Early Evening Open Thread: Housework Blues

106679084892834038_Ixq8WE7X_bGood Evening

Hey, I’ve got some funny things for you today. I am actually in a good mood. My laptop is getting fixed tomorrow, finally!

Early this morning, I saw a link on Drudge..about Ashley Judd. It went to the Daily Caller and it was your typical Drudge hyped-up link.  I wish I had taken a screen shot of it. But…anyway. I figured I would wait and see if anyone picked it up.

Yes, Potential Senate Candidate Ashley Judd Has Gotten Naked On Screen. So Have These Political Figures | Mother Jones

Late Sunday evening, the Daily Caller‘s entertainment editor Taylor Bigler posted a short item on actress, activist, potential US Senate candidate, and rape survivor Ashley Judd. The post notes that Judd, who seems to be laying the groundwork for a 2014 challenge to Republican Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, has appeared in a bunch of movies naked, half-naked, or partially naked. The Caller piece cites her performances in films like Norma Jean and Marilyn and Eye of the Beholder, and is based on data from MrSkin.com, an online database of nude and sex scenes celebs have done on-screen. MrSkin.com—which I will decline to link to in this post—gives Judd four stars and ranks her as “Hall of Fame Nudity!”

(Click here to read my podcast partner Alyssa Rosenberg’s rage-filled rebuttal to Bigler’s post.)

Judd has discussed her nude scenes candidly before. She turned down an audition for the female lead in a 1992 Christian Slater film because the audition demanded a topless screen test. “My mother worked too hard for me to take off my clothes in my first movie,” she told People magazine. And in this interview with Delaware County Magazine, Judd opened up about stripping down for the sex scene in Double Jeopardy, one of the films referenced in the Daily Caller story.

“But will Judd be the first potential senator who has — literally — nothing left to show us?” Bigler wrote, with tongue firmly ensconced in cheek.

Actually, no.

MoJo goes on to document the Republicans who have bared all.

Another double standard link for you, There Is A Solution to the Housework Wars | The Raw Story

The Atlantic has been running content from this new book out about how middle class American families manage in this era of two-income families, a book called Fast Forward Family that I am now curious to read. I made gentle fun on Twitter of an earlier dispatch deeply analyzing who says hi to whom when they get home, but of much more interest to me is their research into the gendered division and management of housework. Hurt feelings when you get home from work are one thing, but the continuing expectation that women devote more time to childcare and housework than men is a major roadblock for women finally achieving social, political and economic equality. From every work level from working class jobs to executive offices, women lose out in the workplace because they have more to do at home, and find that they have less free time and opportunity to enjoy the lives they work so hard to maintain.

But the discussion of how to rectify this problem always stalls out the second anyone suggests that men step up and do their fair share of housework. Women are usually blamed, with men invariably complaining that their wives are somehow just born with higher standards for cleanliness and order.* Women are also blamed for not speaking up more, as if the time and energy investment—as well as the negative reaction you invariably get—that goes into nagging isn’t a loss for women. Women are also blamed for being control freaks that don’t “let” men do more around the house. The entire discussion gets so derailed into blaming women that men are conveniently forgotten. The problem of men not doing more is inevitably cast as women’s problem, and so if men don’t do more, it’s inevitably cast as women’s failure.

So what did the researchers find about division of labor and the stability/happiness of marriages? A lot that will disappoint the woman-blamers out there. The big thing is that they acknowledged what I call the “nagging differential”: Even if a couple agrees to split the housework fairly, the expectation remainst that it’s a woman’s job to keep track of what needs to be done and to do the hard work of assigning chores. Beyond just being unfair—keeping track of stuff is a chore and quietly leaving it off the mental spreadsheet is bullshit—this puts women in an impossible situation. If she assigns her partner his chores, she’s a nag, which no one wants to be. It often ends up being less work to do it yourself than to nag him into it. Thus, even when couples supposedly agree to do more, the fact that he’s waiting around for instructions effectively means he gets to do less work.

And one last link for you this evening…but in this link…the girl is getting the praise in a mostly male dominated scene.  Six-year-old breakdancing girl wows crowd at international competition | The Raw Story

Watch this video, this kid is amazing:

A 6-year-old breakdancing phenom is on the verge of becoming an online star after video of her performance at an international competition was posted on YouTube on Sunday.

The girl, identified as “Bgirl Terra,” was filmed competing in the “Baby Battle” division of the Chelles Battle Pro tournament in Paris against an unidentified older boy. The footage of their battle has already drawn more than 250,000 views in just two days.

Though no slouch himself, the boy quickly found himself just as impressed as the crowd; at one point in their battle, he points toward Terra in acknowledgement of her skills.

This is an open thread…

23 Comments on “Early Evening Open Thread: Housework Blues”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    Escort says Menendez prostitution claims were made up

    An escort who appeared on a video claiming Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) paid her for sex has told Dominican Republic police that she was instead paid to make up the claims in a tape recording and has never met or seen the senator before, according to court documents and two people briefed on her claim.

    The woman identified a lawyer who approached her and a friend to make the videotape, according to affidavits obtained by the Post. That man has in turn identified another lawyer who gave him a script for the tape and paid him to find women to fabricate the claims, the affidavits say.

    The escort was one of two women who taped videos that seems to support a tipster’s allegations that Menendez had patronized prostitutes while vacationing in the Dominican Republic.

    FBI agents conducting interviews in the Dominican Republic have found no evidence to back up the tipster’s allegations, according to two people briefed on their work.

    • RalphB says:

      Now if they can catch the people behind the scheme, that would be interesting.

    • RalphB says:

      That was another Daily Caller scoop I believe. They are pond scum!

    • jawbone says:

      I saw this earlier and hope that some of the lefties who were damning Menendez for hinky sex will apologize.

      Menendez does enough illiberal things to piss me off. I don’t need rightwing made up crap.

      Again, lefties: Consider the source. Really good idea, OK?

  2. bostonboomer says:

    Ark. governor vetoes abortion ban

    What a relief! Too bad Indiana’s governor won’t do that.

  3. Tebow is supposed to give a speech at Liberty University. I saw that on Right Wing Watch.

    Check this one out…Bradford mystery: Man dressed as Batman hands over suspect to police – Crime – UK – The Independent

  4. jawbone says:

    Krugman vs.Scarborough — Krugman feels he had a bad night and wasn’t ready for the blizzrad of lies.


    I watched just a bit (too tired, will try tomorrow), and Charlie asked Krugman a question, then interrupted him at least three times as he was answering. Then Charlie let Joe interrupt Krugman.

    Sort of how I thought it might go.

    Which is why I don’t watch Charlie anymore.

  5. RalphB says:

    Charles Pierce: Things That Should Not Exist But Do

    William (Lord) Saletan is the official ladyparts correspondent for the highly contrarian Slate, in which capacity he generally advises the ladies to employ their ladyparts in ways that do not frighten the horses, give him the tinglies in his nether places, or severely inconvenience the godbotherers who stalk doctors and glue their heads to the doors of medical clinics. What the hell. It’s a living.

    But now he’s ventured beyond his comfort zone. And my comfort zone. And your comfort zone. And the comfort zone of any terrestrial creature since the dawn of fcking time. Did someone actually sit around the Slate offices and think, “What can we do that will really shake things up? I know, let’s have Will write about S&M. No, for realz!” Gaze in awe, people. It’s The Story Of O-Christ-What-A-Terrible-Idea. …

    OMFG, this is funny from every direction 🙂

    • bostonboomer says:

      Oh man. I can’t stand Saletan. I’m going to read that before I hit the sack.

      • bostonboomer says:


        I know people who have lived this life. I’ve watched others tell their stories on YouTube. I’ve read the writings of BDSM teachers, advocates, and organizers.

        That explains a lot about William Saletan.

  6. RalphB says:

    From the last issue of Policy Review at the Hoover Institution, Tod Lindberg has a nice opus. Left 3.0

    Sometimes our opponents know us better than we know ourselves and he has a very good take on Liberals and the Democratic Party.

  7. Holy spare bedroom batman!

    Children’s rights cited in legal challenge launched against ‘bedroom tax’ | Society | The Guardian

    Change in benefit rules expected to lead to a reduction in benefits for hundreds of thousands of people

    A legal challenge has been launched on behalf of 10 disabled and vulnerable children against the government’s so-called “spare bedroom tax”, which is expected to lead to a reduction in benefits for hundreds of thousands of people because they have at least one unused room.


    Under the new rules, housing benefit will only be payable on the basis that children under 16 of the same gender will share a room, and children under 10 will share a room regardless of their gender.


    “The government is advising these families to consider taking in a lodger to make up the financial shortfall, but none of these families have a spare room available because the rooms are already being used.

    “It is also very surprising that the government is advising families with disabled children, and children suffering trauma following serious abuse, to invite a stranger into their home.”

    Housing benefit and universal credit claimants deemed to have one unused bedroom in their council or housing association home will lose 14% of their housing benefit and those with two or more will lose 25%.

    Estimates by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) indicate that 660,000 people living in social housing will lose an average of £728 a year as a result of the change.

    A spokesperson for the DWP said the department acknowledged that the legal action was being taken and would respond in due course.

    On the broader issue, he said: “We have provided councils with a £155m discretionary fund in order to help those affected by the changes such as disabled people.

    “However, with two million people on the housing waiting list and around one million empty bedrooms, it is only fair that we make proper use of social housing in this country.

    “The same rules already apply to those in the private rental sector.”

    Am I reading this right? Is this f’d up? or what?

  8. Look at this too: Washington Post to Try Sponsored Posts | Digiday

    WaPo tomorrow plans to launch “BrandConnect” that will let marketers create content throughout the WaPo site and on its homepage. It’s kind of like Forbes’ BrandVoice, which lets brands post on the Forbes platform. CTIA, the wireless trade association, is the inaugural advertiser and will create content through blog posts, videos and infographics, according to a rep. The Post did not provide specifics on exact nature of the content or how long it would run.

    As a sign of how important it views this, the Post is giving the sponsored content prime real estate along the left rail of its homepage.

    Sponsored content, often operating under the guise of “native” advertising, has proven a controversial proposition at some publishers. The Atlantic unleashed a furor when it ran a sponsored post by Scientology. BuzzFeed has been criticized because some of its sponsored content seems indistinguishable from editorial. What’s more, that’s exactly the point at some level.

  9. Elisabeth Albert says:

    Regarding your remembering using early word processors/computers. When I was younger, there was a joke going around: Why was Eve the first computer user? Answer: She had an apple in one hand and a wang in the other.