Hey everyone! I’ve been working on this build for about a week now, so I figured it was time to start showing off. This is my model of a nondescript ancient Nordic tomb from Skyrim. It’s primarily based off of Bleak Falls Barrow, but is a bit simpler in design.
I’m hoping to get all the building done soon so that I can start painting and detailing. I’ll probably post once or twice more before the final product. Hope you all like it!
one thing that keeps me motivated, something more than anything, is the proof that as policy changes, attitudes and belief systems can and do also change. smoking indoors used to be completely normal and mundane - you could smoke on the bus, in cafés, on the train, and no one would even question it. some people would even say it was good for you! now, thanks to public health awareness, appropriate campaigning and implementation of policy (in the form of a ban), most have realised the detrimental effects on not only the smokers themselves but the other people around them. the majority of people would now be horrified by the mere idea of smoking indoors. thanks to evidence-based policy, mindsets have been questioned, acted against and completely reshaped.
the passing of the nordic model in the republic of ireland today has made me cautiously optimistic about attitudes towards prostitution and the commodification of women’s bodies under capitalism. if we ban men from buying sex, they will slowly begin to realise why. and as men’s attitudes towards women and sex are shaped by society at large, rather than being biologically ‘fixed’ and innate, as policy changes, so will they. as society changes, so will they.
When people talk about the Nordic Model in reference to the prostitution, they’re talking about the Swedish (and later Norwegian and Icelandic) policy of making it illegal to buy sex, but not to sell it. So it criminalises the Johns, but, crucially, does not criminalise the prostitute herself. The Nordic Model also makes pimping and brothel-keeping illegal.
The Nordic Model has been demonstrated to dramatically reduce demand for the sex trade and the human trafficking that feeds it. Frankly, it’s the only approach to the sex trade that makes any sense imo. Those in favour of the sex industry often attack it (for obvious reasons) but feminist current tackles some of the myths in this link:
I'm totally new to marxist thought. Sorry if this is a bad question, but is the general consensus among marxists that we can learn from people like Mao, Lenin, Castro, and Trotsky without fully approving of all of their actions? Also, sorry for asking a totally unrelated question and I also hope this isn't a bad one, but are most socialists and marxists essentially comrades because socialism and communism are very similar? I've noticed a lot of marxists seem to be friendly with socialists.
I can’t speak for all Marxists, but many of us acknowledge the problematic actions of Mao, Stalin, etc. while still learning from their contributions. It’s important that we not allow ourselves to idolize or completely demonize historical marxist figures. We need to learn from the mistakes of past Marxist leaders so that we won’t repeat them, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take notes on the things they did successfully.
This is a great question and a very important one for anyone new to communism! In a sense, Marxists are both socialists and communists. In a socialist state, the means of production (factories, farms, etc.) are owned by the workers. It’s a planned economy based on producing goods for human need, rather than for profit. In a socialist society, class divisions still exist, because the capitalist class will not be very happy to lose control of the means of production. There is a socialist state, run by the workers, which plans the economy and exerts force on the bourgeoisie in order to prevent the capitalist class from rising up and trying to take back production for themselves. The main difference is that the proletariat controls the means of production, whereas in a capitalist society, the bourgeoisie controls it. In Marxist theory, socialism is referred to as lower state communism because it is the first step toward a full communist society.
Upper stage communism is a classless and stateless society. There is no longer a need for a state, because there are no longer any class divisions. All people cooperate to produce goods and services according to human need.
The differences between people labeling themselves as socialists vs. communists are often nuanced and usually have to do with whatever particular branch of leftist thought their views align with.
People who describe themselves as Marxists have the ultimate goal of communism, but believe that socialism is necessary before full communism can be achieved. Some communists are anarchists, who share the same ultimate goal as Marxists (full communist society) but reject the Marxist idea that socialism is a stepping stone to communism. There are also some groups of socialists whose ultimate goal is a socialist society, not a communist one. In addition to that, there are some people who label themselves as socialists who are actually liberals that like the idea of a welfare state such as those in countries like Sweden, Denmark, Norway etc. These countries are actually capitalist, not socialist, though it’s a common misconception made by people who haven’t studied Marxism.
I am against the sex industry. 95% of prostituted women want out of prostitution but can’t leave, for a variety of reasons. I believe we should take the Nordic model approach and decriminalize those who are being prostituted and provide them with services to exit the sex industry, as well as make it a criminal offense to buy people for sex.
okay so I’m at this lgbtq law conference in san francisco and OH MY GOD IT’S AMAAAAAAAZING
whole panel. on bisexuality and monosexism in the law. including peer reviewed studies of the discrimination bisexual people face unique to them. peer. reviewed. studies.
a whole panel on sex work decriminalization and step-by-step breakdowns on why criminalization and the nordic model/criminalizing demand and outright legalization in the form of government interference all are flawed. with studies! specifically how they affect trans women of color!
guys. guys. i went to a panel of entirely bi lawyers and law students. we talked about bi stuff. it was amazing.
and then I found a bunch of cool gay guys and another bisexual and we walked two miles to the castro and there was a queer bookshop and they had excluded by julia serano and the price of salt “carol (formerly titled the price of salt)” and it was so cool
like I had an asthma attack and walked at least four miles in heels but it was so cool you guys