July 06, 2005

Time for the Pogo!

It's dance time this week for the ladies of the cotillion, some of whom are donning their black leather jackets and motorcycle boots to go down and catch the punk groups that are now starting to tour again, such as X.

Remember that you can dance for real if it's new wave music, but if it's outright punk you're going to either do the pogo or the worm. We'll look ravishing doing it, as long as we remembered to cut our hair into mohawks— or dye it burgundy. Or at least give it that Laurie Anderson look.

All the dances are here at the main cotillion site. And be sure to check out the individual dances at Reasoned Audacity, The Anchoress, and Jody at Steal the Bandwagon.

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Girl on the Right analyzes the implications of Canada’s new bill, that (as I understand it) outlaws discrimination against gay couples by CHURCHES. Of course, this is a very strange notion to the Stateside mind, but that’s because some sense of church-state separation has probably worked its way permanently into my brain.

Darleen has a Stateside meditation in honor of our Independence Day on the nature of being “American.” (Of course, some of her points can be extended to all North American culture, and some apply to Western Europe as well. But she starts in the U.S., in honor of Independence Day.)

Florida Cracker discusses the interesting developments in Iran.

Crystal Clear discusses the practicality of JPL’s/NASA’s latest endeavor—bringing out the sexists in her comments section. (I kid you not; one of these gentlemen conflated “science” with “arithmetic,” and then denigrated her intelligence! It was priceless.)

Stefania at the delightful bilingual blog Free Thoughts shares her convictions about the G8 summit, focusing on 1) debt relief for the corrupt nations in Africa, and 2) the situation in Iran. Regarding the matter of African aid, she wisely opines:

Free money is inherently corrupting in a poor society. It is a dangerous drug, and it is irresponsible to prescribe it without close supervision to counteract negative side effects.

While discussing on how to reduce poverty and help the countries and peoples in need, the G8 leaders should commit themselves to promote democracy and self-government in Africa. They should help strengthen the newborn democracies like Senegal, Nigeria and a few others.

Can I get an “amen”?

Sadie at Fistful of Fortnights scores an interview with Velociman

And Lisa over at Just a Girl in the World mulls over the issues of freedom vs. respect for the American flag.

Posted by Attila at July 6, 2005 01:14 AM | TrackBack

Science is not science unless you can get hard data to back up your theories. For getting some solid data regarding the composition of comets beneath their surface, this was, honestly, a pretty cheap and easy method.

She came across cavalierly dismissive of the value of such "pure science" research, and was cavalierly dismissed in turn.

But then again, "attacking a comet never fed a hungry child", if you're into that sort of thing.

Posted by: Desert Cat at July 6, 2005 12:52 PM

I'm not defending her position, which I do not happen to agree with. But if she happens to be wrong, it is not on account of her gender.

Posted by: Attila Girl at July 6, 2005 03:32 PM

Actually I am into that kind of thing...And it truly was an opinion piece and I don't think that learning of the composition of comets was worth the cost. I believe there are many more theories that could have used hard data and those millions could have been better spentl. Opinion. And my opinion is not related to my gender. ALthough the endeavor was a success you might want to remember that there was a possibility they would completely MISS the comet....would everyone feel the same if they had missed???

Posted by: Crystal Clear at July 7, 2005 02:48 AM

Also forgot to say Great Job!

Posted by: Crystal Clear at July 7, 2005 02:53 AM

Atilla, true true, but I got the impression from your post that I'd find the place awash in neanderthal testosterone when I got there.

Not that I was disappointed, but there wasn't much to tweak, as I had hoped.

Posted by: Desert Cat at July 7, 2005 07:49 AM

My mom's a scientist--or, rather, should have been. Her boyfriend, a world-famous genetics professor, talked her into giving it up and remaining a schoolteacher.

So I'm a little sensitive to people who proclaim that women can't do science and math. A lot of us choose not to, which is a different thing entirely.

My own opinion is informed by my scientist friends, who tell me that "general research" is the hardest thing to fund, and the most important thing to do.

Posted by: Attila Girl at July 7, 2005 12:13 PM

It's an unfortunate stereotype. And the more so that some women choose to play into it for their own advantage in other areas.

As a sharp contrast to the stereotype, I am reminded of the young lady who sat across from me in my college physics courses. She was decidedly not sympathetic to the then current feminist ideology, and sharp as a tack. Between breezing through her physics problem sets and aceing the tests, she could be seen in the cafeteria reading the latest Danielle Steele novel. And she was on her way to Embry Riddle University to become an astronaut. Sharp, and hot, and feminine, and ambitious. I tell ya...

Another contrast was a woman in my upper division engineering classes. If you met her outside of class, you might be tempted to think "sociology major". Kind of dingy and silly--she played right into the stereotypes. But she was an engineering whiz who earned a high GPA, and last I spoke with her after graduation she was working for a local consulting firm.

So I know it's BS. Generalizations aren't going to tell you much about the specific person you're dealing with.

Posted by: Desert Cat at July 7, 2005 04:04 PM


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