50 Shades of Week: Jan. 22-28, 2017

‘Inertia is a more powerful source of motivation than any particular emotion.’

  1. ‘It’s eight in the morning for me.’
  2. ‘Please, Christian,’ I whisper.
  3. It’s such a weird feeling and not entirely unpleasant.
  4. ‘There’s no point in me staying.’
  5. Mourning something that never was — my dashed hopes, my dashed dreams, and my soured expectations.
  6. I ask to distract us both.
  7. ‘Mr. Grey,’ I whisper, because that’s all I can manage.

‘So why can you be transgender but not transracial?’

‘Race’ isn’t real in the sense that we use it. ‘Mongoloid’, ‘Negroid’, ‘Caucasoid’ are fictions of racism that don’t align with any evidence-based reality.

Sub-Saharan African populations are more genetically diverse than the rest of the planet combined; Aboriginal Australians are separated from by 60,000 years of descent, and Tamils and Melanesians all dark-skinned therefore would be identified as ‘black’ if living a society built on racism.

Racism isn’t grounded in reality, but it creates a reality people live in.

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50 Shades of Week: Jan. 15-21, 2017

‘Nostalgia is the memory of a place you’ve never before been—except maybe snuggled into your mother’s warm skin, fresh-fed full, sleepily safe more than happy.’

  1. 12 The Submissive will make herself available to the Dominant from Friday evenings to Sunday afternoons each week during the Term at times to be specified by the Dominant (‘the Allotted Times’).
  2. ‘I’m profoundly grateful and touched by the great compliment accorded to me by the authorities of WSU today.’
  3. ‘Got your attention now, haven’t I?’
  4. I flush at the memory.
  5. ‘My mom is wonderful.’
  6. ‘You like him!’
  7. Christian opens the passenger-side door to the black Audi SUV, and I clamber in.

In a good story, the opposing tension supports the weight

The other day I watched the Black Mirror episode ‘The Entire History of You‘, and it was wonderful and terrifying and a really good work of science fiction.

Most of all, it was a really good work of fiction, period, because it successfully gave you two competing claims for a moral then forced you to decide which was right.

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50 Shades of Week: Jan. 8-14, 2017

‘The internal creation of meaning allows its discovery even in places that don’t seem initially to warrant it.’

  1. ‘Anastasia,’ he warns, and I want to roll my eyes but quickly stop myself.
  2. ‘The NDA has been e-mailed to you, Mr. Grey.’
  3. ‘Come.’
  4. ‘The NDA, does it cover everything?’ I ask tentatively.
  5. The day drags at Clayton’s even though we’re busy.
  6. I scowl at her but can’t keep a straight face.
  7. ‘I have one condition.’

No one cares how beautiful you think someone else is—especially them

“When I was a young man, Carrie Fisher was the most beautiful creature I had ever seen. She turned out to be witty and bright as well.”
Steve Martin

HUMAN 1:
Can you BELIEVE how utterly SEXIST Steve Martin is?

In the year of our lord 2016 I can’t believe women are still so OBJECTIFIED

It’s getting to the point where even the most innocuous thing is setting people off because the in thing to do is get offended and cry foul.

When men die, their attractiveness as youths is rarely if ever included in a retroactive assessment of their life.

That’s why it’s sexist. Steve Martin felt the need to mention his approval of her figure and how much he wanted to bang her 40 years ago as a precedent to a more substantive compliment.

Being outraged about that is not useful or productive except selfishly to feel like you’re maintaining purity. Sure.

And yet that’s an entirely separate issue from pointing out what’s ‘problematic’ about that tweet.

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‘Bone Tomahawk’ is a Western without the formula

The other day, I re-watched Bone Tomahawk for I think the fourth time, and that one just as good as the first if not better. The same weekend I saw the original Django starring Franco Nero, and it impressed me in a similar way despite them not having anything in common beyond being Westerns and noticeably gory.

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