What We Learned About Women From Our New Commenters

So, we certainly made some new friends over the 4th of July weekend! We made s’mores with them – all kinds of s’mores – and hung out by the pool and capered through the vineyard wearing ribbon belts and oh, it was fun! It was just such fun!

Also, our site got a lot of new commenters! Largely on these three posts. And they taught us a lot about ourselves. Being with them was like going on a voyage of self-discovery, like the fantastic voyage, but inside our souls, with fewer arterial clots. So, thank you, new commenters. Thank you for helping us understand what it means to be a woman. This, incidentally, is what it means:

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    • Lauren

      “Oh. Look. All the (good) operas in the world just disappeared. Well, that’s sad.”

      Dammit, and I had tickets to the Met this weekend. I guess I’ll just go see myself on the corner instead since it’s clearly socially acceptable now.

    • denise

      I didn’t really follow this slide show… but just based on what I did understand, and the fact that your lead picture in a slide show about female commenters is the Wicked Witch of the West, it seems as if you’re skewering readers who are a) visiting your site, and b) commenting on your site. Hence, moving your articles up in the Google hierarchy, bringing you more traffic, and making you more interesting to advertisers. Doesn’t seem like very good PR to me.

      • Daniela

        Please go check out the comments in the linked posts. No, really – please do.

        Then explain to me how you are in favor of NOT skewering the 20+ commenters in a row calling a writer a ‘cunt’ because they do not agree with her article.

    • ashmoth

      thank you so much for the pic of Richard Gere; and hell yes, I would take a man that had sold himself. GAAAAAD – at least you know that he would be good in bed!

      • april yedinak

        I, too, would take a hot Richard Gere gigolo. Just looking at the pic made my fat girl palms sweat.

    • Eileen

      I resent the implication that the Ring cycle and Die Meistersinger are not good. Also, Don Giovanni (since I remember you seemed to dislike Wagner for some ABSURD reason). Although I will give you Tosca.

      • Jennifer Wright

        Oh, God, Eileen, you and your whoreless operas. I’ll take your works by that German dude who provided the soundtrack to ‘Apocalypse Now’ and raise you La Traviata, La Boheme and, my personal favorite Thais.

        And regarding Don Giovanni how much do we really know about Elvira? Aside from the whole umm… encouraging him to lead a virtuous life thing? I think she’s a strumpet, maybe.

      • Eileen

        If Elvira had been a whore, would she really have cared that Giovanni slept with other girls and didn’t call her again? Given that Giovanni was a murderer and rapist, I think a savvy working girl reaction would be ‘Thank God I don’t have to deal with that john anymore.’ (Actually, this makes me wonder…do old fashioned Italians call prostitutes’ clients giovannis?)

        Le Nozze di Figaro. Rigoletto (kidnapped girls with Stockholm syndrome are not courtesans). Otello. Orfeo ed Euridice, which the Met did a few years ago with the STUPIDEST COSTUMES EVER but the amazing Stephanie Blythe and Danielle de Niese in the leads. (One more reason German opera beats Italian? The Germans never thought it was cool to have a leading man who sounds like his balls were cut off.)

    • MM

      I kept a straight face throughout the article until I got to the sock salesman. CANNOT STOP LAUGHING.

    • Daniela

      Jennifer, this article proves that you are, and will always be, people.

    • Steph

      I finally got around to reading the comments on the “Why I’ll Never Date a Guy Who Wears White Socks” post. I’m still trying to understand what the fuck is going on in the comments, but whatever.

    • Papa Geek

      Unfortunate side effect of showing up in the reddit rankings!

      You probably got a lot more traffic to the site, but with traffic comes trolls. :)