April 17th, 2011

reading is fun-damental

Book meme day 5

5. A book you acquired in some interesting way

Um. I take books out of skips, I pick up books in giveaway book shelves (like book crossing) ... but that all seems so common. I got a copy of The End of Mr Y this way, a total find to get an amazing book while on holiday, buried in bunches of cheesy romances and uninteresting suspense novels.

I have a copy of 1984 that I bought twice. I got it as a gift for a friend, inscribed it, and gave it to him. A few years later I went back into the same book store and there it was, with my inscription in it. He'd sold it back. I felt sorry for it and bought it again.

Is that actually interesting?
potato mountain

They surprise me, they do

I am amazed at how the attitude seems to be that when someone complains about something being fucked up in a couple, that person is seen as being to blame far more than the person about whom they are complaining. It's like somehow, in some way I don't understand, there's still this attitude that people who are being abused are supposed to keep their mouths shut, and while people may tut-tut and say "oh it's sad" about someone being abused, the REAL crime is daring to speak up.

I do not understand why people think this way. What I do know is that it makes easy for abusers to get away with it, because the social pressure is totally on to keep quiet if it's happening. Are people willing to accept that their "speaking up marks the guilty" attitude perpetuates abuse? I bet not. Or maybe this is only the attitude when women speak up. Wifey's supposed to keep her mouth shut; the women are always to blame for men's problems, after all.

I am really not okay with this. But I don't know what it will take to change people's attitudes. Anyway, for me, I think the best response is to just avoid people who make this a part of their approach to life, and to remember to always listen to both people in these situations. This may mean a life in which there are fewer parties to go to but I think on the whole less of these kinds of judgmental people will lead to an overall improvement in the quality of my life.