Your first sentence is the most incoherent thing I've read in a while. You should really proofread. And I'm not sure in what universe feminism is conservative, but call it what you will.
So the Weekly is using "pussy" as a pejorative now? That's really awesome. When I moved to Tucson several years ago, some more established Tucsonans that I met told me that the Weekly wasn't what it used to be. Now I've started echoing them.
I had to roll my eyes when I read your review of "Obvious Child." It displayed a facile understanding of abortion and an expectation that any movie dealing with the subject should follow the usual TV and movie cliches--you know, the predictable story about the emotionally distraught woman who anguishes over the horrifying decision in front of her. Never mind how common the procedure is. Never mind how safe it is and how rarely women who get abortions ever regret them later. Nope. According to the Weekly, any movie that acknowledges that is unrealistic and doesn't put any serious thought into the topic--so says its male move reviewer.
And here's another one of the Weekly's male movie reviewers, using "pussy" as a pejorative. This is supposed to be an alternative newsweekly, but it often reads like some hack paper written by washed-up former frat boys.
While you're recovering from the flak you got in response to the decision to drop the movie listings, I thought I'd offer a friendly suggestion for another editorial change. I think I speak for a lot of vegetarians (and vegans) when I say the restaurant reviews aren't as helpful as they could be. I usually get little or no sense of how well the restaurants you review accommodate vegetarians. Do they have many options? Are they well executed?
Out of curiosity, I recently searched the Chow Features on your website for the keyword "vegetarian." I found 17 occurrences in the last three years. That's 17 out of 156 issues--barely over 10 percent. We're a minority, sure, but so are medical marijuana users, and they get a weekly column. Shouldn't we be on the radar of an alternative newsweekly more often?
I went there on Friday, July 29, 2011, and their sign said they were closed from noon to 1:30 p.m. (not 1:00 p.m., as this article states). But perhaps they've added an extra half hour to their mid-day closure time since it's summer.
At chuckj: The example of child labor made perfect sense to me. No, it wasn't brought up i Hoffman's column, but it puts his arguments into context. The economist Ha-Joon Chang has also used child labor to illustrate how economic arguments can be made to justify things that are almost universally reviled. And child labor--like minimum wage laws--can make good economic sense. (Child labor laws ensure that a good portion of our workforce gets adequate education; and anything that puts money into the poorest hands--like minimum wage laws--is an economic stimulus, since people in lower social classes spend a greater portion of their incomes than the rich do.)
I don't know if this is happening to anyone else, but I keep getting a "Bad Request" message when I click on that link.
After Googling it, though, I think I found the flyer that was supposed to be linked:
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