The what: some genius in Bitch's latest issue who has determined, apparently, that My Little Pony is such a sinist0r tool of the sexbotarchy that they should all be "pitched into the nearest recycling bin." Props for that nod to environmentalism, at least. Mm. Quoth the author, something Rutherford:
Just take off the pony's tail and add hands to the front legs, and what you have is a human doll that could be used in a stop-animation pedophililic porn flick."
"But doc, you're the one showing me all the dirty ponies!!"
Seriously, a -who?- Stop-animation pe--oh, god, never mind. I'm with Kim: dude, if people are getting paid for -this-...
well, Kim definitely ought to send this in, I agree:
Nothing these poor Ponies do is right for Rutherford. She frowns on their très girly accessories of tea sets, castles and hairbrushes. Image the Hasbro employee who suggests selling Rainbow Dash and Razzaroo with grease guns, jackhammers and a boat for catching lobster in below-zero weather. Boyfriend be cleanin' out his desk before nightfall.
When Rutherford moves on to pointing out that the Ponies have names similar to porn stars, at this point I really feel like yelling "Get your mind out of the gutter!" Pony names like Swirlypop, Minty, and Rainbow Dash could be porny names. I guess. But so could Strawberry Shortcake, Double D, T-Bone, Holly Hobbie (that's some hobby she's got!), Big Bird (they don't call him big for nothing, heh heh) or Blueberry Buttocks (okay, I made that last one up.)
go read the rest and laugh your ass off.
And then go read something that will remind you why feminism still, believe it or not, actually fucking matters.
Many argue that Friedan’s book sparked the American second-wave feminist movement. The Feminine Mystique urged middle-class white women to get out of the house, to find fulfillment the way that their husbands do. Instead of critiquing a culture that has devalued traditional women’s work,” Friedan put all the value on men’s work, outside of the home and in an office, where training and skill is required and where the boundary between work life and personal life is clearly drawn. I realize I am being harsh on Friedan, but go with me for a second. Perhaps these women felt unfulfilled by their work because our culture is fraught with sexism and does not have the tools with which to understand the importance and weight of domestic work in both our day-to-day lives and in the long-term.
Fast-forward 30 years. Where are we now? The 1970’s into the 80’s saw a dramatic shift in the professional world. Middle-class women were leaving home to work in offices; feminism has won out! But who inherited the burden of the domestic work these women left behind? Children were still being born; homes still needed to be cleaned; dinner still needed to be cooked. And while second-wave feminism certainly left its mark, we continue to have a second-shift phenomenon. Families struggle with day care, cleaning on the weekends, etc. 200,000 households in the New York-metro area rely on outside help from nannies, housecleaners, and elderly care givers. The domestic burden did not disappear after the 1970’s. It merely shifted from middle-class white women to working-class immigrant women of color. And as Americans, we continue to not understand how to value and respect domestic work.
...The Domestic Worker Bill of Rights is the only sensible next step in teaching ourselves and each other how to value traditional women’s work. The “problem that has no name” is not bored housewives. It is the continued devaluation of work essential to the functioning and success of New York City and everyone who works here.
Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights:
Domestic workers are a crucial part of New York State’s economy, yet labor law does not protect them the way it does other workers. Domestic workers often work under harsh, exploitative conditions, but they are barred by federal law from collective organizing into unions. Additionally, they face unique barriers to organizing because they are isolated in the homes of their employers and have difficulty negotiating with powerful employers.
The Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights addresses the longstanding, unfair exclusion of domestic workers from labor protections, reflects the unique conditions and demands of the industry in which they work, and clarifies employers’ obligations.
THE BILL AMENDS NY STATE LABOR LAW TO ENSURE:
1. A living wage, phased in from $12.00 to $14.00 per hour by 2010.
2. Employer choice to provide health care coverage or a wage supplement.
3. Other basic work standards:
-Time-and-a-half at the regular rate for every hour over 40 hours per week;
-One day off per 7-day calendar week;
-Up to 12 weeks of family and medical leave;
-Paid time off for vacations and holidays;
-Paid sick days;
-Advance notice of termination;
-Severance pay in accordance with number of years worked.
4. A method for domestic workers to enforce these work standards in court.