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Posts Tagged ‘masculinities’

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 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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Yes, I Drink Girl Drinks – So What?

Posted by Curt on Monday, 31 May 2010

I’m not much of a drinker.  I don’t like any beer.  I’m not too fond of ales.  I can do wine, but I have absolutely no taste, which is probably why I tend to prefer blushes.  I can’t stand vodka, tequila, gin, rum, or any of that by itself, unless it’s just as a shot (but then my throat will close up like you wouldn’t believe if I try to drink more than two or so).  It’s the same way with hard liquor – I can only stand this stuff if it’s mixed, otherwise it all tastes like gasoline to me.  I have a difficult time consuming large quantities of any alcohol in a single night, making me more of a casual or social drinker.  The only exception is if I’m already drunk, where at that point I have no problem drinking all I want and just about any drink tastes good to me (except butterscotch, that shit makes me throw up, drunk or sober).  But at 22, I can still count the number of times I’ve been noticeably drunk, though I’ve been buzzed countless times, so it isn’t like I don’t ever drink or go out.  Just about the only way I can enjoy drinking is if I get something so mixed that you can barely taste the alcohol.  It just so happens that a lot of those drinks are considered “girl drinks”. Read the rest of this entry »

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