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Monday Link Encyclopedia and Self-Promotion

It’s just one of those paradoxes: the same people who can’t be trusted to act on their own judgment of what mortgage to take out are competent to elect the right leaders, who will then stop them from getting the wrong mortgage.” Yes, what a crazy thing. It’s just like when people who can’t be trusted to perform their own root canals are competent to choose their own dentists who will then perform root canals on them. That’s totally bizarre.

The post is in Russian but the photos show a big crowd of people marching in Moscow under Ukrainian flags and a tiny group of Putinoids marching under Soviet flags. By the way, the linked blog has been banned by Putin and can only be accessed outside of Russia.

If you are into gardening, then you need to read this post about organic seeds.

I really detest this form of coercing people out of money in the workplace.

A blogger is disgusted with St. Patrick’s Day: “The reference to Irish culture — consisting of excessive drinking and the color green — is not so much a parody of Ireland as a parody of the very idea of a cultural heritage as such.” Do you agree?

It is tragic that this sort of pablum is being sold to people as education.

Just to start the week off right, here is a funny photo of an almost naked guy. I just find the photo heart-warming for some reason.

But what if I go out for dinner with some of my hosts afterwards? What if a student newspaper reporter happens to be along? Can they record our conversation without my knowledge? Can they quote what I say without asking, without even identifying themselves? My gut tells me no. Not, again, as a matter of law. Just as a matter of basic decency.” I blog about what I see and hear all the time, but it never occurred to me that some people might consider it basically indecent.

I feel myself withdrawing from department life, not because I don’t care, but because I do care, a lot, and I feel frustrated and helpless by all the things that could and should be done differently.” I feel exactly, but exactly the same. Withdrawing and then just doing my own thing quietly seems like the only option.

A group of racists and xenophobes discovers that French Canadians have been discriminated against for 200 years and feels shocked.

I really didn’t expect to hear the world Herbalife after I left Ukraine. It’s shocking that people are still discussing whether Herbalife if a scam. Of course, it is, and a disgusting one, too.

Right before the class started, and I give the exams, a student raised his hand and asked me: “Profesora, would you lead a prayer for us?”. I was suddenly puzzled, not knowing how to react.” Oh God, this sounds excruciating. Does anybody have any suggestions on how to respond to this without using extreme profanity? I need to be prepared in case this happens to me.

Forgiveness is for you, to set things right in your own heart. Sometimes, folks can get caught up, thinking that by forgiving someone who harmed them, they are saying that what happened is okay. In reality, when we forgive someone who has hurt us, we are saying that we are okay, now.” If anybody ever says this to you, please know: you are being abused and manipulated by a vicious, nasty character. Whether to forgive or not is entirely up to you, and there is absolutely nothing wrong whatsoever with not forgiving. Absolutely nothing wrong. If you need to feel angry, upset and hurt for the rest of your life, then that’s fine. It’s definitely a lot better than mandatory forgiveness forced upon oneself to service a stupid cultural norm.

A brilliant post: “Our public school system is under deliberate and diversified attack by the religious right and the middle class poor who see danger and threats to society in public schools, and so they flock to homeschooling and charter schools where the message can be controlled and the outcomes secured by herd learning and a mandated mentality — and they expect the rest of us to pay for their religious and private learning by forgiving their tax obligations, or giving them tax vouchers to use in a religious agenda.”

No Russian occupants allowed” posters have started to appear across the globe. Good job defending the Russian culture, Mr. Putin.

What happens when your porn is not Canadian enough. Let’s make sure nationalism is brought into every sphere of our lives!

Emotional abuse in the guise of advice is one thing I have suffered from, and I have always found it useful to identify what is happening.” It is very, very important to talk about this because this form of abuse very often goes unrecognized. But it’s something that plagues many people’s lives.

So if Crimea belongs to any one national group it is certainly not the Russians. It is the Crimean Tatars and they have expressed an overwhelming desire to keep their homeland as part of the Ukrainian state.” Exactly. It would be great if people listened more to scholars than to brainless “Ukraine is just like Iran which is just like Texas” pundits.

And the post of the week is a really great analysis of why advertisement aimed at women sucks so badly.

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42 thoughts on “Monday Link Encyclopedia and Self-Promotion

  1. delagar on said:

    Oh, Clarissa, you crack me up.

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  2. —Does anybody have any suggestions on how to respond to this without using extreme profanity? I need to be prepared in case this happens to me.

    I’d say “Sorry, but I am an atheist, so me leading any prayer would be disrespectful towards your religious feelings”… Of course one has to be an atheist to say that. But I guess agnostic would work too.

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    • At my place, “Sorry, I am Jewish…” is enough. At Clarissa’s place (state institution), it would probably be illegal to lead a prayer. But “Sorry, I am Jewish…” should work as an excuse. Thanks for the link, Clarissa….

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    • How about, “I’m a Christian, and public prayer is offensive to my religion?” That would make them pause. Or not.

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      • Evelina Anville on said:

        I think I would probably side step the issue altogether. Perhaps smile and say something like “Oh the exam won’t be that bad! And if you have issues with your grade, please come see me so we can work together on anything that you mightb e struggling with.” A bit of a cop out I suppose but I would be utterly flabbergasted if a student asked me to lead him/her in prayer.

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        • “I would be utterly flabbergasted if a student asked me to lead him/her in prayer.”

          – Same here. I recently went to a dinner party where everybody was expected to pray before eating, and I had no idea what to do because this was the first time I was at this kind of event.

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      • @Clarissa: re the dinner: stay silent until they finish praying. In my experience, everybody understands if you do not join. They won’t question you, because talking religion in the dinner table is the ultimate faux pax in the US. As for the students, I will go with Evelina. Make a joke and deflect it.

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  3. I just want to say I love the juxtaposition between “pablum” and “scholars.” I also want to say that even in African literature written by women of which there is quite a bit I have yet to run across any references to any Lesbian Feminists. I guess we will just have to keep relying on rich white left wing American feminists to represent all Black Women, because African women are not politically correct.

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  4. delagar on said:

    (1) It cracks me up that you keep insisting I’m rich, J. Otto.

    (2) Whenever I hear anyone say “politically correct” what I hear is the speaker saying “I’m giant asshole.” Just so you know.

    (3) What was cracking me up about what Clarissa had written? By the way? Was about two weeks ago she linked something I wrote saying I had written was the Best Thing Ever. And like six months ago she linked something I wrote saying I was I Total Moron. Now — once again — I am a Total Idiot. Obviously, I am beginning to think, the issue does not exactly lie with me.

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    • “Was about two weeks ago she linked something I wrote saying I had written was the Best Thing Ever. And like six months ago she linked something I wrote saying I was I Total Moron. Now — once again — I am a Total Idiot. Obviously, I am beginning to think, the issue does not exactly lie with me.”

      – I have no idea who you are and have absolutely nothing against you. I just comment on things that appear in my blogroll without tracking down their authors. Sometimes you publish brilliant things, sometimes you don’t. There is nothing hugely unusual about that.

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      • I can only repeat that I find it absolutely mystifying why people can’t accept that it is possible to disagree with some of their ideas and agree with others without hating them personally. It is extremely tiring when every time you disagree with a statement a person makes s/he takes it as a wholesale condemnation of his or her entire existence.

        It’s OK to disagree, folks. If somebody doesn’t like what you say or write, this doesn’t mean they hate you or have anything against you as a person.

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      • That’s what today’s feminism is like.

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      • delagar on said:

        Or maybe you’re misinterpreting what you read? Anything’s possible.

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  5. I like the Canadian porn thing. And I’d like to Closed Captioning a porn movie 😀 That can’t be hard!

    *Heavy breathing*
    *Moaning*
    *Grunting*
    *Groaning*
    *Spluurrt*

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  6. Well, as a certified, 100% descendent of Ireland, my affinity for whiskey cannot be denied, but yes, the caricature of the Irish is way over done. However, the movie Waking Ned Devine is just pure Irish and very funny. But here we are, my wife and I, enjoying a nip of Irish this evening, while commenting to a Ukrainian blogger. Here’s to you.

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  7. gcallah on said:

    “A group of racists and xenophobes discovers that French Canadians have been discriminated against for 200 years and feels shocked.” What an extremely stupid comment! 1) You already knew French Canadians were discriminated against? Evidence, please? 2) There is no evidence that the French in general were “discriminated” against: it is not French surnames, but only French Canadian surnames, that show this persistent underclass pattern. Do you really think the average American knows which is which, so that they can continually discriminate just against the French Canadians, but not against the French? 3) The same survey shows how, say, Egyptian Copts and Indian Hindus have readily entered the elite in the US, in MUCH higher numbers than the average American: are you arguing that Americans discriminate in FAVOR of Egyptians Copts and Indian Hindus, but AGAINST French Canadians?! Really?

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    • “You already knew French Canadians were discriminated against? Evidence, please?”

      – I’m from Quebec. 🙂 🙂

      “Do you really think the average American knows which is which, so that they can continually discriminate just against the French Canadians, but not against the French?”

      – The Quebecois were discriminated against in Quebec for a very long time. It is only recently that this discrimination stopped. Catching up with their English-speaking counterparts will take a few generations. However, Quebec is doing an amazingly good job. If you come to visit us, you will see that Quebec is the richest, most crime-free, most cultured and fashionable region on this entire continent. 🙂

      “are you arguing that Americans discriminate in FAVOR of Egyptians Copts and Indian Hindus, but AGAINST French Canadians?! Really?”

      – It is always cute when people assign their weird ideas to me and then proceed to argue with these ideas passionately. I said exactly what I said, and there is no need to translate my words.

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      • gcallah on said:

        “The Quebecois were discriminated against in Quebec for a very long time.”

        Those who are able to read would realize this data is on the US, not Canada. Discrimination the Quebecois were suffering in Canada would be pretty irrelevant to people who moved to the US in 1765, wouldn’t it? As those who can read would realize.

        “It is always cute when people assign their weird ideas to me…”

        The exact same data that shows French Canadians to be an underclass (in the US) shows these other groups to have achieved elite status in the US. I was just trying to assign LOGICAL CONSISTENCY to you… but obviously that is hopeless.

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      • gcallah on said:

        ” I’m from Quebec.”

        Which qualifies you to remark on discrimination against French Canadians in the US… how?

        “The Quebecois were discriminated against in Quebec for a very long time.”

        Notice: I ask you how AMERICANS are distinguishing between people of French descent and people of French-Canadian descent, and, having no answer whatsoever, you simply shift the subject to what is occurring in Quebec!

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        • “” I’m from Quebec.”

          Which qualifies you to remark on discrimination against French Canadians in the US… how?”

          – I know it’s hard to keep track, but I was answering your question: ““You already knew French Canadians were discriminated against? Evidence, please?”

          I gave you evidence that I already knew French Canadians were discriminated against. You never mentioned the US in your question. It is important to formulate your queries carefully and not expect people to read your mind.

          “Notice: I ask you how AMERICANS are distinguishing between people of French descent and people of French-Canadian descent, and, having no answer whatsoever, you simply shift the subject to what is occurring in Quebec!”

          – I don’t believe that AMERICANS are distinguishing between people of French descent and people of French-Canadian descent. The discrimination against French-speakers happened in Quebec. As a result, irrespective of where the Quebecois might travel or emigrate, they will carry their history with them.

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      • gcallah on said:

        “You never mentioned the US in your question.”

        I know it’s hard to keep track, but the US was the entire context of the post you were trashing.

        “I don’t believe that AMERICANS are distinguishing between people of French descent and people of French-Canadian descent. The discrimination against French-speakers happened in Quebec. As a result, irrespective of where the Quebecois might travel or emigrate, they will carry their history with them.”

        Riiiight: so after 250 years, these people are still suffering from… wait, 250 years ago was when the British were taking over Quebec, so how were the Quebecois being discriminated against then??

        And what about, say, the Irish, who really were being discriminated against in the US a couple of generations ago: why are they now producing doctors at several times the rate of French Canadians? Do the Irish not carry their history with them?

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        • “And what about, say, the Irish, who really were being discriminated against in the US a couple of generations ago: why are they now producing doctors at several times the rate of French Canadians? ”

          – Is there a reason why it’s the production of doctors and not, say, millionaires, industrialists, professors, movie stars, athletes, or anybody else that is so important to you?

          “I know it’s hard to keep track, but the US was the entire context of the post you were trashing.”

          – Once again, I answered a specific question you asked. Why is it so hard to recognize that your question was formulated in a careless way and did not reflect what you really wanted to ask?

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      • gcallah on said:

        “Is there a reason why it’s the production of doctors and not, say, millionaires, industrialists, professors, movie stars, athletes, or anybody else that is so important to you?”

        Important to ME? It is the researcher whose book I am reviewing, who makes a case that this is a good proxy for elite status in general, who uses doctors. But I know all of this “evidence” kind of stuff can get in the way of labeling others “racists and xenophobes,” so you probably won’t pay any attention to it.

        “Once again, I answered a specific question you asked. Why is it so hard to recognize that your question was formulated in a careless way and did not reflect what you really wanted to ask?”

        Please forgive me for thinking that you might be able to keep the CONTEXT of the discussion in your mind for more than a minute or two at a time. Obviously the height of your mental powers is being able to spell the word “racist” so you can label others with it.

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        • “Important to ME? It is the researcher whose book I am reviewing, who makes a case that this is a good proxy for elite status in general, who uses doctors.”

          – I’m assuming that you freely choose your reading matter and the subjects of your posts.

          “Please forgive me for thinking that you might be able to keep the CONTEXT of the discussion in your mind for more than a minute or two at a time. ”

          – As you might have noticed, this is a very popular blog. I get many comments and write about a wide variety of topics. I can’t keep track of who said what last week and can only answer the specific questions offered to me.

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      • gcallah on said:

        “I’m assuming that you freely choose your reading matter and the subjects of your posts.”

        No, Clarissa, I was assigned the book as a reviewer. Yes, I could have turned it down, but you know what: before I accepted the review, I had no idea the book would mention doctors at all! But the researcher who wrote the book shows that the status measurements one gets by looking at the percentage of doctors in a population closely tracks others, such as wealth at death, admission to Oxford or Cambridge, percentage of judges in a population, etc. Too bad these pesky facts get in the way of hurling accusations of “racist” at others… for, by the way, noting that many non-white groups do very well in the US! Pointing out how successful black Africans are in the US: what a racist thing to do!

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        • “Too bad these pesky facts get in the way of hurling accusations of “racist” at others… for, by the way, noting that many non-white groups do very well in the US! Pointing out how successful black Africans are in the US: what a racist thing to do!”

          – I have no idea what you are trying to say at all. Who said that it’s racist to talk about successful black Africans?

          ” Yes, I could have turned it down, but you know what: before I accepted the review, I had no idea the book would mention doctors at all! But the researcher who wrote the book shows that the status measurements one gets by looking at the percentage of doctors in a population closely tracks others, such as wealth at death, admission to Oxford or Cambridge, percentage of judges in a population, etc.”

          – Do you notice that you just confirmed what I’ve been saying? 🙂 🙂 Out of all this mass of information, you chose to fixate on doctors. 🙂

          You are a funny guy. 🙂

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      • gcallah on said:

        “Who said that it’s racist to talk about successful black Africans?”

        Well, my blog post was about how successful many non-white ethnic groups have been in the US. YOU called it “racist and xenophobic” — and note, without actually being able to point to a single racist or xenophobic statement.

        “Do you notice that you just confirmed what I’ve been saying? Out of all this mass of information, you chose to fixate on doctors.”

        No, my simple-minded interlocutor, the AUTHOR OF THE BOOK focuses (not fixates) on doctors, as he finds this is a good proxy for these other factors, and it is easy to get the information.

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        • “No, my simple-minded interlocutor, the AUTHOR OF THE BOOK focuses (not fixates) on doctors, as he finds this is a good proxy for these other factors, and it is easy to get the information.”

          – I think you are having a fit of hysteria, and that’s funny. 🙂 🙂

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          • gcallah on said:

            You’ve Done this for five times now: when you are backed into a corner and about to be proven completely wrong, you change the topic. You can’t point to any racist statements I’ve made. Your accusation was completely baseless. But will you admit this? No, you change the topic: “you’re getting hysterical!”

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            • “You’ve Done this for five times now: when you are backed into a corner and about to be proven completely wrong, you change the topic. ”

              – Completely wrong about what? 🙂 🙂

              “You can’t point to any racist statements I’ve made.”

              – Please pay attention. I never said you made racists statements. I said your post and the ensuing discussion are racist. The whole point of your post is that there is no racism in the US because white Protestants have it so much worse than non-white immigrant groups because somebody counted the number of doctors in these groups. The whole idea is ridiculous and disgusting. As a foreigner I can tell you that I experienced an enormous cultural shock when I entered the US from Canada and discovered how every aspect of life in this country is permeated by racism. The need to count doctors and wave that completely silly and irrelevant fact to prove there is no racism in the US is driven by nothing other than racism. And the title of your post is simply nauseating. “OMG, what white privilege? We don’t even have any doctors among Protestant whites!” Keep kidding yourself if it helps you get by but know that this is what people outside of your tiny group of readers are thinking of you.

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  8. gcallah on said:

    Oh, yeah, and just what “group” are you referring to? I am just me, and am reviewing a book by a single economist. Do the two of us now make up a group?!

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