Men, Experience Menstruation. Now!

There are so many times I’ve wished the pain and suffering I get every month on one of my male pals. Now, due to the genius or perhaps insanity (I really mean that statement, take a look at this project) of Royal College of Art student Hiromi Ozaki, I no longer have to wish.

Ozaki has developed a wearable metal suit, dubbed the Menstruation Machine, that allows a boy to experience the “pain and bleeding” of an average 5 day menstruation.

The machine is outfitted with a reservoir system that releases blood and lower-abdomen-stimulating electrodes (Yes! The cramps! The cramps! Give them the cramps!) that gives the wearer the experience of menstrual cramps.

Check out the machine in this catchy little music video for it.

In the video, a boy named Takashi has built the machine in an attempt to dress up as a female “biologically as well as aesthetically.”

Sarah Palin, Tea Baggers, Learn from Moral Orel?

The beginning of this week was filled with news about Sarah Palin reading notes off her palm while talking at the first ever Tea Party Convention in Nashville, Tenn.

She also cleverly linked the word “hope” to “nope,” in that way only pit bulls with lipstick can do…

“Hope” is one of the keywords that President Obama, the current president, used to encourage the masses to vote for him in his presidential campaign.

But before Palin used the “hope, nope,” dope-a-rope rope-a-dope routine, there was another place you could find “hope, nope.” Check out this 2006 episode of Moral Orel, the adventures of a kid trying to be faithful to his religion; the part in question comes in at 1 min and 35 secs. Was someone watching the Orel when they wrote Palin’s “hope, nope” phrase?

Apologies 101: Don’ts — The Racism Edition


With the recent news about minority kids being denied pool access, I can not think of a better time to post this.

In April, I wrote an article about why apologies fail, how to make a proper apology, and what the emotional benefits are of a properly delivered apology — for the receiver and the giver.

For the don’ts, Time writer Nancy Gibbs, wrote this:

Public apologies now play like vaudeville: …  the snarled ‘I’m sorry’ of celebrities who exude regret at being caught rather than being wrong

These two following examples of don’ts prove that it’s not just celebrities who exude regret at being caught rather than being wrong.

In June, Sherri Goforth, a legislative aide for Republican state senator Diane Black in Tennessee, sent out an email depicting President Obama as a spook. The aide sent the email to work colleagues with the subject, “Historical Keepsake Photo.” [link] The photo featured a collection of pictures of all the U.S. presidents; however, the last picture — the picture that should have featured the current president, Barack Obama, featured instead a pair of bright white eyes against a black background.

That image, is what you call a spook. President Obama was depicted as a spook.

For those not in the know about this slur, spook is a “quaint” Southern terminology to describe blacks. It comes from the thought that a black person’s skin is so dark they blend in with the night and that the white of their eyes are the only thing you’ll be able to see at night; like a ghost or “spook” in the night.

When news of Goforth’s email became public, the aide said:

I went on the wrong email and I inadvertently hit the wrong button.

Golforth was not apologizing for her racist email nor for sending the racist email out through state computers, but merely apologizing for sending her email out to “the wrong list of people.”

The Republican state senator Goforth works for, Diane Black, also went on the defensive; saying she has always been a friend to dark-skinned people everywhere and that she had no knowledge of the email being sent out.

Apology don’t? I think so.

The second don’t comes from Republican activist Rusty DePass, who made a comment about Michelle Obama on his Facebook page. In a status message, DePass compared First Lady Michelle Obama to a gorilla. DePass said, when called on his comment, “I am as sorry as I can be if I offended anyone. The comment was clearly in jest.”

You can view his story in this CNN video clip. Continue reading

American Jews in Israel Talk Obama

Max Blumenthal, an award-winning journalist and Joseph Dana have produced this short video clip that features the views of young American Jews on Obama and Israel. The clip was filmed in Jerusalem on June 3, 2009 — the eve of  President Obama’s Cairo speech.

Warning, contains explicit language

Max Blumenthal writes the video was removed from the Huffington Post website “on the grounds that it had ‘no news value’ and ‘did not move the conversation forward.'”

Joseph Dana, co-creator of the clip, thinks differently and has written a response.