commented on SL Letter of the Day: Schooling Your Instructor
Sadly, I don't think this opened the instructor's mind. I think the instructor was pissing herself realizing that she had put her remarks in writing, and that if she gave an unfair grade after this exchange she could be in a lot of trouble.
I recognize the type of social justice professor Jason is describing -- we have a bunch of them at my university. They are accustomed to telling students what they are allowed to think, and when they encounter intelligent pushback they are remarkably unprepared.
commented on I'm a Supporter of Physician-Assisted Suicide...
This isn't about "losing both sight and hearing," as if these were somehow two separate but equal blows from fate. It's about access to language, for people who have grown up deaf and find that state to be normal.
Unfortunately Belgium is still very much oralist in its approach to deaf education, so it's likely that these brothers were oral communicators and entirely dependent on the visual modality to be able to use language. If they were sign language users, they would be able to transition without too much trouble to tactile signing, which is fundamentally the same language with a few modifications. They would still be able to communicate with each other and with all their loved ones in the deaf signing community. Not so for an oral deaf person going blind.
Anyone imagining, "Gee, I couldn't live without music, but if I had to live without music and ALSO live without seeing sunsets, then I'd really kill myself!" -- you're missing the point. Deaf people see these issues really really differently.
Dec 19, 2012
commented on Savage Love
@25, EMDR is a placebo. I'm glad that you're doing better, that's awesome. But there is absolutely no evidence that EMDR itself is beneficial, and the theory behind it makes no sense at all. EMDR does not "help your brain process traumatic memories."
Nov 1, 2012
commented on God Said, "Hey"
That self-mocking stance is really just a way of saying "It's okay that I'm a neurotic who makes bad life decisions, because I'm confessing to it!", winking at the reader as if we're all like that, right? I don't know if she started it, but it is definitely part of a dreadful trend in personal essays these days.
Oct 6, 2012
commented on That's a Lot of Goddamned Money
I had to admit to myself that the *only* reason I haven't donated is that I don't want to be pestered once they have my contact information. I decided it's a small price to pay, and I can just thow out all the fliers and delete all the e-mails. So I just made my first ever Obama contribution.