23, engaged, and I refuse to feel bad about it.

So I just read a blog post called 23 Things to Do Instead of Getting Engaged when You’re 23, and you know what? I am not impressed. At all.

As someone who got engaged at 21, I am really not a fan of this article. Not because it encourages people from getting married later in life, but because it is rather scathing of people who DO get engaged young. The author seems to think that I should be marking my skin with a permanent tattoo, getting a pet which makes me sneeze, join a US-centric overseas social welfare organisation, make other people feel uncomfortable or bad about themselves, be selfish, convert to a different faith, eat a crap-ton of unhealthy food and flash myself at some poor unsuspecting passer-by (child-flashers anyone?). Continue reading

Blog June, Day Twenty Eight

So I know I didn’t post yesterday, but unlike most of my other missing posts, I have good reason.

I have been diagnosed with Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (JHS), although I suspect I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Type III (hypermobility), also known as EDS. Due to the nature of my disability, a lot of my joints become quite painful, particularly after overuse. I also get tired a lot. Right now I am working for three full days, spend a fourth day doing physio and hydro therapy, and running errands. As it stands, with four full days of activity per week, I am constantly exhausted.

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Blog June, Day Twenty Six

I have found the hardest part of Blog June to be remembering to blog over the weekends. During the week it isn’t so much of an issue, because I do it during my lunch break at work (bare in mind that Mondays I have physio and hydro, and Tuesdays I either run errands, or sit on the sofa watching movies with the missus, because I am so exhausted).

So today I received some lovely encouragement from the International Librarians Network, who gave me a little bit of publicity. I felt rather chuffed to have my blog recognised in such an arena. Just a pity I have not lived up to the goals and ideals of Blog June (namely, that you are supposed to blog every day).

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Blog June, Day Twenty

Why I hate the world, Reason #168.

730 people have backed the Kickstarter campaign to find the publication of a book the promotes and teaches to to sexually assault women.

That is right. More than $16,000 is being spent teaching men to rape.

Comedian Casey Malone broke the story on his blog with just 10 hours to go before the campaign ended, and sent the interent into a frenzy. With good reason. But even with the entirety of the bloggersphere calling for campaign to be cancelled, Kickstarter have refused, claiming that while they don’t like it, they haven’t actually broken any of the rules (which is incorrect. They have broken the Terms of Service which forbid content which is “unlawful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, libelous, deceptive, fraudulent, tortuous, obscene, offensive, profane, or invasive of another’s privacy.”).

Over at GoDoSomething.Org there is a petition to have the decision revoked, and at the time of writing it has over 33,000 signatures, but we shall see how much good it does.

Sexual assault is serious business, as is the fact that we live in a culture that tells us to “don’t get raped”, rather than “don’t rape”. It is not often I am one advocating for censorship, but this book is just not on.