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Also, on the "but he is so hot" front: I've said this here before, but sometimes when a person is depressed and feeling low-self-esteem-y, the fact that the person is Bad For You is what makes you see them as hot. Like, your unconscious… [more]
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I know this is marked answered, but I have a tip for the shelves: We basically did this to an old cabinet and we went down to our local hardware store (an Ace franchise, but famous for being well-run) and had them cut glass shelves. (Which is what… [more]
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So sick of this generation-bashing all over the internet. Perhaps some people who were born between 1946 and 1964 created the financial crisis or real estate bubbles. And perhaps some people in Generation X or Y participated in those things as… [more]
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To make matters worse, our lease was going to be up in a month, and he wanted me to sell my car and go with him to a conference, and then drive around the country looking for a place for us to settle. Whenever I expressed wanting to have more of a… [more]
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I get the feeling that this annoys goths and fanficcers in the same way 'Star Trekkin' annoys Trekkers. Nevertheless, I felt I had to share. Actually, it was a fanfic-writing friend of mine who told me about this whole thing. He got an… [more]
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I'm getting older. But I'm still as horny as ever. And I'd like to get some tips on managing this horniness in a dignified manner. It's not a huge problem at 30, but can I expect any of this to change by the time I'm 40? Just an idle… [more]
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The real of this is that if they had a fattie (or even a saggy Old) on staff, they would not have done this promotion, because creative people are ruthless and the internet is ruthless in a different way and that would not have generated "wow… [more]
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See, this kind of thing actually depresses me. What happens if they have a chubby intern? Or an intern with a physical disability? Or, god forbid, they've hired someone who has physical flaws? Or someone with a history of abuse who doesn't want to… [more]
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This whole thread is a mishmash of sneer. Isn't possible to show disdain with better ideas? Denial of obvious problems with any system isn't a solution. And that's because no one with any political power is actually interested in the… [more]
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Lisbeth Salander, the heroine of the popular The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo series, is emotionally stunted but, damn it, she actualizes herself! She punishes the people who hurt her, she sleeps with whomever she wishes, she zips around on a… [more]
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So basically, the product of the business is no longer widgets or even dividends - it's fancy jobs for the already-rich. When you stop seeing businesses as about providing a product, a service or even an ego boost and start seeing them as all about… [more]
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Deep down inside, the Young-Girl has the personality of a tampon: she exemplifies all of the appropriate indifference, all of the necessary coldness demanded by the conditions of metropolitan life. The "theory of the Young-Girl"… [more]
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First, the show is set in a prison and it does not grapple seriously with the actual issues facing women in prison. It is not dark enough, and doesn't show the depth of the abuse that women suffer behind bars. I will not accept anything other than… [more]
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I've looked at appliances at Sears.com many times. Their site is actually pretty sweet. You can filter your search to show you a list of pretty much EXACTLY what you are looking for. However, I don't own any of these products because the store… [more]
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Or, to put it in simple terms, I think Frowner would be REALLY surprised to discover that she occupies a rarefied position of social privilege and access to usable social capital above that of most other MeFi readers taking issue with the essay… [more]
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Your boyfriend is letting you starve. Your boyfriend can't even bring you a goddamn fucking meal out of his lavish earnings but instead goes out to get sushi. Look, if you were my random activist buddy and you didn't have enough… [more]
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People who have degrees are socialized to display and measure intelligence in certain ways - they may or may not be able to recognize intelligence in people without degrees, they will talk in certain ways about "difficult" topics because… [more]
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Yet, Kimberly Jeffrey says she was pressured by a doctor while sedated and strapped to a surgical table for a C-section in 2010, during a stint at Valley State for a parole violation. Jeffrey, 43, was horrified, she said, and resisted. “He said,… [more]
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The thing is, if you genuinely don't like someone because they are poor, that's kind of shitty. But if you don't like someone because they either are demonstrably lazy and a moocher or have incompatible life goals (they want to work at the… [more]
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If this guy is the sysadmin at work, that raises some challenges, doesn't it? Or if he has some other reason to access the server, though I don't know what. Especially if you sent sexually explicit emails from your work account. It sounds as… [more]
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I don;t think there is anything inherently wrong with making sex jokes or even asking a woman to expose herself as long as it is going on between two consenting adults. The problem starts when one consenting adult has no fucking clue what other… [more]
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i think it takes MORE privilege to follow the 'clear' writing that deanc talks about, since that's actually unnatural compared to a looser discourse I really wish that we could inhabit a world in which it's accepted that different kinds of… [more]
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This blog seems like it would be an exercise of frustration. Instead of crafting a new story for herself, she is, ironically enough, simply restating the social order she suffers from: the popular kids are active actors at the center of attention,… [more]
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I really don't see how my raising this point renders working-class intellectuals invisible. Given my own background, that would be a ridiculous thing for me to do. It seems to me that it's absolutely essential to share stories like "there was… [more]
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I'm sorry I sarcastic-ed back at you, man. Well, it was the kind of sarcasm that I would totally have favorited had it not been directed at me. Here's the thing, for me: YOU are not doing that. So aren't you personally… [more]
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But inasmuch as it becomes --- "I know you don't enjoy her actual artistic output, but you should, because you'd admire and agree with her avant-garde politics!" I think that in Janelle Monae's case it's strange to think that you… [more]
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I remember looking askance at my coworker in 2001 who was just 6-7 years older than me (about 34 at the time, and not a mother) because she wouldn't budge from the faded Lee tapered jeans. They were perfectly reasonable when she was 22, but made… [more]
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Also, my cat is like yours - she sleeps most of the night and usually with me. She tends to have some "going to do cat things" time around 2am, but only for about an hour. [more]
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But I don't understand why you would write something on what is, basically, an introductory-level forum most of the time (the Internet) at a level that seems weirdly inaccessible. Unless New Inquiry wants specifically to set itself up as a… [more]
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I definitely don't read this as "Janelle Monae Gets Sexed Up in Preparation to Sell More Records" as your post seems to fear. The thing is, I am uncertain to what degree I am projecting onto Monae a set of concerns about being a… [more]
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Also, I add that on re-read, being all "I am a practiced reader" comes across way differently than I meant it to. I was trying to say that because I've read a lot of random stuff over many years, I read really quickly and have a big… [more]
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What a depressing thread. Do I really need to point out that if you refer to the author as "she," inadvertently revealing that you haven't even read the byline (or this FPP!) carefully enough to realize that the article was written by… [more]
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That makes no sense. If 10 cops arrest and throw a single unarmed psychopath in prison, is that a bad thing? If the majority of the Palestinian population would never accept Israel's existence peacefully -- why should Israel ever relent?… [more]
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The Q.U.E.E.N. video makes me hope she's the next Doctor Who I would...gee, I dunno, pay good money or sign a petition or do some other fannish yet persuasive thing (and also start watching Dr. Who, a show I've never really gotten into due… [more]
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(I organize an annual two hour catered cocktail event for about 100 people at which everyone gets precisely one drink, canapes are tasty but the board does not groan, we have some floral arrangements and send most of the invitations by email....and… [more]
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A is probably a mess inside. Off the top of my head, I'd speculate that A wanted different things from both you and C than she felt she could ask for or maybe even articulate - she wanted her friendship with you to be different than it was (closer?… [more]
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The way you write this, there's an undercurrent of disapproval, somehow, that leaves me wondering: are you upset with your brother's wife? With your brother? Are you angry on some level that they got married only to have a divorce so quickly? Do… [more]
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This is just like when I was five years old and my mother explained that the cat lady down the street was just a lady that liked cats. Some years ago, I worked in a large office building whose office culture was such that people would dress… [more]
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(I used to do a similar thing back in the early days of BMX where I would explain Canada to American kids in Northern Michigan. Stuff like how we have winter tires for our bikes with nails and that our dad's stood guard while we BMXed to protect… [more]
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Journalists are not expected to have encyclopedic knowledge, that's why they interview people. See, I have done some journalism - not at a very high level, it's true - but I virtually always researched my topic in the course of… [more]
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"All told, it sounds like the guy's probably a sleaze. But I'm afraid I'm never going to be comfortable with identifying a person as a sex offender on the basis of an unproven allegation rather than a conviction in a court of law. I'm just… [more]
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Is there a department secretary? I am a [well, not exactly] department secretary, and if a student came by and said that Dr. So-and-So was avoiding him and imperiling his funding, I would find Dr. So-and-So and make him sort the whole thing… [more]
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*Actually, I was told 'moron' was racist, not ableist, but this was just a couple of people on Tumblr and absolutely nobody else has ever got on my case about it or showed any sign of it traumatising them, so I still use that word… [more]
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Mike Resnick: I’d say that just about every other cover [in the romance section] shows a man’s bare torso, lean and muscular, usually with a few more abs than Nature tends to provide. The man’s head is rarely portrayed. Clearly these are erotic… [more]
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Oh, no, wait, dude, you need to use Talking Heads' Born Under Punches - "well I'm a tumbler, born under punches...no thanks, I'm a government man!!!" I mean, you could just use Burning Down The House. Talking Heads were… [more]
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Don’t say “bad”. “Bad” comes from the Old English “bæddel/bædling” which was a slur against effeminate men. Really. I’m not joking. It seems like, while baeddel was a slur, it's not entirely clear that it is the root for "bad"… [more]
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I doubt that you're in love with Beth, per se - you haven't been super emotionally intimate in a long time, you haven't shared much about your lives in a long time (except for the interlude when you weren't dating Alice), you have undoubtedly both… [more]
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Oh, also, keep trying on the research front - talk to other faculty, see if you can help out in a lab during the year, see what opportunities arise. In general, faculty (at least around here) absolutely adore students (undergrad or… [more]
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Just because no one is tracking every single person displaced by the increased frequency of extreme weather; doesn't mean they are not out there. There's a guy down my block who was a Katrina refugee. I think a mental block on this is… [more]
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This article is about a specific UK situation, right? Here is a thing that I think folks outside of long-term radical activist circles don't tend to realize (and, because I tend to hang around with cultural anarchists and do much more ad hoc… [more]
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