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"These are the insults 'progressives' are going with now? A similar case of this happened when Bristol Palin was slut-shamed when we found out she was pregnant again. I don’t agree with abstinence only-education either, but I don’t need to slut-shame my opponents to make my point. The facts speak for themselves."

Yes. This. I've had to shut down so many people over the last couple of days about this. 

She's given us plenty of material for criticizing her based on her actions in the last two months alone. No need to resort to misogynistic attacks.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/accordingtomatthew/2015/09/can-we-stop-slut-shaming-and-attacking-the-looks-of-women-that-we-disagree-with/
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Hear hear!! Her appearance is not relevant. 

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"In her opinion, Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen wrote that 'the unique identities and vulnerabilities of transgender individuals must be considered in evaluating a transgender applicant’s asylum, withholding of removal, or [Convention Against Torture] claim.'

"She added: 'Laws recognizing same-sex marriage may do little to protect a transgender woman like Avendano-Hernandez from discrimination, police harassment, and violent attacks in daily life.'"

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The ruling by the Ninth Circuit in California cited the mortal dangers faced by trans women in Mexico in ordering officials to defer the deportation of Carey Avendano-Hernandez. It could also set a...
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Portraits of some tropical bird species in Colombia’s Chocó-Andes region that will be agriculture’s winners and losers when their cloudforest neighbourhood is converted into cattle pasture
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Conversion of tropical forests to farms is a big driver of wildlife extinctions. But a new study shows that some farming practices have the potential to simultaneously protect natural habitats and boost farm yields
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Vacation goals.
See photos of the ten most visited U.S. national parks (including Great Smoky Mountains, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and more) in this travel photo gallery from National Geographic.
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"I read feminist leisure research (who knew such a thing existed?) and international studies that found women around the globe felt that they didn't deserve leisure time. It felt too selfish. Instead, they felt they had to earn time to themselves by getting to the end of a very long To Do list. Which, let's face it, never ends."

I think I've been fairly successfully inculcated against this idea, but it still pops up in my own life from time to time. In modern life, we've confused "busy" with "productive" and we are convinced when we're not busy we're not being productive. But that's simply not true.

I see my parent friends running hither and yon, and I do believe a lot in our culture forces them to always be going somewhere or trying to do too much. Just one example is the fact that our local school system doesn't have bus service, so someone needs to go pick the kids up from school. 

Another note is that while this article addresses the issue from the POV of a woman, this doesn't mean men don't also feel the pressure to go go go. It's just that when coupled with the expectations placed on mothers to sacrifice their own desires, it sets women up for a much harder time. 

Work-Life balance (for everyone) has long been a feminist issue. We want mothers to feel like they can be fully realized humans with careers and personal goals outside the needs of their families. And we want men to be able to be caring, attentive parents in addition to hard workers and providers. A more humane schedule benefits everyone. 

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When a time-use expert told me I had 30 hours of leisure time every week, I stopped breathing.
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Yes. This.

A couple of years ago I had a frayed meniscus that made going up and down stairs painful and kinda dangerous when they're crowded as I had to go slowly. I'd take the elevator and wonder what kinds of judgment people were making about me. I know that at least some of them were simply based on the fact that people make comments about this kind of thing to me all the time when they think I'm able-bodied. Just think about the comments one sees about people preferring the drive thru at Starbucks over going inside. Or people who try to get the closest parking spot to the entrance of the store.

Sure, there very well may be a lot of lazy people out there. But who cares? You worry about you. Let other people worry about themselves.

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Every Time I Use an Elevator

Today I got on the elevator in one of our main classroom buildings, one of the largest on campus (aka Huge Classroom Building/HCB). I got on the elevator with a professor and two other students. While on this elevator, we find ourselves talking about elevators and how this professor taught at a university where the only people who could use the campus elevators were people with keys, including faculty and handicapped students. 

A fellow student in the elevator with us got off on the second floor, and before the door even finished closing, the professor makes a comment to me and the other guy in with us about how she didn’t “look handicapped enough to take the elevator up one floor” and how this was his “biggest pet peeve.” 

For the record, I’ve had a really painful day. Emphasis on really. So of course, I looked at him and said “well to be fair, I have arthritis and I take the elevators up one floor, and nothing sucks more than when someone has the nerve to make that comment while you’re in the elevator with them.” I think I shocked him, because he then followed up with “well she didn’t look handicapped.” So to make it worse, I said “Yeah, but neither do I. You never know what someone’s dealing with.” He was jaw-on-the-floor caught off guard, mumbled something about how what I said was true and how I “do look young,” and I proceeded to get off on the third floor more than slightly irritated. The guy with us in the elevator said nothing. 

Now I am sitting outside of these elevator doors writing this. There is nothing more infuriating than this notion that all disabilities have to be visible. There is nothing more annoying than a constant reminder that whenever I take the elevator up one floor, people in it are judging me and/or making comments the second the door closes behind me. 

So if you’re one of those people who finds yourself in that sort of thought process, please stop. 


You never know what someone’s dealing with or going through by a 40-second interaction in an elevator. Maybe it was leg day yesterday, maybe they have arthritis, maybe they’re just tired. 

Keep your judgments to yourself.

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Yes. Sometimes I take the elevator up one floor because I have walked for several miles that day and I'm tired. Keep your judgments to yourself.

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I don’t doubt that a small percentage of the arguments being made against the possibility of transgender Samus are done in good faith. "But, let’s be clear – the extreme amount of blowback my co-author and I have gotten is not about the merits of any argument. It’s about geeks not being able to accept the idea that Samus could be transgender.

"The geek world thinks itself too smart to be affected by prejudices like transphobia. This is blatantly, harmfully untrue. It has been shown time and time again, that geek culture shows an explosive amount of anger at any effort to include women, gay and lesbian people, black people, and especially people that are transgender or non-binary."

Come on gamer geeks. We need to do better.



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I'm confused. Why is Samus' sex being discussed?

Edit: I read the original article. I get it now.

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Why it's sooooo important to proof read all your social media text.
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I'm a professor and, funnily enough, when I see errors, I tend to assume that I'm not looking at plagiarized material. Sigh.

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I can't sleep and so my brain is running wild with random thoughts.

At the top of the list is this question:

Why is 99 in French four-twenty-ten-nine (quatre-vingt-dix-neuf)?
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The base-60 thing is pretty interesting. That would explain why most numbers (aside from the late-teens) have their own number comprised of a tens and ones number. 

- vingt-deux: 22
- trente deux: 32
- quarante-deux: 42
- cinquante-deux: 52
- soixante-deux: 62

But then it gets weird again.

- soixante-douze: 72, or sixty-twelve
- quatre-vingt deux: 82, or four-twenty-two
- quatre-vingt douze: 92, or four-twenty-twelve

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This is why I'm not really worried about reports of plague in Yosemite or elsewhere in the Sierra Navada mountains.

http://yosemiteblog.com/2015/09/01/dont-get-too-panicked-about-the-plague-in-yosemite-2/
There’s been a lot in the media in the last few weeks about the plague in California. Believe it or not, the plague occurs regularly in California (yes, Yosemite is in California) and the western United States (especially Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and California) with people getting infected every year. With proper treatment and medicine, most plague cases today are nonfatal. Here's some information and tips about the plague and how you and y...
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The big New Mexico S/F con is called "Bubonicon". 
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Um... yeah... its me. I play games, and work in the garden, grow vegetables, dream up delicious recipes, go outside whenever possible, read lots, watch even more TV, and spend many, many (many) hours online. And sometimes, when the stars align, I even blog about these things.

I am a vocal advocate for the power of social media to build vibrant and vital communities, and spend much of my day online for my own projects and favored non-profits, as well as for paying clients. 

My degree is in Environmental Studies, with an emphasis on Outdoor Education and History. My goal is to find a way to combine my many diverse interests into one really awesome life. So far, so good.

Around the web, I am known as "itchbay" and the head princess of the Self-Rescuing Princess Society.
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My very first D20 roll was a natural 20.
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