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Clarissa's Blog

An academic's opinions on feminism, politics, literature, philosophy, teaching, academia, and a lot more.

Archive for the day “August 7, 2017”

Fashion in Chechnya

One of those cases when it’s impossible to say which vision of womanhood is worse.

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Reading about Neoliberalism

So I started reading massively on the subject of neoliberalism and what I have discovered is that theoretical sources on the subject tend to be extremely well-written. Even French theorists write in a clear, accessible, engaging way, and if you’ve ever read French theorists, you know that they are not known for the accessibility of their writing.

I think I will compile a bibliography of my favorite sources and share it here on the blog because the subject is fascinating and deserves to be widely explored. This is something you can actually read for fun, and I can’t say that about many other subjects of theory.

The Problem with Reading

For the longest time, I found it hard to write on a regular basis and produce as much research as I wanted to. I worked on the problem, and I’m happy to report that I have conquered it completely. I’m now very productive in research, I publish, I feel good about my effectiveness as a publishing scholar, it’s all good.

The problem I now have is reading. I don’t read nearly as intensely as I would like to. (I mean reading for scholarship, not for fun.) This will sound crazy but reading feels like an indulgence and a form of laziness. My new challenge is to eradicate this feeling and read as happily and consistently as I write.

Sharing

I’m also against forcing kids to share. The only productive way of teaching anything is by example. If you don’t want your kid to grow up to be a greedy, materialistic person, let him observe you sharing and enjoying the process. 

I don’t teach Klara to share. Instead, I teach her the difference between “ours” and “not ours.” It was hard the first couple of times but now she knows that if I say “this ball is not ours”, she can’t take it. 

Overall, I think it’s not a good idea to try to get kids to carry burdens that are too heavy even for us as adults. 

Antifa

The article on Antifa in the New York Times is yet another example of lazy, careless reporting. The first time I heard about Antifa was 12-13 years ago. It was a youth group whose members dressed in black, covered their faces, and violently attacked “fascists.” Fascists, of course, were anybody they didn’t like. Or were told to not like. 

Antifa was created by the government in order to channel youthful energies into getting the young people to provide strongarming services for free. 

I’ll let you guess the government of which country I’m talking about.

Push Back

We are the last generations that remember non-liquid life and we need to push back against the children of fluidity

Which is what I’m obsessively doing in my work. 

Glad to Be Me

Tonight I had a taste of how other parents (aka poor miserable buggers) live. Klara woke up at 4 am, and I ended up doing the exercise routine I had planned for the gym all over the house until 6 am. This is something that has happened all of 4 times in her entire life. Normally, she sleeps 12-13 hours straight at night. 

Conclusion: being other parents stinks. 

Rafa Alvarez

This is by my favorite cartoonist:

More on the same subject:

Think about whenever it looks like somebody has a really perfect life on Facebook or Instagram.

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