Live Long and Love Meeeeeeeee!

When I first entered college in 2008, I came fresh-faced from the world of homeschooling. I had no experience with the high school dramatics, the dating scene, or cultural fads. The world that I found was suffering a new trend, one that shook all those things. It seemed that the female population had withdrawn their affections. The men could be seen despondently wandering the halls, playing games without joy, and eating food that did not fill their appetites. They’d murmur their complaints to each other in low voices, until the gathering would dissolve with the disaffected shrug, “Who is Edward Cullen?”

Sorry, Ms. Rand, couldn’t resist.

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Feminist?

Am I a feminist?

The conversation usually runs like the last thirty seconds of this video:

To identify a feminist, the person in question is usually asked, “Do you think women should have the same rights as men? Yes?  Then you’re a feminist!”  Another variation is “Do you believe women are lesser beings than men? No? Then you’re a feminist!”  By both those counts, I am a feminist.

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The Santa Claus Paradigm

The subject of Christmas–it’s hypocrisies, contradictions, virtues, meanings–is well hashed out. While I was tempted over the season to write a little piece about holiday practices and festivities, it failed to catch enough passion in me to inspire thoughts worth even two cents. But then I had a conversation with a friend, and she dropped reference to the traumatic childhood disappointment of learning that Santa Claus wasn’t real. This dusted off some old thoughts in my mind, and the more I examine them the more upset I get. Continue reading