A conversation with the Infinite Wait creator about autobiographical graphic novels by Roz Chast and Joe Matt.
A NNNEEEWWWWWW episode of TCJ Talkies is up at The Comics Journal. Julia Wertz came on the show to talk about Roz Chast’s “Can’t we talk about something more pleasant?” and Joe Matt’s SPENT. I’ve been wanting to discuss SPENT with someone for a long time. It’s a book I think about a lot, and probably could have devoted even more time to it than we did.
Mike Dawson and I talked about Roz Chast’s Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? and Joe Matt’s Spent on the latest TCJ Talkies podcast. I’m a fan of both those books, but I really can’t recommend Roz Chast’s new book enough, it’s poignantly depressing, which is the highest compliment I can give. I think the best books aren’t ones that are pleasant and uplifting, but rather the ones that get in your head and just ruin you for days. But are also funny.
“In 1979, when the minimum wage was $2.90, a hard-working student with a minimum-wage job could earn enough in one day (8.44 hours) to pay for one academic credit hour. If a standard course load for one semester consisted of maybe 12 credit hours, the semester’s tuition could be covered by just over two weeks of full-time minimum wage work—or a month of part-time work. A summer spent scooping ice cream or flipping burgers could pay for an MSU education. The cost of an MSU credit hour has multiplied since 1979. So has the federal minimum wage. But today, it takes 60 hours of minimum-wage work to pay off a single credit hour, which was priced at $428.75 for the fall semester.”—The Myth of Working Your Way Through College - Svati Kirsten Narula - The Atlantic (via infoneer-pulse)
I've been having trouble with my foundation. No matter what I do it always slides around my face and comes off right as I touch it. Is that just how foundation is? Or is it maybe the brand of foundation I'm using?
A few things could be causing your foundation to slide off easily, transfer on clothes easily, etc.
1) Your moisturizer. If you’re not letting your moisturizer sink in before applying foundation it makes your skin more slippery causing your foundation to slide off, you want to use a light weight moisturizer and/or wait a few minutes to let it sink in (5 - 15 minutes). Your moisturizer could also just be too greasy and/or thick so you might want to try a different moisturizer.
2) Your foundation is too creamy and doesn’t set/dry. Some foundations will be really creamy and moisturizing and stay almost wet instead of drying which can be good if you have really dry skin and need that moisture but if you have normal to oily skin the foundation will just slip and side. You want to either try a new foundation or set it with a pressed powder (adds coverage) or translucent powder (gives no coverage but sets your foundation). When switching foundations you might want to look for something more long wearing that dries to a semi matte finish like Covergirl 3 in 1 Outlast, Estee Lauder Double Wear, etc. However if you like a more creamy, dewy look those might not be the best for you.
3) Not blending your foundation into the skin properly. When applying foundation you want to make sure to really blend it into the skin so it’s not just laying on top of the skin. If it’s just sitting on top of the skin it can be removed/smeared a lot easier. By using a flat top brush or buffing brush to blend the foundation you’re buffing it into the skin so it really melts and sticks to the skin.
We have “subversive, liberal” professors claiming that they need to be able to use traumatic material to break down the smug, privileged mindset of white dudes. They have to show rape so that men might realise it’s bad.
This is utterly out of tune with the needs of us who already have a good idea, thanks, how bad it is. We don’t need someone at the front of the class telling us we have to live in the real world, man, we can’t just pretend this doesn’t happen. Who deliberately catches us unaware with it to use the moment of shock as a “teachable moment”.
But the kind of student for whom the idea that rape exists is shocking is not - and must not become - the only kind of student in the classroom.
“Originally, in the 20s and 30s, the stereotype of someone who was schizophrenic was the housewife who was sad and withdrawn, and would not do her duties as a housewife; would not do the housework. This was the typical case of schizophrenia. And then, in the 60s, something shifted. The actual criteria for schizophrenia shifted. A lot of psychiatrists and hospitals and police were encountering young, angry black men who were part of the civil rights movement. Who were part of the riots – the uprisings – in the Black Power movement. Who were angry. Who were perceiving a conspiracy of power against them, that was called paranoia. They would see it is white privilege, but it was called paranoia. And so we actually see the diagnositc criteria for schizophrenia change. So now you have anger and paranoia and hostility being included as criteria, whereas 30 years before they hadn’t been. Because the stereotype has changed. So there’s a way in which the DSM and the perspectives of the psychiatrists and the doctors who were giving these diagnoses is thoroughly politically constructed, and thoroughly dependent on the culture and context that they’re within.”—
for anyone interested in reading more about how schizophrenia moved from being a diagnosis assigned to white, middle-class women to one used to pathologize and institutionalize noncompliant black men in the 1960s, jonathan metzl’s the protest psychosis: how schizophrenia became a black disease is a good place to start. i have a PDF scan of it, too — just ask.
“Black neighborhoods have fewer parks and gyms,” says Ray. “And if there are facilities, they cater to men. Gyms might have weights but few cardio machines, for example, or there are basketball courts, but not bike paths. And when women enter these male-dominated spaces, they are more likely to be sexualized, or gazed at. This is less likely to happen in predominately white facilities because they have women-only zones. Curves or boot camps are good examples.”—
Why can’t triathletes and weightlifters get along?
Things that make you go hmmmm.
"Sociologists, it turns out, have studied these covert athletic biases. Carl Stempel, for example, writing in the International Review for the Sociology of Sport, argues that upper middle class Americans avoid “excessive displays of strength,” viewing the bodybuilder look as vulgar overcompensation for wounded manhood. The so-called dominant classes, Stempel writes—especially those like my friends and myself, richer in fancy degrees than in actual dollars—tend to express dominance through strenuous aerobic sports that display moral character, self-control, and self-development, rather than physical dominance. By chasing pure strength, in other words, packing on all that muscle, I had violated the unspoken prejudices—and dearly held self-definitions—of my social group.”
I encountered this recently when chatting with my cousin’s husband, a PhD in Computer Science who works at Google and runs sub-three hour marathons in his spare time (yes, you read that right) and weighs little more than me at a height of six feet. He admitted that barbells scare him which just boggled my mind, but admires the feats of strength of others as something as far beyond his reach as running a sub-three hour marathon is mine.
I will probably stir something up but in my area, this is as clear as night and day. Most people run, walk and do things to uphold some type of unspoken social norm. People diet together, run together, shell out hundreds of dollars for marathons, races..etc.
But when someone enters that group who is a strength athlete they are treated like some kind of animal. I get constantly told to “be careful” at the gym or told that I’m doing too much, scaring other gym goers, “shaking the gym”, or just get glances or judgement and disgust. People tend to stick to their social norm, which for my area and areas I’ve been to seems to be almost exactly like this article. I know some people on this site would argue the opposite but I’d disagree. Honestly, I’m a lot “worse” off than a lot of people in my area in terms of gross income and job “status”. A lot of the richer more secure people really, really look down on the “big muscular” people as vulgar or “too much”. I constantly feel like I’m sub-human to my peers around me.
And I’m okay with that.
Yeah, this kind of matches my experience too, and more so those of a close male friend who started going to the gym with me in college.
My friend was also not white, and we were at a pretty white college, which I’m sure aggravated the problem. I definitely remember him complaining some about people treating him like a thug.
It sucks, because my friend had gotten that all his life. People assuming he’s not as smart or as educated as they are, when really he’s very smart!
With me, I’ve definitely had people act like I’m doing something weird or gross when I lift something heavy, whether it’s in the gym or outside, like moving furniture or the like. And my mom definitely seems to act like my body is more obscene now, and should be covered more, than she did when I was smaller.
I’ve also lifted myself into a state where I’m not attractive to most men, which is fine. Because for women thinness isn’t just class coded, it’s also a huge part of the beauty standard. Which is itself class coded, but like, there’s more that a woman sacrifices in terms of social presentation by becoming big and bulky than there is that a man sacrifices. A man may sacrifice his ability to be perceived as intelligent or middle-class, but a woman sacrifices those things and conventional attractiveness too.
"My response to the “I am not a feminist” internet phenomenon….
First of all, it’s clear you don’t know what feminism is. But I’m not going to explain it to you. You can google it. To quote an old friend, “I’m not the feminist babysitter.”
But here is what I think you should know.
You’re insulting every woman who was forcibly restrained in a jail cell with a feeding tube down her throat for your right to vote, less than 100 years ago.
You’re degrading every woman who has accessed a rape crisis center, which wouldn’t exist without the feminist movement.
You’re undermining every woman who fought to make marital rape a crime (it was legal until 1993).
You’re spitting on the legacy of every woman who fought for women to be allowed to own property (1848). For the abolition of slavery and the rise of the labor union. For the right to divorce. For women to be allowed to have access to birth control (Comstock laws). For middle and upper class women to be allowed to work outside the home (poor women have always worked outside the home). To make domestic violence a crime in the US (It is very much legal in many parts of the world). To make workplace sexual harassment a crime.
In short, you know not what you speak of. You reap the rewards of these women’s sacrifices every day of your life. When you grin with your cutsey sign about how you’re not a feminist, you ignorantly spit on the sacred struggle of the past 200 years. You bite the hand that has fed you freedom, safety, and a voice.
In short, kiss my ass, you ignorant little jerks.”