Video: Thought germs

Tries to explain memes for people too dumb to know the word. Also assumes emotions are a weakness in the brain (they are not, unless you’re applying them as a cogent form of argument, which isn’t a weakness of emotion but a logical fallacy in context).

Nothing about factual evidence because this should be obvious. Nothing about how anger is a primal trigger (an instinct triggered beyond the brain, not truly an emotion) for good evolutionary reasons. It sounds neutral, except it isn’t. Let’s apply it to something worth talking about: science. At some point, one group wins. Forever. The process of angered debate is fertile, instead of futile. They vye for power. That is not a symbiosis. This video confuses ideological familiarity with merit as a position of (factual) argument. No one debates their opinion because it’s self-evident.

Mental hygiene is an old Christian and feminist idea (avoiding thoughts of sin) and purifying the body. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mental_health#History
http://www.law.harvard.edu/students/orgs/jlg/vol311/211-236.pdf

Note how the video doesn’t question itself? Yes, we agree with “good mental health” as a goal, nice try buddy.

The self-censoring students shouldn’t be in college

http://reason.com/blog/2015/03/24/college-students-stop-acting-like-youre

…And then let’s start using a term Shulevitz employs, “self infantilizing,” to describe what has happened to our young adults when they behave as if they are as helpless and vulnerable as babies, and apparently just as easily entertained. The “safe place” Brown University provided for its students during the rape culture debate in another building was outfitted with coloring books, bubbles, and Play Doh. (Did I mention the puppy video?)…

blame tumblr

Read the damn data if you're so bloody educated

Feminism and the free market: Does liberty entail liberation?

http://conservativewoman.co.uk/belinda-brown-female-liberation-damages-men-and-women/

…However, when I started reading about liberalism and Hayek and Adam Smith I had that feeling of “where have you been all my life?”. One of the reasons that I was so pleasantly surprised was because I had come to understand liberalism through the lens of liberal feminism. Liberal feminists measure freedom in terms of equality of outcome and far from believing in minimal state intervention they rely on it to ensure equality is secured.

Perhaps this is partly because freely made individual choices would be so unlikely to fulfil feminist aims….

..Liberation has a negative impact on men. Data suggest low waged female employment has an impact on low waged male employment. Factor into this an on-going drive to increase female employment in all areas and an education system that is heavily stacked against boys. This feeds into male unemployment, particularly in the younger age groups and a dearth of educated, decently earning and motivated men….

Study: Premarital Sex, Premarital Cohabitation, and the Risk of Subsequent Marital Dissolution Among Women

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1741-3737.2003.00444.x/abstract

h/t http://socialpathology.blogspot.co.uk/2010/09/sexual-partner-divorce-risk.html

Teachman didn’t plot the risk by the number of sexual partners, merely that more than one and in different relationship contexts, so I have simply marked the range of his findings. Note, the really disturbing one still holds. A soon as a woman has had more than one partner her long term marital stability risk drops to near 50%.

What man would take those odds?

Video: Tumblristas episode 12 Sex Positive + Oscar Wilde

Those hoes need to read some Picture of Dorian Gray. Many people misunderstand the ending [plot] because it’s very subtle satire of redemption stories, like an act within an act. When you’ve laid waste to yourself, your loved ones and everything else in the world that matters, you can never undo it, and he doesn’t even mean it, he toys with the idea of regret because by that point he’s completely amoral. The limits, whatever they were, long ceased to exist. He enjoyed the idea of redemption but couldn’t summon any genuine will for it, the authentic has become a sham [think hipster]. It takes a very high IQ to truly understand this book so you don’t see it mentioned often even though Wilde is practically considered of a patron saint of gay ‘activism’ and it was his only novel. The novel could be seen as apologia and a Freudian exploration of his splintered selves or roles, defiantly not suffering for his art (hence the disdain for it, the vain beauty he once had as purer in soul). Dorian is the model of a totally terrible, evil human being, and the titular picture is his face [the plot should now make more sense]. Most people, believing in appearances, are too stupid to look at his conduct, it’s a running joke that if a single one of them stopped and thought logically about the type of man he is, instead of appears to be, he’d be locked up. The entire novel is a laughriot if you’re into largely hollow parodies of morality plays (more popular back then).

“Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one’s mistakes.”

I’m amazed this hasn’t become a staple on Tumblr, it predates that Monroe quote.
If you can’t tell that’s sarcasm please get checked for social IQ. As for the best-known quote from this book, see it in some context;

“Every impulse that we strive to strangle broods in the mind and poisons us. The body sins once, and has done with its sin, for action is a mode of purification. Nothing remains then but the recollection of a pleasure, or the luxury of a regret. The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself, with desire for what its monstrous laws have made monstrous and unlawful. It has been said that the great events of the world take place in the brain. It is in the brain, and the brain only, that the great sins of the world take place also.”

The speaker is knowingly full of it, he’s winding up the listener (and reader) like a toy. The listener takes him at face value. The number of layers of humour to this novel make it a classic. What I love best is the Rorschach test of asking a reader what they think it meant, what the themes were. I bet Wilde had fun with that one, asking people at parties. It doesn’t have one. The entire book is a mirror, for the reader to project onto after he made it to project himself, Wilde’s own picture of his own selves long before JK Rowling came up with a horcrux (idea already existed, she came up with that name).
That speech is contrary to neuroscience, btw. Wilde knew from experience, another joke. Ignore your emotions/impulses and they flee. If you cave, the feedback loop is reinforced.

“His beauty had been to him but a mask, his youth but a mockery. What was youth at best? A green, unripe time, a time of shallow moods and sickly thoughts.”

Nonetheless, the novel had some truth buried in there, if you know where to look.

ah who knows mystery shrug eva green pfft haha

p.s. this is why I don’t do literary reviews. Nobody would care to read them.

Why aren’t more people feminists?

A question the likes of Emma Watson might be asking themselves, as their movements grind to a slow but sure halt. What went wrong for the image? Who doesn’t want to be associated with feminism?

Here’s the first few results I found for “If you’re not a feminist-” and think what sort of message of love and inclusion this sends out to literally everyone else (feminists themselves being a minority).

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I can’t imagine why these people aren’t more popular. They seem such an open, loving bunch.

This t-shirt;

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Perfect for alienating your friends in public. If you had friends, who went outside.

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n.b. I love how that’s the shortened version missing the point, see: https://disenchantedscholar.wordpress.com/2014/12/08/feminism-is-defined-as/

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Choose my opinions? Engage critical thinking? I can’t do that if I’m a woman feminist, we must be united in Hivemind or the terrorists patriarchy win.
If you want to read something substantive;

http://www.missmisanthropist.com/blog/2015/3/1/signs-feminism-is-a-cult

It’s like they’re claiming to be a member of the popular kid’s group, insisting they’re really popular when they’re not and they keep insisting you join for increasingly spurious reasons to use you as ammo/shield.

Here’s some sanity;

http://womenagainstfeminism.tumblr.com/