I'm not taking no fuckin' responsibility for cats I don't know, man.

On Iceland vs Greece

@NotFace Another vote for Fage.

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 2:40 pm 0

On "With the animals dying around us/ our lost feelings we are saying thank you"

I'm a martyr to my hormones right now, I guess, and every time I think I'm okay I look at that picture and find out how wrong I am.

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 5:41 pm 0

On Ask A Costume Historian: Help, My Brother Wants Me To Be His Suit-Wearing Best Man

@Lucienne I also want a jumpsuit that walks the line between "you can wear this outside" and "this is something a prostitute in a Western would wear."

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 5:39 pm 0

On Ask A Costume Historian: Help, My Brother Wants Me To Be His Suit-Wearing Best Man

@Le_nerd I want this one SO MUCH: http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/clothes-pants/4123265400266.jsp?cm_sp=Grid-_-4123265400266-_-Regular_18#/

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 5:36 pm 0

On One Weird Trick to Get the Most Instagram Likes Ever

@hedgehogerie I think it looks like they're inside a petri dish.

Which I think is awesome.

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 4:34 pm 0

On Interview With My Dad, Whose Parenting Guru Was Marshall McLuhan

TBH, if The Hairpin were just great people interviewing their great parents I would be okay with that?

I just got finished teaching a course on Asian philosophies, and it's so interesting to read about family styles now - I almost can't look at familial relationship except through a Confucian lens. (Western philosophy doesn't prioritize family in the same way, except fairly recently.) There's an idea in Confucianism (and arguably Chinese philosophy genially) that we're constituted through our relationships with other people, and this has certain ethical ramifications. (The Buddhist story of Kisa Gautami gets adapted to reflect this once Buddhism comes to China.) That is, whichever role is switched on is going to indicate certain ethical obligations. In the Analects, those obligations are mostly performing the mourning rituals with the right emotional mindset, but there's another part where Confucius says the only thing children should give their parents to worry about is their health. Because that's more than enough!! Family often gets processed as a burden - and it is a burden, of course it is. But it's more than a burden. And identity is such an abstract issue that the relational self, which makes it concrete, is really valuable.

tl;dr Your parents sound great and this interview was great and family is undervalued in Western philosophy. Anyway, I need to call my parents.

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 11:31 am 1

On Hillary Clinton, Do Not Feel Guilty About Your Pleasures

Look, I get it, but: those books are loaded with theory.

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 10:00 am 0

On The Essential Life Lessons of the Dairy Queen Sisterhood

"because I had been masturbating unsuccessfully with a Conair curling iron for about 2 years."

tiny screams

Posted on June 5, 2014 at 4:22 pm 1

On "Duh, it’s not just the skinny white girl who’s interesting."

@Lucienne Also, I think there are plenty of dull and reprehensible characters on OITNB. It's just, you know, they're dudes.

Posted on June 5, 2014 at 11:20 am 0

On "Duh, it’s not just the skinny white girl who’s interesting."

"a blond, white, rich, thin, bisexual Trojan horse"


Posted on June 5, 2014 at 11:19 am 0