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i'm a normisogynist

I’ve realized that, as a woman with a logical mind, I have the responsibility to make this observation. A normal woman wouldn’t say it, and if a man said it, he’d be accused of sexism. But it’s true. Normal women– quit being hypocrites. Either stop begging to have babies, or stop complaining about having babies. When we’re all immortal cyborgs, you can have as many babies as you want in virtual reality simulations.

Not to be unfair– normal men have plenty of irrational traits too. (See #794 and #274.) Gender isn’t the problem– following stupid social rules is the problem.

But I personally am not as angry about it as Abby is. One can’t really blame people for what society has raised them to do. The more I realize that all personality traits come from either biology or upbringing, the less I’m able to stay mad at anyone for anything.

Plus, I spend most of my time with nerdy weird people, who follow gender roles much less. Most of the stereotypical male and female behaviors are very illogical, and nerds like logic.

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Turns out people don't like it when you kiss their butts literally.

I got in logic battles like this all the time in high school. Once we had ice cream, and someone was too grossed out to eat it because supposedly some kid had picked his nose and eaten the booger over the ice cream bowl. I said, “well, if he ate the booger, then it didn’t go in the ice cream, so I don’t see the problem.” People did not understand my point.

The same sort of stuff that happened with “sanitation” also happened with “decency.” Once, in class, I got overheated and tried to take off the sweater that was on over my t-shirt, and my para yelled at me because the action required undoing the straps of my overalls. Apparently being seen with my overall straps undone for a few seconds was “indecent,” even though I wasn’t showing any more skin than otherwise, and was still showing less skin than most of the other students in the room. Whatever.

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I call this the Phi Psi Pi Potato Cannon! *zoom* *tatersmack*

Personally I think that criticizing in private is a good idea, but only if it is tactful constructive criticism. Abby should have pointed out Norma’s butt-X in private. However, if you’re going to flame someone just to be mean… well, then you’re a jerk, but I’d rather you do it in public where others can defend the person.

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 the hall director in abby's dorm building was sooooo mad

I asked my husband about this prank and he said that stomping on the flaming dog poo makes perfect sense, because it’s the quickest way to put the fire out before it spreads. I dunno. If it happened to me, I would still run and get the fire extinguisher instead. I don’t usually have shoes on when I’m in the house, and putting them on would take longer than getting the fire extinguisher. And even if I had shoes on, I’d rather take some extra time than risk melting my good soles, especially considering that the average doorstep isn’t all that flammable.

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 pullup is a palindrome

I think it’s unforgivable that pretty much all child labor laws have exceptions for child actors. When digital technology makes it easy and cheap to have an adult play a child, or computer-animate a child entirely, people will look back on child acting the way we look back on slavery today.

When you think about it, technology has made human rights more possible across the board. Before industrialization, it was pretty hard to produce enough of anything to satisfy a whole city unless you had slaves. Before birth control pills, women by their very nature had less freedom than men. Maybe someday we’ll be able to synthesize meat and leather that are just like the real thing, and then people will start to think of animal farming as another kind of outdated oppression.

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