September 18, 2014
Equality

saiyajinlegacy:

I call myself an egalitarian, and I do genuinely believe in equality for both genders.

But I have been incredibly one-sided in what I’ve been blogging. I always felt “well women have far more people looking out for them than men, so I should focus on male issues”.

But even…

I say men and women in the chromosomal sense, I never apply gender roles to any of my solutions and I’m firmly against the concept of gender altogether. Transgender issues are tricky for me, because - in order to transition from one gender to another, one must first accept that gender (ie. a socially constructed set of rules by which certain sexes are expected to abide) exists.

I’m more of the opinion that gender should not exist, and therefore whilst no one can “transition” from one identity to the next, neither can they be forced to follow (or shunned for dissociating with) any gender roles that’re applied to them.

A lot of people don’t really understand that, unfortunately. Still, hopefully one day!

But yeah, I know that giving one side more attention isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but there’re two main problems with it:
1. It allows a minority (male rights) to be blotted out by the misandrists. Acknowledging in passing that problems exist won’t help fix them, so more active activism is required. While womens rights aren’t necessarily a minority, there’s a lot of sexism and misogyny within the feminist movement (painting all women as helpless victims, or hopeless at video games (Sarkeesian), etc). I think it’s everyone’s responsibility to prevent these problems from harming others, regardless of gender.
2. For my own sanity it’ll help to be a bit more broad in what I post. When the majority of feminist posts I see are misandrist, over the course of several years… it’s gotten to the point that I actually have to put genuine thought and concentration into not immediately dismissing womens issues. My automatic, gut reaction when I see posts about genuine problems is “it’s probably more propaganda” - because that’s exactly what the majority of what I’ve seen has been.
But I know that isn’t the extent of womens’ problems. For instance, while radical feminists scream about society’s responsibility to teach men not to rape, girls are out there being raped by genuine criminals. 

So I figure if I start exposing myself more to genuine problems, and start to see more genuine issues rather than the mainstream misandry/misogyny, then it’ll do absolute wonders for my mental health, which I have to admit has been on the decline for the past 3 years since my friend unfortunately roped me into getting a tumblr account.

September 18, 2014
Today’s the Day - Scottish Vote for Independence Playlist

September 18, 2014
Anonymous Asks

I often wonder if my popularity would increase any if I enabled anonymous asks.

September 17, 2014
Gamer Demographics

Christina Hoff Sommers twitter feed:
2000 Freshman data: 35.4% of boys played 3 or >hours per week (9.6% of girls): 2.7% of boys played more than 20 hours per wk (0.4% of girls).

2013 Freshman data: 43.8% of boys played three or >hours per wk (10% of girls) 4.0% of boys played >than 20 hours per week (0.6% of girls).

For anyone saying “half of gamers are female these days”, well… sorry, you’re wrong on that count. The vast majority of game playing time is still spent by males.

Not that it should even matter. Games shouldn’t be made to appeal to everyone at once. You wouldn’t tell Michael Bay to make his movies appeal to pacifists. You’d not force Jasper Johns to make his artwork appeal to anime fans. You wouldn’t make J.K. Rowling have her books appeal to slash shippers. Art is a craft that is defined by its creator, and cannot by its very nature appeal to everyone.

Forcing an artist to do so is not only censorship, nor is it merely destroying the industry (although, it is doing both of those), but at its very core it’s immoral and quite honestly an affront to human rights.

September 17, 2014
flame-cat:

sporadic-tiger:

SIMBAREMEMBERWHO YOU AREYOU ARE MY SONAND THE ONE TRUE HOUSECAT


Time to grt off tumblr

pixie-blogs

flame-cat:

sporadic-tiger:

SIMBA
REMEMBER
WHO YOU ARE
YOU ARE MY SON
AND THE ONE TRUE HOUSECAT

Time to grt off tumblr

pixie-blogs

(Source: pleatedjeans, via arbeekeypok)

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September 17, 2014
Equality

saiyajinlegacy:

I call myself an egalitarian, and I do genuinely believe in equality for both genders.

But I have been incredibly one-sided in what I’ve been blogging. I always felt “well women have far more people looking out for them than men, so I should focus on male issues”.

But even…

Make anymore Dune references and I might be tempted to change my url to Muad’Dib.

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September 17, 2014
Equality

I call myself an egalitarian, and I do genuinely believe in equality for both genders.

But I have been incredibly one-sided in what I’ve been blogging. I always felt “well women have far more people looking out for them than men, so I should focus on male issues”.

But even if that’s true, I can’t really call myself an egalitarian and only post about female issues once in a blue moon. It makes me no better than the “decent” feminists that I disagree with for sticking to only female issues and ignoring males (well maybe a little better since women’s issues aren’t universally disregarded).

Women certainly don’t need my support. However, if nothing else it might help my state of mind to cover both sides.

So if any of my followers find any decent female issues, feel free to reblog them for me or tag me or whatever. It’s fine if you don’t, I’ll keep an eye out myself regardless.

But yeah. Just a little update post. I don’t think I’ve ever made one of those before. Well I probably have, but I definitely don’t recall.

September 16, 2014

This is so fucking incorrect I can’t even begin to tackle it.
But I’m gonna try anyway.

1. Children rebel because their brains aren’t fully developed (specifically, the prefontal cortex). The PFC is where the majority of social interaction regulation and social norm compliance takes place. Children rebel, not because they’re “not predisposed to being controlled”, but because they literally cannot grasp the concept of following orders. Also, they don’t “automatically rebel”, some rebel, some don’t. They do it because they simply do (or don’t) want to do as they’re told. There’s no natural compulsion to rebel.
Humans are naturally inclined to follow orders from figures seen as authorities, because leaders influence large groups of people and sticking out from that group can be detrimental to survival. Humans do their best to fit in with those around them. What was once evolutionarily necessary has become our greatest weakness post-enlightenment.

2. The anxiety one is, to the best of my knowledge and experience, correct.

3. Tickling isn’t a function of the body at all. As in, it never “evolved” for a specific purpose. It’s nothing more than stimulating our touch receptors in the gentlest way possible so as to allow them to feel the least amount of pressure. That small pressure provides a tickling sensation. Now, you might argue that ticking someone allows us to bond with them as it’s often seen as a display of intimacy, but it is not an evolved trait. Everyone reacts differently to tickling, too. Some may bond through it, others may detest you for it. And the bonds you already have with people can influence that, too.

4. This is the part that made me cringe like fuck. The “brain cells that keep us awake” are actually orexin-producing neurons. Specifically, a very minute number of cells in the hypothalamus (only around 10-20k, where the brain itself is estimated to contain 100bn neurons).
Brain cells don’t regenerate. Well, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. They do regenerate… but no where near as quickly as that. The brain is one of the slowest organs known to science to regenerate after injury (or apoptosis, which is rare). In most cases, functions damaged through injury are taken over slowly by other areas of the brain rather than the tissue itself being repaired (I recommend reading up on Phineas Gage’s story for insight into that). 
The idea that our brain could casually shave off cells whenever you start to get tired is not only preposterous, but an absolute insult to people with cataplexy-induced narcolepsy who for all intents and purposes lack the orexin-producing cells that most people take for granted.

5. This isn’t necessarily psychological, or really all that noteworthy. We’re drawn to people we notice that aren’t sick (we don’t “sense” their immune systems or anything, it’s pure observation). It’s a natural phenomenon. We want fit associates for hunting and mating. That’s all. In recent years the psychologically interesting part is when people are drawn to sick (mentally or physically) individuals with a strong desire to cure them (especially noteworthy in women who go after “bad boys”).

6. This is the definition of a word, not a psychological fact.

7. This is true, mostly through the lack of social interaction and general self-consciousness.

8. Also true, surprisingly. Although it usually varies from individual to individual, in general a person is more likely to work harder towards a reward than to avoid a punishment.

8. IQ tests are broken pieces of shit and it still baffles me how much stock people actually put in them. It barely even measures your “general intelligence”, either. 

(Source: psych2go, via sasukes-mistress)

September 15, 2014
yesscotland:

Imagine a country where our national leaders don’t make ‘emergency’ visits – imagine one where they’re here all the time
#VoteYes #indyref http://ift.tt/XokaX9

The leaders of the British government are in Britain.The leaders of the Scottish government are in Scotland.If you wanna be more specific, the leaders of the EU government are in the EU, and the leaders of Glasgow City Council are in Glasgow.What’s your point here?

yesscotland:

Imagine a country where our national leaders don’t make ‘emergency’ visits – imagine one where they’re here all the time

#VoteYes #indyref http://ift.tt/XokaX9

The leaders of the British government are in Britain.
The leaders of the Scottish government are in Scotland.

If you wanna be more specific, the leaders of the EU government are in the EU, and the leaders of Glasgow City Council are in Glasgow.

What’s your point here?

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September 15, 2014
I just realised something about the Mass Effect ending...   

du-hjarta-skulblaka:

saiyajinlegacy:

It’s the perfect analogue for race and religious wars in our history (or even today).

There’re three real choices to end those kind of wars:
Destroy - Completely eradicate everyone different than you and have one unified race/religion (ISIS, Nazis, etc).
Control - Forcefully convert everyone…

It is an interesting concept but I also find it incredably disturbing because it implies synthesis is the only "right" path, and I just can’t accept that. The entire concept of synthesis genuinly scares me. Forcibly changing and mutating every single life form in the entire galaxy against their will, to some ideal held only by you? To borrow your analogy, it sounds very similar to your description of Control. 

It’s not about create perfect Utopia. It’s a cult of personality.

In my opinion it is the only right ending. XD
Physically improve people, where the only other options are control of one faction’s free will or multiple mass genocides and technological fallout for the remainder.

Control affects less people in ME’s case, but it’s still a dodgy concept.

Synthesis might merge people, but it doesn’t weaken them like Destroy does (in fact it strengthens them) and ultimately it doesn’t affect their free will or their psychology in any way.

It’s basically turning everyone superhuman without their consent. But you’d be hard pressed to find people that would say no to that, aside from anti-synthetics.

That’s where it differs from control. You aren’t controlling anyone, mentally or physically, against their will. You’re improving their physiology. But that’s it. It is still without their consent, but every option is without consent. This is just the one that affects people most positively.

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