03 March 2008

Women are Dumb

Time for a little non-partisan outrage.

From the Onion:

From the Washington Post (I swear to God I'm not making this up):

The Onion is a joke newspaper. The Washington Post is not, or didn't use to be, anyway. The headline in the above screenshot was subsequently softened a bit, but, frankly, is a fairly accurate summary of the article's main thesis.

But it's OK, because it was written by a woman, and is supposed to be "tongue in cheek," you see? Next week, they'll have the "Jews are scheming misers" feature, written humorously by Jon Stewart, followed by "N----rs just don't float," penned by Chris Rock.

Seriously, what the hell was the editor thinking, running a piece like this? No such thing as bad publicity, I guess.

You can let the editors know what you think of their decision by writing: outlook@washpost.com Be polite.


  1. What an OUTRAGE!

    If they are outraged at firedoghate, then there must be a grain of truth in there somewhere.

    Honestly, I almost linked the original WP article myself, because I liked this gem:

    "No man contracts nebulous diseases whose existence is disputed by many if not all doctors, such as Morgellons (where you feel bugs crawling around under your skin). At least no man I know."

    Fibromigrainalgia, anyone?

  2. The outraged Jane Hamsher is the one who photoshopped Joe Lieberman in blackface. That was tongue in cheek too, right?

  3. Just another misogynist view from a woman. I find it refreshing to out these non-pc views, than to squelch them.

    To state the obvious, there will always be some women who benefit from male superiority, and will hate on other women.

  4. Without ditzy chicks who base decisions on rudimentary emotions which lack a logical basis, there would be no liberals in office ever.

    Not sure why you're complaining. :-)

    Incidentally, I once had a patient come in claiming she had Morgellons disease (but she was there really for her---gasp---migraine) and the next time I saw her in the ER, she was there for a meth overdose. Hm.

  5. Scalpel,

    I find it highly ironic that some doctors make fun of women with fibromyalgia when it is in fact doctors who did diagnosed them with it.
    Three women in my circle were diagnosed with fibromyalgia. They did not accept this lame diagnosis of doctors who first had no clue and used the easy way out (diagnosis of an illness that really does not exist) and secondly were too lazy to actually look into the symptoms.
    Nb 1 really had a shot and greatly enlarged tyroid gland and had to have it removed in a 7 1/2 hr long surgery.
    She is now symptom free.
    Nbr 2 turned out to have Rheumatoid arthritis and being treated and #3 is not taking it eiher and currently undergoing more tests.

    Please don't blame the victims of those sorry excuses for doctors.

  6. Anon,

    While I don't condone shoddy diagnostics like your friends experienced, make no mistake about it, the Fibromyalgia movement is a patient-driven phenomenon. Patients demand (or self-designate) this diagnosis, and it never would have been accepted as a "real" diagnosis were it not for a dedicated/militant group of patient activists.

    Now I am not going to kick the hornet's nest and broach the question of whether FM exists as a separate, identifiable disease entity or rather is just a vague constellation of symptoms. The last thing I need is a horde of the FM militia descending on this site telling me what a horrible person I am.

    I have scalpel and nurse K for that.

    I will leave it at this: most people who carry the diagnosis of FM probably do not meet the strict diagnostic criteria for the disease, and the criteria themselves are probably too inclusive. By which I mean FM has become a "wastebasket" diagnosis, used to lump in a wide variety of complaining patients with no clear pathology.

  7. I don't think you're a horrible person. Just a misguided one.

  8. Same thing my high school guidance counselor said...


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