@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.
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
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.
By daBaxa on Ask a Psychic
@Das Rad Do I believe that psychic intuition is real? I really don't know, and I apologize if the interview came across as a ringing endorsement of it. I certainly didn't mean for it to. Do I think that Pat believes in what she's doing? Absolutely, just as I feel that many religious people believe whole-heartedly in the ideas they espouse. I find Pat's devotion to her work compelling, and I think that her perspective, while justifiably controversial, is thought-provoking and kind of beautiful. That's why I did the interview.
By isabelle bleu on Ask a Psychic
@Das Rad I would only endorse this idea if the next article were "Ask a self-diagnosed gluten-allergic yoga instructor".
I miss your Hairpin column/cyber-face/general wit around here so much, Jolie!
@lucy snowe [HARD BANANA JOKE GOES HERE]
@zeytin I've been really bummed about the lack of comments too. However I've recently been having difficulty logging in using my Twitter account, which means I'm not as chatty as I might otherwise be. But then I remembered that this happened before and I made a regular account, so here I am. There are posts I love here, and posts I love at the Toast, and there are posts I love on both sites that I'm "meh" about. But I do hate seeing the commentariat split between the sites and the the numbers dwindle here.
@ru_ri Thanks for the shout out! I'm actually also someone who just isn't into the Toast (although there have been some really great posts and I do enjoy the Feel the Burn series [not that I've check in in awhile, but I bookmarked the one with lunges and wall squats in case I ever get inspired to actually do those)]. It's just not my bag overall. But the internet is a big wide world, so I'm happy it's out there.
I miss the busy OT too, mostly because I've gotten such good advice and it's great to have some solidarity for the tough stuff, but I think it will pick up steam again, perhaps. I've been enjoying the posts though like crazy lately, in particular Baba Yaga and the Galactic Rabbit.
Anywho, I'm around, happy to chat with whomever. My galentine's day this year was spent with a friend I met on the 'pin, so it's still really clear to me how awesome it is to have this community. I wish it had been around during my dissolute youth (ditto Rookie, which I also just can't get in to reading, but imagine I would have really liked in earlier days) although I probably would've scoffed and rolled my eyes because I was a total jerk.
My Diva Cup deserves a cosmo for all the hard work it does.