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I've been toying with the idea of livejournaling again. It's one of those things that fell by the wayside over the last few years, that in a way I miss.

Anyways, since writing about writing about my life in a public forum, I feel that I should in fact write something about my life.

In the past few months I have:
- Graduated
- Tried to decide where to apply to grad school, unsucessfully
- Tried to decide what to apply to grad school for, marginally more successfully
- Knit a sweater
- Been unemployed
- Finally forced into working for my dad for minimum wage while I wait for my dream job to waltz along
- Submitted a few freelance stories and articles to various magazines. So far, nothing, but I'm being cautiously optimistic
- Rearranged my bookshelves using the Library of Congress classification system. I could wax poetically about its superiority to the Dewey Decimal System, but then you'll just point out that yes, I should just get my mls instead of a phd, and then I'll become all indecisive again.
- Changed my lj layout to have a snowman. I like it quite a bit. Is it winter yet? I've missed New England winters. Indiana was decidedly disappointing in that regard. In other ways though, I miss it. The proliferation of Taco Bells, the incredibleness of Meijer, the McFadden siblings on WNDU's nightly news, the Backer on a Friday night, walking around the lakes.

youtube debate

I'm registered as an independent, so it's not like I can vote in the primaries anyways, but I was really pleasantly surprised by Senator Biden. Enough so that I visited his website. And I definitely would have liked to hear more from Senator Gravel--he's made so many major contributions over his career, and was put in a position where he was able to make a few blurbs, and a few jokes about how he never got to talk. It would definitely be nice to see a more even distribution of the talking time.


Jul. 9th, 2007

My Harry Potter Spoiler of Doom is:
Sirius Black gets pregnant by Salazar Slytherin in the billiard's room, with the dagger
Get your Harry Potter Spoiler of Doom

The sad thing is, I think I read a fanfiction once where something very similar to that happened...
I know it's been awhile since I've posted, but I felt really driven to by a few comments that have been appearing in magazines lately:

"Q: Do you consider yourself a feminist?  Well, I'd have to get a definition of it, first. I mean, I'm pro-woman, and I feel like I'm in an exceptionally lucky position being in an all-guy group and being able to do music. And clearly, I work with alot of women -- my video directors, my stylists, my management. Working with L.A.M.B. and all the people around me, I definitely have been able to see the power of my position. So I guess I don't want to say I am a feminist because nobody will ever define it for me." ---- Gwen Stefani, Bust Magazine, February 2007

"Q: Do you think of yourself as a feminist?  No. I'm just a strong woman." ---- Fergie, Jane Magazine, January 2007

Are you kidding me???  I just don't get how anyone can say that.  You know, I'm pretty conservative, but I don't hesitate to call myself a feminist.  Maybe there isn't one concrete definition of feminism, but how can you disagree with any of the ones that are out there? 

Feminism is:
"is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression" - bell hooks
"is just women who don't want to be treated like shit" - anonymous, from DIY Feminism
"is hated because women are hated. Anti-feminism is a direct expression of misogyny; it is the political defense of women hating." - Andrea Dworkin
"is the attempt of women to grow up, to accept the responsibilities of life, to outgrow those characteristics of childhood—selfishness and unworldliness—that we require our boys to outgrow, but that we permit and by our social system encourage our girls to retain." - Henrietta Rodman, 1915
"is an entire world view or gestalt, not just a laundry list of women’s issues." - Charlotte Bunch
"is the expectations that parents have for their daughters, and their sons, too. It’s the way we talk about and treat one another. It’s who makes the money and who makes the compromises and who makes the dinner. It’s a state of mind. It’s the way we live now." - Anna Quindlen
"is the radical notion that women are people." - Cheris Kramarae
"directly confronts the idea that one person or set of people [has] the right to impose definitions of reality on others." - Liz Stanley (my favorite definition)
"[is] a socialist, anti-family, political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians." - Pat Robertson (ok, I just stuck that one in to be funny...)
and finally, "You don't have to be anti-man to be pro-woman." - Jane Galvin Lewis

Seriously.  Just because no one can give you a straight definition of feminism, Gwen, doesn't mean you aren't one.  Feminism means different things to different women and men, but at it's core, it means equality for everyone, regardless of sex, gender, orientation, class, race, religion, or anything else that sets one person apart from others.  And Fergie, if you really think it's ok for not only women, but also homosexuals, minorities, and other oppressed groups to continue to be discriminated against, because you yourself are a strong woman, then I hope that people stop buying your albums.  After all, you're a strong woman, so what does it matter if they discriminate against you for your absurd opinions? 

"I ... have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is. I only know that people call me a feminist when I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat, or a prostitute." - Rebecca West

Jan. 19th, 2004

Ok, so for now on, this journal is friends only. If you want the sordid details of why, ask me. Comment here if you want me to add you to my friends list, but I'm warning you, I generally have to know people to add them. Also, from now on you have to be on my aim buddy list to be able to im me, so if you have a new sn, you have to let me know.