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by melsbells
Tue Sep 3, 15:21 2019
Forum: Random
Topic: Happy 17th spacefemmiversary Tweek!
Replies: 3
Views: 54

Re: Happy 17th spacefemmiversary Tweek!

Happy day Tweek! Thanks for sticking around for all those fluctuating years.
by melsbells
Tue Sep 3, 15:17 2019
Forum: Feminism
Topic: Women in history and an examination of gender norms:
Replies: 44
Views: 6346

Re: Women in history and an examination of gender norms:

Also, how do you feel the situation for women in Finland is compared to other nations? I'm not originally from Finland, though I've lived here longer than I've been on spacefem. The only place I can personally compare it to is the United States, but since I've lived mostly as an outsider in Finland...
by melsbells
Wed Aug 21, 16:05 2019
Forum: Feminism
Topic: Women in history and an examination of gender norms:
Replies: 44
Views: 6346

Re: Women in history and an examination of gender norms:

Sorry, I haven't been keeping up well enough to comment timely. It seems clear to me that many social or cultural norms do change over time, but in many cases change tends to be gradual, although the rate of change may vary and even reverse at times and this suggests to me two things. First that the...
by melsbells
Wed Aug 14, 11:27 2019
Forum: Pregnancy & Parenting
Topic: Fundraising for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Replies: 1
Views: 534

Re: Fundraising for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Great job making your goal and helping out your teammate reach hers.
by melsbells
Thu Apr 4, 5:07 2019
Forum: Random
Topic: Happy 3rd spacefemmiversary geldofc!
Replies: 5
Views: 1300

Re: Happy 3rd spacefemmiversary geldofc!

Woah, three! Happy day!
by melsbells
Mon Apr 1, 2:46 2019
Forum: Random
Topic: Happy birthday Neko!
Replies: 6
Views: 1275

Re: Happy birthday Neko!

Oh, hello spacebot, are you going to be reminding us of birthdays again? Well, *pbbbth* I already knew it was Neko's birthday since the bottom of the main forum page so conveniently told me. I almost sent birthday wishes elsewhere, but you beat me to it... Thanks for helping us remember to celebrate...
by melsbells
Mon Mar 25, 13:03 2019
Forum: Feminism
Topic: Women in history and an examination of gender norms:
Replies: 44
Views: 6346

Re: Women in history and an examination of gender norms:

I'm not familiar with the first four women you mention. Thanks for highlighting them. It seems to me that most historical changes occur gradually in a step by step manner. This suggests what can be called cultural or social inertia. That is that people have to become accustomed and familiar to new c...
by melsbells
Thu Mar 21, 12:22 2019
Forum: New Members
Topic: Hi . . .
Replies: 4
Views: 1564

Re: Hi . . .

Welcome! I like the way you describe being "scientific romantic". It reminded me of a well known (though I can't remember it at the moment) essay about Occam's razor and that maybe a doorknob actually works by poking a door opening fairy when we turn the knob. I'm looking forward to your post in Fem...
by melsbells
Thu Feb 28, 12:31 2019
Forum: Mixed Media
Topic: Milo Manara's controversial new Spider Woman drawing.
Replies: 5
Views: 1792

Re: Milo Manara's controversial new Spider Woman drawing.

Having publishing standards isn't the same thing as censorship, and I feel like that is lost on many people. For example, I recently read a book that I would nominate for burning if I thought censorship was acceptable and that book burning was an effective method. I don't want people to read it. A l...
by melsbells
Fri Feb 22, 14:38 2019
Forum: Random
Topic: Happy 15th spacefemmiversary Enigma!
Replies: 4
Views: 1000

Re: Happy 15th spacefemmiversary Enigma!

I forgot how old you were in spacefem years! Congratulations!
by melsbells
Thu Feb 14, 12:27 2019
Forum: Feminism
Topic: Meghan Murpy on Gender Identity and Women's Rights
Replies: 23
Views: 3586

Re: Meghan Murpy on Gender Identity and Women's Rights

Nobody's talking about murdering them. We're talking about free speech and the discourse of biological women vs. trans women and their needs in society. Don't change the subject. I don't think Pikachu was changing the subject. I thought ze was responding to the idea that trans people are somehow op...
by melsbells
Mon Feb 4, 12:01 2019
Forum: Science & Technology
Topic: exploding termites
Replies: 1
Views: 1820

exploding termites

There's a species of termites that accumulates a certain chemical on their backs throughout their lives. The older ones who have a lot of this chemical compound become guardians of the colony. When the colony is under attack and one of these elder termites dies, the chemical is released and mixed wi...
by melsbells
Sat Feb 2, 6:51 2019
Forum: Feminism
Topic: Meghan Murpy on Gender Identity and Women's Rights
Replies: 23
Views: 3586

Re: Meghan Murpy on Gender Identity and Women's Rights

^Honestly, the transcript was one of the least terrible trans exlusionary pieces I've encountered. I felt like under the right circumstances, I might be able to talk to her. I'm never sure how to recognize differences in definitions though. Like when she said she wasn't a biological essentialist, ju...
by melsbells
Sat Feb 2, 5:42 2019
Forum: Pregnancy & Parenting
Topic: learning to read
Replies: 4
Views: 2490

Re: learning to read

Spacefem, thanks for the book suggestions. Sonic, I like the way you described the sound a letter makes. I asked a few early elementary school teachers I know this same question and wanted to share a bit of what they had to say. They recommended starting with consonant-vowel-consonant words (CVC) wi...
by melsbells
Wed Jan 23, 15:24 2019
Forum: Polls
Topic: Which is the best cycle?
Replies: 6
Views: 2513

Re: Which is the best cycle?

Ah! I left out the news cycle. But I suppose that's a wrong answer.
by melsbells
Tue Jan 22, 13:48 2019
Forum: Polls
Topic: Which is the best cycle?
Replies: 6
Views: 2513

Which is the best cycle?

I hope you all realize that a octcycle is just ridiculous.
by melsbells
Tue Jan 22, 7:38 2019
Forum: Pregnancy & Parenting
Topic: learning to read
Replies: 4
Views: 2490

learning to read

Does anyone have recommendations for teaching a kid how to read? It's really important to me that my kid is literate in English, but other than instilling the desire to read and write, I'm at a loss as to how to impart those skills. As I type, kid is working on phonemes in Finnish with my spouse usi...
by melsbells
Sun Jan 20, 8:23 2019
Forum: Random
Topic: terrible but fun
Replies: 8
Views: 1678

Re: terrible but fun

Usually, I am not interested in things I don't feel competent doing. I'm the youngest of my siblings, so for a long time, there was no chance that I could be better than them at anything, not that I understood that, and not that I wasn't mocked for it. But with sports, my brother would always have m...
by melsbells
Thu Jan 17, 15:51 2019
Forum: Mixed Media
Topic: Art Book: Pros Before Bros
Replies: 0
Views: 886

Art Book: Pros Before Bros

One of the people I've long followed on the Internet is Ariel Meadow Stallings. She has been exploring in new directions and recently released a collaborative work, a limited print art book/sex memoir paired with custom jewelry, Pros Before Bros . One of the coolest things about this project is how ...
by melsbells
Mon Jan 14, 6:20 2019
Forum: Feminism
Topic: MMA Transgenders and feminism
Replies: 6
Views: 2862

Re: MMA Transgenders and feminism

We've had this discussion on the forum before and here is the most recent thread that people bothered to reply: Transwomen and Sports? . It even starts with an MMA example. Birth sex assignment based on genital appearance (which is what I assume most people mean when they say someone is biologically...
by melsbells
Mon Jan 14, 5:32 2019
Forum: New Members
Topic: hello :)
Replies: 3
Views: 759

Re: hello :)

Welcome Hals. Are you involved in a club where you run or are you leading/coordinating a clubs of other activities? I can't decide which you meant. Either way, it sounds like a hobby to me. Once upon a time, I enjoyed running. Sometimes now I enjoy reminiscing about enjoying running.
by melsbells
Wed Jan 9, 12:58 2019
Forum: Random
Topic: terrible but fun
Replies: 8
Views: 1678

terrible but fun

My first winter in Finland, spouse and I went on treks through the woods and over ponds. He was on old skiis that gripped on to the back of boots with a groove in them and I went on snow shoes. Dog frequently followed behind, confused that she couldn't walk on top of the now like us. It was delightf...
by melsbells
Wed Jan 9, 12:41 2019
Forum: Pregnancy & Parenting
Topic: kids' mail subscriptions
Replies: 6
Views: 2807

Re: kids' mail subscriptions

We got the first box last week. Kid wanted to do the whole thing in one sitting, which was tough. He has a hard time stopping something, even when it's obvious he needs a break. He doesn't have the best conception of time yet either and kept talking about the box that would come tomorrow. So getting...
by melsbells
Wed Jan 9, 3:39 2019
Forum: Pregnancy & Parenting
Topic: Sleep for babies after 6 months
Replies: 3
Views: 1340

Re: Sleep for babies after 6 months

This is far better than my kid was doing past 18 months. In Helsinki, they have an overnight sleep class for babies. Parents can drop their infant off at the hospital for a night and the nurses there help the babies learn to sleep. I'm unaware of this happening anywhere else, but the program seems t...
by melsbells
Wed Jan 9, 3:13 2019
Forum: Polls
Topic: How do you say gif?
Replies: 6
Views: 1341

Re: How do you say gif?

I say it with a hard g in English but with an acronym in Finnish "gae ee aff"