Friday, January 19, 2007

Been Kind of a Week

Yeah, it's one of those sorry-for-not-blogging posts that I personally hate to read on anyone else's blog, so why'm I doing one here? I don't know! It is a mystery.

Also apologies to all email correspondents; I have been added to some feminist mail loops (good) but this has taken my email situation from head-just-barely-above-water to head-six-feet-under (bad, blub-blub-blub). Send oxygen tanks to ilyka period damen at-symbol gmail period com.

How is everyone?

UPDATE: Wait, I can't let this go:

Little Light wrote a beautiful post some time ago; when I first read it, via link from here, the comments were appropriately supportive and complimentary.

I learn now they didn't stay that way.

All I can really offer here is a weary request that some radical feminists please quit sounding exactly like Bruce McCulloch in this Kids in the Hall sketch:



OMG, Little Light! You totally stole that post off Robin Morgan's workout tape! You're such a copycat!

Please, Heart and Company: This is crap. If your first response to reading Little Light's post is to cry plagiarism, you are (1) confused about what plagiarism is (see this comment, particularly, for exactly why you are wrong), and (2) missing the point so badly you might as well be searching for it from a whole 'nother dimension.

If we could just try behaving like step class school professionals, and not like common skanks, that would be great.

31 comments:

JackGoff said...

Sick like no one's business. I had to come into work today, though, else no rent this month.

Chris said...

You totally stole that line from me, Jack. I totallly invented that.

gennimcmahon said...

You how I am; herniated disc and related pain. Big pain. Reduced to a weeping mess--me, who did not weep or flinch during tattooing, who did not weep or flinch during child birth. Weeping old woman with bad back. Grrrrr. I'm knitting, though. Knit 2, purl 2, weep, repeat.

Oh, I can't get the link to Little Light's piece to work, so I'm also in the dark. Woe is me.

How 'bout the weather? Are ya LOVIN' it? Like a stick in the eye, yeah?

ilyka said...

Huh; it works for me, but in case anyone else has problems:

http://takingsteps.blogspot.com/2007/01/seam-of-skin-and-scales.html

--try copying and pasting that into the address bar of your browser. Wild.

Do you have health insurance coverage through the hubs, Genni? Because enough with the chiros; you need a spine specialist to take a look at that, preferably with an MRI.

ilyka said...

Re: the weather--yeah, exactly. I just sent the man on an "urgent! We are all going to starve to death!" run to the store.

He came back with (among other items) Cheetos and english muffins. It's like he knows me!

piny said...

Hee hee hee hee.

Awesome.

And no shit about the feminist email loops. It's an opportunity to get the hell off of Godiva's mailing list, though, which has resulted in exactly zero pieces of free chocolate for yours truly.

gennimcmahon said...

OH, OH, I *knew* you were an anti-chiro, I KNEW IT. (Slaps knee, checks one block on list and giggles).

I'm terribly anti establishment, darling ;) My back is because I have a genetic connective tissue disorder which makes me loose (no jokes, I've heard them, and it makes no difference that I slept around a bit in college!) and thusly things don't stay put as they ought to. It's Marfan's-like, without the ocular or aortic involvement, and catalogued at the UNM dysmorphology clinic as "weird, we should study this."

It also seems to have something to do with having a 50 lb five year old....hmmmmm.....never fear, should I fail to get better, I'll consult. Not that there's anyone local that's any good.

Oh, and there's so much ramen, soup, taquitos and other canned and frozen food here we could sit out a real blizzard. This, however; this is less impressive than expected. Rain. Phffffft.

ilyka said...

Thanks, piny. I'm disgusted that we seem to be back to the notion of an Equality Pie: If "monsters" take too many slices of it, there won't be any left for the radfems,or something?

This is an argument I'm used to hearing from MRAs, not from feminists: If I work, I'm taking a job away from a man, and so on. This is RIDICULOUS. For the last time, there is no fucking pie.

ilyka said...

Not anti-chiro! Swear! A chiropractor was the only guy able to help me relieve the sciatica from my own slipped disk. Correction: He was the only guy who could do so without suggesting lumbar fusion surgery, or home exercises that I couldn't very well do considering I couldn't stand upright for more than a few seconds at a time.

Not hatin' on the chiros. Just doing the worried-for-a-friend thing.

Weather.gov swears we're getting snow tonight. They are so full of it, those weather.gov people.

little light said...

I think Blogger's being wonky; I can't get at my blog right now, either.

Thanks, Ilyka, anyhow.

piny said...

Thanks, piny. I'm disgusted that we seem to be back to the notion of an Equality Pie: If "monsters" take too many slices of it, there won't be any left for the radfems,or something?

Wait, so does this mean that equality is like a car, or possibly a piece of sticky tape?

I'm just disgusted by the, well, silencing. Forget Robin Morgan. Think Joanna Russ.

gennimcmahon said...

My dad is spinning in his box (no grave he picked cremation) over me seeing a chiro. Seriously. But, so far, that's the only thing that has helped my wicked, wicked back. The chiro mentioned an MRI, too, so I may be gettin' one anyway--if I don't get any better. SIGH. I'm still staggering to my Friday night party and indulging in some "liquid muscle relaxant".(stamps foot, winces, limps to heating pad)

I did get to little light, just took some doing. It is wonky, some of the time it lets me see, some of the time it says I'm not authorized and smacks my nose. Beautiful post, though. It's sad when the populace finds a word like "plagiarize" on their word a day toilet paper and starts bandying that sort of ignorance around. The difference between being "influenced" and "stealing" is like, Grand Canyon size.

ilyka said...

Think Joanna Russ.

Denial of agency and a truckload of false categorizing. Yep.

It's sad when the populace finds a word like "plagiarize" on their word a day toilet paper and starts bandying that sort of ignorance around.

And then spells it "plagerize," just to really piss me off.

Pony said...

If Ilyka's commentors would like to read what we said:

Heart's blog with Robin Morgan's poem
http://tinyurl.com/ys4ndb

Plagiarize was my comment Ilyka. You don't have to take my word for it, you can read the definition given by MLA, APA, and Turabian style guides.

Auguste said...

Either I'm being blamed for stealing her ideas--which I can't have, having never come into contact with them before--or I'm being blamed for being ignorant of them, because I have a duty to read everything ever written about monsters, a symbol that matters to me because of my own studies and life experiences that takes up a huge chunk of human literature on the whole.

Pony, did I miss the point at which you addressed this statement by Little Light?

Also, it seems to me that it's an interesting interpretation of etiquette to comment on a blog and speak about that blogger as though the blogger were not in the 'room.'

Sniper said...

"For the last time, there is no fucking pie."


This is very good. I need to embroider this on a pillow, or maybe a wall-hanging.

ilyka said...

Heart's post is already linked-to in the words "radical feminists" in this very post. Thanks for the second link to it and everything, but I had it covered.

I also still don't agree that plagiarism is a justifiable accusation here. Other things that haven't changed: I still think heading off that direction first thing, i.e. "look at the similarities; clearly, she must have stolen it!" misses the point--intentionally, I suspect.

Can we recall who started the monster theme? That would be Luckynkl, with her priceless Buffalo Bill reference. So now Heart's community is going to look shocked, shocked that someone might dare to turn that label inside out, reinventing and reclaiming it for her own, a few weeks later? Gimme a break.

Sylvia said...

Ha! That youtube clip introduces a whole new dimension to this kerfluffle.

Pony said...

I think you've mischaracterized Lucky's post.

I won't comment again. Thank you for your hospitality though, for the few posts I've made.

Roxanne said...

It's not stealing. It's Hommage!

Rox

belledame222 said...

Excuse -me,- but you *all* are plagiarizing from Me. Cough up.

belledame222 said...

oh, and as Mary Sunshine (whom heart xxooox's) makes abundantly clear, in fact what LL is really "plagiarizing" there would be the title "woman," as well as any claim to suffering as any kind of woman, any kind of feminism, and oh yeah: womens' bodies. no, seriously. i'm not gonna repost it again, it's noxious, but go look (under that rock! worms! woooorrrmmms it's grooosssss)

JackGoff said...

If Ilyka's commentors would like to read what we said:

No thanks. Not going to read the bile again. I'm sick as it is already.

JackGoff said...

I think you've mischaracterized Lucky's post.

Um, I know you'd like to think that, but there are very few ways one can go with "Ever see Silence of the Lambs?" with regard to transgender people. And it's very hard to misconstrue "In short, trans are nutjobs". That is, unless you're being a disingenuous liar.

Sniper said...

"I'm disgusted that we seem to be back to the notion of an Equality Pie: If "monsters" take too many slices of it, there won't be any left for the radfems,or something?"


Oh, come on. Who among us hasn't wanted to go trans just for all the extra rights they get? Not to mention the glamour, the social approbation and all the other rewards. I hear they get six weeks off from work each year, minimum. Or maybe that's the French. I've often thought of becoming a transwoman just for the discounts at health food stores and the tax breaks, but I can't seem to break into the all-powerful Trans Mafia. Dang.

Blogger is being weird. If this post repeats, please delete the extras.

belledame222 said...

It really does suck. On the other hand, I figure all those special rights for being a gay person I get sort of balances out all the ones that the transpeople take away from me.

belledame222 said...

anyway i have special magical mystical yoni power, no i mean it, there's providence in every yeast infection, AND i have a STAR on my belly too, so nyergh. can't take that away from me! can't tak that--oh shit, they're taking that away from me! What good is a magical mystical star on my yoni if just ANYONE can get one now? What's left??? AYIEIEEEEEE

Anonymous said...

I don't know the background of this argument or discussion, but if you just read the comments without following the links in your post, it reads like you've all been smoking the weed and have the munchies.

I'm not trying to bring it down a level or anything, honest.

-Helen

ilyka said...

it reads like you've all been smoking the weed and have the munchies.

Are you suggesting we're all behaving like common skanks, Helen? :)

Sniper said...

Helen! This is getting personal. Let's not fight.

Anonymous said...

Wasn't at all saying you're common skanks! Just wondering if your dealer chiro is giving you the best possible deal or not...

:)

-Helen