So today I kept getting these weird calls from some Seattle-based phone number I’d never encountered before. I tried calling them back but nobody ever answered, so I figured it was someone dialing the wrong number.
Turns out it was someone from the committee doing this fashion show for my school. I auditioned last night and figured I wouldn’t get a callback, but I guess they liked me enough to say yes. I’m kinda excited about it.
It makes the thought of this weekend easier to bear.
I don’t know if rape jokes encourage rape culture. I don’t care. You still shouldn’t tell them.
Statistically, if you have told a rape joke to a group of more than five people, one of the people you told it to was a rape survivor, possibly of multiple rapes. They will not necessarily disclose this to you; rape apologism is endemic in society and most rape survivors are cautious about whom they tell. Some may even be too ashamed of their rape to admit it to anyone, or because of rape-minimizing narratives like “men can’t be raped” and “I consented to oral, so I couldn’t have been raped” may not admit it even to themselves. The fact remains: if you’ve told dozens of rape jokes in your life, then you have almost certainly told a joke that minimizes or trivializes rape in front of a survivor.
And if you put as your Facebook status “I totally raped at Halo today” for your two hundred Facebook friends to see, statistically, you have just reminded thirty-three people of one of the worst experiences of their entire lives.
So there’s this guy in town that I met last year. I thought he was cute, so I asked for his number. We hung out a couple times, and then from conversation, I deduced that he was straight, so we sorta drifted apart. He left for boot camp or something and I left for home in the summer.
Fast forward to now. He’s back, and his facebook profile says he’s bisexual now.
Me, being a horrible, weak human being, became interested again.
So I tried to talk to him. So far, it’s been working alright I suppose. I tried it again yesterday. Found out he’s going out of town this weekend.
What for? To shoot 1 to 3 videos for Corbin Fisher.
Yes. You read that right. He’s going into gay porn. But hopes to do more straight stuff or something? (Like he thinks he can make money off that? Pffft. Everyone knows guys make nothing in straight porn.)
I can’t decide how I feel about it. Our conversation was really confusing for me.
I’ve decided I’m just gonna try to ask him out and see where things go. Wish me luck?
Michael J Basset: “Hi there…. well some of you were of little faith but finally we’ve got a release date for SH2 and it’s a great one. Opening across the country on Halloween 2012. October 26th, to be precise. It was a tough one to nail down…
By most people’s standards, Sweden is a paradise for liberated women. It has the highest proportion of working women in the world, and women earn about two-thirds of all degrees. Standard parental leave runs at 480 days, and 60 of those days are reserved exclusively for dads, causing some to credit the country with forging the way for a new kind of nurturing masculinity. In 2010, the World Economic Forum designated Sweden as the most gender-equal country in the world.
But for many Swedes, gender equality is not enough. Many are pushing for the Nordic nation to be not simply gender-equal but gender-neutral. The idea is that the government and society should tolerate no distinctions at all between the sexes. This means on the narrow level that society should show sensitivity to people who don’t identify themselves as either male or female, including allowing any type of couple to marry. But that’s the least radical part of the project. What many gender-neutral activists are after is a society that entirely erases traditional gender roles and stereotypes at even the most mundane levels.
Activists are lobbying for parents to be able to choose any name for their children (there are currently just 170 legally recognized unisex names in Sweden). The idea is that names should not be at all tied to gender, so it would be acceptable for parents to, say, name a girl Jack or a boy Lisa. A Swedish children’s clothes company has removed the “boys” and “girls” sections in its stores, and the idea of dressing children in a gender-neutral manner has been widely discussed on parenting blogs. This Swedish toy catalog recently decided to switch things around, showing a boy in a Spider-Man costume pushing a pink pram, while a girl in denim rides a yellow tractor.
I’m trying to see if I can drop Advanced Multi-Camera Production in favor of Documentary Production, but the class doesn’t seem to exist (not that I can really check), so I’m gonna have to talk to the head of my major department (who’s also my multi-cam teacher. #FUCK) about it because I really want to take that class.
Since I was looking at the papers where I listed my course plan for the next school year, I realized there was a potential problem with my plans on minoring in Japanese:
In order to do the minor and graduate on time, I’d have to take 3 Japanese classes in the fall. The problem is that the dept. head I talked to about that said I had to take one of those three classes (a basic 2nd-year Japanese course) in the fall and then apply afterward in order to be accepted. I’m afraid I won’t be able to take the other two courses concurrently. If I can’t, I’ll be here longer than I planned to.
So I tried looking into going with a creative writing minor. That’s another mess altogether that might be even bigger.
I don’t know if I can afford to stay longer than this next year in college, so I’m not sure what I’ll be able to do. I may have to give up on Japanese or creative writing and just minor in fucking FVS Critical Studies (since I’ve practically fulfilled those requirements already), but I really don’t want to do that.