We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
As in this case: Most women are not, in my view, angry bitch psychotic academic victimized mini-monsters. The Retriever's Grandma, for instance (image on right from that post).
Here at Maggie's (Maggie is herself a tough old broad with a sense of humor and doesn't mind getting her hands dirty), we hold strong, cheerful, independent, humorous, tender, gutsy, intelligent, loving women in the highest regard.
More re women: our hero Charles puts Palin in perspective. I think he is right. Nothing to do with her charisma or gender. We like her very much, and hate the contempt she receives for having a non-elite life style.
American women have it worse than any women in the world. Just ask any wife: she'll tell ya all about it if you can get her off the computer for a minute. Always shopping for the latest new colors in burkhas to get stoned in, you know?
How do our neopuritanical Sociologist types discuss such things? Bruce found this, about social stratification on the internet. I learned a new word: homophily. It also sounds like a perversion, but it means that people often tend to hang out with people they feel comfortable with.
Well, golly gee! Smack me with a mackeral and call me Edna! Thank God for the science of sociology to inform us of that. Maybe I am an exception, but I very much enjoy people who are different too, if they bring something to the table. Still, family is family, a paisan is a paisan, and a tribe is a tribe.
You wife gets stone in a burkha? How does she do that? Put the lit ganja in a coffee can and then stand over it and let the fumes waft up the Ceremonial Oppressive Gear? Sounds weird, but whatever lifts your skirt, I guess.
I found the Facebook MySpace discussion interesting, but see no need to go beyond the descriptive phase. The author's worrying about condescending and class stratification etc. as manifested in Facebook etc. is trying to play God: achieve a certain sociological goal.
The irony about the authors worrying about elitism and condescending is that he is an effing sociologist type. As if sociologist types never condescend towards the great unwashed or the rightwingnuts who do not have the "insight" into "social dynamics" etc. that the sociologists do!
I can only applaud Disney for encouraging heteronormativity. The vast majority of people are heterosexual. The majority of stories in Western society are love stories based on the most common sexuality. Disney's stories are fantasies of how love and passion sweep us away, an experience many want and few seem to get.
I didn't understand, incidentally, that the study was condemning or approving of this thread in Disney movies. I took the quotes as only indicating that the thread exists and has effects. Granted the fuzziness of sociology, this is actually reasonable good science.