This article on the appropriation involved in belly dancing is amazing. Articulate, thought provoking, and just the right mix of analytical and personal. The essay is one of the better finds I've had on Slate recently.
Okay, so when I'm cheating on groupthink, I go hang out on Imgur.
I don't normally get emotional during debates, and I view everything as a debate. Someone doesn't like my favorite book? I want to know their reasons why, and am excited to listen. After all, they're not attacking me...they're attacking the book.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that every author with a dedicated fanbase is in need of a harsh critic with an agenda. So, it should come as no surprise that John Green is under siege.
So, today I was linked to this from my facebook feed. For those who don't want to click the link, here is the breakdown.
Okay, after venturing into the comments thread on Kotaku, I'm in need of some positive gaming discussion so I remember what makes being a gamer awesome.
I love intellectual debate. I like the exchange of ideas. I like the way I start at point A and end up at point G. I like how I can stand up for what I think and feel, but also learn about the way other people process information. I like the way I feel awake and jazzed about ideas afterwards.
warmed to perfection, and at the height of its ooey gooey-ness, covered in this:
You guys were super helpful, and gave me the info I needed to call. And I called.
Check out this virtual writer's retreat and motivation weekend. It's free, there are prizes, and it should be a blast.
I know I have PTSD. I've had PTSD for almost a decade now. I should be used to it. But I thought things were getting better. Then I had two triggers in the same week.
Found this, had to share with someone, because holy mother of...
" Stories. Girls regularly immerse themselves in stories with male protagonists and identify with male heroes, boys and men. But boys aren’t encouraged to identify with female protagonists or to idolize women as heroes to anywhere near the same degree. Fifty-seven percent of children’s books published each year have…