Dave Sim's blogandmail #464 (December 19th, 2007)
Fifteen Impossible Things to Believe Before Breakfast That Make You a Good Feminist
1. A mother who works a full-time job and delegates to strangers the raising of her children eight hours a day, five days a week does just as good a job as a mother who hand-rears her children full time.
2. It makes great sense for the government to pay 10 to 15,000 dollars a year to fund a daycare space for a child so its mother - who pays perhaps 2,000 dollars in taxes - can be a contributing member of society.
3. A woman's doctor has more of a valid claim to participate in the decision to abort a fetus than does the father of that fetus.
4. So long as a woman makes a decision after consulting with her doctor, she is incapable of making an unethical choice.
5. A car with two steering wheels, two gas pedals and two brakes drives more efficiently than a car with one steering wheel, one gas pedal and one brake which is why marriage should always be an equal partnership.
6. It is absolutely necessary for women to be allowed to join or participate fully in any gathering place for men, just as it is absolutely necessary that there be women only environments from which men are excluded.
7. Because it involves taking jobs away from men and giving them to women, affirmative action makes for a fairer and more just society.
8. It is important to have lower physical standards for women firepersons and women policepersons so that, one day, half of all firepersons and policepersons will be women, thus more effectively protecting the safety of the public.
9. Affirmative action at colleges and universities needs to be maintained now that more women than men are being enrolled, in order to keep from giving men an unfair advantage academically.
10. Having ensured that there is no environment for men where women don't belong (see no.6) it is important to have zero tolerance of any expression or action which any woman might regard as sexist to ensure greater freedom for everyone.
11. Only in a society which maintains a level of 95% of alimony and child support being paid by men to women can men and women be considered as equals.
12. An airline stewardess who earned $20,000 a year at the time that she married a baseball player earning $6 million a year is entitled, in the event of a divorce, to $3 million for each year of the marriage and probably more.
13. A man's opinions on how to rear and/or raise a child are invalid because he is not the child's mother. However, his financial obligation is greater because no woman gets pregnant by herself.
14. Disagreeing with any of these statements makes you anti-woman and/or a misogynist.
15. Legislature Seats must be allocated to women and women must be allowed to bypass the democratic winnowing process in order to guarantee female representation and, thereby, make democracy fairer.
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EVER as Secret Project #2 Comes to the Direct
How do you make having to blow your nose every 30 seconds into an auspicious sign for your new title? Well, I'm not as sick as I was in January. That's one thing. It does have elements of that – weird sleeplessness that didn't actually feel like sleeplessness until I realized that I hadn't actually been fully unconscious for longer than ten minutes at a time in almost 36 hours. Since sleep is how I usually get rid of these viruses, that proved to be a killer. This time I am able to sleep for two hours at a time usually right around the time I'm supposed to be getting up. I wake up feeling a little rough, pull myself together and then gradually go downhill until I capitulate and fall over into bed for while. And, of course, as soon as I'm lying down I feel 100% better. So I get out of bed and then proceed to go downhill again.
How auspicious is that? Not very, you say? Okay, the last time I remember being this much of a Human Mucus Machine was November 1977 in Gananoque, Ontario at Gene Day's place, working on CEREBUS No. 1 (He was working on the "Days of Future Past" story that appeared in STAR REACH). Whatever it was we both got it bad and sat there back-to-back in his second floor studio in the big house on First Street, filling up an industrial sized waste drum with used Kleenex.
Actually we switched to toilet paper at one point to save money.
There. That's auspicious. Excuse me. I hab do blow my node dow.
Due to Dave Sim's recent computer difficulties, the December 25th blog&mail will be the last for the foreseeable future.
Announcements concerning Secret Project II and other events will be made as soon as possible.
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