On The Other Woman: Better Than Staring at Your Own Vomit

ha! this review is equal parts hilarious and depressing.

Posted on April 24, 2014 at 4:15 pm 0

On On the Affirmative Action Ban in Michigan

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."

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 10:57 am 3

On Other Basic Bitches

jesus christ, the comments on that jez article remind me why i never ever go there anymore. what the fuck.

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 1:52 pm 0

On "You Win, Or You Die": On the Women of Game of Thrones

@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!

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 1:36 pm 4

On Cancel "What Americans Will Look Like in 2050"

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!

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 10:45 am 2

On A Poem a Day for National Poetry Month: "Tim Riggins Speaks of Waterfalls"

yesss! thank you!

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 12:23 pm 0

On Friday Open Thread

@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.

Posted on March 29, 2014 at 11:34 am 1

On Friday Open Thread

@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!

Posted on March 29, 2014 at 11:33 am 0

On Friday Open Thread

@coolallison you have inspired me to try out that album immediately. reinventing axl rose is one of my top five all-time favorites.

Posted on March 28, 2014 at 4:35 pm 1

On Friday Open Thread

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?

Posted on March 28, 2014 at 4:14 pm 0