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I think what surprised me most about this was that the guy is seventy two years old and still talks about his trouble with "girls". That might be part of his trouble with girls, actually. Joking about gender segregated labs?… [more]
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There's another forgotten factor here - what about all of us who provide research support? The admins, accountants, grant managers, etc? All these scientists swanning about in lab coats being irresistible and all - I'm telling you, a human subjects… [more]
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So I guess everyone will have to work in total isolation, is what I'm saying. [more]
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Somewhere Samuel Delany, the great, great writer and literary theorist, remarks that everyone is doomed to make a noisy, scary emotional spectacle of themselves in public about three times in their lives - he's talking sobbing, flailing bizarre… [more]
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I know this shouldn't be the surprising part, but Tim Hunt's wife is a scientist! This is how he thinks about the person he married? You know, if my partner were all over the internets talking about falling in love with people at work,… [more]
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Anyway, back in the early 90's there were a number of popular female acts - PJ Harvey, Bikini Kill, Sleater-Kinney, Sonic Youth with Kim Deal, Juliana Hatfield, Bjork, Babes in Toyland... I think the question is "taken seriously by… [more]
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Is she drinking diet soda? I noticed an odd effect when I quit (which was hard! really hard!) - moderately sweet things taste a whole lot sweeter. So roasted sweet potato chunks might as well be pudding, and average grocery store peanut butter with… [more]
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To add: when I was younger and hated my looks, inferiority, directionlessness, etc, I also beat myself up for being selfish and a bad person. If there is one thing I really think it would have been easy to do differently, it would have been… [more]
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I ask because: everything I've heard about full-on transgenderism (which I'll admit is not much) seems to indicate that they always knew something was "wrong" about the gender they were born with. But somehow I'm getting more of a latter… [more]
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And really, you can see how superior music access is today - there's no reason that a girl right now could not get into old nineties music and listen to Alanis Morrisette and Bikini Kill and Lush and L7 and The Blue Up? and Huggybear and Mazzy Star… [more]
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My historical period, properly understood, includes yours. Okay, look, I have long given up on acquiring a PhD and can thus enjoy these for their own sakes. I make this argument about my various favorite historical periods all the time. I… [more]
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It occurs to me that when you encounter a bunch of pop music significantly after the fact, the cultural landscape of that music tends to be obscured. So, for instance, when I'm listening to music from about 1980 - 1988, it's all basically a giant… [more]
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I dunno, I initially assumed that by "neck tattoo" she meant something really large and obvious on the front of her neck. I do sometimes see those on people and they give me a little bit of pause. They're almost always on people who seem… [more]
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(Just for the sake of clarity, when I wrote "I don't stand up on my hind paws and talk about how difficult my little crushes make my work or how I'm always falling in love with people junior to me" I was thinking of Hunt - I don't find my… [more]
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We all missed our window - the Men In The Straight-Edge Castle are getting evicted and moving on. [more]
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Oh, and Roadside Picnic, by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, and William Gibson's short story "Hinterlands. In Roadside Picnic, aliens have left....an area full of something, their debris, their trash, their discards,… [more]
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You might find interesting the sections of Ursula Le Guin's Always Coming Home which deal with the "Mind" which shares the Earth with the post-collapse society. Also, I think Iain Banks's novel The Algebraist is… [more]
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I have heard from men for years that it's such an awful shame that women aren't into casual sex the way men are, and why can't heterosexual relationships be more like the kind of ultra-casual ones that a lot of gay dudes have. This is… [more]
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What possible good reason could this fellow have for wanting this information? We could speculate about all kinds of awful reasons, but it's very hard to come up with good ones. If he is haunted by guilt (let's hope it would be over… [more]
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Planned Parenthood will have a procedure in place for people who don't have a friend to bring them to the appointment. I've supported people who have had abortions; it has always been a simple and safe procedure for them with no complications… [more]
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From a practical standpoint: Pick something small and routine and do it. When I started therapy, for instance, I took up reading a book (instead of the internet) again every night before bed. And I started flossing every morning. I just read… [more]
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I actually like "back of the neck under the hairline" tattoos and had no idea this was considered such a terrible thing. It's a great place on the body for a tattoo - a nice, symmetrical spot - and it seems like one gets saggy there later… [more]
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On reading this thread: I really didn't realize the depth of disapproval that people still have about tattoos - Minneapolis is, IIRC, a city with a larger than average percentage of tattooed people, so maybe that's messing with me, and I have a… [more]
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Headphones over ear buds, all the way and forever. I don't trust people who wear ear buds because it means they either don't get wax in their ears, which means they are aliens; or they actually like getting earwax all over their property, which is… [more]
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Haha, funny joke! I get what you're saying, but earbuds simply do not sit on my ear canal. This is so interesting. Every once in a while the earbuds will fall out if I am...ahem...exercising so vigorously that my very ears are full of… [more]
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I have a question I'd like to ask those with strong opinions about "manspreading": is the objection to men taking up more than on seatspace (and the associated air space above and in front of the seat) in any circumstances or only to… [more]
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Oh, and for a fun read, what about Out of the Deeps/The Kraken Wakes by John Wyndham? We never actually see the aliens but they are roughly "equal" to humanity...just very different. It's actually a wonderfully eerie novel… [more]
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One thing I've noticed about men and recurring chores - they often don't want to/know how to do a "good enough" job. They won't clean the bathroom regularly; they'll clean it once every three months and scrub it until you could perform… [more]
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I'm taking this to mean that we're edging ever closer to my dreams of a "Wolf Hall" playset. If I had a teeny tiny Thomas Cromwell I would be so happy. He could sit on my desk next to my teeny-tiny Magneto to keep Magneto… [more]
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It seems like an issue with all this is that DID is such a radical difference of subjectivity from how the majority of people experience the world that it's difficult for non-DID people to get their heads around it, difficult to describe and hence… [more]
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Also "the lone genius" is so often male, because women are less frequently accorded the right to be alone. For every Virginia Woolf, right, a Doris Lessing. For every Joanna Russ, a Marge Piercy. And really quite a lot of… [more]
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Also, what's meant by "loneliness"? It would be interesting to know just how lonely the average person is. I mean, when Conrad is saying "we live as we dream, alone" he's not just talking about special snowflake creatives*… [more]
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But surely it's a tradeoff, right? When you're ten, you may have a spark that's not modulated [much] by dealing with existing forms, but you also have only the experience and outlook of a ten year old. And while I know some great ten year olds who… [more]
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On the one hand this is pretty neat because it's a tiny figure of Martin Luther. On the other hand (speaking as someone who grew up as a Lutheran and even had a child's picture book Life of Luther) Luther was a huge antisemite who actively worked… [more]
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I grew up pre-Pixar and somehow I managed to identify with women characters who weren't Pixar/Bratz-dolled. I'm not saying that Cinderella and Molly Grue and Linn Minmay and so on were realistic or had realistically proportioned faces, but… [more]
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Personally I'm holding out for the complete M√ľnster Rebellion playset. Ooh, snap! Well, there's a market of two, at least. [more]
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Honestly, I walked (and walk) alone all over the place by night. I have never had a problem, even when I was young and wore dresses and heels every single day. I think that in many parts of the country (basically, outside cities with New York… [more]
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1. Best friend and good friend - she is in her late thirties, he is in his late twenties. They have been together for several years, live together and seem likely to stay together - it's a serious relationship in which both seem very happy. She… [more]
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Srsly, live in Seward. Seward is very nice, very safe, near lots of stuff. Don't get fooled by all the muggings around Marcy Holmes into thinking that any neighborhood in central MPLS is dangerous - people get mugged in some of the near-UMN… [more]
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Counterpoint: it's on the 50 Shades of Grey soundtrack. See, this is what's interesting - like, "I Will Survive" is a great popular song (or I think it's a great song, anyway - it's not one of my actual favorites, but I recognize… [more]
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I would try to make arrangements with a a pet sitter by consulting a cat specialist of some kind and working with the sitter and the specialist to plan some techniques for dosing a hostile cat. Hostile cats can be given meds. Does the pet sitter… [more]
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not that I know who Florence and the Machine or Coldplay are because I don't listen to anything that falls inside Billboard's Top 50 Was this aimed at me? I literally haven't heard much pop music - my parents really restricted what I… [more]
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While I don't dispute that there are cyclists who are assholes/don't follow laws, etc, there's also a feedback loop of bad traffic design that encourages bad cyclist behavior. I bike on sidewalks, for example, when I need to cover two or three… [more]
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This....is the best. It's true that I have been utterly spoiled by Minnesota, because even when I have been on a crowded bus or train here, I have rarely observed manspreading. With minor exception, even surly teenagers move their… [more]
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Anecdata: fat, muscular person who always thought myself pretty active, bike commuted year round, etc. I started up at the gym last fall and could not do more than ten minutes on the elliptical at a moderately brisk pace - and ten minutes was… [more]
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I think that a problem with the linked article is that the author doesn't have a clear fix on what she expects popular music to do and how this relates to the role of popular music through (let's say for the sake of argument) modern Western… [more]
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ernielundquist - i feel like i read a book at some point where the "wifely dutes/incest" thing was a plot point. i thought it was Bluest Eyes but it's not what i'm thinking of. but i know i've read of it before enough to know that it was… [more]
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I think that working people should have high expectations. Why the hell not? What, we should all just say okay, the 1% captured 68% of all gains between 1990 and the present, but I am happy in my career of mindless and underpaid… [more]
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(I feel like I've said my piece here, but I think there's pretty good historical traction for the whole "I don't want to be part of an organization which treats people unequally in the name of the greater good" line of reasoning. I've been… [more]
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I'm not a person who thinks "reverse racism " is a thing, but I will say that comment as a whole - basically just judging how this woman looks - doesn't quite sit right when all the real things she screwed up stand on their own… [more]
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