Twilight: The Chapter 7 Wrap-Up
I'm thoroughly amused by Bella's belief that Edward Cullen's behavior will be guided by any semblance of social expectations, politeness, tact, or basic decency. Because he has certainly been nothing but a model gentleman, what with all the moodiness, the violent and pointed avoidance, the gaslighting, the argumentativeness, the physical manhandling, the repeated trampling of her consent, and all the other delightful behavior he has demonstrated thus far.
I've been posting sporadically over the last couple of months, so the subject matter of the posts is all over the place. (Trigger Warning: Racism) First up, did you know that a group of Neo-Nazis have declared themselves civil rights activists for white people? The same neo-nazis that are stalking the streets in Florida following the Trayvon Martin shooting? "Civil rights" - I don't think it means what they think it means. But then, we all hate Illinois (or Floridian) Nazis. I took a look at a "bingo card" developed by feminist gamers with all of the different "responses" male (and some female) gamers will give when the issue of sexism in games is brought up; (Trigger Warning: Sexism, Misogyny, Homophobia; they like to travel in threes, don't they?) in Bingo, Bingo! In keeping with the sexism theme, I've also also taken a look at the ridiculousness of female superhero costumes (contrasting with the costumes I designed for my own characters; I am well aware of this trope), and the new Seven Dirty Words, courtesy of that infamous paleoconservative fascist, Pat Buchanan. (Trigger Warning: Language) I also took a look at the banality of evil presented by the MPAA; a new movie named Bully has been given an "R" rating due to usage of the word "fuck," prohibiting those who need to see the movie, and those who the movie is about, from seeing it (in theory); all in the name of working to promote decency in language.
The last few posts are scattered posts; one about the things I learned over the course of trying to self-publish The Blue Pimpernel, which may or may not be helpful to those looking to self-publish a book in the future (and jump through all of the loops, doing everything from the group up). The next was about creationists and the recent discovery of feathered dinosaur. And the last post is a grammar question - should the English language have a separate class for verbs called "proper verbs", with the advent of "Google", "Twitter" and "Facebook" as verbs? I'm of the mind it should, but I'm interested in what others things.
Twilight: Characterization Through Buzz-Words
The subject of Bella's paper -- whether or not Shakespeare's treatment of the female characters in Macbeth is misogynistic -- is her own topic. But it's a topic that does not fit her character as outlined, a topic dropped into the narrative for no purpose or addition to her character except to try to glom a buzzword onto Bella.
Deconstruction: Veils and Sweat Pants
I abhor cultures who force women to dress in ways that make some of them uncomfortable. I just don't think the best way to counter those cultures is to force women to dress in ways that make some of them uncomfortable.
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(Trigger Warning: abortion, pregnancy malfunction)
Talvivaara mining company is mining nickel and uranium in Finland. They are dumping toxic waste into the lakes. The levels of pollution are high enough to kill the fish and to cause changes in human chromosomes. Finland's equivalent of the Environmental Protection Agency isn't doing anything to stop it because of corruption.
Here's a blog post in English about the issue with a link round up with more information.
There's a petition to sign as well. It's starts in Finnish but there's an English translation at the bottom:
And to help fill out the petition:
*Etunimi = First Name
*Sukunimi = Family Name
*Paikkakunta = Location / city / town
*Maa = Country (the names are in Finnish. If you don't see your country's name google will help you translate it to Finnish.)
*Sähköpostiosoite = e-mail address Näytetäänkö allekirjoituksesi kaikille? = show your name to everybody [at the website of this petition] Kyllä = yes Ei = no
NOTE: When you fill out the petition, you'll get one e-mail to confirm your signature. It'll be in Finnish, but if you click on the second link, the link after "VAHVISTA allekirjoituksesi tai POISTA allekirjoitus avaamalla seuraava sivu:" it'll work. (the first link just goes back to the petition you just signed)
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