marshtide: (Mårran)
Oh god. A brand of sweets is changing its packaging because it had one of those blatantly offensive asian stereotype things going on. NOW A DEBATE PROGRAMME ON SVT IS HAVING A THING ABOUT IT. WHY. HOW IS THIS EVEN A THING. THEY HAVE ASKED THE SWEDISH PUBLIC WHAT THEY THINK. I DON'T WANT TO HEAR WHAT THE SWEDISH PUBLIC THINK BECAUSE I HAVE A HORRIBLE SUSPICION I KNOW AND IT WILL MAKE ME SCREAM. ALSO SINCE WHEN WAS DECIDING WHAT IS AND ISN'T RACIST A DEMOCRATIC PROCESS FOR THE MOSTLY WHITE POPULACE TO HAVE AT.

Wow sorry that was a lot of caps.

But I have... feelings.

(Also in news on a completely different axis of fuckery one of the resource books we're using for both the written and spoken parts of the course & which mostly contains articles and vocabulary practice and things like that, contains an article about LGBT - ok, no, I'm being too generous, they were only talking about the L and the G - parents and their families. Because you know, equal adoption rights, ability to build a family in a variety of different ways, still limitations, it's a thing. The article was fine as far as it went, mostly an interview with a lesbian couple with small kids. But! It came with a debate question! Those are always so much fun. I love it when people debate my rights! Just LOVE it! Especially when the question is phrased like, IS SOCIETY READY FOR THESE KINDS OF FAMILIES? DO YOU THINK IT WILL BE BAD FOR THE CHILDREN? ....hey kristdemokraterna is it you sneaking around back there?

We didn't get around to the discussion in the lesson it was scheduled for, but I will be wearing my most homosexual t-shirts until further notice.)
marshtide: (Too-ticki)
Links...

English:

1. Tony Porter talks about how fucked up current ideas of masculinity are. (Discussion of rape and violence against women.)

Svenska:

(NSFW alltihop. Reklamen på Bangs hemsida är alltid något... du vet.)

2. En idealisk gärningsman av Niklas Hellgren (våldtäkt, ras, föredomar)

3. Konst som splittrar nationen av Tiina Rosenberg (SD, främlingsfientlighet och konst som nånting som bör vara skönt och ge glädje - eller bör provocera)

4. De osynliga systrarna av Susan Behnam (gammal artikel om invandrarkvinnor och kvinnorörelsen)

Jag blir lite kär i Bang ibland. Har ni favorit tidskrifter på svenska som jag kanske skulle tycka om...?





I feel unsure about how to describe my interview experience. It felt positive; but on the other hand, I've had such overwhelmingly negative experiences of interviews before that I can't say if that's a skewed perspective talking. It could just mean "I didn't even panic a little bit."

The really positive thing here, I think, is that I know now that I'm capable of doing an interview without hyperventilating, which has been a traditional problem and a barrier to gainful employment. What's more, I can do it in Swedish - and regardless of outcome they were really impressed with my language skills and said so several times. (Sometimes I do feel like Swedish has been a key to a bunch of things for me, particularly expressing myself with confidence, which maybe sounds weird considering I'm not actually capable of such complex expression as I am in English. I'm sure it's also coincidence in that my mental health has improved a lot over the last year, but the end result is that I can now do things in Swedish that I couldn't have done in English last year.)





I never did talk about my exam much, did I? The key points are:

1. I got to write a short comic piece on the topic of LGBT parenting (there were a few themes to pick from, one of which was children and childhood, so I ran with it). I got very high marks.

2. My spoken test was on the subject of gender equality. ...I got very high marks.

I detect the hand of D in the latter. He's the younger of my two teachers, and delights in provocative topics, and is very good at asking the questions that people try to avoid. He's thoughtful and precise in his expression of ideas and I suspect that a day when he gets to challenge people's preconceptions is, for him, an excellent day. Yes, we got on rather well.
marshtide: (Mist)
God, Europe. I just don't know.


1. Current rage: fuck you, France. The xenophobia that seems built into discussions of Roma is seriously depressing. They are, obviously, ALL thieves and villains. Erm... wait.

2. General ongoing background rage: Denmaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaark. The 24 year rule isn't news, but that doesn't mean I can't continue being pissed off at it. Also, this. (Making a superhuman effort to not read the comments...)


Just for example.

I'm going to go clean something. Possibly viciously.

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