what is yearntown
what is yearntown
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my mom’s just flabbergasted at the blowback one of her favorite authors is getting for posting about registering Democrat voters but some of the comments sound like things she and my dad have said about my brother so ….
all the internet did was give him a place where he didnt have to worry about being punched in the face when he says what he thinks
“he’s not like that in real life” just means “he’s not like that when there are repercussions”
ah yes how to interview at a school during school hours when I am working breaklessly during school hours
the past two days the kids who’s houses we’re at have gotten injured 🙃
Someone on Twitter complained that they were tired of people bashing The Music Man, citing a need for musical comedy escapism. It got me thinking about why that didn’t response didn’t sit well with me, and I realize that while I find the story is moderately charming and the songs are lovely, I am tired of art that romanticizes America through a lens of old-fashioned charm and nostalgia.
Nostalgia is a powerful hallucinogen: it tells you that things were better in a different time, a mythic “back then”, and sells you on the concept of being able to forget how things are now. The problem with that is that you can draw a direct line between “then” and “now”. A casual google search of “racism iowa 1912” yields an article about a lynching and Blacks being forced out of a particular county. There is nothing to suggest that the same thing wouldn’t happen in the otherwise halcyon world of River City.
The optimistic lens of nostalgia might imply that this is a world where everyone gets along, where racism doesn’t exist. But in doing so, it does ask you to look the other way. Then you get used to looking the other way and forget something was ever wrong.
This is why I loved the Oklahoma revival. Rather than paint the territory as this new Eden for all Americans, it gave us a harsh landscape with liberty for some. It nodded towards what could be, but didn’t wince at what actually was. I think that’s why so many purists didn’t like it. They weren’t nostalgic for the author’s intent, they were nostalgic for a time when they didn’t have to think about what it means for Laurey to be a woman of color watching a white community administer justice.
The world is messed up. I get that. And I understand the need for escapism. But the world also asks us to be better citizens, and part of that is being more conscientious of the stories we choose to support and amplify, and the artistic endeavors we give our money to.
how is it 2020 and people still don’t know what nonbinary means. it literally just means your gender is not binary it’s in the word. people can be agender (no gender) but nonbinary does not refer to a lack of gender.
nonbinary also is not a 3rd gender, it’s not meant to be there to turn the “binary” into a “trinary”. being nonbinary means a million different things to a million different people because gender is complicated so you can’t just treat it like a 3rd neat category for you to place people into.
nonbinary people are their own complex human beings and sorry if that makes you uncomfortable but they don’t exist for you to try to label them under definitive terms that don’t actually apply to them
the fun thing about living in the us is that even once we have a vaccine making sure everyone actually has equal access to it will be a huge struggle and once we do probably like a fifth of the population would refuse it just on principle
Structural violence creates lopsided structures of the imagination. Those on the bottom of the heap have to spend a great deal of imaginative energy trying to understand the social dynamics that surround them—including having to imagine perspectives of those on the top—while the latter wander about largely oblivious to much of what is going on around them. That is, the powerless not only end up doing most of the actual, physical labor that is required to keep society running, they also do most the interpretive labor as well.
— David Graeber, Dead Zones of the Imagination
the power of talking to kids and just being like oh no I don’t like chick fil a or Harry Potter not into it sorry
literally nothing on any of the various advice reddits haunts me as much as that post about the in laws who would roleplay as mice
it reads so much like a horror movie that i thought it was going to end with the op giving birth to a mouse
look into his Oobi eyes
one look and you’re hypnotized
one of the big concepts I learned in therapy that has been fucking revolutionary for me is the concept that sometimes u can just feel feelings and they don’t have to mean anything.
like, I can just be sad about something for a little while because it feels cathartic and helpful to let myself be sad, and it doesnt have to mean anything or change how I act or treat people.
like sometimes u just need to feel an emotion in order to process and work through things, and sometimes it just feels good to let urself be sad about a silly or little thing. and then once its out its over, uve experienced it and now it is done so u can move on.
and I dont have to derive greater meaning from it or do anything about it. i was just sad for a few hours and now i feel better and that’s all that matters.