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Femion » 2006 » October

What’s with Feminism?

October 17th, 2006

Because all of my news comes from the Colbert Report:


I consider myself a feminist. But feminism seems to have more than one definition these days. When I say I am a feminist, I mean that I think all humans are equal in their human rights, and that I don’t think it’s right to be limited by the supposed capability of your gender or sexuality. But it seems like there is another side of feminism that believes that women are inherently better because they have some ‘nuturing’ instinct, and that women should control the world.
According to Steinem, women don’t listen to talk radio because they are more mature than the politics, and that the cuthroat and partisan aspects of the shows go against their caring nature.
Isn’t this the same argument that forced women to stay housewifes or into jobs like flight attendants and nurses - that women really just want to take care of people. A stereotype, even a positive one, is still a stereotype.
I would suggest another reason women don’t listen to talk radio. Maybe they don’t care about politics because they don’t feel represented in government. Maybe more women would have a chance in politics if they didn’t have to fight the social stereotype; that women are docile, weak-willed, and illogical.

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Chebucto Head

October 14th, 2006

Yesterday was the final DISP field trip of the fall, to Chebucto head. Apparently it was an Earth Sciences field trip, but we spent the entire time collecting data on species cover and diversity, so it’s a bit hard to call it that. Perhaps they just didn’t want so many freshmen trampling over fragile ecosystems and didn’t want the rest of the class to know that they were missing out on something.
Or maybe Milton loves us.
I should probably stop calling him Milton and get Prof. Graves stuck in my head. Joi calls him professor Milton, which confuses me even more.
Well, non-earth sci dispers, you sure missed out on a lot. You missed out on being able to scratch your heads as you try to tell the difference between five types of grass and the chance to accidently get one of your legs stuck thigh-high in swamp (I lucked out, unfortunately).
Seriously, it was a fun trip.

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We’re lookin’ at some lichen (on exposed rock).
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A long time ago, Nova Scotia was covered by ice. Then that ice melted and slid off into the atlantic ocean. As it did, it took a lot of soil as a souvenir, so there are many places where the bedrock is exposed or the soil cover isn’t very deep. Glaciers also leave little pockmarks like ice leaves pot holes, which become giant rain puddles with no drainage. We end up with environments without very many nutrients, so plants (like this pitcher plant) have to add a little meat to their diet and digest insects for the nitrogen.
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Joi and LanaReplacement (aka Zach). I wish I knew what they were so thumb-upish about.

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Another Cuddly Little Creature Post

October 14th, 2006

I saw this guy (or maybe someone in his family, or some member of a species that looks like him) under a microscope in the bio lab on Friday. I was looking at a sample of pond water, filled with plant cells and other pieces of debris, when I saw a little moving thing like a football. He moves in around shorter end forward, and wiggles. I also got to see yeast cells, seaweed cells, cells that used to be on the inside of Joi’s mouth, and group of bacteria or paramecium munching away on a dead clump of things, but nothing quite as cute as this guy.

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It was the first time I’ve seen moving creatures under a microscope.

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Gazette #4

October 12th, 2006

The Dalhousie Gazette is now online, so instead of scanning my articles and straining both your eyes and your patience, I’ll just include a link and a summary from now on.
Think of the Children
The dangers of the internet and sexual predators are not what the media makes them out to be.

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Jessica Simpson Can Keep Herself to Herself.

October 12th, 2006

In fact, I would be more than happy if she faded into obscurity right now and never shared her music with me again!
Jessica Simpson: I belong to me

Unfortunately, that was not exactly what she meant. This is her version of Nick Lachey’s reflection on their relationship video What’s left of me. For a second, though, I thought that Jessica might not just be up to her old tricks (ie, touching herself alot, overacting, walking around in her underwear and hair extentions) when she cut off her hair. I thought it would be a statement of “ROAR! I am not just a dumb blonde! I will cut off my hair so that you will stop judging me. See! I have more than one layer!”, but no, it’s more so: “ROAR! I have short hair! I can look deshevelled and whoreish just like Kate Moss and Paris Hilton! Look at my trashy make-up and tiara. I’m not so innocent now.”

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Happy Early Turkey Day!

October 9th, 2006

aka Canadian Thanksgiving. The time to be thankful that our holidays are more spaced out and to hold on to the last fringes of summer.
It felt like summer today. It was sunny and warm, so I went on a Fresh Air hike up to James’ River Falls with my parents and some other families. I came back to Antigonish for Thanksgiving, although mom made our big meal yesterday.
Dad calls the James River Falls the ‘no good view’ falls. I’ll let you look at this picture I took, and you can make up your own mind.

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I would call them the ‘risk limb and possibly life to get there’ falls. We took what we thought was the safer way and ended up at a lower, less exciting landing. Then, Dad, Mom and I all took different ways of getting to the upper landing. Dad went back up the path and took the dangerous path, following a rope down a steep cliff. Mom went further downstream and walked up the other side, and I took my socks and shoes off, waded through the freezing water, and climbed up the rocky waterfall.

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Gazette #3 + Cover Tease

October 7th, 2006

Last Saturday I left my article until a half hour before the deadline, and I didn’t have any idea how to to introduce or conclude the topic. Luckily, I have the bestest editor ever, without whom I would appear very stupid.

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And a cover tease for the first time:
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Dispers invade the Cove

October 6th, 2006

Today was awesome.
We went to Peggy’s Cove and searched for sea life in the tidepools. The weather was great.

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DISPers filling out data sheets after looking for creatures. The lighthouse in the distance has got to be the most photographed place in Nova Scotia.
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Group (or Team, depending on your attitude about academia) 1, reformed and better than ever: Kathryn, Lana, Joi, and me (making the stupidest expression ever).
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Randomly marking off sections of the intertidal zone to survey.
Obligatory living creature found:
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Forbes Starfish, and a rock Crab. These ones were actually alive. We also found hermit crabs, a whole lot of mussels, barnacles, urchins, sea anemone, periwinkle, and several types of sea weed. It was like the petting zoos at aquariums, without all the noisy little kids getting in your way.

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Congrats to Kels

October 5th, 2006

I would just like to announce that my Elizian big sis and general cool person Kelsey has won the section b rep election.
Congratulations and good luck leading us through the year!

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Seek the Sequel

October 5th, 2006

k-os (aka Canada’s respectable contribution to hip-hop) has a new album coming out on October 10th called Atlantis: Hymns for Disco and this is the first single off of it:
k-os: The Seekwill

It’s okay. I absolutely loved every song on Joyful Rebellion (I even bought it, which shows how much I love it) so I hope this one’s just as good. The cool thing about this video is that the faces in the yearbook are all faces of hip young Canadian celebrities, like the guitarist from Billy Talent, muchmusic vj Sarah Taylor (at least I think I saw her), and that blonde girl from Video On Trial (sorry, couldn’t remember her name).
PS: The duck was Soupballs.

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