Not an education gap, but an empathy gap

I don’t think anyone will be surprised to hear that I’m a liberal commie pinko and so are a good number of my friends. (Heck, some of you are to the left of me!) So I hear a lot of the rhetoric from various parts of lefty America.

One thing I hear a lot (and have even said myself) is something along the lines of “if these red state folks just got a good education, they would…” vote Democratic or vote for whatever policy we support.

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Your fave is problematic

(CW: Some vague mentions of bad things happening to kids and homophobia)

I don’t know how common the title of this post is outside of fandom, but I think it should be fairly clear to the average reader: Your favorite [whatever] has problems. This phrase gets tossed around a lot by fans, certainly, especially any time someone likes someone who’s ever done anything wrong. Maybe it’s the musician who’s kind of a jerk to their fans or the actor who’s great as long as you don’t get them started on religion.

And here’s the thing…everyone’s fave is problematic. (Unless your fave is Fred Rogers, in which case I’m pretty sure you’re in the clear.) Every public figure, whether they’re an artist, author, politician, musician, composer, actor, or something else, has said or done something at some point to piss people off. (Yes, even Lin-Manuel Miranda. Honest. And he’s my fave in a big way.)

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The problem with gods

If you know me, you probably figure that title means I’m about to rant about being an atheist again and, well, that would be a good guess. But this time I’m thinking about gods in fiction and why I think their fictional existence is problematic.

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Pain and the lack of treatment thereof

I’ve had an epic rant on this topic brewing for years, but the CDC’s latest recommendations on the prescribing of opioid painkillers has finally given me the reason I needed to write the darn thing down.

See, here’s the thing: I think this country’s understanding of pain and approach to pain management is a clusterfuck of the highest order. And that’s me putting it nicely.

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Sexual harassment for all

It used to be that when people talked about being sexually harassed, whether it was street harassment or something like fondling or rape, I would keep quiet. Not in the sense of condoning what happened, but in the sense of “well, it’s never happened to me, so I have nothing to contribute.”

Then one day someone mentioned a guy following them around and staring at them and I thought “Oh…wait, that kinda sounds like something that happened to me back in college.” Continue reading

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Unintelligent design of the human body

I’ve long thought that the defeat of intelligent design theory lay not in complicated scientific proofs, but simply in forcing people to actually look at the design that their creator supposedly gave us.

A quick look at the human body shows not a miracle, but rather a kludgey system that barely keeps running at the best of times and breaks down spectacularly at the worst of times. Continue reading

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Vaccine refusers make me scream

Wow. I just watched about half of a video on youtube that was pretty much the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen. I’d love to do a thorough fisking, but I’m too busy dealing with the FLAMES ON THE SIDE OF MY FACE.

To give you an idea, the video is titled “Vaccines: Medical Rape or Personal Choice.”

Yeah. ::facepalm:: Y’all can pretty much see this trainwreck coming a mile away, can’t you?

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