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I think it's important to be very precise when we talk about who wears what and why - that's part of what Graeber's essay suffers from, too many generalizations about very large stretches of clothing history and too many generalizations about gender… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

Also pavlovas, generally. I have always wanted to make things like Tarte Tatin and carmelized pineapple skillet cake, where you cook/carmelize the fruit in a skillet and then bake a cake on top and invert the whole thing, but I have never… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 months ago

I feel that this essay suffers from a personal dislike of ties and a total forgetting that queer people exist, plus a little bit of Not Quite Reading Enough Fashion History. At the same time, it's a funny provocation. It's very Baffler-y - they… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

(Also, dude, if you think that ties are bad - I have worn ties, and I have worn womanly office attire, and let me tell you - ties are absolutely nothing on what women have to wear. This is not an argument in favor of ties (although I… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

(Just as a point of clarification - I'm not strongly emotionally engaged with Getting People To Like David Graeber. He's an anarchist, I've read some of his essays that I really like, I found his memoir-ish stuff pretty interesting because it's… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

Smitten Kitchen Bakewell Tart. Lots of fun. I've made this both vegan and non-vegan, but the vegan version needs the (veganized) Martha Stewart marzipan recipe as the basis for the frangipane. I have made many apple frangipane tarts, some… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 months ago

Oh nooooo. Oh. Oh, this is sad. Every time I read his work, I sort of think of him sitting there somewhere, being. His voice is so alive and present. No no no, I don't want him to be dead. [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

David Cameron's faves include The Jam. Etc, etc, etc. Paul Weller did basically tell him to fuck right off, though. I was around for - but peripheral to - riot grrrl. I didn't go to any gatherings and only got to a few shows, so I… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

What I'm noticing here is that your husband isn't hearing you, and that concerns me. He gets very angry, you're saying, when you talk about being unhappy. That doesn't sound so good. Also it sounds a bit like you're doing all the emotional work in… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 months ago

You should probably read this book before you go around accusing other people of being naive Yes, but - when "hippies" and "counterculture" are invoked in the popular press, they're not literally talking about the… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

I do not think so, because I live with two other extreme introverts. "Communal" does not have to mean "noisy and in everyone else's business", but the key feature is that everyone must have their own room; also, a group house… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

How would a mefi commune even work? Would there be a little whiteboard on everyone's doors for favorites? How would the mods handle derails? Would the mods have to, like, totally bulk up in order to be able to "delete" people from… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

But you implicitly are. You are and MartinWisse and gorbweaver and that Bruce Crumley piece Joe in Australia link to above are all engaging in blaming the victim and tacitly saying Charlie Hebdo deserved what they got. I would rather not… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

Is Charlie Hebdo actually left-wing? The sense I've always had is that there are elements of "left" in it and it's put together by people who were of the sixties/seventies left. But the left in France groups together a different… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

No, no - the original Amazon was located just off Loring Park on the edge of downtown. It did look like Madwimmin, and that part of town - eighties real estate contraction-era into the early nineties - was Pretty Queer. Ballet of the Dolls is still… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

Actually, one of the main changes in my personality that did not happen until my mid thirties - when I meet a dude who starts out being rude and patronizing, I do not assume he has hidden depths or a tragic past; I just assume he's a misogynist dick… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

entropicamericana, I own the original release of Personal Best, plus just about every queercore/homocore release I could find to buy between about 1993 and 2000. (If only I had a working record player right now!) The existence of… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

Although honestly the "and you can just cook all the tortillas" thing doesn't even come close to being excused by ignorance. "I am uncomfortable about being confronted by my own whiteness" - honestly, if you've grown up in a… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

This article is certainly charming, but also very weird, because in my world that's just how people live. I'm a bit odd because I am buying my house (extreme fixer-upper with holes in the walls, etc) and have only two housemates and one… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

Laurie Penny has a new book out. I own it but haven't read it. In general, I like her work. I feel like it's weird and potentially appropriative of cultural capital for me, a white person, to recommend books by women of color, but I also feel… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 months ago

Also - and importantly! - would we use real names? There are a number of people I know only by their activist noms de guerre from, like, an environmental campaign years and years ago, and a guy I see around town in a respectable capacity but know… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

I highly recommend reading the "grotesque Brooklyn clubhouse" link from the beginning of the article in the OP. It is positively science fictional - the scenario is sort of like if someone rewrote James Tiptree's "The Girl Who… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

there is some weird cultural stuff floating around the idea of Buying It For Life or all the Shop Class as Soulcraft Ya, you betcha. It's especially hilarious because while some people who buy all this stuff will keep it forever, a lot… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

Frowner that's really interesting, and the exact opposite of my experience in the UK where I was "too girly" for RG (I'm not massively girly). Shamed for wearing makeup, shamed for wearing "slutty" short skirts. I also remember… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

To my mind, the tricky thing is getting people who are committed to the arrangement. When it's family, that's relatively easy, but it can be trickier when it's a bunch of young-ish people at different career stages. And you don't want the kids… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

Yeah, and if it is—as it seems to be—a rather rare occurrence, the Times' breathless insistence on reporting this (as another episode, I guess, in the long-running serial Jews Behaving Badly) becomes yet another example of majority-group members… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

I have very mixed feelings about riot grrrl. Partly, yes, I am old; fashions of my late teens are now being worn by people in their late teens (and very nice they look, too) and so naturally I have this bias against my youth appearing in… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

To approach this from another angle: there's a well-intentioned but ill-thought-out trope in social justice oriented circles in which people who are members of a group (or share many characteristics with it - white cis gay dudes share a lot with… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 months ago

This whole discussion makes me think of something that we work to manage in a book discussion group I run - different ways of speaking "inside" and "outside" the story. The stated logic of Jane Eyre is that Rochester… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

I mean, Mr. Rochester is actually an evil human being. He's racist, he slut-shames his poor first wife, he's manipulative, etc etc. Mr. Darcy is probably also racist and god knows where all his money comes from (Triangle Trade, probably),… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

I guess Colin Firth is a bit of an acquired taste. He does look very period-appropriate, though. Frankly, Mr. Darcy has to have a lot more in the cheekbones and big luminous eyes departments to make up for being...well, I think the problem with… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

Mr Rochester is charming, yes, but consider the way he talks about all the local gentry at the party behind their backs, especially poor Blanche Whoosis, who he totally leads on. We're supposed to believe that she's a bad woman for wanting to… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

What I'm saying is that most labor is coerced. Coerced labor vs "free" labor isn't a really useful metric in the type of society we have. [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

I've got to say, I worry a little bit about rises in the price of water for private citizens. I keep seeing "oh la la it's so cheap that the price could double and no one would care", which is probably true for middle class people. But I… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

Life Without Water I...really, truly don't even know how to react to that. It sounds like a terrible idea, but so does Soylent, and apparently Soylent isn't a terrible idea? Or at least, until it's transformed into all that the… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

Okay, if we're into celebrities: Terry Bisson stayed at my house! And left behind a pair of virtually disposable spare reading glasses which I now realize I've kept in the pencil jar ever since. (I mean, he didn't want them back.) David… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

Did the creator ever follow-up on the health ramifications of his decision to take a powerful antibiotic to kill his entire gut flora so that he wouldn't have to poop? Because that was literally insane. What? Somehow I missed that… [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Something you could do that would be relatively easy - let's assume that the guest can eat a salad but nothing else, right? You could delegate your maid of honor to stop at a Whole Foods or co-op, etc, and pick up a couple of different kinds… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Another goal they might be able to set in the long run - a line of slightly more mainstream-looking boots and shoes at a higher price point from..oh, let's say a Spanish or Mexican maker---something like the boots they already have but a bit more… [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Whoa, Frowner, those Trippen shoes are nifty. They really are. Any of the "Closed" line are really, really durable - the others can be lovely and are well-made but more delicate. I had mine resoled after a couple of years of… [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

When I was in college I accidentally abandoned my roommate to the ministrations of a guy with a thing for feet. He was in our year, quite good-looking, charming, appealingly punk rock, smart...We were all hanging out. My charismatic, popular and… [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

The thing about these shoes that separates them out from Alden, Quoddy, etc is that these are women's shoes made on rather idiosyncratic lasts rather than men's shoes and/or workboots. That means that the start-up cost is going to be higher and the… [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Seriously, the guy who cut himself up, broke a hole in his own skull, used a razor to remove a testicle...but of course was deemed totally sane with an "antisocial disorder". And he wasn't even a violent offender! He had this whole… [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

In the interview, she explains clearly that she said that Obama follows her on Twitter, not that she had "ties" to Obama. She says that she intended this to illustrate that she was a respectable person. Also, think about if… [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

This just seems like a boss problem to me. "Have you heard from Clelia, boss?" "Well, that's not something that we really talk about here." [or whatever vagueness] versus "Have you heard from Clelia, boss?" "She… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

It also seems to me like a successful shoemaker could do what Wolverine has done (although on a smaller scale) and offer a boutique/US-made line. That might be an option for these people down the road - most of their shoes are made elsewhere, but… [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Bad idea -- speaking from experience, unless they were only worn a few times, they will have conformed to the shape of someone else's feet, and thus will give you blisters and back problems. The higher quality the original shoe, the more… [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Why yes, a mob of goodies chasing some baddies is TOTALLY DIFFERENT than a mob of baddies chasing some goodies! But it kind of is, right? I mean, it's a bit different if one is, say, executing Mussolini or if one is killing… [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Yes, but - okay, look, Justine Sacco gets shamed all over the internet for her racist tweet, and loses her job, and that's good, and all who participated should be proud of themselves. Cheryl Abbate gets shamed for her handling of a… [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

One of the subsidiary points of the article is that people end up in these places who are not actually giant security risks. Like the bank robber I was talking about above, for example. And honestly, the idea that the Unabomber is… [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

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