Shara Yurkiewicz writes an online column at Scientific American called *This May Hurt a Bit. Robert Krulwich cross-posted this entry from her blog on his at NPR.org, a piece called “Post Operative Check.”
I found it very moving. Krulwich writes, about Yurkiewicz:
Shara Yurkiewicz is a med student. She’s doing rounds now, moving from department to department. Much of what she sees, she’s seeing for the first time. Not yet a doctor, there are moments, many moments when she has the eyes of a patient. She gets scared. She feels helpless. She’s too involved. She’s at that place in her training where everything is so sharp, so new, she feels the full, fresh stab of it, and sometimes, very privately, she bleeds.
At the risk of being put on the same bag as asshole anon over there (I hope I won't tho), I wanna say and sign my name on how, while I certainly don't think I would agree on everything with him/her, I do believe things are much more nuanced than your position so far has suggested they are. Again, I don't think anon is much of a prize, but that doesn't really say much about his/her points. If Satan was to say the sky is blue, it would be certainly foolish of us to insist it's red because of that.
First off, got both notes, thank you for each of them.
I’m literally having to run out of the house in about a minute, and can’t give this the time it deserves, I’m afraid, but I appreciated you writing, and I appreciate your point. Absolutely there is nuance in many realms, and even in some aspects of the discussion of society’s treatment of men and women. That granted, with regard to my specific points, I don’t really see it. The comics industry, and the supporting fandom around much of that community and expanding into others, is sexist, and in many cases outright misogynist. It treats women shabbily, and to me there’s no nuance to be found in threatening a woman with rape for criticizing a comic. There is no nuance to be found in threatening a woman with rape for anything.
The idea that comics or fandom could be, in anyway, under threat by the presence of women who love these stories, these characters, for whatever reason, however they’ve come to it, is to me absurd.
Also, you are in no danger of ending up in the Asshole Bag™. The Asshole Bag has very specific requirements for entry, and you, simply by being articulate, honest, and willing to own your words, are disqualified from placement in the Asshole Bag™.
This is me saying thank you to the many (so many!) of you who have sent such lovely notes, shared your thoughts, pointed out articles, books, stats, since I posted the Contents Under Pressure entry. I would thank each of you personally, reblog all of your notes, but I fear there isn’t the time right now.
But it’s important to me that all of you know I have read what you sent, and I appreciate it. I appreciate it very, very much.
That "I've got a daughter" bit (and it is always a daughter) is just a liberals' version of "Won't someone think of the children?"
From your pejorative use of “liberal,” I’m going to presume you’re a self-described “conservative.” That puts you on some very shaky ground, considering how many self-proclaimed conservatives use “protecting our children” for any number of draconian, even cruel, pieces of legislation.
You betray a remarkable, and incredible, selfishness in just one sentence. As if to say caring for our children is, in some way, a weakness. As if to say caring for our children is, in some way, wrong. As if it is not every parents’ duty to do just that.
Moreover, you’re willfully misreading what I wrote. I talked of my daughter, yes. And of my colleagues. My friends. My wife. My peers. My fans. I spoke to men and women alike.
Yet another coward who is afraid to sign his name.
The federal government had been removing Bundy’s cattle and impounding them in a corral in nearby Mesquite, NV, because the rancher has kept his more than 900 head of cattle on a piece of 600,000-acre federal land for the past two decades and has refused to pay taxes since 1993, when the federal government increased the grazing fees in order to save critical habitat for the endangered Mojave Desert tortoise…
…Bundy does not have such a permit because he doesn’t want to pay federal taxes on land he says belongs to the state of Nevada. However, the private rancher hasn’t removed his livestock from the federal land, which was an option he could have pursued in order to not pay the federal fee, which costs about $1.35 per cow-calf pair per month.
"If I talk down to people enough by calling them mouthbreathers and cowards, then that'll make me win arguments! I have no problem with taking statistics where women are disadvantaged face value as truth and basing my beliefs off of them, but if you bring me similar statistics for men, then I'll want to look at every variable I can for an excuse as to why they're false! Conformation bias is wonderful!" - Greg Rucka's insecure-as-fuck subconscious
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I understand the angry anon was out of line and equating two unrelated scenarios as though one made the other okay, but that doesn't make the data they mention false or "made up", not not in any way relevent
This, again, is fair, but I think it bears further examination. The anon called me a white knight, which identified him as an MRA, or at least as someone who’s drinking that Kool-Aid. MRA citing of suicide stats is self-serving and limited, in my experience, to say the least.
Yes, suicide rates are much higher amongst adolescent and young men than they are amongst women in the same age group, as much as four times higher according to some studies. What bears further examination is how these number reflect not simply being male, but being male and low-income, or of color, or of non heteronormative sexuality, or any combination thereof. Those factors are conveniently ignored by MRAers who use this data to cite their perceived persecution, because certainly the male culture they feel they must defend cannot be the cause of the problem.
It’s also worth noting, I think, that suicide rates are increasing amongst young women.
This is part of a much longer, and larger, and very legitimate conversation, I think, and you are correct in calling me out for dismissing the anon so completely. But to be fair, he was an asshole, and I’ve already given him more time than he deserves.
Because girls never exclude other girls or never exclude guys by claiming "safe space," right? Jesus christ, I get that you have a daughter and you're looking out for her, but that doesn't mean that women have it any worse than guys now that you're focusing on one. Wake the fuck up. What sex drops out of school at great rates? What sex has the highest poverty and suicide rate? What sex is less likely to get into college? Men. So stop being a mouthbreathing white knight.
I love when righteous indignation hides behind anonymity. You poor, poor boy. You are beyond wrong, and that you cannot see why, that you cannot see how the made-up data you cite itself is part of the problem, is part of the bias, only makes me pity you.
You’re a coward.
You’re exactly the problem I’m describing.
And you have no leg to stand on. I am tired of you, I am tired of your type.
Good luck with what I am sure will be a long and miserable life.
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