Category Archives: mansplainin’

December 12, 2014, 9:42 am

Noel Jackson’s Loony Bin Trip

Massachusetts Institute of Technology lit prof Noel Jackson is claiming that his employers hospitalized him involuntarily after he posted a series of enraged tweets about police violence against black men. He has also called out #DH colleagues at the University of Maryland for failing to bring digital humanists to the barricades. Jackson’s tweets include a charming picture of himself (apparently posing as a hip-hop artist), in which he gives MIT the finger. Check out this story by Nina Strochlic in The Daily BeastCheck out Jackson’s Twitter feed here.

So what’s my problem with the story? Strochlic’s only real source is Jackson’s Twitter feed.

In a tweet sent yesterday, Jackson states:

Screen Shot 2014-12-12 at 8.24.24 AM In case you are wondering who “bitch tricks” is, Jackson is referring to his employer: he uses this phrase regularly to refer to MIT. When challenged by a female graduate student on Twitter a…

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September 1, 2013, 10:40 am

Rewrite Women’s History? I Think Not (And Other Fun From Around The Web)


Take your hand off me before I help myself to another ball, d00d.

You know it’s Labor Day Weekend in New York when you see little packs of kids nodding off on the 7 train, sunburned and exhausted from a day chasing balls at the National Tennis Center.

While we are talking about tennis — what’s this mansplainin’ horse puckey from Bobby Riggs about throwing The Battle of the Sexes in 1973 to pay off his gambling debts? He would rather be remembered as a cheater, a criminal accessory and a thief than as a man who lost to a legendary female champion like Billie Jean King?


This is a man whose narcissism and a$$hattery seem only to be exceeded by that of the sports journalism establishment who rushed to press with a story that seems to have no second source. King says “she was there” and the match was…

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November 2, 2011, 9:56 am

Q: Can You Be A Sexual Harasser and Still Be President of the United States?

I have to give you the short answer, because my internet is still in and out due to the Halloween Nor’easter:

You betcha.

For all the women who wanted to have sex with the prez pictured at left, how many do you think pushed away a groping hand? Or went along for the ride, whether they wanted to or not, at a moment in history when any man could have a job for which a more skilled and intelligent woman would not even be interviewed? At a time when one of the best political jobs most women could hope for was running Jackie’s schedule? (more…)

January 15, 2011, 11:16 pm

Department of Snark: Or; Who Put A Tack On Gordon Wood’s Chair?

Where did people get illustrations before the interwebs?

Historiann famously stepped in all kind of horse pucky by calling out one very dead white man as a tool.  She comments on this episode in our fabulous Journal of Women’s History roundtable (winter 2010/11), hot off the presses from its new home at SUNY-Buffalo. Read it, and you’ll understand that it’s been done by a pro and even if a person were willing to put up with the flak, it would only be imitation from here on out.

But on a related note:  did you know a group of very senior and live white men in a prominent East Coast history department referred to themselves informally, until quite recently, as “the Barons?”  Presumably this is how they distinguished themselves from women and more recent arrivals in the department.  One can’t help but believe that one of these good old boys could have been Gordon Wood, who recently…

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