This week, like most weeks, brought with it a parade of douche. However, I've been scouring the world wide web–OK, googling stuff for the past few hours–and no one d-bag is standing out head and shoulders above the rest. It's been a week of tiny douches (hold me closer, tiny douchebag!) and that calls for a douchebag roundup. Sarah Palin, Bret Easton Ellis, Michael Pollan, MIA/Lynn Hirschberg, and the rest of this week's douchebags, come on down! Play along at home by adding your suggestions in the comments section!
...."Advocates" like Palin do little to actually advocate for what people with disabilities and their families actually need — holding up a cute baby and talking about how he's a blessing is nice, but it doesn't do much to help the parents who are worried about finding adequate schooling for their children, or the adults who need basic access to work or housing or medical care. It doesn't do much for the women who receive a pre-natal diagnosis from a doctor who assumes that termination is the next step, in a society that seems to only offer two options for women who have to make this choice: Martyrdom or shame. It doesn't do much for that cute baby when he or she grows up in a society that ostracizes and fears him, and offers no tangible support or assistance.
To the three or so people out there who did not dress as Sarah Palin for Halloween last year: Fear not. This year you can go as Sarah Palin, bestselling author! That's right, the former governor of Alaska and perpetual wackjob has a book out on November 17 entitled Going Rogue: An American Life. It will undoubtedly be available at a corporately-owned and homogenized chain bookstore near you in time for the holidays. What a maverick!
Only the rogue-iest of rogues would publish a memoir with HarperCollins!
Bitch Popaganda: It's like The View, except we don't get paid.
Hey there, audiophiles! Time for another episode of Bitch Popaganda! Tune in to hear Kjerstin, Annalee, and Kelsey discuss women and confessional journalism, Sarah Palin's resignation, and Beth Ditto's new clothing line. You can stream the podcast right here, or download it and listen on-the-go!
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