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Archive for the day “May 28, 2011”

Which 3 Movies Do You Hate the Most?

Womanist Musings is conducting a survey on which three movies people hate the most. It was extremely difficult to come with just three films because Hollywood keeps churning out the utmost in cinematographic stupidity and lack of talent by the minute.

Here is the list that I ended up posting:

1. Pretty Woman – anti-feminist and degrading to women
2. Titanic– saccharine and annoying
3. The Pianist – anti-Semitic and filmed by a child molester

What would be your ‘Most Hated Movie Ever’ list?


A Child Is Not A Billboard

It is very disturbing when parents fail completely to see their children as actual human beings and use them as billboards to advance their own ideology. Look, for example, at these irresponsible and horrible parents from Toronto:

No one knows the sex of Storm Stocker, a 4-month-old baby from Toronto. Only the parents, midwives and two older brothers have ever peeked beneath the diaper. That’s because his — or is it her — parents, Kathy Witterick, 38, and David Stocker, 39, want to raise their child genderless. When Storm came into the world in a birthing pool on New Year’s Day, they sent out this email: “We decided not to share Storm’s sex for now — a tribute to freedom and choice in place of limitation, a standup to what the world could become in Storm’s lifetime.” Even Storm’s brothers, 2-year-old Kio and 5-year-old Jazz, have been sworn to secrecy, as well as one close family friend.

The poor newborn, who was obviously not consulted in the matter, has been turned into an object its parents are using to become famous and advance some very dubious goals. Their justification is that they don’t want to make choices for their kid. Apparently, creating a huge drama about the child’s sex does not count as making a choice, while not concealing a choice of sex that nature made for the kid somehow does. Of course, the simple solution of using their own lives to protest gender dichotomies does not occur to these horrible parents. Why go to the trouble when you can use and abuse a little baby instead?

It always disgusted me when parents used children as pawns in their ideological battles. Vegetarians and vegans who refuse meat to their miserable kids (who, once again, are never consulted in the matter), parents who parade their kids around in T-shirts with Che Guevara’s portraits or take them on anti-choice marches with them, quasi-feminists who refuse to buy their daughters anything pink, pseudo-liberals who deny their children certain kinds of toys on ideological grounds (don’t like guns? Don’t play with them. But let others make their own choices), fundamentalists who force their kids to go to church – these people couldn’t care less about their own children. They see them as objects who need to serve their parents’ purposes and political agendas and make themselves scarce the rest of the time.

My heart goes out to poor Storm who has 18 very miserable years ahead of him or her.

Paying Students to Drop Out of College

I’m now wondering if this person is mentally disturbed or of he is simply trying to surround himself by stupid people that will make him look less stupid in comparison:

PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel knows a thing or two about finding the next big thing. Thiel was the first investor in Facebook and predicted the dotcom crash and the housing bubble. Now he believes the next big thing to burst is higher education, and he’s willing to put his money on it. “Learning is good. Credentialing and debt is very bad,” he said. “College gives people learning and also takes away future opportunities by loading the next generation down with debt.” The 43-year-old with a net worth of $1.5 billion recently started a $2 million fund to get college students younger than 20 to drop out of school and start a business with $100,000 each. . . New York Magazine recently rated the worthlessness of a college degree as “one of the year’s most fashionable ideas.”


Inconsiderate or Not?

I just found a post at Unbalanced Reaction that describes me perfectly:

If you are going to show up 15 minutes late to faculty meeting, please don’t show up with a Starbucks coffee and sandwich in hand.    And then proceed to consume them.  In the front row. Those of us who were on time mostly haven’t had lunch either.  At least eat your food before showing up late.

I never thought about doing this as being inconsiderate and rude. Sometimes, meetings and classes are scheduled one after another, and it’s unconscionable to me that I might miss a meal for a meeting in which I have no interest and which I didn’t call for. As an adult, I have a right to choose my priorities. Eating and having coffee are definitely priorities for me. Departmental meetings are, more often than not, a royal waste of time. My colleagues, who are also adults, have their own freedom of choice. If they choose to prioritize a meeting over a sandwich, that’s up to them. I don’t see why their interest in and love for meetings should matter more than my hunger. It’s not like I’m asking people to sit there and wait while I run to Starbucks. Everybody is perfectly free to start without me.

In my opinion, the only reason why some people get upset at those of their colleagues who show up late to a meeting with a cup of coffee is simple envy. They wish they could love themselves enough to do so and not feel guilty about it.

Or am I just inconsiderate?

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