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About brook

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    Social Justice foot soldier, 3rd pikewoman from the left.
  • Birthday 11/08/1980

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  1. brook

    u.s. politics: sundowning on the american empire

    I've been trying to avoid weighing in because I'm *supposed* to be writing my thesis but funnily enough (or not at all funny) Japan is the only place I happen to know of outside the US where brutal school-related murders are (or were) considered to be an actual social problem. I don't think games are the problem and I have no idea what the problem is (other than complex and probably not just one thing)
  2. Preferences and the different voting methods can change a lot between state and federal but I am taking heart that the one nation vote (at this stage of counting) doesn’t look high enough to get them a nsw senate spot if it was replicated in the federal election. I know some individual electorates have had a strong showing but tbh the ON upper house vote is lower than I feared, it’s just the threshold is ridiculously low
  3. The rule I’ve seen quoted is “The NSW branch of any political party is always the worst” and it’s pretty hard to argue right now. I don’t know how many other people have been getting these or if I was just super unlucky to end up on their list but I have been inundated with spam sms messages for Mark Latham over the last week. Including one a couple of days ago promising to cut immigration which made me swear at my phone.
  4. She couldn’t have timed it better either - I’m giving decent odds Laundy will be next. I think they’ll make it to the election now, we’re close enough that none of the cross-benchers are going to want to take the fall for “bringing down the government” They’ll have to be seriously worried about how they are going to even fund an effective campaign now. So many seats they would have considered safe they are now going to have to fight for (especially if more independents stand up) and they no longer have Mal to bail them out...
  5. brook

    Feminism -- A continuing discussion

    This is exactly where I’m at. The thing that worries me most about all of this is what you said - that there are adults out there actively targeting and recruiting vulnerable kids into this worldview. I really haven’t seen that brought up in any of the media discussion and it needs to be. As a parent of three teen/soon to be teen boys this is absolutely terrifying to me. I know the language and red flags to look out for and I hope that would be enough, but so many parents don’t even know this world exists. If I could make one change to try and fight this and stop it spreading it would be widespread education of parents, teachers, anyone who had close contact with teen boys that explains what to look out for and why it matters. Every parent I know is super clued in to the possibility of peadophiles grooming their kids online, but incels (and nazis and an assortment of really nasty hate groups) are doing exactly that. I don’t think we can fight it until there is widespread recognition of that fact.
  6. brook

    Feminism -- A continuing discussion

    I think one thing that is really important to understand about incels is the thing about not being able to get laid... for the most part it’s not actually true (at least not in the way people think). A lot of these guys aren’t actually ugly, let alone so hideous that no girl would look at them. Read enough of their bullshit and it becomes very clear the problem isn’t that at all. They don’t want a girl, they want one that meets every aspect of their physical ideal AND who must be a virgin AND they want her to appear out of nowhere and offer herself to them without them needing to do a thing.
  7. brook

    Feminism -- A continuing discussion

    Any man that women might show an interest in. I have nfi what “hunter eyes” are though
  8. brook

    LGBTQ+ 6 -- It's a Rainbow of Flavors

    Ha it was a reference to the movie Lily mentioned and in that context the answer looks a lot (exactly) like this... http://www.imdb.com/name/nm7621162/ Although tbh I can also see the appeal in your explanation
  9. brook

    LGBTQ+ 6 -- It's a Rainbow of Flavors

    Why DO women love roofers?
  10. brook

    LGBTQ+ 6 -- It's a Rainbow of Flavors

    Ugh and that feeling when you just KNOW the reason they are asking is because they are getting off on imagining it... I want to come and yell at them for you
  11. brook

    LGBTQ+ 6 -- It's a Rainbow of Flavors

    And a neat $2 appliance that opens all the jars. So in actual relevant to this thread news earlier this week I had the realisation that after a lifetime of feeling "not bi enough" and like I have not enough experience/no idea what I am doing with girls (a feeling unrelated to actual levels of experience) I now get exactly the same thing with boys (but still with women too). Internalized biphobia sure is a hell of a thing
  12. brook

    LGBTQ+ 6 -- It's a Rainbow of Flavors

    <3 I love you Jumping late but had to laugh at the "guys have dicks" as if that was a selling point and not at best an interesting (& not universal!) detail & at worst an inconvenience. This particular bisexual view is that (on average, not all men etc) men are worse at sex, relationships, and being interesting human beings than women but they do come with the advantage of being much harder to fall in love with.
  13. Yes. https://childdetentionnt.royalcommission.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx Earlier this year we had a visit to the old Parramatta girls home as part of one of my university subjects. I cried when I saw the isolation cells and listening to the former residents stories of abuse. The pictures and stories I read yesterday weren't actually all that different (if anything some were worse).
  14. I spent yesterday reading and taking notes on the NT Royal Commission report. A full days work and I still have another 4 or 5 volumes to get through but I'm willing to say with 100% certainty that there is no hope for this country.