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279 weeks ago @ The Toast - If Jason Bateman Were ... · 0 replies · +3 points

well, i'm a capricorn, but i'd be REALLY good at planning the detail work and checking the details after someone else did the heavy lifting.

536 weeks ago @ http://www.whattamisai... - My Planned Parenthood ... · 0 replies · +1 points

just emailed you, but i'll put a link here, too. thanks for hosting!

537 weeks ago @ Womanist Musings - It's Canada Day Don't ... · 0 replies · +1 points

well duh. everyone knows your national anthem is sung to the tune of "Oh Tannenbaum". >:)

oh canada, oh canada!
your mounties are so sexy
oh canada, oh canada!
your lemmings are nice too!
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541 weeks ago @ Womanist Musings - What's In A Name? · 0 replies · +2 points

that doesn't discount the fact that most people changed their names because they were pressured to do so, either by the officials at immigration, or by social needs. and there were goof ups. the reason so many familes of Indian descent have biblical surnames (Abraham, Isaac, etc) is because of the cultural tradition of putting the family name first. the immigration officials didn't know enough about eastern cultures to catch this and put the father's first name as the whole family's surname.

the article you linked to discusses the possibility that it was the officials on the emigration end of the equation who may have screwed up, as well. either way, it wasn't a clear cut "no one to blame but the person themselves" kind of situation.
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541 weeks ago @ Womanist Musings - What's In A Name? · 0 replies · +4 points

and, from what i've seen, white adults/teenagers with odd names (like the zappa children) are given the benefit of "gosh, your parents were crazy!", rather than being assumed to "deserve" the odd name and then being constantly denigrated for it.
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547 weeks ago @ Womanist Musings - Don't People Realize G... · 0 replies · +10 points

even those who grew up very privileged and basically had everything handed to them are indoctrinated with "BOOTSTRAPS!" from a very early age. we're told that making it for yourself and not depending on anyone's handouts is the only way to be a "real american". so, the idea that maybe she didn't do it all alone, that maybe she was handed some things along the way, is just anathema.

553 weeks ago @ The Bitch Blog - What a Feminist Isn't · 1 reply · +1 points

thanks for this. reposted on facebook. vive la feminism!!

554 weeks ago @ Jewish Daily Forward - On Women, Bylines and ... · 0 replies · +3 points

thanks for writing this. i couldn't agree more. i've tried to make a point of seeking out women writers, simply to counteract (with my one lonely self) a little of this issue. it's one of the reasons i've gotten into reading more YA lit, as that world has a much higher percentage of women authors than the lit world in general.

561 weeks ago @ Womanist Musings - Ted Williams Isn't The... · 0 replies · +1 points

to add to that, if you do believe it, whether you have good reason or not, and still want to help, you can always take that change you would have given and donate it directly to your local homeless shelter or addiction program. i just often wonder how many people who claim this out bother with that alternative.

575 weeks ago @ Womanist Musings - The Crime of Growing T... · 0 replies · +5 points

i do wonder if he would be in trouble for growing that many flowers. i'm sure not, but what is the difference, from the municipal viewpoint, between a thousand rose bushes and a thousand tomato bushes?