intelligent-discussion

I just overheard some dude on campus say that hard work doesn’t teach you quantum mechanics. The only proper response to that is to find someone to punch me in the face hard enough to forget that I ever actually heard someone say that.

I always feel like an intellectual discussion should resemble an episode of Oprah...

“You want sources! You get sources! EVERYONE GETS SOURCES! You get a source, and you get a source! EVERYONE GETS A SOURCE!”

What I’m trying to say, is source your important claims if you’re opening a dialogue that references historical, political, social or cultural movements/changes/occurrences.

So Tumblr doesn’t seem to realize the difference between institutionalized racism/sexism and personally meditated racism/sexism. The difference was defined in the 90’s–yeah, the whole race/power thing isn’t as old as everyone wants you to believe–by a sociologist named James M. Jones. However, most people on Tumblr probably heard about his studies second hand, since most of his analysis is taken out of context. Let me break it down for you so you understand a little better.

Institutionalized racism/sexism is defined by power structure. It’s in the very definition of it all. That’s the patriarchal government, how certain groups are oppressed, etc. That’s what we should be fighting, regardless of your gender, race, sexuality, etc. 

Personally mediated racism/sexism is when you are a dick to someone based on their race, sex, and gender. While institution can and does influence this, it is NOT exclusively based on the institution. It is interpersonal. The two elements do influence each other, and you’d be stupid not to realize that.

There is also internalized racism, but I don’t feel the need to explain that. It basically is pretty straightforward, and doesn’t affect my argument.

However, what is important is that, when someone tells you that a black person can’t be racist or a woman can’t be sexist, they are only a third right. They cannot be racist in an institutional sense in countries led by a white male cishet majority. If these people moved to another country, such as, say, China or Nigeria, then it would be a very different story. However, if someone harasses you based on your sexuality, race,  gender, etc, then that is a personal attack.

Oh, and food for thought: Tumblr is not America, Britain, or any established nation. It is it’s own nation, created in a cybernetic mainframe. Power lies in the loudest voice, not in any external political parties. Just going by what I see on my dash, it would appear that the majority of people are bisexual on this site. So that would mean that any homophobia and heterophobia IS institutionalized. Just food for thought.

Again, I don’t want to offend anyone, but it is important to educate people who ignore parts of established theories they don’t agree with, and people who just aren’t aware of the history of the terms.

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On a trip to the Post Office

Gaerik: Mommy, do you think the world is gonna end this year?

Me: No, I don’t.

Gaerik: Me either. The Mayans were wrong.


We then had an in depth discussion about the Mayans and their calendar. How awesome is it that my 7 year old can intelligently discuss the Mayans, for goodness sake? I know adults that can’t intelligently discuss ANYTHING. I am so fortunate to have my son exactly as he is. I have a sneaking suspicion that a neurotypical child would bore me to tears!

  • Sakura "The Ogre" Oogami says:two should be enough though I juse need to plan one out when I get a bigger house
  • Sakura "The Ogre" Oogami says:BUT ANYWAY
  • Sakura "The Ogre" Oogami says:I guess I can message them
  • Crateshya says:no you need 3
  • Crateshya says:cause TRI force
  • Sakura "The Ogre" Oogami says:THEY EACH HAVE THREE TRIANGLES. The point is symmetry
  • Sakura "The Ogre" Oogami says:for a ROOM
  • Crateshya says:>:P
  • Crateshya says:no
  • Sakura "The Ogre" Oogami says:I know what I'm doing
  • Sakura "The Ogre" Oogami says:you can't tell me what to do
  • Crateshya says:yes I can I'm the mayor
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Diversity in videogames - Rhianna Pratchett on female characters and video game diversity

anonymous asked:

I see what you're saying, and respect you as well! I guess we just have different opinions. I don't know, I just tend to stay away from controversy myself because it always makes people angry, and this whole "men vs women" debacle is quite grating. I just feel like there shouldn't even be a competition, you know? Like, men shouldn't have to say they're good guys, and women shouldn't have to hate on men when they DO say it. I get why it angers some women, but I think we all just need to calm down

This anon has the right idea.

I personally try to avoid Tumblr’s types of mental gymnastics, but the sheer stupidity that hits me just overwhelms me at times and I just have to confront it.

The gender olympics Tumblr tries to push is so stupid. We’ve both got bullshit to deal with, and we should figure it out together instead of playing sides. But if it was easy, it would’ve been done long ago.

It was good to engage in intelligent conversation with you, anon. You were pretty chill.

avodkabottle replied to your post: I don’t understand why animal mating videos are always so popular on Youtube

I think it’s pretty fascinating the different ways animals mate; not necessarily something one would ever see in life without vids, anyway. Also it’s just plain funny sometimes. xD But that’s kind of creepy if the viewership was related with porn…

I’ll gladly admit I find tortoise sex absolutely hilarious :’D

Funny how tumblr sometimes seems like a competition on who’s the most open minded/who has less prejudices but you can’t even try to discuss any issue without other people responding in a rude manner. Everyone criticizes other people for being completely brainwashed by society but they can’t even consider different opinions. So much for intelligent discussion.

I’ve been thinking a lot about Ex Machina and the kind of dichotomy of it as yet another film that sexualizes female AI but also one that uses that as a commentary on gender and how men perceive women. I mean, sexuality is consciously imposed on Ava and the film explicitly breaks that down, so it’s not like the kind of gratuitousness of Her where even an AI that is just a voice is sexualized - and unconvincingly has the ability to experience sexual pleasure - and she kind of just exists for the purpose of male gratification. Whereas Ava’s sexuality in Ex Machina is imposed upon her by the two men and that becomes their downfall in a way that kind of transcends typical tropes where a woman uses her ~feminine wiles~ to trick/defeat a villain, because we have a “villain” in Nathan’s misogynist walking embodiment of toxic masculinity who really thrusts this sexuality onto her and a “hero” in Caleb’s straight-up nice guy who romanticizes her having a crush on him and being the damsel in distress that he can rescue from Nathan - and both men meet their downfall as a result of their own imposed ideas about her. So I think what it comes down to is that - Ava isn’t defined by her capacity for male gratification, as female characters often are, despite the men in the film seeing her that way? 

Idk it’s a lot to think about. It’s a problem that female AI in film are always sexualized while male AI never are*, and I’d love to see a movie that features a female AI and doesn’t sexualize her, but Ex Machina still sits apart from the rest just in the way that’s Ava’s sexualization is a deliberate subversion of toxic male perception of women/gender/sexuality. 

*the exception being Gigolo Joe in A.I. I guess but he’s the supporting character to David as an unsexualized main protagonist male AI who has all these complex motivations, whereas Joe is a less sophisticated AI - among other male and female AI just like him - who’s just programmed for this one thing and doesn’t really have any scope of anything beyond that, which actually confuses David, the AI who this story is about. The problem is - having these female AI characters with depth and complexity but then reducing them to sexuality and male gratification. And just, within the scope of how male and female characters in general are usually depicted you can afford to literally make your male AI a gigolo and have it be non-offensive comic relief, especially against a backdrop of all these other complex, emotionally driven male AI in film.