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Newly, angstily graduated from college. One day I will look back at this blog and edit out all the embarrassing parts.

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abadax submitted:

"If you’re trying to argue that sexism literally means, “to differentiate between genders or recognize gender categories,"
No no see people 100% of the time are a type of sexist that realises the genders have differences. Not the one that stereotypes men and women

"Sexism does not mean differentiating between gender. It means prejudice on the basis of gender."
Actually it means both of those things. Did you not read the definitions you gave me? See because if you lookhereit says “making a distinction”. So if you make a distinction between the sexes that’s technically discrimination and technically sexist.

LITERALLY RECEIVED THIS IN MY INBOX

scallawag:

highmaintenancewhitegirl:

i’ve had this fantasy SO MANY TIMES

A good example of a rape joke that’s funny, in my opinion. Because the victim isn’t the butt of the joke, the ridiculous idea that our society makes it dangerous just to have a vagina is the butt of the joke.

(1) Wanda Sykes for President. (2) I had a hard time articulating it before now, but yeah, amaditalks hits it perfectly: Sykes told a rape culture joke. A clever one, at that. Because as emilie-rainbow pointed out, the butt of the joke was not rape victims, but society’s tendency to reduce women’s identities to being walking hypersexualized  orifices. 

And in that sense, this would be a great focus in a situation where you have to deal with anyone rationalizing Tosh. 

For me, the only good thing that emerged from the appalling Tosh controversy were all the subsequent arguments over what constituted “good” comedy. Someone wrote that good comedy mocks the perpetrator, not the victim. It subverts privilege and dysfunctional norms. I really liked that definition, and t’s made me pay more attention to styles of humor in everyday life and how people express themselves. (Hint: a guy who makes jokes like, “The student who committed suicide last month probably did so over a boy,” like a friend of my friend did, is probably an asshole.) Because, really, guys, the rationale that comedy exists in an alternative vacuum where inherently cruel statements suddenly become funny and dandy is kind of weak. I don’t believe that comedy can truly ever be disconnected from reality, if it operates on the absurdity of reality in the first place. A woman being raped for no particular reason isn’t funny in the real world, and repeating that victimization at a standup routine isn’t funny, either. 

(via cielrouge)

In light of her passing, I’ve been seeing a lot of amazing quotes from her light up the Internet, and I wanted to compile them into a single inspirational post:

  • I am continually fascinated at the difficulty intelligent people have in distinguishing what is controversial from what is merely offensive.” (I’m so using this in the future for people who think they’re oh-so-brave for saying something “un-PC”)
  • "Men dominate the conversations in Washington and therefore, as far as I am concerned, the conversations are far less interesting than those in New York.”
  • "One of the things people always say to you if you get upset is, don’t take it personally, but listen hard to what’s going on and, please, I beg you, take it personally. Understand: every attack on Hillary Clinton for not knowing her place is an attack on you. Underneath almost all those attacks are the words: get back, get back to where you once belonged. When Elizabeth Dole pretends that she isn’t serious about her career, that is an attack on you. The acquittal of O.J. Simpson is an attack on you. Any move to limit abortion rights is an attack on you — whether or not you believe in abortion. The fact that Clarence Thomas is sitting on the Supreme Court today is an attack on you.” — ‘96 Wellesley commencement address.
  • "Be the heroine of your life, not the victim."
  • "Oh, how I regret not having worn a bikini for the entire year I was twenty-six. If anyone young is reading this, go, right this minute, put on a bikini, and don’t take it off until you’re thirty-four."
  • "When you slip on a banana peel, people laugh at you. But when you tell people you slipped on a banana peel, it’s your laugh.”
  • "Insane people are always sure that they are fine. It is only the sane people who are willing to admit that they are crazy."
  • "My mother wanted us to understand that the tragedies of your life one day have the potential to be comic stories the next."

Absolutely brilliant. I’d watch it twice but it creeps me out too much. 


Fig. 2: A Feynman diagram of an encounter between a Romney and an anti-Romney. The resulting collision annihilates both, leaving behind a single electron and a $20 bill.

Things that make me laugh at 10 in the morning. David Javerbaum is officially the cleverest person in the universe.