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From the NK Jemisin: And that is precisely what we end up with, when this kind of fantastical exclusion gets layered onto the site of real historical exclusion: racist wish fulfillment fantasy. (Way to go, MTV.) Narratively, the exclusion… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

But Churchill asked Claude Guillebaud, a Cambridge economist, to head a committee to study the performance and efficiency of the NHS. The Gillebaud committee found that the NHS was highly effective – and needed additional funding to insure that… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

I would like an amusing custom swimming face thing - jingju would be nice if I could wear it in China, perhaps, where people would just think I was a ridiculous foreigner instead of a cultural appropriator (at least that has been my experience when I… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

I'm really open about sex, and really think that it is performative, and that anything between consenting adult goes, and it's a spectrum, and all good and all of that--but it takes so much work to present a pro pleasure, fairly free… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

Man, nothing i love more than people who think a specific exception/possibility negates an entire class of lifestyle. Christ, what an epic exercise in missing the point/lacking empathy. I think the issue is that we're talking about a bunch… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

You know, if you could get this to extrude a tube of that Soylent stuff on a stick, I bet you'd have a substantial market for the thing, since both products seem to be for people for whom the aesthetic/non-horror aspect of food isn't that important… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

Rosa Hires, the general manager of concessions for the Hilton Theater, owned by Live Nation, said most audience members seemed delighted by the new rules. “If anything, people want more food,” she said. “They’re asking for wraps and salads” to be… [more]
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I envision imaginary homes (which might solve your "favorite home feels far away" problem). They're all impossible - an ocean-going floating pavilion, a house carved out of a mid-ocean rocky cliff, a sequence of loggias built along a… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

Here in the US, we bought because we want to be able to live in the city for good. Rents and house prices seem likely to continue to rise here over time because we're very centrally located, and I was afraid of being priced out, having to move to… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

What I always assume is that if you've been denied something that is culturally important, you're going to have to work through the issues about that thing before you can move on, even if that thing is kind of base and unworthy. So if you've always… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

Also: I think people often mishear this type of criticism, hearing it as "white people [privileged people] should never write about people of color [marginalized people], ever", when what is usually being said is more like "it is… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

I accept that a white person's take on stories involving racial issues is going to have blind spots, and that some of those blind spots hurt. But is the alternative discouraging white people from exploring POC issues? Speaking as a white… [more]
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Dude, though, I am glad no one fucking bleeds on the weights at the YWCA. [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

You're the second person to say something to this effect in this discussion. You know there are an awful lot of densely populated dessert, tropical and subtropical places outside of this country where civilizations have flourished for thousands of… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

I've got to say, it depresses the hell out of me to see how one of my good friends seems to get treated as not good enough. It kills me, because to me he seems like he should be a catch - smart, funny, cleans up well, good job, tall, average build -… [more]
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IIRC, the only really, indubitably working class wizard we actually see is the guy who drives the Night Bus, and he has a comic prole accent and spots. And the actual shit work is all done by the happy house elves - so happy in their servitude that… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

Complaining that it's a poorly designed game when that's pretty much explicitly what she was setting out to do seems weird to me, as I don't see what making Quidditch a well-designed game would add to the experience of the books. Maybe a… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

general cruelty and all-around inefficient weirdness that Hogwarts has It's not just cruelty and inefficient weirdness, it's the way those are normalized. Like, if you read Orwell's essay on his private school experience, "Such,… [more]
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Actually, I bet you could have some kind of "like Crossfit but for the weak" deal where you had the same kind of emphasis on daily intense fitness but had a different selection of classes and a different approach to range of motion… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

Which explains why the films made them fat, right? Bigoted, indeed. Oh, most of them are fat in the books, too - Rowling is clearly working the Diana Wynne Jones tradition of "being fat is the outward sign of being a bad person unless… [more]
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As far as this article goes, I wish the guy had talked more about how his experience was modulated by sexuality - I kept expecting him to expand more on that "desire to fit in" thing, or to talk about beauty expectations (especially after… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

I just want to say that as an AFAB person not on hormones, I started lifting weights and "bulked up" enough that I'm having trouble with my clothes fitting. I am visibly bigger and different looking than I was six months ago. I haven't… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

Cote & Ciel bags are really spendy, but I've seen them on sale for high-reasonable prices on other websites. In my heart I kind of want one but they're some kind of funded-by-Apple thing and so I have hesitated because tech bros, but they sure… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

So basically, again, we're saying "here is a structural problem that could perhaps be solved by social reform combined with better cooling science, but the most important thing is to hector! individual! people!, no matter what those people say… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

I have handled Aurora shoes - they were very nicely made and used great leather but seemed prone to stretching as they are unlined and also if you have a high arch or a foot that is thick top to bottom, they may not be a good fit - they have a very… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

I should have added - about half the summers, I feel like I'm going mad from misery, sleep deprivation and heat-sickness in late July/early August. My emotions are less controlled, I make poor decisions, it's generally a miserable time. That's why… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

White person, here. Terry Bisson, who is white, wrote a well-regarded science fiction novel called Fire On The Mountain which is set in a (sorta future, partly alternate history) South which is majority black. He drew very heavily on his… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

Now that I think about it, here's what I find the difference between Ellis and Wallace to be (leaving aside, you know, differences of style): Wallace is project-driven. Wallace wants people to strive to better themselves in this extremely… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

Will this be another thread where we all humble-brag about how we don't really care much for refrigeration and would be happy with a dorm fridge did circumstances permit? I like having a decent sized refrigerator. I do not like… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

As far as being an "aging hipster" (or an aging punk) - I think that a problem with certain kinds of hipster / punk /arts cultures (probably compounded by being famous) is that it is very difficult to figure out how to get old. I assume… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

As for the laundering...from my limited experience, you can do this without the washing machine. I grew up poor, had poor relatives, and am old enough that some people still used cloth because that's what they've always done. I could be… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

So the woman mentioned in the FPP would apparently rather starve than wash a soiled cloth diaper. I can't get worked up over this... It just so happened that I lived with a friend who was using cloth diapers and was...well, let's say,… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

Perhaps, too, as an anarchist I can say this: capitalism is popular because, in part, it makes life better and easier. It also makes life worse and crueler and in the main I do not care for it, but the anti-technology strain in this kind of article… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

So okay, how much of the "Americans wear puffy shoes and tacky clothes and are always loud" business is a perception error? When I worked abroad, no one except other native English speakers ever identified me, my partner or my immediate… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

My life entirely changed when I got a window unit for my room - I no longer dread summer and I no longer dread that time in August when I'll be going crazy from lack of sleep! I no longer have to sleep downstairs on the sofa on the hottest nights of… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

Forgive me for thinking out loud here, but it strikes me that there's a sort of structural hostility to marginalized artists in the type of critique that is on display here - and I acknowledge that it's a kind of critique that I engage in a lot… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

You know, I didn't see this the first time but "my partner and I theory high-fived" and "fat people, er, customers of size" are both really bigoted and gross things to say. You and your partner patting yourselves on the back for… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

Colie, according to your profile, you live in a place where the average July temperature is under 20C/70F and the highs run 23C/74F-ish. When we have weather like that here in Minnesota, I don't use the air conditioner either - in fact, I… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

That interview is something else, all right. Especially the parts where the interviewer asks him about contributor demographics. It's very important to note that they're graduate students and most people are under 35; it's not at all… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

It would be interesting to have more of the critiques available - I don't think it's fair to Spivak to link Proyect and a partial view of her essay, and it doesn't seem to get at much criticism of Chibber. Some things occur to me: 1. This is a… [more]
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But, how is asexuality socially constructed, and what if this social construction is born out of trauma, i mean this is the case for all kinds of sex, but there has been a long tradition, of for example how instutional homophobia shapes queer sex,… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

I don't think it's a coincidence that the two generations least likely to donate their time and money to good causes seem to be the ones driving and consuming a lot of this self-indulgent, analytically and politically bankrupt Jezebel… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

I'm not entirely sure about this whole "fat people get too hot easily and we air condition things for them" thing - I mean, I'm not myself thin, but I have a number of fatter friends and acquaintances and one pretty big housemate,… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

To continue - I worked in Shanghai, which is hot and damp, with a bunch of British people. I was able to cope with the summer because of living here. They all virtually liquified and had a terrible time. [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

If I spent an hour answering texts, and took the full five minutes to write each one, I’d be making 60 cents an hour, far below the minimum wage. Well. Who would have thunk? [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

Actually, no, that's pretty distinguishable from Gamergate, because it didn't come along with death threats, a massive harassment campaign or getting someone fired and driven out of their industry. It's just bog standard Twitter discourse. Lord… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

Another thing - we white viewers might start trusting that Black artists are complex and smart. Historically, there have been lots of black artists who either wished they could have said more direct and complicated things or were punished… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest your thermostat/thermometer needs to be re calibrated. Really? Why? I assure you that I'm the person who feels too warm, and I can distinguish my cat's normal behavior from flopping sadly on the bed… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

I would say that I became aware of my whiteness as a thing in itself only when I was about twenty, when I read bell hooks's book Outlaw Culture: Resisting Representations. I would say that I had some awareness of my whiteness when I was… [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

There's a strange selectivity when it comes to calls for more context, though. The racial context is important, but so is the context of the history of misogynistic screen violence; the context in which this is a corporate-backed multimillionaire… [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

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