This is awesome! Neeraj sounds like a cool prom date.
This is awesome! Neeraj sounds like a cool prom date.
A lot of microaggressions aren’t done with bad intentions. But that’s partly the point. Well-intentioned ignorance or prejudice from people you know mean well can be more painful, on a day-to-day level, than outright bigotry from someone you don’t know and don’t have to deal with personally. It can also be more difficult to confront, in part because people get so defensive when someone points out that they’ve made an ignorant statement. What people also have to realize about this stuff is that it usually isn’t a one-time event, and it’s often not an innocent mistake. For example, sometimes family members intentionally block out the fact that someone is gay or trans and can be quite stubborn about ignoring any gay partners or misgendering the person. I assume that most of the microaggressions involving misgendering or being asked when you’re getting married/if you have a boyfriend involve situations like that.
I can do several of these pretty well. And though some of these skills are definitely becoming outdated, “grandparents” is pushing it. Some of these, like writing checks, remembering phone numbers, and using paper maps, were still pretty relevant even in the 90’s, so anyone who wasn’t a very young child then is probably at least familiar with those skills.
It was stupid of him to take a picture of the test, since taking any pictures of tests is generally not allowed. But it doesn’t look like he actually photographed any questions or answers—just a blank essay page. So I can see why it was a security concern, but it doesn’t seem like a huge deal, either.
A lot of these look like monsters you would find in a Silent Hill game. I like the 3-foot goblin monster, though. And it seems like a possibly appropriate choice to model toddler clothes. :P
The nose and ear things are actually very cool and useful, since those methods are used to grow body parts for people who have lost theirs. I also don’t know if it counts as plastic surgery.
The cinnamon roll pancakes still look pretty good! I’d eat them. A lot of the others would be better if the people had followed the directions.
#7 is pretty ridiculous. Yeah, babies and toddlers scream sometimes. You can’t make sure they’ll never do it. But I really doubt that many parents find their babies’ screams “cute.” That mom must not have very sensitive ears.
Having a lifestyle that doesn’t include kids doesn’t mean you hate them.
I really like #13 a lot. It’s not a functional manicure by any means, but it’s a cute work of art, and it’s not overdone. Most of the others are too over-the-top and not very nice looking.
It’s not surprising that racist people are often willfully ignorant about other cultures and the various ethnic groups that live in America. If they really want a “pure” American to be Miss America, then they should support Native American contestants (or at least contestants who can verify that their families immigrated here a sufficiently long time ago. A hundred years? Two hundred years?). Most people in the U.S. are descended from immigrants. But sadly, I suspect that in most of these people’s minds, “American” means “white.” She could be second-generation German or Swedish, and most of those people probably wouldn’t care.
#14 scared me so much when I was a kid. I became convinced that that demon was going to come out of the wall and get me, and was scared to close my bedroom door for a while (I wanted to be able to make a quick escape).
I love the look of plastic frames. But I don’t like how most of them fit on me, which is the only reason I’ve stuck with metal frames.
Not really. A lot of people didn’t have the internet in the 90’s. My family didn’t get it until ‘99 or 2000.
Eh, no form of technology is always good or always bad. There are good things about having a mobile phone with you all the time, but there are also ways it can be annoying. Some of the examples in the video are rude or a bit sad, but not all of them. What’s wrong with someone wanting to record their proposal, for example? And why assume that just because a child is using a phone one minute, they’re not going to be doing something else the next minute? Maybe the girl got a text message from one of her parents, and was responding to it. I don’t use my mobile phone that often. But if you looked at a random minute in my life and saw me using it, you could come to the inaccurate conclusion that I must never put it down.
I think (or hope, at least) that most kids are probably at least familiar with things like floppy disks and records, even if they never had to use them. And records aren’t really that antiquated. They’re not common by any means, but there are still vinyl enthusiasts out there. There’s a lot of technology that was outdated by the time I was born, and I’m still familiar with it.
There’s no way I could have gotten by without getting the books for my classes, so I always got all the books. Keeping up with the reading, on the other hand…. I actually did more sightseeing around my campus when I was in my last semester. I was a commuter student, and I never got much of a chance to check stuff out because I wasn’t on campus that much except for classes. Toward the end, I started making an effort to do that stuff before I graduated. I still live nearby, so I can technically go back down there to go shopping or check out the restaurants. But I don’t have the convenient excuse anymore.
I liked long car drives a lot more as a kid than I do now. It was so much fun to just be able to look out, listen to the radio, and talk with my parents. I still don’t mind long drives as long as I’m a rider and not the driver, but I have more demands on my time now, and am more conscious of how inconvenient it can be.
The second one is terrible, but I never would have interpreted the first one as showing a woman who’s been raped or otherwise assaulted. She just looks like someone who got caught in the rain.
In my experience, squirrels will usually just run away if you get too close. Now I’m curious about how many people get bitten by squirrels.
Several of these are things women can do if they want to. Not all women carry purses (though women’s clothes definitely need better pockets), and a lot of women become mothers without giving birth, thanks to things like adoption and surrogacy.
Why is it always “controversial” when a woman cuts her hair? I like her sense of humor.
Genderqueer people generally identify as a gender other than male or female, see themselves as falling in between, or identify as having no gender. How people use the label can vary. Personally, I identify as genderqueer because I experience gender dysphoria (my body can feel very unnatural to me and I don’t see myself as a woman), but I have a hard time seeing myself as a man. It’s possible that my feelings will change in the future, but there’s a good chance they won’t, and identifying as genderqueer doesn’t have to be a temporary thing. Some people don’t fit into the gender binary well and never do.
Am I the only one who thinks the Swiss Family Robinson tree house actually sounds like fun? I’ve never really been fond of rides, but climbing around in a tree house sounds like a lot of fun. Of course, I’ve never been there, so I don’t know how good it really is.
I suspect part of the problem is that major companies, like Google, want more and more for people to integrate the internet with their offline lives. Also, porn makes it harder to market a site to the masses. Personally, I’m happy to keep browsing with at least the outward appearance of anonymity.
I have no intention of going without a landline any time soon. It’s still the primary phone I use when I’m at home, and I’d be concerned about not having phone access in case of bad weather or a dead cell phone battery.
Yep. Even without questioning whether the listed prices are realistic, most of the items are “new” and probably still in the original packaging. It makes sense that those would go for more. But all of these toys are very recent and as far as I know, none of them are particularly rare. I doubt there’s any shortage of more typical used versions of them that have been played with.
I thought maybe the first cake in #2 is misspelled intentionally as a play on “graduation.” I see that done sometimes. But I might be giving it waaay too much credit.
Considering most gender inequality stems from misogyny, feminism is about egalitarianism. When men face discrimination, a lot of times it’s connected to the discrimination women face (for example, when a man is taken less seriously as a parent, it stems from the idea that women are naturally maternal and are the “right” people to be caring for kids). A lot of feminists are concerned about how misogyny and gender discrimination affect the world as a whole, even though bias against women in particular is the chief concern. But in any case, the fact that other people experience discrimination, too, doesn’t mean that feminism is obsolete. No one movement can effectively fight for the rights of everyone, and there’s a lot to be said for intersectionality. I’d rather see the feminist movement keep trying to work in cooperation with other causes and ideologies than see everything get lumped together as “egalitarianism” when, realistically, groups like LGBT people, women, and racial minorities all face some different issues.
I wish it got easier the more I learned. I picked up basic Spanish vocabulary and grammar very easily, but as I started to learn more complex grammar and more verb tenses, it was like I hit a roadblock and it became a big struggle.
I’m more interested in the “Plus: How the supreme court ruling will affect YOU” line. I’d love to know how these people think court rulings about same-sex marriage will actually affect or threaten them in any way, assuming they’re not interested in entering into same-sex marriages, themselves.
The flogger doesn’t really seem odd. Looks pretty standard for a flogger (except the tails look a little short in proportion to the handle).
Bigoted people are often threatened by any depictions of people they’re uncomfortable with, and read far more into such depictions than anyone else would. Going by the reaction of some of the Youtube commenters, you’d think that this commercial forces everyone to enter into interracial marriages against their will.
Leaving aside the question of inflation, I’m not really surprised by sequels making more than the original movies, particularly if we’re only considering box office gross. For example, I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of people who saw Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in theaters had been introduced to the original movies by watching them on television or on VHS/DVD. With classic series like Indiana Jones and Star Wars, there are a lot of younger fans who wouldn’t even have been old enough to see the originals in theaters. There are also fans who only get into the series after they become classics.
I think it’s worth noting that social network editing isn’t limited to journalism. These days, a lot of companies and organizations—from retail chains to police departments—have their own Twitter and Facebook accounts, and some of them do have dedicated departments or positions that manage the accounts and what goes on them. I’m not an expert on the field as a whole, but I think the specifics can vary a lot depending on which industry we’re talking about. A social media editor for an online magazine may not be comparable to the social media manager for a university or police department.
I think that was criticizing people who try to strike up conversations with people who have headphones on, not the people who wear headphones.
I’m not crazy about public shaming punishments, so I expected to be annoyed by this, but in this case, it seems like the point was really to help the daughter understand why it’s wrong to make fun of people’s clothes. It seems like an appropriate consequence. Not sure why they had to do an interview, though. I think it’s better not to broadcast this stuff to the world. But at least the mother had the good judgement to keep the girl somewhat anonymous.
I kind of agree. I do think that publicly complaining about gifts is tacky, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being disappointed that someone didn’t honor your request, especially with something like this. For that type of money, you don’t want to get someone something that they’re not going to be happy with.
2 is why I try to get frames that come with clip-ons. It limits my choices a bit, but it means I don’t have to worry about ordering prescription sunglasses. 11-12 and my two main annoyances. They go together, too, because whenever I try to dry my glasses, they always end up smudged or streaked.
I don’t think there’s anything depressing about turning a band tee into a baby outfit! I assume most people wouldn’t destroy an irreplaceable tee that they still liked to wear, and dressing your baby up in outfits you think are cool is the opposite of losing your interests and taste when you become a parent.