Saturday, March 28, 2009

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Good, Evil, and Sexual Assault...

The article itself doesn't go into it very deeply, but the debate is pretty fleshed-out in the comments (200++ of them! don't need to read Everything lol). Everyone's being really civil in their reponses xD

One of the (many) comments that struck me, by an alixana:

"The problem is, defining someone as "evil" is an othering action. It separates them from us. They're not part of the human race, they're not part of our society, they're EVIL and therefore their actions aren't anything worth analyzing in the context of our society. 'Cause if someone's evil, and is operating out of evilness, well, that's all the explanation there is for it, right? It's just something in them that we can't help. 'Cause it's scary to even admit for a second that we share something in common with these people.

But that's dangerous. Once you've cast them out, you do society a huge disservice. This is the chance to ask, "Why did they do this terrible thing? What about our world allowed this to happen? What can we do in the future to prevent it?" It's far safer to claim the Hitlers and the rapists and everyone else we'd rather push away so that we can understand them and understand how to stop others from becoming like them. "They're a bad person" might be comforting, but it just does not cut it if we want to make this world a better place."
One of the things I take issue with in christian self-help literature (heck, the bible too) is the tendency to pigeonhole everything into black and white. Note that this is not necessarily related to the debate mentioned above (or my personal opinion about it, for that matter); it just reminded me of this. "Good" and "Evil" (or "Bad") are so simplistic they can't even begin to describe the immensity and complexity of what we're capable of. So yes, I do take exception to sayings like 'Selfish plans are made by selfish people. Good plans are made by good people.' What if I've done both?

Edit: The idea that christian values are just that - exclusively christian; that you have to be a christian to have those values. That's just so wrong, because I've met so many wonderful people who are non-christians and hold those values all the same. Maybe that isn't what was meant in the first place, fine; just be more careful with 'othering' gestures.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

yay doctrine of precedent

We've been paying attention in class :D (==")


Ver` - and there, a way was opened in the red sea. says:
i'm like so lazy to go to school tomorrow ><

brendaaah (the big) says:
lol you don't have to

Ver` - and there, a way was opened in the red sea. says:
but Brenda's going
haiya ><


brendaaah (the big) says:
is that persuasive or binding

Ver` - and there, a way was opened in the red sea. says:
very very persuasive
and binding if everyone else is going except me


brendaaah (the big) says:
zomg law geekery

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

have fun imagining where that came from

brendaaah (the big) says:
YOU MIXED UP SAMPAN AND SEX

MSN conversations with Crays = stress relief

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Cooler Than Fiction

When I first saw the title of this book, I thought it was fiction. I can't believe I didn't know this - that women dressed up as men to fight in the civil war. Not just one, but many, and they almost always got away with it. Some even got promotions! That is so Mulan and even more awesome because it's more contemporary and believable.

I've always been in love with the idea of cross-dressing women who did it to shuck the gender roles of their day. This, it not being an idea anymore, is ten times better! :D Google if you want to know more.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

This brings back memories :D

I admit it, I was a Barbie girl. Not the song. Screw going against gender stereotypes, Barbie was fun :D (==")

Anyway, Sarah Haskins is hilarious xD for more of her, go here. Or just search for her on youtube.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Dear Mom

Please do not call me just to try to get to your son. I will relay your messages, and even make sure he knows you're wanting to talk to him, but when he says no, repeatedly, TAKE THE HINT. Or employ other means to get to him. Preferably not through me. I am really tired of being the sounding board and would appreciate it if you do not just sulk and hang up on me and instead try resolving whatever (I don't care how) without using me as an in-between ROAR kthxbai.

p.s. I still love you, don't forget to transfer money to my account :O

Saturday, March 07, 2009

because li may asked very nicely

I did this a few days ago as well, and the results were different from this one *shrug*.

Try it if you must

Name: Brenda
Date: 3/6/2009
Colorgenics Number: 42537160

You are always alert and keenly observant. You are not truly satisfied with your everyday status and you are seeking fresh avenues which can give you the opportunity to prove your worth. You feel that there are still many barriers that stand between you and recognition - but one by one you will overcome them. Your tenacity is your one good point - like an English Bulldog, once you take the bite, you will seldom let go.

You are looking for excitement and stimulation and you are ready to try anything - but be careful not to take too many risks.

For some time now it would seem that you have been frustrated and emotionally inhibited. The circumstances which appear to be beyond your control are making it very difficult for you to develop the detached emotional attitude that you seek.

As of late, you have been experiencing untold stress and this is a result of continuous frustration. You haven't been taking care of all your physical needs and it's beginning to show. It would seem that you have a need to find someone to whom you can really relate - someone perhaps whose standards are as high as your own. You want to be different - to be individualistic - to stand out from the common herd. Your inherent control of your sensual instincts is restricting your ability to give yourself to open up freely but this being on your own, being lonely, often makes you feel the need to give up some of your strict standards to surrender to the general flow - to be like everyone else; a part of the herd. Deep down you regard such instincts as weaknesses to be overcome. You would like to be loved or admired for yourself alone. You demand recognition and tender loving care.

Being afraid that you may be prevented from achieving your hopes and dreams is making you anxious and nervous. As a dreamer your ideas can at times move into the realm of fantasy and you could be following that so called illusive dream.

Watchmen


Watch it, people! :D If only just for Rorschach. Amazing stuff. Wonder where I can get hold of the comic.