Location: The Milky Way
Joined May 15, 2011 at 07:52PM EDT
I came for pony love, what?
I wanted one of these music box birds since I saw one on Antiques Roadshow a while back. These 19th century automatons and mechanical toys were works of genius.
Have you ever watched either of those two shows at all?
Haven’t we learned as a society by now that people will film literally anything and everything? Why should a film of a medical procedure that just so happens to be controversial in the US be any more shocking than anything else out there? Don’t like it, don’t watch it, geez.
Hell, no one seems to care one whit about all the women filming their births (and on an unrelated side-observation, why do some women feel okay filming a between-the-legs view of a infant making its exit out the vagina and showing it to their friends and family, but would balk at filming the conception? I’ve never got that).
Kind of a matter of personal opinion really. Namely regarding on how you feel about death. If death is the worst possible thing for you, than you’d rather live even if it is a hopeless miserable life. If death is not the worst thing that could happen to you, then a hopeless miserable life is worse. For me personally, I find slavery worse than genocide, but only because I’ve never felt that death was the worst thing ever.
Oh God. I live in an apartment complex and children are swarming all over the place at all ungodly hours of the night, running and screaming it up. I WISH they were stuck inside the house playing on the computer.
And as an introvert, I went outside to be by myself when I was a kid (I grew up before the internet, and had no computer as a kid--hardly anyone did). Introverts haven’t changed, and neither have extroverts. The extroverts use their computers to hook up someplace, and the introverts stay at home and watch Hulu and read.
I always found the middle finger to be a reliable, classic response especially for strangers obnoxiously demanding that I smile.
Eh, its a harmless kink. Makes me wonder about all those car ads that use the term "sexy’ in their descriptions, though.
I never exercised because of anyone else’s attitude, and certainly not yours. “What’s your excuse” is a douchebaggy, narcissistic phrase from people who expect other people’s experiences to be their own and simply cannot comprehend why someone else doesn’t weigh as little they do, or make an A on every term paper like they do. It also rests on the assumption that the person being addressed actually WANTS to lose weight, lose acne, have have a full head of hair, etc. It rests on the stupid assumption that all people are exactly alike mentally, and if they don’t conform the the speaker’s expectations, they have defected from the norm that just so happens to be the speaker.
Some people are into that. There’s a kink for everyone.
It seems like many in these comments don’t seem to know that. Shaming is generally not a very effective tool in changing attitudes. Shaming have never stopped obesity, smoking or teen pregnancy. It either has zero effect, or, in the case of obesity, simply make it worse. America is a highly individualist culture--shaming is simply not as effective as in collectivist cultures.
I’ve always found the word “rape culture” problematic since it ignores that the vast majority of people are opposed to victim blaming. However, I think it would be quite accurate to say that there is a rape SUBculture. There are people who truly do think nothing of blaming rape victims. Over on CNN’s comment board, there was one person posting over and over how he or she believed that the victim needed to be charged with underage drinking. Because, never mind she got raped, and that rape is an awful violent and immoral crime, the fact she was drinking at 14 was OH MY GOD WORST THING EVER.
Sad thing is, this stuff really isn’t new. My mother used to tell me how local high school football players would get away with just about anything. Drunk driving incidents just got swept under the rug, and raped girls and bullied boys just had to learn to be quiet. Can’t stop that football, no sirree, just let those good boys play their sport and all will be right! Granted, most football players I knew were decent guys, but the ones that were complete tools knew they could just do pretty much what ever they wanted.
Okay, where did that gif come from because I want it now.
You might want to read the various news articles on the internet about the case. The boy confessed--she was out stone cold, and then he raped her. There is no consent if a person is unconscious.
In traditional Mauritiana, fat is still considered beautiful, and young girls are force-fed by their mothers to be fat enough to marry. People there are trying to change that cultural tradition, however. Generally, it seems that whatever is considered the least common physique in society, that’s what the populace will aspire to be. When people have a hard time getting any food, plumpness is prized, when everyone is chubby, thinness is prized.
Exactly. Really, she just could have written, “You can do this too!” or something similar. “What’s your excuse?” comes off as arrogant and off-putting.
That being said though, why IS this news or meme-worthy? It’s a lame campaign to be sure, but its hardly the worst out there.
Well, if that’s the case, (and I see your are right, I’m used to thinking in decimals primarily on my job), that’s just depressing. Still, not as bad as South Africa, though. Yay America! Not as bad as South Africa!
And even so, 1 out of 5 women being raped or having faced attempted rape is better than it was 20 years ago at 1/4 (I’ve never seen a statistic for 1/3). Still, it could be lower, and ought to be for everyone. In spite of what the media displays 24/7, violent crimes such as murder and rape ARE going down.
I’ve tried to pin down what percentage of Americans are murderers, but that is almost impossible to extrapolate since 1/3 of murders are unsolved and could represent victims of someone who killed multiple people. Heh, I’m old enough to remember when dumb people were in all seriousness claiming that heavy metal lead teenagers to kill people. And they weren’t trolling, that’s what made it so hilarious.
In all fairness, I think this whole Down w/Molestia thing is nothing more than a troll. The whole thing just seems like a joke to me.
This DWM is, I think, a rather obvious troll. For what its worth, in the US, it’s about 20% of women that have said they have been raped or were victims of attempted rape. Actual number of convicted rapists is about 6%. Rapists tend to rape more than one person. There may be in actually somewhat more than 6% of men that are rapists what with under reporting, but it would not likely be 1 in 20.
Of course, if you live in South Africa, there are vastly more people being raped [about 40% of women] and vastly more rapists [about 25% have admitted to raping women and/or men].
I have no idea if South Africans watch My Little Pony, but I doubt any cartoon fan fiction is making them all rapists.
That is why I think the whole Down With Molestia thing is a troll. While there are a lot of things that can promote rape culture, I fail to see how Molestia actually does. She is clearly considered evil or bad, but I don’t see where it promotes rape or victim shaming. Believe me, I’ve seen a lot worse things out there than Molestia. I found the manga Hot Gimmick one of the most disturbing rape-normalizing stories I’d ever read. And it was considered a romance! That is far more insidious than in-your-face obvious parodies such as Molestia or Pedobear.
I think it’s really a troll thing, I just can’t buy it as being serious. As for PETA, they’re really just a business these days that trolls for attention and donations. I think they stopped being about animal rights a long time ago. How they manage to get donations is beyond me, but then I remember scientology.
I cannot bring myself to care about what anyone does with my favorite fictional characters. They aren’t real. People can rape and murder Applebloom all they want in their fan fiction--she doesn’t exist, and other people’s crack fiction or odd sexual fantasies have nothing to do with me. I’ve never been able to figure out why this stuff offends people. I don’t get half of the fan fiction people write or why they write it, but does it really hurt anyone? If people make porn of my avatar, Henny Chicken[peach]bottom, how would that possibly have any bearing on my life whatsoever?
I thought it was pretty well established that the whole Down with Molestia thing was just trolling anyways. I’m not sure why it’s getting so much attention. I looked at the Tumblr posts and just thought it was a joke--just like that whole DeviantArt thing about the guy in love with Twilight Sparkle seemed more like just one long troll letter.
Well, originally in the States they were called Suffragettes, but after the women gained the vote, the word was no longer appropriate. The term feminism was used because at the time it was specifically women’s concerns (in gaining advancement and equality) at the time. For decades people have bandied about re-naming it, but feminism is and has always been a complex entity with sub-categories that seems to defy an adequate renaming. For good or bad, the feminist phrase has stuck, and no one has come up with a decent replacement. There is, of course, “humanist”, but that has a different and separate philosophical history, even though those that are feminist are rarely NOT humanist in values. And even it WERE appropriate to re-brand feminism as humanist, there are people (primarily of the Fundamentalist Christian persuasion) that are anti-secular humanism. I grew up Fundy, and I heard enough anti-secular humanist tirades to last me a lifetime.
I seem incapable of writing a short post this week. Damn.
I aspire to dance like Twilight Sparkle.