Author Archives: leopoldtal

Jumbled thoughts on polyamoury

Poly advice, worldviews held by poly people, poly communities, etc., tend to have relationship goals opposed to mine – a pithy oversimplified way of putting it is “they see commitment as a means to passion, I see passion as a … Continue reading

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I never MetaMed I didn’t like

Full disclosure: I work for MetaMed. MetaMed is a personalised medicine company. Personalised medicine is basically what it says on the tin: recommending the best tests and treatments for you-yes-you as opposed to the generic abstracted Platonic form of a … Continue reading

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Exodus 30:17

One of those things about religion that makes me go: “Get this, u guise!”. (By religion I pretty much mean “Judaism”. Judaism and Christianity are the only two religions I know in enough detail to have a good idea of … Continue reading

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Sometimes I’m a terrible person

So my boyfriend (did I mention I have a boyfriend?) was supposed to be one of the three people I know who have a decent family. But apparently people who have been decent for decades can just decide to be … Continue reading

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D’aww, part 1 of what I fear is many

The most adorable thing in the world is a three-year-old rooting around on my bookshelves, asking me to name the characters on the covers, and repeating “Mello” with all the painstaking care the discovery of new knowledge warrants. And then … Continue reading

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Masculinity, part 2 of 2: Nonviolent Communication is totally gay

In part 1 I talked about what’s scary about not being man enough. In this part, I’ll explain why having feelings is for sissies. “Patriarchy hurts men too” types tend to focus on expressing emotions. And it’s true that enforcement … Continue reading

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Masculinity, part 1 of 2: Who’s afraid of the penis bandits?

Traditional¬†(in Western cultures) masculinity is not very popular, often for good reason, among people who blog about things like traditional masculinity. Men are emotionally repressed. Men aren’t allowed to express any emotions but anger. We need to talk. Why do … Continue reading

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Review: Bobby

Bobby, short story by copycatgirl (2169 words) Trans people are usually desperate for any kind of portrayal. (Seriously, Birdo?) What’s even rarer is portrayal of closeted transfolk. That place where you know who you are, but telling anybody else your … Continue reading

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On individualistic ideologies

There’s a certain brand of feminist thinking, archetypically Captain Awkward, whose highest value is free choice. Whence a number of positions: Consent is paramount, not just for sex but for any kind of interaction. “I didn’t want to come but … Continue reading

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Getting off the couch after depression

Depression makes you lazy. You wouldn’t expect that; when you’re depressed, you can’t afford the tiniest bit of laziness, or you die. But it teaches you to do the bare minimum to survive; that doing things is hard and unpleasant; … Continue reading

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Obligatory intro post

Hello, world! This blog hosts my rambling, navel-gazing, gushing, ranting, and occasional good idea in one convenient place. I might edit this later to add some links.

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