Breasts: They’re Not Our Own Anymore

Hello nerdlings!  I am so sorry that this took forever to write.  This month has been really intense.  Lately, I have had so many articles about breasts showing up in my newsfeeds that it almost feels like the summer of the Superbowl Nip Slip again.  Once again, it all boils down to the idea that women’s bodies are not their own.  They belong to the public, to be consumed as society sees fit.

If any of you are friends with young mothers, you probably see a lot of articles about breast-feeding.  For it, against it, for it in public, against it in public, etc.  For whatever reasons, people have a lot to say about how women feed their babies and everyone seems to have an opinion on it.  Formula feed?  You’re lazy and your baby is going to die without your immunities!  Breast feed?  Better not do that in public, it’s pornographic!  Feed your baby well into toddlerhood?  You’re going to raise a pervert!  There’s really no way for a woman to win, but at least these arguments stay somewhat around the topic of what breasts are actually for.  Breasts exist to supply nutrition.  We are one of the only mammalian species to have “swollen” breasts when not pregnant or nursing (some scientists think it’s to encourage reproduction by basically making a butt on our chests!) but the point is, breasts are primarily for food.  Their function for pleasure is secondary. Continue reading

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Rape Culture, Again

Good news: I got my computer back from the repair shop!  Bad news: it has to go back tomorrow.  Since I have it for one day, though, I wanted to write something for you all.  Today, I wanted to write about the fashion industry, because despite being in the headlines more for severely damaging behavior, it’s still seen as a glamorous profession.  However, recent news has pushed that one temporarily to the back burner.  Apparently, we still need to talk about rape culture.

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In Which My Computer Goes to the Hospital

I had a great post set up for you guys today.  Full of links, ideas, and relevant news.  Then, I placed my computer down a little rougher than I meant to and BAM!  White screen of death.  Everything is gone.  Tomorrow, my computer ships off to Dell so they can reattach my hard drive or rewire my motherboard or whatever they can do that I cannot.  Your angry nerd is now a sad nerd writing on her grad school computer from 2007.

I didn’t want to disappoint you when I’d promised you my thoughts on Doctor Who, though!  Tomorrow I’ll recompile my research and try and get something meaningful together, but right now, I’m a little too frazzled for that.  I hope you forgive me, although this is not a very auspicious start to my nerdy little blog! Continue reading

How I Became Angry

Hi all and welcome!

You may be wondering what made your nerd girl here so angry.  I’ve tended to be such a calm and passive person.  However, 2013 has just begun and we’ve already had the Steubenville case and the backlash that followed.  Countless blogs and even major news networks (looking at you, CNN and FoxNews) blamed the victim.  We have the ugliness that followed many of us on Facebook changing our profile pictures to a pink and red equality symbol.  Every news report I read on it had dozens of people in the comments asking what they should change their picture to in order to show that marriage equality was morally wrong.  Many of them chose a cross, which I find extremely ironic, considering the fact that if you happen to consider homosexuality as a sin (I personally do not) than you must realize that Jesus would have been kindest to gay people.  Whenever people preach about the sins of others, they seem to forget what Jesus himself said about pride and judgment: “Everyone that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted” (Luke 18:14) and “Judge not, that ye be not judged.  For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?” (Matthew 7: 1-3). Continue reading