There is also an examination of Embassytown by China Mieville, that I would love to have a conversation about with anyone inclined that way.
Deconstruction: Depression Diaries and Puritan Work Ethics
(Content Note: Depression, Surgery)–
One of the really frustrating things about depression is how well it succeeds in camouflaging itself as a "nothing" disease, the mental equivalent of having a touch of sinus drainage in the morning, or of needing your joints to warm up for a few minutes before you can really hit the ground running.
Brave didn't light my world on fire from a story-telling perspective. But that's okay because it's still a step in the right direction. Now we just need more. Lots more.
And I had a few posts about depression:
• Music– I shared some of the music I listen to on youtube when I don't have the energy to get to a CD player.
• My Hoped for Future Doesn't Exist (Trigger Warning: discussion of depression and things that trigger depression)– I talk about how the world has changed while I've been depressed so all of the things I hoped to do when no longer depressed are based in a past that no longer exists, rather than a possible future.
• Rejoice, Rejoice, we have no choice – I talk about walking, quote Frost, and describe in a few words how I carry on.
Deconstruction: Love Is...
(Trigger Warning: Hospitalization, Cancer, Religious and Political Homophobia)
I'm blessed and privileged that the love from my parents and my spouse has social approval and government sanction. And I hope to someday live in a world where that statement will also be true for the millions of QUILTBAG peoples on this earth.
(Trigger Warning: Depression, Ableism Language in Text, Ethics of Mind-Reading, Bad Friendships, Disordered Eating)
Twilight: Protagonist-Centered Everything
It's a fantasy that is essentially self-centered, that places Bella -- or the reader -- at the literal center of everyone else's emotional universes. Sexual orientation, personal preference, monogamy, and respect for one's position as a person of authority are all tossed out of the window in order to bolster Bella's desire to be overwhelmingly beautiful.
In case you missed this
• SB Nation writes about the objectification of female athletes:
• Hemant Mehta at the Friendly Atheist tells us about two young college students who filed a lawsuit about Hamilton County Commissioners (in Tennessee) praying “in Jesus’ name” at a meeting. One of the witnesses called to give evidence was Muslim:
• Claudia at the Friendly Atheist tells us that UK taxpayers may be funding Creationist schools.
• Stephanie Zvan at Almost Diamonds posts that Heina Dadabhoy, who writes at Skepchick, is looking for financial support for a book explaining Islam to sceptics from non-Islamic backgrounds.
• (Trigger Warning: Discussion of the phenomenon of rape jokes) No actual rape jokes are presented: it's a discussion of the phenomenon of rape jokes. Stephanie Zvan also has a clever flow chart: "So You Want to Tell a Rape Joke". (Click on the chart image for a transcript. Once there, click the image again for a larger version.)
• In the news, we wonder whether Scotland, New Zealand or, of all places, Vietnam will be the next country to enact marriage equality.
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