1. OH GOD PROUD MODE WHY I NEEDED MY THUMBS. Seriously, ow. I don't think there's anything but bragging rights beating it this way, unlike some of the earlier games, so just spare your fingers, f'list.

2. For a game with so little plot and simplistic characterization, I have absolutely no clue exactly what's going on. Day 276, IIRC? (I don't want to go googling for fear of spoilers or turn the DS back on right now, but it's just past the battle with the thumb-killing tentacle things.)

3. I kind of want to know what the creators think sea salt ice cream tastes like. Or just to have a big box of salt-water taffy, either works.

In completely unrelated news, buying a wedding dress entirely via email is possibly the least stressful clothing-shopping experience I've ever had. (So far, so good. I haven't actually committed to spending money yet as dear god that's a lot of money for an outfit I'll wear once. But I'll probably do so in the next day or so; I just want to grab the ear of a friend who actually has girl skills, and whom I'm having dinner with tomorrow. Besides, I'd sortakinda promised to take her along shopping for moral support, but I think eating Thai food instead of watching me freak the fuck out in front of a mirror is an acceptable substitute.)
I will occasionally get grouchy/snippy about the fact that I could not be a girly girl if I tried -- it's residual guilt mostly from my mother trying to get me excited about things like plucking eyebrows when all I wanted to do was follow my dad around and learn to program.

99% of the time, I'm pretty solid in who I am, as a cisgendered woman who just doesn't do girly. Who comes out male on just about every one of those pop-culture gender-brain classification tests. Being in slash fandom is about the only stereotypically female thing I do, really.

And then I end up having to RP it and I flip a little because it's one thing to not do it, it's another to sometimes feel like I'm going more against the grain playing a woman picking out nailpolish than as, say, a guy readjusting his boxers in a semi-public setting. (Which, yes, I've written.)

That said, if other people doing it gets on my nerves, it's entirely my own little pack of issues. I'd never ask people not to talk about it. (And I do apologize for the fact that I'm sure I've been touchy in multiple RP chats, before realizing I should take a deep breath and not be a brat. It's not an excuse, though I will say that RP's one of the few places I see it come up. For some reason, my RL friends, when in a majority-female space tend to end up more on the TMI side of "girl talk" discussing IUDs or sex toys rather than makeup.)

And danke to [livejournal.com profile] lady_angelina and [livejournal.com profile] oxymoronic3 for helping me reboot my brain and research unfortunate fashion trends rather than just staring at my screen and going bwuh?
valentinite: Cleo from Catillac Cats looking bitchy (Cleo says "bitch please")
( Jun. 21st, 2009 09:56 pm)
...why am I having more trouble researching fashion than ridiculous amounts of science or illegal drugs or whatever it is this week.

...and why do I still beat myself up over it. Sigh.
valentinite: Ray from Delta and the Bannermen (kick ass take names)
( Sep. 12th, 2008 02:58 pm)
Also, as apparently once I've started posting I can't stop, memo to fandom:

Please, please, please stop using the terms "boyfandom" and "girlfandom". I know, I can't stop you, and the stereotypes have some basis in fact, but all they make me want to do is throw something through my computer screen.

Arbitrary gender dichotomies are bad, kids. You're so good at seeing sexism and trying to fix it (at least the bits of fandom I associate with), so why do you do this? There's so many things wrong with it I don't know where to begin.

1. There are more than two types of fandom.
2. Gender isn't binary either.
3. "boy" and "girl" are belittling anyways, though in an equal-opportunity way.
4. Even when accurate, there are other terms.
5. In a sexist society, pointing out that "so-and-so has offended girlfandom" means they will Write You Off because you're a girl and you don't matter and you don't fit their demographic anyways.

Yeah, I know, cry more. It's my LJ, I'll whine if I want to.
Completely unrelated, Slate (which I don't generally read, but thought this was worth linking) has a nice round-up of why almost every piece of pop-culture fluff on "why men and women are different" is complete rubbish.


It's mostly based on some statistical meta-analysis, and you have to dive into some of the links to see the real data, but it's all pretty well explained. (Well, I've taken classes in experimental design and meta-analysis, but I think everything linked is lay-accessible if one is willing to read carefully.)

(The reason for my subject line is simple; for 9 years, I attended one of the schools that Carol Gilligan studied for her big work on "why girls learn differently". If I'd started at that school a year earlier, I'd have been in her data set, mucking with her experimental findings. Alas, I was not.)


valentinite: riffraff from the Catillac Cats cartoon (Default)


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