Caveat Lector

Joshua. 28. Saskatoon.

rosalarian:

Feminism is having a wardrobe malfunction.

Does your brand of feminism remove barriers for women, or simply move them around? Does is expand options for women, or does it just shift them? You don’t liberate women by forcing them to choose option B instead of option A. What is comfortable for you might not be comfortable for someone else, and it’s entirely possible that what you see as oppressive, other women find comfortable or even downright liberating.

Before you think the girl in the middle is a strawman, let me tell you I used to be her, back in my misguided youth. I considered myself the standard to which other people should adhere. But that was stupid. It’s not up to me to tell people how to dress, and it’s much nicer to let everyone choose for themselves.

Some women would feel naked without a veil. Some women would find it restrictive. Some women would feel restricted by a bra. Some women would feel naked without one. Some women would feel restricted by a tight corset. Others love them. Some wear lots of clothes with a corset. Some only wear the corset and nothing else. What makes any article of clothing oppressive is someone forcing you to wear it. And it’s just as oppressive to force someone not to wear something that they want to wear.

Adulting: Step 312: Not all voices are equally relevant in a conversation

adulting:

Remember:

If you are a Rmember of a group that has privilege, and someone who does not have that privilege is good enough to be explaining their experience to you, just be quiet for a second and listen.

Really! Just for the duration of this conversation, you do not need to relate their…

Gender and empathy: Men shouldn’t need to “imagine if it were your wife/daughter/mother”

This blog post is important, because it addresses one of THE crucial flaws in the way boys are raised and socialised: homosocial bonding practices are contingent upon men and boys actively denying empathy.

The White House says this is not the right time to talk about gun control. Every time this happens, and it is happening with more frequency and more deadly consequences, it is “not the right time” to talk about gun control. Bullshit. Every time this happens is one time too many, and it is precisely the time Americans NEED to talk about gun control. Because llet’s face it, this is a uniquely American problem. And every time gun advocates come out ito stand and talk about their rights the rest of us should be asking, “at what cost?” And every time the government brushes it aside for fear of looking as though they’re politicising a tragedy, we should recognize that to a large extent all of this death and all of this carnage and all of this prideful, hateful “guns don’t kill people” rhetoric is problematically wrapped up in the need for Americans to cling to a misunderstood and disingenously-trumpeted constitutional amendment. If this isn’t the time to talk about gun control, then all of these deaths aren’t tragic at all, they’re just collateral damage.

bookshelfporn:

This Vintage-Looking Vending Machine Dispenses Rare Books For Just $2
A Toronto bookstore has come up with a creative way to add value to old, discount books that otherwise may clutter its storage: an antique-seeming “book dispenser” that randomly spits out old books for $2 a pop.
The Biblio-Mat combines the charm of a gumball machine with the surprise element of a raffle. The machine jumps to life once money’s inserted. With a bit of overt drama—cranking and whirring and ringing that invoke old machinery—the dispenser then releases a used title from its stock, dropping it into a slot for a happy reader to walk away with.
(via Fast Company + infoneer-pulse)

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bookshelfporn:

This Vintage-Looking Vending Machine Dispenses Rare Books For Just $2

A Toronto bookstore has come up with a creative way to add value to old, discount books that otherwise may clutter its storage: an antique-seeming “book dispenser” that randomly spits out old books for $2 a pop.

The Biblio-Mat combines the charm of a gumball machine with the surprise element of a raffle. The machine jumps to life once money’s inserted. With a bit of overt drama—cranking and whirring and ringing that invoke old machinery—the dispenser then releases a used title from its stock, dropping it into a slot for a happy reader to walk away with.

(via Fast Company + infoneer-pulse)

Yes please!

Since you asked the question, “Am I nuts to think there’s a war on Christmas?” it’s only polite for me to offer you a resounding, “Yes, you’re f*cking nuts.” Because, for whatever annoying local ticky-tac Christmas-abolishing story you and your merry band of persecution-seeking researchers can scour the wires to turn up, the rest of us can’t swing a dead elf without knocking over an inflatable snow globe or a giant blinking candy cane. For god’s sakes! Fox News itself is located in Midtown Manhattan, the epicenter of all that is godless, secular, gay, Jewy, and hellbound. And yet, even here, all around your studio, it looks like Santa’s balls exploded. In the olden days, before the “war on Christmas” the celebration of the birth of Jesus lasted a day, like birthdays do. … There’s a war on Christmas? Has anyone told Thanksgiving? ‘Cause this year, Black Friday, AKA Christmas’ opening bell, got pushed back a day to “Black Thursday.” Or as we used to call it: Thanksgiving. Christmas is so big now it’s eating other holidays.

-Jon Stewart 

(Dec 3, 2012)

(Source: thecomedynetwork.ca)

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thisiswhiteprivilege:

White privilege is a world where people complain loudly about a Black Guinevere, but tacitly accept Tom Cruise as The Last Samurai.

Sigh. Tom Cruise ain’t “The Last Samurai.” He’s the dude who tells their story because they all get killed. 

(via lalunetteprismatique)

I cry a lot because I miss people. They die and I can’t stop them. They leave me and I love them more. … What I dread is the isolation. … There are so many beautiful things in the world which I will have to leave when I die, but I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready
— Maurice Sendak, 2011

(Source: NPR)

Take a load off, Levon. Rest in peace.