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Maybe I'm being unreasonably charitable but I read the point as applying to myself as well. I imagine it could apply to an environmentalist marrying a petroleum engineer or a campaigner against institutional racism in policing marrying a cop.... [more]
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Harry Potter and the Tax Return (Wizard) (Form A1(c)) Harry Potter and the Budget Reform Bill, Line Item MoM Harry Potter and the Daycare Subsidies Act Harry Potter and the National Healthcare System Harry Potter and the Wizarding NGO Harry... [more]
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Actually one of my more on-trend friends dyed his hair in this way recently. It's always so depressing to read the responses to something like this, where half the comments are "that's ugly!" or "what fashion victims", with a... [more]
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It is much, much less inconvenient to think "Okay, I'm going to swim on Saturdays at 3pm, not at 1pm, because noon to 3 is men-only swim; I am planning ahead and I will go to the store first" than to think "hm, I booked this seat... [more]
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I was actually working abroad when September 11 happened - although I was in a place where I couldn't get a lot of media coverage and missed much of the immediate fuss. This was at a time when I was trying to decide whether I'd stay abroad... [more]
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Also, about anger: 1. "Anger" varies from milieu to milieu. In some places, what gets labeled as "anger" is saying "well, it might be possible that your experience as a white person means that you don't quite recognize... [more]
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I accept that a white person's take on stories involving racial issues is going to have blind spots, and that some of those blind spots hurt. But is the alternative discouraging white people from exploring POC issues? Speaking as a white... [more]
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And yet, where's the compensation for twenty years? Where's the punishment for the cops? It is wonderful that he's exonerated, but people acted with malice in order to convict him and they took two decades of his life, permanently altered his... [more]
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Another thing - we white viewers might start trusting that Black artists are complex and smart. Historically, there have been lots of black artists who either wished they could have said more direct and complicated things or were punished... [more]
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Hey, did you know that I just taught a community ed class about Samuel Delany? I mean, it was sort of a "lab class" for me and I learned a lot about both Delany's work and the best ways to approach it. However! There's a lot of ways... [more]
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(I add that if you're in radical activist circles, you don't care the same way if the Tea Party hates you as you do if your radical peers decide that you're a shitty person. The state (and its Tea Party members) has enormous and dangerous... [more]
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It seems like a thing that would be more appropriate (with other paintings, of course) for kids - dressing up as a painting seems like a fun way to get children engaged with art. I feel like it probably got a pass from the museum staff because of... [more]
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It's not merely play; it's play with an implicit message. Regarding it as merely play seems like the same kind of reductive attitude seen in phrases like, "It's just a joke," or "I like what I like, so what?" What I'm... [more]
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Some people think Sandra Bernhard is beautiful, for starters. Most of the "Sandra Bernhard, despite being thin and having a conventionally attractive body, good skin, good hair and a wide, full-lipped mouth is actually ugly" business... [more]
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You're the second person to say something to this effect in this discussion. You know there are an awful lot of densely populated dessert, tropical and subtropical places outside of this country where civilizations have flourished for thousands of... [more]
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But seriously, this whole idea that "we" all need to be shaken out of "our" bourgeois state of ignorance and comfort really irritates me. Who has said this? The whole discourse of "art should [generically] 'push... [more]
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I know this shouldn't be the surprising part, but Tim Hunt's wife is a scientist! This is how he thinks about the person he married? You know, if my partner were all over the internets talking about falling in love with people at work,... [more]
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And really, you can see how superior music access is today - there's no reason that a girl right now could not get into old nineties music and listen to Alanis Morrisette and Bikini Kill and Lush and L7 and The Blue Up? and Huggybear and Mazzy Star... [more]
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He's not a faculty member. The Stanford directory divides people into four groups: faculty, staff, students, and "affiliates," a sort of catch all category. He's an affiliate. So when he's described as "faculty" in the... [more]
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I think that a problem with the linked article is that the author doesn't have a clear fix on what she expects popular music to do and how this relates to the role of popular music through (let's say for the sake of argument) modern Western... [more]
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