wait i just realized andrew made a bunch of alien characters but they’d be fucking awesome characters as humans in human society like if they were human they’d just be Good Characters instead of Vaguely Gimmicky Alien Characters i don’t think i’m saying this right this is totally blowing my mind
It’s because trolls aren’t really alien. They’re just humans with grey skin, horns, and different reproductive hangups.
That’s kind of why it bothers me so much when people talk about their ultraviolent society as if it’s okay just because they’re aliens. They ain’t aliens, they’re humans, and saying ultraviolence is okay for them is saying there are cultural situations when such things would be okay for humans, too. Same thing for like, creepy romance things like trying to program someone else to love you against their will. That ain’t just some alien quirk that can’t be criticized, and it ain’t romantic.
For years now, Fox News has sacrificed any actual credibility in order to gain the attention and trust of the uneducated and the radical. Now that America needs it most, Fox can use that trust and attention to admonish its viewers and say, "Don't vote Romney/Ryan. Christ, what's wrong with you people?"
people who are voting republican because obama “did nothing” when the only reason obama didn’t do as much as he could have was the republican party blocking his legislation at every turn
a nice joke
reminder that the Republicans explicitly telegraphed their plan to refuse to compromise with Obama or work constructively or negotiate in good faith to accomplish anything and their overriding desire to make him a one term president
I don’t think push-ups are a good way to test physical fitness in gym classes b/c howI see it, it’s like reverse bench pressing your weight, so some kids are lifting way more than others. It’s kind of punishing kids for being fat. Although maybe that’s the point…
Huh… I guess I never thought about the physics of pushups until now. That’s a really good point.
You’d think they could have gotten a better speaker to debate Savage. Brown sounds really uncomfortable, defensive. Brown is right in a way - an egalitarian definition of marriage is replacing the patriarchal definition and “ruins” old gender roles
He is right in that way, yeah, and if he pressed that point I’m sure Savage would press back in pointing out how wrong and oppressive that patriarchal definition is for all people (see Savage’s comments regarding marriage’s history as property exchange). As I said on Twitter, it highlights how things like feminism and marriage equality and racism and so on are everyone’s fights.
Social justice is a consequence of religion if one truly believes God created all people equal, and that all humans deserve dignity. The Biblical prophets decry the injustices perpetrated by the rich against the poor and defenseless. Their deepest concern is for a vicious lack of empathy.
OTOH the Bible sets up strictly patriarchal gender roles and policing of sexuality, which is utterly incompatible with a modern feminist view of egalitarianism and social justice.
Religion is a mixed bag to say the very least.
Yeah, it’s not that religion is the source of all these -isms. It’s that religion is an entrenched power structure that has been used to oppress. As the author of this post stated, she had to infiltrate the atheistic boys’ club, and she encountered hostility to feminism within the atheistic community, more than in many other sectors of her life; it strikes me as odd that she goes on to quote and agree with somebody stating religion as the source.
Social justice is not a consequence of atheism or of religion; it’s a consequence of a belief in equality, which people espousing either of these views on the existence of deities can either possess or lack. Oppression and ignorance of it are independent of one’s opinion on religious faith.
“For people who suffer from it, this disorder is ultimately a way to express distress,” McNally said. “Cultures provide certain envelopes for people to express suffering or psychological pain and DID is one such cultural trope. In the 19th century, women would do that by getting the ‘vapors’ and swooning — you don’t see that anymore. Quite frankly, I don’t think much would be lost if the diagnosis were eliminated from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual — people will simply begin expressing their suffering in different ways that are more tractable to treatment.”
Much like UFO abduction stories that are often created to mask trauma or loss, the incidents of multiple personalities didn’t grow until it was popularized by a book and two movies in the 70s.
As psychologist Richard Wiseman puts it, multiple personality disorder is probably a myth.
Not surprisingly, someone replied on Twitter to Wiseman with the loaded question “I’ve met people who claim to be multiple. Are you saying they don’t exist?”
Um, no. It’s saying that the diagnosis isn’t accurate or useful because there’s no amnesia barrier; the patients shaped their behavior and perceptions based on cultural stereotypes of how mental illness works.
I’m sure you’ve seen it in the news today. The headlines are everywhere and my Twitter feed is decorated with rants from various people I follow: a man running for senate named Todd Akin used the term “legitimate rape” when asked about abortion legality. He has also used a modifier in the past, stating the phrase “forcible rape”. It is clear that the reality of “rape is rape” is lost on him.
Stepping away from the abortion debate, I wanted to address this because I know how upsetting it was to read that headline at first. My heart sunk. For ten seconds, I felt a mixture of anger and sadness and frustration, as if all of the work I put into this topic just continues to fade into the ignorance of others. It’s easy to settle into the feeling of never getting anywhere if you let yourself stay that way. But I’m not like that, and I don’t want anyone else to feel that way either. Maybe I’m hopelessly optimistic. But from my experience, that’s the only way I know how to try to change the world.
So this letter is for you, whoever you are. The survivor. The sister or brother or mother or father or friend of a survivor. The activist. The person who tirelessly answers the sexual assault hotline. The shelter volunteer. The police officer, the lawyer, the judge. The person who simply feels passionate about this. Although it may seem like the opposite, Mr. Akin’s words aren’t actually setting us back. In fact, with each ignorant comment made by someone, and each time it gets into the media outlets, the topic of rape and sexual assault is becoming less and less of a taboo. For every person like Mr. Akin who says something along those lines, there are thousands - millions - of others crying in outrage. And there are even more who are finally realizing the gravity of the issue.
We are getting there. The silence is ending. Please don’t lose hope.
one thing i am learning is that what ur relationship is like w/ one person depends only on how you interact w/ each other and not how they interact w/ their other friends
its one of those things that should be obvious but it takes a while to realize & believe
This is something I think as well! Further, sometimes people want all their relationships to fit in archetypal boxes but it turns out the most fulfilling relationships are the ones that define their own boundaries through mutual growth.
emily—kate said: BUT when a non-white terrorist tries (and fails) to detonate a bomb in his shoe on an airplane, EVERYONE has to take their shoes off before they get on a plane. but gun control due to white terrorists? NO NEVER NOTHING WILL STOP THEM!
Yeah but see those non-white terrorists are actually FREEDOM HATERS, and white people with guns are really FREEDOM LOVERS. Do you mean to say you hate freedom as much as non-white terrorists? Clearly that is the case! Look at how masterfully I’ve argued and try to tell me otherwise. You can’t! Don’t bother.