Comments for Seriously?!? https://the-orbit.net/seriously/ Going through life with one arched brow Tue, 04 Oct 2016 23:31:25 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.1.6 Comment on It’s Basic Shit Season: Don’t Do This To Your Kids Edition by g2-b837363fe05d124be3384fdddef67d01 https://the-orbit.net/seriously/2016/09/19/basic-shit-season-dont-kids-edition/#comment-881 Sun, 25 Sep 2016 20:07:23 +0000 http://the-orbit.net/seriously/?p=1896#comment-881 In reply to left0ver1under.

Just imagine the uproar if black people wore whiteface and dressed as the five Dallas cops.”

I’m a middle aged white guy, and though I might see it as bad taste, I wouldn’t be bothered. But I also understand that through sheer luck, I was born on top of the mountain looking down, a dominant member of the dominant culture. I am a fair target for humor and ridicule, simply because it hasn’t and can’t hurt me. The asymmetry between my position and the black man’s position matters. Injured people deserve to be treated differently.

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Comment on Frivolous Friday: Post-Pool Therapy by Feminace https://the-orbit.net/seriously/2016/09/16/frivolous-friday-post-pool-therapy/#comment-880 Fri, 23 Sep 2016 01:23:24 +0000 http://the-orbit.net/seriously/?p=1890#comment-880 In reply to left0ver1under.

…That’s a new one for me. One I might give a try once I can buy groceries again.

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Comment on Frivolous Friday: Post-Pool Therapy by left0ver1under https://the-orbit.net/seriously/2016/09/16/frivolous-friday-post-pool-therapy/#comment-879 Thu, 22 Sep 2016 04:43:39 +0000 http://the-orbit.net/seriously/?p=1890#comment-879 If you’re open to suggestions and it’s palatable to you, have you tried unsweetened grapefruit juice after a workout? Normally the sourness would turn my face inside out, but when I’m sweaty, the vitamins and natural sugars hit the spot.

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Comment on It’s Basic Shit Season: Don’t Do This To Your Kids Edition by left0ver1under https://the-orbit.net/seriously/2016/09/19/basic-shit-season-dont-kids-edition/#comment-878 Thu, 22 Sep 2016 04:41:51 +0000 http://the-orbit.net/seriously/?p=1896#comment-878 Just imagine the uproar if black people wore whiteface and dressed as the five Dallas cops. But a blackface insult to BLM is “just having fun”? It’s as tasteless as a person with no tongue.

Too many are using hallowe’en as an excuse to be “edgy”, to do or say what they know they can’t get away with the rest of the year. Naming and shaming (with photos) might be the answer.

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Comment on It’s Basic Shit Season: Don’t Do This To Your Kids Edition by g2-b837363fe05d124be3384fdddef67d01 https://the-orbit.net/seriously/2016/09/19/basic-shit-season-dont-kids-edition/#comment-877 Tue, 20 Sep 2016 04:11:35 +0000 http://the-orbit.net/seriously/?p=1896#comment-877 How about we make Halloween a celebration of the spooky or funny or heroic characters of your own culture’s past? If you’re Indian, you get Cochise, Sitting Bull, Pocahontas, Skin Walkers, etc. If you’re white, Napoleon, Dracula, Hitler, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and the like. I don’t dress up as Tikoloshe, Frederick Douglass or Sojourner Truth. Blackface has a history which leaves it forever unfunny.

Celebrate or laugh at yourself, not others. I’m thinking I could pull off George Custer. A few arrows sticking out of a board strapped to my back under an 1870 cavalry uniform . . . if I had an Indian friend who was local, he’d be welcome to be Sitting Bull.

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Comment on Not Funny. by g2-b837363fe05d124be3384fdddef67d01 https://the-orbit.net/seriously/2016/09/15/not-funny/#comment-875 Sat, 17 Sep 2016 00:11:59 +0000 http://the-orbit.net/seriously/?p=1884#comment-875 In reply to LykeX.

Indeed, an excellent point! A racist or sexist or ethnic joke may be a joke, but it’s also racially, sexually or ethnically offensive.

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Comment on Not Funny. by g2-b837363fe05d124be3384fdddef67d01 https://the-orbit.net/seriously/2016/09/15/not-funny/#comment-874 Fri, 16 Sep 2016 14:26:00 +0000 http://the-orbit.net/seriously/?p=1884#comment-874 For many white people, a white man is not strongly identified with “white men”, while black a man is very nearly equated with “black men”, so the guilt of one taints all. Throw in the misogyny of “our women” and their “virtue”, and yeah, race riots where it doesn’t matter much whether this crime really happened or this black man was involved, because each black man is associated with every real or imaginary crime committed by any black man.

Generally, whites don’t see a white man, we see a man. When whites see a black man, we definitely see a black man. It’s insidious, it’s evil, and it’s me. It takes a conscious act of will every day to address it. It’s hard, necessary work each of us must do.

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Comment on Not Funny. by LykeX https://the-orbit.net/seriously/2016/09/15/not-funny/#comment-873 Fri, 16 Sep 2016 12:23:53 +0000 http://the-orbit.net/seriously/?p=1884#comment-873 A statement is not automatically beyond criticism just because it’s a joke. A person who thinks it should be clearly doesn’t care all that much about freedom of speech.

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Comment on Some Old Lady Fell Over and Everyone’s In A Tizzy…I Think? by freemage https://the-orbit.net/seriously/2016/09/11/old-lady-fell-everyones-tizzy/#comment-872 Wed, 14 Sep 2016 22:56:26 +0000 http://the-orbit.net/seriously/?p=1880#comment-872 McCain got some grief about his age–not initially, but once the campaign got rolling, there were a number of points where it became obvious the grueling endurance test of the campaign was getting to him (he’d get distracted or bumble through interviews and speeches, for instance). But even those were always done with a relatively respectful air–and probably only really got stressed because of his V.P. candidate (since, of course, “President Palin” became more of a possibility than she would’ve been if McCain was young and fit).

So, yes, it happened, but nowhere near as much, as early, as unsupported or as nasty as what’s getting hurled at Clinton. You know, par for the course.

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Comment on Some Old Lady Fell Over and Everyone’s In A Tizzy…I Think? by michaelbusch https://the-orbit.net/seriously/2016/09/11/old-lady-fell-everyones-tizzy/#comment-871 Mon, 12 Sep 2016 21:42:27 +0000 http://the-orbit.net/seriously/?p=1880#comment-871

Hillary’s age keeps getting brought up (did McCain get this much shit over his age when he ran?)

Trump is 70, two years older than Clinton is. And yet there is little coverage of the current election that focuses on Trump’s age. The gendered asymmetry is striking.

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