Q: How many male novelists does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
A: He lit a cigarette. His glass of whiskey lit a cigarette too. “I can only truly love my best friend,” he said, “but not in a gay way. Women wouldn’t understand it. They’re too gay.” Both of the cigarettes agreed.
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NEVER OVER “The terrible sex had made him feel deeply interesting, like a murder victim.”
You cannot say that you like Pocahontas. The genocide of my people is turned into a cartoon musical with a singing raccoon? I mean, think about it, dawg, the real story of Pocahontas is about a bunch of white boys who come to my land, bribe the corrupt indian chief, kill off all the warriors and fuck the indian princess silly.
“There’s a form of mental torture called “gaslighting,” its name taken from a play in which a man convinces his wife that the gas lights in their home she sees brightening and dimming are, in fact, maintaining a steady glow. His ultimate goal is to drive her…
Video on msnbc.com: History teacher Jesse Hagopian from Seattle talks during Education Nation’s Teacher Town Hall about standardized tests and “reframing the purpose of education.”
Jesse Hagopian, a Seattle high school teacher, has been getting national attention for his message that standardized testing is hurting our students and our future. I’ve been watching Jesse work up to this for years - he’s a brilliant speaker and a tireless activist and just generally a great guy to hang out with.
Check out this video of him totally killing it on NBC’s “Education Nation”, and if you’re interested in teaching or the future of education or what it’s going to take to raise a world of kids that are going to save the world, check out his blog, I Am An Educator: http://iamaneducator.com/ .
A tough Wyoming cowboy who just happens to like blouses
Sissy Goodwin isn’t gay; he’s been married for 45 years and has two adult children. As a young man, he was a rodeo cowboy who rode bulls bareback, a free spirit who never shied away from a fistfight. The former aircraft mechanic loves to drink beer, play golf, throw steaks on the grill.
What sets him apart, he says, is what he calls gender independence: He just likes to do most things in a dress.
A resilient guy living it out in Wyoming, a state he refers to as “the Mississippi of the West” for its disposition toward him, Goodwin has been beaten, arrested and glared at for years - but he continues his defiant dressing habits to this day.
Photos: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times
This weekend, do you.
and never stop.
Fucking amazing. This is the shit that really gets me, beyond non-normative gender associations due to sexual preference or gender identification. This guy makes it even more clear that aesthetics have NOTHING TO DO WITH GENDER OR SEXUALITY. If you’re a man who likes single-piece clothing with no legs, or if you like yellow, or lace, it doesn’t mean you’re gay or you want to be a woman. It just means you have an aesthetic preference. Now, of course, it may be part of being gay or transgendered, but it doesn’t have to be.
I’ve been talking about the cycle of stress > stuff > guilt for years now, but I never really wrote an awesome blog post about it, complete with pictures, from England.
I say it a lot: this is why I’m a socialist.
People who support the capitalist system (mostly people who own businesses that sell dumb shit and people who listen to them) will tell you that they’re just giving the people what they want.
People just want reality television and Cosmo and food that has absolutely no nutritional content but satisfies the sugar and salt cravings we all must naturally have.
NONE OF IT IS FUCKING TRUE.
The ONLY reason these things are being sold and bought is because we’ve slowly but steadily created a cultural, emotional and physical dependency on them. It’s the creation of desire, not the satisfaction of it.
Here’s the cycle:
- We spend far too many hours per week working at jobs we hate.
- We’re surrounded every day by messages that tell us that we’re not good enough, smart enough, beautiful enough or rich enough, and then show us exactly what we need to buy to feel better about it.
- We have no time and no money to afford to cook a good meal, and guess what the cheapest food available is? Un-fucking-healthy. Start of the addiction (if it hadn’t started in childhood thanks to ads aimed at children).
- We engage in vices because we’re stressed and pissed off and addicted and all we want to do is disengage with the world: television, booze, chips and hamburgers.
Then we regret and guilt ourselves and feel disgusting and buy magazines helping us learn to be better people.
THIS IS NOT A CONSPIRACY THEORY. This is HOW BUSINESS WORKS. And all these industries are working together, benefiting from one another, and it’s fucking us up.
Screw writing “strong” women. Write interesting women. Write well-rounded women. Write complicated women. Write a woman who kicks ass, write a woman who cowers in a corner. Write a woman who’s desperate for a husband. Write a woman who doesn’t need a man. Write women who cry, women who rant, women who are shy, women who don’t take no shit, women who need validation and women who don’t care what anybody thinks. THEY ARE ALL OKAY, and all those things could exist in THE SAME WOMAN. Women shouldn’t be valued because we are strong, or kick-ass, but because we are people. So don’t focus on writing characters who are strong. Write characters who are people.