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  • Shakezula reminded me about this fun story about the DC Metro system. It’s funny because it’s true: literally every moment I’m awake I’m thinking about shoes and wanting to share the gospel of shoes with anyone in yelling distance. Sometimes I just yell at random strangers that I’m particularly fond of wedges. And people don’t think that’s strange, because I’m a woman.
  • Origami Isopod sent me a link to a story about a guy who wonders about the need for libraries in our e-book and Google world. I actually don’t find that nearly as interesting as the other link she sent me, which is, essentially, a list of the things people use libraries for. It was extremely enlightening. I feel dumb for having wondered about the fate of libraries myself. I guess libraries aren’t going anywhere…and that’s a great thing.
  • This entry at BJ caught my attention, because it’s all about the bizarre way wingnuts love the image of people, the idea of them, more than actual people (or principles). Sarah Palin is starbursty. George W. Bush is awesome because he’s wearing a flight suit. Ronald Reagan has a really nice…foot. These folks fetishize the weirdest things, and place so much stock in appearances and symbolism and a sort of loud smarm. It really is sick and weird.
  • Thomas Knight bravely acknowledges something that I’ve known for ages: that ginger men are hot. No, seriously. We tend to fetishize redheaded women, while completely ignoring redheaded men. That is just nucking futz.
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    • Point: ginger men are hot.

      Counterpoint: David Caruso.

      • Karen

        Actually Caruso is physically attractive. It’s opening his mouth that causes problems. And the Sunglasses of Doom don’t help.

        • Mike G

          “I think you’ve…
          (puts on sunglasses)
          …found the problem.”
          YEEEEAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!

    • joe from Lowell

      Of course they’re hot when you take them out of the oven, but just set the gingerbread men on a cooling rack, and you’ll be able to decorate to your heart’s content.

    • We tend to fetishize redheaded women

      We do? I simply admire them.

      while completely ignoring redheaded men.

      When you can give me a reason not to ignore Carrot Top, I’ll consider it. Otherwise, ix-nay on the edhead-ray.

      • When you can give me a reason not to ignore Carrot Top

        If you don’t keep an eye peeled he might sneak up on you and start telling “jokes.”

      • Nope. And you guys aren’t gonna ruin this for me. Redheaded men are hot, full-stop.

        • TribalistMeathead

          Louis CK.

          • Yeah, he’s super-funny, so that’s totally not ruining it for me.

        • I’m not. I have my charms, but “hot” is not one of them. I make Louis C.K. look hot.

        • elm

          I have a red beard but brown hair. Is that close enough?

    • Sherm

      What some now refer to as “ginger” others once referred to as “Ralph Malph Disease.”

    • WARNING – One of the Knight photos features a potentially ambi-racial male. (I don’t know if he is careful or not.) People who are alarmed by non-Nordic types should sit on their fainting couches before they proceed.

      Also, you may be exposed to non-heterosexual imagery.

      Is there a queer or gay component to “RED HOT” at all?

      Well, it’s an exhibition about hot men with no clothes on, so I’m presuming it will have some gay appeal! Some of the models are gay and there has been quite a lot of gay press about it — which is great!

      You’re better off thinking about shoes like a normal person.

      • But is he painfully ambi-racial?

        Also…sooooo don’t give a shit if some of the men are gay. Hot is hot.

        • Well, I suppose if you got really excited all of a sudden by the photo of the young man I mentioned it might be kind of … twingey.

          Not that I would know. I am speaking hypothetically. I just glanced at the pictures this time. And the time they passed through my tumblr account. I DID NOT LINGER OVER THEM. Actually a friend told me about them.

        • KmCO

          Also…sooooo don’t give a shit if some of the men are gay. Hot is hot.

          +infinity

    • NewishLawyer

      Libraries are one of the most popular government programs/institutions around. IIRC there was a study that showed people feel very strongly about keeping them around recently.

      I take books out of the library all the time. Then again, I’m old-school and prefer books to e-readers.

      • And you’re the reason libraries aren’t–and shouldn’t be–going anywhere.

      • Grocer

        They lend ebooks too! It’s like they care about everyone.

        • LoriK

          My library even has a couple of ereaders that patrons can borrow. It’s great if you want to try before you buy or if you have a specific need for one but it generally wouldn’t be worth it for you to shell out the money for one.

    • Johnny Sack

      Sometimes people want to talk about shoes. Sometimes those people are women.

      • Origami Isopod

        It would be nice if sometimes we could have a thread on gender without dudes derailing it to miss the point aggressively.

        • What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gender.

    • Karen

      Ginger here. I a amazed at the idea that red headed women are “fetishized.” I was a teen in the 79’s and early 80’s heyday of Cheryl Tiegs and Farrah Fawcett, when Stephanie Powers was described in “Hart to Hart” as a brunette and the Mayflower Madam instructed all do us that there was no market for redheads in her business. I never dyed my hair because my mother wouldn’t let me, and by the time I was old enough to ignore her prohibition I had made peace with the mane. I really hope this effort succeeds for the guys. I didn’t like being compared to Erin Walton, Pippi Longstocking, and Raggedy Ann; I’m sure being Howdy Doody is no picnic either.

      • Then instead allow yourself the comparison of splendid company such as Gillian Anderson and Christina Hendricks, amongst others, and let peace prevail.

        • Karen

          Thank you. I used to get a lot of comparisons to Blair Brown. I should watch Fringe and see if she’s still all that.

      • Halloween Jack

        the Mayflower Madam instructed all [of] us that there was no market for redheads in her business.

        Really? I have no experience with that business from either side, but somehow that doesn’t seem likely.

        • Karen

          It was in her memoirs, which I read. We should have another thread about guilty pleasures in reading material, in which I will confess my love for dumb celebrity memoirs.

          • My first wife was a red head. She never had any trouble attracting lots and lots of attention from the other gender.

    • Johnny Sack

      Man I love libraries. I guess conservatives think they’re just homeless shelters with a bunch of books.

      I don’t know what I would do without a nice library both now and when I went back to school a couple of years ago. I can’t work at home. Sometimes I need a chance of pace from the office. I hate working in coffee shops.

      Even if print books become obsolete. Even if all those things the bloggers list can be done elsewhere instead of in libraries. I’d still want libraries.

      Why? Have you ever seen, say, the Rose Main Reading Room in the main branch of the New York public library? We’ll never not need places like that. Maybe I’m shallow but I love working in places like that. I think it’s a legitimate public good.

      • The local county library system recently closed a popular, smallish suburban branch in favor of a sparkly brand-new larger branch built a mile up the road. It has every possible ‘wish list’ item a library can provide – abundant natural light, a coffee area with cafe-type seating, WiFi, a dedicated kids area big enough for dozens and dozens of kindergartners, a dedicated teen area that is actually cool to hang out in because it always has teens in it, meeting rooms for big events, huddle rooms for small group study, dozens of internet terminals, a pc-equipped training space with a big screen and white boards, and a free-standing gas fireplace tucked away in a corner, surrounded by a conversation pit with comfy seating perfect for winter afternoons and the devouring of words. And it is jammed with rows upon rows of shelving that is positively bursting with books, far more than the old branch.

        This building will stand for another span of generations, much as the last one did.

      • For those unfamiliar with the New york Public Library, the Rose Reading Room: here.

        • Barry Freed

          I see that almost every day. There’s plenty of other nice rooms at the NYPL too. Every one should come by for a visit.

      • Hogan

        I heard about a “future of libraries” discussion where someone mentioned that libraries are among the very last public spaces with no surveillance. No cameras, no security desk where you sign in and out, computers with IP addresses that can’t be connected to you. They collect as much data on you as they need to keep in touch and track whatever you’re taking out of the building, but they don’t share that and they don’t archive it.

        The two biggest fights my city has had over service cuts in the last five years were over firehouse closings and shortening of library hours. They knew there would be trouble over the firehouses, but the uproar over libraries blindsided them completely.

        • Barry Freed

          I recall from an earlier thread a few weeks ago that you made a transition from academia to working in libraries (academic?) I’m about to make a similar transition myself and I’m nervous as hell about it. I work in the one that N_B linked to above (and I love every single minute of it) but budgets being what they are these days that’s going to end all too soon. If you’re amenable I’d love to get in touch over email and hear about your experience and get some career advice or anything really.

          • Hogan

            hogan590 at yahoo dot com

            But don’t tell anyone.

            • I won’t tell. Graffiti in public toilets is okay, right?

              • Hogan

                The nice ones. And be sure to add “No fatties, no butterfaces.”

                • Barry Freed

                  Thanks, I sent you an email last night using my secret identity.

                  • Wait. Are you the goddamn Batman?

                  • Barry Freed

                    Are you suggesting I should jump off that goddamn building?

                    And the answer is no, although the goddamn Batman is the other person around here who knows my secret identity.

    • “Ginger” is a despicable Britishism and it sickens me to see good Americans using it. “Redhead”, please. Before you know it you’ll be popping off to the car park for a quick shag in the back of a lorry.

      • TribalistMeathead

        Blame Trey Parker and Matt Stone for that one. It wasn’t in the American lexicon before then.

        • mds

          Since I never watched South Park, I’m going to have to blame Russell T. Davies instead, if that’s okay with everyone. Oh, and Tim Minchin. And that ginger postdoc from Sheffield.

          Not that I have to justify myself to stepped pyramids anyway, that … that aubergine.

      • That’s ridiculous. Why would a lorry be in a car park?

        • Lee Rudolph

          Also, why is “carp ark” not as common as “cow-orker”?

          • Because orks are more common than arks.

            Sheesh.

        • Karen

          The like to make their nests in the corners, like cliff swallows on bridges.

      • Tom Servo

        Thanks to the BBC’s disgustingly high quality programming, I actually have picked up a lot of British slang and phrases. Cosmopolitan ftw!

      • Barry Freed

        Surely you meant to say we’d be “dogging“.

    • I’m particularly fond of wedges

      I have a fondness for all simple machines. But I wear none of them on my feet.

        • Those are not simple machines.

          • Oh, jesus, just go with it.

            • I’m being a humorless feminist engineeringist.

              • Oh, I’m relieved. For a minute I was scared polar bears were humorless. Glad to know it’s the engineer in you.

                I keed, of course.

              • DrS

                The walruses were right about you.

                • N__B

                  Goo goo goo joob goo goo goo goo joob, baby.

    • OlderThanDirt

      Raising money for my local library, I heard more than one middle-aged, middle-class man opine that we were working on supporting the buggy whip factory. I wonder how many of those men still feel that way after losing their jobs.

      I say middle-aged men because a lot of the young men were bringing their kids to story time and checking out the graphic novels. And retirees love to come in to read the papers and see their friends. Of course, many women of all ages are there, but I don’t think I ever heard “We’ve got Google, what do we need libraries for?” from a woman.

      Many libraries have not only become free office space for job seekers, they have specific classes to support them. In NJ, the Dept of Labor gave libraries a grant to expand their services because the DOL didn’t have enough people to help all the jobless. It was FINALLY recognition that our e-government with all their online application forms and downloadable instructions needed actual people to help those who didn’t have internet access or a computer at home. And it’s hard to pay for internet service without a job.

      • Hogan

        I don’t think I ever heard “We’ve got Google, what do we need libraries for?” from a woman.

        Or a man who has children that need a safe quiet after-school space.

    • Halloween Jack

      A few assorted things:

      – As someone who spent several years working in public libraries: no secret to me that people use public libraries for all sorts of things, quite often (and quite crucially) for internet access, both for wifi for people that have their own devices and for the public access computers for those that don’t (and, believe me, given the filtering software that a lot of PACs are loaded down with, often due to local or state law (to protect the kids from porn, of course, or just everybody), you have to be seriously in need to want to use one). Need to apply for jobs to keep your public benefits or unemployment, and either you can’t afford to travel around to fill out a physical application or the employer no longer uses them and/or wants people that have a minimum of computer literacy? You’d better believe that you’re going to go to the PL and get that time reserved and ask for or demand all the help that you might need to do that. And, yeah, we’ve heard all about the Imminent Death of Libraries for nearly twenty years now.

      – You can add Karl Rove to that list of conservajerks idolizing their politicians in unusually dreamy terms; can’t remember where I read this, but Rove has described his first meeting with W when the latter was in the Air National Guard, and depicted little Georgie in Tom-Cruise-in-Top-Gun-type terms. Probably the most astonishing thing about that was that someone (supposedly) witnessed W when he actually showed up for duty.

      – “completely ignoring redheaded men”? Have you spent much time checking out the Harry Potter fandom?

      – Finally: I have to admit that, even though I’m nearly fifty, I have no idea if there are really any women, anywhere, that are into shoe porn. My guess is “yes, probably, somewhere, but it’s done mostly for men.” (Peggy Noonan notwithstanding.)

      • Imelda Marcos.

        • Halloween Jack

          Shopaholics and hoarders don’t count.

      • Origami Isopod

        On Tumblr I see a fair number of women, mostly young, who post photosets of shoes and of other beauty accoutrements. They’re feminists, and they actively decry the societal contempt for “girly” things. But they’d agree with DCist on the Metro photos, which imply that women care only about such things.

    • KmCO

      The BJ link reminds me that, at heart, conservatives are really thirsting for an absolute monarchy, a king (or queen) to worship. It can’t be overstated that they don’t believe in the American ideal of democracy at all. Their preferred candidates and lionized former presidents take on god-like qualities, as if Palin’s sparkliness or Reagan’s divinely sexy feet are clear indications that they are meant to bow down and worship these dear leaders, and the rest of us had damned well better also.

    • I’m redheaded. I never really liked “ginger”, even before it became de rigueur, and I was redheaded all my life. I am not hot. I am homely, like Shemp Howard homely. I did have a nice head of thick, shoulder-lenghth red hair that was the recipient of much feminine appreciation when I was younger. I still have it, but it’s going grey-via-blonde and no longer draws attention, alas.

      As I said, I am not hot, and I will not cast considerations on the hotness of redheaded/ginger men or women, though I will agree that “hot ginger guy” is a fairly new phenomenon, unless one counts James Arness. One probably shouldn’t, I suppose.

      Also, libraries are kick-ass and anyone who doesn’t like libraries or thinks they’re unnecessary is a butthole. Calling it right here.

      • though I will agree that “hot ginger guy” is a fairly new phenomenon

        John.

        Fitzgerald.

        Kennedy.

        • KmCO

          Or Van Johnson.

          • Bill Murray

            or Thomas Jefferson

      • njorl

        Thor is supposed to be red haired, but he’s always blond in pop media.

    • How long before shoe-freak knockout game?

      AHH, you just came home from doin a bid
      Tell me whatcha gon do? ACT A FOOL
      Somebody broke in and cleaned out your crib
      BOY whatcha gon do? ACT A FOOL
      Just bought a new pair and they scuffed your shoes
      Tell me whatcha gon do? ACT A FOOL
      Now them cops tryna throw you in them county blues
      BOY whatcha gon do? ACT A FOOL

    • dilbert dogbert

      I am redheaded and my older brother is dark brown/black? and we are of similar size etc. Back in the day when my hair was red and my brother had hair, we would walk into a party together and I would notice which of us was noticed. Not me.

    • Kurzleg

      Thx, BSpencer. Now I have another reason to feel inferior!

    • efgoldman

      We tend to fetishize redheaded women

      Aargh! I knew I should have sent my daughter to an isolated convent on the top of a mountain, guarded by fierce dragons.
      One of these days I’ll ask her if she feels fetishized.

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