06 3 / 2014
My AC is set to 75.
It’s 69 in here right now and I had to get up and manually turn the AC off. I am less than pleased with you right now, Ser Air Conditioning. Maybe I’ll pick up a digital thermostat with a working thermometer in it or something.
In other random personal news, I got the highest grade in the class on my osteology test (My teacher wrote it in nice red pen on the top of the test, that’s how I know. =D), and I’m pretty sure I killed my midterm. Well, except for the part where she asked for the names of the skull sutures and I only got one right because she’d never even mentioned them before, nor had they been on the two osteology quizzes we took, nor had she even wanted us to know details like greater/less trochanter and names of the bones in the hands and feet (which are actual bones and not joints), let alone sutures. I would have been happy to memorize them if she’d given even an inkling of an idea that they’d be necessary.
Also, Let me tell you how much population genetics isn’t my favorite thing. Not cause it’s difficult, but because it’s so. goddamned. boring. p^2+2pq+q^2.
06 3 / 2014
"Here’s the thing. Men in our culture have been socialized to believe that their opinions on women’s appearance matter a lot. Not all men buy into this, of course, but many do. Some seem incapable of entertaining the notion that not everything women do with their appearance is for men to look at. This is why men’s response to women discussing stifling beauty norms is so often something like “But I actually like small boobs!” and “But I actually like my women on the heavier side, if you know what I mean!” They don’t realize that their individual opinion on women’s appearance doesn’t matter in this context, and that while it might be reassuring for some women to know that there are indeed men who find them fuckable, that’s not the point of the discussion.
Women, too, have been socialized to believe that the ultimate arbiters of their appearance are men, that anything they do with their appearance is or should be “for men.” That’s why women’s magazines trip over themselves to offer up advice on “what he wants to see you wearing” and “what men think of these current fashion trends” and “wow him with these new hairstyles.” While women can and do judge each other’s appearance harshly, many of us grew up being told by mothers, sisters, and female strangers that we’ll never “get a man” or “keep a man” unless we do X or lose some fat from Y, unless we moisturize//trim/shave/push up/hide/show/”flatter”/paint/dye/exfoliate/pierce/surgically alter this or that.
That’s also why when a woman wears revealing clothes, it’s okay, in our society, to assume that she’s “looking for attention” or that she’s a slut and wants to sleep with a bunch of guys. Because why else would a woman wear revealing clothes if not for the benefit of men and to communicate her sexual availability to them, right? It can’t possibly have anything to do with the fact that it’s hot out or it’s more comfortable or she likes how she looks in it or everything else is in the laundry or she wants to get a tan or maybe she likes women and wants attention from them, not from men?
The result of all this is that many men, even kind and well-meaning men, believe, however subconsciously, that women’s bodies are for them. They are for them to look at, for them to pass judgment on, for them to bless with a compliment if they deign to do so. They are not for women to enjoy, take pride in, love, accept, explore, show off, or hide as they please. They are for men and their pleasure."
05 3 / 2014
You know, the entirety of one language of millions in the world won’t fit into a book the size of a printed dictionary. Dictionaries are incomplete, especially if you broaden the use of one to the role of a handbook for the language. When I see bible literalists, I have to wonder what makes them think that they can the entirety of human history, the geologic and biologic history of the world, and every rule you’d ever need to govern humanity into one book that’s thinner than a dictionary. You can’t even get one *language* into a book.
05 3 / 2014
"Maybe if Tom Hiddleston stopped rolling up his sleeves like a dirty whore we wouldn’t be having this Tumblr problem."