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(A momentary derail: Sometimes I read blogs by POC and they are upsetting to read. I wanted to clarify that the upset that I might feel in that situation is nowhere near how upsetting it is when some poor kid gets shot by the cops,... [more]
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MeFi comment - Two years ago

Russian Ark is awesome - I've watched it twice and it's really definitely a big-screen film. I assumed that there were allusions that I could not get, but the feel and sweep of the film is amazing. I am not a skilled film person, so my opinions... [more]
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MeFi comment - Two years ago

What do you mean, "contemporary"? That's the way it's always worked. That statement is no more true of twenty-first-century America as it is of fifth-millennium BC Mesopotamia. Doesn't have anything to do with capitalism. Or, if it does,... [more]
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MeFi comment - Two years ago

To be fair, I (and I'm pretty sure elizardbits, too) was saying that the lulz come from vegetarians who say that they're so much more ethical and healthier because they don't eat meat when actually they're junk food fiends No, people -... [more]
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MeFi comment - Two years ago

This interview with Dongpin Han, a historian who grew up in rural China during the cultural revolution, discussing his book, The Unknown Cultural Revolution: Life and Change in a Chinese Village was interesting, and there's a transcript of an... [more]
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MeFi comment - Two years ago

The other thing I want to add - I have a relative whose health isn't good and who can't wear anything but elastic waisted pants. She usually wears denim ones because they're sturdy and warm. I'm okay with saying "fitted jeans are more... [more]
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MeFi comment - Two years ago

A boy who insists on wearing a skirt seems to be asserting the importance of gender norms, not eroding them. See, this risks slipping over into "but trans women are just reinscribing teh patriarchy" reasoning - where when someone... [more]
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MeFi comment - Two years ago

"See, what we need is a couple of really big, scary, near-invincible flying narcotic cyborg wildebeest. Then the whole city will come together - black, white, man, woman, sentient orchids, severed demon ninja feet, badger paralegals - against... [more]
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MeFi comment - Two years ago

I don't see how it's possible to read his deep investment in appearing "girl-like" as something that is not "based on some kind of Deep Truth About Gender." At least, based in some kind of Deep Truth about his perception of his... [more]
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MeFi comment - Two years ago

I've just had a thought: when I took child development classes as part of an abortive attempt at teacher-training, we were told pretty clearly that around age 3 kids "naturally" developed a lot of anxiety about which gender they were and... [more]
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MeFi comment - Two years ago

Didn't people make noises like this in the seventies when d'Estaing was elected? And few of them fled. The people who are actually willing to up stakes and leave France, its culture, the amenities available to the wealthy, its education system and... [more]
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MeFi comment - Two years ago

I've never heard any meat-eater (except for myself, because I'm a terrible, hateful person who talks about how delicious piggies are to anyone who will listen to me and how they are wrong for not eating the delicious piggies) proselytise... [more]
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MeFi comment - Two years ago

I swear to you that if you continue to beat yourself about about this, you'll be looking back when you're older and saying you wasted your youth. I've never been thin, I've always had stretch marks, and a circulatory condition has left with with... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Two years ago

IME, mice seem to smell a cat and come in less frequently - we went from having a very mousey house and no cat to a couple of mice a year. Our cat is a very show-offy hunter who likes to bring me the mice to see before she kills them, so I'm pretty... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Two years ago

(Also, most of the kids I know mostly wear hand-me-downs or thrift store stuff or presents - it's actually cheaper to be able to use a wider variety of hand-me-downs rather than a gender-restricted sort. You don't need "two... [more]
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MeFi comment - Two years ago

You should read some queer femme tumblrs! I am a butch queer person of indeterminate gender who isn't really attracted to femme women and reading a lot of those totally changed my feelings about bodies and femme presentation. Sadly, I... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Two years ago

And dentists, come to think of it! You could improve the lives of MANY homeless people by staffing a free, full-service dental clinic....but of course, if we started giving free and desperately needed care to homeless people, it would be... [more]
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MeFi comment - Two years ago

I'm torn because while I feel homeless people probably have the right to beg, makes signs, loiter downtown etc., it really kills urban centers. Directly or indirectly the homeless have been used to justify the nonexistence of benches, closure of... [more]
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MeFi comment - Two years ago

The thing is, the state/the collective has to take the burden off the individual in terms of being exhausted and frightened by panhandlers - and I do believe that it can be exhausting and I know it can be frightening. What happens now is that... [more]
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MeFi comment - Two years ago

I am uneasy with the "give money to social services, not the homeless" line, for several reasons: first, because I suspect that it results in less giving, because it's easy to think "oh, I will give at X point and not now to... [more]
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MeFi comment - Two years ago

In the case of "fairest of them all the word fair means beautiful or handsome. It doesn't refer to coloring at all. Here is an article from The Beheld about the origins of "fair" - apparently it originally meant... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Two years ago

On women and degrees: (Background comment - all of this "school isn't friendly for boys because boys are inherently THING" is pretty silly - girls were "inherently" unfit for education for quite a while because their wombs... [more]
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MeFi comment - Two years ago

Things have changed, I find men that insist on making me wait for them to run to the door first or make a big show of holding the door when it was really my turn, to be rude. Just treat people as people, not genders, and do the act/accept the act... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Two years ago

"Shyster", right? I do not want to google it at work, but IIRC it's either actually anti-semitic or anti-semitic as used by gentiles. [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Two years ago

One thing I always notice in these threads - the way it's so easy to identify yourself with your suffering, or to identify with your abuser/the system that abused you. This is something I have struggled with a lot myself in terms of... [more]
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MeFi comment - Two years ago

No seriously, if you honestly think that it's only us modern capitalist industrial folks who are judgy towards our elders/youngers, you really need to read more. No, no, there's actually some pretty good research on the concept of... [more]
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MeFi comment - Two years ago

I just want to pop back in to say that I don't really worry about 'being attractive' any more. Partly because I'm older and 'being attractive' in your late thirties is different than in your twenties, partly because I'm a fat butch... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Two years ago

(A digression in case you are worrying about age and marriage instead of just age and still-not-being-grown-up: the issue isn't when most American women marry, it's when people in your social circle, people of your general background and... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Two years ago

The Anaheim city government has been surprisingly responsive to the people here. Rather than circling the wagons and undertaking an "internal investigation", the mayor has reached out to the FBI and US Attorney's office to launch an... [more]
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MeFi comment - Two years ago

My experience of being young and sorta plain* and female was this: guys who hit on me on the street thought I was easy. They were offering to "buy me a drink" in the hope that I would go to a bar with them and then have sex. This was... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Two years ago

I am just so tired of people doing this "you and your sad pathetic life, you don't know what you're missing because..... on morally insignificant choices. Okay, in looking back mere moments later that was a really mean way to say... [more]
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MeFi comment - Two years ago

At the same time, this would never be okay if a white person did the same thing. No matter how many black people ever mistreated a white person during the course of his life, he would never, never, be okay saying something like that.... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Two years ago

I think that those of us who are white Americans in this thread have the tricky issue of, well, the whole thing is happening in Japan....and it's not like there isn't a great deal of racial overdetermination in our understanding... [more]
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MeFi comment - Two years ago

I think it's worth looking at the comments at Clutch - it's a site with some fairly sophisticated analysis of style and race, and IMwhiteO the commentariat is also pretty sophisticated. Folks' feelings seem to be complicated, a lot more complicated... [more]
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MeFi comment - Two years ago

So, is internalized racism not a thing now? You don't think that French-North African kids might be responding cheekily to the racism they receive from mainstream French culture and that the mode of resistance they choose (adoption of imported,... [more]
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MeFi comment - Two years ago

Tofu and breast cancer: Here is a PubMed link to one of the studies I've seen. I've seen a bunch of other similar ones but don't have time to google around for them - this one is pretty characteristic. Here is a crappy Dr. Weil link that... [more]
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MeFi comment - Two years ago

OK, so I don't want to make this a thing or keep talking about it because it makes everyone feel bad, but I just want to be clear that you are responding to the one thing I specifically said was not the thing I was talking about. That is all.... [more]
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MeFi comment - Two years ago

There is a 20 point gap in breastfeeding rates between mothers with a High School Diploma or less and mothers with an Undergraduate degree. There is a 30 point in between mothers 30+ and 20 years of age. African-Americans breastfeed at a... [more]
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MeFi comment - Two years ago

What I hear from these internets is that Housman's in London has hosted book discussion groups. I am in Minneapolis, though, so I have no idea if that's true. I know that Richard Seymour, author of American Insurgents, has given... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Two years ago

Women's bodies are always regulated as part of a nationalist impulse. I'd argue that the obese body is implicitly "feminized" in popular discourse and regulated in the same way. Women and feminized people can't be trusted with their... [more]
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MeFi comment - Two years ago

Er – did you notice that that study says that eating tofu seems to prevent breast cancer? Okay, we are talking totally at cross purposes here. The point I was trying to make was precisely that tofu seems to prevent breast... [more]
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MeFi comment - Two years ago

See, fun's fun and all, but as a female-type person I get really tired of left-wing dudes (Self, Tim Wise, Derek Jensen...to name a few) whose automatic way of symbolizing what is wrong with the world is to point to a weirdly sexualized image of a... [more]
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MeFi comment - Two years ago

I hope the above will be taken for what it is: a lightly poeticised account of the mental state of an average young woman negotiating her way through the urban environment There is a certain type of man...often he writes for Adbusters, but... [more]
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MeFi comment - Two years ago

Racialicious True Blood roundtable. Caution: they are not always superfans. [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Two years ago

I don't think "hipster is about appropriation" is sufficient - while there are certainly people wearing "Indian" costumes to house parties while drinking Pabst, there are plenty of culturally-appropriating groups (New Age folks... [more]
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MeFi comment - Two years ago

I agree with The AV Club on why it's time to stop using white as a pejorative. Just as a clarifying comment again (this stuff is pretty tricky to discuss online among strangers, I find): I feel like there's a difference between 1.... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Two years ago

Okay, I'm just gonna threadsit here: if folks want to talk about cultural appropriation as a thing itself, let's make a post for the blue! There's lots of stuff that could be linked. Right now, just assume that my belief is that cultural... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Two years ago

White person here! But, um, white person who has a lot of experience of the culture you're talking about? And worries a lot about the way it works and the whiteness angle? And has their own issues vis-a-vis queerness and... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Two years ago

And it is "trends" like this that make me never, ever want to have sex again. When I get past the depression about how I'm inadequate, I'm just filled with rage that the world really, seriously expects me to spend all this precious time... [more]
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MeFi comment - Two years ago

(Just to clarify - I didn't mean to imply that people of color are all creepily, magically, movie-stereotype caring (although I think it's reasonable to read my comment that way and I apologize) - I was thinking specifically of an... [more]
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