My Friends Got Drunk and Watched Reality TV

If you liked autoethnography, prepare for exo-autoethnography:

Exo-autoethnography is the autoethnographic exploration of a history whose events the researcher does not experience directly, but a history that impacts the researcher through familial, or other personal connections, by proxy. It is an approach to research and autoethnographic writing that seeks to analyze individual and private experience, as directed by the other’s experience or history, to better understand: a history that affects the researcher indirectly; and personal and community experience as it relates to that history.

Writing a diary about watching The Bachelor with your gal pals is so 2016. The new hotness is interviewing one of your gal pals who watches The Bachelor, and then writing about yourself conducting the interview.

College degrees are becoming worthless because A) So damn many people have them and B) The subject matter is often moronic. Now people can get advanced graduate degrees writing about their feelings. Is there any way, apart from a total overhaul of the educational system, that this ends well?

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PhD in Butthurt Studies

I’m not sure where or when the “autoethnography” trend in higher education began. It’s possible that there is simply nothing else to write about in the Humanities and Social Sciences: let’s face it, there are only so many self and other binaries that one can deconstruct. It was only a matter of time then before the practice went meta:

This essay seeks to fill the gap in the literature and make a contribution to the discourse on autoethnographic research. Writing autoethnographically, I share my experience of discovering vile, misogynist, and cruel trolling of autoethnographers and their work on the social media platform Twitter. I reflect on the online hatred I received when I raised the issue publically. Many of the messages I received focused on my perceived inability to cope with opinions other than my own.

Part of me hopes that there is nothing more to research, and that university departments realize it and make necessary changes. It’s far better to have deep knowledge of certain subjects than it is to be original; I would rather a Shakespeare professor know The Merry Wives of Windsor like the back of his or her hand than know a massive catalog of secondary criticism about a single line from Hamlet.

Of course, there’s no use in being optimistic about it. These are the people that gave Gilles Deleuze and Slavoj Zizek a career.

Thanks to Real Peer Review for the inspiration.

BREAKING: Male Feminist Allegedly Some Kind of Pervert

Ladies, if you’re ever on a date with a guy and he says he writes for Vice, it’s probably a wise idea to split the check and call it a night. Whatever you do, though, pay attention to your drink:

A former writer for Vice’s feminist sub-site Broadly, Michael Hafford, is now facing accusations by multiple women for rape and extreme instances of assault.

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Multiple […] women stated that they were assaulted and raped by Hafford, but were too afraid to come forward with these allegations. The discovery of Michael Hafford’s double-life, writing pro-feminist articles while simultaneously assaulting women, is a damning indictment for other men in his position and requires a reevaluation.

A question I have, related to recent revelations about Harvey Weinstein: why were these women afraid to come forward? Is the New York City media establishment as corrupt as Hollywood when it comes to the way its people actually behave? 

It’s no surprise to find out that a self-described male feminist is actually a creepy misogynist. Hugo Schwyzer is a recent example, but one can go back as far as Ira Einhorn and Ted Kennedy to see how that works. However, it’s worth asking exactly what is going on when so many of these kinds of stories are popping up at the same time.

Heard Any Good Jokes Lately?

I’ve been commenting over at The Other McCain the last few days when it dawned on me: didn’t I used to have one of these blog thingies? 

Unfortunately a lot of my old posts are now lost to the belly of the old hosting company, but that doesn’t mean a man can’t still have a good time, right?

So…Harvey Weinstein, right?

Permit me to note, in regard to Weinstein’s defense that he “came of age in the 60’s and 70’s,” that he seems to have made a made a mistake common among high-profile sexual harassers, i.e., he stayed in the game too long. Back when Weinstein was a young man promoting rock concerts in the 1970s, yeah, “all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different.” There were basically no rules at all in the world of rock music back then, nor were there any such rules in Hollywood when Weinstein started making movies. But the main problem is that Harvey Weinstein kept chasing skirts when he was in his 40s and 50s, and even as recently as 2015, he was reportedly still at it.

Guys, don’t do this. At age 45 or 50, you may want to believe you’ve still got it, but you don’t. No matter how much success you had with the ladies when you were 20 or 25, you’re going to look ridiculous if you’re still trying to play the same game when you reach your 40s.

An interesting lesson here is that if a man as wealthy and powerful as Harvey Weinstein can’t get away with this kind of behavior – even with the Democrat media establishment at his back – you certainly will not either. That aside, there are few things more laughable than a wrinkly old guy in a wig and an earring chasing 20 year olds around. Don’t do it.

But hey, here’s Chef from the Suicide Girls. She’s cute and she cooks, but unfortunately for you, she’s also married. 

Chef-Suicide
Me, I’m taken as well. All that running around is for the birds.

Even Slate Doesn’t Believe Obama’s Pay Gap Myth

I call it a myth instead of a lie because President Obama is such a shallow thinker that he probably thinks that women actually are earning 77% on the dollar to men for performing the same work.

Hanna Rosin at Slate (of all places) writes,

How many times have you heard that “women are paid 77 cents on the dollar for doing the same work as men”? Barack Obama said it during his last campaign. Women’s groups say it every April 9, which is Equal Pay Day. In preparation for Labor Day, a group protesting outside Macy’s this week repeated it, too, holding up signs and sending out press releases saying “women make $.77 to every dollar men make on the job.” I’ve heard the line enough times that I feel the need to set the record straight: It’s not true.

Read the whole thing for the complete analysis. Obama is the intellectual equivalent of an animated GIF.

Further Reading:

American Spectator: Obama’s “77 Cents on the Dollar” Claim Debunked

American Power: Women Make 77 Cents to Every Man’s Dollar’? Nope, Not True

National Review: More Pinocchios for the President on Equal Pay

The Other McCain: Obama Endorses Feminist Folly

Story via Memeorandum.

From the Comments at Talking Points Memo

Well, at least this liberal admits that abortion is unpleasant.

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Background:

The Other McCain: Perhaps @TomKludt Could Explain Why Killing Babies Is Such a Good Thing

Erick Erickson: A Very Sincere Thank You to @Gretawire

Talking Points Memo: Erick Erickson Responds To Greta Van Susteren With Graphic Anti-Abortion Screed

See also: Domestic Geek Girl: 15 Nauseating Quotes About Abortion (From the Abortion Providers Themselves)

Update: Thanks to Robert Stacy McCain, Erick Erickson and everyone else who blasted this out on Twitter. Also linked in Wombat-socho’s Live at 5.