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Monday, February 28, 2011

Defining the Rights of Fathers


This blog-post was inspired by a simple statement made from an unknown blogger to a group of people discussing a woman's Right To Choose.

All of the commenters were sternly in support of abortion, not forcing women to become mothers, that everyone should stop making people have kids they don't want, and generally talking about how nobody should EVER be forced to have a baby.

It was then that our unknown blogger dropped a veritable bomb-shell: "So I said that was such a fantastic idea that we should extend the same rights to men! Men should not be forced to be a father just like women shouldn’t be forced to be a mother. Yes, brilliant!"

Pins dropped for all of five seconds before everyone went completely batshit crazy!


Friday, February 25, 2011

Why Ayn Rand Sucks


If there's one thing that annoys me more than hipsters -- it's hipsters reading The Fountainhead.

(Probably while they're drinking PBR, leaning on their fixie and adjusting the peacock earring on their ear as Animal Collective blasts in the background.)

Seriously, Ayn Rand, and her entire bibliography are among the most evil cultural influences of the 20th-21st century, right up there with Fox News, Ronald Reagan, Jersey Shore, and Pop Music. But you know what really annoys me about Rand and her work? It's how subversive they are. So much so, that even relatively smart and nice people can be lured into the twisted logic of her world where up = down, left = right, and freedom = facism.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Navigating ZSA


Hey ya'll!

I very rarely do posts like this, however, I feel the need to inform everyone that here at Zeitgeist of the Saboteur Academia, we've made some changes. Have you noticed...? No...?

I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU GUYS!

(Kidding! I can totally believe it.)

[Warning: post contains pictures which may be NSFW.]

On Being a Saboteur Academic


With the semester well under way, I've begun to regain my scholastic cynicism. Especially when it comes to professors.

Is it just me or do professors just plain suck at teaching?

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Zek Versus The Middle Schooler


A while back I was hanging out with my girlfriend at her job as an organizer for community programs at a San Francisco middle school. We were getting ready to go to a belated "holiday dinner" with her coworkers.

She was new on the job, and so I'd never visited before. We met up outside the school, and then she took me inside. Once got into her office-area I was instantly introduced to a bunch of random people/coworkers. Some of them were middle-school students.

Among them was this one girl who, upon realizing I was her boyfriend said, "Hey! He's White! That's messed up."

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Faux News


I was recently watching [masterful takedown of FNC by John Stewart], and what truly made me laugh was not the well-crafted humor of The Daily Show's staff, but the inescapable truth behind the jokes.

For those of you who actually watch Fox News, I'm sorry to say but you're being BRAINWASHED! (More than usual, at least.)

Because Fox is a corporate bastion of tabloid journalism, racing to the bottom while convincing you they're going the completely opposite direction. They're magicians and conjurers and con-artists, oh my!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Do I Hate Veterans?


Recently someone once told me, "Zek, stop hating veterans, asshole."

The comment was so random I didn't even make my customary witty retort. Instead, I just looked at them blankly, confused -- and wondering furiously how they reached the conclusion which prompted their statement.

Eventually though, it all made sense...

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Male-Positivism


I've been reading a lot of gender-based blogs lately, and the resulting conversations have gotten me thinking about my approach to gender-issues.

Despite all the double-standards recently, from rape to paternity to abortion to beauty (on & on) I've concluded that there's something in the conversation that inhibits a middle ground of compassion, where people share their micro-aggressions and gender-oppressions without judging, and especially without diminishing.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Being a Superhero Ain't Worth the Costume


As a folklorist (anthropology student + creative writing student = folklorist) I am intimately fascinated with the stories we as a species create, whether to fill the void in our hearts, share the joys of our lives, the fears in our stomach, or even the lust in our... loins.

Among the most interesting of these stories are those found in comic books. Something about the mixed-medium of animation and writing that fixates my ever-wandering mind like few things do.

Maybe my nickname should've been "Sparky", because I love comics as much as the next fanboy.

But while watching a random rerun of Spider-Man 2 (the one with Tobey Maguire as your friendly neighborhood actor who can't act!) I stumbled upon a most disconcerting thought...

Friday, February 4, 2011

Yes, But Is It Good For The Jews?


It has been brought my attention that I am not your average Jew.

Apparently having experienced anti-Semitism in the form of neo-Nazi-skinhead-punk beatings, vandalism of my synagogue, condescending ignorance from a driver's ed teacher, enduring slurs spoken to my face, and a myriad plethora of other instances qualifies me for: Official Victim Status.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Seven Near-Death Experiences of Zek J Evets: Parts 4 & 5

These two NDE's happened during a single long weekend trip to Slab City, near Southern California's Salton Sea, a scant couple dozen miles from the international border.

My friend G-Money and I were going to conduct anthropological research on the squatter's village in the Slabs for a future project. G-Money was the designated photographer, while I did interviews and took a massive amount of notes.

We expected an easy few days writing, talking, and photographing. What we got was a hellish, nearly suicidal not-quite-a-vacation.