I forgot about this, but back during Christmas Break, I put Star Trek in front of my cat to see what he would do. To my surprise, he actually did watch it. However, he only seemed mildly entertained - that is, until Scotty started talking. Then my cat actually paused the episode and stared at him. He just stared at Scotty and wouldn’t let me press play for, like, four or five minutes. After that, he watched for a while, but gradually lost interest and started dozing, only looking up when he heard Scotty’s voice.
Can someone please explain to me why my cat loves Scotty so much? Was James Doohan secretly some sort of magical cat whisperer? What is this?
Me: I’m just checking in on your feedback for the draft of the ad I sent you.
Client: It was perfect, so I just passed it on to the newspaper.
Me: But there were unpurchased stock photos in it with watermarks spread across them. Plus it was a very low resolution file which won’t look…
Some findings of interest from the Pew Research Center’s latest study on LGBT Americans:
- 92% of respondents said “society has become more accepting of them in the past decade.” About the same number expect things to continue getting better.
- 39% of respondents have been rejected by a friend or family member for being LGBT.
- 58% of respondents have been the target of anti-LGBT slurs or other kinds of verbal harassment.
- 17 is the median age at which surveyed LGBT Americans knew for sure they were LGBT.
Read the full Survey of LGBT Americans here.
You know what language I love? Welsh.
can you not
you know our word for ‘microwave’ is ‘popty ping’, right?
this language is literally keysmashing
God we fuck up teenagers’ heads. We tell them that biological conditions are moral punishments and then we get all shocked when they don’t practice rational risk management of biological conditions. We teach them “sex is super desirable and all the cool kids do it, and it’s hideously shameful and will destroy your life” and we wonder why they act an eensy bit neurotic about it. If you tried to design a system for making sexually active kids confused and unsafe, you couldn’t do much better than the American media and school system.
And for once, the answer is relatively simple. Just talk about sex like it’s a part of life. Some people have sex and some people don’t, because people are different. STIs aren’t bad because they’re Dirty Crotch Rot; they’re bad because they’re contagious illnesses like strep throat or whooping cough, and you can ask a doctor to check for and treat them just like you would with strep throat. Unwanted pregnancy isn’t a scarlet A; it’s a mostly-preventable accident that sometimes occurs when people are going about their normal business of having sex. You can ask the school counselor about a variety of topics, including career planning, problems at home, questions about sex, or conflicts with teachers.
If we could just get the goddamn stick out of our collective ass and accept that sex is a human activity and teenagers are humans, maybe there wouldn’t be quite so many plaintive “I don’t understand my body and I’m confused and scared and I don’t know anyone I can ask in person” messages flying out into the world.