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    • LeighA

      They taught us the metric system at my school. We had to learn both systems of measurement in 2nd grade, and then in high school science we exclusively used metrics. That said, metric tonne never came up in any class, and doesn’t use any of the standard prefixes. If I hadn’t learned that from a random outside source, the best I could’ve done was guess. (Since 2000 lbs = 1 ton, it makes sense that 1000 kg = 1 metric tonne.)

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      Why? It was a tragic event that left the country completely shaken for weeks, if not months. People were scared and confused and didn’t know what to expect to happen next. A lot of people responded with displays of patriotism—people wore flag pins and put eagle pictures in their windows. In a sense, you could say it brought the country together, but it was a sad and scary time. I can understand feeling like you’re missing something by not being a part of the country’s collective memory of it, but it was an awful experience at the time.

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      Except people generally don’t order things they don’t like in restaurants, and most kids outgrow their more ridiculous preferences (when was the last time you saw an adult ask for a peeled hot dog?). Adults can choose to only eat things they like, the way they like them, so why shouldn’t kids be allowed to have some control over what they eat? You can let your kid have some say in their lives without them being “in charge.” If they don’t want to eat something because it makes them gag or the texture bothers them, what’s the benefit of forcing them to eat it anyway? That doesn’t mean catering to their every whim, and of course you should encourage them to eat healthy foods they’re unsure about, but forcing them to eat things they find disgusting doesn’t benefit anyone.

    • LeighA

      Here’s the thing, most of the time the men’s and women’s versions of a product are not shelved together. At best, they’re on opposite ends of the same aisle. Usually, they’re in completely different aisles. If you know that men’s razors are cheaper (and they aren’t always, by the way), then you can go to the aisle with men’s razors and buy those. If you don’t know, and you never think to check, you have no way of knowing. And what about things like deodorant? I use men’s razors because they work better, but I don’t want to smell like men’s deodorant. It’s not that it smells bad, but it’s a smell that’s strongly associated with men. I’d have to go to the men’s deodorant aisle to compare the price and see if it’s actually cheaper, but I don’t want to buy men’s deodorant anyway.

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      How much of the cause for children liking things geared toward their gender is innate and how much is due to boys and girls being treated differently from birth? If you have a daughter and your friend or sibling has a son, and you put your little girl in frilly pink clothes and a headband with a bow, with a white and pink crib, in a pink nursery, and your friend puts their son in blue-and-brown striped clothes, with a blue and brown crib, in a blue nursery, you can’t say it’s innate if he grows up liking blue and she grows up liking pink. Maybe it is, but we can’t know because they were primed to like that color from day 1. I can say that things were not as strongly gendered twenty years ago as they are now. I had lots of toys as a kid (including a box full of Barbie dolls), and almost none of it was pink. Even my Barbies came with mostly blue, purple, and red clothes. The only pink ones were gymnast Stacie, Skipper’s swimsuit, and some Courtney doll with a cell phone (and that was just her shirt). Try finding a non-pink Barbie now.

    • LeighA

      When I was a kid, I liked being a girl and I liked princesses, but I hated pink, wasn’t huge on arts and crafts, and loved science. Here’s the thing. If you put me (as a little kid) in a toy aisle of ungendered products and told me to pick whatever I wanted, I’d leave with a Barbie, a science kit, dress up clothes, and a toy robot. But if you put me in an aisle of gendered products, I would be reluctant to pick anything that said “for boys” because I wasn’t a boy and I would be embarrassed to have the check-out person see me, a girl, getting something that said it was for boys. Would they think I didn’t realize I was a girl, or didn’t like being a girl? Or would they think I was actually a boy who looked like a girl? I didn’t want to be a boy, and I didn’t want to buy anything that said it was for boys, I just wanted those same toys to not say “boy” on them.

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      Wikipedia: Scripturally, the Song of Songs is unique in that it makes no reference to “Law” or “Covenant”. Nor does it refer to Yahweh, the God of Israel. And it does not explore “wisdom” in the manner of Proverbs or Ecclesiastes (although it does have some affinities to Wisdom literature, as the ascription to Solomon suggests). Instead, it celebrates sexual love. It gives “the voices of two lovers, praising each other, yearning for each other, proffering invitations to enjoy”. The two voices are in harmony, each desiring the other and rejoicing in sexual intimacy; the women (or “daughters”) of Jerusalem form a chorus to the lovers, functioning as an audience whose participation in the lovers’ erotic encounters facilitates the participation of the reader. The Song was accepted into the Jewish canon of scripture in the 2nd century CE, after a period of controversy in the 1st century. It was accepted as canonical because of its supposed authorship by Solomon and based on an allegorical reading where the subject-matter was taken to be not sexual desire but God’s love for Israel. Christians admitted the canonicity of the Song of Songs from the beginning, but after Jewish exegetes began to read the Song allegorically, as having to do with God’s love for his people, Christian exegetes followed suit, treating the love that it celebrates as an analogy for the love between God and the Christian Church. Over the centuries the emphasis of interpretation shifted, first reading the Song as a depiction of the love between Christ and Church, the 11th century adding a moral element, and the 12th century understanding of the Bride as the Virgin Mary, with each new reading absorbing rather than simply replacing earlier ones, so that the commentary became ever more complex.

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      I never understood why people though Furbies were creepy. It’s just a toy, and it’s far from the creepiest looking toy ever. It’s kinda like a cross between a rabbit and a bird. I thought they were neat. I mean, they talked, and they “learned” English as you played with them (I remember them using that as a selling point, even though of course they were just programmed to gradually use more English and less Furbish). And apparently Chrome has “Furbish” in its spell check dictionary, even though it still doesn’t know the word “Zealand.” That’s weird.

    • LeighA

      Leaving things on random store shelves isn’t just lazy, it’s inconsiderate. The one about walking vs driving a block depends a great deal on where you’re at. If you’re in a small town, walking makes sense because a block isn’t very far. In a major city, it makes sense to walk because it’d take longer to drive anyway. In some areas (like where I live, just outside of a city), it’s feasible to walk a block as long as it’s on the same side of the road, but I’m not crossing a six lane road on foot, so anything on the other side, I’d drive, even if it’s only a block away. I’m sure there are probably areas where you wouldn’t want to walk a block even if it was on the same side, for whatever reason.

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      “The child inside the womb is a living, human, being.” Citation needed. It’s human, in that it has human DNA (though so do cancer cells and the majority of what makes up dirt), and it’s living in the sense that it’s eating and growing (though it’s incapable of living independently for much of duration of pregnancy, so how living it is is debatable), but it doesn’t make much sense to argue that something with no brain, no spine, and no heart is truly a human being. You can make arguments for calling it a living human being at several points after the development of those things, but an organless ball is not a human being, it’s a potential future human.

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      Did you seriously reply to “I don’t understand how someone can live with the burden of being forced to carry…a product of rape or a child they don’t want” by saying “there is adoption”? How in the world does that have any bearing on having to carry the baby to term? It has to be born before it can be adopted. It’d really suck if you were raped, got pregnant, were forced to watch your body change before your eyes as a constant reminder of the traumatic experience, and then suffered a not uncommon lifelong complication of pregnancy or childbirth as a result. But hey, it’s worth it for rape victims to have to physically suffer for the rest of their lives if it means there’s more unwanted babies that may grow up being passed from one potentially abusive foster home to another before being tossed out on the street at 18, right?

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      If you’re married and don’t want children (or already have children and don’t want more), you and your spouse should simply never have sex again until you’re no longer physically capable of having children, right? I’m sure that won’t negatively affect the marriage at all. What’s 20 years without sex, anyway? Even getting a vasectomy isn’t a guaranteed method of preventing pregnancy, so I guess the cliche of married people never having sex will just have to become a lot more accurate.

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