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by melsbells
Sat Jan 21, 12:49 2017
Forum: Random
Topic: Women's self defense
Replies: 11
Views: 129

Re: Women's self defense

I've been to demonstrations that were school sponsored/mandatory but not an active class. I would say that the demonstrations are not particularly helpful, probably because of what Rowan mentioned and overcoming inhibitions.
by melsbells
Sat Jan 21, 12:45 2017
Forum: Random
Topic: 2016 Forum Awards!
Replies: 6
Views: 54

Re: 2016 Forum Awards!

I would like to nominate Rowan for the Warm Fuzzy Award because of their heartfelt Internet hugs.
by melsbells
Wed Jan 18, 14:54 2017
Forum: Mixed Media
Topic: what are you reading?
Replies: 126
Views: 40848

Re: what are you reading?

I have been spending all too much time reading Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality. It feels vindicating. It makes me want to read the Harry Potter series to my kid, just so we can then read this. Before getting distracted by that, I had started in on Ulysses. I have tons of mixed feelings o...
by melsbells
Tue Jan 3, 12:50 2017
Forum: Pregnancy & Parenting
Topic: tactile stuff
Replies: 3
Views: 190

tactile stuff

While house sitting for my sister-in-law, my kid and I got to play with some SAND, or maybe it's sånd, but it's definitely Swedish. And maybe I got opportunities to play on my own after the kid went to bed. It reminded me of brown sugar (or what's called brown sugar in the U.S., it's called somethin...
by melsbells
Tue Jan 3, 12:29 2017
Forum: Random
Topic: What's the last craft supply you bought?
Replies: 12
Views: 245

Re: What's the last craft supply you bought?

If postage doesn't count, a felting needle.

Galen wrote:Heavy-duty ultra-precision toenail/cuticle scissors. For paper snowflake cutting. We're very serious about our paper snowflakes around here.
Have yous seenthis snowflake folding thread?
by melsbells
Mon Jan 2, 13:56 2017
Forum: Random
Topic: What do you like on your chili?
Replies: 8
Views: 184

Re: What do you like on your chili?

cornbread
by melsbells
Mon Jan 2, 13:55 2017
Forum: Random
Topic: have you had surgery?
Replies: 11
Views: 253

Re: have you had surgery?

I'm assuming here that surgery requires an incision. I've had some flappy cartilage that got too flappy cut away and minor oral surgery to remove whatever keeps your lower lip attached to your gums.
by melsbells
Tue Dec 20, 14:10 2016
Forum: New Members
Topic: I'm a guy with some questions for the ladies!
Replies: 9
Views: 569

Re: I'm a guy with some questions for the ladies!

Nella Larsen would be the 20th century author I'd most like to teach, especially Passing [/quote] Can we talk about Passing sometime? I have some old hangups about that novel, but it might be more about about a paper on it passing as a book about passing. XOL, I don't mean to hijack your introducti...
by melsbells
Tue Dec 20, 13:58 2016
Forum: Ranting
Topic: Terrorist attack in Berlin
Replies: 13
Views: 680

Re: Terrorist attack in Berlin

Sonic# wrote:Setting aside the more complex thoughts here, I'm concerned both for the people affected and for how that attack will be politicized.
I hate that my immediate reaction is to think about how something like this will be used.

Nacho's, I'm really glad you're okay.
by melsbells
Sat Dec 17, 16:51 2016
Forum: Feminism
Topic: If Women Wrote Men the Way Men Wrote Women
Replies: 5
Views: 2343

Re: If Women Wrote Men the Way Men Wrote Women

Barbara found them twenty minutes later, wrapped around each other. Antoine looked up in horror. “I’m so sorry! It didn’t mean anything!” Barbara smirked, crossing her arms and taking in the scene. “Now, this is interesting. Don’t freak out, babe. It’s not like it’s really cheating, after all. ” Th...
by melsbells
Sat Dec 17, 16:46 2016
Forum: Feminism
Topic: Body Positivity
Replies: 7
Views: 1438

Re: Body Positivity

Thanks for the responses. I still have a lot of mixed feeling about this movement. If it was clear that it was about fat bodies, then I feel like I could say, okay, all these other bodies can have their own thing and maybe I'd grumble to myself about the name and how fat activism was already a thing...
by melsbells
Sat Dec 17, 15:42 2016
Forum: New Members
Topic: Purple Pants and Dead Frogs
Replies: 16
Views: 2490

Re: Purple Pants and Dead Frogs

I still have them somewhere in a box marked "FRAGILE DEAD THINGS!" I don't have any recent images, but here's a little compilation I did ages ago (you asked!): http://loveofbruce.blogspot.com/ These dead mummified frogs make me strangely happy. I had to show them to my spouse (and yes, I ...
by melsbells
Tue Dec 13, 13:50 2016
Forum: Feminism
Topic: Unpacking The Concept of Feminist Erotica
Replies: 17
Views: 2073

Re: Unpacking The Concept of Feminist Erotica

Sorry, "Nymph" as in the title of a book/collection of short stories by Block, which is the closest I've come to written Feminist erotica (not having explicitly looked for it). Other sources: Erika Moen is a cartoonist who's most recent project, "Oh Joy Sex Toy" (NSFW) has been r...
by melsbells
Mon Dec 12, 15:30 2016
Forum: Feminism
Topic: Body Positivity
Replies: 7
Views: 1438

Body Positivity

I've been reading around on body positivity lately, and the more I read, the more I have no idea what it actually is. Sometimes it seems like it's for all bodies. Sometimes it seems like it's only for bodies that deviate enough from conventional beauty standards. Sometimes it seems like it's only fo...
by melsbells
Fri Dec 9, 16:04 2016
Forum: Science & Technology
Topic: Feathery dinosaur tail found
Replies: 7
Views: 1697

Re: Feathery dinosaur tail found

I didn't read this story but saw a headline with the picture and was hoping they were feathers. Yeah feathers!
by melsbells
Fri Dec 9, 16:03 2016
Forum: Careers & Education
Topic: Job!
Replies: 7
Views: 461

Re: Job!

Congratulations! So many options.
by melsbells
Fri Dec 9, 16:02 2016
Forum: Random
Topic: would you like a robot?
Replies: 5
Views: 548

Re: would you like a robot?

Nothing against you, spacebot, but no.
by melsbells
Fri Dec 9, 16:00 2016
Forum: Random
Topic: What bemuses you?
Replies: 8
Views: 1295

Re: What bemuses you?

I'm bemused by not so clever puns or other jokes that really stretch the punch line. I think my inlaws are often bemused by my responses to Finnish nature, like the first time I saw a hedgehog, or the elk crossing the road, or how I still can't get over how the squirrels here have ear tufts (enough ...
by melsbells
Fri Dec 9, 15:54 2016
Forum: Feminism
Topic: Unpacking The Concept of Feminist Erotica
Replies: 17
Views: 2073

Re: Unpacking The Concept of Feminist Erotica

I don't know if this will be helpful. I've never sought out feminist erotica before, but I have read a lot of Francesca Lia Block, and I would consider her to include feminist erotica in her stories. It's been a while since I've read any, so I'm not sure how explicit it ever is. If you're at all int...
by melsbells
Fri Dec 9, 15:50 2016
Forum: Feminism
Topic: Identity politics and political agency
Replies: 8
Views: 2852

Re: Identity politics and political agency

Reviving this because of this Code Switch article . It's a response to the Lilla article and it says something that I was attempting to get at in my last post, but expectedly better. it's never been more important to continue talking — and arguing, and complaining, and venting — about identity in Am...
by melsbells
Fri Dec 9, 15:34 2016
Forum: New Members
Topic: mi introducción
Replies: 14
Views: 671

Re: mi introducción

When you make cookies and pancakes, are they most likely circle-ish?

Edit: Also, welcome.
by melsbells
Fri Dec 9, 15:32 2016
Forum: New Members
Topic: Purple Pants and Dead Frogs
Replies: 16
Views: 2490

Re: Purple Pants and Dead Frogs

Welcome! And huh, I've always read the name Galen as being "Gay Lynn", and now I know. Not as bad as all the Americans trying to say Hermione before the first movie was made. Closer to the first time I attempted to say my spouses name aloud. Though still not as bad because I'm pretty sure ...
by melsbells
Fri Dec 9, 15:01 2016
Forum: Careers & Education
Topic: LinkedIn
Replies: 14
Views: 2225

Re: LinkedIn

A friend got an account after some of his coworkers go head hunted via LinkedIn. I don't think it worked for him. A few other friends use it almost exclusively as a nice place to keep an up-to-date CE. I'm really reluctant to join anything ever, so I really have no idea how it works.
by melsbells
Fri Dec 9, 14:58 2016
Forum: Random
Topic: Do you hang up your clothes?
Replies: 14
Views: 818

Re: Do you hang up your clothes?

right now it'd all freeze if I put it outside wet. If you're not in a rush, it will still dry. We've hung things like sheets outside in the winter, but most often we just try to wait to wash sheets until it warms up. We hang up everything to dry after washing, except I suppose things that need to b...
by melsbells
Tue Dec 6, 16:08 2016
Forum: Pregnancy & Parenting
Topic: protective restrictions for children
Replies: 0
Views: 1411

protective restrictions for children

The Wolfpack , a documentary about six bright teenage brothers have spent their entire lives locked away from society in a manhattan housing project. all they know of the outside is gleaned from the movies they watch obsessively (and recreate meticulously). yet as adolescence looms, they dream of e...

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