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    hepshiba, belinda ridgewood, oortdust

    love  your Comments Policy, and I especially love, love, love the final paragraph of that (which I can't quote, for some reason). Anyway, how thoughtful and how beautifully said. It's really going to cut down sharply on the troll-ery we find in comments following feminist-themed diaries.

    Yes, indeed. Men are "stupid" in ads, but there is  no penalty ever attached to their stupidy. Heh, he's just an adorable "stupid" husband, right, ladies (nudge, nudge)?

     On the other hand, these days, woe betide a woman who is somehow-or-other less than perfect. Who isn't a Size 0. Who isn't just excellent at everything, in and outside the home. Who--God forbid--is showing signs of aging.

    Yes, there's still a double-standard applied. Thanks for calling it out.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 10:09:33 AM PDT

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