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So Let's Talk About CircumcisionSo today we're going to talk about male infant routine circumcision done in the United States (and South Korea). I'm deliberately narrowing down the scope of what I'm talking about because there are many topics that can derail the conversation. However, we will be talking about circumcision done as a preventative measure in parts of Africa. We will also be talking about a popular fad of people piercing their infant girl's ears in certain parts of Europe.This is not a fun topic. This is also not a fun topic to do research on, because it's very hard to NOT to be biased. It's a topic that touches on religious freedoms, gender dynamics, and morality. What makes this topic particularly difficult to garner objective information on is that how helpful it is seen as is largely a cultural thing. For example, a scientist in the United States who was circumcised as an infant may be less optimistic towards information that showcases the downsides of circumcision. What can I say? People are sensit
List O' WedgiesThe WedgieIt’s safe to assume that ever since people have worn pants there has been the complaint of fabric packing itself into the tight space of any butt crack it could find. The annoyance of having material bunched up in the back and the shame of having to deal with it in public has plagued mankind for centuries. This unbiased felon went unnamed for many years of its undie-scrunching spree until an unknown genius gave it a name: wedgie.Once underwear started becoming increasingly available to everyone with a variety of fabrics and styles to choose from the runway was set for the wedgie to begin its true reign of terror. The almighty wedgie quickly became a feared weapon in the bullys’ arsenal of tactics. Just saying the word would make band geeks’ clench their butt cheeks in fear and fill fetishists’ stomachs with butterflies as they let their waistbands peek out for an easier target.Leaving a trail of shredded fabric, enlarged leg holes,
Wedgie TechniquesTechniquesAtomic Wedgie:Despite what cartoons might make you think, one hard pull does not an Atomic Wedgie make. To get the back of the underwear to stretch from the butt all the way to the head depends on the material the underwear is made out of and requires continuously pulling on the fabric to stretch it out but not enough to rip it.Grabbing at the waistband will most likely end up in the waistband being ripped off from the rest of the underwear, if you want a non-ripped over-the-head Atomic Wedgie youll need to go for the leg holes. Stretching the leg holes as high as they can go means the fabric attached to the waistband gets put under less strain and is less likely to rip apart.Atomic Wedgie tips for selfers: If you feel like your forehead needs to be acquainted with the Tuesday written on the back of your waistband youre going to need to receive a couple of wedgies first. A Hanging Wedgie
BLANK 101 Questions OC101 Questions You Should Be Able to Answer About Your Character1. What is your full name? Do you have a nickname?2. How old are you? When is your birthday?3. Where were you born? Where do you live now? Are you patriotic?4. Who are/were your parents? (Names, occupations, personalities, etc.)5. Do you have any siblings? What are/were they like?6. What is your occupation?7. How tall are you? How much do you weigh?8. What color is your hair? What color are your eyes?9. What is your race?10. To which social class do you belong?11. Do you consider yourself to be attractive? Do others?12. What is your style of dress?13. Do you have any scars? Tattoos? Birthmarks? Other unique physical features?14. Do you have any allergies, diseases, or other physical weaknesses?15. Are you right- or left-handed?16. What does your voice sound like?17. What kind of vocabulary do you use?18. List three quirks or other defining characteristics.19. How often do you bathe? Do you wear perfumes?
The Mary Sue Litmus TestHolepunch's Mary Sue Litmus Test:Ah, the Mary Sue. We can't cobble together a truly comprehensive description of what they are, exactly, but we can agree on one thing: an annoying, 'perfect' character who, through a general lack of flaws and character development, is excruciating to sit through and often makes us gnash our teeth, tear our hair, and reach for the back button. This nefarious creature can be measured and detected, so let's all grab our magnifying glasses and get classifying.This is a subjective subject; a trait that drives one person right up the wall might fail to get any reaction from another. As you go through the list, count up the points. Each trait will register from 1-5 points, with 1 being a mild thing and 5 being a serious infraction. If a trait is not addressed at all in the story the character comes from, or is totally unknown, just ignore it. And don't worry about racking up pointsthe de-Suifier part of the test ought to restore some balance to
Writing Tips: Avoiding Bad WorldbuildingOne of the first mistakes that a writer of speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, or supernatural horror) makes is front-loading every little bit of information of their world that they painstakingly made. One of the last mistakes that a writer of speculative fiction makes is giving stupid details of their world, unknowingly retconing things, and explaining things that don't need explaining because this usually ends their career or irreparably damages a franchise. Today's lesson is about "bad worldbuilding" because the hardest part of actually creating a fictional world is giving too much detail.This one is going to be different for different types of media. For example, most television shows have a build-as-you-go kind of feel (think Fairly Odd Parents), while a series of novels is usually planned out from the beginning. As an aside, if you're planning out an entire series of novels, make sure that at least the very first one can stand completely on its own to the point where