@Sea Ermine Also, I don't do anything kinky so if you were concerned that you'd have to find someone through kink meetups don't worry, lots of vanilla straight guys are fine with skipping p in v if they aren't boring. Although if you do want to attend a kink meetup that's great too.
@Kira-Lynn@twitter "How do I balance trying to lose weight, trying to eat less meat and carbs, and also trying to have good workouts" =/= "How do I disown my gay son"
I also think that individuals are more than within their right as responsible, socially aware human beings to still identify a certain weight as something that feels good and healthy for them. Individually. But... I get that this is a tricky issue!
By Tragically Ludicrous on Ask a Dietitian: Salt Cravings, Workout Food, and Things to Eat When I'm Stressed
@adorable-eggplant I legitimately prefer brown rice to white rice. It is the one healthy thing my body goes with, so I go with it hard.
@Kira-Lynn@twitter i also think (hope) this does not fall so much under "weight-loss tips" as much as "nutritional advice for individual people who want to achieve goals that are, because of their personal nature, off the table for abstract judgment." i know that food is a hard issue to talk about for a lot of people and as much as i fully respect anyone's prerogative to be like "FUCK LOSING WEIGHT, THAT'S A LOADED METRIC AND NOT HOW I WANT TO THINK ABOUT MY BODY" i also fully respect someone else's right to be like "i am interested in working out more and also dropping some weight, how can i do that healthily and not self-deprive?"
This is my favorite thing to talk about!
For medium-sized kids:
Joan Aiken forever and ever: Wolves of Willoughby Chase, Black Hearts in Battersea, Nightbirds on Nantucket, The Stolen Lake, the Cuckoo Tree. Dido Twite is a hero for all genders and ages (she comes into her own in Nightbirds on Nantucket). I recommend these all the time.
Dragon of the Lost Sea by Laurence Yep. Protagonists are a female dragon, who narrates the story, and a male human.
I thought Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech was pretty good and I've heard kids say they like it.
Jean Craighead George is classic, and Julie of the Wolves is WAY better than My Side of the Mountain. I remember thinking it was great, but I'm white -- any Native readers have an opinion on this one?
There were two books by Elizabeth Enright, Gone-Away Lake and Return to Gone-Away, that I read over and over (young weirdos befriend older weirdos, find awesome things in attics). Mild real-world adventures by kids of both the major genders (and a couple of different age strata, too, I think).
Hiromi Goto's Half World is magically adventurous and horribly creepy and contains two bonuses besides its protagonist: a queer widow (okay, the widow thing is a problem, but the emphasis is on their love) and illustrations by the truly great Jillian Tamaki.
Let us not forget comics! Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi) has attained classic status by now, I think. There was a short series called Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things, by Ted Naifeh, that I remember really enjoying.
For teenagers and adults who like to read things that teenagers read:
Paula Danziger (The Cat Ate My Gymsuit, This Place Has No Atmosphere, The Pistachio Prescription) writes very funny books for young teens that anybody could potentially get into. They were around when I was a kid, and they've aged okay.
Sherman Alexie's Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. I taught some stories from his collection The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven to 6th graders and they were pretty into them.
Mariko Tamaki is the cousin of the aforementioned Jillian and they did a graphic novel together called Skim. SO good.
Malinda Lo's list is also relevant for YA readers, whether Y or A!
I also find it interesting that many people believe adopting orphans from poor or conflict-affected countries is wonderful, but would never accept the idea of simply allowing children *and their living parents* to emigrate to the United States as a way of helping those children.
When you think of it this way, the selfish aspects of what on the surface is apparently a selfless act become much more clear. I'd be really interested to know how many pro-adoption fundamentalists would support a completely open immigration policy...
Another important question is how many of those 90% would actually be in orphanages if the possibility of an international adoption didn't exist?
Just because the adoptive parents have good intentions doesn't automatically mean that the adoption is good for the child.
I guess I've been an eeeeevil misandrist from the very beginning, because I have never liked reading books with male protagonists. I did really like Roadrunner from Looney Tunes, so I made up female counterparts named Ashley and Emma Runner and wrote reams of fic about the two of them hanging out instead.
@kasa Yeah but "don't be racist" is pretty basic.
I think a lot of this self-entitled yelling from totally oblivious people is very, very gendered. I've waited tables in lots of business men in suits frequented places, and those men are always SCREAMING into their cellphone or yelling loudly at each other (but, jovially I guess, not necessarily aggressively) and generally disturbing everyone around them. These are the same men who push their chairs out as far as possible, sit with their legs fully spread and their elbows on tables, and then ignore me when I try to yell over them to alert them I have their food or am trying to take away dirty plates or ask if they want another drink or whatever. I've taken to actually screaming over them, which they of course dislike coming from a tiny lady. I've also noticed, lately, men in public spaces pushing past me, or walking almost straight into me without apologising. Also men sitting on the train taking up way too much space next to me and making me uncomfortable. I think men, generally, have a sense of physical entitlement to space (at some conscious or unconscious level) which makes us lady people feel smaller and angers them when we point it out or question it, like this Norman fellow. It really pisses me off, to the point that I'm now wilfully rude to men in the street who barrel past me. Today I even contemplated clapping one over the back with my wallet, but resisted in an act of sensibility.