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Aug. 26th, 2011

Nerdy Willow

Writer's Block: It’s Women’s Equality Day!

I think that a great many strides have been made to ensure that all people are treated more equally, but if people really think there isn't still rampant sexism and racism and other ridiculous forms of bigotry in this country and all over the world, then we really are a kingdom of the blind. It's perhaps less blatantly obvious how sexist American society still is, in part because it's not particularly malevolent (generally) and because strides made towards equality have been so large and encompassing that smaller, more isnidious sexism slips through the cracks.

Until I see a man's hands on the Mister Clean products and sponges in household care commercials or hear a woman doing voice-overs for Autozone ads, or see an Asian couple or a mixed race couple more complex than black/white prominently featured on a television show, or I can walk down the street without being harrassed, or people stop making jokes like, "It's not rape if it's a prostitute, it's theft!" or girls as young as ten stop starving themselves so they can be "thin and beautiful" or people stop making "Throw bricks at sluts" events of Facebook or when both men and women are required to sign up for the draft, or when we can have men take time off for paternity leave without being mocked, or when men can cry or like Lady Gaga or baking and not have to be presumed gay, when a man being called something feminine or female isn't the worst possible insult for him, or when people of all races, orientations, and creeds can serve in the military or lead the country as commander in chief, or we can do all these things and more without it reeking of tokenism and without privileged (mostly male, mostly white) people patting themselves on the back and spending every second pointing out how progessive they are for being so kind and generous to these minor and maligned groups....

Then maybe, maybe we'll all be on our way to true equality.

Apr. 29th, 2011

Nerdy Willow

Writer's Block: The Royal Wedding

If you were invited to the Royal Wedding, what gift would get the bride and groom?

I'd get them the missing "you" and a top-notch proofreader.

Nov. 12th, 2010

Nerdy Willow

Writer's Block: BFFs

If you were in solitary confinement for the rest of your life, and you discovered a cockroach in your room, would you kill it or make it your friend?


I don't know, either. Bugs give me the wiggins, but I also hate being lonely....although having a cockroach for a friend is probably pretty insane, so my in my madness I would lose my fear of bugs.

Nov. 8th, 2010

Nerdy Willow

Writer's Block: Stay Fashionable in Winter Weather

When it’s cold, wet, or snowy, how do you stay fashionable?

I don't. I stay warm. Ugh.

Nov. 7th, 2010

Nerdy Willow

Writer's Block: A real eye opener

Which one book should everyone read, and why?

Fahrenheit 451.

Sep. 12th, 2010

Nerdy Willow

Writer's Block: Something to cry about

How do you feel about corporeal punishment?

It probably works better than non-corporeal punishment? I can't imagine ghosts spank very well...

EDIT: A-ha, I see you've edited your original entry to pretend your misspelling never existed. Good job!

Sep. 10th, 2010

Nerdy Willow

Writer's Block: Favorite Music Video of All Time

What's your favorite music video of all time?

Nothing they'd show on fucking MTV.

Aug. 30th, 2010

Nerdy Willow

Writer's Block: Redo

If there was something you could change about your past, what would it be?

I've always had a Sound of Thunder approach to going back in time, so I have to say that I wouldn't change anything. I'm not entirely content with where I am in life right now, but I'm mostly happy with everything, and going back to change one thing might completely alter my present. It might be for the better, but it could also be for the worse, and I don't think that's a risk I'd want to take.

Jul. 25th, 2010

Nerdy Willow

Writer's Block: Good Morning Heartache

What is something you worry about everyday? How long has it been plaguing you? Do you think you'll ever overcome it?



Jul. 13th, 2010

Nerdy Willow

Writer's Block: Too mainstream

If you've been following a relatively obscure band and they start to become popular, do you tend to lose interest at some point? Is mainstream appeal a turn off when it comes to music?

I've always thought disowning a band for becoming "too mainstream" was really stupid, but especially in this day and age. There are so many roads to stardom at this point that it's probably harder to not become mainstream, even if you're only mainstream for a second. I mean, what defines "mainstream"? Radio play? Being on a soundtrack? Playing a big venue? Heaven for fend a band you love and, presumably, members you care about, become successful enough to support themselves and do what they love full-time.

"Alex Chilton" was on Rock Band II. You didn't hear me crying when 2008 became the Year of Paul Westerberg.

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