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Posted by jmm in Feminists Group
Wed Aug 30th 2006, 06:46 PM

Don’t Marry a Career Woman

MISOGYNY IS FUN! On August 22, Forbes executive editor Michael Noer finally went and fucked himself right off the edge of the Cliff of Decency with a totally ricockulous, calculated attempt to drive web traffic to, entitled “Don’t Marry a Career Woman.”

It was so egregious, the Farm had trouble hyperbolizing it: “Guys: A word of advice,” Noer wrote. “Marry pretty women or ugly ones. Short ones or tall ones


"A 2001 study found that having a wife who works less than 40 hours a week has no impact on your health, but having a wife who works more than 40 hours a week has "substantial, statistically significant, negative effects on changes in her husband’s health over that time span." The author of another study summarizes that "wives working longer hours do not have adequate time to monitor their husband’s health and healthy behavior, to manage their husband’s emotional well-being or buffer his workplace stress."

The next day, the story was yanked from the site, only to reappear soon after, repackaged as a “debate,” complete with a flying-poop-stained reader forum, and missing the references and slideshow. But we were undeterred, and started lathering up a few future story ideas for Noer—you know, make a proper series of it—and invited our blog readers to join in. Here’s a smattering:

“Research Proves Vigorously Beating Your Wife Burns 15% More Calories Than Spinning”


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Posted by jmm in African-American Issues Group
Wed Aug 09th 2006, 06:25 PM

Younger blacks absorb a wariness of marriage

By Vanessa E. Jones, Globe Staff | August 9, 2006


Their disillusionment mirrors a growing resistance to marriage among African-Americans. In the post-Civil War era, when African-Americans had the option to marry legally for the first time, many did. The 1890 Census showed that 80 percent of African-American families were headed by two parents, according to Andrew Billingsley 's 1992 book, ``Climbing Jacob's Ladder: The Enduring Legacies of African-American Families ."

But in 1970, census figures show ed that only 57 percent of black men and 54 percent of black women were married. By last year those numbers had slipped to 42 percent for men and 35 percent for women. In comparison, 68 percent of white men and 63 percent of white women were married in 1970, vs. 59 percent of men and 57 percent of women in 2005 .

As the local teens's comments indicate, view s about marriage are formed by what people see in their lives -- and in pop culture. Shows such as ``Divorce Court " and the media's focus on the latest celebrity break-up do not paint glowing pictures of relationships. These factors may help explain why the US divorce rate approaches 40 percent.


But while whites tend to remarry, blacks are less likely to do so. A 2002 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the probability of remarriage was highest among divorced white women and lowest among divorced black women.


William Glass , 16, who lives in Mattapan, thinks a re-evaluation of power takes place after the wedding ceremony. ``When you get married there's a part where it says, `honor and obey ' -- that's the part where everybody gets big- headed at. `Honor and obey, huh? Obey me! Fix my plate.' "

The problems often develop as men and women grapple over their roles in the marriage -- an issue that is exacerbated in the Africa-American community because of slavery's legacy, says Patterson. ``There's some profound differences in what the appropriate sex roles should be . . . African-American women have a modern independent view about women's roles. African-American men -- it's a mix. In some respects, they have a modern view of what women should be: that women should work. But there's still some male- dominance views that they have that irk black women tremendously and create real friction in the relationships."


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Posted by jmm in African-American Issues Group
Mon Jul 10th 2006, 06:04 AM
These both struck me as interesting takes on the same topic

Jay-Z, Cristal and Sobriety

By Jabari Asim
Sunday, July 9, 2006; 6:42 PM


Jay-Z got his rhymes in a twist when the maker of Cristal appeared to diss the rapper and his fellow revelers in hip-hop high life. In an interview with the Economist magazine, Frederic Rouzaud, managing director of Champagne Louis Roederer, implied that the blingosphere's appetite for the Cristal brand was less than desirable. He said with apparent resignation, "we can't forbid people from buying it."

No, but you can discourage them from doing so, and that's exactly what Jay-Z aims to do. He has suggested that a consumer boycott is in order.

Boycott. Now that's a word you don't hear so often these days. Hard for me to encounter it without thinking of Rosa Parks and brave Alabamans walking and carpooling their way to justice. But I suppose it applies just as well to millionaires whose sensibilities have been offended. A bottle of Cristal, it should be noted, can go for $300 or more. That's a lot of bus fare.


Seriously, though, I'm not mad at Jay-Z for expressing his displeasure. Just as with women and others who have taken offense at his sexist, misogynist lyrics, he has a right to be peeved by what he sees as disrespectful treatment. But there are far bigger alcohol-related problems among the urban population that helps keep his tunes at the top of the charts, and he would probably be quick to agree.

For instance, while Cristal seems hesitant to embrace young black consumers, the makers of malt liquor are more than eager to establish a relationship. They are among the alcohol manufacturers who target African-American youth, according to a new study by the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at Georgetown University. The analysis, an update of an earlier study, found that alcohol ads on radio and television and in magazines in 2003 and 2004 reached more African-American youth ages 12 to 20 than youth in general on a per capita basis.

The study says that the ads appeared on all of the 15 television programs most popular among African-American youth. That group was also targeted for 30 percent more magazine alcohol advertising than were youth in general during the period covered by the study. Alcohol is the drug most commonly used by both African-American youth and adults, a fact that cannot be blamed entirely on predatory advertisers. We also have to acknowledge the influence of the music that made Jay-Z famous. In a study of 1,000 popular songs from 1996 and 1997, for example, 47 percent of rap tunes mentioned alcohol, far more than songs from any other genre. Add those influences to the myriad billboards dotting urban communities and the adults staggering beneath them and you wind up with a significant problem. The CAMY study notes that the age-adjusted death rate from alcohol-induced causes for blacks is 10 percent higher than that for the general population.


The Hip-Hop Community Got its Wake-Up Call on Endorsing Those Who Dis Them
Date: Friday, July 07, 2006
By: Judge Greg Mathis, Special to


Hip-hop music and culture has, both formally and informally, pushed a variety of products over the years. Cadillac, Adidas -- you name it, and an artist has mentioned it in a song. And those lucky corporations profit greatly. After all, hip-hop is consumed all over the world, and many -- including young, white suburbanites -- learn everything there is to know about urban culture by listening to the music and watching the videos. If Sean “P. Diddy” Combs says “Pass the Courvoisier,” chances are millions will do just that.

Until now, mainstream rappers haven’t paid much attention to the impact their words have. Sure, Common and others are mindful of the images they project, but they are the exception. With Jay-Z calling for a boycott of Cristal, it seems hip-hop is poised to move away from the brash materialism that has become its calling card.

In the 1980s, rap music moved from the fringes to the mainstream. As the popularity of groups such as Public Enemy and Boogie Down Productions grew, the music ceased to be just about parties and good times and became highly politicized. With the rise of political rap came the introduction of gangsta rap, which depicted the performers' inner-city reality of violence and drugs. Gangsta rap gave way to the West Coast vs. East Coast drama that dominated the music through much of the 1990s.

Fast forward to present day, and rap music has many sub-genres: political, gangsta, party and everything in-between. Despite the variety in the music, it seems these multi-billion dollar corporations -- the record labels, the beer and shoe companies, etc. -- only take an interest in the music that negatively reflects upon urban culture. So, when the big corporations go looking for pitchmen, they tend to stick with the rappers that have “street cred” -- rappers who, for all their immense talent, are spreading images that are detrimental to the very communities they come from.

Jay-Z has street cred. And he has talent. With his Cristal boycott, he is ushering in a new era in hip-hop culture: that of conscious consumerism. Let’s hope more rappers take his lead. They can begin by researching the corporate philosophies of the companies they sing about before they expose the brand to millions of listeners. By knowing just what they’re pitching, these artists will be setting a positive example for their many young fans.

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Posted by jmm in African-American Issues Group
Wed Jul 05th 2006, 08:50 AM
Associated Press
Scott Urges Better Portrayal for Women
By KRISTIE RIEKEN , 07.04.2006, 09:51 AM

The portrayal of black women in popular music and videos is too often degrading and the black community must find a way to change these images, best-selling singer Jill Scott said Monday.

"It is dirty, inappropriate, inadequate, unhealthy and polluted," Scott said. "We can demand more."

Scott spoke before a panel that discussed the issue took the stage at the Essence Music Festival's empowerment seminars as part of the magazine's Take Back the Music campaign.

Actor Shemar Moore, rapper Common and former video dancer, Karrine Steffans, who wrote the book "Confessions of a Video Vixen," concerning her exploits, were part of the discussion.

The panel addressed the dangers these images present to young girls and said education and self-esteem will help keep them from believing this is a proper representation of black women.

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Posted by jmm in African-American Issues Group
Sat Apr 29th 2006, 09:40 PM
for the honor of being somebody's guinea pig. Clearly any hairdresser that would charge more to do my hair based on my skin don't know enough about hair to get anywhere near it and at best would only be experimenting on me.

"Black hair" and "white hair" are not monolithic. My brother's hair is no more "ethnic" than Keanu Reeves's so I'd love to see the "scientific" evidence supporting charging him more than Art Garfunkel.
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Posted by jmm in The DU Lounge
Tue Mar 21st 2006, 07:47 AM
because there just haven't been enough threads already about South Park, Scientology, and Tom Cruise...

South Park - Scientology Episode
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Posted by jmm in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Mon Jan 02nd 2006, 04:11 PM
but really we all should be ashamed to live in a nation where this could happen.

Since his trial, Elizalde has claimed that he did not have adequate counsel at trial. However, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals held that although Elizalde had a right to “competent counsel”, the law only requires “that counsel shall be ‘competent’ at the time he is appointed.” According to the Texas Court of Criminal appeals, “although Texas does recognize a limited right to competent counsel, it does not recognize a right to effective assistance of counsel.” Consequently, as long as Elizalde’s lawyer was deemed competent at the time of appointment, Texas does not require that that lawyer do an effective job of representing Elizalde. Unfortunately later appeals courts have agreed with the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals’ interpretation of Texas’ laws regarding competent counsel.
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