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Hi Internets! This month I’m a guest at the I Hate/Love Remakes podcast!
We discuss the wonderful 1954 movie Sabrina, starring Audrey Hepburn Humphrey Bogart and its 1995 remake.
Part one is now up! Part two will be out in a couple of weeks or so. I’ll let you know. Hope you enjoy!
Internets, I have to get this off my chest. I’ve been following the Assange rape allegation story with great interest for a number of reasons, and I have said plenty about this on my twitter already. I’m not going to go into a discussion about the charges, the victims, what I think or any of this, because we’ll be here all night and I have knitting to do.
But there’s something I keep seeing that I can’t let slide, internets. I’ve seen it more than one place, and now even repeated by Keth Olbermann. Here’s a screenshot from his twitter account:
Let’s repeat that: “The term rape in Sweden includes consensual sex without a condom.” There isn’t a font size in the world large enough for my response to this:
This Is Not A Thing.
It is beyond shocking to me that people are actually buying this rumour. Consensual sex without a condom is rape in Sweden? Are you all high? That would mean that every single time two Swedish people attempt to concieve a child, it is rape. The implication again is that making babies is rape. Are you KIDDING ME? And people believe this is fact? How do these people not stop and go “wait a minute, that makes no sense. I’d better check that.”
I have also seen it said that this is the same as “sex by surprise”. Newsflash, world: Sex by surprise is Swedish slang for rape. It’s terminology used to trivialise rape.
Oh My God, internets. I have seen a lot of stupid shit over the 15+ years I’ve been online but this is surely one of the dumbest things I’ve ever come across. It’s, I don’t even, I give up. I’m out. You broke me, my brain has exploded, there’s brain matter all over the wall.
Say whatever you want about the specific case, the charges, the conspiracy theories and whatnot, but come the f on. Say it with me: THIS IS NOT A THING. Consensual sex without a condom is not rape in Sweden. And that a reporter/commentator with MSNBC isn’t able to see how utterly ludicrious that is, that is beyond baffling. Wow, Olbermann. You have officially outed yourself as a moron, good luck with that.
This story was upsetting and troubling on many levels, now it’s crossed completely into the realm of farce. I think I need a fluffy funny movie or something. Or chocolate. A lot of chocolate. I’m going to get both guinea pigs for a soothing cuddle first, because OMG internet. Please stop.
Eta: In case you need to see it for yourself: Actual Swedish Rape Law. In English.
Do you remember back in the day, when we told each other everything and social media didn’t exist? When our journals were public and no one knew where to look for them? Where entries were frequent, and long, and we read them?
Do you remember how we used to write, before the limitations of status updates and 140 characters? Do you remember when we were younger and sharing wasn’t so scary? When the Internet wasn’t somewhere your boss would look for you? And the Internet was a different place entirely, separate from the Real World? Do you remember how free it felt? Do you remember finding each other, complete strangers, and creating bonds that by now have lasted 5, 10, 12 years?
Do you remember when it was all new and exciting? It’s not that Internet any longer. It’s information overload and comments – comments everywhere that make me lose faith in humanity’s ability to not only comprehend the written word, but more importantly the lack of empathy leaves me cold and worried. The Internet – which I loved for the joy and adventure we shared, more than ever it’s gut reaction and taking great pleasure in condemning complete strangers who may have made a mistake. The Internet takes the worst of humanity and combines it with news articles, as if allowing the Great Public to lower the tone is furthering the conversation.
Maybe it was always like this. Maybe I’m becoming bitter and old. Maybe I’ve changed more than the Internet. But it’s not my Internet any longer, it’s not my playground like it used to be. And it feels like I’ve lost something.
I have been a happy user of BookMooch for the last several months. I’ve given away twice as many books as I have requested and I’ve happily spent quite a lot of money on the postage, to get books to people who really want them. I recently stopped mooching as I am moving over to digital books as much as possible, and re-listed several books that I’d just received, most of which where picked up quickly. I got quite the surly email from someone who received a book today:
Thanks for sending me the book. I’m a bit disappointed about the state of the book, though. It is really rather bad which I do not remember in your condition description. The covers are stained, creased, yellowed and dog-eared; the spine is badly broken falling open on a particular page with that section about to come loose; and the whole book is yellowed with a large water stain at the top extending through about half of it.
I suggest that you donate my point back to me as this book is meant for permanent collection and I would like to get a better copy than this.
…..you suggest what now? Your free book wasn’t good enough for you, so you want your point back? For the uninitiated, you “pay” for books with points and get a point for each book you send out.
I gave the person 5 points with the following message:
Here, have five. Now you have enough to get however many more books you want. Word of advice – if you care so much about the condition, ask the people you mooch from. Or buy the book second hand on Amazon, rather than complaining about free books.
Honestly, some people. It’s a book exchange site, not a shop. You get what you pay for, and that book was free. It was actually in the same condition when I received it, and I had no problem with it whatsoever.
I think I’m going to start giving my books to charity shops again instead, especially as bookmooch is only an expense for me now – I’m not requesting any books as I am trying to de-clutter.