About

All you need to know is that I am watching you from all kinds of awkward angles.

But I will reveal to you other, lesser important details:

I was born somewhere between 1837 and 2513, [used to] do track and field---not too shabby but not amazing---and [used to] play goalball. You get extra points if you know what that implies. (Hint: [Vid of men. Vid of women. Yes, they're blindfolded.]) I don't do the martial arts thing anymore (boo!), though I have gotten into cycling (yay!).

I got my right eyebrow pierced, and then the left side of my lip double-pierced about a year and a half later. Within the first week, one of the CBR fell out while I was sleeping and the hole closed. (smilies/icon_scream.gif) I kept the other one in for a little less than a year before deciding to take it out---because it was just too much to deal with while being involved with sports. I accidentally let my right eyebrow hole close and got my left eyebrow pierced shortly after. A few years later that one randomly fell out, so I got my labret pierced. Wasn't diggin' that one, so I took it out a few weeks later and now have my nose pierced.

I'm agnostic when it comes to the existence of god(s), though I like some aspects of ignosticism; but am an atheist when it comes to belief. Despite being raised within a super Christian household --- church every Sunday and Wednesday --- it never quite caught on. In fact, I remember saying that "Jesus forgive me/come into my life/whatever" prayer at every service and wondering if it worked. It was a great struggle, but eventually I was able to accept that I just don't believe in god or any kind of deity. (I'm not even the least bit spiritual. smilies/icon_blaugh.gif)

I'm [used to be much more so] concerned about protecting the environment. I am aware of the current inefficiencies of going organic and all that; I know that reduce, reuse, and recycle is in order of importance; I know that companies damage the world more than individuals do; and I know that it isn't nearly as bad as the scary stories want you to believe, but I still believe that it is still our job to at least try to stop ******** over the world as much as we do, thus, I am into discovering real solutions and not the current ones that are basically neutralized by the resources used to make them. Attempting to directly influence various policies, for example via www.change.org, is probably the best thing we can do as individuals, while taking action through volunteer projects is probably the second best. I hope to be able to participate in an official project at some point!

I'm interested in race relations (and, to a lesser extent, gender, transgender, and sexuality issues) and setting ig'nant folk straight on the facts. The world is not perfect, and it won't get that way if we just stop setting regulations and/or acknowledging that there are problems. Yes, some regulations are stupid and unfair and need to be modified or eliminated, but that says nothing about the issue as a whole. Don't think for a second that it will just get better on its own. We've tried and keep trying that and it didn't and still does not work. Though I am not a communist, my thoughts on the matter are similar to those of Le Pere Duschesne.

I can be found in various forums, mainly ED (Extended Discussion), ED-P (Extended Discussion - Politics), LD (Lifestyle Discussion), and LoK (Legend of Korra). I usually participate in race and gender debates, though I tend to lurk in threads based upon anthropological/sociological/psychological issues. I periodically take breaks because you all wear me out.

Outside of Gaia, but still in Internetland, I try to learn about various topics concerning all sorts of things. I am interested in history, news, and science (human physiology/anatomy, physics/chemistry, psychology/sociology/anthropology mainly). Because you've asked: No, I am not a feminist. Yes, I have specific reasons why..

Outside of Internetland, I have taken up jumping rope and practice at a high intensity for 20 to 30 minutes everyday. I used to be sooo good at it and could do lots of tricks and cool junk. I'm not doing it for the exercise, despite it being a kick a** workout, but so I can work back up to that point. For now I have to work on improving my skills to the point that I can start practicing the neat stuff. Just the basics:

I also enjoy traveling and experiencing different cultures, even though I don't get to do that often. I am content with merely being out of the house everyday.

Also, I'm a Chemistry major.

You can learn lots about people from the books they read. Those I either have recently finished or am currently reading include:

The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women (2002) by Naomi Wolf

On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You\'re Not by Robert Burton

Brain Storm: The Flaws in the Science of Sex Differences by Rebecca Jordan-Young

Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference (2011) by Cordelia Fine

The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carol Sagan

How To Keep People From Pushing Your Buttons by Albert Ellis

The Mismeasure of Woman: Why women are not the better sex, the inferior sex, or the opposite sex by Carol Tavris

Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson

Myths of Gender: Biological Theories about Women and Men, Revised Edition by Anne Fausto-Sterling

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (Lecture about the book by the author)

Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV by Jennifer Pozner

See What I\'m Saying: The Extraordinary Powers of Our Five Senses by Lawrence D. Rosenblum

Science Matters: Achieving Scientific Literacy by Robert M. Hazen and James Trefil

Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality by Anne Fausto-Sterling

Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America by Melissa V. Harris-Perry (Lecture about the book by the author)

Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World by Lisa Bloom

(Throw some suggestions my way!)

Same goes with games. Those on my ipod/pad include:

Angry Birds
Cat Physics
Contre Jour
Cut the Rope/Cut the Rope Experiments
Edge/Edge Extended <--- current favs
Enigmo
Fruit Ninja
Perfect Cell
Ragdoll Blaster 2
Trainyard
Where\'s My Water?

The only computer game I regularly play is Minecraft.

(If you know of similar games, please recommend!)

I play the piano. I write lyrics. I compose music. I make ringtones. It's fun.

PM me about anything but spam. smilies/icon_blaugh.gif



Updated 04/15/2012

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The Ridiculous Tales of a Ridiculous Person

I'll mostly be posting quotes from myself and other members so I don't have to keep typing the same s**t over and over again.


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Joou no Oh

Report | 04/27/2013 1:41 pm

Joou no Oh

Thanks! And honestly, thank you for even putting this thread up in the first place. heart
There are days I just get pissed and my blood pressure goes up just thinking about what I gotta reply to, but then I remember why i'm there and things are good again. Plus positive posts are a HUGE help -even the stuff that's as simple as "this thread is bless."

That, and remembering that i'm doing this for:
- the people who are reading and might want to share, but feel like they're being invalidated by the very people who have no buisness being there.
- Those who feel they're going to be shut down by racists for the 127122211236th time
- For my own sake. I've been through both being fetishized and "disqualified" and when peoples' reality gets denied this much on this level I feel like it amounts to gaslighting. That and i'll be honest, it feels good to shake up people who think or feel they can come into marginalized issues just to circlejerk. If it makes them think twice? Awesome.

- Abouve all, needing to feel like this thread can be safe enough for hesitant people to join in.
Uh so to put it short.. This does a good job of explaining why I stick around in your thread.

http://racismschool.tumblr.com/post/31764339399/end-the-call-out
http://racismschool.tumblr.com/post/31956209730/end-the-call-out
Anyways i'll get on that list of links and send it soon as I can.

capcha: piping hot. Hah.
Arikame

Report | 01/25/2013 12:44 pm

Arikame

Alright, so I think I get what you originally meant. (just read the mygaia status)
Excuse me while I go pick up my a**, it fell off while I was laughing :3
Arikame

Report | 12/18/2012 6:37 pm

Arikame

Hahaha! rofl

Ahh kay, where's the circumcision thing come in though? Or is that from the thread that's been floating around the ED lately? Either way I agree.

And yeah I don't blame you, it's not easy going back and forth between FB and here, especially when you come back to here to read the occasional post that just makes you wanna headdesk forever. ugh. Still, that your thread exists is a piece of justice in the world. Aside from that, that quote? That gets all of my yes and then some, with some yes please on the side cause damn, it explains that kind of crazymaking in a way that just can't be misunderstood -even by the most unwilling of opposition. Plus it could be a subject entirely on it's own.
Arikame

Report | 12/11/2012 8:59 pm

Arikame

Just wanted to say your MyGaia message killed me laughing. Just where in the world...
Also watching from all kindsa awkward angles brah. rofl
Arikame

Report | 11/30/2012 1:17 pm

Arikame

Thanks for the friend request~ heart
Joou no Oh

Report | 11/30/2012 1:00 pm

Joou no Oh

Oh my FFF- Alright, just had to quickly add that the quote in your signature took a few seconds to sink in, but when it did I laughed into tears.
Thanks for making my day. rofl
Joou no Oh

Report | 11/30/2012 12:39 pm

Joou no Oh

No problemo, hell it takes a lot to say what needs to be said, and to deal with any idiocy/demands on your time -and they aren't even paying you! Soooooo xp
Andy Worhal

Report | 11/26/2012 3:00 am

Andy Worhal

I liked that you took the criticism and kept fighting, it takes courage.
Andy Worhal

Report | 11/25/2012 5:17 pm

Andy Worhal

Ms. Panya, I like your recent topic.
Vixianna

Report | 11/16/2012 4:00 pm

Vixianna

Obviously. But there's chance they haven't been open to the idea because they still don't understand what it is. At least the people severely misreading what we say. In that case, once they actually understand what's being said, we can argue their actual objections instead of them constructing straw men and circle jerking because they think we are writing in moonspeak.

As a topical note, Black Wing has consistently been writing around grade level five, while the two of us have been spitting out senior in high school or higher. This probably accounts for at least some of the "talking past me" stuff that has been happening. I'm not trying to say he's a dummy, but people typically can't produce sentences above their own knowledge level.(certainly not with the ease necessary to respond quickly on a forum). And his scores are also the average for the other people not understanding us. I'd say we need to get it down to 4-6th grade level for it to be easily accessible. dFor them to be able to absorb the information, think on it, and respond.d

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