A Dose of Stupid v109

It happens every day. In fact, it is pretty hard to avoid it. There are some things that can only be understood with a slap on the forehead. Things so mind-boggling that one wonders how humans managed to evolve thumbs while being this mentally inept. Case in point:

Feminists ask conference attendees to use “jazz hands” because clapping triggers anxiety

I consider this to be yet another example of feminists’ continued effort to ironically undermine their own goals by proving their immaturity. Here is the explanation for this stupidity:

The National Union of Students (NUS) Women’s Campaign announced the clapping “ban” at the West Midlands conference on Twitter Tuesday, shortly after receiving a request from the Oxford University Women’s Campaign.

“@nuswomcam please can we ask people to stop clapping but do feminist jazz hands? it’s triggering some peoples’ anxiety. thank you!” Oxford representatives wrote.

Within five minutes, NUS tweeted: “Some delegates are requesting that we move to jazz hands rather than clapping, as it’s triggering anxiety. Please be mindful! #nuswomen15.”

I am curious: how are “feminist” jazz hands different the the typical ones? Do the feminist jazz hands have vaginas in the palms à la Vampire Hunter D? ( I am just asking questions.)

Setting that aside, let us find out how clapping is triggering. Continue reading

When did “Acceptance” become the new “Tolerance”

I stumbled across an interesting post in my google alerts. It concerns the more popular political issues of our time, the older ones like race and class having become more or less accepted as “truths.” Specifically, it concerns “gayness” and “fatness,” neither of which are real terms, but seem most appropriate in terms of description. M. LeBlanc writes:

Both fat people and gay people who are trying to fight bigotry spend a lot of time arguing that their condition is genetic. It’s pretty easy to see why: it seems like a very obviously bad thing to hate or discriminate against someone for something that is not within their control. So if you can just show someone that it’s genetic, or “it’s not a choice,” then you will show that they are being an asshole for judging you on that basis.

The thing is, I think this argument is selling the concept of “acceptance” really short. What if there were someone out there (and given the vagaries of human existence, I’m sure there is) who, at some point, really did “decide” to be gay? Made a conscious decision to date and have sex with only people of the same sex? Would it be ok to discriminate against that person, or hate them, or deprive them of rights that other people have, because of that choice? Nope. What if there was someone who really was fat because they purposely ate 10,000 calories a day (which is about how much it takes to make a “naturally” thin person fat), would it be okay to say awful shit about and hate on that person? Nope. Continue reading

A Dose of Stupid v.9

It happens every day. In fact, it is pretty hard to avoid it. There are some things that can only be understood with a slap on the forehead. Things so mind-boggling that one wonders how humans managed to evolve thumbs while being this mentally inept. Case in point:

A 12-year-girl was given vodka-filled candy by another student. Some other student told the principal and the girl was suspended from school until Jan. 7th. She will have to comply with a contract made up by the school specifying acceptable behavior. All this seems responsible given that the girl had alcohol-filled candy on school grounds. However, the girl’s mother thinks otherwise: Continue reading

Odd, but worrisome

Just a few minutes ago I attempted to access this blog and found it completely missing. To be accurate, the page was replaced with a notice that stated it had been suspended due to a violation of the Terms of Service. Obviously, that is not the case and must say that WordPress has the fasted customer service turnaround I have ever seen. It took all of two minutes for someone to respond to me.

That said, it was quite worrisome, particularly since other blogs with similar content have been removed before. I cannot see how anything on this blog could even remotely be construed as hateful or defamatory, but it is possible. Perhaps that is an irrational fear considering how unknown this blog is. Nevertheless, I think I will be backing up this blog more frequently.