10 Mar 2011

Further Proof That Everyone Screws The Pooch

I was doing my daily navel-gaze (i.e.: looking at my blog traffic) and noticed this:

It turns out at that people who work in high profile, high stress government departments surf silly websites on the job. They're just like us!

Actually, of the ISPs I can identify, several come from US government offices, be it a city government, state or - most often - federal level. Department of Transportation, Naval Intelligence, the Senate ... you name it, they've shown up here at some point. Pretty much all of those people come for the 50s Housewife Experiment. Read into that as you will.

Um, it's because it's the only part of your blog worth reading. Also, you shamelessly promote the hell out of it.

Oh, right.

Of course, I think this kind of traffic is hilarious and awesome - so, please, mystery reader from the Department of Homeland Security, don't put me on the no-fly list for pointing you out. As an extra suck-up, in honour of you and other government readers, I'm posting this clip, from the LIFE's December 24, 1956 magazine (which you can gleefully read in its entirety here) of Mrs. Sally Luther, an elected member of the Minnesota House of Representatives:

Funny how we still ask women how they manage to work in government and juggle a home and family, but never question how men in government do it.

(Let it be known that I am no fan of Sarah Palin, but, seriously? Bah.)

Anyhoo - regardless of where you work or don't work - enjoy your break! Thanks for coming here!


psychsarah,  4:18 pm, March 10, 2011  

Somehow this makes me feel better about taking a wee break from report-writing... if those in charge of keeping the US safe from terrorists can read a blog, why can't I? :)

Katie Gregg 6:00 pm, March 10, 2011  

Wow, I just read almost that entire issue of Life. It was...educational. :)

Shirley,  8:26 pm, March 10, 2011  

Even though I'm conservative and I can tell that you're liberal, I really appreciate how you can put partisanship aside and call a spade a spade by pointing out the unfairness that Palin has experienced. It's probably why I like your blog so much - you're very fair (and clever and funny). Too bad you're not a Republican (and American!), we could always use more of that!

Anonymous,  9:55 pm, March 12, 2011  

As a US government employee who often reads at work (don't worry, I'm not in charge of anything important, i swear) I have to say, I LOVE YOUR BLOG!
And this post.

Meghan,  3:48 pm, March 15, 2011  

That's because there is this bizarre neo-feminism movement sweeping through the Republican party that not only manages to glorify, justify and romanticize a woman's role in the 50's, they're twisting it around to make it look like that's what true feminism is. They see something like your experiment and think 'Oh, how quaint', not 'OH dear god, I have to mix that can of what with that flavor of Jello? I'd rather go shoot a moose!'

Jennifer 4:40 pm, March 18, 2011  

You should be seeing some more traffic from Texas in the near future. I've mentioned your blog to a few of our faculty and at least one sent the link out to her students.

Jen 1:24 pm, March 21, 2011  

psychsarah: So true! Let's all goof off!

Katie Gregg: I *love* that issue of Life. So much to absorb from it!

Shirley: Politically, I'm pretty centrist, but am certainly socially liberal on most issues (equal marriage, pro-choice, etc.). I appreciate the compliment! 'Fraid I'm too in love with Canada to consider a move to the US.

Anon: Thanks! Appreciate you popping by (even when on the clock).

Meghan: Neo-feminism (or fourth wave feminism) has been really varied. It's interesting how different groups are trying to define and own it. And, yes, my experiment has elicited some really *different* reactions. They've been really interesting to read, though!

Jennifer: Thank you! Very cool! It's funny, based on the traffic, people at educational institutions (not sure if they're faculty or students) are also big readers of the 50s Housewife Experiment. It's been interesting to watch where people are coming from!

Karen 11:25 am, March 24, 2011  

Speaking of traffic from Texas...hello from Austin. So glad I found your blog thanks to STFU Parents. I love it! (Also, as a long-lost Canadian living far from home, I like the glimpses into Toronto life.)

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