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Is Cryonics a “Man Thing”?

Posted by Curt on Monday, 12 July 2010

I was originally going to write this post about something else, but I saw this article written by Amanda Marcotte, who founded and writes at Pandagon, and it was one of the most ridiculous things I’ve read in awhile.  I had to respond.

Through the way she characterizes cryonics, I have to wonder if Amanda’s ever passed middle school science:

“According to Howley, male cryonics enthusiasts outnumber female ones 3 to 1. I suppose this shouldn’t be surprising. Men have the option, especially in our society, to be way more out of touch with their biological realities than women do, and this can make it that much easier to create elaborate fantasies about how the constraints of biology, including decay and death, don’t apply to you. … You’d think [a cryonics advocate would] learn a little more through osmosis about how death and decay are a process and have nothing to do with the cryonic image of death as being not so different than simply putting your computer on ‘hibernate.’” Read the rest of this entry »

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The Dilemma of Last Names

Posted by Curt on Wednesday, 16 June 2010

It may seem like one of the more mundane issues, but both surprisingly and not surprisingly, it’s one issue many feminists feel quite adamant about.  Even Finally Feminism 101 refers to it as one of the ways in which women are oppressed.  On the one hand, our last name doesn’t change a thing – it generally won’t provide someone a job opportunity, it won’t change their education and other qualifications, and it won’t change them as a person.  Our last name could be whatever we want it to be (other than something obviously offensive like a bad word) and our lives will generally be more or less the same, now and in the future.

But that’s not the point.  The symbol of a wife changing her last name to her husband’s is the point and it’s that symbolization which is representative of a larger issue.  Think about it for a second: What does women changing her last name to her husband’s, but never the other way around, suggest?  What does a patrilineal system suggest, where the children of the couple take on their father’s last name?  It is very implicit of the idea of the male as the head of the household – the family.  And on this point, feminists are entirely correct. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Connotations Behind the Words “Boy” and “Girl”

Posted by Curt on Friday, 11 June 2010

Isn’t it interesting how, at least in American colloquial, we often refers to younger females as “girls”, from as young as two years old to as old as their 20s, perhaps longer depending on the context, and it generally isn’t perceived as insulting?  Yet to call a male a “boy” beginning around their preteens, it most certainly is regarded as insulting?  Boy and girl may be antonyms, but the connotations they give almost make it appear as if they’re totally different.

Generally, the word you’d use to refer to males goes from “boy” to “guy” to “man”, boy being the most immature, man being the most mature.  For females, it’s simply from “girl” to “woman”.  I suppose you could include “gal” in there – the female equivalent of “guy” – but it’s generally not used and regarded more or less the same as “girl” is.  Point is, an extra term is thrown in there to refer to a male’s maturity.  Why would that be? Read the rest of this entry »

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