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April 08, 2008

News You Can Use

Ladies, next time you get a parking ticket, consider the utility of this all purpose excuse:

"I had to keep my snakes warm."

Never let it be said that this site is not helpful. Educational, too.

Update: Jackbooted theocracy alert:

Toddlers Can No Longer Marry in Ark

Some lawmakers called for a special session last year, saying the error would make it easy for pedophiles to take advantage of the law. Gov. Mike Beebe said he didn't see any imminent crisis and said the chances of children marrying under the law were slim.

Legislators, however, had the chance for a do-over this week when Beebe convened a special session to consider a hike in the state's severance tax on natural gas. They repealed the botched law, and reinstated 17 as the minimum age to marry for boys and 16 for girls.

Rep. Will Bond, the sponsor of the botched 2007 law and its correction, apologized for the error and asked his colleagues to "throw me a rope and bail me out here."

"I always thought if you put your name on a bill, you should be ready to take the blame if you're willing to accept the credit," Bond said Wednesday.

Bond, a Democrat, said there hadn't been any reports of young children attempting to marry under the 2007 law.

Well there you have it: clearly an attempt to impose oppressive kyriarchical values on what was meant to be a secular state:

...in feminist the*logy and studies in religion, nationalism as the systemic kyriarchal structure that determines all of our discourses remains mostly unmentioned and unexplored. Like maleness, whiteness, or Christianness, nationalism remains invisible and unconscious for those who inhabit the privileged kyriarchal position.

...Gender symbols, control of wo/men, the well-being of the heterosexual patriarchal family, appeals to religious scriptures and laws, specific cultural codes of dress and behavior—all these become central to the maintenance of traditional values and the construction of national identity. Such national/religious identity is rhetorically constructed and often articulated in the interest of hegemony and the control of wo/men. To quote Yuval-Davis again,

Women are often constructed as the cultural symbols of the collectivity, of its boundaries, as the carriers of the collectivity's "honor" and as [End Page 112] its intergenerational reproducers of culture. Specific codes and regulations are usually developed defining who/what is a "proper man" and a "proper woman", which are central to identities of collectivity members. Feelings of disempowerment which result from processes of colonization and subjugation have often been interpreted by the colonized men as processes of emasculinization and/or feminization. The (re)construction of men's—and often even more importantly of women's—roles . . . has been central in most such struggles.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but "Hellooooo". Where the hell is Dahlia Lithwick on this one?

We are disappointed. Very disappointed.

Posted by Cassandra at April 8, 2008 08:50 AM

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She's over at the Jeffs compound in Texas...

*running away*

Posted by: Cricket at April 8, 2008 11:06 AM

Check out "Muslim is spared a speeding ban so he can drive between his two wives" for similar tomfoolery.

Posted by: John Gevalt at April 8, 2008 03:19 PM

Uh...when you are in a relationship like that, he'd better get an order of protection or whatever. The wimmin won't stand for silliness, although he just has to utter the phrase 'I divorce thee' three times..

FWIW, hopefully he isn't denying them their right to keep their arms and bare them.

Posted by: Cricket at April 8, 2008 07:25 PM

I alm*st had an *rgasm, reading all th*se big w*rds. But then I decided n*t to let the heter*n*rmative patriarchal family vi*late my b*undaries.

Posted by: Cass, Disemp*wered C*llectivity Member at April 8, 2008 07:53 PM

I guess that gay toddler marriage is right out, then... ;-)

Posted by: camojack at April 9, 2008 01:45 AM

What happened to the media's attempt to brainwash the American people into hating the real enemy, Islamo fascism, by telling stories about Shariah Law?

Posted by: Ymarsakar at April 11, 2008 04:57 PM