August 10th, 2014

red panda eating bamboo

Lazy Sunday linkspam

Design yourself a 3-D printable kawaii neotenous puppy at PupWorkshop.com (clickable image)



"Dandyism was initially imposed on black men in eighteenth-century England, as the Atlantic slave trade and an emerging culture of conspicuous consumption generated a vogue in dandified black servants."
http://chronicle.com/article/Black-Dandies-Fashion-New/135954/
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00428MFUE

Arthur Chu, the hated Jeopardy champion, talks about being asked to do Chinese accents as a voice actor. I am getting something of a brain-crush on him.
http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/07/31/336380977/breaking-out-the-broken-english

Here's an article about the all-white-people Hollywood team behind the new James Brown movie. Via Nisi Shawl, who says "No, I am not advocating 'reverse racism.' I am advocating for inclusion and responsible representation."
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gregory-allen-howard/whitewashing-of-james-brown_b_5638130.html

Charles "Lil Buck" Riley is the choreographer of Janelle Monae's "Tightrope." He also performs in the video, but on this video he dances solo to the song.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LY2tjBFK20c
If you like that, you can then watch him dance "The Dying Swan."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZumgHLSW10

A young girl and a US Senator commit plagiarism. "When we fail to teach children about professional and personal ethics, when we don’t teach them how to make amends or learn from their mistakes, we tacitly approve their dishonest behavior and encourage them to replicate it on an as-needed basis throughout their lives. What begins as a mistake, a misleading quote given under the pressure of a first experience in the limelight, can become a desperate attempt to hold on to a career, a spouse, or a reputation."
http://m.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/07/plagiarism/374999/

Non-gender-binary folks and our problems with finding clothing that fits and getting salespeople to sell us the clothing.
http://www.timescolonist.com/life/bad-service-bad-fits-dressing-off-gender-binary-can-be-challenge-for-non-conformers-1.1264241

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red panda eating bamboo

A slice of firecat's idea-surfing (emotional policing, positivity, authenticity)

This post is about emotional policing in Buddhist communities, and it also makes reference to the tone argument, because of course emotional policing occurs in a lot of communities that aren't Buddhist communities too. It applies psychology theory to get at what's behind emotional policing (it's a tool of various kinds of defense mechanisms) and also discusses some of the socio-cultural aspects of tone-policing ("privilege and entitlement"..."overvaluation of positivity"...power dynamics).

Before I start quoting I want to say that I found a lot of useful stuff in this article that helps me define my own choices about speech, but I am by no means intending to "point it at" anyone.

http://enlightenmentward.wordpress.com/2013/02/28/emotional-policing/
Emotional policing as is meant here, is usually done by strangers in a drive-by fashion on the Internet and occasionally even in person in a social setting. They’ve generally never interacted with the person on the blog, twitter or whatever, never tried to have a conversation with them nor are they likely very familiar with the body of work the writer has put out. ...“Buddhists are supposed to be compassionate." “If you can’t control your words better then you’re a Bad Buddhist.”...“I thought Buddhists were supposed to be serene.”
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The more people escape into “positivity” the more suffering is borne by those who cannot access that escape mechanism.
The post also goes into "How to stop emotionally policing people" and "How [to] deal with being emotionally policed (this all depends upon the circumstances)".</blockquote>

Finally the post links to a post by Terre Thaemlitz — http://www.comatonse.com/writings/2013_we_are_not_welcome_here.html — which includes this quote that made me stop and go WOW. I need to look for some more stuff this person has written.
I have spent the bulk of my adult life attempting to debunk notions of talent and creativity, particularly in relation to concepts of authenticity and innate attributes. I embrace fakery and hypocrisy as means of actively deprogramming my own relationships to essentialist and individualist identity constructs. As someone fitting into an MTF category, whereby I am instantly expected to be campy, upbeat and entertaining, I have gone to great lengths in my own performances to present an alternative transgendered stage that forgoes both glamour and trash in favor of critical minded boredom and uneventfulness.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terre_Thaemlitz

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