A View from the Bubble

Musings from outside the mainstream.

Bio-Mom withdraws when child seeks relationship with Bio-Dad

Andy in Georgia writes to Dear Abby that he has made contact with his bio-dad.  His mother however has responded coldly to this news.  Andy reports “After I told her … Continue reading

September 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

The anatomy of a joke

I keep hearing that Sir Tim Hunt’s joke was a bumbling attempt at humor or outright sexism. But the more I read the text of his comments and the more I read … Continue reading

August 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Women, humor and the workplace

I’ve heard the complaint before, from a certain type of man, that women have no sense of humor. I usually dismiss these complaints because this type of man is usually an asshole; his … Continue reading

July 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Can we criticize women? – the over-reaction to Tim Hunt

A question I have is this, can women handle criticism?  Well, of course many can.  But can we talk about those who can’t?  Can we acknowledge a pattern, any pattern, … Continue reading

July 1, 2015 · 2 Comments

Dear Abby perpetuates male stereotypes

It sounds like the same old story.  And maybe it is, for all we know.  But, based on what was printed and shared, Dear Abby is guilty, again, of perpetuating … Continue reading

June 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Slut, friend zone and bitch

Let’s just be clear: I am not defending the use of slut, cunt or bitch.  For that matter, I am not defending the use of player, prick or tool.  But, those two … Continue reading

May 26, 2015 · 4 Comments

Columnist feeds gender distrust during divorce

Carolyn Hax muffs it when giving advice to a Mom with a child who’s heading down the path to divorce; by framing it as a need to be “safe.” A concerned … Continue reading

April 29, 2015 · Leave a comment