IT’S MY FUNCTION
Robin Thicke is unapologetic about how rapey ‘Blurred Lines’ is, meanwhile the dude who parodied it issues a public apology for one word.
Crazy how someone could actually care the impact his words has on people…
No “I didn’t mean it that way”, “You took this the wrong way”, “You need to lighten up”
Legitimate concern for the mentality of his listeners
I wondered about this when I heard the song. I’m pretty pumped to see he acknowledged it.
I feel like an idiot over here, but in good company at least, I had no idea that was a thing. I’m not sure I’ve ever USED the word “spastic”- but I absolutely didn’t know the background.
Damn. Two steps forward. Three back. Adulting.
FWIW I had no idea either. As far as I knew “spaz” was just something we called each in the ’80s and I had no clue there was a “technical” meaning that could cause people harm.
But just to recap: we now live in a world where Weird Al has given the most sincere public apology for a mistake in the past… what? Decade? Longer?
I have nothing to add to this other than yeah, I think this guy’s cool. (Also did not know there was sensitivity around “spastic.”)
And how hard is it to land even a minimum-wage job? This year, the Ivy League college admissions acceptance rate was 8.9%. Last year, when Walmart opened its first store in Washington, D.C., there were more than 23,000 applications for 600 jobs, which resulted in an acceptance rate of 2.6%, making the big box store about twice as selective as Harvard and five times as choosy as Cornell. Telling unemployed people to get off their couches (or out of the cars they live in or the shelters where they sleep) and get a job makes as much sense as telling them to go study at Harvard.
Don’t get me started.
Here are the words that men were most likely to recognize over women:
- codec (88, 48)
- solenoid (87, 54)
- golem (89, 56)
- mach (93, 63)
- humvee (88, 58)
- claymore (87, 58)
- scimitar (86, 58)
- kevlar (93, 65)
- paladin (93, 66)
- bolshevism (85, 60)
- biped (86, 61)
- dreadnought (90, 66)
And here are the words that women were most likely to know over men:
- taffeta (48, 87)
- tresses (61, 93)
- bottlebrush (58, 89)
- flouncy (55, 86)
- mascarpone (60, 90)
- decoupage (56, 86)
- progesterone (63, 92)
- wisteria (61, 89)
- taupe (66, 93)
- flouncing (67, 94)
- peony (70, 96)
- bodice (71, 96)
Linguistics researchers explore the gender gap in our vocabulary. For a pause-giving counterpart, see Leonard Shlain on how the invention of the alphabet usurped female power in society. (via explore-blog)
Also, I know most of the words on the dude list… but admittedly, it’s because of my brothers (and specifically Metal Gear).
This story is awesome (and before you wig, she was encouraged by her doctors to do this at a steady pace).
Jeremy’s plan is to send his thieving cousin back in time to 1863 to find Harriet Tubman and give her guns. Lots and lots of guns.
God I love our local alternative theater.