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Happy World Mental Health Day! October 10, 2008

Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
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The restaurant business demonstrates that traditional gender roles are alive and well – and we’re not talking about the chefs here, but the customers.

Veterans open up with each other. “Some gave me tips to pass on to the civilian world: Don’t ask The Question (Did you kill anybody?). “Support the Troops” magnets mean nothing to them. And military culture is not big on touching: the main things civilians want to do to soldiers — hug them and get them drunk — are generally not welcome.”

Fannish types: analytical versus emotional. The next time someone says “Why do you put so much energy into analyzing [insert fandom here]? Why can’t you just enjoy it?”, I’m forwarding them to this.

Why pro-life + anti-contraception Just Doesn’t Work, especially when dealing with poor women in Africa. WTF, Administration.

Slacktivist writes about the willfully ignorant, about people who pour their mental energy into self-deception. He’s talking about truthiness, and he’s sympathetic and genuine and it kind of hurts to read, because this is how I feel a lot of the time. Not just when I watch the Report, either.

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1. X - October 11, 2008

The differences in restaurant design and crowd they attract is interesting – I’ll need to remember that for the comic we’re working on, so save it for future reference. Eating establishments will need to be more colorful in design with low lighting. And, obviously, the second class treatment wouldn’t apply. (Male oriented restaurants would exist, though fewer in number, and would have some of male oriented features mentioned in this article.)

2. Nathan - October 11, 2008

Being anti-abortion AND anti-contraception, while a logically consistent position, is pretty ridiculous in practice. Obviously, if more people were using contraception, they’d be less likely to get abortions, right?

And I’m definitely an analytical fan when it comes to things I like, which doesn’t mean there isn’t an emotional component as well.

3. X - October 11, 2008

I’m an intellectual fan mainly, though I can also “shut off” my intellectual side to enjoy relatively mindless fare. I bond most strongly with shows that stir both sides, such as EVA, Utena, and Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei. For example, I like Rahxephon as a thoughtful show, but feel no strong connection since it didn’t stir me emotionally, as well.


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