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Mostly off-topic: Cats and Bats

Inside the Mellerverse, by Holly Pervocracy

The other day Holly Pervocracy, a friend of Man Boobz with her own awesome and sometimes NSFW blog, drew the picture above, which is her best rendering of what the world apparently looks like to one of this blog’s resident trolls, a rather untraditional traditionalist named David K. Meller. On the left, an example of a fine, upstanding traditional woman, dressed in a proper ladylike manner and concerned with ladylike things  (e.g., cooking and kitties); on the right, a foul feminist.

This got me thinking: are there any videos online that depict both cats and bats? This being the internet, the answer was of course yes. So I present to you a kitty snatching a bat from the air. Kitties are fucking amazing.

Here’s another video, involving a cat and a different kind of bat.

EDITED TO ADD: Bat cat!!!! (Thanks, Katz, in the comments.)

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Magpie
Magpie
10 years ago

I’ve seen “majority world” instead of “third world”.

VoiP
VoiP
10 years ago

I also get annoyed when pedestrians aren’t in their proper lanes. IT’S JUST LIKE WITH CARS, PEOPLE — WALK ON THE RIGHT.

FYI, i grew up in New Mexico and didn’t learn about this until I moved out of state.

Pecunium
10 years ago

Re “cession behavior”. I tend to insist on the right of way, irrespective of who I am facing on the road. I usually get it. I’m not insistent on it to the point of slamming into people, and if I’m just ambling along I yield to those moving with a purpose.

And yes, the spread out to take up all the roadway sorts bother me. So too the one’s who are standing still blocking the entire sidewalk. They can actually be problems. I had someone in a crowd doing that decide to fling a piece of something (I think compressed garlic bread) into my back after I passed through them.

I notice that more men than women are aggressive about taking space, but it’s not completely one-sided. I have seen women use things like purses/umbrellas/bags to claim more space,and be fairly physical about it. I’ve been poked/prodded by women. I’ve been elbowed and shoved by men.

Pecunium
10 years ago

As to the “correct side of the sidewalk”, this must be a NY/Chicago thing. Because I’ve not noticed it anywhere else.

Xanthe
Xanthe
10 years ago

I’ve noticed it in Europe, Pecunium.

And here in Australia it’s a rule to keep to the left and overtake on the right in crowded spaces like train stations, since we drive on the left side of the road, like the UK.

Viscaria
Viscaria
10 years ago

There’s definitely a sense that you need to walk on the right in my part of Canada, especially in the packed University halls.

When I took a brief trip to the UK, I had a few near-collisions before I realized most people were walking on the left and I was the problem.

zhinxy
10 years ago

I was always taught to walk facing traffic if there was no sidewalk, but never heard there was a special pedestrian side on a sidewalk?

Pecunium
10 years ago

I’ve walked in streets in Canada (mostly Ottawa), Germany, Korea, Inverness, and London, as well as lots of the US. Unless it gets really crowded there doesn’t seem to be a tendency to take one side of the sidewalk over the other.

This, I think, is because of shop windows. People, who aren’t looking to get someplace, will stop and look into shops, irrespective of which side of the street that puts them on.

Quackers
Quackers
10 years ago

I’m sorry you don’t understand this “having friends” thing, and “interacting with other human beings” thing, but, um, some people actually enjoy the company of other people. And want to talk to them. 30 years is a long time to be clueless about basic facts of social interaction.

No one tell them the reason women go to the bathroom in packs is to discuss feminazi gynocratic plans to take over the world, it would ruin our cover and SCREW UP EVERYTHING!!!

As for the walking thing, I tend to get lost in my thoughts when I’m walking, though I still pay attention to where I’m going. I don’t really recall any time when a man or woman did anything really rude to take up space. My biggest pet peeve is when people just stop smack dab in the middle of a busy place, like a mall, and don’t keep up a decent pace. Also when parents allow their screaming kids to run around in public…that REALLY annoys me, but its mostly with the parents (and no MRAs who are reading this, I don’t notice if its only single mothers who do this because I dont make generalizations about gender like you guys do)

Tatjna
Tatjna
10 years ago

The city I live in, everyone walks on the left. You can tell the non-locals because they are the confused looking ones who are struggling to make headway.

Bee
Bee
10 years ago

I guess everything comes down to “women suck” with the MRM, but seriously … how likely one is to walk rudely has nothing to do with one’s gender and everything to do with how rude, oblivious, or privileged one is. Going to the organic market in the rich suburb by my house is a nightmare, because every single person in the store is the most important person in the world — not because women.

Viscaria
Viscaria
10 years ago

Unless it gets really crowded there doesn’t seem to be a tendency to take one side of the sidewalk over the other.

You’re probably right in that the amount of crowd is a factor. I’m usually in pretty crowded spaces.

Naira
Naira
10 years ago

Or when an entire phalanx of people is headed towards you filling the sidewalk and no one moves out of the way, leaving you literally nowhere to go.

Last time this happened to me, I went straight into a brick wall. The phalanx of guys was spread out across the sidewalk and I ended up scraping my shoulder on the wall. I don’t know if it was dominance or not paying attention, but the scrape I got on my shoulder says they were total douchebags.

Kyrie
Kyrie
10 years ago

Or when an entire phalanx of people is headed towards you filling the sidewalk and no one moves out of the way, leaving you literally nowhere to go.

When I was in high school that often happened to me. Being small probably didn’t help.

A few times, when I was in a big crowd (it was easily big because the hallway were so small) I tried looking like I’m watching something, whatever, something far that would prevent me to see the situation, like I’m day dreaming. That would make at least one of the person facing me act, so we wouldn’t bump on each other. And so did I. Which effectively prevent the collision without anybody hugging the walls or stopping.

But I do realize that what I once though to be a silly attempt at no being stepped on was actually a part of the great scheme to humiliate boys in hope to prevent them to become Real Men(tm). Even though I did that with girls too.

PosterformerlyknownasElizabeth

Athos has been found!

So now the MRA’s can blast off to see if they can take up residence on this new planet with no icky girls!

Or women making it impossible to walk the streets in complete oblivion to those around men.

kristinmh
kristinmh
10 years ago

I like kladle have noticed that dudes feel free to take up a lot more space than women do. And the airing of the balls on public transit drives me up the wall, but living in the passive-aggression capital of the world (Canada), no one ever says or does anything about it.

When I got pregnant I decided I was going to stop doing two things in public spaces:
– automatically lowering my head and looking away when passing a strange man; and
– automatically giving way to men on sidewalks. Mostly because I’ve been almost forced into oncoming traffic a couple of times and I was like “Fuck it, I’m not stepping off the curb and possibly getting killed to make a ritual show of submisison so you’ll leave me alone”.

I realized that both of these things were part of a (largely unsuccessful) sexual harrassment avoidance strategy. Looking down might have made me unthreatening, but it also made me look vulnerable; stepping to the side might have made me look appropriately feminine and accomodating, but it also established that I was willing to put up with unreasonable demands.

Honestly, the only things that seem to work are being enormously pregnant and/or wearing a fake moustache. I do not look hot in a moustache.

Xanthe
Xanthe
10 years ago

PfkaE, at 587 light years distant it’s a little bit awkward to get to without travelling close to the speed of light. But I’d certainly not stand in the way of any space travellers Going Their Own Way.

David K. Meller
David K. Meller
10 years ago

Thank you, Holly Pervocracy

While this is certainly not the only kind of traditional woman I can love, she is certainly representative of the best in SOFGdom! That is Sweet Old-fashioned Girldom. I appreciate the gesture, and realize how difficult it must have been to do an favorable illustration of a woman so widely at variance with what you, and the other manboobzettes, really believe.

I never expected to see something like this on manboobz.com

Once again, thank you!!

Sorka
Sorka
10 years ago

I like cookies, kitties (and puppies), and wearing dresses, and I’m also a feminist. In real life, I look like a cross between the two drawings. I’ve had to cut little holes for my batwings at the back of all of my pretty dresses.

Rar!

oldfeminist
10 years ago

Kristinmh: “When I got pregnant I decided I was going to stop doing two things in public spaces:
– automatically lowering my head and looking away when passing a strange man; and
– automatically giving way to men on sidewalks.”

I remember reading or hearing or seeing an interview with Amy Poehler where she said one of the awesome things about being pregnant was she was suddenly not just this little slip of a thing who could be easily physically pushed aside or ignored. She could actually knock someone over with just her own personal momentum if she wanted to. Or I guess even if she didn’t want to.

Raoul
Raoul
10 years ago

@Bee “how likely one is to walk rudely has nothing to do with one’s gender and everything to do with how rude, oblivious, or privileged one is. Going to the organic market in the rich suburb by my house is a nightmare, because every single person in the store is the most important person in the world — not because women.”

Midtown Manhattan is the same, for the same reasons. Nothing to do with being rich – being a New Yorker at all is a kind of privilege.

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