1. More stuff on hook-up apps which cater to women. Still haven’t found what they’re looking for. Andrew Sullivan, the gay man who should know exactly how easy Grindr is, links to Ann Friedman who has tried many of these apps and has been turned off by the aggressiveness of the men in seeking out the easy-peasy. And as always, Friedman imagines an app that finally appeals to women which is completely different than a random hook-up app.
2. Ross Douthat on that ridiculous Slate article connecting fracking in North Dakota to the state’s low teen pregnancy rate.
3. I found a lot of this about liberal-to-conservative transitions to be interesting.
4. A blogger also tackles Hugo Schcwyzer’s “pegging” piece. The blogger makes a point I failed to focus on in my post: the object a woman is using to peg a man with i.e. dildo, does not have nerve endings. The woman is not deriving any other pleasure from the act other than some sort of sadistic thrill. Which is fine, as long as you admit to your sadism. But “penis in vagina” sex is not about pure sadism. The penis and the vagina have actual nerve endings which makes the act pleasurable for both (ideally). That’s an important point because Schwyzer acts like these roles can be flipped without any loss of anything other than the man’s hegemonic masculine ego. (h/t Ulysses)
5. I think men’s supposed interest in “cat fights” – like the kind discussed in an episode of “Seinfeld” – is overblown. The thing about cat fights in real life is that the type of women who will fight in the first place in public are self-selecting for ratchet-ness. In other words, the types of women who will fight in public will really fight. These are also really the only types of fights in which people will just let the fight happen without peacemakers jumping in right off the bat. Part of that has to do with the relative harmlessness of a fight between two chicks. Also, women are typically not great at fighting. Ironically, this makes for really good action. But as far as the old “Seinfeld” episode in which the allure of cat fights was pinned on the possibility of nudity: that’s one of those myths that sustain because it’s an easy explanation which fits the general truth that men are lustful. The OP tries to make a fuss over women’s UFC; it will go nowhere. It won’t scale.