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25 September 2016 @ 11:38 pm
May it please the court...  
The first Presidential debate comes up tomorrow night, and I hope it's more straightforward than Matt Lauer's ridiculous stab at interviewing the candidates.

HalfshellHusband found an article on sexism in debating that talks about the problems and double-standards women face in that arena. He forwarded it to our daughter, who participated in Mock Trial events all four years of high school, and many of the issues described in that piece were all-too-familiar. She regularly encountered the fine line between "assertive" and the perception of being strident, nagging, or bitchy that women face. The comments on hair and clothes happened, too—usually from female judges (the ways in which women impose sexism on other women never fails to anger me).

A lot of this comes down to the filter applied to men's behavior and women's behavior, where the same behavior is "strong" or "admirable" in a man and "overbearing" or "obnoxious" in a woman. Give me strength...

On a happier note, here's something I meant to post on Friday before I got distracted by The Akinator. Our son's birthday cake:


Again, this isn't one of my super-fancy cakes, but it was more of a challenge than some because 1) it would not leave the pan (there's a lot of hidden frosting-based spackle work going on under the surface), and 2) making lines with frosting is of the devil. It belatedly occurred to me that I might be able to use sliced fondant frosting for that, but at the time, the only alternative that came to mind was black licorice whips—which contaminate the flavor of the frosting, so once was enough (the train tracks for a Thomas-the-Tank-Engine-themed cake, from years ago). Bleh.

All right, I need to get ready for bed, because I have an early meeting tomorrow morning. Followed a little later by a meeting, and immediately after that, yet another meeting. It's the reality of that Dilbert cartoon that goes, "I'll need hourly status reports as to why you're so far behind." Management. \o?

bleodsweanbleodswean on September 26th, 2016 02:09 pm (UTC)
GREAT cake!

LOL to the Dilbert cartoon!

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Flailhalfshellvenus on September 26th, 2016 04:28 pm (UTC)
It's a funnier cartoon when you aren't living it. :(


Although this project is being very poorly managed (partly from too far above), so Dilbertism is a not-unexpected result. :O
cindy: pink mixmaster (by missgreytea)tsuki_no_bara on September 27th, 2016 03:00 am (UTC)
god bless frosting, seriously. it's the best cake spackle. it's a super cute cake, too.

Edited at 2016-09-27 03:00 am (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 27th, 2016 04:41 am (UTC)
It's true-- you can smooth it over mistakes, and the more you need to use, the happier the recipient of that piece of cake will be. Well, if they're like me and more about the frosting than the cake! :D
adoptedwriter: pic#102961912adoptedwriter on September 27th, 2016 03:00 pm (UTC)

Cute cake! AW

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 27th, 2016 05:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you! The black dye coloring came out nice and dark, too. :)