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Public Example of Misogyny that Affects All Women
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 3:50:01 AM
Women have long been erased from history. Feminism is called that because it's a movement that wants to
make women visible again
. (Similarly, that's why it's "Black lives matter" and not "All lives matter".) Focusing on one issue does not make other issues cease to matter. Supporting women does not mean erasing men. Yet when someone brings up the subject of women, it's not long before the attention is drawn back to men. That's not because it's called "feminism". That's because it's a knee-jerk defensive mechanism. Just calling it another name isn't going to magically fix the discomfort those in power have when a group starts to stand up for itself.
Does the word "feminism" make people uncomfortable? Good. Sit with that discomfort and ask yourself why it makes you uncomfortable. Ask yourself why some men are uncomfortable because they feel "I am feminist" sounds like "I am feminine". Ask yourself why being feminine is a bad thing. Ask yourself why every essay, article, post, interview, forum thread about women's rights has to include a long-winded disclaimer "
not all men" or why we have to keep explaining what feminism means. It's not because it's called "feminism". It's because it's easier to blame a word, fall back on defensiveness and outrage than it is to actually listen to what is being said.
If only we all took half the time we spent dissecting and explaining the term and instead applied it to:
- listening to and acknowledging women's experiences
- acknowledging the existence of our outdated gender expectations
- working together to get rid of said expectations
- or, if all else fails, stop making life difficult for other people who are just trying to exist.
I swear it's like arguing if the titanic is a boat or a ship while we really should be getting people into life boats.
Merry Christmas!!! (from a non-theist)
Wednesday, December 25, 2019 4:05:44 AM
FYI- A geopolitical earthquake has shaken US leadership in the world — Russia and China stand to ben
Monday, October 28, 2019 6:26:24 AM
Making AMERICA, already the greatest, freest, most noble republic in world history, greater than ever.
Is this a joke? Certainly looks like one to me. Maybe add an emoticon next time to make it more clear?
Monday, October 14, 2019 3:22:27 AM
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 6:58:45 AM
"The most tragic thing in the world is a man of genius who is not a man of honor."
― George Bernard Shaw
Trump confirms he is considering attempt to buy Greenland
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 3:30:57 AM
Yes, the idea of
is so laughable even Trump could....oh, no, I guess he could think that way. And, to be fair, with American history a few Americans could even think that way.
But it is not theirs to sell, ethically, morally, legally or ...well, anythingly
It's not? Well, okay. When I read that is Greenland is an autonomous constituent country within the Kingdom of Denmark, it doesn't seem laughable at all. Especially since, in 1917, the U.S. purchased the Virgin Islands from Denmark for $25 million in gold.
Add to that, the 70 million dollar debt Denmark owed, suggesting an even trade to write off that debt at the time, doesn't seem laughable either. But it didn't happen then. So none of this seems any more silly than some of the things said daily by politicians of all stripes.
If financial trouble were the main reason for a country to sell part of its territory, it really should be the US that does the selling. Denmark might not be doing great right now, but the US is doing far worse. According to
this handy website
, the debt per person in Denmark is 20,633$. In the US it's 63,624$. Considering the much larger population in the US, this adds up to a phenomenal total debt. Time to sell Alaska, perhaps?
Nationalism an Evolutionary Dead End
Friday, August 16, 2019 5:49:12 AM
People are wired to band together when faced with a common threat. It seems to be something in our basic blueprint, probably because our distant ancestors were more likely to survive whenever they worked together against threats. It might not be as relevant for survival now, but it's still very much there.
This basic tendency is very easy to abuse if you want to gain/keep power. All you need to do is convince people that there is a common threat (which can be entirely fictional, since facts are boring anyway) and that you will be able to protect the people against this if they support you. I'm thinking for instance of the threat of "immigrants invading the country" which seems to be the current story in the US.
This "us vs. them" narrative is so attractive that it's difficult to do anything against it. Raising awareness of this phenomenon seems to be all we can do, but even then people have to be willing to listen - and think.
Monday, July 8, 2019 7:25:02 AM
The second part in "palindrome" is from Greek
"a race course", from
"to run", further from PIE *
- "to run". (
Online Etymology Dictionary
Some other words with this Greek root are:
You got me curious, so I looked up some more drome-related words.
This one in particular stuck out:
dromophobia: an irrational fear of crossing roads
That must be so inconvenient!
Happy Birthday America! "Home of the FREE Because of the BRAVE"
Monday, July 8, 2019 5:02:41 AM
Since this is a vocabulary thread, perhaps this is a good time to take a look at the word "deplorable". It's so nicely illustrated here.
1. Worthy of severe condemnation or reproach: "a deplorable case of ad hominem arguing".
2. Lamentable; woeful: "A forum in a deplorable state of neglect".
3. Wretched; bad: "Deplorable debating conditions in the vocabulary subforum".
And I'm sure you can think of even more examples if you have a quick read through the thread
Anti-Socialism to Oligarchy - How the 1% Take Over
Saturday, July 6, 2019 3:29:28 PM
Thanks for continuing to speak up, Hope. I just lose courage in the face of the constant refusal of Trump supporters to face any facts whatsoever. Anything that doesn't fit in their world view is just immediately dismissed as "fake". Which is highly ironic given the amount of fake information they happily swallow from their own president.
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