This Open Thread is Declaring Its Independence

And may I be the first to wish you a happy 4th of July!

Ah, yes, the day when we celebrate declaring our independence from the Brits by wearing our flag in sometimes bizarre fashions, drinking beer whilst cooking meat outside, and then blowing shit up (choreographed to music if we’re feeling fancy, in the backyard if we have no particular desire to keep our fingertips and don’t particularly care if we might burn the neighbors’ house down). AMURRICA!

What are your holiday plans? I’m hitting up a local parade (where I will likely have to glare at the local anti-abortion brigade that loves to march around on holidays, go figure) and then maybe seeing if the kiddo can actually stay up long enough to see the fireworks. PMag will be taking a long weekend, so we’ll be missing you all!

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Hillary is a giant nerd and former Mathlete. She once read large swaths of "Why Evolution is True" and a geology book aloud to her infant daughter, in the hopes of a) instilling a love of science in her from a very young age and b) boring her to sleep. After escaping the wilds of Waco, Texas and spending the next decade in NYC, she currently lives in upstate New York, where she misses being able to get decent pizza and Chinese takeout delivered to her house. She lost on Jeopardy.

27 thoughts on “This Open Thread is Declaring Its Independence”

  1. I have taken some PTO – so I have a lovely 5-day weekend. :D

    And of course I ruin it by reading stuff on the internet that makes me mad…

    So goodreads is bad news. If you go there and read the reviews on a book before reading it, there’s a good chance you’ll never read another book again. No matter how well-loved the book is, someone will ALWAYS hate it. My problem has come from me noticing that female-written books/books with a female lead always get criticized more than male-written/male-protagonist books. I just read the reviews for some YA novel in which someone actually said, “It’s refreshing to see a male protagonist in this series. Most YA books have female leads.” Like..really? I flock to YA because of that fact. You want more male protagonists? GO READ LITERALLY ANY OTHER GENRE. And of course that review came from another woman.

    Usually when I see a male reviewer of YA, he preempts it by basically saying, “I heard the hype about this book, so I decided to read it” in a way that lets you know he already made up his mind before he started reading it. Yes, here we have the reluctant hero being brought into this silly femaleness. He’s just passing through to make sure anything to do with women is ridiculous and/or crap. <– Those last two sentences are obviously my feels.

    So I looked up an old series I read. It had a male character who literally loves torturing and killing women. When I read those books I had the idea that this character is a fictional embodiment of the hatred of women. Surprise surprise…all the ladies on goodreads love him. Because of my thoughts on this character, I can only interpret this as women who've internalized misogyny loving these characters because it's a way for them to gain acceptance from the patriarchy. Maybe that's lofty. Perhaps it's all just special snowflake syndrome. And they're like "Oh, he hates all THOSE women, but he'd looove me." But even so, *why* do you want him? I think my first point stands. They want this character's love because they're desperate for love/acceptance from our society/patriarchy.

    And this love of male characters that hate/abuse women is so common in fandom that it makes me ill. Jen Trout (of the 50 shades recaps) posted an amazing blogpost someone did about that very subject –
    http://aiffe.tumblr.com/post/43660300604/for-all-the-women-i-have-loved-who-were-dragged-through

    So much truth in that article. I'm gonna go look at cat pictures now and play sims 3 island paradise. You can be a mermaid in that game, so…yea..EA got me again with a $40 expansion. :P

  2. The Fourth of July is my favorite holiday. It was rainy here and I was pretty much all alone all day, so it kind of sucked. But tonight, bf and I are going to a community band concert to see if I can join (even though they’re already in their season) and tomorrow we’re going to the Last Summer on Earth show in Cincinnati to see Barenaked Ladies and Ben Folds! (And Guster, but honestly, I don’t know a single song, so……) Hopefully this weekend will look up!

    1. I almost hit up that tour when it was in my neck of the woods, but I was worried that I would disappointed by BNL now that Steven Page has left the band. I saw them on the Au Natural tour with Alanis Moresette, and they are kickin as a live band.

      The Guster song you may have heard is “Satellite” It was played on the radio a bit here.

  3. My own meal of kale, eggplant, peppers and shrimp ragout and brown rice fusili for dinner has left me very satisfied and of course, immobile on my couch. But man was it good.

    This Independence Day, I am celebrating reading Persephone in more detail and enjoying time passing without feeling any desire to hold on to it. Huzzah!

      1. My mother and I had the following conversation via text:
        Me: it’s Independence Day! I am celebrating with laziness

        Mom: Because you have the Right to Laziness!!!

        Me: AMERICA F YEAH

        Mom: You can’t… take away… our FREEDOOOOOM!!!!

        Me: ::rides an eagle and wears an American flag as a cape::

        Me: With a Sword in one hand and an Olive Branch in the other

        Me: and a beer hat with local brews

        Mom: And the Red, Red Rose of Freedom fiercely clenched in your Pearly Whites

        Me: yes

        Mom: Vive L’America!!!

        Me: wooohoooo

        …We do odd very well.

      1. It’s hotter than hell here, but I have some truly delicious Vietnamese soup (at least, I’m sure it would be delicious if I could taste anything, but man, is it opening up my airways) and the air conditioner is cranking, so things could be worse, I suppose.

  4. I will be continuing my Ba-humbug! stance on this year’s festivities because I have to work, and my crazy neighbors have kept me up late every night since last Friday with fireworks. But I’m super psyched to be working in the hospital finally! And in patient psych is turning out to be as interesting as I thought it would be. :)

        1. I’m on another NICU. I had considered going back to adults, but I want to go back to school so I didn’t want to rock the boat too much. This will make it easier to go PRN when I’m in school. But this NI is crazier and the nurses go to all of the C/S’s, which is great because I love deliveries and resuscitating.

          Inpatient psych though! You’re going to have some stories.

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