BLOGulp: Refreshing Posts from Today's Blogs

By Erica C. Barnett July 16, 2009

1. Melissa Auf der Maur—formerly of '90s rock bands Hole and the Smashing Pumpkins—catches swine flu, starts a blog about it :
The first night I took one of the chubby white pills, I had a nightmare about the relationship between the virus running through my body and the pill I took to kill it. It was explained to me, as only in a wordless dream, that the virus was a clever mutated strain, and that the antibiotics had been tricked and sent off to fight the wrong war inside me. The virus was able to shape shift and start fires to draw attention away from the real problem, leading to scattered armies chasing the wrong enemies, and essentially spreading themselves too thin. It was a true anxiety dream, and when I awoke I instantly regretted taking the antibiotics, for fear of wasting my resources on "fake" wars inside me.

2. On his way back to San Francisco from a conference of sexologists, David Steinberg of City Brights gets searched at SeaTac Airport. Hilarity ensues :
I'm tempted to go one step further, but I realize that it's starting to get close to departure time. The reality principle intercedes. I don't say, "What are you afraid of? That I'll rush into the cockpit and tell the pilot to take the plane to Afghanistan or else I'll whip his butt?" I don't say, "Are you afraid that I'll attack one of the flight attendants and whip her/him into such a state of excitement that s/he'll beg to help me hijack the plane?"

I do say, "All right, what can I do with it then?"

I'm told that I can take the whip back to the ticket counter and ask them to check it through as a separate piece of baggage. "Sometimes they'll do that, sometimes they won't," the baggage inspector warns. I pick up the bag, then the whip. For the first time, her face softens. She really doesn't hold it against me that I'm traveling with a whip.

3. Broadsheet takes on Jimmy Carter taking on the question of "How Religion Subjugates Women " :
Carter pulls no punches in his Op-Ed. Religious discrimination against women has, he says, "provided a reason or excuse for the deprivation of women's equal rights across the world for centuries. The male interpretations of religious texts and the way they interact with, and reinforce, traditional practices justify some of the most pervasive, persistent, flagrant and damaging examples of human rights abuses." He continues: "The truth is that male religious leaders have had -- and still have -- an option to interpret holy teachings either to exalt or subjugate women. They have, for their own selfish ends, overwhelmingly chosen the latter."
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