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Something I noticed but have no theory about since I tend to read about rather than watch television and mainstream movies (yes, special snowflake, blah blah) - these sociopaths are almost always men, right? All the ones Kotsko name-checks... [more]
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Oh, the saddest songs? The saddest songs are, in no particular order: Tom Joad The Water Is Wide/Wild Geese (Ann Hills, can't seem to find it online) A Pair of Brown Eyes, which is much sadder than Waltzing Matilda to me although it too has... [more]
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In the event that child admitted that he had not used his/her skill, the teacher said,“How sad that you let him get away with it.Do you suppose you are going to continue to let him get by with it or are you going to use your skill? It’s your... [more]
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But the whole point of this kind of article, culturally, is to bully people into liking or disliking something through fear of being a hipster, of not being hip enough or of having their identity challenged in some way. Economically, it's... [more]
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But weren't the charity benefits provided prior to the 19th century extremely uneven and ideologically contingent? In the Middle Ages and Renaissance, IIRC, many were administered through guilds, which meant that the "masterless men",... [more]
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Perhaps I shall tell you about my local Target. I live in Target's home town, and if I choose to bus to downtown Minneapolis, I can go to the palatial flagship Target on the main shopping drag, where they have everything plus a few extra... [more]
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You just wait a few centuries, until mentions of pet-owning, exercise, childbirth, and toilet paper are all "problematical," and everyone who has ever written about them is clearly a bad person. See, this is again where questions... [more]
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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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Also, after reading that "daring to go out shopping in a wheelchair and being called a 'scrounger' by actual adults" piece, I have to ask UK mefites: what the hell is happening in your country? No, really, you people are worse than us... [more]
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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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Also, I know from friends (some who made bad choices out of need, one who I dissuaded) that it's easy for young women (and young queer folks) to get into situations that they don't know how to handle. If you're young and too good-hearted, it's easy... [more]
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Wear something your grandpa would have recognized as being in good taste and hope that civilization holds together enough that your grandchildren would likewise think so. My grandfather would have disowned me if he'd lived long enough to... [more]
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your ideal image is closer to a Victorian gentleman with a study of books made of oak, filled with comfortable chairs and a fireplace whom can discuss nearly any subject with some familiarity. See, that Victorian gentleman was at... [more]
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I found these a bit annoying, actually. Because the subtext I got was "this is satiric because it's funny to think of women wanting to look at pictures of men performing sexual allure!" It's like the critique is supposed to... [more]
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There's something about the call for a better-educated workforce that's always bugged me. It's odd, because education is good, right? But A) it's always seemed to me that there's a tinge of victim-blaming, because those workers wouldn't be out of... [more]
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In the 'realities of being a Hungarian Roma in Canada" article, they point out that the generous, lavish benefits that people are allegedly emigrating to scam off the Canadian government are something like $1100 a month, out of which you have to... [more]
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VikingSword's diet and relationship to food would make me want to kill myself I guess I'd just say that VikingSword, like Athene, is an outlier - though a different kind. I can't imagine starting my day with protein powder and lowfat... [more]
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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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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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So wait, what, Ikea 'fessed up and it was actually them apparently assuming that the Saudis just couldn't handle a regular Ikea catelogue and not the actual Saudi franchisee at all? So does this boil down to "Westerners in advertising... [more]
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