Making America Great Again: Denying Buttons to the Poor

It is currently a matter of public discourse in the U.S. that low-income people can completely afford things if only they don’t buy multiple iphones per year. This is not surprising given people’s anger when the poor have nice stuff. It’s traditional!  Back in 1651, the General Court in Massachusetts …


Medical Monochromatic Fashion, an Evolution

Cross posted from Coffeefied, Operafied, Fluffified, Beglittered I have been reading Francesco Adami’s From Last Hope to First Aid: Stories from the History of Emergency Medicine. In his discussion of white coats, a color chosen for resistance to discoloring effects of antisepsis methods, he suggests that the reader observe a …


How Best to Be Pleasingly Decorative to Complete Strangers: Facial Expression Edition

It has come to my attention that “resting bitch face” or “bitchy resting face” is an expression and that it describes an undesirable thing.  I think, as usual, I’m behind the times on this, but I heard it for the first time only recently.  I react to it about the …

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A Mandatory Love for Babies

Olivia’s musings on the social unacceptability of not desiring children has inspired me to write about much the same thing. I used to be a fundamentalist (lite) Christian.  I was bad at it.  Mostly, I was really bad at feeling the emotions I was supposed to feel.  I tried really …

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Will You Be Disappointed In Me?

I recently had someone very close to me ask this question in regards to taking a job at Starbucks. They’ve been serially unemployed and are getting desperate. Many of my friends are in similar positions: they work in retail, food service, temp positions, or are serial interns. I’m sure my …

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Navigating Sexuality in Young Adulthood

Warning: This post contains some adult material, focusing on sex and sexuality. Intended for 15+. If you look at religious childrearing manuals and suggestions, you’ll probably see a lot of information about sex, dating, and sexuality. Most of it is likely about how to keep your child from doing anything …

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Weddings: I have to do what?!

One of the …neatest/oddest/most annoying (choose your own adventure) things about getting married is attempting to navigate all the traditions. Which ones do I do? Which ones are stupid? Which ones have valid origins? It all started with the wedding shower kerfuffle (to have one or not to have one… …

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Fleshspace and Internet Space: Integration and Variation

A long, long time ago in a galaxy far away there was a conference call Skeptech. And at Skeptech I was on a panel about meatspace and cyberspace activism. And since that time there have been thoughts percolating in the back of my mind about the pros and cons of …