As toxic mafia trash overflows in southern Italy, one sentence sums up not only that country's predicament but a microcosm of those who can keep perpetuating the problem because they have no stake: "you idiot, we'll drink mineral water."
Snowy owl gets authentic DC experience, gets hit by a Metrobus.
Can't say I'm a fan of Greta Van Susteren but when she's right, she's right
The Frisky's piece on The Nation's "toxic twitter wars" piece:
On Twitter, by contrast, women of color, trans women and other people who feel silenced can amplify one another’s voices, talking back to people with power in an unparalleled way.
That doesn’t mean, though, that social media’s climate of perpetual outrage and hair-trigger offense is constructive. “There is a problem with toxicity on Twitter and in social media,” Cooper says. “I think we have to say that. I’m not sure that black women are benefiting from the toxicity.”and
Online, however, intersectionality is overwhelmingly about chastisement and rooting out individual sin... An elaborate series of norms and rules has evolved out of that belief, generally unknown to the uninitiated, who are nevertheless hammered if they unwittingly violate them. Often, these rules began as useful insights into the way rhetorical power works but, says Cross, “have metamorphosed into something much more rigid and inflexible.” One such rule is a prohibition on what’s called “tone policing.” An insight into the way marginalized people are punished for their anger has turned into an imperative “that you can never question the efficacy of anger, especially when voiced by a person from a marginalized background.”
Similarly, there’s a norm that intention doesn’t matter—indeed, if you offend someone and then try to explain that you were misunderstood, this is seen as compounding the original injury. Again, there’s a significant insight here: people often behave in bigoted ways without meaning to, and their benign intention doesn’t make the prejudice less painful for those subjected to it. However, “that became a rule where you say intentions never matter; there is no added value to understanding the intentions of the speaker,” Cross says.and
“What’s disgusting and disturbing to me is that I see some of the more intellectually dishonest arguments put forth by women of color being legitimized and performed by white feminists, who seem to be in some sort of competition to exhibit how intersectional they are,” says Jezebel founder Holmes, who is black. “There are these Olympian attempts on the part of white feminists to underscore and display their ally-ship in a way that feels gross and dishonest and, yes, patronizing.”Case in point: white feminist takes down White Feminists.
In Dawn Stover's words (on a different topic), "it's time to stop wasting ammunition on friendly fire." That's not to say you can't make your forces more inclusive and respectful of their diverse components parts; it is to say, save the rancor for the opposing forces.
You know, I can't actually disagree with this guy, but let it be known that I haven't forsworn bikinis:
Or in the words of one 38-year-old (single) male discussing the cons of pursuing women over 35 on an internet dating board, they are “less humble, overly picky and demanding and also have a real bad attitude and bitterness towards dating.”People of both genders who have been dating for a while have bitterness toward dating; dating--and relationships--are hard, and can bring out the worst in even good people. So I don't blame these older guys for wanting to date younger, less bitter women, but knowing all the awesome
No one really needs supplemental protein.
As if they don't have enough to answer for (ahem, static electricity and multiplet states), those people have to go and mess with my namesake.
Here's a reason not to lose faith in humanity.