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The whole "craft cheese is too small a threat for Big Cheese to bother" - I don't think that this is how government tends to operate. I have not noticed, for example, that tiny useless hippie groups get left alone because they are... [more]
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All these people go to the expensive espresso bar with a hipster, rockstar barista. That’s not what we do. We want people to relearn what was lost.” Martijn and his friends thought the first step in this reeducation was breaking down walls.... [more]
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Seriously, what do people have against leaves? This is like the "Slate says YA is dumb" thread only for food. I like leaves. I grew up eating iceberg lettuce salads every night - and when I asked my parents about it later,... [more]
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I think that it's useful to consider this stuff from the point of view of outcomes. You don't have to agree with someone to not be a jerk - Savage can think whatever he likes about language. But if you know that something... [more]
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Actually, also, I think "it" pronouns are pretty neat. I find it annoying that Dan Savage sort of relies on "this person is such a weirdo that they use this pronoun, therefore their arguments are invalid".... [more]
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You know what's even worse? I've heard there are services where you can call someone or even go online and order food to be delivered to your house! Yeah, and most of those are shit jobs dependent on a long chain of shitty food production... [more]
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So wait, there will be no more imported aged cheese? No more real parmesan? No more aged gouda? This is awful. I mean, I'm vegan about 95% of the time, but when I fall off the wagon, I want to fall into the parmesan, so to speak. And not... [more]
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Frowner, I skimmed the wikipedia entry on it just now and that reminded me that one review I remember clearly was by Spider Robinson. I don't remember him mentioning the breeding aspects at all -- he just presented it as an anti-social decision,... [more]
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(We have hundred-year radiators too and everyone told us not to do this - that it was miles and miles more trouble than it was worth. Yours may be worse than ours, so this may not apply, but I was genuinely surprised by how much, much better they... [more]
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See, I'm going to disagree a bit here with the idea that this type of writing is just someone being herself, because writing isn't just a transparent placement of the personality on the page. We choose our tone, in large part, and this seems to me... [more]
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Also weirded out by the idea that a naive approach to records is necessarily an internet-mockery style approach - like if you don't know anything about something, the best and most interesting way to approach it for an audience is not necessarily to... [more]
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I don't know, the first person the author talked to doesn't sound very deft, but is actually significantly more honest than I think might be hoped for from a customer service person. "It’s just like the radio in your car. There are all kinds... [more]
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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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I have a union job at a place that was unionized less than ten years before I was hired. So there's lots of living memory about how things were before. The main thing - and I remember this from when I was working temp jobs - is that before, they... [more]
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That's totally not what the reviewers at the time made that book out to be about. They presented it as just sort of dull nihilism. Now I need to go find it. Hm, I suspect they presented it as a sort of dull nihilism because it didn't seem... [more]
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I would assume that's the novel Darkover Landfall, which describes the first years of colonization, including the obligation of all the women to breed. It is, now that you mention it. And now that I remember that, I think there's some... [more]
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In this case, I have no idea. I worked there two years and was never approached by anyone interested in unionizing the ushers. Except for the ticket booths, all workers' tasks were segregated by job category. I know I'm posting a lot, and... [more]
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I have found that if you tell people that you don't want them to take a picture RIGHT THEN AND THERE and then flip out on them if they do, they tend to stop. I'm with you - I hate surprise photos, I don't want people putting my pictures to god knows... [more]
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Cheerful, intelligent anime and cartoons - dubbed or in English
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"Colored" can be used in a racist way, but is there racism in the song because of it? I have heard many, many unfavorable remarks about this song from women of color. I'm not saying that every person of color on the planet is... [more]
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(On the jump in obesity - it's worth noting that in 1998, the standards for overweight and obese were changed, lowered by about ten pounds each. So people who were not previously considered overweight became overweight overnight, same with people... [more]
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Or, you know. Indian schools, where this shit was still happening in the 70s. That's true, and I knew about it, and yet I didn't think of it. Racism in action in my own forgetting.... [more]
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I am also interested in the trigger warning as a cultural pattern, though, both in the ways that it oversimplifies and fetishizes consent and the ways that it figures the individual as always-ill. Like, it's totally okay to... [more]
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In all fairness, that idea of complete "interest in [your] own agency"-- that you exist for yourself, you belong to yourself, you don't owe nothin' to nobody and nobody is the boss of you-- is pretty much the textbook Christian... [more]
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...become like the average person in the US and be filled with constant, trite, simplistic and completely generalized ideas about life, struggle, possibility, while calling it "optimism" and a "good attitude". I am... [more]
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I thought the really important part of Debt was actually the whole "money did not arise from barter, here is how early trade and distribution of resources happened" - in short, the anthropology part. The issue with the... [more]
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I honestly don't get this. Why is it inherently wrong for me to discuss this with a woman? Assuming this idea of 'secondary trauma' is a real thing in this context (which I'm dubious about, because it sounds to me like just men wanting someone to... [more]
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It seems that Ireland has been the center of widespread child abuse scandals - Magdalen homes, industrial schools. Certainly Ireland is not the only country where this has happened (the U.S. has had many child abuse scandals as well) but there... [more]
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I hear you! I had a ton of trouble making women friends for years and I have never had a real coherent social circle of women. Most of my friends were straight dudes of one stripe or another. Lately, I've made a lot more women friends but it took a... [more]
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I think I'd be more comfortable with this development if it didn't also involve a fair number of ugly stereotypes of LGB sexuality (especially bisexuality) coupled with aggressive identity policing based on those stereotypes. I think one of the... [more]
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Why is excluding people on the basis of self-gender-designation OK, when excluding people on the basis of genitalia is not? What if it was a No-Jews weekend? No-Blacks? No-People-Who-Consider-Themselves-Mixed-Race-Or-Nonwhite? Oppressions... [more]
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Little House on the Prairie is a strange choice for this list - it's memoir (albeit lightly fictionalized). I also wish that when folks name check it they would note that the whole story plays out against the really grotesque and... [more]
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I think it's interesting to hear so many people refer to this as a "living/fair wage", but when you actually read the nitty-gritty, what are they talking about? "Private school", "a 2, 3 bedroom apartment in a good... [more]
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The anecdote that serves as my model for union resentment is from a friend who in college had a food service job where he worked the same number of hours as the union workers, was not allowed to join the union due to an agreement between the... [more]
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professors make any material involving classism, racism, sexism, ableism, etc. etc. 'optional'. Optional if it's not necessary. One good thing that all this business does, IMO, is it pushes us to rethink certain curriculum decisions.... [more]
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I notice a lot of 'received wisdom' in your comments - ideas that are floating around in advice culture that get treated as if they are deep, eternal verities, like "women aren't visual [so what I think about my partner's appearance must be just... [more]
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I'm a programmer too, and I don't know a ton about unions. But I've been part of one in the past, and my husband is in one now. Let's say McDonald's has a union and it's employees get $25/hour. Wendy's workers have no union and get $8/hour. There... [more]
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When McDonald's gets their union, the Dairy Queen people don't get union benefits -- my experience is, you either are lucky enough to get a union card, or you don't, and if you don't get a union card, you don't get the benefit of being in a union.... [more]
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And that comes back to my fundamental statement: I'm not anti-union, I'm just not a fan of the exclusionary way unions operate. I did a quick google of "how do I become a {union name} member?" and they are pretty much universally... [more]
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This is a great thing to bring up, because before I had met any trans people or done any reading on transness, this was a big stumbling block for me, and I think it is for a lot of people. If I'm a feminist, aren't I meant to be denying that there... [more]
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I mean, a lot of this kind of nonsense movement-baiting (which is what the NYT framing is) suffers hugely from not being specific enough about the people and issues involved. Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, for instance, isn't talking about... [more]
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Something that I think I knew but did not put together with contemporary Irish history: the English penal laws prevented Catholics from basically doing anything - getting an education, living certain places, being in government, owning... [more]
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I actually knew some folks who grew up in tiny, cramped apartments in Shanghai - like, one friend slept on the couch in the living/shared/dining room, her father had his own tiny room and the whole place would have been more cramped except her mother... [more]
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The thing about the apodments is that sure, they'd be great if they were ~225 square feet and had a tiny kitchen. I would love a teeny apartment (except somehow I have a mortgage on a giant crumbling victorian instead) but 150 square feet is really,... [more]
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Nooooooo. Look, this guy is clearly in more emotional pain than you can fix - that's something you've definitely picked up on. You cannot fix him. If you kissed him, if you slept with him, if you started a relationship with him - you still... [more]
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Or what about Young Adult Novel by Daniel Pinkwater? It's hiLARious, it really is. [more]
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Does she like short novels at all? The Thirteen Clocks, by James Thurber, is an extremely silly book. But it also has a quest/leaving for a bright future theme. And they've republished it in a really nice facsimile edition.... [more]
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I was at a guy's house once and he started quizzing me about world capitals. It would be funny if it weren't so loaded at the time. Really? Really? Why on earth would you need to know a random assortment of world capitals?... [more]
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I worked at a movie theater in high school. Cashiers had a union. No one else did. So you had more than one tier of worker in the same business, and only some of them were unionized. And I point this out just to clarify - that is generally... [more]
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(The main thing I notice consistently about YA is that it is easier to read than literary fiction, whether that's Dickens, Wharton, Delany, or whomever. So I surmise that some people read YA who would normally have read junk adult fiction but... [more]
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