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December 10, 2010

Politics and Outrage: 12/09/10

by V
via David Horsey

via David Horsey

Management would like to introduce a segment called Politics and Outrage. This segment will link newsworthy items along with commentary. We SHOULD care about the news. We hope this segment will spark lively discussion in the comments.

This segment will run as often as V will write it for us.

Fox News advocates murder and assassination on air — This is mostly a video, and at first I was only going to show the YouTube link, but I liked what the blogger had to say about the video. Nothing like calls for murder and the stifling of free speech to start your day, right Faux Fox?

Sign of the Devil…or perhaps just encouragement — Apparently, some people (and school officials) in a Utah town dislike the idea of their elementary school kids seeing the word, “suicide” on someone’s signs on their own private property. At first, this makes sense. Until you stop and think for a moment, and realize that even elementary school kids can and have committed suicide before (although perhaps not necessarily for THIS purpose) and the man has his eye on the future — starting positive messages NOW rather than waiting until its already too late.

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November 2, 2010

RAF or RYE Part 4

by V
Woman aircraft worker, Vega Aircraft Corporation, Burbank, Calif. Shown checking electrical assemblies (LOC)

via Flickr

I’m back again for (probably) the last installment of this running commentary on TTH’s Romancing a Feminist post. The URL for the actual post can be found here.

The URL for this particular portion of the comments can be found here.

Now, on with the commentary!

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September 21, 2010

Romancing a Feminist or Romancing Your Ego Part 2

by V

via Flickr

Okay, I’m back for more commentary on this ongoing nonsense from TTH. Today, I’m going to begin tackling the comment section. For convenience, I shall put the parent link right here, right now, so that you can easily get to it to read the actual post and some of the comments for yourself. I will be tackling them in order.

Drina writes:

Assuming that Jack W. shows through his manner and actions that he is a traditional man, isn’t it a wonder that liberal women are attracted to him? Isn’t there something telling in the fact that these young feminists are attracted to a man who presumably takes pride in being a man and asserts his authority? I suppose you could flip that around, and wonder why he is attracted to them. But it seems that he is attracted to their femininity, much of which they still retain, though they hold liberal ideas. I am guessing that they, on the other hand, are attracted to his manliness, even though that is the very thing their liberal ideas hold in disdain. Regardless, it seems that he is on the right track in hoping that a traditional way of life will win in the end because it is a good way to live. Similarly, Christians are exhorted to preach often, and use words when necessary.

Let’s look at this commentator’s first few sentences. She is implying that feminist/liberal women all secretly long for the love of, and a relationship with, a traditional man. As she states, you can easily flip this argument and put it around to wonder why the traditional man is attracted to the feminist/liberal female. And, I certainly would if someone put such a nonsensical observation to me. However, she makes some observations that don’t really make a whole lot of sense.

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August 23, 2010

Can’t Tie Me Down

by d

Mimi & Eunice, by Nina Paley

The first time I traveled by myself, I was fourteen or fifteen. A friend had moved away, but she and her mother were attending the Star Trek convention Shore Leave, so we arranged to meet in Baltimore. (It was also my first con. A 7-foot Klingon leered at me, “Do you know what we do to CON VIRGINS?”) This involved me taking a five hour train, alone.

I was more excited than worried, maybe a little nervous. My dad, on the other hand, felt concerned enough to give me a speech.

“What do you do if someone comes at you? How do you make a fist? Stay near people. Don’t sleep on the train, don’t listen to music.” He also gave me my first Swiss Army Knife, on a keychain. I love that thing. I’ve never had to use it to defend myself, but it has come in useful as a knife, a screwdriver, and a pair of scissors. It lives on my keys. I do feel more prepared when I have it.

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August 20, 2010

Techno-Generation Gap

by d
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Yes, but what IS that? //Image via CrunchBase

“What’s a bookmark?”

I cringe. I absolutely cringe. I try hard not to let it show on my face. The woman is older than my parents, it would be exceptional for her to be totally up to speed on these InterWebz of ours.

I cringe because this is a training conference, for software I need to learn to use. I’m having some issues with it, mainly because the logic is totally unlike any other system I’ve used. This frustrates me. On the other hand, I’m clearly on the far side of the universe from these people.

Many of them are in or approaching retirement. Many have been forced to retire early (aka laid off). We’re all here because we need this to work for us.

So, what’s a bookmark?

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August 17, 2010

D’s Travel List, circa 2004

by d

The coolest way to make a packing list. Mine is not this cool.

Tomorrow, I leave for a work training conference in… Utah. I didn’t pick it, that’s where it is.

Lucky for me, my mother is one of the most organized people on the planet. Years ago she made up some travel lists for each of us. This was very important, as I was eight years old and we were going overseas for several weeks. These lists are still in use, with modifications.

My most recent copy is from 2004. Here are some highlights:

  • Emery board (That has my mother written all over it.)
  • Hat (Also my mother, I hate hats.)
  • School ID (I’m not in school anymore.)
  • IPod [sic]
  • Charger
  • Batteries (Holdover from the discman days, why wasn’t this deleted?)
  • $$$
  • Retainer Box (Uh, I know that was a hopeful lie.)
  • Camera
  • FILM!!!! (WOW! Remember when cameras still used film!?)
  • Floppies (Holy shitmonkeys. Remember the time before thumb drives?!)
  • Ear gel (For the second holes in my ears that have since closed up.)

Wow, that is a blast from the past. Clearly I did not prune that list very well on the last iteration.

Assuming I’m not stranded and bored, the next time I post, I will be in Utah!

August 15, 2010


by d

I will never be in danger of becoming a crazy cat lady. Much as I quite like cats, I’m also very allergic to them. Every Thanksgiving I come back from our cousins’ place with itchy eyes and a streaming nose. That’s one stereotype I never have to worry about. I might, however, be the crazy pig lady.

This post may be off-topic — it has nothing to do with feminism — but we wanted Subterfuge to be a place where we could talk about how we’re feeling.

Today, my heart was broken. For fourteen years, I have had pet guinea pigs. I have adopted them, birthed them, nursed them, loved them, and let them go. Eight of these amazing little creatures have passed through my care, three born and given away, the other five mine to have and to hold. We kept them in pairs, and when one died we would get another, as guinea pigs are known to pine away when their partners die. This has lead to a succession of amazing animals. Babie, Porkchop (we did not name her), Brillo, Reepacheep, and Belle.

She used to fit IN this teacup.

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August 13, 2010

We’ve lost a shining star

by subterfusex

Our hearts reach out to the Indian Homemaker, one of our dearest friends on the blogosphere. Her daughter Tejaswee passed away on August 11th from dengue fever.

We here at Subterfuge Magazine want to help her in any way we can. If the Indian Homemaker decides that she and her husband would like to start a scholarship in her name, we pledge to do everything we can to fundraise.

Tejaswee Rao was a very smart and caring young woman whose future was hers for the taking. Her brightness bursts from each and every post on her excellent blog. She showed a sensitivity to issues and caring far beyond her years. She is a shining example for young womanhood, and we are deeply sad to hear that she has left us so soon. We mourn her because she had so much left to give us.

When we say that the future of women is important, it starts with people like Tejaswee. She espouses the spirit of our message here at Subterfuge.

When we read her letter to her future daughter we feel her warmth and compassion when it came to the years ahead of her.  We know that when you do, you will see the best of what the future has to offer us … and though she might not be there to see it, it will because of others like her that our future looks so wonderful.

Our thoughts are with her parents and family.

Rest in peace, Tejaswee.


your editors at Subterfuge

August 5, 2010

Happiness is a Jar of Dark Chocolate Almond Butter

by V

Picture taken by V

August 3, 2010

Returning to Solitude, Age 24

by onelabrat

via Flickr user Fernando Ariotti


I realized that I have forgotten what it means to be alone.  And strangely enough, I have forgotten how to make a conversation with someone, without wanting to reach in and squeeze their intestines just to make sure they’re real.  This makes me feel creepy, which has led me to avoid people for the time being.

It has made parties and meeting new people extremely challenging. And it makes me feel extremely alone.

One time I was at a party and this woman was telling me about her non-profit something or other and she was very sweet and serious and said that she wanted to try something new but that you know, she needed a job and it was nice. I told her, “do you have any idea how replaceable you are?”  She didn’t seem to understand. “What do you mean, replaceable?”

I am like the gourmet eater who has turned to counting calories. I cannot seem to enjoy a single meal of conversation without analyzing its content, motivation, goals and after-effects. It is driving me crazy!  Do we all go through some phase like this, or am I just being ridiculously cynical and mental?

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