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Gentrification is a funny thing, and I feel like it can only be tackled at the structural level. I assume that there's a small number of people who have enough money that they have a very wide range of choices in housing and food - people who can... [more]
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Toward the end of the article, it talks about how "science is in trouble" due to inaccurate and dubious popularizations - studies get blown out of proportion, stupid truisms get passed off as science and as a result, many people don't trust... [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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No, actually, the key factor is that no one actually wants to redistribute money and resources. The government keeps trying to substitute knowledge and hectoring for actual resources*, because nobody wants to trust the poors with actual money or... [more]
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Also, from a perspective standpoint: queer folks (much like women) are routinely expected to just suck it up. We're supposed to be really nice all the time to people who think we are inferior to them; who think that they are "normal" and... [more]
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So what happened to all the stuff about how shitty it is to work for Amazon? How exploited the workers are and how cruel the management? I've stopped ordering from Amazon - fuck 'em, is what I say. I want more for the future than a... [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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This sort of article is terrible. 1. It treats a large, disparate group of women as a monolith. There are certainly norms and trends about sex, but they're very different among classes, religious denominations (conservative Lutherans... [more]
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postmodernism is a scam to funnel money from the productive classes to the parasitical academy Adorno isn't a postmodernist. He would have been appalled - appalled! - by the suggestion, just as he was appalled by the swinging sixties... [more]
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I'd of course prefer to think he was pulling the wool over the reporters eyes but I don't think it's the simplest scenario. See, back when I was fifteen, I knew some kids who fibbed to stupid reporters who had showed up at our high school... [more]
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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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As a secretary (well, really as someone whose role is mostly grants administration with some secretarial aspects - ah, to serve two masters! - and who is thus constantly needing to convey that I know what I'm talking about with numbers and budget... [more]
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Oh hey, I will tell a tale of my youth in order to illustrate what I mean by "taking up space". Okay, once I was a young punk college student. Now, I was as unhappy as the dickens, and I did have a part time job, but I was also... [more]
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Making a "grand bargain" with a bunch of corporations is no bargain at all. We know that a "bargain" with corporations basically means "let's give you tax incentives; once you've wrung everything you can out of us, you'll... [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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No. Don't. You have an impression that she thought you had a fake ID. You also have an impression that she intentionally didn't offer to get you another drink. For this, you want to call up and get someone chewed out or fired? And if... [more]
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Once again it is so weird to me that we've got two things at the same time: many, many black women saying that they do not feel represented in popular culture, that they would like to be represented as frequently/normally as white folks are,... [more]
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We all know that guy - I know a "that guy" who actually changed himself (by conversations, reading feminist books and a lot of self-reflection and hard work) and is, seven years later, a much nicer and happier person with a wonderful... [more]
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(I pause to add that "The Game" absolutely skeeves me out, as it does pretty much every woman I know. If I got even the faintest hint that a guy was using PUA/Game stuff on me, I would walk away, possibly after saying something mean.... [more]
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The "tyranny of pronouns" thing sounds weird to me. In my circles, when someone's gender is unknown or they're genderqueer or whatever, we just say "they", as in "I saw Lee on the bus, and they said they'd be at the show... [more]
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