Observations & Frustrations

Jul 30

thebrainscoop:

Cosmopolitan: Get That Life 
How I became a museum’s Chief Curiosity Correspondent

Did you ever think Cosmo would run an image of dermestid beetles nibbling on a goose carcass? 

WELL, THEY DID. 

I can’t describe how proud I am that such a popular magazine typically focused on fashion and sex tips is also incorporating scientists into their features because fashion and sex tips and gross anatomy are not at all mutually exclusive. 

We are rebranding feminism and empowerment one major media publication at a time. 

Thank you, world. 

Jul 30

Anonymous said: What if the women's rejection of feminism has more to do with what other feminists do? What if the hand that fed them now hurts them (or got taken over)? Radfems, misandrists, sexist feminists who imply those women are too stupid to know what's good for them, misogynistic feminists who imply that a woman who rejects feminism must have been abused... did you know they exist right now? Making assumptions about those women instead of trying to understand them is very close-minded.

thethumm:

vmthecoyote:

It’s possible to reject the harmful part of a movement without rejecting all of it outright; every human endeavor is flawed on some level. For example, I absolutely reject transphobic feminism, and white feminism. I think people - of all genders - who dismiss the entirety of feminism based on the parts of it they disagree with have fundamentally misunderstood the goal of the movement, and that yes, communication with them is important. I would hope that those who have been hurt by exclusionary issues in feminism would be willing to work it out, rather than simply labeling every person out there working for gender and racial equality as wrong.

Have you considered that perhaps women (and men) have rejected feminism because they just think its bullshit? Clearly you dont, i got that, but why start looking for convoluted causes? maybe they just think your fucking bonkers.

I have indeed considered that! Well, not so much “considered” as “been told by various people in all-caps with a lot of swearing and insults several times,” so yes, I am perfectly aware that people think feminists are crazy or stupid. I disagree with those people.

As to why I was looking for answers here - the anon who has been asking these specifically asked about other reasons than simple disagreement or misunderstanding. Here the reply.

Jul 30
mattbors:

It’s Different When We Do It
Jul 30

Things I enjoy saying in this class: →

funtimeswillbehadbynone:

spliffmastergeneral:

vmthecoyote:

"With all due respect…"

[translation: you’re an idiot, and you have no authority behind your words to speak of.]

"Although you make some good points…"

[translation: nothing you said, except the parts where you quoted the textbook, can really be…

I am in a history class next semester for the first time in two years, at least in part because you made me miss history.*

*The other option was to fight with the Computer Science department to count one of the 400 level seminars I took for external concentration credit. 

Man, if there was ever a time the blushing-alpaca gif would come in handy…

I hope it’s an awesome class, Guv.

Jul 30
danis-foolery-of-hearts:

gamers-de-culto:

Sir Michael

stop right there, smooth criminal scum

danis-foolery-of-hearts:

gamers-de-culto:

Sir Michael

stop right there, smooth criminal scum

Jul 30

Things I enjoy saying in this class:

spliffmastergeneral:

vmthecoyote:

"With all due respect…"

[translation: you’re an idiot, and you have no authority behind your words to speak of.]

"Although you make some good points…"

[translation: nothing you said, except the parts where you quoted the textbook, can really be considered logical discussion.]

"I’m not entirely sure I agree with you…"

[translation: did you even read the textbook? what are you citing, some pamphlet you found at a cafe last week?]

Reason why you should be following VMTheCoyote #34,511

awww, thanks!

I miss you!
Jul 30

Anonymous said: What if the women's rejection of feminism has more to do with what other feminists do? What if the hand that fed them now hurts them (or got taken over)? Radfems, misandrists, sexist feminists who imply those women are too stupid to know what's good for them, misogynistic feminists who imply that a woman who rejects feminism must have been abused... did you know they exist right now? Making assumptions about those women instead of trying to understand them is very close-minded.

It’s possible to reject the harmful part of a movement without rejecting all of it outright; every human endeavor is flawed on some level. For example, I absolutely reject transphobic feminism, and white feminism. I think people - of all genders - who dismiss the entirety of feminism based on the parts of it they disagree with have fundamentally misunderstood the goal of the movement, and that yes, communication with them is important. I would hope that those who have been hurt by exclusionary issues in feminism would be willing to work it out, rather than simply labeling every person out there working for gender and racial equality as wrong.

Jul 30

Fuck everything.

VM: Hey, I was wondering if I could use this text from outside the class on the essay?
Prof: No; it’s modern enough that I’d worry about the relevance. Also, the time for that would’ve been the project [subtext: if you had DONE IT], where you were allowed to use outside sources.
VM: …twist the knife, man.

It’s like - it’s not in any way his fault I missed the deadline. That perfect idiocy (why the fuck didn’t I check the deadlines earlier) falls entirely on my own shoulders. And, since this is a purely online class (NEVER AGAIN, btw. I don’t care how great the material is, or how cool the prof is, this is not the first time I’ve learned the hard way I am terrible at watching deadlines when they’re online, but so help me god it will be the last), he has no way of knowing that I’ve spent the last two days beating myself up for that marvelous oversight. Which is probably a good thing, except that now I basically look like a complete idiot who can’t follow simple destructions, AND an irresponsible jerk who doesn’t care about the class. I may be a complete idiot, but I do care about the class. So now I just wanna crawl into a hole and die. Wake me up when this world is fucking over.

adventures in online history idiocy arrogance srsly just kill me now argh.
Jul 30

medievalpoc:

[TW: harassment, threats, stalking, violence, slurs, racism]

So, someone decided to post this submission with a link to medievalpoc to a subreddit called “Tumblr In Action” this morning.

I’ve posted about this before.

Let’s stop pretending we have no idea where this comes from:

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And can we stop pretending as if these supposed “rules” actually mean anything, or are ever actually enforced:

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Medievalpoc has received tens of thousands of hits from this particular subreddit from more than 60 separate threads, some of which have hundreds of derogatory comments, using slurs, threats, and racist ‘jokes’.

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And it is somehow a “coincidence” that I have had to speak to police four times and make official reports due to threats, stalking, harassment, and other nastiness? That people have followed me around in person without my knowledge or consent because of this? People have circumvented the “ignore” function by creating accounts just to send racial slurs and threats.

The rest of this is going under a cut, because it is truly horrific. Please proceed with caution.

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This is so unbelievably fucked up.

Jul 30

Anonymous said: What about women who used to be feminists? Why do you think they stopped?

I have never met a single woman who used to be a feminist and stopped, with one exception. I once knew a woman with a degenerative mental illness - delusional disorder, if you’ve heard of it - who had been a feminist in her youth, but in her late twenties, converted to a religious sect that believed the proper role of women was subordinate to men. She later came to believe that her husband was in league with the devil, and wound up on her own after divorcing him anyway. So… yeah. That’s my entire sample of women who used to be feminists and then stopped.