over the last few days. If so, sorry?
I’ve been changing anti-depressants and it’s been making everything feel like the end of the world. Agreed with doctor that I can up the dosage of the new drugs yesterday, and I think I feel a bit better today*. But don’t hold me to that, I’m still uber-stressed and getting used to these new drugs and likely to be a bit weird for a while. Like, that’s not an excuse, I try not to be, but my brain chemistry is super-messed up and that can mean that sometimes I do and say things that I then feel crushingly bad about later.
Sometimes those things are actually things that affected other people negatively. Sometimes the other person doesn’t even notice. You can see how the paranoia about social interactions that is a part of my depression feeds into my inability to assess appropriate behaviour.
*Yes, I know it’s not meant to make a difference that quickly, but I have always found that it does tend to affect me quicker than it is meant to. Whether that’s actually the chemicals or a psychological thing, I don’t care.
William/Spike and Cecily/Halfrek
why do people say “don’t be a pussy” when talking about weakness more like “don’t be a man’s ego” because you know there isn’t nothing more fragile than that
because “pussy” is the shortened form of the word “pusillanimous”, which means “timid, cowardly”
and not the slang word for the female genital region?
literally no one else knows this. nobody.
I really don’t believe this. Where’s the proof?
It’s a cute folk etymology, but it’s as incorrect as the idea that it comes from a reference to a vulva.
My O.E.D. is silent upon the issue of either slang usage, but Merriam Webster believes that “pussy” in reference to female genitalia is perhaps derived from ”Low German or Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse pūss pocket, pouch, Low German pūsevulva, Old English pusa bagFirst Known Use: circa 1879”And the Online Etymological Dictionary offers that no less a light than my old friend Philip Stubbes, [Puritan muckraker and general nofunnik who lost a hand for writing treason during Elizabeth I’s reign] wrote in his ”The Anatomie of Abuses,” 1583: "The word pussie is now used of a woman…"Before that, it meant only a cat or a hare, which has a different etymology.Meanwhile, the slang term for a coward is most likely a twentieth-century creation derived from the feline meaning, and related to constructions such as “pussyfoot” and “scaredy-cat,” and following a completely different development path.Lexical drift being what it is, however, it’s pretty evident that a lot of people these days say “You’re a pussy,” and mean “You’re a vulva.”The fact that they’re wrong is evidenced by the fact that “pussy” as coward is still generally considered much less offensive than “pussy” as vulva. That’s a case that is altering, however, as Gresham’s Law of semantic change* comes into play.*”Bad meanings drive out good.”tl;dr: It didn’t used to be misogynistic, but the intent has drifted and it’s pretty safe to say it’s generally misogynistic now.
And let’s all just remind ourselves: ETYMOLOGY =/= MEANING.
People associate being called a ‘pussy’ with being called a ‘woman’s genitalia’, and that’s the meaning. That’s how language works - the fact that it worked a different way in that past is irrelevant. Just as the fact that ‘cunt’ used to mean ‘little purse’ does not mean that you can call me a cunt and make it a) OK, and b) not derogatory about female genitalia*.
*If you’re a woman trying to reclaim the word without using the etymology=meaning fallacy, you are in a much better position to claim that you are tackling both A and B - I think your enterprise is flawed and I’m not convinced that it works, but I respect your trying to do so in a way I don’t respect anyone who is trying to insist they get to say something offensive and misogynistic because it used to mean something else.
Petition to sit down all the people who make coma theories about Adventure Time and tell them “listen, this fucking show is about the last human living in a post-apocalyptic world where deadly magic has been reawakened following a global thermonuclear war that wiped out the rest of the human species, how much fucking darker do you want it to be”
Even though I thought my first Creative Writing professor was kind of a douche, he made a good point about this. One of our first assignments was to write in this eerie, otherworldly style (we were mimicking a specific author whose name escapes me), so we had to write about eerie otherworldly things happening. It’s no exaggeration to say that more than half the class had a “big reveal” where we find out that the story’s strange events and themes are all in the mind of some person in an insane asylum, or someone having a drug trip.
My professor said something like, “you just successfully wrote a world that feels separate from our own, but got frightened last minute and shoe-horned in normalcy. You showed that you were afraid to commit to something different and interesting.” Though I’m typically a contrarian and a piece of garbage, I am inclined to agree with my professor. I feel like people who write coma theories and the like are afraid to accept that the world of the story is separate from our own. They like everything wrapped up in this crazy little realism box where nothing out of the ordinary happens in fiction.
you win the Best Addition to a Post prize
Thank you :)
Why I hate all those ‘she was mad, really’ or ‘she was dreaming really’ episodes and don’t find them interesting or original.
Look, my thesis? It’s literally on whether anything really exists outside of one’s own mind - whether all of this could be the imaginings of a mad person, or a dreamer, or the illusions created by an evil omnipotent demon. It’s not that these questions aren’t interesting. They are. And they can be terrifying and unsettling. But when I read, you know what I want to do? I want to escape. I want to imagine that the world could be different than it really is. I want to believe in magic and fantastic invention and space travel and other intelligent, sentient beings who are different from me in interesting ways.
You take that away from me and you haven’t evoked the unsettling, terrifying, fascinating questions about the nature of reality and our knowledge of it that really intrigue me; you’ve tricked me, you’ve stolen from me, you’re a cheap showman and I don’t like it.
Let’s do The Matrix if we want to explore those questions. Let’s make the unsettling up front and well-explored. But Dorothy? Maybe she wakes up in Kansas, but it wasn’t just a dream and you can’t make me believe it. Buffy? It was not all in her head - she fought dreams and saved the world and she is my hero and you can’t take that away from me, I won’t let you.
Don’t slight-of-hand me on this shit.
I’ve realized that you can’t really hack someone’s tumblr like you can on Facebook. On Facebook you can update a status to say, “I like dick in the eyeball,” and everyone would be freaked out. On tumblr, people would be like, “yeah man me too.” Then post a gif from supernatural.
#most accurate fucking description of tumblr i can’t even#dying
I want a room like this so bad