I’ve been thinking Thursday: bias

How often do you hear someone say, oh yeah I’m Irish too. Or German. Or Lebanese. And then when asked where they come from, they say oh I was born in America. American’s are very concerned with their ancestry. But sometimes it works to your advantage.

I’m in Sint Maarten with the kiddo going on a snuba excursion. One of the women working on the boat has a slightly off accent from the Sint Maarten norm. I mention her accent sounds different and ask if she’s from the Netherlands. She says yes. I say, “My husband is Dutch.”

I see the eye roll she wants to do even though she’s too polite to do it as she sighs and says “and where is he from?”

“Gouda.” And I pronounce it the Dutch way.

Her entire face changes. “I used to live outside Gouda.”

Suddenly she’s calling the kiddo “my love” and our dive time extends way beyond the time stated in the tour.


Fiendish Friday: Because she said so

My eye was caught by a long reads title “Is Joss Whedon a bad feminist?”

Of course I clicked. I adore Joss, I can’t imagine anyone who grew up watching Buffy not adoring Joss. But the article isn’t about the feminism or lack there of in his work.

In fact, it’s more of an introduction to a list of other articles. I stopped reading after the intro.

Apparently Joss recently got a divorce. It happens, to what 60% of marriages now? Anyway, his ex decided to write an open letter lambasting him for being a horrible human. Everything he accomplished was because she built it for him and he cheated on her.

The blogger said she didn’t even feel surprise reading this, it made perfect sense to her. Huh? A spurned ex lover makes accusations and you accept them without any further thought to bias?

I think it’s where society is now. Of course, a woman was secretly the driving force behind Joss Whedon’s amazing body of work, because only women are capable of greatness. Men are worthless cheats.

Makes total sense. To someone, some where. To too many people too many places.

Not to me though.