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I Watched All 629 Episodes of The Simpsons in a Month. Here’s What I Learned.

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The show hates Lisa.

Before I explain what I mean, let’s back up for a second.

Among fans, there exists a kind of Standard Narrative about The Simpsons, which goes like this: the show was at its best for roughly a decade, between Season 3 and Season 13 (let’s call this the Golden Age). Since then – from Season 14 to Season 29 – The Simpsons has been largely awful (let’s call this the post-Golden Age period). In fact it’s widely held that during this latter period, The Simpsons hasn’t just sucked: it’s been essentially a completely different show, which many former fans find deeply unfunny and are happy to pretend doesn’t exist. For a long time, I was one of these fans. Occasionally I’d catch a new episode, and it would make me feel uneasy, for reasons that I didn’t fully understand. In these episodes, The Simpsons looked…

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“No living man am I! You look upon a woman!” 5 things I experience as a female role-player

The Dork Ages

For those of you who don’t recognise it, the quote is from The Lord of the Rings, specifically Eowyn’s response to the Witch King of Angmar (just before she kills him) when he tells her that he can be hindered by no living man. I think its relevant for a couple of reasons: firstly because people are still surprised when they meet women who role-play, and secondly because she’s the kind of awesome armour-wearing, sword-wielding woman you tend to find in RPGs.

In general, role-play is still male-dominated and in any given game you’re lucky to have one woman in the group. So, with this in mind I wanted to share a few things that I’ve noticed happen to me as a female role-player that I don’t think happen to my male friends quite so much (if I’m wrong, feel free to correct me!) This won’t reflect every woman’s experience…

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Average Men and Women

Misandry Angie

Today I want to talk about two stories of averages from the 1940s and the different responses to them. Both stories can be read about in more detail in the book The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness by Todd Rose (excerpt here.)

The 1940s were marked by eugenicist thoughts from the last century and the racism and ableism they justified.  The field of biological anthropology arose to find racial differences to justify slavery of the black race. By the 1940s the study had shifted to seek correlations between physical appearance with criminality or morality. Statistics was also rising as a field in its own right, and the national appetite for “normal” figures was high.

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Against this backdrop,  gynecologist Robert Dickinson and sculptor Abram Belskie collaborated to create a pair of figures depicting the average man and woman, Normman and Norma. Dickinson measured 15…

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We can’t ignore when it hurts.

socialdissonance

Going into 2016 this David Bowie story is a good place to practice our Social Justice For Adults conversations.

One thing that the fans seem to dislike is that some of us are pointing out and talking about the pedophilia

In the organic body of society, we need the nervous system to feel pain and know when something is wrong.  This sends a signal  to the brain which is where the public conversation is going on and decisions are made.
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Without the nervous system telling you that the bone is broken…
That there is a splinter in the finger which may become infected…
That flesh has been cut, torn or burned…

Or…

That pedophilic acts and practices are being normalized…
That there is street harassment…
That we have police brutality.

If we turn off the nervous system. the problem will fester and spread to affect the rest of the body.

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PSA: Yes, “Spirit Animals” Are Cultural Appropriation- That Means You

The Hoodoo Witch

Another important topic has been bought up on my dash, and that is the use of “spirit animals”. Having an animal guide or an animal familiar or an animal you really like is not the same as a spirit animal: and for those of you who are confused, here are several Tumblr posts to help you understand:

poorlifechoicesblog:

[NB: if you (like me) are non-Native and you reblogged agentotter’s commentary PLEASE read sofriel’s refutation below. “Spirit Animal” as a non-Native phrase is SUPER FUCKED UP.]

sofriel:

fralusans-ana-marein:

thekal:

agentotter:

exploitationiscontagious:

Petition to start using “patronus” instead of “spirit animal” because not being appropriative is pretty rad.

Okay let’s go through this one more time. Deep breath.

If you think the concept of “spirit animals” comes from Native American religious practices, you are wrong. Also, you’re probably basing your ideas about Native American spiritualism on…

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