Friday, May 16, 2008

Continuing Commentary on Mary Winkler

...from your friendly neighborhood Restoration Movement feminist guerrilla.

In latest news, the custody battle for the girls continues. I've said before that I'm not certain what would be best for the girls. There needs to be substantial proof that Ms. Winkler's mental health has stabilized before full custody for her should be considered, and I haven't heard anything that isn't a rumor to suggest that the girls aren't being well cared for by their grandparents. (I do think that visitation rights for Ms. Winkler are in order at this time and am delighted to here that she's been visiting with her daughters.) In any case, my sympathy is first and foremost with the girls.

That's not what I want to talk about. I want to talk about how Ms. Winkler has been subtly condemned by the media. Case in point, today's article from the Commercial Appeal.

The first paragraph identifies Ms. Winkler as "the woman convicted of killing her preacher husband" (emphasis mine). Now, in the area in which the CA circulates, identifying Matthew Winkler as a preacher is automatically going to build up sympathy for him. The fact that Ms. Winkler was only convicted of voluntary manslaughter because she was able provide sufficient evidence to back her witness that Matthew Winkler was abusive is not mentioned until the third paragraph. The order in which the information is presented is a subtle sign that the media has condemned Ms. Winkler and privileges the image of the "preacher husband" over her testimony.

Yes. I find it a bit problematic.

So I'm a bit late...

but can we get a AMEN!

California Supreme Court Affirms Equal Marriage Rights for Gays and Lesbians!

Good news -- I like it!

Monday, May 12, 2008

I is bored

so I steal meme from enGender

A couple of recent memes:

  1. What is your favorite word? koneshno
  2. What is your least favorite word? hush
  3. What turns you on? hmm...
  4. What turns you off? theological fellatio
  5. What is your favorite curse word? currently, k cherty, which is a fairly mild russian curse
  6. What sound or noise do you love? rain on a tin roof
  7. What sound or noise do you hate? crickets
  8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? film director
  9. What profession would you not like to attempt? business
  10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? rock on


  • If you get something out of a vending machine, it’s most likely the: highly caffeinated citrus soda
  • A word you sometimes catch yourself misspelling: secede -- yes, I'm a sorry excuse for a southerner
  • You least want people to see you as: normal
  • You’re a little scared of: walking alone
  • The least attractive thing you do in your sleep: drool
  • The number of contacts in your cell phone: i haven't the foggiest
  • How many of them are relatives: relatively few
  • You lose your cool when someone: paraphrases Bill O'Reilly
  • When you go to the drugstore, you often can’t leave without buying: chocolate
  • Your dance moves can best be described as: sugar high or drunk
  • The majority of your underwear is: hipster cut
  • Something you eat even though you hate how bad it is for you: soda pop, soda pop
  • You think you’re really not a great: artist
  • How much cash is in your wallet right now: eighty something
  • The majority of your shoes are this color:
  • You don’t think you’ll ever be able to get rid of your: book-collecting habit
  • If your breath is bad, it’s most likely because you had the: soda pop
  • You feel embarrassed when you: completely mispronounce words
  • The last public place where you used the restroom: EV Lodge
  • Something you don’t like to debate in mixed company: you know, I'll pretty much debate anything anywhere
  • You don’t think you can pull off wearing: short skirts
  • Something you own entirely too much of: books? no, there can not be too many books
  • Someone you would love to see in concert who might bring down your street cred: umm...Depeche Mode
  • The last thing that you spilled on yourself: soy sauce
  • If you were on a reality show, the producers would likely portray/characterize you as the: I'd say holy fool, but that might be a delusion of grandeur -- um, the screwball intelligent