3.01.2007

Still Not Letting It Go

The New York Times has printed a positive review of the book. Well, it's more of a puff piece than a review. Obviously, I was quite excited to read this quote from Mrs. Stepp:

Ms. Sessions Stepp said that she welcomes criticism, though not from people who have not read the book or who have never conducted research.

"This is what I love about the bloggers," she said. "They haven't been out there interviewing young people for 10 years. They're talking about their own college experience. Everyone's had some sort of sexual experience and they all think they're experts on it."

The bloggers? That's me! I mean, I spend more time on LSS then anyone else (usually to the detriment of this blog), so, hurray for being noticed! I don't know of anyone else that she could possibly be referring to. That's right, a Pulitzer Prize winner is on my case. I've finally made it big!

Since I can now assume that LSS is reading this, I should point out that I have done "research." I can arbitrarily pick nine girls from different universities (not just Duke and George Washington like you so lazily did) and use their sexual adventures as a definitive thesis on how my generation treats sex. If you can use an unscientific self-selected sample then so can I. To be fair, my sample includes women who just want to hook up. But, hey, look at that. It also includes women who aren't interested in hooking up at all. Some are looking for "Mr. Right." Others have already found a match since they're in super serious relationships. Just because you found nine girls who give out blowjobs after last call doesn't mean that they are representative of my high school and college students.

Yes, I am talking about my own college experience (and the experience of high school friends). My own college experience has had hook-ups, long-term significant others, and dizzying dry spells. So what? Despite what you claim, Mrs. Stepp, I don't think I'm an expert on it. I just don't think you're an expert on it either.

Unhooked, if you can't tell, is driving me up the wall. I should totally be done with it by now but I had to take a break because it was making me feel both stupid and angry. I'm currently reading A Brief History in Time again in a futile attempt to regenerate brain cells. Um, and I also lost my autographed copy of the book. That's what's really getting in the way of publishing my top-10 LSS quotes. Don't worry, I'll find it. It's in my house somewhere.

23 comments:

  1. Since checkered hat is off to see the girl who screamed "SWEATER VEST" then vomited, I'm visiting you today.

    When you are done with that book, I wanna see!

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  2. In Barnes & Nobles there is a section between History and Histrionics called Crap.

    I expect that's where we'll find this book with a red sticker marked 85% Off.

    Intellectual garbage.

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  3. I hate her penis glans shaped haircut

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  4. Just because you found nine girls who give out blowjobs after last call doesn't mean that they are representative of my high school and college students.


    That is certainly on my Top Rusty quote list.

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  5. 2Stepps unite! Rusty must be stopped.

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  6. I do research--and what she did wasn't good research. At best--it was bad qualtitative research...but that's really an insult to qualitative researchers. It wasn't even very good reporting.

    You don't have to have a PhD to know her sample was biased due to self-selection (and a few other things). She came in with a theory to prove and probably discarded any contrary evidence.

    I'm older than you, Rusty, but I still call bulls**t on LSS. And I don't need to read the book to do it.

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  7. Rusty, it's actually "A Brief History OF Time."

    How do you expect to defeat LSS if you don't have a basic understanding of general relativity?

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  8. Henny YoungmanMarch 01, 2007

    "I spend more time on LSS then anyone else"... including her husband.

    badumda. Thank you folks, I'll be here all week. Enjoy the buffet.

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  9. http://www.theweekmagazine.com/reviews/articles/info.aspx?EntID=1302

    I couldn't agree w/ Jammy more. Scientific that is not. The New York Times, good as it is, writes a lot of horeshit, too.

    The Week did a roundup that included negative reviews from the Washington Post as well as a somewhat critical piece from Slate.

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  10. Ohmigod, I just remembered - LStepp wrote the wingman piece that somehow got me started reading Wonkette, which is how I found you! See? She's done some good in the world.

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  11. did you tell her that living vicariously through 20 year olds doesnt count as research either?

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  12. Ugh. Stepp is so RIGHT. Bloggers are lazy pieces of shit incapable of reporting or anything but useless, masturbatory backseat drivel. ON THE OTHER HAND, HER BOOK SUCKS.

    What a world!

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  13. LincolnParkerMarch 02, 2007

    Well, it was the NY Times giving her props. So shouldn't this be in why.i.hate.newyork?

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  14. No, because she is a Washington based writer and she called me out. No blogger gives her as much shit as I do.

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  15. yournamehereMarch 02, 2007

    What's funny is that fishbowldc thinks she's calling THEM out.

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  16. LSS' crap is just literally some of the absolute worst pieces of journalism to hit a major paper since that little Janet Cooke thing a while back. There are so many stereotypes and generalizations and outrageously ridiculous statements, it's worse than many good high school news reports--and that is a fact. Someone need to tell her this, point-blank: the stories are just ridiculous, and laughed-at by everybody. Except a few gullible editors.

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  17. The 2Stepps?

    Lame. Is that an old lady joke? I don't get it.

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  18. LSS is being interviewed on NPR right now. I think you can get the audio at here-now.org

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  19. I'm not defending LSS, but jesus, man, what's your fucking beef? I don't think anyone disputes that the hook-up culture she describes exists and represents some kind of sociological frontier. What, you want someone to write a book chronicling the undersexed, middle-of-the-road circles you move in? Who the fuck would read that? Your protests are edging dangerously into "sour grapes" territory.

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  20. “I understand their anger because in this current political climate women’s choices are being threatened,” she said, “the right to choose an abortion, the right to live with a same-sex partner.”

    --Laura Sessions Stepp, quoted in The New York Times.

    Response: Don't think anyone in the "current political climate" is threatening a woman's "right" to live with a same sex partner.

    There she goes again, practicing science. Facts are stupid things, eh?

    Stupid old lady.

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  21. For what exactly did she win a Pulitzer?

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  22. A bunch of stories on miners and brown/black lung. Nothing to do with teenagers, thank God.

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  23. LSS on the Today Show right now.

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