Posts tagged satire
Posts tagged satire
FYI: [Alice] Duer Miller was a poet, writer and Barnard College alum whose name appears in the first-ever issue of the New Yorker as an advisory editor. I haven’t even put pants on today.
Alice Duer Miller wrote biting poems about a “woman’s place” in the early 1900s. A collection of her poems, titled Are Women People?, is available for free on the Project Gutenberg website. They’re just as relevant today as they were nearly a century ago. Let that sink in for a moment. I’ll post three here:
The Revolt of Mother
(“Every true woman feels — ”—Speech of almost any Congressman.)
I am old-fashioned, and I think it right
That man should know, by Nature’s laws eternal,
The proper way to rule, to earn, to fight,
And exercise those functions called paternal;
But even I a little bit rebel
At finding that he knows my job as well.
At least he’s always ready to expound it,
Especially in legislative hall,
The joys, the cares, the halos that surround it,
"How women feel"—he knows that best of all.
In fact his thesis is that no one can
Know what is womanly except a man.
I am old-fashioned, and I am content
When he explains the world of art and science
And government—to him divinely sent—
I drink it in with ladylike compliance.
But cannot listen—no, I’m only human—
While he instructs me how to be a woman.
— Alice Duer Miller
"Mother, what is a Feminist?"
"A Feminist, my daughter,
Is any woman now who cares
To think about her own affairs
As men don’t think she oughter.”
— Alice Duer Miller
Why We Oppose Pockets for Women
1. Because pockets are not a natural right.
2. Because the great majority of women do not want pockets. If they did they would have them.
3. Because whenever women have had pockets they have not used them.
4. Because women are required to carry enough things as it is, without the additional burden of pockets.
5. Because it would make dissension between husband and wife as to whose pockets were to be filled.
6. Because it would destroy man’s chivalry toward woman, if he did not have to carry all her things in his pockets.
7. Because men are men, and women are women. We must not fly in the face of nature.
8. Because pockets have been used by men to carry tobacco, pipes, whiskey flasks, chewing gum and compromising letters. We see no reason to suppose that women would use them more wisely.
— Alice Duer Miller
"I’m Dreaming" by the brilliant Randy Newman. It’s a satirical song completely backhanding the racist rhetoric surrounding many of President Obama’s detractors and their objections.
A sampling of the lyrics:
George Washington was a white man
Adams and Jefferson too
Abe Lincoln was a white man, probably
And William McKinley, the whitest of them all
Was shot down by an immigrant in Buffalo
And a star fell out of heaven
I’m dreaming of a white President
Just like the ones we’ve always had
A real live white man
Who knows the score
How to handle money or start a war
Wouldn’t even have to tell me what we were fighting for
He’d be the right man
If he were a…
Bravo, Randy Newman. Download the track for free here.
Aliens are dicks:
"We were extremely excited to have made contact with this highly advanced form of life, but it quickly became clear they’re pretty big jerks," said NASA scientist Raymond Morrison, referring frequently to a 24-page transcript of the interstellar transmission filled with patronizing language and backhanded compliments. "After telling us they hadn’t exactly been holding their breath waiting for us to figure out how to make contact with our ‘charmingly simplistic devices,’ they informed us they had studied our planet millennia ago but decided it was ‘too hopelessly primitive to be worthwhile.’"
According to NASA, the alien species described Earth’s 78-percent nitrogen atmosphere as a “decent start,” and said mankind had “come a long way in the past century, relatively speaking, considering it took [humans] a full 4 million years to walk upright.”
Actually, never mind. Maybe they’re right - we are quite primitive to each other.
How exactly did you get elected?
A few thoughts. Jezebel writer Erin Gloria Ryan says:
Even if Fleming didn’t know The Onion is satire, he should have known that something was amiss when he actually read the article— if he actually read the article. Among the piece’s claims: Planned Parenthood’s new slogan is “No Life is Sacred,” the megamall style facility had a lazy river ride for patients, and, most improbably and hilarious, that Planned Parenthood somehow in magical abortion fairyland found a money tree that grew them enough money to give them $8 billion (about 8 times their entire annual budget) to spend on one megabortionmall.
Ryan misses one big point. She says if he read the article, it would be obvious satire. I argue that’s a maybe - this article seems to jive with the worst stereotypical vision of Planned Parenthood conservatives can imagine. They portray people seeking abortions as irresponsible, drug-consuming, heartless trollops. This article underscores that stereotype. Why not believe it’s true if it confirms what you believe?
There are serious fears for the U.S economy today after it was revealed that there was not enough money to pay for paper to print more money for the economy.
"We’re asking congress to raise the debt ceiling so we can buy ink and paper to print more dollars so we can then pay for the ink and paper we just printed," Dan Fenster, a U.S. Federal Reserve worker told the Washington Times.
Emailed to me by a conservative with the subject line: “TOLD YOU SO!” I haven’t got the heart to tell him the truth after counting the 102 email addresses he sent this to yesterday.
The pious calm of this peaceful Mormon enclave on the Great Salt Lake was shattered Monday, when, in what local church authorities are calling an “extremely disturbing” incident, 16-year-old Enoch Zachariah Young had his inhibitions severely lowered by the ingestion of three Benadryl®-brand allergy-relief tablets.
"You hear about things like this happening in non-LDS communities, but I never thought it could happen to one of God’s true elect, to one of our own," Ruth Mary Young, the boy’s mother, told reporters from the Mormon News Network cable channel. "The poor boy’s allergies act up so bad during these hot desert summers here in the Chosen Land, and I guess he let temptation get the better of him."
"May Jesus Christ, and his prophet on Earth, Joseph Smith, have mercy on his immortal soul," added Young before collapsing in tears.
If he finds the Robitussin, it’s all over.
Imperial Wizard, Ronald Edwards made a statement today saying: “Our boy done good and we’re endorsing him for a second term.”
White Christian Supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan has endorsed Barack Obama to be the President of the United States of America for a second term, after famously endorsing him in 2008.
Speaking from his Kentucky office in Dawson Springs, the Imperial Wizard explained that they were gunning for the president to win a second term because of his efforts in getting Osama bin Laden and continuing the War of Terror.
This is the only time in Klan history that any member of the KKK has publicly supported an African American candidate for a second term presidency.
Awesome. Not even the KKK hates Obama! Here’s why they endorsed him in 2008: