extra extra the new issue of Straw Man Weekly is out
Scorching insights here. All the people saying that Koreans and Indians are exactly the same should stop doing that. Owned.
Appreciating different cultures is good, but "making a fetish" of them—a wildly subjective term I just made up—is bad. Please take note.
We're not prescribing all these white authors *because* they're white, silly. They're telling common human stories! Why would universal stories need to come from more than one perspective?
"Some of Voltaire's best friends were POC"
Hear that? Stop grievancing so hard and just appreciate the Enlightenment's "high culture" why don't you

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Yes, this is an excuse to post one of my favorite movie reviews ever.
When "Brokeback Mountain" came out in theaters, nearly every mainstream reviewer called it a "universal" love story. It's not about gay people! It's about forbidden love!
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Genuinely one of the funniest things I've ever read.
This smug self-seriousness becomes funnier with each subsequent paragraph Image
Can't imagine why anyone would put a stop to this. Image
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lol of course
Always take advice on helping the needy from people who have shown no previous interest in helping the needy.
A tactic recognizable from every town hall meeting about the housing crisis in history. "Don't do this incredibly easy, imperfect thing! Do this unrelated ideal thing instead!"
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