I’m just reading your blog and I feel sorry for african americans,I mean so much lying hipocritical people,haters…you guys shoud be seen and respected as super human beings: all the things you gone through,i mean slavery and all what had to do with it,segregation and so on and on…you always managed to keep your head high with self respect and i just ,i dunno,you created soo many things in art,music the whole cultures , you’re always smily and kind in all those american racist conditions,you’re great I dont know how you can be hated really,you did so much!without hurting any other group of people…I just wish you the best From Israel (Ethiopian girl here) good luck guys you’re talanted ,strong people**
I think you might have the wrong person? I’m neither African American nor exactly sure how to respond to this. Like, you seem very nice, but it does not seem like my place to reply?
“If I look up “carrot” in the dictionary, most people will acknowledge I do not know all there is to know about carrots and if I truly want to understand carrots, I should probably pick up a horticultural text book. We know that legal and medical terms are going to be, at best, simplistically represented and know we need to find a lawyer or a doctor if we want to know more. Anyone deciding to base their argument on, say, a philosophical concept or term using the dictionary is going to be laughed at at best, or automatically lose whatever argument they’re trying to make at least.
Yet the minute we move into a social justice framework, the ultimate authority changes. We don’t need lived experience, we don’t need experts who have examined centuries of social disparities and discrimination, we don’t need societal context. We don’t need sociology or history – no, we have THE DICTIONARY! That ultimate tome of oracular insight, the last word on any debate!
It’s patently ridiculous and you can see that by applying it to any other field of knowledge. But the privileged will continually trot out simplistic, twitter-style dictionary definitions as if they are the last word and the ultimate authority. No-one would drag out the dictionary to debate science with a scientist. But they’re more than willing to trot out a dictionary definition of racism over any sociological analysis. A dictionary is not the ultimate authority - they’re a rough guide for you to discover the simple meaning of words you’ve never heard before – not an ultimate definition of what the word means and all its contexts.”
— Sparky at Womanist Musings.
Good submission! Thanks for linking this, it’s exactly what I was talking about!
So this is a thing about Philadelphia in Chicago, I guess?
They appear to be on-the-level as far as preparation, I’d say there’s a chance they’ve got a Philadelphian working the grill. The main issue I have is that onions or peppers on a cheesesteak are a special order, not a default ingredient.
I’m still skeptical, because as a rule, the only passable cheese steaks are prepared in places that can be reached by SEPTA.
so it’s not too difficult for me to blacklist your url, but it’s far too difficult for you to tag your posts as ‘d’ and then include a link on your blog? i’ve even taken the liberty of setting up the html code for you. WOW! good samaritan award goes to me. (code redacted)
oh god i HIGHLY DOUBT you have a giant mass of followers that will be horrifically disrupted and disfigured if you decide to change what you tag your posts as. you know how many people look at and track the dexter tag? a LOT. more people track and read that tag than you have followers on your blog. sure, nobody else has complained to you but that’s not to say that they won’t. it’s a douchebag thing to do. anyone with more than 10 rinky dink little followers and a functioning brain will tell you that.
I’m not going to add a link, because I shouldn’t have to. My posts about Dexter are just that: about Dexter, and I tag my posts with the relevant tags. It makes for easier navigation, and I’m well within my rights to tag my Dexter-related posts with “#dexter.”
So, the way I see it, there are three possible things you can do from here:
Luckily, #1 is a solution to this problem that satisfies both of our interests: You don’t see my posts in the Dexter tag ever again, and I don’t have to do anything to accomodate the needs of someone I don’t know, who doesn’t follow me, and who’s asking me to meet them more than halfway in solving their problem, which I thought I made it perfectly clear that it does not affect me one bit whether or not it’s solved.
I’d have preferred to keep this conversation as an “Answer Privately” type of exchange, but since you used the submit box and I can’t answer privately with that, I’ve been forced to answer this publicly.
Enjoy the rest of your afternoon, and just so we’re perfectly clear, I have no intention of doing anything to solve this problem, since I’ve already given you a solution and you’ve refused it in favor of a solution that requires any extra effort on my part.
This is a little long and science heavy (though the professor is really interesting), but at about 24:00 he starts talking about “Substance P” which is a neurotransmitter responsible for physical pain signals. In his research, he’s learned that if you suppress that transmitter in people with major depression, their depressive symptoms decrease or go away entirely. Suggesting that the body experiences depression in the same way that it experiences a stubbed toe.
I would love to hear your thoughts on (the Katniss Barbie)
(I’ve edited the links out of the post. If any drama is going to come of my opinions, I’d prefer for it to land on me rather than any of my friends)
A lot of people seem seem to want my thoughts on that issue.
First of all, there is no such thing as an “action figure.” If it is a small representation of a character intended to be played with by children, it is a “doll.” The only reason the term “action figure” exists was so doll companies could exploit gender stereotypes and sell dolls to boys who thought dolls were “for girls.” In other words (bolded for emphasis) the only difference between an “action figure” and a “doll” is that one is marketed to boys and one to girls. For the purposes of this discussion, I will be using the term “doll,” because a noun for the same object should not change depending on the gender of the person using it.
Second, I do believe a Katniss Barbie is better than just about any other Barbie. However, I also believe a Katniss doll marketed under just about any other brand name (with the possible exception of “Bratz”) would be better.
It’s good that little girls want to play with a Katniss doll, Katniss is a pretty damn good role model. However, slapping the “Barbie” brand name on it is basically a message to the consumers that the only intended market is little girls. It reinforces a dichotomy between male and female, so little boys that want to play with a Katniss toy, despite the fact that she is, for all intents and purposes, an action hero, will be harassed by their peers for “playing with barbies.” A Katniss doll is one thing, but a Katniss Barbie doll is another. Little boys aren’t generally bullied for playing with a toy of a female character. Any little boy with even a passing familiarity of the series will know Katniss as the badass lady with the bow and arrow. The problem is the fact that it is a Barbie doll, the little boys usually beaten up for playing with “girls’ toys.” Barbie, as a brand, is a part of that problem. Since its marketing is based around reinforcing traditional gender roles, they’re majorly contributing
Now, I’ve been a big proponent of boys playing with dolls. Dolls are awesome. However, the Barbie brand has built its success on telling little boys and girls who they’re supposed to be. Kids may not think about the brand name when they’re buying it, but kids are also not stupid. Sell a Katniss doll if you like. Sell it with the same branding as every other movie’s promotional toys, though. There are toys of Katniss, Peeta, and Gale that look like the damn characters and aren’t part of a brand name that has screwed pretty much everyone over since its inception.
Having a Katniss toy in their line is a step forward for Barbie, sure, but it’s a step backward for just about everyone else involved. There’s no purpose to it, either. Barbie creates and markets is toys as “just for girls,” and I don’t believe in toys “just for girls” or “just for boys.” Just make toys and let whoever wants it buy it (which means there should not be an entire aisle of exclusively pink boxes).
It’s not the doll itself that bothers me. It is the fact that “Katniss” and “Barbie” have two contradictory ideologies. It would be like trying to use Big Brother as a symbol for freedom, or making a poster with Hermione Granger coming out in support of the banning of books. It doesn’t make sense to link the two, so it doesn’t make sense that they made a Katniss Barbie.
On the other hand, I would buy the shit out of an Effie Trinket Barbie. That’s appropriate as hell.
Hi, i understand you dont like the big bang theory and that youre completely entitled to your own opinion but i just wanted to point out something you said in your answer as why you dont like it. You said “The creators have no background in the culture they are representing”. Agreed, they don’t. However they get actual scientists that do have a knowledge in the area to finish off the scripts and write in the scientific jokes. Plus they write everything on the white boards aswell… I do like the show and felt obligated to say something, i’ll go now haha x
I’m sorry to belabor the “geeks writing a show about football players” metaphor, but imagine some geeks wrote a show about football players. Now imagine some football players were like “Man, that’s nothing like how we talk speak! This is total overtime, man! Red card!”
Now imagine someone told those guys “Yeah, but they have actual football manufacturers consulting on the show! Those are regulation footballs they’re playing with, and they make sure that the scoreboard always has a score on it that’s possible in real football.”
That’s basically what’s happening here. The science jokes might be accurate, but almost nothing else is. Red card, brochacho. Total halftime.