HuffPost pushes erotic astrology

What is it with the Leftist media now? The other day Greg pointed out how the New York Times is growing soft on astrology (see here and here), dramatically increasing the number of columns it’s published on the topic, with almost all of those columns being either neutral or slightly positive.

Now HuffPost has this (click on screenshot to read the nonsense). It’s written by the site’s romance, sex, and relationship columnist.

Oy!  Some excerpts:

“Although we may no longer treat illness through medical astrology, it provides invaluable insight into each of the 12 zodiac signs’ physicality ― and yep, how they like to get down,” Kelly said.

For the fun of it, we spoke to Kelly [“Aliza Kelly, Allure’s resident astrologer and the host of the podcast Stars Like Us.”] and fellow astrologer Lisa Stardust to find out more about each sign’s supposed erogenous zone. Read on to see if yours matches your turn-ons.

[Note: Always ask your partner where they like to be touched before making assumptions about their preferences based on internet listicles!]

I love the Woke admonition to always get affirmative consent before using astrology!

Here’s my “sign zones”, which isn’t accurate at all:

It turns out that HuffPost has a daily astrology column and a lot of articles about how to shop/behave/have sex/etc. based on your zodiac sign:

Head here for more astrology content and here to read your daily horoscope.

I am curious whether a weakness for astrology is part of the Woke Left’s playbook, or if it spans Right and Left. I don’t much care: astrology is not just nonsense, but marginally harmful nonsense, and there’s no caveat in this article that this is mere fantasy.

Ceiling Cat help me, I couldn’t resist leaving a comment based on the article’s subtitle. You can too!

40 Comments

  1. yazikus
    Posted March 22, 2019 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    After reading what they’ve got for our host, I decided what they had to say about me:

    Scorpio’s Favorite Body Part: The Groin And Genitals

    You’ve got to hand it to Scorpio: They just cut to the chase with this whole thing and may gravitate toward the groin and genital area.

    “True to their reputation, Scorpios are extremely sexual beings,” Kelly confirmed. “Since Scorpio already governs the sex organs, try adding erotic dimensionality by experimenting with role play, bondage, or even Kama Sutra. After all, this sensual water sign loves to get wet.” (Pun very much intended.)

    And I have to say, has their ever been a piece of unsexier writing about allegedly sexy things? I suppose, at the end of the day, we humans will probably respond well to all the touching of erogenous bits – so it doesn’t really matter which one they match us up with. That said, still not very sexy sounding.

  2. Hunt
    Posted March 22, 2019 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    Woo infects both the left and right. The most utterly “out there” New Age person I know (Reiki, distance healing, conscious water…etc.) is a hardcore Republican. I knew an ardent George W Bush acolyte, health insurance broker, who had crystals hanging over every doorway.

    More than anything the distinguishing factor is any familiarity with scientific method and critical thinking. Absent that, people are left open to the many hucksters eager to proselytize absurdities.

    Then, of course, there are the crossover people, perhaps those with the least excuse: the naturopaths, homeopaths, chiropractors, and so on. Those with enough scientific training to know better, but who still peddle bogus remedies for money.

    • Bruce Lilly
      Posted March 22, 2019 at 9:34 am | Permalink

      Yes, it’s not so much “Left” as “kids”. Pew Research has a “religious typology” survey which shows “New Age” belief across the political spectrum. Also of interest is the fact that among the increasing proportion of those who identify as religious “nones” (which increases among the young), a large proportion subscribe to at least one form of “New Age” woo. Unfortunately, that means that those who rely on facts and evidence remain a tiny fraction of the US population.

      https://www.pewforum.org/2018/08/29/the-religious-typology/

    • Historian
      Posted March 22, 2019 at 10:12 am | Permalink

      The question is why it seems more people than ever are attracted to “woo.” Perhaps it has something to do with the decline of adherence to traditional religious beliefs. Another possibility is that the “happiness” of Americans has been on a downward spiral for several years as the Washington Post reports. Now, Americans only rate themselves slightly above pretty happy. It seems that a significant number of Americans have not received Pinker’s memo that things have never been better.

      In any case, rational, scientific thinking seems not to be in the cards for many, if not most, Americans. The contradiction between the explosion in scientific knowledge along with the maintenance and perhaps strengthening of irrationality needs explanation.

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/03/22/americans-are-getting-more-miserable-theres-data-prove-it/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.e13c03814115

    • Deodand
      Posted March 22, 2019 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

      I agree, but you have a lot of university humanities courses teaching that science, reason, logic, et al are ‘tainted’ because ‘white man’ and therefore should be replaced with ‘other ways of knowing’.

      Hence the support for ‘Indigenous Science’ (Which simply means accepting indigenous beliefs without question.) during the March for Science event and signs that stated that the inherent nature of racism in the ‘white race’ was as scientific as climate change.

  3. Posted March 22, 2019 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    I rarely laugh out loud but I did chuckle out loud when I read the list. They think I am an arms man, and think I should give my wife a foot massage. What a laugh. And Scorpio’s favorite? I thought that was everyone’s favorite part.

    As I commented before, I don’t think it is the press that is driving this. I think they are in it for the money and following their readers.

    I have no idea where the phenomenon is coming from. Maybe schools should do a better job attacking this sort of thinking. But it’s popularity is depressing and discouraging.

    And is right to critize the media for printing it. They should do better.

  4. Randall Schenck
    Posted March 22, 2019 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    Just how many gullible genes do we have. I could either contact the white house or go directly to Facebook. They will know. Maybe go to google and look up exploitable.

  5. BJ
    Posted March 22, 2019 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    I assume this is one of the “other ways of knowing” that the “woke” crowd is demanding be taught alongside white Western colonialist science, along with voodoo, witchcraft, etc. That’s just what we need: even our science students infected with idiocy.

    • yazikus
      Posted March 22, 2019 at 10:14 am | Permalink

      Eh, I don’t think astrology is any more of a left thing than a right thing. It’s a diversion thing, I think, for most folks. Cheap entertainment to be had whether one is woke or not. This is not to say I don’t find it harmful, I do, but positing that this is a threat to legit science students might be a bit out there.

      • BJ
        Posted March 22, 2019 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

        Oh, I’ve known quite a few people in my life that make important, sometimes life-altering decisions based on this bullshit. It’s all fun and games until you get to the people who take it seriously, and there are more of them than you (or I) would like to think 😦

        • Peter
          Posted March 23, 2019 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

          Nancy Reagan. The leftist who drove chief of staff bonkers by altering the schedule of the President of the United States because of…astrology.

  6. Ken Kukec
    Posted March 22, 2019 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    Not sure I’m down with your definition of “Leftist media,” boss. For me, that term conjures something like Mother Jones or The Nation, or one of the “little magazines” founded by the “New York Intellectuals” set, like Dissent or the now-defunct Partisan Review, or maybe even something along the lines of The New York Review of Books.

    The NYT, OTOH, has long been the this nation’s soi-disant “newspaper of record,” with a traditionally mainstream (I would say “mushy”) liberal editorial policy, but hardly “Leftist.”

    And as for HuffPo, that digital rag seems to lie at the intersection of the tabloids, and Cosmo, and one of those teen magazines like Tiger Beat. I don’t think of it as “Leftist,” and I try not to think of it at all.

    • Historian
      Posted March 22, 2019 at 10:22 am | Permalink

      My taken on the Huffington Post is a little different than yours. As all web sites aiming to make a profit, it has instituted a business strategy to accomplish this. The core of the strategy is to attract visitors that fall anywhere to the left of center. Thus, it publishes a hodgepodge of articles, all vaguely leftist, many of which only a segment of the left wants to read. Thus, readers come to the site to read certain articles, not all of them. I have read many articles that lack the nuttiness that critics focus on. I do not know if this strategy has been successful.

    • BJ
      Posted March 22, 2019 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

      No matter the specifics of definitions, HuffPo is one of the biggest sites out there, leans very very far left, and is the source of a ton of left-wing stories that get passed around. I’d say the amount of times that I hear the phrase “did you read that article about X in HuffPo” or get sent one by someone I know, compared to the amount of times I hear about or get sent something from another “left” site, is probably 30 to 1. Whether we like it or not, they’ve become one of the biggest sources of left-wing media. They’re basically the Breitbart of the Left: full of shit, hugely popular, and very good at smearing their shit across social media.

  7. Posted March 22, 2019 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    Nothing can beat the discovery of erogenous zones, and their exploitation at their full potential like good ‘ol controlled experiments. “Let’s “Science” the heck out of this position”. Or, “My hypothesis is that this cream will work better than that cream”.
    It must be admitted that science has a lock on this one.

    • Posted March 22, 2019 at 11:03 am | Permalink

      That is a good use. We should like up all the people who are Pieces snd non-pieces, fo z double bind experiment and see once and for all if they like foot massages more than anyone else. And then test the rest of the signs. I will say I like arm massages. Not sure if I like them more than the other folks.

      • Jenny Haniver
        Posted March 22, 2019 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

        “Pieces and non-pieces.”

        Do you mean Pisces or non-Pisces”? If you meant what you wrote, I can’t but think of Reese’s Pieces and non. I’m a Reese’s Pieces sign.

        • Posted March 22, 2019 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

          Sorry for the sleight to Pisces people everywhere. Most of my girl friends and now my wife have always been pisces.

          And all my exes live in Texas.

        • BJ
          Posted March 22, 2019 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

          I thought s/he meant people who like Reese’s Pieces and those who prefer Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

          I’m a Pieces man myself. The Peanut Butter Cups haven’t been good in years (the chocolate used to be of much better quality and the peanut butter fare more buttery).

          • Jenny Haniver
            Posted March 22, 2019 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

            If you’ve tried Trader Joe’s peanut butter cups, what do you think of them?

            There are lots of recipes for making your own peanut butter cups – very cheap and very easy if you’re up for that, just Google and check several recipes to find the one that’s to your taste, or combine. You can use a good chocolate (maybe Valrhona) light, dark, or mixed, and peanut butter without additives and stabilizers (some stores let you grind your own fresh). I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m going to soon, not on;y because it’s cheaper, but I bet it tastes a heck of a lot better, too, and no weird additives. I wonder how dark chocolate pistachio butter cups would taste because I love pistachio butter (unsalted).

    • Saul Sorrell-Till
      Posted March 22, 2019 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

      Mrs Sturvetant is a lucky woman. The mind boggles when I think about the kind of double blind, randomised research you must’ve gone through in search of the perfect…outcome.

  8. Posted March 22, 2019 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    I recall seeing astrology forecasts being labelled with “Offered for entertainment purposes only”, or something like that. Do they still do that? I always wondered exactly why it was there. Is it a subtle version of “astrology is bullshit”? Or is it to prevent readers from gambling based on their horoscope and then suing the paper when they lose?

    • Posted March 22, 2019 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

      I guess the latter. It seems to be a disclaimer similar to the hilarious “This product is not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any disease”.

  9. mrclaw69
    Posted March 22, 2019 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    Woke outlets have been promoting astrology (and other guff like – I kid you not – witchdotoring) for a while now. Everyday Feminism even pimps courses in the stuff!

    I guess it all feeds from this anti-Enlightenment ‘deconstruction’ of reason, objectivity and science as just one narrative (and an evil, white, cis-hetero, male, colonialist one to boot! – hence the ‘worst’ one)

  10. Jon Gallant
    Posted March 22, 2019 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    I suggest that astrology offers a clear attraction to the wokie Left for the obvious reason mentioned by BJ in Post #5: astrology doesn’t need to be “decolonialized”. But Science, on the other hand…well, look at
    this article in the supposedly respectable Smithsonian magazine:
    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/science-bears-fingerprints-colonialism-180968709/#RKaGCJ8bVp6glGBK.99

    A quote, which typifies the underlying attitude: “The likes of Charles Darwin on the Beagle and botanist Sir Joseph Banks on the Endeavour literally rode on the voyages of British exploration and conquest that enabled imperialism.”

    • Posted March 22, 2019 at 11:29 am | Permalink

      My guess is the Woke Left like astrology because “everyone has their own truth, culture, etc.” They don’t want to judge astrology for the same reason they don’t want to judge Muslim culture. The fact that bad ideas hurt those that have them, and others around them, is just an inconvenient truth that they choose to ignore.

    • BJ
      Posted March 22, 2019 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

      “The likes of Charles Darwin on the Beagle and botanist Sir Joseph Banks on the Endeavour literally rode on the voyages of British exploration and conquest that enabled imperialism.”

      Great. Now we’re not just judging centuries-old thinkers, inventors, etc. based on their outdated beliefs, but on the countries from which they hailed. A new wrinkle in taking down science and the Enlightenment. Quite brilliant, actually.

  11. Randall Schenck
    Posted March 22, 2019 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    I do not think much of Huff Post one way or another but they do not belong in the same boat with the journalistic papers such as NYT or Washington Post. The on line media and the TV media generally follow the journalist at the Times and Post. That tells you who is doing the work.

  12. Posted March 22, 2019 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    Dja notice how it just goes from the head down to the feet. Basically in order? You’d think it’d jump around a bit…

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted March 22, 2019 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

      Yes! I noticed that. I could hardly believe they would be so transparent – had to Google to confirm that they’ve got the signs of the Zoodiac in order, but they have.

      My favourite body part is [censored] 😎

      cr

  13. Neil Wolfe
    Posted March 22, 2019 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    To be woke you have to accept that your personality is influenced by the position of the planets at the time of your birth but it is not influenced by your genes because we are all blank slates. That’s not the only criterion for wokeness, brain damage helps too.

  14. Christopher
    Posted March 22, 2019 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    I dunno about you but I prefer someone to get my consent before they touch my listicles, but then I’m a pisces. 😂

  15. Posted March 22, 2019 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Fluff. They would rather address issues that are non-issues than face the truth about what is happening in our country thanks to all of the entitled brats out there and liberal facscists!

    • Saul Sorrell-Till
      Posted March 22, 2019 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

      Wow. Really? d’you not think you might be exaggerating a little there?

    • BJ
      Posted March 22, 2019 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

      “Liberal fascist” is literally a contradiction in terms. You would know that if you knew the definitions of “liberal” and “fascist.”

  16. Posted March 22, 2019 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    My favourite horoscope was in the Khaleej Times, which told me :

    𝘈 𝘨𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘥𝘢𝘺 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘣𝘶𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰 𝘧𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦

    • Posted March 22, 2019 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

      Reminds me of the time I got a fortune cookie message that said something like:

      “Today, opportunities will present themselves but as usual they won’t pan out.”

  17. CAS
    Posted March 22, 2019 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    In some astrological “schools” Uranus governs the zodiac sign Aquarius. I’m an “Aquarius” and don’t want to contemplate the present deeply thought out HoPo article.

  18. Posted March 23, 2019 at 1:28 am | Permalink

    I prefer the scientific method: Experiment.

    -Ryan


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