Iain Hotzel

Comments from Iain Hotzel

Ooh, cool downvotes! Sorry for the slow response, I was on vacation. In response, yes, I did read your whole comment, which I think is pretty apparent from my response, so can we be cool? Secondly, I didn't ever say that it was only damaging to women, but I think what you're obscuring is that the inherent power dynamic at play here runs against women more than it runs against men. Does it hurt men? Absolutely! But it's the same chauvinist societal viewpoint that hurts women that is hurting men also, you can't address one without addressing the other. These aren't two sides at odds here, feminists on one side of the trench and men on the other, we should be out there on the same side of the trench here and I don't think that denying that refusing to acknowledge that misogyny is a really serious thing that exists is helping the issue. I'm sorry that you feel personally victimized, Michael_ and honestly, I'm not trying to attack you personally. I admit I'm making some generalizations and neither men nor women are monolithic groups where everyone is the same. I remember growing up being the weird awkward kid who really didn't fit into the classic male stereotype of tall strong and muscular. But, just for the record, I would have killed for the body that you're complaining about, and I feel like it's kind of disingenuous to make the claim that what you experience is equivalent to victims of misogyny, because of the societal baggage surrounding each issue. Again, #NODISRESPECT
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October 4, 2013 on Kanye West Is Really Pissed At Jimmy Kimmel
Hey michael_: I just want to preface this with the fact that you're one of my favourite Stereogum commenters and I really like and respect what you have to say in general but you are way out to lunch on this. Can men have thoughtful and insightful comments on women's issues? Sure they can. Of course they can. But you, as a man, don't get to decide what's misogyny and what isn't. I'm sorry, you just don't. If a woman thinks something you said is misogynist, you don't get to invalidate her lived experience by telling her that's she's wrong, just like if someone thought something you said was racist, it's their lived experience you are trying to respect. As a male, you have to remember that your experience of the world is much different than a woman's and just because you don't feel like you're being disrespectful doesn't mean that's not how somebody else felt about it. It's just sensitivity. Two men trying to have a conversation about what is and what isn't misogynist is fine, but they are talking about the issue from a place where they will never, ever happen to experience it and that is in itself a very privileged place, and it's always best to be mindful of that. Sorry for the novel!
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September 27, 2013 on Kanye West Is Really Pissed At Jimmy Kimmel
If we're going to not listen to indie bands because they have stupid names, that's going to cut a loooot of good music off our playlists.
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May 26, 2013 on Pity Sex – “Wind Up” (Stereogum Premiere)
Quite right, Josh. Consent is important, and if there wasn't mutual consent than that is a problem regardless of what happens afterwards. I admit I'm speaking a bit from a place of ignorance here because I don't really know anything about Danny Brown, but I feel like even if you talk a lot about how much you love blowjobs, that isn't a global invitation for everyone in the world to give you a blowjob at any time. Also, Tom: Even if he had backed away, pulling down somebody's pants in an attempt to fellate them is still sexual assault, regardless if they actually get their mouth on your junk.
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May 2, 2013 on Kitty Pryde Assesses “This Whole Danny Brown Oral Sex Thing”
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May 1, 2013 on Stream Savages Silence Yourself
Is it just me or does the keyboard/vocal tuning seem way off at the beginning?
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April 14, 2013 on Watch Tegan And Sara Play Leno
But the story of that horse is so inspiring?
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April 9, 2013 on Watch Night Beds Cover Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own”
Yep, this was great and Karen O's wardrobe continues to be ridiculous and amazing. Also, can I just put a plug in for the lady conducting BIV? She is AMAZING.
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April 7, 2013 on Watch Yeah Yeah Yeahs Play Letterman
Ehhh...if I hadn't read One Armed Scissor remix at the top I wouldn't have guessed it listening to the piece
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April 3, 2013 on At The Drive-In – “One Armed Scissor (The Field Remix)”
That would be pretty much every other day. Check yo' privilege
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March 9, 2013 on The Knife – “A Tooth For An Eye” Video
The thing I like about Billy Corgan is that when he embarrasses himself, he doesn't mess around
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February 20, 2013 on Watch Billy Corgan & Pro Wrestlers In A Furniture Commercial
Here's the thing. I kinda do agree with the central thesis of this article that it's not a good thing to hold an individual as the sum of all evil and the devil incarnate. That being said though Chris Brown has done some REALLY bad stuff. Like beyond just a poor choice here and there. Like a committed, long term campaign of ignorance, hatred, violence against women and poor choices. And I don't have to forgive him for that. I don't think we SHOULD forgive him for that. Not that he's made any attempt to seek forgiveness, but the media's desire to whitewash him is preposterous, and it's damaging. Why are we mad at Rihanna for going back to him? The cycle of abuse is a thing! Why are we so willing to say "Oh Chris Brown, you know that one time he beat a woman to a bloody pulp it was a bad decision but we can't hold it over his head forever" but it's so easy for us to condemn Rihanna and say "Oh well if it was that bad then why did you go back to him?" I think one of the reasons I am so strident in condemning Chris Brown is because it's important to remember that he has hurt people. He has done a LOT of bad things, not just once but over and over and over. His actions have consequences and it sickens me to think that he can do something like that and have people just brush it aside like it was nothing. It was not nothing, and I personally feel he should reap some consequences from it. Frankly I don't have any problem with people enjoying Chris Brown's music, even though I think it's terrible. But please don't come up and feed me this line of 'well I like his music and so I must defend him as a person' because frankly I think he as a person is indefensible, and I refuse to apologize for feeling that way.
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February 15, 2013 on Deconstructing: Chris Brown, Surfer Blood, And Villainizing Entertainers
Um, except they're both really good? Maybe your ears don't work, see a doctor maybe?
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February 15, 2013 on Watch Metric Cover Blondie, Morrissey For VH1
Okay, but there's a difference between cheating on your wife and beating the shit out of her.
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February 15, 2013 on Deconstructing: Chris Brown, Surfer Blood, And Villainizing Entertainers
I look forward to Wayne Coyne starting to record this album, then releasing a vitriolic rant about how terrible the Stone Roses are to drum up any interest in the album at all, and to distract from the fact that he ran out of ideas a couple of years ago.
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February 7, 2013 on Flaming Lips To Cover Stone Roses Debut Album?
I'm totally ignorant of this entire controversy, but seeing Solange and Oliver Sim on the same stage just makes me really happy.
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January 20, 2013 on Watch Solange And The xx’s Oliver Sim Cover Nicole Wray
You know I like Amanda Palmer, but this video made me want to choke before I even made it to the actual song. Little self congratulatory maybe?
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November 9, 2012 on Amanda Palmer – “Do It With A Rockstar” NSFW Video (Co-Dir. Wayne Coyne, Ft. Stoya)
Never thought I would hear Herzog, Casavetes and sharting name checked in the same song
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October 25, 2012 on Busdriver – “Werner Herzog” (Feat. Open Mike Eagle & Nocando) Video
I've always really liked End of a Century, good combination of instrumentals and snark, like you do if you're Blur
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July 28, 2012 on Win Blur 21: The Box (18CD/3DVD Set)
"...before many of us were born." I think you can probably just lump yourself into the part that 'many' doesn't include
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July 6, 2012 on Pet Shop Boys – “Winner”
Mmm that sweet sweet, geoblock. Thanks for nothing Spin!
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May 9, 2012 on Stream Garbage Not Your Kind Of People
Except for the fact that usage determines meaning not the other way around. There's lots of archaic terms that we just don't use anymore because of a negative connotation that was ascribed to them. The fact is that the word retarded simply doesn't mean what it used to anymore because of the fact that it is almost universally associated as a synonym for stupid, not as a clinical definition. "Idiot" and 'moron' also used to be clinical definitions that the DSM has backed away from due to their negative connotation, much as they are now doing for 'retarded'. tl;dr summary: Usage defines meaning, your argument is technically correct but invalid.
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January 27, 2012 on Soundgarden Disses Kanye