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Jan. 19th, 2013

01:07 pm - Moar sheep pics

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Yesterday one of my colleagues called me a skinny bitch. I was all O.o and replied that I'm not skinny and I'm not a bitch either. She flailed a bit, insisted that she'd meant it as a compliment because I have a nice figure but that I should be assured she doesn't want to sleep with me and that she really really likes men. At this I was even more o.O and she ended up going "Isn't it weird how women can't compliment each other?"

To which I thought, "Huh." I mean, women can compliment each other, and it's been a while since I had to deal with a compliment that included calling me a bitch, but I know this is also fairly common. When I was a teenager, "You're such a skinny bitch, I hate you" was intended as a compliment that elevated my status because it indicated that I had something the other person envied. Ugh. So having thought about it, my colleague is right - it seems that women do compliment each other through insults (not even gonna touch the 'skinny as a compliment' thing), and it seems there's a homophobic element in there too, because it seems a direct compliment must come with protestations of heterosexuality in case the complimentee misconstrues someone being nice with someone making advances. Because everyone knows you're only nice to people if you want to fuck them, right?

Says a lot I reckon, that.




Finally! These little guys have all been bottle raised so were super friendly, which is lucky because they didn't have them in when I arrived and that normally spells a few laps of the paddock. Instead we built a pen out of gates nicked from the neighbouring paddocks (these are new clients and they weren't really set up properly yet), and the lambs just walked in.

*elevator music for 40 minutes*



"Have you seen my wool?"
"Yeah it's just over there you ninny."



This lil guy with the big ears is called Cuddles. Apparently he's always been the friendliest, and after he was shorn he plonked himself down there and didn't move till I was finished. I am not sure why where I was shearing was the best spot for sitting, but he was determined, despite being nearly stood on several times. Also, kyoooot!


I can't look at pictures of sheep I shore for very long before I start picking apart the job I did. It's almost impossible to shear lambs without leaving railway tracks on them because the curve of their body is tighter than the curve of the comb tips, but I still want them all to come out perfect and am disappointed when they don't. Still, not cutting them is the main consideration and that was successful.

I like shearing lambs, they are little and cute and can't hurt me.

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From:rivet
Date:January 19th, 2013 01:14 am (UTC)
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your lambs are very cute. As is this

The cutting 'compliments' drive me crazy. Is it so hard to be sincere in your appreciation, whether within or between the sexes? See also this on flirting, with a similar point.

Edited at 2013-01-19 01:14 am (UTC)
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From:tatjna
Date:January 19th, 2013 04:35 am (UTC)
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They had some Highland cattle too, and had just bought a Belted Galloway bull, in the hopes of breeding fuzzy polled cattle with a stripe around the middle. More cute!
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From:rivet
Date:January 19th, 2013 05:53 am (UTC)
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It's a cow with a belt!
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From:brynhilda
Date:January 20th, 2013 10:46 am (UTC)
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Ohmy, I was called a skinny bitch by my workmates too svereal times so far...and they really mean it as a compliment, hahaha. But that's just the usual white trash slang overhere...it sounds harsh, but is meant as a compliment:).

Lovely, lovely sheep!
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From:coyotegoth
Date:January 19th, 2013 01:42 am (UTC)
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This society does teach women quite a lot about being jealous of each other, rather than mutually supportive.
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From:tatjna
Date:January 19th, 2013 04:39 am (UTC)
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True. Although, I hope that after my response yesterday, my colleague (who is generally pretty good value) will find it easier to just say "Hey you look nice today" or whatever.
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From:ms_hecubus
Date:January 19th, 2013 03:18 am (UTC)
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I think you have a nice ass that looks great in jeans. Take that any way you want. ;)
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From:tatjna
Date:January 19th, 2013 04:38 am (UTC)
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Aww, thanks! I'm going to take it as a compliment. ;-)
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From:blue_eye
Date:January 19th, 2013 03:25 am (UTC)
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They are adorable...what do you do with the wool after? Do you spin it into yarn?
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From:tatjna
Date:January 19th, 2013 04:37 am (UTC)
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I do spin, but I have to be careful because it irritates my OOS so mostly I just leave the wool because I've nowhere to store it. Being a sheep nation, there are a number of buyers of raw wool within an hour's drive of Wellington, and most of my clients sell their wool once they've got enough to make it worth the drive.

Having said that, I've a lovely Arapawa fleece that's waiting to be socks in the cupboard. ;-)
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From:pixiebelle
Date:January 19th, 2013 03:28 am (UTC)
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It's true about women, you know? Not all of us... I really try hard to compliment people without making it sound like an insult. But I have an ex-friend who liked to compliment me and turn it into a negative every time. She had to have a "but" in there with something added on that took away her compliment entirely. Why bother then?!?! WHY?

I don't get it. But I've seen it before.

Awwww sheep :)
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From:tatjna
Date:January 19th, 2013 04:38 am (UTC)
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It came as a shock because these days I'm mostly surrounded by people who know how to give and receive compliments without barbs, and I'd forgotten what it was like to be called a bitch as a compliment.
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From:downwardlashes
Date:January 19th, 2013 05:01 am (UTC)
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I don't get the whole "you're skinny, so therefore I can give you shit" thing. I've always been thin, and I actually got a great deal of trouble for it in high school (my main tormentor was anorexic. It was sad all around), so when people do that whole insult/compliment thing, I kind of freeze up in terror. My body type is just is the way it is, and I don't like anyone commenting on it anymore than someone twice my size.
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From:meathiel
Date:January 19th, 2013 02:06 pm (UTC)
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That's ... a weird compliment. But okay ... ;-)

Cute lambs are cute!
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From:kehleyr
Date:January 19th, 2013 06:44 pm (UTC)
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Aaaw cute.
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From:neverminetohold
Date:January 22nd, 2013 06:41 pm (UTC)
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... that must be unique to the English-speaking area of this world, because all compliments I ever got from other women were nice and to be taken at face value. - And I wouldn't consider anything including the word 'bitch' to be anything but an insult. Pretty weird °-°"

The lambs really are cute. In a brochure in our newspaper they had sheep wool carpets from NZ, and I had to think of you :)
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From:pundigrion
Date:January 26th, 2013 02:44 am (UTC)
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They look so much more laid back about this whole shearing thing than our sheep ever did!

Also, I detest backhanded compliments like that. Bravo for calling her out on it, although her method of backpedal is one of the odder ones I've heard!
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