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Hello blogosphere!

I have been having a very busy week (and yet I still find time to write, how blessed you all must be؟) so I am going to preemptively apologize for the poor quality of this post. If anyone has been following the news, there has been a lot of interesting events that are occurring. For one, geocities is closing down, which is pretty spectacular. The internet, and its members, have been celebrating geocities’ demise (xkcd has been particularly awesome about this).

Senator Harry Reid has also announced a change in a health care reform bill to include an “opt out plan.” How this will work, it doesn’t say, but it certainly will be interesting to see some of the extreme left Democrats chew him out.

I also went out and cosplayed as Yuna for Geneseo Anime Club’s annual Costume Bash, which was interesting. Maybe there will be pictures (but I highly doubt it).

This Halloween, instead of going out cosplaying, attending an anime convention, trick o’ treating or partying out with friends, I will be leading workshops at a conference in the middle of Lake George. Oh great joy (fml)؟

Also, Paul Krugman disappointed me today in his NY Times column. To use the Mass. Health Care Reform as an adequate comparison to a national health care reform plan is disgraceful. It reminds (reminded?) me of Sarah Palin’s energy rebate plan. It may work in a small area (Mass or Alaska) but would hardly work in a nation.

Currently Listening To: The Magic Flute Prelude (Mozart)
Currently Drinking: Arizona Ice Tea
Currently Eating: Invisible Magic Beans (which turned out to be nothing at all)
Current Mood: Bah. If anyone has a car and feels like driving me to Syracuse this coming Friday night (I pay for gas and crap, obviously)… I’d greatly appreciate it if you could. I really would. Please. Help. Please! I mean it!

The term Feminism can be used to describe an academic discourse, or to describe a political, cultural or economic movement aimed at establishing more rights and legal protection for women.

Since its introduction in the early 1900s, feminism has stood for the improvement (betterment?) of women’ rights (civil rights, social rights, ect). While its first was was for women’s sufferage (the dead generation of President Harding would probably say with certainty that women should no longer vote), feminism has since spread to other parts of socio-economic and political reform, including wage equity, abortion/birth control reform and wartime drafting. However, its concept is the same: improving and empowering women and giving them more rights.

This is not sex based equality.

Let me repeat. Egalitarianism (yes, this is a real word. Google it, spell check it, it exists) is different from feminism. That is why there are two different words and two different schools of thoughts. There isn’t even a mention of “equality” anymore when it comes to feminism. And yet, there is a clear association with feminism and sexual equality, that feminist believe in female equivalence, not female empowerment. There needs to be a clear distinction, because while egalitarianism believes in social reform for social equality (and that means both male and female rights), feminism has little to no regard for “leveling the playing field.” While many of their opinions overlap (women should get the same wages and salaries as their male counterparts), there are many planks that oppose each other (egalitarianism believes in equal maternal and paternal leave, while feminism will rarely even look at fathers) and the motives behind their actions greatly differ.

Let me give you an example. Egalitarianism would encourage women to join science fields because there should be sexual equality and because egalitarians would believe that women can work as well as men. Feminism, on the other hand, encourages women to join science fields because women need to prove that they are as good at men. Egalitarianism already believes what feminism FORCES upon others.

Why am I making such a big stint on the difference between egalitarianism and feminism? Besides the fact that I was reading my last post on it and feeling pretty shitty about how poorly it was written? Because, while I support an idea of gender equality (and while I do feel that women have a disadvantage comparatively to men in many, but not all, fields), I don’t support the idea of female empowerment. Plus, I’m not big on the “we’ve been persecuted against our whole lives, and now we’re lashing back on all things masculine because you are guys and we are girls to prove that women are as good as, if not better than, men.”

Yes, I am also equally aware that there are two branches of modern feminism. There is equity feminists, who are (in my mind) gender-concentrated egalitarians who like to still call themselves feminists (Betty Friedan). These are not who I am talking about (and many of these have realized the light and moved on to egalitarianism anyway), so don’t get your panties in a bunch. I am talking about gender feminists, the majority of feminists that roam the streets today. Gender feminism is not gender equality but rather, a movement for female dominance or empowerment (Girl Power!), This is especially seen in marriage and family court cases, where gender feminists like to insist the child HAS TO stay with the mother, or that the wife should get the majority of the goods. In other words, it is a new bastardization of sexism that puts on a mask called “Feminism,” giving it the connotation of equality (since the rest of the world seems to think feminism means equal gender rights).

It is because of these feminists that an ERA (Equal Rights Act/Amendment) has yet to pass. Yes, I am aware that there is supposed repetition with the 14th amendment, but the 14th amendment speaks to protection rather than creation of laws (a major difference). Plus, everyone in politics and law seems to use the 14th amendment for the due process clause anyway.

But I am getting off topic. By fighting against an ERA, feminists are able to prevent women from being drafted, and are able to prevent a level playing field in child custody cases (where it is near certain that the mother gets the child). And yet, these are the same feminists who claim that women always have the disadvantage. If they want to create equality, equality must be created in all faucets of life, not in select choice places that give women an edge.

Feminism may have stood for equal sufferage and equal rights in the early 1900’s, but that definition is long dead. There is no equality in feminism. Don’t be fooled by the misuse of a long dead explanation about the struggle of females all over the world. Feminism now, in 2009, is simply a polite term for sexist behavior.

(And that’s how Sue [C] sees it).

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☞Period.

Wah. This weekend is midterm weekend for my college, so I have exam after exam after presentation after paper after exam. What a hellish weekend! So I apologize if my writing is poor and haphazard. And what makes it great is that I’ve been getting into a very awesome (insert-sarca… well. Read the blog) 4-5 hours sleep cycle؟

Long story short? I really can’t wait for the weekend to be over.

I also realize that the amount of shows I have to follow have been increasing (Big Bang Theory, Glee, The Office, 30 Rock… and others). Where in hell am I going to find the time to continually catch up‽

Currently Listening To: The Office (yes, the show) episode 4, season 6
Currently Drinking: Water
Currently Eating: Nothing
Currently Reading: Nothing. Suggest me something!
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The English language is a beautiful mash up of rules and exceptions and exceptions to those rules (and rules to those exceptions). With so many things to memorize, we (at times) overlook the little things in life (or in grammar), and tend to neglect the simple beauty of the English language. So today, I’d like to take a look at punctuation marks that are in (or should be included into… I’m sure you know which ones I’m talking about) the English language.

This will be extremely helpful if you have yet to fully understand what a comma or semi-colon does. I guess. Or you could just laugh at me for being a super dork. The choice is yours.

The Lame Stuff

The Period
The period ends sentences.

The Exclamation Mark
The exclamation mark is awesome! It denotes strong emotions like excitement or surprise. It also ends an exclamatory mark like “Wow!”

The Question Mark
The question mark ends a question. Like this? Yes, just like that.

The Comma
Commas are used to separate items. This includes separating nouns in a list, separating independent and dependant clauses and separating adjectives in a stacked noun (the hot, sexy, amazing, wonderful push-up bra).

Commas are also used to end a quotation when there are words that follow it. For example: “That was some terrible sex,” she said.

The Colon
The colon is the last portion of the digestive system. The colon is also a punctuation mark that can help denote a list or introduce a fact. There are less formal uses of it, such a introducing examples.

Example: There were three people who could have done it: the maid, the boyfriend or the father.
Example 2: The explanation is simple: The cake had to have been a lie.

The semicolon
The semicolon is used to break lists with commas and to separate two independent clauses without a conjunction in between. I like to think of it as a graduate-student version of a comma (specialized). No, I don’t think of punctuation marks at people… normally.

Example: “Sarah could have been killed by Anne, the gardener; James, the butler; Jacob, the writer; or Alice, the maid.”

Okay fuck this. I’m not doing a very good job at explaining punctuation marks anyway.

The Stuff that should be used more

The Ditto Mark
The Ditto Mark is a mark that denotes, well, “ditto.” It’s supposed to denote a continual pattern. It’s like when your teacher writes:

He had 20 apples and 40 oranges.
She 〃 30 〃〃20 〃. (She had 30 apples and 20 oranges).

Okay, perhaps that was not a great example, but you get my drift. It’s sexy and shorthanded.

The Interrobang
I keep seeing people with interrobang tattoos, but I doubt many of them actually use it often. It’s much cleaner and sexier than a “What?!?!?!?!” So use it more often, please? Please ‽ (as opposed to Please?!?!?!?@@?!oneoneone///)

The Index (The Fist)
Okay, how can you NOT like a typographical sign that is called THE FIST. The point is to direct the user (reader) to something important by having it point to something important. Something like “if you don’t read this, I’ll fist your ass!”

The Section Sign §
I don’t see why the ampersand and interrobang get so much tattoo attention when the section sign is clearly sexier (look at those curves). But in any case, the section sign denotes legal code or some sort of text that has to do with law. It can also be used as a footnote to something (it can be a legal reference). It’s like a sexy hot lawyer.

The Irony Mark ؟
Most people will know that this is my favorite typography mark and is probably the only reason why I started this post in the first place. It denotes second level language, or language that should not be taken at face value. This includes satirical remarks, rhetorical questions, or anything that has to do with irony. Think about how FUCKING AWESOME it would be to have an irony mark. How many times have you said something satirical over the internet, and have someone not understand it was satire (maybe it just happens to me).

Currently, there is no way to denote satirical remarks, which may render people confused (take Sheldon, from the show The Big Bang Theory, who would much appreciate an irony mark).

The Irony Mark (did I mention that I pretty much made this post just for this typographical mark؟ Don’t answer that) was proposed by a French poet, but had been in use during the medieval era, when it was called a percontation point. The previously mentioned French poet also suggested a variety of other (as sexy, but not quiet as awesome) punctuation marks, such as the doubt point (), the authority point, the indignation point, and the love point ().

So, long story short? Please use more awesome punctuation marks and typographical marks because it will make reading your stuff far more entertaining.

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I’m back and as angst-y as ever. Not really, but this topic is strictly for the open minded folk who are willing to be civil about a topic like this. C-I-V-I-L. It’s like starting a topic about how prostitution should be legalized because it’s a job and isn’t the selling off of women’s (or men’s) sexuality… very dangerous to talk about. So yea, open minded people only.

Besides that, I’ve been keeping busy with my studies and work. And reading the newspaper. Because the newspaper is always extremely entertaining. I never thought Barack Obama would win the Nobel Peace Prize this soon in his career, so I’m finding it extremely entertaining that he did. We’ll see what he does now that he’s a Nobel laureate. Oh, and while I’m at it: read.

So yea, open minded people only. This topic is about homosexuality and the LGBT movement. You have been warned.

Currently Listening To: Nothing.
Currently Drinking: Milk
Currently Eating: Cookies
Currently Reading: Nothing. Suggest me something!

I have always had a firm belief on politically equal rights for all people. This includes equal rights for men, women, homosexuals, blacks, Asians, Hispanics, rednecks, and everything in between (and goodness, don’t be offended if I didn’t mention the “social group you associate yourself with”). However, isolating one social group and claiming that group’s “struggle” for rights has been “extra hard” has always irked me. This holds especially true for the LGBT struggle.

Why? No, I do not hate gays (or transsexuals, for that matter), and I do think they deserve the same rights as everyone else. At the same time, I have no interest in giving them special attention. I don’t see why they deserve more special attention than the Equal Rights movement, or the movement to end (or promote) affirmative action. Homosexuality seems be something that doesn’t only have to be tolerated, but has to be LIKED and ACCEPTED and EMBRACED, and it’s this demand from the LGBT community that most bothers me.

Let me explain. A man who is uncomfortable with someone being overly (flamboyantly) homosexual is not a homophobic man. In fact, he’s probably fine with homosexuals, unless they’re all up in his face. But there will be people who label him homophobic, who claim that he is going against their movement, all because he doesn’t want to see some gay person grinding up on his face.

And homophobia is just a lame term in it of itself. Not many people have a psychotic and irrational fear of gays. People who don’t believe in gay marriage arn’t homophobic so much as they are not comfortable with gay marriage (and, for the record, I believe in gay marriage). These people are not irrationally freaking out about the fact that gays exist. Many of them don’t even want to “extinguish the world of homosexuality.” So they are a little short minded. They are not any less tunnel visioned than the homosexual that believes all people who are uncomfortable around flamboyant gays are homophobic.

Just as a woman should be creeped out if a guy is hitting on her, a man will be equally mortified if there is a gay guy hitting on him. There will be a level of uncomfortably, so I don’t see why a gay man should expect anything less, or demand that the first guy (the straight guy) should be comfortable with unwanted flirtation.

And no, I’m not talking about the people who walk around and say gays are the heathens of the Earth (which gays are not, they can be wonderful people, just as any person can be wonderful). I am talking about the average dude or chick that is walking down the street, who is fine with homosexuality, but is simply not homosexual. This hate against homosexuality is often sensationalized by the media and the LGBT community themselves. Yes, crimes against homosexuality exist, even in liberal cities like NYC and San Fransisco. And yes, many people are still scared of coming out (I, for example, have yet to tell my parents I’m bisexual. In fact, I probably never will). However, it doesn’t mean that homosexuals should come with a preconceived concept that all straight guys who are uncomfortable among them are homophobic.

The world is not seen in black and white. It’s a delicious blend of grey-scale (to the pessimist. I’d like to think the world can be seen in color… Pleasantville comes to mind first), with multiple shades of comfortability. Love of homosexuality and homophobia are only two extremes of the spectrum. In fact, most people fall somewhere in the middle.

Just as not all gays are ragingly flamboyantly gay (or find some psychotic need to bump and grind with every manageable looking guy), not all people who are uncomfortable with being flirted with are raging homophobic folk. As much as we’d like to believe everyone’s beliefs revolve around gay (or anti-gay) rights, that is not the case.

Or, in alternative terms, go suck a dick.

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Delayed

I apologize for the lateness of my post (not that any of you probably care) and in replacement (the post will be up next Tuesday, or so I’d like to think), here are some mildly entertaining photos:

From my life:

From Shirt.Woot:

And two things I’m ridiculously (stupidly-ridiculously) excited for:

Final Fantasy XIV (which is going to be fucking amazing)
Trailer

Google Wave (which is going to be equally awesome)
Short Synop

There.

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