I’ll never get used to the fact that, once a month, I lose the ability to trust my own mind. That I can go from 150 mph to a dead stop on the whim of some nameless chemical. That I can hate everything that I am and frak up my entire life for no reason at all.
PMDD is some SCARY. FUCKING. SHIT.
God, I know. I always always always forget that hormones are the cause. I’m lucky that I get a fairly benign reaction though, where I get misty-eyed and start talking about how much I love everything and the stars are beautiful and isn’t the complex beauty of life just breath-taking?
Then I start singing in a wobbly voice and posting tributes to my daughter on facebook. The next day, my period starts.
(Nuns) were the first feminists, earning Ph.D.’s or working as surgeons long before it was fashionable for women to hold jobs. As managers of hospitals, schools and complex bureaucracies, they were the first female C.E.O.’s.
They are also among the bravest, toughest and most admirable people in the world. In my travels, I’ve seen heroic nuns defy warlords, pimps and bandits. Even as bishops have disgraced the church by covering up the rape of children, nuns have redeemed it with their humble work on behalf of the neediest.
So, Pope Benedict, all I can say is: You are crazy to mess with nuns.
The Vatican issued a stinging reprimand of American nuns this month and ordered a bishop to oversee a makeover of the organization that represents 80 percent of them. In effect, the Vatican accused the nuns of worrying too much about the poor and not enough about abortion and gay marriage.
What Bible did that come from? Jesus in the Gospels repeatedly talks about poverty and social justice, yet never explicitly mentions either abortion or homosexuality. If you look at who has more closely emulated Jesus’s life, Pope Benedict or your average nun, it’s the nun hands down.
Since the papal crackdown on nuns, they have received an outpouring of support. “Nuns were approached by Catholics at Sunday liturgies across the country with a simple question: ‘What can we do to help?’ ” The National Catholic Reporter recounted. It cited one parish where a declaration of support for nuns from the pulpit drew loud applause, and another that was filled with shouts like, “You go, girl!”
At least four petition drives are under way to support the nuns. One on Change.org has gathered 15,000 signatures. The headline for this column comes from an essay by Mary E. Hunt, a Catholic theologian who is developing a proposal for Catholics to redirect some contributions from local parishes to nuns.
“How dare they go after 57,000 dedicated women whose median age is well over 70 and who work tirelessly for a more just world?” Hunt wrote. “How dare the very men who preside over a church in utter disgrace due to sexual misconduct and cover-ups by bishops try to distract from their own problems by creating new ones for women religious?”
Sister Joan Chittister, a prominent Benedictine nun, said she had worried at first that nuns spend so much time with the poor that they would have no allies. She added that the flood of support had left her breathless.
“It’s stunningly wonderful,” she said. “You see generations of laypeople who know where the sisters are — in the streets, in the soup kitchens, anywhere where there’s pain. They’re with the dying, with the sick, and people know it.”
“The collectivization of agriculture is when farmers gather their crops. They’ve been doing it for a while.”
“The Tsar was conservative, so he was starving the people, who were poor.”
“This brought to pass the loss of the idea of the Tzar as the protector of the people.” (“and it came to pass” is in the Book of Mormon a bajillion times and I’m in the heart of Mormon country. I love seeing Mormonese sneak in.)
“Auschwitz is when Hitler took over the Czech Republic” DDDD8
“Nihilism is some messed up stuff”
“Auschwitz. Concentration camp. Owned by the Nazis.”
“Auschwitz was a concentration camp that was filled with disease and gas chambers” (Not wrong, just worded strangely)
“Identify Bloody Sunday: there was a lot of blood involved on a Sunday”
“The Tsar was surprised, so he killed people”
“In Russia, white Stalin was in power…”
“‘If you cannot walk, crawl, but just keep moving ’ - Winston Churchill; Would you like fries with that? - Me, 2013”
“The collectivization of agriculture was a period of time when most of the world relied on agriculture for food.”
Identify Nihilism: “People took it from a book. They felt like there was nothing they could do and the Czar wasn’t helping like they wanted him to. So, the blew him up.” (All spacing original - it’s like a very strange, grisly poem)
I know I’m bring nothing new to the table, as this has been said before and with more clarity
BUT I FUCKING HATE THE IDEA THAT ROMANCE IS INHERENTLY UN-VALUABLE AND BRINGS DOWN A NARRATIVE
not least which because it’s tied to ideas of romance = girly and girly = gross
and also emotion = gross and “soft” and generally not worthy of attention next to the big strong unfy manly REAL STORIES
WHERE IS THE REALPOLITIK?
no shut up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! romance is just as valuable, profound, and necessary as any other narrative function! IT IS NOT WITHOUT WORTH OR MEANING. and god, there is SO MUCH internalized misogyny packed into most (most not all) dismissals of romantic narratives- how they’re cheap (feelings/femininity are cheap!) how they only exist to draw an audience (audiences are stupid/romance is only a ploy, and has no real purpose in the story) how women in romantic narratives exist to be “the love interest” (SHUT UP. OH MY GOD, SHUT UP. A WOMAN WHO FREELY CHOOSES A ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP IS NOT AUTOMATICALLY “LESS THAN” BECAUSE OF IT. IN DISMISSING HER AS SUCH, THE ONLY PERSON BEING SEXIST IS YOU). if you don’t like romance that’s fine, but do not- do not dismiss it as inherently without value JUST BECAUSE YOU PERSONALLY DO NOT FIND VALUE IN IT.
There is a lot of push back from women who claim to be feminists but don’t believe race is part of the conversation. I’ve seen impassioned arguments and explanations as to why the two things must be talked about together. It never fails to end with the faux Feminist saying that the person explaining is just trying to hijack the movement. Which means, in the eyes of the faux Feminist, the person speaking is not a woman. I am going to show you, in numbers, in black and white (Literally) why if you believe intersectionality is not something that needs to be addressed, you are wrong.
The following is from a nationwide statistical study done in 2008. It came from this website and more specifically from this file. For the really lazy (and in denial) of you, I’ll even tell you exactly where to look for my numbers: Table 30.
Crimes of Violence
Simply put, if you are telling us now, when we are getting almost double the crimes committed against us, that we need to “Wait our turn,” what reason would we have to believe that once you get your justice, you will come back for us?
Now is the time. Helping those at the bottom, by default, will help you. How and why would anyone ever argue against it?
[Edit] The numbers represent that actual crime rate. Not the total number of people affected in any given group.
“For the first eight years of our marriage, [Michelle and I] were paying more in student loans than what we were paying for our mortgage. So we know what this is about.
And we were lucky to land good jobs with a steady income. But we only finished paying off our student loans—check this out, all right, I’m the President of the United States—we only finished paying off our student loans about eight years ago.”—
“I will give you an example of how race affects my life. I live in a place called Alpine, New Jersey. Live in Alpine, New Jersey, right? My house costs millions of dollars. In my neighborhood, there are four black people. Hundreds of houses, four black people. Who are these black people? Well, there’s me, Mary J. Blige, Jay-Z and Eddie Murphy. Only black people in the whole neighborhood. So let’s break it down, let’s break it down: me, I’m a decent comedian. I’m a’ight. Mary J. Blige, one of the greatest R&B singers to ever walk the Earth. Jay-Z, one of the greatest rappers to ever live. Eddie Murphy, one of the funniest actors to ever, ever do it. Do you know what the white man who lives next door to me does for a living? He’s a fucking dentist! He ain’t the best dentist in the world…he ain’t going to the dental hall of fame…he don’t get plaques for getting rid of plaque. He’s just a yank-your-tooth-out dentist. See, the black man gotta fly to get to somethin’ the white man can walk to.”—
see, this is something that aforementioned idiot should listen to. if you think racial equality exists because we have the same purported opportunity to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps, ask if we even started at the same point, when people of color didn’t even have the same opportunities to set up a foundation for the life of this generation. you think your white grandparents got the same jobs as a person of color’s grandparents, so that they could retire and you would know they’d have access to healthcare? you think your white family was offered the same rates (or even chances) for home loans as a family of color’s so that you didn’t have to work a job through high school to meet rent? you think that your mother worrying if you’re going to get into a good college is hard enough? what if on top of that, your mother also had to worry that you might get gunned down in the street because of the color of your skin?
i’m sorry buddy, but you are wrong, and chris rock is so, so right.