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As for race, gender, etc...all I can say is that it gets very, very tricky to actually write that well when you are both trying to show the future as being better on that score, while still respecting those differences and showing empathy for your… [more]
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I wonder about the symbolic importance of Greece - it's this country on the periphery of Europe, it's small, it hasn't been rich in a very, very long time, it has some symbolic weight because of its ancient history, it's weak in international… [more]
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Actually, this looks pretty good to me! I have an old and battered bike, so no one is likely to break out any plasma cutters (seriously? is that a thing now?) and I would love not to have to dink around with a U-lock. Basically, I need to lock… [more]
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Hilary Mantel has written more than the Cromwell books - I just finished Beyond Black, and it was also gripping. Pat Barker's Regeneration trilogy and her other WWI books are also engrossing. (I really like The Century's… [more]
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You know what really gave Communism traction in the developing world? Popular opposition to the mass-murdering authoritarian juntas installed by the CIA. Yabbut we are totally talking at cross purposes here, and I am really confused about… [more]
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"Your body is not appealing to me" is not the same as "your body is disgusting [as a body]". Admittedly, "shaming" people for having a highly socially-desirable body type isn't quite the same thing as shaming… [more]
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The male youth of Greece is up in revolt. Anarchy, riots in the street, etc You know, there are women activists in Greece, some of whom are anarchists and riot in the streets. And the implication that all these women - whoever they're… [more]
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Honestly, I would like it if I never had to hear bullshit "that body is so gross" stuff ever again. I would love it in particular, in fact, if I didn't have to hear it about old people, the disabled, and significantly fat people,… [more]
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“Every single aspect that you can imagine that affected the airplane or our behavior in it was controlled by Abercrombie & Fitch, specifically, Michael Jeffries and Matthew Smith.” The four male crew members (models provided to Abercrombie)… [more]
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A nice thought, but if that were really the motivation, the US probably could have been more effective at appearing to be non-monsters to the developing world by, you know, actually not being monsters in the developing world. No, it's not… [more]
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Getting serious about what you already like helps too. When I was in my twenties, I had all these ideas about how to be a real intellectual - I needed to read Lacan and Derrida, for instance, even though I was not especially interested in them. So… [more]
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This makes me wonder if "working class" is defined differently in the UK. I'm assuming a council estate is similar to a housing project, and the "working class" people I know are very proud to NOT live in housing projects. Like,… [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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This reminds me of a Pat Barker novel, The Century's Daughter (also published as Liza's England. (Pat Barker wrote the Regeneration trilogy about WH Rivers, Siegfried Sasson, Wilfred Owen, anti-war Britons, shell shock, WWI and stuff.) It… [more]
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In a couple of years, you can either look back and say "oh jeez, why did I open that can of worms? I realize now that I was making it all about me and my feelings" or you can say "wow, I was so mature and exercised such… [more]
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I actually had a couple of fights with a friend over stuff like this - my friend shared with me that Alison Bechtel's graphic novel Fun Home was hollow, devoid of feeling, pretentious and so awful that it made my friend want to punch Alison… [more]
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(The idea that you have to make teenaged girls jump, shriek, and then giggle every 180 seconds I really, really wish we were not socialized to imagine the "bad consumer" as a teenage girl all the time. Who is responsible for… [more]
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I wonder what this writer would think of a book with an even more complicated and longer-ago setting and which follows even more distant literary conventions - maybe Moby Dick or Great Expectations or something. Gutting the floating… [more]
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There really isn't enough in this question to say anything for sure, and thus I'd recommend therapy - I'm not sure whether high-class talk therapy would be best since it might help you dig stuff out or whether it would just reassure you of your… [more]
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while in another context the criticism of CH would elict howls of 'stop the victim blaming' At the same time, in other contexts, saying "you just don't understand their culture, this thing which looks racist or homophobic or misogynist… [more]
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How are you in your personal life? It's the rare person who is a pushy loud-mouth only at work. Or even a chatterbox only at work. Ask a trusted friend if you're not sure. How is the criticism delivered and what is being asked of you?… [more]
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Um, how is religion being mocked, or a target in any way in that (shitty) cartoon? My point was that I think that if we examine what folks are defending as "it's okay to mock Islam", it's very often stuff like this, that is racist… [more]
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Frowner...but they are also very familiar figures to me, some of them in the personal sense as friends of friends, but also as people I've read and enjoyed for many years. I feel devastated - both on a personal/emotional level, but also because I… [more]
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Not that I want to get in the way of a high-end Arthur Conan Doyle porno or anything, but you don't need to use a quarter scale leather-covered rhinocerous with cute little button eyes for anything; you just put it in the corner of the… [more]
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Did I really just read an entire article about the creation of Oregon as a whites-only territory that did not mention the indigenous people who were already living there? It did mention violence against native people in passing, but yeah… [more]
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Frowner, let's be less vague in talking about the history of the French left. What party was resolutely, presciently, against holding onto the colonies, and defied racism before it was fashionable to do so? The communists. Which party is least… [more]
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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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This was a very specifically political set of killings - Charlie Hebdo ran a long series of cariacatures of Mohammed, produced an issue supposedly edited by Mohammed, reprinted some of the Danish cartoons that caused so much controversy, etc… [more]
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I think comparing Israel to Nazi germany, while tasteless and insensitive, is not necessarily anti-semitic, depending on whether the behavior your talking about is actually comparable to something that happened in Nazi germany. What I… [more]
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O hey, I hear you! I am not in IT, but I share a lot of your stresses. I hope you are actively working on getting a therapist. I mean, when I decided to find a therapist, it took perhaps three weeks from getting recommendations to sitting on… [more]
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I'll also just go ahead and throw it out there that literally nobody in my life has ever said "you looked better before you started working out!" to me. Before, people mostly told me they were "concerned" about my body or… [more]
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On the other hand, have you ever thought about what it would feel like to be hugged by Chris Evans? Because I have. A lot. Long ago I dated a guy who was really built - he lifted heavy objects for a living, had played sports in… [more]
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Also, if you want to read a really interesting book about the UK in the seventies, which was when the groundwork was laid for Thatcher and her horrible ilk, you could do worse than When The Lights Went Out: What really happened in Britain in the… [more]
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Karl Lagerfeld has a sad life, I always think. He's so brilliant and talented - and he really is, I have never really liked contemporary Chanel, but he is awfully, awfully good and zeitgeisty - and all this skill and brilliance and being-widely-read… [more]
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I'm not entirely happy with saying that because Aaronson is uncomfortable with certain aspects of masculinity he has a lot in common with trans people. He seems uncomfortable with masculinity because he can't succeed at it - he's denied what he sees… [more]
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Karl Lagerfeld actually did a lot of very interesting fashion-y stuff - if you want a trashy yet very informative book that's equal parts Karl Lagerfeld bio, Yves Saint Laurent bio and general popular culture in late sixties through… [more]
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When I see a movie about an actual person or event where a queer life situation has been changed to make it more comprehensible/relatable for a straight audience, I feel really upset. It's as though the actual events of queer lives are not… [more]
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Isn't this really basically a bad singularity? Where we all teach ourselves to comply with feelings that machines want us to have? I mean, if we're all having appropriate feelings in sync with what the Google-NSA-Facebook-industrial-complex… [more]
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Oh hey late-twenties Frowner! I tell you what, this time don't have a breakdown at 29, lose a year to depression and then have a slow, miserable climb back to functionality! No, seriously: 1. If you are having truly intrusive and painful… [more]
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Frowner brings up several other matters in comments -- how Marxism and other ideologies fare with respect to the ties between real movements and intellectuals; why certain ideologies appeal to certain demographics; how sucessful various historical… [more]
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"how do you know it wasn't police PRETENDING to be black bloc guys?" My answer would be that anyone who knows anything about how undercovers operate would know that this is not how the cops would do it - if cops were… [more]
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The thing is, yes, activism can get pretty depressing, and it's certainly important to be able to look at stuff and say "this situation is toxic" or "this group work is not something I can healthily do right now". And this… [more]
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Template: I have [radical credentials that make me authentically oppressed; avoid mentioning advantages]. Sad anecdote. In the past I was so radical! I used to do [medium-difficulty things that will seem extreme to a non-activist audience]… [more]
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I personally would not rush ahead to do something very fancy and special that a friend wanted to do but was too broke to do and that had never occurred to me until my friend talked about it. That's bound to provoke hyper awareness of… [more]
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Especially a extremely intelligent guy like the one in this example, is born to be very attractive to women. So the lesser gifted men have no choice but break him emotionally. I do not normally lol, but I lol'd. Yes indeed, this lines up… [more]
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We do a real disservice to kids with this attitude. I wish social skills were taught in an organized fashion just as we teach other skills, instead of leaving it up to families and peers. Be careful what you wish for - you just might get it… [more]
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I've gotten emails/memos like this my entire working life. whats the story here? My immediate assumption was a story of "wow, creative class people working at fancy places with expensive chairs are supposed to be catered to… [more]
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Well they certainly are shooting themselves in the foot if they decide to cut SSI disability. There are millions of people who could not find employment during the recent economic shitfest and decided to get on disability. Cut them out and you… [more]
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I really appreciate the comments about the pervasiveness of anti-Semitism and the comments from Jewish mefites in this thread. I feel like recently in my non-internet life, I've heard non-Jewish people say some really weird things about… [more]
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