Boys Vs. Girls from Amir on Vimeo.

H/T Shakesville

Well, luckily, Shakes also offers something fun:

I guess my musical tastes give me away; I'm getting old. The other day, my daughter and I were riding in my car and she was looking through my CDs for something she could bear listening to. I found a Led Zeppelin CD and said, "Oh, wait, you'll like this one."

She listened to it and pronounced it "old lady music." Led Zeppelin for old ladies? Sigh....

Finally, on a more serious note, AlterNet has the following:

...According to former Sgt. Adam Kokesh, who served in Fallujah during the height of the siege, post-traumatic stress disorder can be attributed to three things: "lack of confidence in equipment, lack of confidence in leadership, and lack of confidence in the mission." He added: "In Iraq, we have all three." The alarming rate of veteran suicide -- which has only recently begun to be reported -- loomed heavy over the hearing. Former Marine sniper Sergio Kochergin's voice strained as he told the story of a roommate who had been placed on suicide watch "on and off," only to be taken off in anticipation of "family day," so that he would not say anything to his parents -- "and he did not say anything to them." He was deployed not long after, only to shoot himself in the head in a shower stall, one month after arriving in Iraq. "The Marine should have never been deployed to Iraq in the first place," Kochergin said, "and nobody was held responsible for his death." On the same day of the hearing, a story broke that revealed a disturbing new strategy for dealing with the influx of veterans reportedly suffering from PTSD: Stop diagnosing it. In an e-mail dated March 20 out of an office of the Department of Veterans Affairs (subject header: "suggestion"), a VA employee wrote: "Given that we are having more and more compensation-seeking veterans, I'd like to suggest that we refrain from giving a diagnosis of PTSD straight out. Consider a diagnosis of Adjustment Disorder, R/O PTSD."The National Institutes of Health defines adjustment disorder as an "abnormal and excessive reaction to a life stressor, such as starting school, getting divorced, or grief" and says that symptoms "usually do not last longer than six months." Compare that to the definition for PTSD, which "can occur after you've seen or experienced a traumatic event that involved the threat of injury or death" and which, in some cases, "can last for many years." Now, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), which broke the story, has submitted Freedom of Information Act requests seeking "all records pertaining to any guidance given regarding the diagnosis of PTSD." "It is outrageous that the VA is calling on its employees to deliberately misdiagnose returning veterans in an effort to cut costs," said CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan.

"If you want to do something about PTSD," said Kokesh after the hearing, "stop sending people into unjust wars...."


Anonymous said...

"She listened to it and pronounced it "old lady music." Led Zeppelin for old ladies? Sigh...."

No No no. I admit it took me till I was 16 to get into LZ but still!
Led Zeppelin is cutting edge compared to so much of today's rock. And I am definitely Gen think I still count according to this ageist society's standards?

There must be classes for something like this? A "Teach your Kids The Greats" class or something?


Stay strong ceejay ;).

NOLA radfem said...

I was just googling for this quote and can't find the source, but someone said, "My biggest complaint about the young generation now is that I'm no longer a part of it." Love that! I think it might have been Oscar Wilde.

Yep, once your kid hits teenage years, you quickly realize you're no longer part of the "young" generation.

Another Oscar Wilde quote:
"I'm not young enough to know everything." LOL

Jezebella said...

OMG, I totally want to see the ENTIRE episode of Solid Gold now. You're killing me.

NOLA radfem said...

I know, what a flashback, huh?

Cold Spaghetti said...

Yikes, what was that video?? And how is that humor, really?

How would the commenting viewers responded to the exact same video, but with the sexes of all the actors reversed?

If I am ever Queen of the Universe, studying gender will be as foundational in education as studying reading and writing. Ridiculous.

Thanks for posting.

NOLA radfem said...

quote:If I am ever Queen of the Universe, studying gender will be as foundational in education as studying reading and writing. Ridiculous.

I hear you!

Of course, having to STUDY it doesn't mean they will GET it (many people I knew in Women's Studies classes never did GET it), but I still like your plan. You have my support for the Queen of the Universe gig!