ha! this review is equal parts hilarious and depressing.
ugh, the contempt for affirmative action bums me the fuck out. when my college students (in junior-level literature courses) would read ANYTHING that depicted the injustice of white male privilege, be it a slave narrative or kate chopin, their responses were nearly always framed in past tense - "this story is about how african americans used to be treated" - and they nearly always asked "why do we STILL HAVE TO hear about this?!" which stems from feelings of guilt/shame/discomfort but also total denial of current systems of injustice. i always found this so incredibly heartbreaking, but i suppose college is precisely for educating people out of these harmful viewpoints. but that's made a lot more difficult when POCs are not able to BE IN COLLEGE WITH those students who are so ignorant and full of prejudice. blah.
i have lots to say on this subject, but i also want to point my fellow 'pinners to justice sotomayor's beautifully-composed dissent: "In my colleagues’ view, examining the racial impact of legislation only perpetuates racial discrimination. This refusal to accept the stark reality that race matters is regrettable. The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to speak openly and candidly on the subject of race, and to apply the Constitution with eyes open to the unfortunate effects of centuries of racial discrimination. As members of the judiciary tasked with intervening to carry out the guarantee of equal protection, we ought not sit back and wish away, rather than confront, the racial inequality that exists in our society. It is this view that works harm, by perpetuating the facile notion that what makes race matter is acknowledging the simple truth that race does matter."
jesus christ, the comments on that jez article remind me why i never ever go there anymore. what the fuck.
@rathermarvelous frankly i found your comment more interesting than the original essay, which seems to barely scratch the obvious surface of this pretty involved topic.
interesting how, as you say, cersei internalizes, embodies, and yet despises the patriarchy of westeros. although she doesn't identify as male, she wants to act as male, literally reenacting things men around her have done. i'm thinking of the scene where she seduces a woman just as robert would have, becoming a reincarnation of him just as she has before with her drinking, getting fat, having affairs, etc. there's a lot more to say about this!
here i was, pretty excited to see an upswing in comments around these parts. i should have known! fascinating that an article on the rhetoric of internet pseudo-science evokes such nonsensical responses. some of these complaints about racism or something are completely 100% illegible. not that you could have taken any of that bullshit seriously, but i thought your critique was funny and accurate as ever, jia. thanks for posting it!
yesss! thank you!
@Rock and Roll Ken Doll totally! it's crazy to see how they all have their own personalities. my vegetarianism has gotten a little bit militant after this experience, haha.
@up cubed they've been super cute so far. they're moving out to the coop this week, and i'm totally anxious about it! but it's been a pretty cool thing!
@coolallison you have inspired me to try out that album immediately. reinventing axl rose is one of my top five all-time favorites.
thanks for posting the chick pix. i'm three weeks into owning some baby chicks of my own, so anything chicken-related is right up my alley. any fellow 'pinners raised these babies before?