Tuesday, May 26, 2009

the new york times continues its tirade against women. this literally will not end until women get back into the kitchen and shut up. Uggggggh!

Friday, May 22, 2009

could anyone not tell that the economic writer who ended up near bankruptcy was a jerk who brought the problem on himself? are we not capable of reading between the lines, especially in a case when the writer is clearly trying to make himself look good? did we not notice that he admitted that they did pay like $4,000 for a summer vacation or something, and that they continued to splurge on designer goods? honestly, i wonder if they could have actually managed the mortgage guy's plan if they had just cut their spending down. this guy needs to learn not to be such an annoying yuppy, and that it doesn't make him better than other people- in fact, it makes him worse than other people because he is a selfish debtor. no, you do not deserve to live a better life than "poor" people. and your wife is a scam artist.
Children on tv shows are blessed in that they all magically develop a talent for "painting" or "writing," but do not envy them. they must also suffer the curse of never being able to move out from under their parents' roofs.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

let's take a moment to appreciate my two favorite tv show opening credit songs-

1. She is literally the polaroid of perfection
She has everything and she'll give it to you in a second
Looks can deceive
She wears her heart on her sleeve
She'll steal you away
Not just for one day
Every day is an ordinary day
In her world she's an ordinary girl
- Clueless, the TV show

2. Look back down in a crowded hall
You see there's a beauty standing
Is she really everywhere or her reflection?
When the first calls out to you,
The other's shy and quiet
Could there be too different girls who look the same
At Sweet Valley, Sweet Valley high
- Sweet Valley High, the TV show

Thursday, May 14, 2009

I am so excited about this book!
Zhao Ziyang is my favorite favorite favorite! He was like (one of) the normal one, who was like, let's talk to these kids at Tian'anmen Square and see what they have to say. And then he got ousted, it was so sad.

Monday, May 11, 2009

I dunno about articles like this. It seems like really old fashioned out of date feminism, the idea that "shouldn't we all bond together as women?" Its not the 90s anymore. everything is not about what group we identify with. certainly, there is a time and a place for feminism, and we shouldn't call other women sluts and we shouldn't hold up thin idiots as our heroines. but like, the study found that 60 percent of the bullies were men. forgive me, but i don't really see what we are upset about. is it that no women should be bullies? why not?
I guess that's the problem that I have with this article. it assumes that a) women should be superior to men, and b) women should be quiet, meek and unbullyish. The article expresses a surprise that more of bullies were not men. has the author been living under a rock for his/her entire life? I find that women tend to be much bigger "bullies," because something in our socialization makes us focus on relationships between people rather than focusing on the achievement of a specific goal. In many ways, I would say that this is a smarter stance than men have. there is a grade curve for everything, and so rather than blindly focus on a score, mightn't we be more successful if we are aware of how others are scoring? I think it's interesting that the smarter stance is not the most successful, and I think that is what speaks to the vast inequalities between men and women in the workplace. men, no matter how they blunder their way through it, are more likely to succeed.
so yes, like the author of this article, i am concerned about women in the workplace. and I think the author raises an interesting point about the means to success- though he/she (sorry, the name is Mickey so I dunno) doesn't actually make the point. how do we succeed in a field where we do not run the show? We make our own field. Meece talks to many female "bullies" who have since started their own company. Maybe we should re-evaluate our female "bullies." Are they not perhaps women who should have made it to the top of the game, natural leaders, whose behavior was deemed unnatural because of their gender, and who couldn't crack that glass ceiling? Also, what about the 60 percent of bullies that are men. Why is the article not about how we can fix the majority of bullies, but instead how we can fix a minority?

Friday, May 08, 2009

One student, Ryan Roger, 21, said the lockdown was a bad idea. “I don’t know if this is the vibration we really need at this point,” Mr. Roger said. “To keep these kids in fear and propagate the legitimacy of these threats is not what I want to see from the university.”
New York Times