November 20th, 2008


It's sad, believe me, missy, when you're born to be a sissy

One pet peeve that I keep coming back to is the obsession with toughness, and all the macho posturing that goes along with it. I'm always seeing politicians (especially Republicans) present their opponents as wussy, which is apparently worse than being unnecessarily belligerent. Any guy who isn't hyper-masculine is effeminate, overly sensitive, and homosexual, as if: 1) there were anything wrong with those things, and 2) it isn't possible to be neither stereotypically masculine nor feminine. Besides, aren't there plenty of manly gay guys? There are disadvantages to being wussy, but why do so many people seem to see that as a "case closed" sort of insult? Aren't there many worse things a person could be?

A few other things that have been bugging me as of late:

1. That people who claim to be supporters of small businesses and people pulling themselves up by the bootstraps are often also in favor of deregulation, corporate tax cuts, and other ideas that favor the major corporations. They DO know that those corporations, if left unchecked, are going to do what they can to crush the small competition, right? And speaking of small businesses, what's with the arguments that raising taxes on anyone who makes more than a quarter of a million dollars per year would hurt them? Wouldn't a business that makes that much money be, uh, a BIG business?

2. Layoffs. That businesses can fire people when they haven't even done anything wrong just shows how little power the common worker has in our society. Maybe it's un-American of me, but I feel that the rights of the individuals should far outweigh those of corporations and other organizations.

3. That some people apparently think the recent drop in gas prices will last.

4. People who don't respect their kids. Now, I don't plan to have children, but I like to think that, if I did, I wouldn't be as patronizing and disinterested as a lot of parents seem to be. Why not take an interest in what your kids do, and take them seriously, instead of just acting like they're cute but intellectually inferior? Is that how YOU wanted adults to treat you when YOU were a kid? Or can you not remember back that far?

I Believe I Can Fly

So, bethje subjected me to a movie that she'd suffered through on her seventeenth birthday, Space Jam. I was expecting crap, and for once, my expectations were met! I get the impression that the film was pitched by a hyperactive six-year-old. "Yeah, so, it's got, like, Michael Jordan, and also Bugs Bunny, and they play basketball together! And there's aliens, too!" But really, it's even more bizarre than that, and not in a good way. Why were Wayne Knight and Bill Murray in it? What was the deal with Lola Bunny? Didn't Bugs already have a girlfriend? Why does R. Kelly sing the word "door" so oddly? And why do we keep seeing these lame attempts at making the Looney Tunes relevant to today when I'm sure Warner Bros. is still making plenty of money from the sixty-year-old reruns? Even the sappy inspirational message didn't really come across at all well. So self-confidence is the key to success in sports, yet basketball talent is something tangible that can be stolen by obnoxious aliens? And why can't Jordan succeed at baseball by believing in himself? Maybe the moral is that the power of positive thinking only works when it comes to basketball.
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