I thought it would be fun to play a little game of Can You Hum That Film Score?
The rules of the game are simple. I’m going to name off a bunch of films with notable scores, and you’re going to check off the ones you can hum from memory. Not ones where you hear it, and you go, “Oh, that’s from this-and-this movie.” No, you have to have the tune already embedded in your conscious brain. If you can’t hum it from memory, then you can’t vote for it. Simple enough, right?
Privilege is like body odor: You never notice when you have it, but everyone else sure can smell it on you.
If you’ve ever looked down upon those who haven’t found the same success as you, if you’ve ever blamed their lot in life on their own laziness, then maybe this cartoon will change your perspective somewhat….
There are assholes on both sides of the political and social spectrum, ready to cry foul at the slightest hint of injustice, eager to pick any fight at any opportunity. These are not people who seek rational discourse and an understanding of the other side’s experiences. These are people who just want to be heard above everyone else, whether or not they have anything worthy of being heard. Most often, they don’t.
I usually stay middle-of-the-road when it comes to politics, but when I see a breakdown in logic and reason, I always feel compelled to point it out. So here we go….
In light of this latest shooting in South Carolina, you’re probably seeing this argument again. The person espousing this argument may even share a video that shows an innocent person pulling a gun in self-defense.
Sure, I get the confusion. Why must we respect one person’s decision to transform from a man to a woman, but we roll our eyes at another person’s decision to transform from a white person to a black person?
So here’s the answer: It’s not hypocritical in the least bit if you have any understanding of gender identity. And in fact, I realize now that much of the prejudice against Caitlyn stems from a core misunderstanding of the biology of gender. As such, I figured I’d post my reply to my friend here, in the hopes that it will clear up some of this misunderstanding:
If the mere idea of Caitlyn Jenner being Caitlyn Jenner makes you uncomfortable, fair enough. If you have no understanding or empathy for the difficulties a transgendered person has to face every single day, that’s your privilege.
But in that case, just own up to your bigotry, okay? Don’t drag our country’s proud servicemen down to your level with false dichotomies.
This new way is exactly how you handle subtraction in your head, on an intuitive level. You just don’t realize it.
I just found out that the book The Hot Zone (which describes itself as “the terrifying true story of the origins of the Ebola virus”) grossly exaggerates the dangers of the virus. And I’d say the word “grossly” is pretty apt here. In case you haven’t read it, here’s an excerpt from the book: He coughs a…
As a writer, of course I want people to read my stuff. And the way Facebook’s newsfeed algorithms work, the more likes and shares and comments a piece of content gets, the more it will get pushed to the top of people’s news feeds. When I post a link to an article, and the post ends up getting 100+ comments, Facebook considers that a high level of engagement, and more people will end up seeing the link. It doesn’t matter if half those comments are written by a small group of people who are vehement in their dislike of the article. When it comes to social media and virality, any activity is good activity.
This blog post, titled “How to Find Your Hidden Creative Genius,” really resonated with me. Four years of tireless blogging helped me land my dream job at WordPress.com. But ironically, now I find myself having way less time to write, whether on my blogs or freelancing for various random sites.