Stepping Out

I am not looking forward to the school year. Student teaching looms over my head. I’m nervous and antsy and reading all I can from Rethinking Schools to ground myself before I get in the classroom.

To get out of my head, I’m stepping out for the weekend, heading up to northwestern Indiana to visit friends with the little one before my official school year starts on Tuesday. We plan on doing little — perhaps some swimming, a lot of eating, absolutely no internet — and that’s exactly what I need.

Everyone have a good weekend.

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Via Mac I have discovered an eBay-esque site called Etsy where you can buy handmade items from all over the globe. I have decided that I will quite possibly keel over and die if I do not get my hands on this. Or this. And especially this.

I really need to learn to sew.

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In Which Ethan Tortures the Cats

This was taken shortly before Doug bit Ethan on the arm.

Shortly Before Doug Bit E's Arm

This was taken shortly before Pablo bit Ethan on the arm.

Gratuitous Torture of Pablo

Both cats approached us of their own free will. Big mistake.

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Friday Random Ten — The Unusually Chill Edition


1) Martha Wainwright – TV Show
2) Elvis Costello – I Want You
3) Donovan – Hurdy Gurdy Man
4) Jon Brion – Here We Go
5) American Analog Set – Know By Heart
6) Jens Lekman – Be Good
7) Iron & Wine – Weary Memory
8) Aimee Mann – It’s Not
9) Br. Danielson – Daughters Will Tune You
10) The Clientele – Tracey Had a Hard Day Sunday

Had I rated this one, a big fattie ten. But that’s just my opinion.

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Ask Me Anything, Again

We played this game awhile back, but like Terrence, the questions and answers were so fun I thought we’d drag it out again. Plus I’m busy.

Here’s how we play:

  • Ask me 3 questions. Any 3, no matter how personal, private or random.
  • I have to answer them honestly. I have to answer them all.
  • In turn, you post this message in your own blog or journal and you have to answer the questions that are asked of you.

I’ll take questions through 12 noon EST tomorrow and answer them over the weekend.

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For Every Girl

Oh, I love this poster:

This is part of the CrimethInc gender subversion kit.

via Pesky Apostrophe

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I copied Lauren and got a Flickr account. I also have about a million and five pictures, so it could be a challenge (and a boring one) to browse through the whole thing. But it sucked up a few hours of my spare time, so I guess it’s a good deal. More pictures (from Italy and from Seattle) will be added in the coming days, as none of these were taken more recently than May.

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How To Have Fun In Class

One of my friends recently asked me, since I criticize my education classes so much, how I address my issues with the assignments to my teachers. It isn’t so simple. Part of the education program is being able to mimic the instructor’s ideals of teaching and teachers — we are required to emulate professional teacherhood with a healthy dose of our own personalities.

This hasn’t been much of a problem for me. I speak easily in front of crowds and have no problem respectfully challenging authority once I know the boundaries in a group dynamic. But by the end of the semester I usually have one opportunity to make fun of what it is we’re expected to learn.

One of my problems with the program is all the emphasis on reflection. We’re constantly required to reflect on this part or that section of our educational experiences. While this is certainly relevant and brings a significant amount of discussion material, our instructors often ignored that we wanted to know more about specific subject material, interschool politics, classroom management, grammar, and how to write a freaking lesson plan, and instead required another reflection piece.

So, to offer my friend a bit of pictorial evidence for how I challenge the material in front of the group, here is an example of the dog poopin’ project (and its lackluster presentation) and a picture I just found of another project I was required to complete.

The Peacock MirrorThis is the peacock mirror that I made in response to yet another reflection piece. I did my project on what? — reflection assignments and vanity and how students are perfectly aware of what their expected response is supposed to be on reflection assignments: bullshit to impress the teacher. Many students in the secondary school are there because they have to be, jumping through hoops and doing just enough to get by, pass the class, and get out of there at the end of the day. Reflection pieces for these kids are five-paragraph essays loaded with faux growth and faux reflection on faux sentiments written for an audience of one, the teacher.

I chose the topic of vanity for one reason: the end of this project was a big exhibit of all the ed majors’ artwork and accompanying essays. It wasn’t so much for us but to impress a certain person who was about to become the head of the ed department after the seat sat empty for quite a while. We all knew it. And I, I was the one miffed enough with the assignment to turn in this horrendous mirror with a sarcastic essay about self-esteem that included trite truisms like, “I’ve realized, like the peacocks, that it is okay to be great when no one else is watching.”

For the record, I got an A on both the mirror and essay. I also sold this hideous mirror at a garage sale to a rich woman for $40.

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One More Beauty Standard I Can’t Fill

No comment.

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Yet Another Link Round-Up Impressive In Number

Lots of home improvement at my house. Yesterday I got the wood floors in the front room redone, today I cut my grass after realizing the backyard had gone from having long grass to epic grass, and tonight, I paint the filthy-walled spare room in the basement.

In the meantime I have many, many excellent posts collected for your perusal.

Lynn discusses abortion, feminism, and the “wilting flower.” In another illuminating post, Lynn writes on priests and women.

At Preemptive Karma, Carla discusses her abortion with no regrets.

Amanda calls the Democrats out on compromising women’s rights. Again. In other news, suffrage cuts into our breeding time.

Scott Lemieux states the obvious: Overturning Roe Will Not “Return the Issue to the States”

Twisty has a very unusual afternoon indeed. Brings new meaning to “spinster aunt.”

Jacqui writes on an odd conundrum: being a feminist without female friends. I tend to have this problem myself.

SZ positively skewers a nasty book set to be published soon, a book suggested for men who are trying to “win” custody and avoid paying child support. Because it’s about the money, not the children.

Shakespeare’s Sister explains why Adam Corolla stinks. I personally find “stinks” to be an understatement.

At the Alley Notebooks, Alley Rat dissects why women cheat.

The awesome Lynne D. Johnson has a round-up of her own on feminist hip-hop blogging. Great stuff.

Killing babies is my business, not kissing rings. On the other side of the coin, pro-life “metaphysics.”

Do conservatives see women as inferior?

Fred Vincy discusses sexism and sports broadcasting.

Shelley takes a look at blogging, Blogher, and “terror.”

A look at John McCain on abortion.

Pornography: Objectification or Free Speech? The debate rages on, this time, with Noam Chomsky.

No authority but herself: an interesting article on anarchist feminism on a social anarchist site.

Dr. Laura’s Worst Nightmare takes a look at blogging, legitimacy, and “mommy blogs.”

And a must-read on a woman named Mina.

America’s most liberal and conservative cities aren’t quite what you’d think.

In case you didn’t know, DNA is very liberal.

Ryan takes a look at the conservative habit of questioning the patriotism of liberals.

Finally! Malkin vs. Malkin.

Chuck discusses the silliness of a White House objection to the .xxx domain.

Support our troops: Send them back to Iraq with PTSD.

SCOTUS could do without so much niceness.

At Reclaiming Medusa, an article on the corporate takeonver of and advertising to children in the public schools.

Creationism classes gear up in Indiana. Dr. Myers has the story.

The Drunken Lagomorph asks, Do you want your plumber to tell you you’re going to hell? Um, no, I want my toilet to flush.

Cutting beauty.

Evil has walked here.

Respect your elders.

The Sense of an Ending.

Half-Changed World has had a wonderful series on gender, housework, and professional work.
Your mommy hates housework and your daddy hates housework
Divison of Labor
Part-time Work
What’s the signal?

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The Vulva Dialogues

Amanda, amazingly, gets a letter from her vulva.

I feel cheated. Mine never writes home.

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Those Who Might Scorn It Are Invited To Kiss It

It looks like Nike is going the way of the Dove ads, even their new Nike Women website.

Good? Bad? I defer to Jill. At least Nike is selling a brand of health (if you can overlook the sweatshop labor).

via the comments at Twisty’s

UPDATE Chuck weighs in with an excellent new slogan: Because you’re not that ugly: Dove.

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