Tumblr sabbatical while I tackle an insanely busy few months. In the meantime, enjoy this:
Intelligence and academic success are only loosely interlaced. I’m not very intelligent. I’ve never had a very good memory, I’m easily distracted, and it can take me a while to clarify an idea in my mind before I feel confident enough to express it verbally. But I try to supplant my shortcomings by being extremely stubborn with my work! I stick to it even when it feels excruciatingly difficult. Naturally intelligent people like to brag about completing A+ work in a ridiculously short amount of time, well, that’s not me. I take a long time and I agonise over my work. I realised intelligence was perhaps not the most crucial thing after witnessing a former friend with the IQ of a genius drop out of a Bachelor’s degree because it was too overwhelming. It’s just as important to be determined, organised, informed of what’s required of you, willing to take risks, realistic about the pain involved in achieving success, and committed to producing something you can be proud of.
"You [Amnesty International] claim prostitution is ‘work’, but would you tolerate figures like these coming from any other industry? Would you tolerate these figures from sweatshop laborers? Would you tolerate them from IBM or Target or Nestle? Of course not. The difference, as you point out in a repulsive footnote is that:
'Sexual desire and activity are a fundamental human need. To criminalize those who are unable or unwilling to fulfill that need through more traditionally recognized means and thus purchase sex, may amount to a violation of the right to privacy and undermine the rights to free expression and health.'
This is nothing more than a carefully worded defense of rape as a human right. The first line translates to ‘Men need to fuck women.’ The second line translates to ‘If women won’t let men fuck them, men have the right to coerce them to.’ Under no circumstance is rape a human right. This is as true when men use economic force as when they use physical force.”
With my sweet thing before August: Osage County
Can’t get over how cute my brother and dad are.
Some of you may have seen me share this news online earlier. I’ve been keeping it offline while I told friends and family in person. But I can now tell you guys that Jon and I are getting married.
Our wedding date is set for October 25th, 2014. A little less than a year from now, during Australia’s springtime. We have booked the venue at a beautiful quiet spot in the town where we both grew up and spent time together as teenagers.
"The proposal" was a reflection of us as a couple. Sitting by a lake on a sunny day at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, I asked him to marry me, and he asked me to marry him. We both said yes!
The hypocrisy of many left-wing men.
The company Jon works for have been installing lots of new things this month. As a result he’s been working around 60 hour weeks (in addition, he has electrical engineering classes to attend at night). So weekends like this have been especially important this month.
“I hate, hate, hate the notion that women displaying their sexuality as a performance for the consumption of others is somehow empowering.”
“More often than not it is not even “their” sexuality, it is a formulaic construction of an industrial view of how women’s sexuality should be constructed and consumed.”
— clever comments on Facebook.
We had a long weekend and went to Queensland for a wedding, family, and lots of sun.