Traditional folktales never were. There are some good guys. There are some bad guys.
This is the most controversial post I have ever written in ten years of blogging.
I wrote it because I was very angry at a specific incident. Not meant as a criticism of feminism, so much as of a certain way of operationalizing feminism.
A few days ago, in response to a discussion of sexual harassment at MIT, Aaronson reluctantly opened up about his experience as a young man: I was terrified that one of my female classmates would somehow find out that I sexually desired her, and that the instant she did, I would be scorned, laughed at, called a creep and a weirdo, maybe even expelled from school or sent to prison.
You can call that my personal psychological problem if you want, but it was strongly reinforced by everything I picked up from my environment: I left each of those workshops with enough fresh paranoia and self-hatred to last me through another year.
Of course, I was smart enough to realize that maybe this was silly, maybe I was overanalyzing things. So I scoured the feminist literature for any statement to the effect that my fears were as silly as I hoped they were. As Bertrand Russell wrote of his own adolescence: In a different social context—for example, that of my great-grandparents in the shtetl—I would have gotten married at an early age and been completely fine.
That I managed to climb out of the pit with my feminist beliefs mostly intact, you might call a triumph of abstract reason over experience.
Guy opens up for the first time about how he was so terrified of accidentally hurting women that he became suicidal and tried to get himself castrated. The feminist blogosphere, as always, responded completely proportionally.
Amanda Marcotte, want to give us a representative sample? The eternal struggle of the sexist: Objective reality suggests that women are people, but the heart wants to believe they are a robot army put here for sexual service and housework. This would usually be the point where I state for the record that I believe very strongly that all women are human beings.
Anyway, Marcotte was bad enough, given that she runs one of the most-read feminist blogs on the Internet. But there was one small ray of hope. On further reflection, Other Friend has a point. But I did feel like it treated him like a human being, which is rare and wonderful.
Having been a lonely, anxious, horny young person who hated herself and was bullied I can categorically say that it is an awful place to be. It takes a long time to heal.
I can only offer Ms. Penny and the entire staff of the New Statesman the recognition appropriate for their achievement: But by bringing nerd-dom into the picture, Penny has made that basic picture exponentially more complicated.
Luckily, this is a post about Scott Aaronson, so things that become exponentially more complicated fit the theme perfectly. It is a real shame that Aaronson picked up Andrea Dworkin rather than any of the many feminist theorists and writers who manage to combine raw rage with refusal to resort to sexual shame as an instructive tool.Trevor McKinney proposes the idea of 'paying it forward', that is to do something good for three people.
Instead of paying him back, these three people should pay it forward by doing a favour for three more people.
There are several themes in this movie. At the end of the movie, tell students that there is a Pay It Forward Foundation with a web-site showing instances of paying it forward. See The Pay It Forward Experience. Discussion Questions.
Nov 13, · Updated, March 2, | We published an updated version of this list, “ Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing,” as well as a companion piece, “ Prompts for Argumentative Writing.” Every school day since we’ve asked students a question based on an article in The New York Times.
Now, five years later, we’ve collected of them that invite narrative and personal. Yes, the Manicheans who divided the world into all good and all evil, and who gave us our indispensible term “Manichean” to describe a juvenile belief in nuance-free black-and-white narratives about the world.
Oct 20, · Here are student opinion questions that invite narrative and personal writing, all together in one place. Writing Mini-Lessons: Student Fictional Narrative Samples.
These fictional narrative samples were written by Nancie Atwell’s middle school students. These pieces are strong examples of fictional narratives that provide a level of quality for which fifth and sixth grade students may strive.