Quickies

Quickies: MRAs, Typewriter Noises, and Donating to Charity in the Name of Non-consent

  • Open letter to the gaming community – A concise letter, the gist of which is “if you see something, say something.” From mrmisconception.
  • Grover Norquist Goes to Burning Man – “Norquist has been at Burning Man for less than a day, but he’s already learning lots of new things — including the word taint, which, after a moment of confusion, he asks me to define.” Did any of you go to Burning Man and see him there? Or more importantly, did you get a taint wash?
  • For Men’s Rights Groups, Feminism Has Come At The Expense Of Men – “This summer, a few hundred men and a handful of women gathered in a VFW hall near Detroit to attend what organizers billed as the first International Conference on Men’s Issues.” Did you hear that they actually got the world’s tiniest violin to play there?
  • In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment for a Novelist – “An eighth-grade teacher who writes fiction under a nom de plume is ordered to undergo an “emergency medical evaluation” for his novel about a school shooting.” From Sarah.
  • The London Times Is Blasting Reporters With Typewriter Sound Effects – “Reporters in The Times UK’s newsroom are working under a constant soundtrack of (artificial) typewriter clatter. It’s an experiment to “increase energy levels,” and for a generation of reporters who grew up on word processors, it’s probably torture.” I think it sounds cool actually. I like noise when I’m at work.
  • Donating to charity is not a joke — especially not in the name of slut shaming – “Redditors donated thousands to cancer research in Jennifer Lawrence’s name. Too bad she had to be violated first.” Seriously, dudes? So, it’s OK to violate a woman’s consent, as long as you feel “bad” about it and donate to a charity (that relates to your penis).
  • How Do They Make Decaf Coffee? – I don’t know about you all, but I just can’t drink decaf. It tastes weird. (Still, the manufacturing process is cool.)

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Mary Brock works as an Immunology scientist by day and takes care of a pink-loving princess child by night. She likes cloudy days, crafting, cooking, and Fall weather in New England.

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