Quickies: Artists and young girls, “man camps” in South Dakota, and a girl tells off LEGO


Amanda works in healthcare, is a loudmouthed feminist, and proud supporter of the Oxford comma.

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  1. The more I think about it, the more I realize I have never actually heard a woman or girl say, “I want a boy/man/guy who’s nice.”
    Never. Not once.
    “I want to have fun with somebody” Yes, I’ve heard that.
    “I want someone who respects me” Heard that. I admit, superficially, that could be synonymous with “nice”, but it isn’t.
    Cyndi Lauper. Aretha Franklin.
    It’s not like we haven’t had the answers LITERALLY. SUNG. TO. US. Get off your high horse and listen.

  2. I’ve been trying to get back to this, but life gets in the way. Yeah, the issue in South Dakota, you’d be surprised at how, I mean, it’s cliché to say “Wild West”, but it is. Traditionally, before the VAWA renewal and the amendment so tribes could put non-Indians on trial, such things were just ignored. Federal courts knew it was impossible to get a conviction.

    It’s complicated. Essentially, the government offered a bunch of Sioux leaders in the 19th century a hereditary, despotic position but we can’t call it a kingship because of the Constitution. Crazy Horse rejected it, as an aside, but Spotted Tail, among others, accepted. Spotted Tail started practicing droit du seigneur, so he was assassinated by Crow Dog after trying to do this with Crow Dog’s cousin. The Social Justice Sallys of the time liked Spotted Tail, so they pushed for the Major Crimes Act, which said that the Feds could try major crimes committed by Indians against Indians on a reservation.

    Fast forward to the 70s, Oliphant v. Suquamish Indian Tribe, originally about taxation, had Rehnquist rule that non-Indians on reservations couldn’t be tried by the tribe. In practical terms, this was a form of immunity. And in the later Duro v. Reina, this was also applied to Indians who weren’t tribal citizens, but that part was eventually fixed. Only VAWA provided a fix for Oliphant, though. (And only for rape and domestic abuse.) But there was a huge ‘constitutional’ (You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.) flap over this because, even though Rehnquist specifically said Congress could grant that power, many on the Right saw this as unconstitutional. Another manufactroversy involving ‘constitutional’ meaning ‘what I want to hear’.

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