April 9th, 2008


[personal] What kind of feminist am I?

(Snurched from elsewhere on LJ...)

Your Score: The Basic Feminist

You are 72% on your way to being a Feminist!

You're a Feminist! Congratulations!

You have a good idea of what sexism is, how to avoid it, and how to stand up for women and/or yourself. You might have read some basic Feminist literature or thought in passing, and thought that it was pretty good. Sometimes you baulk a little at overtly identifying yourself as a Feminist due to the negative stigma. Don't be ashamed of being right! Just keep on doing what you're doing and exploring more ways to treat everyone with respect because of their humanity, not their parts, and you're helping to fix the problem!

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The Antifeminist

The Traditionalist

The Egalitarian

The Basic Feminist

The True Feminist

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[links] Link salad hump day edition

The tourbillion — A watch which shows only day or night. Incidentially, Tourbillion is my working title for the third Mainspring Powell's | Amazon | Audible ] book. (Thanks to chriswjohnson.)

Wake up, smell the music with Japan perfume download — Smell-O-Vision finally comes to life, in Japan, home of all that is too weird to be cool and too cool to be weird. Best line: "NTT Communications also plans to conduct trials of another service that would allow mobile phone users to send files with scent attachments."

Earth's Crust Shows Long-Term Wiggle Room — New thinking about continental plates.

A Disease That Allowed Torrents of Creativity — The creative disease. Fascinating stuff about cognitive psychology, creativity and selective dementia. (Thanks to GS.)

1692 in America — A year of history in a year of blogging. Deeply cool. This is going on my daily blogroll.

Growing Pains for a Deep-Sea Home Built of Subway Cars — Luxury condos for fish. Interesting story about re-use. (Thanks to my dad.)

antitheism on delusions — A bit more fuel to the atheism fire — (Thanks to lt260.)

CFI Issues Critique of Civics Textbook — This is pretty interesting. I especially like: "the alleged influence of the religious concept of “original sin” on the structure of the Constitution." Christianists seem to want to distory the reality of our entire society to fit their worldview. Except when they need antibiotics or a decently educated doctor, of course. (Thanks to lt260.)

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[personal] Being a dad

Greg Evans, creator of the comic strip Luann, has apparently met the_child. Funny.

My sister emailed me today with some wisdom of the Niece. She made three wishes while blowing on a dandelion:
  • I wish I could touch the sky.
  • I wish I could fly.
  • I wish the tin man could have all he ever wanted.

I think being a dad is like being the Wizard of Oz. I'm the man behind the curtain, the one who knows everything and nothing in the_child's world. She's on a long, difficult road, looking for courage and a brain and a heart, and all the million parts that go into making one's way into life. All I've got is a big voice and some parlor tricks. Like the Wizard, I can't give her nothing she doesn't already have.

There's a helplessness to parenting which is heartbreaking. There's a power to childhood which is inspiring. I wouldn't trade this journey of ours for anything in life, but I will always wish I could be better. I get no rewrites here.

And now I go to a hard day's work, to make her money to buy her things.

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[religion] Even more on why I am an atheist, from a slight different angle

Elsewhere in LJland, neutronjockey asked me (very politely), "[W]hy atheism and what led you to describing yourself as an atheist?"

My answer, edited slightly for clarity and style:
Well, I'm atheist because I don't believe in God. It's not a null, as in "not collecting stamps is not a hobby", because belief in God is the default (and preferred) stance in our public discourse.

I used to describe myself as an agnostic, and was and continue to be largely indifferent to religious matters on their own terms. I'm a fairly spiritual person, but I don't equate that with a sense of the divine. I avoided the atheist label for years largely because I associated it with O'Hair and other High Church atheists — aggressive, in-your-face antireligion.

Over the past few years atheism has come out of the closet, for the most part because of Dawkins I think, though I am by no means a Dawkinsite any more than I ever was an O'Hairist. My own coming out of the closet as an atheist is a response to the political pressure of the Christian Right, which has badly distorted the Republican party since the fall of Nixon, and in distorting the GOP has in turn warped American politics, governance and society in some deeply harmful ways.

My country is being severely damaged, and risks being destroyed, in the name of God. Being an atheist, and being strongly public about it, is one of the ways I can oppose those dangerous Christianist idiocies.

So I suppose you could say I'm a political atheist. If religion hadn't so firmly kicked politics in the nuts over the past thirty years, I'd probably still be an agnostic.