Feminist Lorem Ipsum

Photo of Gloria Steinem with the words "Feminist Lorem Ipsum" superimposed on her image.

I saw Samuel L. Ipsum thanks to this tweet from Chris Carfi. I checked out the Samuel L. Jackson version of lorem ipsum and thought it was clever. I realized that we need a feminist paragraph or two that can be used as filler by web designers.

I didn’t build it into a fancy lorem ipsum generator, but I did put together some random quotes that can be stuffed into a new layout while you’re in the design stages. It isn’t a widget, it’s old fashioned copy and paste, but here you go:

One Paragraph

Whisky, gambling and Ferraris are better than housework. -Françoise Sagan Women don’t get raped because they were drinking or took drugs. Women do not get raped because they weren’t careful enough. Women get raped because someone raped them. -Jessica Valenti I love being single. It’s almost like being rich. -Sue Grafton In fact, there is perhaps only one human being in a thousand who is passionately interested in his job for the job’s sake. The difference is that if that one person in a thousand is a man, we say, simply, that he is passionately keen on his job; if she is a woman, we say she is a freak. -Dorothy L. Sayers While falling in love is fun, it’s not everything, and it’s not the antidote to an unfulfilled life, despite what Reese Witherspoon movies may tell you. -Jessica Valenti There will be no mass-based feminist movement as long as feminist ideas are understood only by a well-educated few. -bell hooks

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Whisky, gambling and Ferraris are better than housework. -Françoise Sagan Women don’t get raped because they were drinking or took drugs. Women do not get raped because they weren’t careful enough. Women get raped because someone raped them. -Jessica Valenti I love being single. It’s almost like being rich. -Sue Grafton In fact, there is perhaps only one human being in a thousand who is passionately interested in his job for the job’s sake. The difference is that if that one person in a thousand is a man, we say, simply, that he is passionately keen on his job; if she is a woman, we say she is a freak. -Dorothy L. Sayers While falling in love is fun, it’s not everything, and it’s not the antidote to an unfulfilled life, despite what Reese Witherspoon movies may tell you. -Jessica Valenti There will be no mass-based feminist movement as long as feminist ideas are understood only by a well-educated few. -bell hooks

A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle. -Gloria Steinem I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat. -Rebecca West Feminism is the radical notion that women are human beings. -Cheris Kramarae There is no female mind. The brain is not an organ of sex. As well speak of a female liver. -Charlotte Perkins Gilman Men are from Earth, women are from Earth. Deal with it. -George Carlin No woman can call herself free who does not control her own body. -Margaret Sanger I cannot understand anti-abortion arguments that centre on the sanctity of life. As a species we’ve fairly comprehensively demonstrated that we don’t believe in the sanctity of life. The shrugging acceptance of war, famine, epidemic, pain and life-long poverty shows us that, whatever we tell ourselves, we’ve made only the most feeble of efforts to really treat human life as sacred. -Caitlin Moran

If someone wanted to take this idea and put it into a widget or app, that would be lovely.

Meet Megan Smith, New US Chief Technology Officer

MAKERS have several video profiles of Megan Smith, who was recently named Chief Technology Officer for the United States by President Obama.

You can find more films and a biography of Megan Smith at the MAKERS site.



When the video ends, you will be able to see several more short conversations with Megan Smith about technology.