(Trigger Warning: Discussion of depression)
Health: Depression Diaries and Unconditional Love
If you aren't depressed, but know someone who is, go take a moment to reassure them that you love them, no matter what. Telling them they aren't total suck won't work; the depression has logic and reason and copious footnotes on its side. Telling them that you'll love them forever even if they are total suck is the only thing that the logic can't defeat because logic is helpless in the face of tautologies.
(Trigger Warning: Discussion of depression, discussion of cancer)
Health: Depression Diaries and The Theory of Relativity
One of the "fun" things about depression is how easily it can downplay itself as Nothing Serious and you, the sufferer, as a Big Whiner. It does this by the tried-and-true fashion of somebody else has it worse.
(Trigger Warning: Politics, Racism, Jackwagonry, Food Poisoning, Swearing )
Deconstruction: "You Might Be A Racist If..." Special Political Edition
I don't usually do political posts on the blog. However! Today I am holed up in bed with food poisoning, and I made the Very Big Mistake of saying so on Twitter and in doing so I noticed this hashtag: #ThingsRomneyShouldSaytotheNAACP.
"What Would Frigga Do?" tshirt
• Ah, Privatisation, in which a lifeguard in Florida is fired for rescuing a drowning man.
• Some interesting explanations of the laws around freedom of speech for both students and staff in USAian public schools from JT Eberhard of the Secular Students Alliance.
• Photos of atheist signs at San Francisco's LGBT Pride Parade.
(Trigger Warning: References to lies about cancer, References to rape, and to victim-blaming.)
• Ben Goldacre talks about media distortion of science. As a medical doctor, his first focus is alt med and healthy living advice as filtered through the media, but he goes on to give a perfect example of rape culture from the Daily Telegraph. [This is an audio piece (in the form of a video without any video). If I'm asked, I'll do a transcript.]
(End Trigger Warning)
• Jay Smooth talks about feeding trolls, and why it's sometimes the right thing to do. This video also serves as a bite-sized introduction to how privilege works. [Video. I suspect a transcript already exists, but I can't find it. If I'm asked, I'll do one.]
• In Munich, there's an environmentally-friendly supercomputer.
• Some Neil Gaiman short stories are legallay available online.
• Do you talk to your computer? Or swear at it, perhaps? It's unlikely that speech recognition will be the main way to interact with computers any time soon.
• And finally, an except from Dan Pink's speech about research into what really motivates people. [Video. Again, I'll add a transcript if asked.]
Absolute power corrupts absolutely, and feminism isn't immune to that. With only the idea of "patriarchy" as a framing mechanism, feminism will only benefit the least marginalized people in society --- white, able-bodied, cisgender, neurotypical, well-off, and such. To benefit *everyone,* we must be aware of both our relative privileges and oppressions. The idea of kyriarchy provides a framework for a more inclusive and comprehensive feminism, one more able to to give everyone the tools to liberate themselves.
(Trigger Warning: Oppressive Parenting, Dangerous Relationships, Continued References to Bella's Near-Rape)
Twilight: All The Things I Like
Alright, folks, today we're just polishing off Chapter 9. And since I've been feeling like I've been coming off as really negative lately, what with Narnia and Game of Thrones and The Avengers and everything else, and since I really do feel like a fluffy bunny person on the inside (most days) and since there's nothing too egregious left in this chapter but we need to finish it up anyway, this is going to be one of those Nice Twilight days.
(Trigger Warning: Cultural Appropriation, Oppressive Religion, Infertility)
Deconstruction: The Allure of Appropriation
I took a DNA test last year.
(Trigger Warning: Religious Violence)
Narnia: Counterpoint The Surrealism Of The Underlying Metaphor
Everything about Susan's character so far has been that of a young woman who exudes love and kindness to friends and family alike; who expends an excess of effort to avoid, mediate, and end disputes; and who never hesitates to get her hands dirty when there's work to be done. Naturally, this is all going to have to change now that we need an Evil Pevensie To Learn A Moral Lesson.
In case you missed this
(Trigger Warning: rape culture, rape "humour," threats of rape)
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