by syaffolee

What’s Appropriate? The 2Blowhards are grumbling about how young women are letting it all hang out while on the other hand enjoying the ogling. I’m just thinking they’re around exhibitionists too much–not all young women are like that. This is interesting:

[F]rom 15-25, we don’t seem capable of doing much beyond acting out what our hormones tell us to do. Which makes sense: biology has us in a breeding frenzy. Girls during those years sometimes seem to think that they’re just “being pretty” and “having fun” when everything about them is in fact screaming “impregnate me now.”


Well, if that’s normal, color me on the fringes. The craziest thing I’ve done to change my appearance was to bleach my hair which was more of a sign of trying to be different than anything else. It didn’t work, of course.

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Book Questionnaire (Via Reflections in d minor again–maybe I should just make it implicit that all the crazy book memes I get are from her site? And I can’t not do them, I mean, I’m a certified book freak. Actually, I’m not, but I should be.)

What did you last read?

The Structure of Evolutionary Theory by Stephen Jay Gould. I finished it last night (or this morning if you want to get technical). There’s some very cool historical debates about Darwinism, but please don’t quiz me about it. It definitely requires at least a second reading–I’ll probably get my own copy whenever I find myself in a bookstore that stocks it. Warning: not light reading.

What are you reading now?

The Double Helix which is a personal memoir on discovering the structure of DNA by James D. Watson. In the first chapter, he manages to paint everyone in a not so nice light and piss of feminists. But one has to remember that this is written in the view point of a hormone-driven twenty-something-year-old geek who wasn’t getting any.

What do you plan to read next?

The Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes. It’s a history of Australia. I think I saw the PBS special about it some time ago.

What would you like to read, but don’t have?

A bunch of books, all of which are listed on my bookrolling page under “Want List”. Although that list is alphabetized, the top one on that list is Faces Under Water by Tanith Lee which is part of a loosely connected tetrology. Last summer vacation I borrowed it from the library and read one chapter before I had to return it. Besides, I’m a sucker for stories about declining and decadent societies.

What would you recommend for others to read?

Arg, I would have to cop out and say there are too many to list, but that’s not true–there are only a finite number of books in the world. I guess it’ll depend on what kind of book you want me to recommend.

What’s your favorite book from childhood?

There’s The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley, but I think that one is one of my favorites because I really liked fairy tales (I still do). My favorite sci-fi series was Isaac Asimov’s books on Norby the time-traveling, wisecracking robot.

What book last made you laugh?

Probably William Zinsser’s On Writing Well. He’s very good at using puns and other literary devices to make a point. But I must add that he’s very circumspect about those puns–only applying when needed–unlike a certain fantasy author I might name.

What book last made you weep?

Some of the books I have been recently reading have depressing parts but I don’t cry from reading.

What book last made you angry?

Books don’t really make me angry, although they do make me annoyed. Like The Double Helix when Watson remarked rather arrogantly that most scientists are stupid. But then again, you have to remember that he wrote this as a young man and was trying to get a rise out of everybody.