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Hello everyone. I’m still on break, but I discovered this article while reading several reputable and not so reputable news sources. My schedule this semester is pretty full, so I have yet to determine a good time for me to post on a continual basis. However, this academic semester has started of well, and I look forward to continually providing my poor and possibly useless commentary to an audience who may or may not exist.

Several things to look out for:

1) The State of the Union Address (for the United States of America), is this Wednesday. I encourage all of you to listen to it or watch it (probably the latter). I think it is extremely relevant to any person who lives in America. Many people have been complaining about the continual war, or asking questions like: “What is the country doing to fix the economy?” Well, this is a perfect time for people to learn what topic the president is actually concentrating on. Is he putting all his efforts into supporting a health care bill, or is he concentrating more on the new supreme court ruling? Liking politics or not is immaterial at this point. It’s about knowing what is actually going on, and being educated enough to recognize the importance of finding things out for yourself.

Besides, I always found it was rather stupid that people liked to make commentary about what they knew near-nothing about. For example, people who love American Democracy without realizing that American runs on a Republic system. Or commentating on the “international free market” when it doesn’t exist. Or complaining about the American economy without doing a little research. Reading blogs (even mine) may be insightful, but I would hardly consider it research.

2) I’m going to try cutting back on the actual length of my posts. Usually, my rants will last about 1000 words, which is good (I suppose) for people with nothing better to do. But, I feel it is more beneficial for me to learn how to write less while still relaying the same amount of information than it is to write whatever the hell I want for over 9000 (yes, I went there) words.

Course, it didn’t really work today, because I’ve seem to have hit past my intended mark of 500 today. Man do I need to shorten these “precursor complaints.”

‘Oral sex’ definition prompts dictionary ban in US schools – Guardian.co.uk

I understand if an elementary school wants to ban Catcher in the Rye, or if a public school is comfortable with carrying, say, copies of playboy. Heck, I even understand how a protected/limited search engine would ban you from searching for Shel Silverstein (although it is more of a “I can see people programming this poorly” than as an actual ban). But dictionaries? Because they contain definitions of sexually explicit words?

Please, like you would use the word coitus to explain how you created your child in the first place.

I thought it was interesting how parents dream of their kids growing old and getting married and possibly having kids of their own, when the very same parents are terrified that their child will learn (oh goodness, that dreaded word), about SEX. Yes, perhaps kids shouldn’t learn about sex when they’re 4 or 5, but they’ll have to understand what it is eventually. Children do grow up. Many will have sex eventually, probably far before you realize they’ve lose their virginity. Trying to remove all possible relations to any connotation of sexual interaction will only serve to feed their ignorance. Or, encourage their rebellion.

When will it be time to teach a child about sex? As much as we would like to think that “they’ll just know” or “we’ll know when they’re mature enough,” the world does not work that way. There is no telepathic connection that sends a signal to your brain that says “your child is ready to know about sex.” By continually viewing children as, well, children who are incapable of “understanding” the complexities of sex, not only will children realize they can no longer learn from their parents, but they will move onto other sources. Perhaps not so wonderful sources (unless you guys seem to believe that music videos and dictionaries are a good way to educate children about sex).

Which leads me to another question. When it is time for a child to learn about sex, where will he or she learn it? The school? A dictionary? The side of a cigarette carton? I’d hope not. I would think that children would be able to trust their parents enough, at whatever age they are at, to learn about what sex is. Perhaps, if more parents took the time to explain sex without either avoiding it or depending on other sources to teach it, we would have fewer pregnant preteens.

In any case, it is ridiculous to have the notion that your child will always and forever be pure and free of sexual thoughts and influences. By educating and teaching your child when they ask about sex (whether they discover it through a dictionary or a friend), you (as a parent or future parent) will be able to explain what sex is before they think that sex is something akin to a mash of hentai, playboy, rap videos and dictionary explanations.

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Hello everyone. I am on vacation, which is a rare chance for me. Currently, I am typing away from Florida, after an amazing visit to Disney World. If you have enough money and time on your hands, I encourage you to go. It was really quite amazing. But bring good shoes. I don’t think my feet will ever be the same again.

I also had a really spectacular New Years. It’s pretty funny, I left NYC for Orlando, and I spent my New Years Day watching the ball drop from NYC. Way to shove it in my face that NYC is great during the winter season.

Currently Reading: Out of My Mind by Andy Rooney
Currently Eating: Nothing
Currently Drinking: Mountain Dew (MTN DEW)
Currently Listening To: A Girl Worth Fighting For (Mulan, Disney)
Currently Located: Florida
Current Mood: Childlike, giddy, relaxed, happy 😀

This weekend, I had the distinct pleasure of visiting Orlando, Florida. And, as a result, I had the equally distinct pleasure of GOING TO DISNEY WORLD FOR THREE DAYS. It was particularly interesting because my last visit to Disney World was a family vacation. Disney world, as a theme park, is an especially popular place to take children on vacation, and it is rather interesting to see how parents interacted with their children. Everyone thinks of Disney World as the “happiest place on Earth.” After all, the park encourages you to smile till your face falls off. And yet, my memories of Disney World (and many other family vacations in areas that encourage family vacationing) are filled with bad memories.

The problem with most family vacations is that, although the parents intend on making it a vacation, parents also want to make the most out of their time by making sure their children sees everything! This results in a lot of running from sight to sight, rushing through food, complaining at someone when things go wrong, and getting into fights with other parents who are doing the same thing. Instead of taking the time as an actual vacation (you know, to relax), parents feel rushed to finish everything and make sure their children get to “do what their kids want to do,” even though their kids don’t know what they want to ride on, or see. As a result, the parents just try to do everything. And while we don’t know what kids want to do, we know what they don’t want to do: rush around and bump into things while their parents fight over what to do next.

Another problem with family vacations (and parenting as a while) is that parents like to use their children as a way to “extend” their dreams. Rather than the child living as an individual, the parent lives vicariously through their offspring (I’m sure plenty of you guys know THAT feeling). On a larger, lifestyle scale, this is when a parent forces a child to pick up an occupation that “I’ve always wanted to do as a child and never got to,” or when the parent makes the child attend a college of the parent’s choosing. On a smaller, theme park scale, this is when a parent drags a child to a ride because the parent really wants to go on it, or makes the child take pictures with characters that the child might not want to take pictures with (this was especially popular with my family, who forced both my brother and I to take pictures with every character that came within vision). The child gets really frustrated, because s/he doesn’t want to do all these crazy (and possibly scary) things, and the parents get frustrated because they thought that’s what the kid wanted to do (“because that’s what I always wanted to do as a kid”) and the action resulted in more stress and more crazy/upset children.

This leaves the family with a rather unpleasant vacation, full of dragging, screaming, crying and unhappy memories. Another family vacation, ruined.

In hindsight, I realize that a lot of this stuff could have been avoided by taking me on vacation to places at a slightly older age, and to places that actually had stuff to do. Families that brought their children when they were older (and not between the ages of 2 and 6) avoided the hassle of using strollers (there was a ton of “stroller parking lots” in Disney World) and encouraged a family-vacation atmosphere by allowing their kids to choose what they wanted to do (because kids were able to make decisions on their own by that point). Children were able to vocalize when they were doing things too fast, or when they didn’t want to go on a particularly scary ride (this doesn’t actually mean that the parents listened…. another major problem with family vacations). Children were also able to better appreciate areas like Epcot that were geared towards a slightly older audience, and they had a slightly better patience for long lines.

The nice part about Disney World is that some parts are geared towards a younger audience. Even in a park such as MGM Hollywood Studios (where there were increased thrill rides and older-movie references), there were places that were specifically geared towards the younger audience. In other family vacationing spots, such as a city like San Fransisco or Washington DC, there is a lot more stress with regards to planning to do everything and a lot more of those “things” are adult-oriented. I wonder what family vacations are like in New York City, with parents dragging their kids to Times Square, the Statue of Liberty and the tons of museums, all the while having to deal with their kids whining about the walk and trying to understand the rather confusing subway system (I don’t think it’s really that confusing, but I’m sure that’s just because I’ve lived there the majority of my life). The worst tourists to deal with in the city are the family vacationers, since the parents are in a continual state of stress and anxiety, and the kids are always complaining and screaming.

With all the stress that comes with “I need my kid to see the world,” it’s no wonder that every child always wants to go on vacation with their friends, rather than with their crazy parents.

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Hello everyone,

I hope you all are having a splendid and wonderful winter season. There hasn’t been a lot of snow up here, but it has been rather windy (and chilly as all fuck), so we get all the crummy cold weather without the actual fun snow stuff.

I’ve been working hard in actually doing well for my classes. Finals are coming up (which also means winter break is coming up, hurray), so I’ve been stressing about upcoming exams, presentations and papers. Next week will be my “finals week,” so apologies in advanced if I do not come up with some magical post. As much as I love writing here (and I assure you, I do), I’d really like to pass my classes. That’d really be awesome.

Other than that, things have been kinda slow. It’s sort of “the calm before the storm” so I’ve been taking advantage of the time by… cramming for exams. So much for calm before the storm.

Currently Reading: An assortment of books on Kabuki Theatre
Currently Drinking: Mountain Dew
Currently Watching: Mononoke (subbed)
Current Mood: Tired. I can’t wait for winter break. I really can’t wait for winter break.

A couple days ago, I started (and finished) watching an anime called Toshokan Sensō (English Translation: Library Wars). The anime is situation in an alternate-universe Japan where a law called “The Media Betterment Act” allows censorship of various books to protect the Japanese public from “harmful media.” Through the Media Betterment Act (MBA), the government is allowed to use force (sometimes excessive) to censor media that is deemed harmful and to suppress the freedom of media/speech/expression. During the same year, however, the government developed the “Freedom of Libraries Law” (a far less known law) that protects libraries from prosecution from the MBA and allows for limited freedom of expression (through media). Out of this law, The Library Defense Force is created to protect the freedom of media by backing up copies of limited books, opening public libraries (that are free from MBA control) and aiding in the protection of books by preventing book burnings and helping transfer books from one library to another. Their jurisdiction, however, is limited only to libraries, and they are not government funded like Media Betterment Troops.

But this post is not supposed to be a review of the anime (which, by the way is very good; I highly suggest it to anyone who has a couple hours to kill). A lot of the anime has to do with allowing us the freedom to express ourselves and making sure the audience realizes that we shouldn’t take things like that for granted. Because we live in a society that expects the freedom of speech and press, we tend to take it for granted. Having the freedom to say, do, write and act as you want (so long as it isn’t detrimental to yourself or others), is a powerful resource. By taking it for granted, the American public has allowed the integrity of expression to fall to the wayside. Instead of using it as a tool to propel progressive thinking and new ideas, the freedom to express one’s beliefs has become a defense mechanism to protect disorganized thoughts and biased opinions, as if they were fact.

And it is because we take the freedom of expression for granted that we are unable to see the importance in our words and actions, especially with regards to expressing our beliefs. We don’t see the importance in our words, because we are free to say what we want. But we should realize that, by being able to say what we want, we are opening ourselves to a community that has as much right as we do to respond and counter-argue. It also means that we should own up and take responsibility for our words and expressions, and we should put more thought into what we’re actually expressing, saying or writing.

But the opposite has happened. Instead, we use the freedom to express as an excuse to say and do as we want. The freedom to express doesn’t mean that any moron can blabber their head off to the rest of society, and it certainly does not mean he (or she) is right, and it has never (and should never) be used as a tool for poorly written ideas and work. It ruins the integrity of innovative fields, fills the world with poorly written ideas and works and destroys the meaning of “Freedom of Expression.”

Is it so much to ask for people to think before they project their opinions, thoughts and comments to the rest of society? It is so much for people to consider their actions, or put a little effort into properly expressing themselves? Apparently so, because I’m sure there would be a barrage of people who will complain that they have every right to say that people can say what they want because they have the freedom of expression on their side.

Yes, the freedom of expression allows you to say what you want, but realizing that you CAN say what you want should encourage you to put some work into thinking about what you’re saying. Consider doing some research on your topic, take other opinions into account, WORK to really make use of the freedom of expression.

The poor and biased writing and expression of today’s society makes me wonder if the American public even deserves the Freedom of Expression. For every gem that comes out of free expression, tons of shit comes out. And no, this does not make the gem look any brighter. In fact, it simply just covers the gem up in shit, so that no one can find it. Not many people are willing to wad through a sea of disease-infested crap to find the one diamond, no matter how wonderful it (the diamond) may be.

Not only do we need to take advantage of the gift of free speech, but we must understand as US citizens and residents that the freedom of expression comes with the responsibility of self-education and a little common sense. Perhaps it just proves that we, as a society, are incapable of using this freedom in a responsible and mature way,

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I is smart.

Sorry for 2x the non-existent posting. I’ve been filled with work, Thanksgiving break is coming up, rehearsals for my play have been stressful, CKI work is through the roof, exams are on their way, and my throat is sore.

Blah!

The following post is more of a bitter ranting than a thought-out and through post (I guess that’s okay because the subtitle of this blog is “Rants of a Little Asian Girl”). Recently, I’ve become very bitter about having to settle for either depressingly mediocre “intellectual conversation.” The few who I actually talk to consistently remind me that people who are capable of good political, psychological, philosophical and social discussions are far and few. I like to think optimistically about the students in my college, or the people I meet, but when I run into a situation where an op-ed in my school newspaper claims our health care plan is only 100 billion dollars (it’s been months since the estimated price was that low), I cry for how lazy the students and so-called intellects of today are.

That is not to say intelligent people don’t exist.

Currently Reading: As always, nothing.
Currently Eating: Cheez-its (mmm…)
Currently Drinking: Mountain Dew (double mmm…)

While I was in my American Politics class this week, the professor had us read over some essays (take home exams) that were due in class. The essay concentrated on the relationship between economic and social policy within the United States, something which I have taken a particular interest to. And, being that we either don’t have class, or have a boring lecture that is usually irrelevant to the topic at hand, I was initially excited about hearing something different.

Instead, I was treated (sarcastic) to an array of poorly written essays that did not answer the question. These essays failed to acknowledge the relationship between the two types of policies and were more textbook summaries of key phrases than anything else. This technique (if one could ever call it thus) was most clearly seen when students wrote about economic policy, a subject that few students understood, let alone analyzed.

It is times like these where I cry for the American education system, a system that promotes factual regurgitation and encouraged memorization over analysis. What’s the point in receiving an education if a child is incapable of applying it or fully “understanding” it? It’s like eating food and spitting it out rather than swallowing it. Yes, the food may taste great, but it fails in its purpose of providing nutrients to the body. Similarly, the education system can be easily standardized and replicated with this regurgitation learning technique, but few students actually develop an understanding of the subject. Instead, students just take in the information, throw it back up in the form of a paper or a multiple choice examination, and then forget about it.

I admit, even I have fell into the “I’ll just memorize this and not fully understand it and just throw it back out at the exam because I’m not required to actually analyze anything” system. My hard science classes were predominantly “chew and spit” exams where we had to memorize facts, formulas and calculations, and I dreaded whenever I had to attend a science class. This extended to college, where my worst grades are in my mandatory physical/natural science classes. And, yes, while I am at fault for my poor grades — for if I fully understood physics rather than memorized things for the purpose of passing an exam, I’m sure I would have done better — much of the interest for these subjects must be created by teachers and the curriculum. It is the teacher that introduces many of these subjects for the first time to students all over America.
How can a student become interested in a subject (any subject) if the teacher and the curriculum doesn’t encourage general understanding? And how can a child be interested and curious in a subject if they can not understand it, let alone analyze it?

Yes, the system may be easy, but the cost of choosing such an inefficient teaching system is a poor education system. It hardly encourages learning, and results in a botched generation of students (if you can even call them that) who go to college simply to get better jobs who are incapable of analysis, higher level thinking or intellectual conversation.

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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.

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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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I often get into arguments between the importance and validity of social sciences as a SCIENCE and physical/natural science as the ONLY TRUE HARD SCIENCE. While, yes, social sciences are considered “soft,” they are as much sciences as biology, chemistry and physics.

And, while it is (I’m sure) very important to study the hard sciences (many of you have or will be taking at least bio, chem and physics), social sciences are often neglected in the process. Those who are in hard science majors tend to look down at social scientists, and social scientists end up fighting against each other for importance. However, social science works the same way as natural/physical sciences: you can’t master one social science without having experience in other social sciences. And yet, with many social science majors, the importance in having a general knowledge of “The Social Sciences” is forgotten.

Take economics for example (I can’t believe I’m criticizing my favored social science). Econ majors have few to no classes in political science, and are usually not required to take psychology, even though both will play major roles in how the economy works. Political Science majors, similarly, are interested in criticizing politics (or are interested in playing the politics), but don’t even have a clue how macroeconomics works. International Relations majors don’t even understand the first rule of FREE WORLD TRADE.

How fucked up is that?

Besides combating each other, the social sciences still have to prove themselves as “real sciences” in the minds of hard science majors. I don’t even want to think of all the times I’ve had to fight to prove that economics takes as much work as, say, physics or biology. We have to do as much math, take as much data and weed through as much bullshit. Models in biology get rejected as often as models in economics do!

And if any of you silly bio/chem/physics majors even think of saying it’s easier than their major, I dare you to take an econometrics course. That class is so filled up the bum in math.

In any case, I wish social science classes were better taught, more recognized and more appreciated. Not only do they broaden our understanding of the world in which we live in (by providing us insight or an alternative view, or by providing us information which sheds light on a topic), but they are important to being a well rounded individual. I wouldn’t want to talk to an individual who only knew about microbes or atoms. I don’t want to spend all my time during a date making fucking punnetts squares.

Plus, it allows us to develop our own ideas about world/current events, instead of letting the news pass through our eyes and ears.

What I’m trying to say is, social sciences shouldn’t be disregarded, or though of as a “fake science,” because it takes as much effort and work to be a social scientists than as a physical scientists. Sociologists, economists and IR scholars don’t make up ideas out of nowhere. We have our fair share of ethical and unethical experiments, and we modify our models just as science modifies a theory when it is proven wrong.

On a slightly less relevant note, I think economics should be a required course in any college class. If more people applied the idea of opportunity costs to real life, we certainly would be more logical and rational people.

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Sorry I skipped last week’s blog post! Everything is still trying to patch together, as far as my schedule is concerned. I have been working diligently in class (blah blah, good student, blah blah), and it’s been doing me well so far!

Until today, when I woke up with a cold. This, to risk not having it blossom into a ridiculous 2 month long flu (which, if anyone knows me, it always does), I’m skipping a class to nip it in the bud. Hence why I’m here at 11:35AM when I should be in my Asian Theatre Survey class. Hurrah.

In any case, the post below was written in my sociology class last Thursday. It was around then that I considered writing two blog posts (to make up for last week). SO, if you happen to see another post sometime in the afternoon, do not be alarmed.

Currently Listening To: Nothing.
Currently Drinking: Water
Currently Eating: Nada!
Currently Reading: Nothing. Suggest me something!
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During my sociology 100 class (since all fun and odd things happen there), I spent my time observing a girl who sat two seats down and one seat right of me (she sat in the front row). She seemed like the “I want to be unique” type, complete with faded blue hair dye, studded belt and worn-out backpack (which had H.I.M.’s heartagram logo painted in wite-out… that’s right, she’s a rebel). he was answering calculus questions on her Mac by plugging it into google and researching it on Wiki / Yahoo Answers.

No, this is not a post about my poor use of time in sociology class. The reaosn why I bring this up is because she was so… bothering. She never said a word to me, she never looked my way, but her simple existence made me want to cringe. I was throughly repulsed by her black nail polish, cliché Celtic rings (which adorned every finger, including thumbs), and cleaned-up converse shoes, and it bothered me enough to spend my precious time (HA! PRECIOUS!) taring at the back of her head (which was two seats down and one seat right from myself). Why? Why was I so bothered by this girl?

It’s because she was like everyone else. This very much reminds me of my blog post about Individuality (to be like everyone else), since I guess she was trying to fight the mainstream “conformist” attitude and it, in the end, made her mainstream herself. I wasn’t even as bothered by the popular girls (with their short shorts and ditzy attitudes). Perhaps it was because these popular girls were OKAY with being mainstream, while the other chick was so insistent on NOT being mainstream that she became like everyone else. It was like a poor imitation of the punk-rebel attitude for, well, sake of being fake punk rebels so they don’t have to be popular (when, in actuality, they still want to be popular and well liked among their peers).

Not that anything is wrong with being unique, or rebellious. But, for whatever reason, being “rebellious or unique” is a new fashion trend. It takes precedence over being happy, or comfortable, and true to yourself. And, through this importance of “being difference” and “not conforming to the man,” a new group has emerged. Said group has, essentially, standardized all that is now being considered “rebellious.” What happened to being rebellious for the actual fact that conforming was just plum dumb? Conforming into another group doesn’t make you a rebel from mainstream society!

What makes this especially irritating is that it STILL insists on being punk-rebels. That’s their selling point: Want to be rebellious? Join us, and you won’t have to worry! Anarchy tattoos and poorly done hair jobs! Just add hot water! But they still have a set of social norms, they’re still exclusive to “punk-goth-rebels” only, and I don’t think Hot Topic is very different from A|X in that their main selling point is their label (the difference? I can manage wearing A|X because they actually make wearable clothing).

I feel the saying, “You are what you hate,” applies only too well here. These people, who bathe in their ability to rebel and be unique, are exactly like their preppy counterparts. They just exchange white shoes for dirty converse and badly stitched up belts (I also couldn’t help but see the similarities between preppy plaid and Punk Plaid).

In conclusion, I want to end with this brilliant and marginally relevant xkcd comic:

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