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By tofuswalkman 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

By Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that) on How to Change Your Password: A Heartbleed Guide

@coolallison Is there a camp that's like a baseball fantasy camp but you get to pretend to be Dayna?

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 6:05 pm 1

By agreenballoon on Feminist Writers React To Classic Viral YouTube Videos

Oh my god. Just, amazing. Both your comix things so far on hairpin have been awesome, Sophie. Please keep 'em coming!

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 4:13 pm 2

By Danzig! on Friday Open Thread

I love Jia and Emma (and Mallory and Nicole and all my editrixes) but sadly much of my writing sucks too much to be published by anyone other than myself. So I'm writing little things and publishing them myself! It is what they call a "TinyLetter": https://tinyletter.com/JWThompson Subscribe if you want to! Lots of cool people do them now. Charlotte Shane's is a favorite.

One day I will again be struck with an idea worthy of the 'Pin, but until then, I write about teeth, or anonymous love letters, or sleeping, or whatever.

Posted on April 4, 2014 at 8:46 pm 2

By Sarah Rain on Croatian Constitutional Court Upholds Mandatory Child Vaccination

@ru_ri I might go for, "Reducing herd immunity puts infants and immunocompromised people at risk, so I don't think it's an ethical decision."

Posted on March 26, 2014 at 4:39 pm 3

By rebecca the brave on "PRODUCT DETAILS: This attachment for your bath will hold your beverage in a wine glass while you bathe."

This is the thank-you-for-being-my-bridesmaid gift of my dreams. Why aren't the weirdo Colorado libertarian one-man-flask factories on etsy making these instead? We don't want pink flasks, assholes. WE WANT WINE BATH.

Posted on March 24, 2014 at 10:51 am 3

By thenightwatch on Friday Open Thread

Just wanted to say that although I never comment, I absolutely love the hairpin and so much of what I read on here. Is there ANY possibility the comments system will be improved? I know people have their issues with disqus but I would never drag myself away from the comments if it was just a little easier to access on my phone. Love what you're doing anyway Jia and Emma :)

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 4:00 pm 2

By Story #2 on The Limitations of Eve Ensler's Dance-Based Activism

@Brooke Shelby Biggs@facebook Bread and roses by all means, but the problem, I would say, is that Eve Ensler is stuffing rose plants into the oven and claiming they make bread. They don't, and they don't make good roses, either.

Posted on February 27, 2014 at 10:24 am 5

By Harris, Emmeline on The Limitations of Eve Ensler's Dance-Based Activism

You are a smart smart lady. I find what you say subtle, incisive and sceptical without being ungenerous. I too want to like EE and just feel uneasy. Specifically: as a feminist I of course want control of my vagina, and understand that tragically, appallingly, vaginas are sometimes where violence and inustice against women gets meted out. But I really don't like the positive version of this essentialism that says 'love your vagina: feel that it's your essence, it's *you*.' I love my vagina, it's great, but it's not me, it's just a part of me, and to suggest otherwise is insulting in its own way.

Also does anyone enjoy the fact that the spam on this article is about plumbing!? SOZ

Posted on February 27, 2014 at 3:30 am 5

By Blushingflwr on Ask a Psychic

@Das Rad I think there is something to be said for interviews that accept people's experiences as being their experiences, whether or not there is objective proof of those experiences. There have also been interviews on here with clergy and practitioners of various religions, and those interviews accept that the interviewee believes they have the connection with their deity they say they do.
In terms of being a charlatan - if someone wants to pay a self-professed psychic money for a reading and use it as a way to guide their choices, I don't think there's anything necessarily wrong with that. A psychic who is always predicting gloom or diagnosing curses that only she can lift is clearly a con artist who is out to make a buck, but sometimes people just want someone to tell them that things are going to work out, or to take a chance on something they really want, and if the person they turn to is a psychic, fine. I have friends who do their own tarot readings, not necessarily as reliable oracles of the future, but rather as ways to find out how they feel about certain choices in their lives.

You don't have to believe that Ms. Bruckmann (or anyone else) is psychic, but that doesn't mean it can't be interesting to hear her talk about it as a fact.

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 10:28 pm 4