I’m not sure why “blind rage” and “causing harm to idiots” are symptoms of PMS. I thought all these things were somehow about survival of the fittest… oh now I get it.
I heard about World Book Night via Neil Gaiman. He posted on his Tumblr that his co-authored book Good Omens was selected as a WBN13 selection. After doing a little research, I knew I had to apply and did so immediately. I knew right away that if I was selected and assigned Good Omens that I wanted to donate the books to middle school students.
When I was a very young child I read everything put in front of me. I did Book It and summer reading contests and went to the library basically everyday. Reading was an incredible formative experience for me, and then middle school happened. Everything you did was scrutinized and judged and weighed as social currency. I stopped reading, because it wasn’t cool amongst my peers - and frankly my calendar was filling up with things that I thought would help me get ready for college.
I would estimate it took me about ten years to find casual reading again and I can’t believe I ever let anything or anyone take me away from it. My giving experience was relatively anti-climactic. I dropped the books off at a local middle school on Monday to the Principal and they gave out the books today while I was at work. But giving the books was not for me… it’s for them. I hope they love the book, but more importantly I hope it gives them permission to keep reading.
So this video started going around my facebook today, with about a dozen of my female friends sharing the link with comments like, and “Everyone needs to see this”, and “All girls should watch this,” and “This made me cry.” And I’m not trying to shame those girls! I definitely understand why they would do so. And I don’t want to be a killjoy. But as I clicked the link and started watching the video, I started to feel a slight sense of discomfort. I couldn’t put my finger on why that was, exactly, but it continued throughout the whole thing. After watching the video several more times, I have some thoughts…
Remember when Castle wrote books?
Okay, so… I though The Doctor was married… to River Song. Why is everything with Clara so… whatever-y? I made the leap from Rose to River, because it made sense… are we making a leap to Clara? If so… it doesn’t make sense to me. Did I miss something?
…has stalled, because I’m re-watching the current seasons with a friend I recently converted. Worth it.
If you are going to stand in your place of male privilege and ask me to make accommodations for you based on your sex, I suggest you do that very carefully.