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I struggle with this very problem in a class I run! Well, with different materials. I haven't found anyone to refuse the material. Mostly what I've found is that by preparing students, I create a mood in class where the topic is treated… [more]
favorited 51 times, recently by milk white peacock, sciatrix, Countess Sandwich, mon-ma-tron, Mondegreen, Green With You, PinkMoose, languagehat, bitterpants, Mavri, cluebucket, belladonna, Narrative Priorities, lysimache, ChuraChura, Rosie M. Banks, EXISTENZ IS PAUSED, lalochezia, mgrrl, Iteki, daq, Mistress, bibliotropic, ozgirlabroad, salvia, barnone, latkes, modofo, i feel possessed, rachaelfaith, rakaidan, theodolite, kestralwing, kelseyq, stoneweaver, goodbyewaffles, jokeefe, 1066, amileighs, katieanne, Thella, eisforcool, thetortoise, The Master and Margarita Mix, ladyriffraff, pullayup, joycehealy, dorey_oh, Tamanna, Itaxpica, VioletU
Ask MeFi comment - 2 ¾ hours ago

If you don't want this kind of thing to exist in the world, then you don't want capitalism or structural inequality based on race or gender. If you do want capitalism and structural inequality, then you're going to get various kinds of… [more]
favorited 39 times, recently by syncope, wonton endangerment, Katjusa Roquette, Bora Horza Gobuchul, forforf, CrystalDave, burgerrr, vickyverky, miorita, Hypatia, cybercoitus interruptus, allthinky, spacewaitress, easter queen, Rosie M. Banks, Kpele, languagehat, Dashy, Rangi, beefetish, Lexica, zinful, Sangermaine, wuwei, daq, happyroach, chrchr, sciatrix, Kitty Stardust, The Gooch, box, joycehealy, balmore, clavicle, Monochrome, You Can't Tip a Buick, Melismata, Anhedonic Donkey, kewb
MeFi comment - 7 hours ago

On further reflection: 1. We live in an age of quantification and quantification-as-shopping. It's easier, right now, to break a relationship into marketizable chunks. This is both because we have tools (in terms of actual labor hours, average… [more]
favorited 17 times, recently by Joe in Australia, wonton endangerment, The Minotaur, nasreddin, nebulawindphone, Monochrome, [expletive deleted], kewb, spacewaitress, Rosie M. Banks, languagehat, Jake DeNiro, Rangi, beefetish, zinful, Jefffurry, wuwei
MeFi comment - 7 hours ago

It's extra awful that everyone else just seems to have caved in and refused to work with her because they didn't want to cross Dr. Dre. That just seems to be the way it works - the woman in the case loses everything even if people agree that she was… [more]
favorited 28 times, recently by skoosh
MeFi comment - 10 hours ago

If this is a larger anti-capitalist critique which starts with sex work, then: 1. I don't think it's a very good one, as it's mostly titillation. 2. Anti-capitalist critiques ought to focus on valuing and trusting the workers instead of… [more]
favorited 10 times, recently by kelseyq, Katjusa Roquette, nasreddin, burgerrr, Monochrome, Kitteh, spacewaitress, kewb, sagc, nadawi
MeFi comment - 17 hours ago

But we - considering "we" to be the audience in general - sure aren't talking about capitalism; we're talking about the same old boring misogynist stuff again. Sex work is going to be an automatic derail in a mass audience conversation… [more]
favorited 3 times, recently by Katjusa Roquette, spacewaitress, Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey
MeFi comment - 20 hours ago

You know, we all became "curators" because we live in a society which provides many, many things to consume and experience, we have relatively little labor power and people like to produce art and criticism. It's a silly word, yes, but it… [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by Miko
MeFi comment - 23 hours ago

I have gotten summer mystery bites at night. Several were pretty severe and took weeks to stop itching and disappear. Once, it turned out that a housemate's pet had fleas. Other times, I have no idea what it was. However - it wasn't bedbugs!… [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by en forme de poire
Ask MeFi comment - Yesterday

I think that the idea that you can make a fictional white cis straight guy the hero and that's going to be very helpful is the cis gay guy idea. I think it's perfectly possible for someone to think sincerely that "Middle… [more]
favorited 29 times, recently by thecjm
MeFi comment - Yesterday

That baby-and-cancer story is in some ways more shocking than the initial post. The part where they "accidentally" cancel her health insurance during her maternity leave and then offer her COBRA instead; the part where she gets back to… [more]
favorited 5 times, recently by holgate, frumiousb, en forme de poire, lesbiassparrow, ob1quixote
MeFi comment - Yesterday

the term "curate" is annoying and dumb. But reading naju's and other comments, I see that yes, it is actually a very important word. I am kind of a used bookstore fan, and in the time I spent in L.A. last year, I explored a lot of the… [more]
favorited 5 times, recently by ricochet biscuit, avocet, virago, hap_hazard, subdee
MeFi comment - Yesterday

The science fiction community is really, really, really good at pandering to assholes in the hope they'll spontaneously get better or at least go away. I don't think this is true. Science fiction fandom is, if anything, a place where ideas… [more]
favorited 15 times, recently by sciatrix, glasseyes, harriet vane, Pink Frost, Azara, Joe in Australia, foxfirefey, jokeefe, Lexica
MeFi comment - Yesterday

I think this article is, overall, somewhat overblown, particularly the pull quote. "I am worth less than a shoe"? No, if you damage a customer's property, you pay for it. Just like if you damage a stranger's property, they can take you… [more]
favorited 174 times, recently by alvarete
MeFi comment - Yesterday

In WWI, though, there was a huge push to get shell shock recognized by the military and the medical profession as a result of war rather than a result of bad character. WHR Rivers and his colleagues were instrumental in changing the perception of… [more]
favorited 4 times, recently by thetarium, gaspode, Blue Jello Elf, lalochezia
MeFi comment - 2 days ago

Well, I guess we still do remember "Regulate" and Warren G. Who knew? 1993 must have been a sweet summer indeed. [more]
favorited 4 times, recently by carsonb, shmurley, nebulawindphone, mountmccabe
MeFi comment - 2 days ago

"Why do you have a pile of clothes on top of your dresser?" "That's my curated wardrobe!" Yeah, I have a pretty extensive wardrobe archive curated into some tubs in the back of my closet [I think we should work on… [more]
favorited 2 times, recently by Mondegreen, JenMarie
MeFi comment - 2 days ago

And $2000 covers 2 pairs of dress shoes, 2 suits, and 5 shirts, plus any professional development not covered by one's employer. You know what? I have as champagne tastes as anyone, but I have to tell you - either you're working the kind… [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by sciatrix
MeFi comment - 2 days ago

One of the reasons - that is, I got a teaching certificate and have done some teaching but I'm not a career teacher - for all the stuff is that some of it is made by the students. You put up pictures they draw or crafts that you've worked on… [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by zinful
MeFi comment - 2 days ago

What I'd like to know: teachers have always spent money on the classroom, but have they always been buying pencils? When I was in school, all the classrooms had paper, kleenex and whatever basic art/craft supplies were needed - that is, all… [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by miyabo
MeFi comment - 2 days ago

(My ambition is to write a fantasy novel about an accountant, and accounting. I actually have a vague, nebulous plot idea around which to organize this, having to do with the folk tale about the sorcerer whose heart is inside a casket inside a duck… [more]
favorited 26 times, recently by dorothyisunderwood
MeFi comment - 2 days ago

If she's really committed to the relationship, she - like you - will need to accept that "open relationship" usually isn't "have sex with anyone you want at any time". Sometimes that means that you can't act on feelings you have,… [more]
favorited 8 times, recently by bunderful, emptythought, shadowy_world, RJ Reynolds, dialetheia, Beti, corb, clavicle
Ask MeFi comment - 3 days ago

Here is an interesting breakdown of the votes from Wrong Questions, Abigail Nussbaum's blog. She writes about some historical voting results, too. Her takeaway is actually that the Hugo is generally a very middle-of-the-road,… [more]
favorited 3 times, recently by smoke, ZeusHumms, Artw
MeFi comment - 3 days ago

Well, you'll never go broke assuring the American public that feminists are shrieking harpies who want to force men to pee sitting down (which, of course, is the most emasculating thing one can imagine, writes the man who apparently has never heard… [more]
favorited 55 times, recently by burgerrr
MeFi comment - 3 days ago

I love Young Marble Giants, although for years I had them confused with the Marine Girls because I'd gotten a badly mislabeled hand-copied cassette from someone. [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by Kattullus
MeFi comment - 3 days ago

Every time there's a new "the UK is going to hell" post, I feel very shocked, and then I realize that (except for the ASBOs and the universal cameras) it's already something we do in the US. I think the reason it shocks me is how fast this… [more]
favorited 28 times, recently by guybrush_threepwood, mygothlaundry, jokeefe, col_pogo, aeschenkarnos, The Outsider, richb, idb, everydayanewday, virago, sio42, bgal81, wendyfairy, oneswellfoop, haltingproblemsolved, trunk muffins, maxwelton, lalochezia, zachlipton, moonlight on vermont
MeFi comment - 4 days ago

That's it, I'm done with Amazon. I've tried to stay away from them generally but have occasionally used them when I actually needed something right away that I could not get locally. But never again. Although the "I want my trivially… [more]
favorited 56 times, recently by naoko
MeFi comment - 4 days ago

So there is so much great food in the world, and I`m completely ignorant to most of it, why do we need this stunt food? It's kinda profoundly dull in a world where Ethiopian and Cambodian and Polish food exists, no? Because this is… [more]
favorited 26 times, recently by mgar
MeFi comment - 4 days ago

I feel a lot of guilt! I mean, if it helps. I live in a poor neighborhood and have a pink collar gig with good insurance. I think this is a good idea: Perhaps a budget would help, where x% goes to help those around you, y% goes to… [more]
favorited 9 times, recently by beefetish
Ask MeFi comment - 4 days ago

Blaming the woman for everything is getting a little stale, tastes of bitter misogyny, and gives the execrable Tony Blair a complete pass. Just in case this was in response to my comment - I think there may be a few crossed wires, as what I… [more]
favorited 4 times, recently by col_pogo, everydayanewday, haltingproblemsolved
MeFi comment - 4 days ago

Is there anything redeeming at all about the world of SF fandom? It depends on what you mean by "fandom". Is Strange Horizons part of fandom, as a small, barely-paying web magazine? Are kickstarter campaigns for things like… [more]
favorited 48 times, recently by zinful
MeFi comment - 5 days ago

I add that needing to use a friend's address seems to me to be a pretty common and noncontroversial working class/poor person thing that many middle class people view as incredibly sketch. There are a lot of things like that. [more]
favorited 20 times, recently by TravellingCari
Ask MeFi comment - 5 days ago

I'm sorry, but I feel like they kind of glossed over the part where he was keeping a pregnant heroin addict locked in his home, resulting in false imprisonment charges to which he ultimately plead guilty. Look, there are very few… [more]
favorited 20 times, recently by Freyja
MeFi comment - 5 days ago

Responding to the apologies by generating a giant list of paranoid charts and passive-aggressive self-righteousness about "healing" is just shit-stirring. I don't know - I'm not sure I would have believed any of this without some… [more]
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MeFi comment - 6 days ago

I would be concerned. I would not minimize this. (I am a queer person of indeterminate gender identity, trying to figure out this whole transitioning thing.) I think the people who are saying that this doesn't sound serious are not really… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 6 days ago

I don't actually believe that for a second, it's just hilarious coincidence, but still... wow. A comparison of this screed to the actual show should appear in their press packet, because DAMN. Well, actually, when I was going home yesterday… [more]
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MeFi comment - 6 days ago

Vida does not like it when the stupid box of light starts making cat sounds. It apparently does not actually contain a cat, but that doesn't help much. It's almost as bad as when the stupid food ape uses the box of light to listen to Leonard… [more]
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MeFi comment - 6 days ago

At my university, you can request a change to your university email address. If the address you used on AM isn't too revealing (ie mhar008 rather than melissa.harkness) you could probably just change your email on your end and ask the people who… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 6 days ago

I just realized something else - I actually read the terrific On A Red Station, Drifting (by Aliette De Bodard) because it was reviewed positively on Requires Only That You Hate - so there's one example, I guess, of RH reviewing an… [more]
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MeFi comment - 6 days ago

Because it's really interesting to see a bit of confirmation of some often-informally-made claims about this kind of pseudoprogressive shit-slinging — like that it more often targets women than men, even while at the same time declaring itself… [more]
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MeFi comment - 6 days ago

That Dickensian ambition — always present in his work — is cheekily explicit in “Purity,” which traces the unlikely rise of a poor, fatherless child named Pip. When we meet Pip — short for Purity — she is buried beneath $130,000 of student debt… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 days ago

Re Election - is the teacher really supposed to be likeable? I feel like the movie depicts him as such a tool - cheating on his wife, having an affair with a student, just generally being pathetic. I always figured that the only person who… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 days ago

The other thing is, okay, maybe they are being soft on Hilary. Another thing I know - again peripherally - is that locally there's some debate among Black activists about how Black Lives Matter and parallel projects should operate. There's people… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 days ago

Maybe I'm being unreasonably charitable but I read the point as applying to myself as well. I imagine it could apply to an environmentalist marrying a petroleum engineer or a campaigner against institutional racism in policing marrying a cop… [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 days ago

About "fat people should only marry fat people or else they are hypocrites who secretly hate fat people" thing: 1. How does this work with other marginalizations? Or are they less important than being fat? So if someone is a fat… [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 days ago

Even if it's possible, through charm, looks, and force of personality, to "get" a conventional (read: thin) husband, the radical rejection of such a husband in favor of a fat partner is a prerequisite to maintaining consistency in… [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 days ago

I have really mixed feelings about both this essay and the points it makes. First, I am really uneasy with the "Obama is only president because of a Republican sex scandal" paragraph - and I add that I am no fan of President Drone… [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 days ago

Does anyone commenting here actually know anyone from any chapter of Black Lives Matter? Because I do - peripherally, that is; I've met a couple of people and I've been to a number of Black Lives Matter events - and I find this whole… [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 days ago

Like Frowner, this has disgusted me enough to want to stop using Amazon. So, how does one wean oneself from Amazon? Obviously, it won't be simple--Amazon is just so fucking convenient-. Some of it's obvious, nothing that I can buy at the CD store… [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 days ago

The moral cost to obesity is the homeless veteran that was denied housing, the food bank that has to close, and the government that can't fund public education because the government is budget-restricted. Those are all real costs. Really?… [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 days ago

"I See Weak People" In my dreams? No. In gyms? Yes. Walking around like regular people. They don't see each other. They only see what they want to see. They don't know they're weak. Seriously? We're really rising to the… [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 days ago

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