Guided by Wires

Some light reading August 9, 2010

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I found a few really interesting articles over the past couple days that I wanted to share.

This one is about the joys of reclaiming “sluthood”

“I’m telling you this because juries still think women who even look like they might possibly be sluts are “asking for it.” I’m telling you this because some people still think it’s OK to drive a teenage girl to suicide because she was probably a slut. I’m telling you this because our policymakers would rather girls get sometimes-fatal diseases than be perceived as condoning sluthood. I’m telling you this because it’s important for everyone to understand: Sluthood isn’t a disease, or a wrong path, or a trend that’s ruining our youth. It isn’t just for detached, unemotional women who “fuck like men,” (as if that actually meant something), consequences be damned. It isn’t ever inevitable that sluthood should inspire violence or shame. Sluthood isn’t just a choice we should let women make because women should be free to make even “bad” choices. It’s a choice we should all have access to because it has the potential to be liberating. Healing. Soul-fulfilling. I’m telling you this because sluthood saved me, in a small but life-altering way, and I want it to be available to you if you ever think it could save you, too. Or if you want it for any other reason at all. And because even if you don’t ever want sluthood for yourself, you’re going to be called upon to support a slut. I’m telling you this because when that happens, I want you to say yes.”

This one is about the many taken-for-granted privileges men enjoy

4. If I fail in my job or career, I can feel sure this won’t be seen as a black mark against my entire sex’s capabilities.

8. On average, I am taught to fear walking alone after dark in average public spaces much less than my female counterparts are.

11. If I have children and provide primary care for them, I’ll be praised for extraordinary parenting if I’m even marginally competent.

17. As a child, I could choose from an almost infinite variety of children’s media featuring positive, active, non-stereotyped heroes of my own sex. I never had to look for it; male protagonists were (and are) the default.

25. I do not have to worry about the message my wardrobe sends about my sexual availability.

33. My ability to make important decisions and my capability in general will never be questioned depending on what time of the month it is.

34. I will never be expected to change my name upon marriage or questioned if I don’t change my name.

46. I have the privilege of being unaware of my male privilege.

This one is about weird looking animals and why we find them ugly

“As scientists see it, a comparative consideration of what we find freakish or unsettling in other species offers a fresh perspective on how we extract large amounts of visual information from a millisecond’s glance, and then spin, atomize and anthropomorphize that assessment into a revealing saga of ourselves.

‘No one would find the star-nosed mole ugly if its star were iridescent blue,’ said Denis Dutton, professor of the philosophy of art at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. ‘But the resemblance of the pinkish nose to human flesh subverts our expectations and becomes a perverse violation of whatever values we have about what constitutes normal or healthy human skin.'”


Lists August 6, 2010

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A few months ago I found myself with a gift card to Barnes and Noble and not a clue what to do with it.   Don’t get me wrong, I love reading and I especially love buying books just for the sake of buying books, but I prefer to purchase them used.  Not only are they waaay cheaper, but they have more character and a great old book-ey smell too.  Anyway, so I wandered around B&N for a little while, trying to figure out what to spend this gift card on when I finally stumbled across this book in the journal section called Listography.  This book simply consists of subjects for lists (places you’d like to visit, best gifts you’ve ever received, personal fashion trends over the years, etc) and several lines on which to complete your list as well as funny little illustrations.  For me, list-making falls under the category of inexplicable but intense pleasures — so of course I bought the book.

To my added joy, there is also a website where you can sign up and makes even MORE lists on whatever subject strikes your fancy.  Since I’ve been spending the majority of the last couple days in bed with a box of kleenex and some DayQuil, I’ve spent a lot of my time either listing or watching movies on netflix.  I think my listography is coming along quite nicely so far.


SUAMPO August 1, 2010

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Last night was the all member co-op party also known as SUAMPO.  I had a blast hanging with all my housemates and meeting some new people.  I’m really going to miss this place when I move out in a few weeks — O Haus is full of some truly fantastic people.

I discovered this great new band Stepdad last night when they played at the party.  I danced my ass off to their music which seemed really fitting for the  party theme — “Last night at 80s summer camp.”  They have a free download of their EP on their myspace which you should all definitely check out.  The songs “Baby Hammers”, “My Leather, My Fur, My Nails” and “Squares” are particularly awesome.

On a separate topic, I recently watched the movie Surf Nazis Must Die. It was not very good.  However, the badass, revenge-seeking , gun-wielding, sexagenarian black mama did her best to save the destined-to-fail movie.  Though the movie had a lot of potential, I was expecting a lot more gore and post-apocalyptic scenarios and was sorely disappointed.