What are your favorite scents? Not necessarily scents as in perfume, but just, things that smell good.

so, all the good smells are kind of obvious:

floral scents- magnolia, lilac, honeysuckle, geraniums, and roses being the main ones, but also boxwood and linden (which doesn’t actually smell like cum but the fact that people draw that comparison helps)

one or two days worth of clean sweat smell, with a moderate preference for that testosterone-y tang

specific static-y smells: the warm crackle of freshly dried clothes, and also cats

cheap old paperbacks, especially the kind that smell chocolatey

fresh weed, in all its varieties

the way very hot or cold outside air smells when you first step into it or open a window

most savory cooking smells

brownies baking

bourbon

basil

ginger

figs

coffee beans, though not as much coffee (I used to hate that smell)

wet leather

dead leaves

sweet musk (I am that bitch who likes Opium-type perfumes best, and I like patchouli and Old-Spice knockoff deodorant)

these are all kind of obvious! but I also am very drawn to a whole bunch of less pleasant smells- I couldn’t say I like them, but there’s compelling- some of which are less obvious: gasoline, day-old underwear, two-plus-day-old sweat, burning french fry grease, dog’s ears, my dad’s cigarettes, menstrual blood, hospital odor

the thing directly between these two poles is civet, which smells lightly fecal or like genital sweat to me, and satisfies both my ‘mmm, good scent’ and ‘compulsively smell-able, not necessarily good’ drives

nemesissy:

I just want to draw your attention to the insistence by the authors of this nasty little piece that students are excessively fragile and litigious for not wanting to engage in ~dialogue with people who have direct institutional power over them, and for invoking the institutional power that purports to mediate disputes between students and faculty

this is pretty much exactly the way Schulman’s conflict is not abuse and anti-trigger-warning arguments are supposed to work, in tandem. this isn’t a limit case of ‘what can go wrong’, this is… how they’re supposed to work. and the fact that they’re being used to smear a trans academic and the authors’ students, instead of combatting fragility around critical discussions of Israel, or inclusion of sexually explicit content in a syllabus, doesn’t make that any less true.

the point I am making on Other Platform is that you can’t draw a comparison between students who want trigger warnings in classrooms and ones who want BDS advocates denied tenure because there are cosmetic similarities between their arguments and they both use institutional systems of redress to oppose the direct authority professors have over them without opening yourself up to the argument that, if your whole deal can also be used to defend this garbage, it’s also politically suspect

the whole thing about tactics? you can use them to multiple ends. you can’t generalise about students using institutional redress or social media campaigns being regressive without also opening yourself up to criticism when your arguments about the role of professors in questioning assumptions and whatever gets used to defend rank transphobia. I, personally, don’t need to see them used this way to see how bad they are, because I’ve already seen Schulman wring her hands about Anthony Wiener sending dick pics to a minor, but you can draw the comparison.

birlinterrupted:

birlinterrupted:

I feel like it’s p weird to act as tho the problem causing the current crack down on nudity is “Puritanism” (in some ways being equated w conservativism) when like FOSTA/SESTA we’re almost unanimously (97-2, those two being Wyden and Rand fuckin Paul) and I’ve had to watch a substantial portion of leftists on here basically argue continuously in favor or suppressing sex work or p*rnography in ways that would basically lead to this exact same system (w perhaps some people being conscripted into having to view the material in order to suppress it) if they had their way!

Everyone crying abt just figuring out that gay + trans stuff that isn’t the most bullshit Disney assimilationism isn’t seen as “normal” or “appropriate” are , and I know it’s cliche, the person crying abt the their mistaken vote for the Leopards Eating Faces Party

birlinterrupted:

I understand that it sucks but like I feel as tho having a particular ire abt like top surgery pictures being flagged like betrays a certain lack of solidarity to 1) people who can’t access that surgery and like more obviously 2) women! It’s like a really weird like sort of aggrievement to be like “this shouldn’t happen to me! A man!” In the face of like patriarchal control

I just want to draw your attention to the insistence by the authors of this nasty little piece that students are excessively fragile and litigious for not wanting to engage in ~dialogue with people who have direct institutional power over them, and for invoking the institutional power that purports to mediate disputes between students and faculty

this is pretty much exactly the way Schulman’s conflict is not abuse and anti-trigger-warning arguments are supposed to work, in tandem. this isn’t a limit case of ‘what can go wrong’, this is… how they’re supposed to work. and the fact that they’re being used to smear a trans academic and the authors’ students, instead of combatting fragility around critical discussions of Israel, or inclusion of sexually explicit content in a syllabus, doesn’t make that any less true.