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Cake day: Jan 30, 2022


Your take is very precise. I would add if you weren’t anonymous.

Sorry, I don’t understand what you mean by this. While I understand the fediverse well-enough, I don’t use the social media aspects of Lemmy enough to know how they work.

As for the rest of your comment, I’m not really sure I am understanding what you’re trying to say. Can you clarify for me? Are you talking about the word ‘mansplain’, the concept the word is meant to explain, how those two ideas relate, or something else entirely?

For me, mansplaining just looks like a man explaining. That’s it. To assume anything more is an insult of language in my view. It just gives an air of people being superior by knowing context which I think is not right.

What do you mean? That the word “mansplain” doesn’t sufficiently explain its entire meaning and definition, and therefore is an insult to language? That the word “mansplain” carries a negative connotation about the speaker which may or may not be provable from the rest of the context it is used in?

Well, if a thing is extremely difficult to understand, the correct response is not to understand it and claim that one is capable, the correct response it to bypass it and choose the easier path. For me, assuming this context is wrong. Language is just to convey information and I would assume mansplain as nothing more than a man explaining.

Sincerely, I do not understand what you are trying to say here enough to say if I agree or disagree.

IMO, I think what @thursday_j@lemmy.perthchat.org suggested is sufficient. While I think that some of the arguments and framing the authors used is bad/problematic, I also don’t want to make good the enemy of perfect. I have problems with the article, but I’ve also spent a lot of time reflecting on gender and gender roles in society, and have engaged with discussion/content that made me try to view the world through the lens of a female-presenting person. This article, while flawed, might still make a positive impact on others who are less-feminist than these authors are.

I don’t know that this is what has/will happen, but I think the best solution for this community would be to leave it up, and trust that users will come to the comments section, see this discussion, and make note of the authors biases and how they influence what they write. Understanding an author’s biases and how they impact their writing, and discerning what information is tainted by that and what isn’t is a really valuable skill in the modern internet landscape where anything you google has 1000000000 results. I wouldn’t say either of the authors’ worst ideas are shown/supported in this article, so I don’t think it needs to be removed. If there was anti-vax stuff or things that were like… obviously bad-faith representations of feminism, I’d feel different. As it stands though, I think it is just an imperfect attempt at explaining feminism.

While I don’t think this necessarily invalidates all of the information and points in the article, I think some important context on the shortcomings can be found in the authors. I didn’t know who they were so I did a quick google search. One of them is on twitter blaming “wokeness” for our issues and criticizing if we should have had lockdowns during the height of the pandemic, and the other got in trouble in 2013 for saying “Dear obese phd applicants, if you lack the discipline to diet, you lack the discipline for a phd program”, and has an online ‘suggested reading’ list with some absolutely terrible books on it.

What in the world is mansplain?

“meaning (of a man) ‘to comment on or explain something to a woman in a condescending, overconfident, and often inaccurate or oversimplified manner’. Author Rebecca Solnit ascribed the phenomenon to a combination of ‘overconfidence and cluelessness’. Lily Rothman, of The Atlantic, defined it as ‘explaining without regard to the fact that the explainee knows more than the explainer, often done by a man to a woman’.”

There’s something called respect for language.

There is nothing new nor disrespectful about words being added to the lexicon of a language. “Mansplain” is a portmanteau of “man” and “explaining”. We’ve been creating portmanteaus and adding them to common usages for at least 150 years in English, not even considering other languages. Languages are constantly evolving and changing; adding new words or letting words fall out of use is a natural part of the lifecycle of a language.

I find this fascinating because of how opposite it was to my last experience being prescribed opioids. About 6 years ago now I broke my toe while preparing dorms for move-in day and dropped a bed frame on my foot. I slightly fractured by big toe. To help with that pain, they gave me a 30-day prescription for Vicodin. It was absolutely absurd. I ended up using extra-strength ibuprofen because of my past medical history but I still had those 30 Vicodin in hand for as long as I wanted them.

As the situation in Ukraine continues to evolve, many people (myself included) are playing catch-up on learning the history of the region. When talking to a coworker currently living in Ukraine, they sent me this article as a good summary text that is in english. If others have good resources I would love to read them.

Riot has a history of poor treatment for workers, especially marginalized groups. They recently just settled a $100m lawsuit over it. And Gaywallet is also correct that League has one of the most toxic communities in gaming (at least that I’ve experienced). If I was guessing why, it has a lot to do with how complicated League is and how beginner-unfriendly it is. The game has so many champions and concepts that you really need to understand to play the game “correctly” that it is difficult-to-impossible for a new user to learn everything they need to by themselves and the tutorials are basically useless. So you have new players who don’t understand the game through no fault of their own being thrown into games with a very toxic community that prioritizes winning over fun or “treating your teammates like people”. Its a bad system that fails everyone involved. There’s a lot more to it that gets involved with the nuances of the different queues and such but I believe that gets across the biggest issues. I still watch League eSports because the game is theoretically really really fun, but the community pushed me out of playing and my involvement with eSports is mostly limited to watching and maybe discussions on Discord servers for a team.

To offer an opposing view to Gaywallet, despite all of this I still play Riot’s games. I totally understand where they are coming from and support them in their decision. If someone doesn’t want to support Riot they aren’t going to get any pushback from me on it. Anecdotally, I have friends who work at Riot in various departments and they have said that since the original story broke they have noticed a distinct change in company culture. It is still a long way from perfect and who knows if the improvements are only temporary, but its the closest I’ve seen to actual change from a major game studio with a scandal.

Have you tried playing Valorant? I’m not usually an FPS player but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how much fun I have been having playing. I play deathmatch a fair amount and I don’t think there are that many shotgun rushers, and there definitely aren’t in the Spike game mode.

I feel like Destiny was the closest I’ll ever get to seeing peak WoW grinding in real life. I didn’t play WoW or know anyone who did growing up so I just heard about it from media. Destiny came out when I was in college and I can remember some of my teammates would be scheduling time between classes or skipping classes in order to do what I understand were basically raids? They weren’t ever really playing anything crazy or new. They were just grinding out resources to get more and more rare items. They did that from the time the game came out until they graduated. I know at least one of them is doing the same on Destiny 2. I hope Bungee gets away from that. Its a valid type of gameplay that I know other people like but it just isn’t for me. I don’t have the time or attention span for that type of game anymore.

Came across this while online today. I never really thought about the history of holidays or named months. I learned a lot from this and figured others also might not know!

I thought this was an interesting interview. I'm going to do a bit of research and maybe I'll buy the book. I would love to hear if what the author describes resonates with people from India.

T1 Disqualified from NA Valorant Challengers Tour for Cheating
After picking up popular in-game leader Steel from 100 Thieves, T1 was highly ranked going into the NA Challengers Tour. Midway through the second map of TSM vs T1 the game was paused after TSM Subroza tweeted mid-game that T1 had a coach illegally comm-ing in game. After investigation, it appears this was true. Hopefully we get more details about what exactly happened. I wonder how this will effect the careers of the T1 players.