The Generic ‘he’ and why you shouldn’t use it (aka… I got Distracted, again.)

I was going to continue the writing on the Spirit of the Rebel - I’m fully going to continue those thoughts, but noticed something creeping in as I spoke of a theoretical rebel. Now, in my mind, my anyone can potentially be a rebel - all it takes is speaking truth to power, standing against power, not blindly accepting the dictates of the status quo (which, usually, is bunk).

But as I walked up the road on an errand hashing out the ideas for that post (which will come, I promise!) While yes, I don’t necessarily cite evidence in my blogs, they’re intended as more anecdotal musings or rants on issues, but still, a lot of thought goes into some of them.

Anyway, So there I was, thinking about this rebel. And I noticed something I’m a little ashamed of. I was trying to phrase them as gender neutral - they in my ideas. But as I spoke (yes, I think out loud and no, it’s not a sign of madness, I just remember stuff a bit better that way). But almost every time it came to speak of this rebel, I’d slip and say he.

Seems like a small thing, right? Not really. “But,” you say, “That’s how english works! generic terms refer to ‘he’, usually.” And you would be correct. And that’s exactly what’s wrong - it diminishes the role of women, or those with a gender other than male or female (and yes, douchebag trolls, there are people who identify as such. Deal with it). But I’d bought into that narrative all these years. Now, when I say it, it sounds grating. I was amazed just how strongly it seems to be in my habits, and it’s somethng I want to break. So, if I refer to a hypothetical, generic person as ‘he’ on this blog from now on, call me out on it.

Now, let me be clear what this means - I will still refer to ‘he’ when the person is intended as a he. I’f I’m referring to a hypothetical MRA douchebag, I’ll say he, because they are almost without fail terrible people and I’m not going to dump that on women (as an aside, I was listening to an atheist podcast today (The Non-Prophets) and one of the hosts used the term ‘MasculaNazi (sic) ’ to refer to MRA assholes. Would Male Nazi or something like that be better? I like the idea, anyway.

Aaanywho, the male genericism (is that a word? probably not, but I like it, and you know what I mean). It helps perpetuate patriarchy. I’m not saying you have to get rid of it entirely, but mix it up at least. Use ‘she’ or ‘they’ sometimes.  You’ll hopefully make an MRA douchebag cry, and that is a *good* thing.

The Spirit of the Rebel - Part I

What hope remains for freedom in a world essentially bought by the corporate class? It’s hard to say, to be honest, because really, it depends on what the people at large do.

What’s a fact: The media at large have abandoned us, chasing after the corporate money like lowly cowards. The same goes for most politicians in the West, and this does not boe well for the future.

Society stands at an impasse; The future now lies in the hands of either capital or those who rebel against it. Capital, which as become in essence the god of our time - the love of money being, as at least the New Testament notes, (rightly IMHO for once - no condemnation here), being the root of all kinds of evil. What it, and most critiques fail to realise, is that all problems ultimately proceed from a root; sometimes you *do have to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Money is unusually suited to the greedy; it can be hoarded without worrying about spatial concerns, and it can be exchanged for anything. Mostly though, moeney is the means by which power is oft exerted in our world.

And so, the system of profit, in the form of the capitalist system, functions as a tool for siphoning wealth from the exploited. Eventually, the system breaks when wealth becomes concentrated, causing the kind of crisis that Marx was on about.

I’m not a Marxist, let me be clear - though I do hold his critique of Capitalism to be largely valid - I just disgree with his remedy. The only way to prevent capital from being able to get a hold is to not have systems of power. After all, moeny is just the main system of power - there are others.

Power is a drug. It turns sane men mad, makes fair-minded persons do horrid things, turns human beings into mindless, uncompassionate automatons that have no concern for care and compassion. I loathe power. I hate power. I wish nothing greater than to destroy it.

But a machine does not stop of its own volition, unless it runs out of fuel, or it’s shut off. And the only thing that can destroy capitalism is a continued refusal and defiance to do the things it demands. To refuse to prey on those below us. To refuse to be divided by what, in the end, are usually petty differences.

Obviously, this is not a thing that can be done alone. And it will of course be resisted then the time comes. But if our world and humanity has any hope, it lies in the hand and heart of the rebel, who continually refuses to take part or act in support to systems of power - which ultimately, are systems of death.

Solidarity to all who are victims of injustice - and that’s nearly all of us. Long live the spirit of the Rebel.

sparklesbright:

Does it haaave to be such a tongue twister?
I’m a liroclu-libroru-
AH! i’M ONE OF THOSE.

sparklesbright:

Does it haaave to be such a tongue twister?

I’m a liroclu-
libroru-

AH! i’M ONE OF THOSE.

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The joke isn’t that they’re cruel or bad at parenting or have any particular disdain for the world at large. They aren’t unkind to their neighbors or to the animals and their deeply devoted to their children and to each other.


The joke is that they’re happy.


The Addams Family is missing a lot of the typical sitcom tropes. There’s no mother-in-law jokes, no arguing over who’s supposed to fill what gender role, both Morticia and Gomez spend roughly equal amounts of time parenting the children and the most remarkable is the relationship between Morticia and Gomez. You see Morticia Addams and it really highlights how rare it is in family films and TV sitcoms to see a wife and mom character who isn’t like this “dissatisfied housewife always mad at my big dumb husband but I love him gonna stay with him because this is the world and he’s the best I can get and I am always right because wifes are the smart ones hey you can relate to this average American I guess”. Morticia and Gomez in contrast are usually working together you know rarely party A will keep something from party B but for the most part the form little schemes together as partners both are heads of the household and they almost never disrespect each other - remarkable in a genre where that’s usually the joke.

But the reason the Addams are happy is really beacause they exist outside of society’s expectations. Gomez is a man child who plays with his trains and that’s fine. Morticia fences with her husband and plays with weapons often and it doesn’t occur to them to care what other people think.

 Lindsay Ellis (via somebodysittingthereallthetime)

If you don’t think the Addams Family is the best possible aspiration for family life, I think you may wish to re-evaluate your long-term personal goals.

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Love this poster. Simple, but very, very powerful image.

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expose-cpcs:

Crisis pregnancy centers are sometimes called fake abortion clinics because of their tendency to locate themselves near real clinics and use deceptive names and advertising. Their real goal is to prevent clients from having an abortion, even if this means lying. These myths are perpetuated on CPC websites, advertisements, materials in the center, and in person.

1) Lie: Abortion causes breast cancer

Truth: Every reputable cancer institute and OB/GYN organization has said this is false and based on poor research. [source] [source]

2) Lie: Abortion causes infertility

Truth: While complications with abortion, just as with any other reproductive procedure, can have an effect on future fertility, abortion does not have a unique negative effect on fertility. [source] [source]

3) Lie: Abortion causes mental health problems

Truth: Sometimes referred to by anti-abortion activists as “Post-Abortion Syndrome” or “Post-Abortion Stress Syndrome,” these effects aren’t supported by the American Psychological Association or the American Psychiatric Association. [source] [source] [source]

4) Lie: Abortion is dangerous

Truth: Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures, with a risk of less than 0.05% of major complications that may need hospital care. The risk of death associated with abortion is 1/1,000,000 before 8 weeks and 1/29,000 at 16-20 weeks. [source]

5) Lie: Birth control and condoms don’t work

Truth: The effectiveness of birth control depends on how well it’s used. Condoms have a 98% effectiveness rate when used perfectly, but that goes down to 82% with “typical” use. Long-term methods, such as the IUD and implant, are over 99% effective.

Birth control works best when multiple methods are used together, such as consistently taking the birth control pill and using condoms, or having an IUD and using the pull-out method. [source] [source] [source]

6) Lie: Emergency contraception is abortion

Truth: Emergency contraception, also known as the “morning after pill” or by one brand’s name, Plan B, works primarily to stop the ovary from releasing an egg that can be fertilized by incoming sperm. This prevents a pregnancy from occurring in the first place, and EC will not work if a fertilized egg has already implanted in the uterus. There is no evidence to suggest that EC prevents a fertilized egg from implanting. [source] [source] [source] [source]

7) Lie: The abortion pill doesn’t work on ectopic pregnancies

Truth: This is a half-truth. The medication typically used in medication abortions, mifepristone, has no effect on an ectopic pregnancy. However, methotrexate is also sometimes used in medication abortions, either in pill or injection form, and it can treat an ectopic pregnancy. [source]

8) Lie: Embryos and fetuses can feel pain during an abortion

Truth: The current research finds that fetuses likely cannot perceive pain or distinguish it from touch until the third trimester of pregnancy. Nearly 99% of abortions happen before this point. [source] [source] [source]

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Source: expose-cpcs

Fascinating. I’m pro-choice (and was even when I was a moderately fundie person), but I din’t know about that last fact. Amazed that the perception of pain develops so late. Then again, I suppose it isn’t all that useful in an evolutionary sense in the womb, is it?

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fuckyeahcitizenradio:

““If you’re wrong about a war, or several, it should say that under your name on the news, instead of your new book. Because a lot of people don’t have the time, and they just see a very serious man in a very serious suit saying that we’re in danger.”
Listen to the show.


Basically, this. And since the lamestream media won’t do it, it’s so important to support independent media that picks up the tab and does the REAL journalism that those big papers are too buddy-buddy with corporate shills to do.#citizenradio is a good example, but there are heaps of others (Radio Dispatch, Best of the Left, Progressive Podcast Australia if you’re interested in an Aussie voice, and there are a bunch of others I can’t think of from the top of my head). Listen to, and if you have the money, support these shows. They do a lot of hard work, and I know at least in the case of RD, CR and PPA that no labour’s getting exploited in the process. Citizen Radio even makes a point of it.I can’t do it because I’m broke as fuck, though I can probably manage a one-off donation at some point.

fuckyeahcitizenradio:

If you’re wrong about a war, or several, it should say that under your name on the news, instead of your new book. Because a lot of people don’t have the time, and they just see a very serious man in a very serious suit saying that we’re in danger.

Listen to the show.

Basically, this. And since the lamestream media won’t do it, it’s so important to support independent media that picks up the tab and does the REAL journalism that those big papers are too buddy-buddy with corporate shills to do.

#citizenradio is a good example, but there are heaps of others (Radio Dispatch, Best of the Left, Progressive Podcast Australia if you’re interested in an Aussie voice, and there are a bunch of others I can’t think of from the top of my head). Listen to, and if you have the money, support these shows. They do a lot of hard work, and I know at least in the case of RD, CR and PPA that no labour’s getting exploited in the process. Citizen Radio even makes a point of it.

I can’t do it because I’m broke as fuck, though I can probably manage a one-off donation at some point.

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anticapitalist:

I still can’t get over that person who said “I’m a proud Jew and Zionist and I support peace”

Oh shut the fuck up you mayonnaise gargling piece of shit. 

Being a Jew? Fine. People are people, you have your views, whatever.

It’s Zionists that shit me. Seriously folks, Israel is a shitty state. I may think states as a whole are a bad idea, but even if you’re a statist… Fuck man. Israel’s douchey. As bad as what SA was back in the apartheid days.

I’m not anti-Semitic, but I’m anti-Zionist and strongly oppose the actions of the state of Israel. That isn’t to say I support the actions if the countries around them either - they’ve been dicks as well, but in general, Israel started most of the shit.

TLDR - against antisemitism, but antizionist, and anti inhuman fucked up shit.

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wickedclothes:

Adjustable Planet Jupiter Ring

Inside of this glass dome lies a photo of the planet Jupiter. Jupiter is known as the thinking-person’s planet, and the guardian of the abstract mind. Available in brass and silver-plated finishes. Sold on Etsy.

As a bit of a space nut… I love this.

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