The Women of Star Trek (circa 1993)

An oldie but a goodie: Majel Barrett Roddenberry discusses Gene’s vision for the women of Star Trek. Remember, this is pre-Janeway.


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FFFF: Righteous Divorce

This week’s Friday Feminist Funny Film comes to you from the Second City Comedy Network.

Happy Friday!


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SunNews on How to “Be a Man”

Since SunNews (“the Fox News of the North”) launched a few months ago, I hadn’t seen many video clips from it.

But it turns out I was missing a huge opportunity for entertainment and after seeing some of the amazingly and almost hilariously bad sexist clips that have come out of SunNews, I thought it only right that I take them apart here.

Tragically, SunNews won’t let people embed their videos, so I will have to refer you to the video on their website here. And if you’re not going to watch the video you’ll have to have a bit of imagination as I go through some of the most interesting parts. Consider this the more nerdy, less funny, and political version of MST3K.

Theo Caldwell

The scene is a SunNews soundstage and Theo Caldwell is sitting behind his desk wearing a grey suit and red tie. He’s holding something that my roommate and I could only guess is a clicker for his prompter, and he’s about to give his thoughts on Father’s Day and manliness. Read more

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When Age Matters 101

Gerald Hodge is Jarrah’s Dad, and a former director of the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Queen’s University, where he is now a Professor Emeritus. His most recent book is The Geography of Aging: Preparing Communities for the Surge in Seniors. He lives on Hornby Island, BC. Fun fact: he has the exact same birth date as Leonard Nimoy!

Have you noticed when faced with filling out surveys that the personal questions about age, income, and gender are usually at or near the end? Survey designers believe  ̶  I know because I was once one  ̶  that these can be touchy questions for some people and it’s better to wait to ask them after the real meat of the survey has been completed; after you’re softened up, so to speak.

Be that as it may, today’s designers need to sharpen up about these questions  ̶  especially gender and age  ̶   for all is not as it appears. So, I was surprised and pleased to find in a survey from which recently crossed my screen that the gender question offered the following choices:

a.    Male            ____
b.    Female        ____
c.    Trans/other        ____

However, the following question, about age, showed no similar sensitivity regarding older people in our society. It just lumped them altogether in some amorphous category called ”65+” even though they are as diverse as the population who’ve not yet reached the senior age.

a.     Under 20    ____
b.     20 – 34    ____
c.     35 -  49    ____
d.    50 -  64    ____
e.    65+        ____

We, the 5 million Canadians who are 65 or older, differ by age, income, education, marital status, health condition, and our living arrangements (full disclosure, I’m 80). Gerontologists recognize this by distinguishing three broad groups of seniors: the young-old (those aged 65-74); the old (those aged 75-84) and the old-old (those aged 85 and older). In other words, there is not just one kind of old age. Read more

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The Round-Up: June 21, 2011

  • Monica at TransGriot has the story of Ashley Yang, who was fired by the TSA for being trans.
  • A new study in the American Journal of Public Health finds that poverty-related factors lead to about as many deaths in the US each year as heart attacks and stroke (via ScienceDaily).
  • Meridith at The Daily Femme questions the usefulness of software that predicts gender based on writing style, now being promoted as a way to safeguard kids online.
  • Feminists for Choice interviews the Domestic Program Associate of Catholics for Choice, showing that faith and pro-choice beliefs don’t have to be mutually exclusive.
  • A gay couple in New York has been waiting 61 years to marry (via Joe.My.God).
  • Not funny. The Maddow Blog reports on a GOP event that featured an Obama impersonator making racist jokes.
  • In a disappointing yet sadly predictable ruling yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States dismissed the class-action case filed on behalf of all women employees of Wal-Mart, ruling Wal-Mart is too big to discriminate (via Fair and Feminist).
  • More in the department of yuck as Neatorama reports that dating site BeautifulPeople (which is kind of a sketchy concept in the first place) dumps 30,000 members deemed “too ugly”.


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Feminerd Miis

Maddow Mii

If you follow this blog regularly you’ll know I’ve been doing a guest blog series called Revenge of the Feminerd for Bitch Magazine blogs. This post is a supplement to a post that’ll go up there on Monday June 20, on how to make Miis for Nintendo Wii based on famous feminist nerds.

When I started my blog series at Bitch, I asked readers to comment on their feminerd role models, and they had lots of great suggestions. Some already had instructions at, but some weren’t and I had a couple ideas of my own.  So here are detailed instructions for how to make Miis of Kari Byron from MythBusters, Rachel Maddow, and Penelope Garcia from Criminal Minds.

I’m not making recommendations for Mii height/weight and favourite colour, so feel free to take license on those.

Penelope Garcia

  • Face – row one, column 2. Colour – row 1, column 1.
  • Facial countours – row 3, column 1.
  • Hair – Page 6/6, row 4 column 2. Colour – 2nd row, 4th column.
  • Eyebrows – Page 2/2, row 2, column 1. Colour – 2nd row, 4th column. Tilt clockwise and move up 1.
  • Eyes – Page 3, row 3, column 1. Colour – blue.
  • Nose – Row 1, column 1. Size one bigger and move 1 up.
  • Mouth – Page 1, row 2, column 2.
  • Glasses – Row 2, column 3

Rachel Maddow Read more

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FFFF: Denver Airport

This isn’t supposed to be funny but I about died laughing watching this movie of a guy pointing out the hidden pagan phallic symbols in art at the Denver Airport:

Happy Friday!


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