Ta-da! My ten favorite posts written by me in 2006. (I’m not going to attempt to rank the posts of other “Alas” contributors – but Maia has already done a “best of Maia 2006” post, and perhaps Rachael will do the same.)
My ten favorite posts of 2006 are almost all refutations of something or other; that’s the sort of thing I write best, I think. Usually the posts I’m proudest are the ones that took significant research on my part, although there are a couple of exceptions.1
One thing not on this list are any of my “link farm” posts; but I’m actually very proud of the link farms. Putting them together is more work than you might imagine, for one thing. And I like that there’s a wide variety of blogs I link to in the link farms; it’s not the same blogs all the time (although anyone who pays way too much attention could see that there are some blogs I read very regularly), and it’s not just the “big” blogs.
Anyhow, in no particular order, Amp’s top ten posts by Amp for 2006:
Posts about abortion.
By far my most popular post in 2006; this caused so many hits that “Alas” crashed for a day.
Refuting the Anti-Feminists
These sort of posts are one of the main reasons I do “Alas”; I want these arguments and the information they contain to be available for feminists who are stuck in debates about this stuff and are googling for ammo.
If I ever get around to writing that book I sometimes contemplate, stuff like the above will be an entire chapter….
Even those these posts are both months old, I still frequently have to delete “my ex-wife totally screwed me over” type comments left on these two posts. (I woudln’t delete them if they actually addressed the arguments in the post or presented non-anecdotal arguments).
Fat Acceptance Advocacy
The emails and comments I’ve received from people who found “the case against weight loss dieting” helpful to them are some of the favorite comments I’ve gotten all year.
Probably I spent longer writing this post than any other, all year long; the research just took forever, for some reason. This might also be my longest post of the year.
And a post that’s not research-heavy, for a change.
Bonus eleventh post!
Okay, this post isn’t really “by me,” since it just reprints a newspaper article I found on someone else’s blog. But months later, it still totally cracks me up.
Regarding the US’s High Infant Mortality Rate, Poor Methodology In Anti-Divorce Study, Will Being A Few Pounds Overweight Kill You?, Affirmative Action Doesn’t Increase Minority Drop-Out Rates, Conservatives Slander Feminists And Whitewash Harms To Iraqi Women, Most Black Americans Oppose School Vouchers, On Transgender, Transsexuals, And Entrenching The Gender Binary System, Experts Answer: What Does DNA Evidence Prove?, Crack Cocaine Sentencing: Systematic Racism At Work (For some reason, this is the most-read post on “Alas” for both November and December, even though only 10 people have commented on it), and Should Men Be Called Feminists? (probably the most personal post I wrote in 2006).
- I was surprised that none of my 2006 posts about racism made my “top ten” list. There were a few that (I think) contained good research and good arguments, but someone none of them were top-ten-level standouts. [↩]