Links of Great Interest:Tila Tequila!!

Mel Gibson’s tirade as a teachable moment.

The Safe Cosmetics Act as is is bad for small businesses.

One report on the abuse Tila Tequila suffered at a recent event. Note the veiled misogyny embedded throughout. Here’re some pics of Tila as she recovers from her injuries. Here’s a write-up at the Village Voice. Quote from this last:

There were several rubber dildos hurled at her–pretty sure the sex toys missed her, but it was hard to keep track at the time– along with beer cans, Faygo containers, Stryofoam cups, liquor bottles, cigarettes, mustard, half a lemon, a pizza slice, a pearl bracelet, a pudding cup, an unopened can of ICP’s self-branded energy drink Spazmatic, part of a watermelon allegedly soaked in feces and urine, a clothed baby doll, a mini Mag Lite, a bag of chicken tenderloin.

More on “Jailing Girls For Men’s Crimes”

Soooooo the song of 2010 argues that women are gold diggers, and are obligated to put out to “Nice Guys?” Hat tip to the Other Patrick.

Dating site for ugly people.

Several AWESOME links from Jha’s linkfest:

Wheelchair Dancer at Feministe  on the new Afghan woman image

Stressed thoughts on the Eminem/Rihanna video.

A review of Wonderdark

An article about Australian actresses who are developing are name for themselves nationally and overseas

THIS JUST IN: High heels hurt your feet, but don’t stop wearing them, kk?

This would be a GREAT week to start Heliothaumic, the steampunk/ SF webcomic with POC elves, goblin vampires, and magic.


  1. lilacsigil says

    One of my grandmothers had to have surgery on six toes from wearing pointy-toed high heeled shoes. The other had to wear heels even for gardening because she couldn’t put her bare heel on the floor anymore. My mother and I wear comfortable flats, and I’m glad that neither of us are in professions where this is a problem!

    • says

      Just FYI, I had to have a bunion removed and I NEVER wore heels before that. My podiatrist said that ALL women’s shoes are cut differently than men’s, for no purpose but to look like someone’s idea of “cute.” So even wearing flats can put you at risk, as it obviously did me – unless you wear boys/men’s shoes.

      This information makes me want to, I dunno, turn into a 50 foot monster and go stomping through a town where they make women’s shoes while tiny people scatter and run from me. But they’re all wearing heels, so they cannot escape, bwahahahaha!

      • Anemone says

        I’ve been barefoot full time for over a year now and am much happier. I do feel a bit like a Chinese peasant woman after the Revolution, though, in my 6E girth feet.

          • Anemone says

            Shopping isn’t a problem, though I don’t do much. Public libraries are a problem. I have a doctor’s note to help me out. Work might also be a problem but I’m disabled and not able to find work so that’s academic.

      • Violet says

        My mother has really bad bunions too, despite never wearing heels much (especially not high heels), and spending at least the last 15 years in wide clogs with form-fitting, thick cork soles, such as nurses often wear. (She’s a pharmacist and could determine the dresscode at her pharmacy for herself.) Apparently, it happens largely due to genetic predisposition.

        • says

          Yes, genes give you the tendency toward bunions, but bad shoes cause the bunions to develop. And just to be clear, I didn’t mean to imply that heels aren’t ok because you can get bunions without them. I was just saying that if my doctor’s right, the way ALL women’s shoes are cut is unhealthy, and we have absolutely no option but to buy men’s or unisex shoes. Just an extra layer of misogyny to enjoy, there.

          • Anemone says

            Actually, men’s shoes are a problem, too. They tend to be wider, but with the exception of construction boots, they are still cut funny. And shoes in general can be problematic.
            An article on shoe construction (There’s a pdf version of this with diagrams if you google the title)
            New York Magazine article (a classic)
            Even most new “barefoot” shoes are cut funny. I have no idea why.

            It’s possible to get bunions no matter what, but bunions are much less frequent in barefoot populations than in shod populations.

            Also I’ve read research that showed that running shoes are harder on the knees than high heels, at least with respect to heel strike, because of the cushioning.

    • Violet says

      See, this is why I’m sometimes grateful for needing size 11 1/2 since I was 14. Alright, so it’s annoying not to be able to buy ‘pretty’ shoes in a normal shop (in Germany, woman’s sizes end at 10 1/2), but this way I never got into a habit of choosing shoes for their looks. Most of the shoes I wear are designed for men, or unisex health sandals.
      The one time I tried something with heels, I couldn’t take three step in them, it hurt so much. Why do other women do this to themselves? Even the few pairs of flat women’s boots I’ve had over the years, I usually couldn’t walk in for a full day without getting problems, because the soles were too thin to buffer the steps properly. (though I mostly wear well-buffered sneakers, so maybe I’m just not used to it)

  2. SarahSyna says

    I might be the only one to ask this, but what is a Juggalo or a Juggalette and who on Earth is ‘Tila Tequila’?

  3. The Other Patrick says

    risk for injuries such as stress fractures, bunions and hammertoes.
    contribute to joint degeneration and knee osteoarthritis.
    alters body posture by changing joint positions at the ankle, knee, hip and trunk, which can create strain on the lower back.
    So, should women stop — gasp! — wearing high heels? Not necessary

    No, don’t stop wearing these shoes that hurt your body. You look better in them.

    I read the Tila Tequila thing on AVClub when it came out, and I didn’t know what to make of it, really. It seems to say that hey, juggaloos throw shit, and Tila didn’t belong there, anyway, and don’t you hate that girl?

    (as an aside, don’t read the comments at the second article about that, it gets ugly right away)

    So is it Tila’s fault? Or is it that with people we don’t like, we don’t care? It reminds me a little bit of a recent boingboing story where a woman threw a cat into a trashcan and was recorded by video camera – bb is pretty much anti-surveillance, but when this woman was identified and harrassed at her workplace, that seemed to be okay.

    Tila grew up in a culture where fame is a desirable commodity. She acts according to the rules presented to us by the media. It’s not like she came out of nowhere. Hate the game, not the player, is that what it’s called? I bet the AV Club did write about Tila before because she’s one of those women you love to hate and tell everybody how much you despise her, and then you can blame the publicity on her, too. Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears… I’m struggling to come up with any men.

    • says

      I love this quote from the heels article: “Basically, try to limit yourself as much as possible and really try to avoid wearing high heels all day, every day.”

      “As much as possible”? Like sometimes heeled-shoes sneak into your bed at night and glue themselves to your feet, forcing you to wear them until your foot sweat dissolves the glue? Maybe this is because I live in “anything goes” Los Angeles, but I can’t think of anyplace I’d feel weird wearing flats.

      • Maria says

        At one of my old jobs, women HAD to wear heels — flats are business casual and the dress code was business.

        • says

          That needs to be a Title IX violation. Unless they make the men wear heels, too. (Ditto on skirts, which are tremendously uncomfortable for those of us who are allergic to hosiery.)

  4. Robin says

    I’m not a fan of Tila Tequila — or anyone else who is famous for being infamous — but no one deserves that kind of abuse. Though from the sound of the first article, that sort of treatment is par for the course if an act displeases the audience at that event. There’s a reason most of the concerts I attend have audiences full of polite nerds, despite having much broader musical tastes.

    While I’m quite aware that high heels are bad for me, I do still enjoy wearing them sometimes. But then, I’m very picky about which ones I’ll buy in the first place (must be relatively comfortable and foot-shaped). And after doing ballet on pointe for several years in high school and college, a 2- or 3-inch heel is nothing.

    • Raeka says

      Ha, this :) I took ballet for six years as a child, although I quit right when I was starting point. I actually generally wear shoes I can take off really easily since I sit cross-legged all the time (even at work!) but when I do wear heels it almost feels like I’m dancing.

      My sister, on the other hand, can’t wear heels because her soccer cleats screwed her feet up during middle/high school :/

  5. Patrick McGraw says

    Having known a few Juggalos in the past, this does not surprise me. They tend to be oozing with open misogyny, which I expect is part of ICP’s attraction for them. (Seriously, do not go read any of ICP’s lyrics. You’ll want to exterminate humanity.)

    • Brand Robins says

      “I’m pretty sure Shaggy 2 Dope didn’t even get to make sweet love to Tequila. And that, friends, is the real tragedy of the weekend.”

      Not, you know, that she was assaulted, battered, terrified, and hounded. Not that after all that happened all people can comment about is how her combined audacity to want to do exactly what society has told her she should do with her lack of phenomenal talent means that she deserved it.

      The real tragedy, ha ha just serious, is that she didn’t get fucked.

      I know that my rage reaction to this is internalized patriarchal macho bullshit. Being violent upon the purveyors of violence does not make anything better.

      But man, it would feel so good….


    • The Other Patrick says

      Well, you might want to watch/read about “Miracles” (e.g. at SkepChick) because that song celebrates ignorance so much that it’s the perfect blend of aggravating and funny.

  6. Amy says

    This is why I have taken to shopping, carefully, at the expensive, privately owned shoe store in the town I work in. I have fewer shoes (because of cost) but they don’t damage my feet and they are stylish enough for me at least. It is worth the extra cost. I am fortunate enough to be able to afford it.

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