July 26, 2008

A Little Vintage Hilarity

So I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with good ol' George Carlin. Although he has openly and categorically dismissed feminism, and has also dedicated a whole show on how "rape can be funny," here he delivers a scaaaathing critique of many "pro-life" arguments against abortion. Pretty clever, George, pretty clever. You will be missed.

P.S. Watch out for an atheist rant near the end -- although I must admit, that made me love this piece even more.

For more George Carlin on feminism and feminist issues check out this video. It's super hard to watch as he says some pretty crude and misogynist things, but it turns out he's onto some third-wave ideas. He calls out middle-class, white feminists on their failure to acknowledge the struggles of women of colour. Also, toward the very end, Carlin rips into mainstream feminism  for condemning prostitution and supporting its criminalization. So yes, he's hard to listen to, but worth a listen nonetheless...

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