September 3rd, 2010


Compact - it's not just for cars!

Update to yesterday: Polly, who is awesome, found a way to hide the FB and Twitter buttons when other people comment on your journal. I did this last night, logged out and checked it, and the buttons had indeed disappeared. I'm told it doesn't work in all cases, but it's a big improvement on 'no opt out at all'.

I love that about the internet - it took less than 24 hours for people to come up with a fix, since LJ itself is dithering.

Meanwhile, last night I learned about compacts. You know those mysterious little round flat cases that ladies use for 'powdering their noses'? Well, apparently they actually are for powdering your nose. They contain nose powder (and not the fun kind). I believe you can put this powder on other parts of yourself too.

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I've decided to try and grow my hair out. I used to have waist-length hair, and ten years ago I cut it all off because it was in the way of the jobs I was doing. It's taken me nearly that long to realise that I don't have to keep it short any more, and my nails seem to have got stronger as I've got older so I'm hoping my hair will have too. So now you all get to see me go through the awkward shaggy stage.

"How is this going to look any different from normal?" I hear you ask. Good question. As you were.

Finally, I have come to the conclusion that in discussions of *isms, unless it's an academic discussion, the fact that I am white and thin means that my opinion and experience is invalid. I'm allowed to have an opinion as a woman, but not as a white, thin woman. I understand this and am mostly ok with it, but sometimes I find it frustrating as a human being. Especially as an opinionated human being.

So mostly I just listen and don't talk. I also wonder about privilege. I understand that there is no such thing as 'reverse *ism' and this is because of privilege. However, I see quite a lot of instances where being the less-privileged party seems to become an excuse for being an asshole to the more-privileged party, and in these circumstances calling someone out is known as 'the tone argument' and invalidated. I also find this frustrating, but again I just don't talk because I have no desire to spend time feeling angsty over things people said on the internet. I really just wanted to put it out there that I think being less privileged does not mean it's ok to be an asshole.

Fidels tonight for me. I'm told it'll be raining by then. But hey look, sunshine!