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4:58 PM yesterday Corydon commented on Americans May Not Be As Open To Mixed-Race Couples As They Think, UW Study Says.
"Society ingrained that we shouldn’t mix. Our nation is founded on that kind of ideology and it’s still woven into our culture today."

Do we really think it's true that it's only "our nation" and "our culture" that have ingrained this?

I'm not sure I know of any nation or culture that doesn't.

In which case, it's entirely possible that this kind of response is something that is hardwired into us.

Which actually makes some sense, if you look at things from the perspective of someone living in a tribal unit of 100-150 people whom you have lived among your entire life. There are very strong reasons for not venturing too far away from your own group. The guy from the next village over might be OK. The guy who talks funny from a hundred miles away (that's about a week's worth of travel on foot) will be highly questionable, and for good reason. As distances and differences grow (differences in language, belief, appearance, music, dress, everything), the more and more questionable those choices are going to seem.

And it's also very well documented that the more differences there are between groups of people, the more they tend to "objectify" (to use the term employed by the article) each other, i.e. fail to see each other as individuals. For proof, consider the comments sections on any political posting on the internet (liberal or conservative).

Of course, different people have different levels of tolerance for differences, which is probably what the study is revealing.

But beyond that, when we look at many bi-cultural couples (a far superior term than bi-racial), I wonder how many of them result in one partner assimilating more to the other partner's culture in a very unequal way, rather than simply blending the two. I suspect that that happens a lot. And then the couple really isn't bi-cultural any more, is it?

That also suggests another potential avenue of inquiry: members of cultures who feel themselves to be in a strong position may by more likely to be comfortable with bi-cultural couples because they know, at least on some level, that such a couple is likely to acculturate in their direction. However, if you feel that you are in a weak position culturally speaking, then you are far more to police the boundaries of things like intermarriage, mixing between cultures, etc.

Anyways, lots of opportunities for more research.
Aug 22 Corydon commented on Sexist Trolls Tried to Derail the 2016 Hugo Awards. They Failed..
What @6 said...hasn't anyone actually read The Left Hand of Darkness?

Anywho, I'm assuming all of this inside baseball is just a tidbit. Any chance of reviews of some of the winners and nominees popping up? I'm looking for a new writer to fall in love with :)
Aug 19 Corydon commented on What's So Funny About the Naked Trump Statue?.
@38, you consider the Stranger to be mainstream? This particular little cultural distributary is so far from the great rivers of media in this country that I'm not at all sure it even empties into the same body of water.
Aug 19 Corydon commented on What's So Funny About the Naked Trump Statue?.
@36 It's not really worth arguing. I use the term Byzantine in my own research of course because it's a handy reference that everyone who's interested in the era will get.

But, you know, there really isn't a bright line to draw between the two. Justinian published the Corpus Iuris Civilis in Latin in the 6th century. And that was wholly based on prior Roman legal sources. The whole imperial administrative apparatus didn't undergo any sudden shifts. The culture did become markedly more Christian as the centuries passed, but that too was a process rather than a sharp event.

Besides, like I said, they still thought of themselves as Romans. And Greek was always the dominant language in the Eastern Mediterranean, so even that wasn't much of a shift.

In the end, it was a figure of speech. I chose a term that was a little more off the beaten path to our modern ears when talking about this time and place. It's not wrong...there's no one correct answer. It's like calling Charlemagne the Emperor of the Romans. Sounds a bit off to us, but not at all controversial back then.
Aug 19 Corydon commented on EOD: Everything As Fuck.
Funny, I haven't seen any of those either. Not even Game of Thrones.

It's like that whole overloaded thing mentioned at the top of the piece, the bit where there's so much pop culture going on that's worth paying attention to, that it's just short circuited my brain. And now pop culture doesn't work for me any more. At all.

I kind of like it actually. I've got a lot more time to do other things now. But it does sometimes make for some strange conversations with people; it's almost as if I live in a world with trees and mountains and cities and books and stuff while they live in this strange other place with all these bizarro-people.
Aug 19 Corydon commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: Quick Hits.
Re cities to move to.

Cities generally are easier places to be more openly sex-positive, although of course there is a spectrum of tolerance with San Francisco at one end and perhaps Tulsa at the other. But in general, the bigger the city, the more tolerance you will find, or at least the more you will be able to find a community you can connect with.

Even cities in red states tend to be this way. Phoenix, Dallas, Houston and Atlanta all have active and vibrant LGBT communities. I've lived in Phoenix and I know they do have a pretty active leather and BDSM scene there (Check out the Southwest Leather Conference this January).

In cities like those, you may need to be a little more circumspect in your day-to-day activities, but that's going to be true most anywhere. One would hope that one mark of a professional would be to know how to handle these things respectfully and appropriately depending on audience.
Aug 19 Corydon commented on What's So Funny About the Naked Trump Statue?.
@28 that name shift is one historians use to describe the transition of the same entity. The so-called Byzantines called themselves "Romaioi" (in Greek of course!)
Aug 19 Corydon commented on The Morning News: Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort Resigns, Judge to Those Who Lost Lives and Homes in Oso Mudslide: It's Your Fault.
Meanwhile, tens of thousands are homeless in Louisiana (and hey...Black Lives Matter, many of them are black so you'll get right on that, right? Right? Oh.).

And Hillary Clinton is nowhere to he seen. Disaster response and recovery is a MAJOR part of the President's job description. And Clinton is failing big time. Why isn't she there drawing attention to the crisis? Why isn't Tim Kaine drafting relief legislation in a highly public manner? This is a prime opportunity for a dry run at actually being in charge and she's too busy hitting up Wall Street for cash or whatever.

She's going to win in November, but this does not bode well for her administration.

Incidentally, people in Louisiana (and elsewhere) are noticing just how little their lives (black and white) really seem to matter outside of the context of whatever cultural issue is the latest hot topic.

But hey, it was really important for me to hear about German burkas.
Aug 19 Corydon commented on What's So Funny About the Naked Trump Statue?.
There was a story of a pagan king,who lived very many centuries ago. This was in the days when the old Roman Empire was still something of a force to be reckoned with, but had been severely reduced in size by Islamic conquests of the Middle East and North Africa. The Muslims were clearly the new, powerful up-and-comers in the world.

This king traveled to Constantinople on the shores of the Bosphorus as part of an embassy. And while he was there he entered the Cathedral Church of Holy Wisdom, the Hagia Sophia, and being so overwhelmed by its unparalleled grace and beauty, its mosaics and frescoes, its liturgies and chants, converted to Christianity right then and there.

How far art has come since those barbarous times!
Aug 18 Corydon commented on Thank You for Your Service: 10 Gawker Articles We Loved.
I dunno. Yeah, Gawker sucked. I never really read it much myself so won't really mind its passing. So maybe Nick Denton et al. just really had this coming.

On the other hand, can we all agree that Peter Thiel is basically a James Bond supervillain/member of the Legion of Doom in real life? The whole creepy "I want to live forever off the blood of youths" deal? And this whole episode just goes to show that, man, can he ever carry a grudge.

Yeah, it's true that Hogan did have a case. Gawker was in the wrong. Yadda yadda yadda.

But this is kinda why the ACLU will defend the KKK in court. Because now this particular evil billionaire would-be transhuman overlord knows he can crush his perceived enemies. And he's just the bastard to keep on doing it until someone stops him. And don't think for a minute that the justice system, especially civil litigation, isn't massively tilted in favor of those with mountains of cash.

My guess is that his next victim probably won't be quite as unsympathetic.