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The reason Twilight disturbs me

****This is not a twilight bashing post, it only involves truthful analysis****

Although I liked the twilight books when I was reading them, I have now had time to really think about what happened in them and I find it extremely disturbing that these books are so popular.

Here, I’ll say it right out and then explain my logic;

Those books groom young girls to enter abusive relationships. 

The centre of the whole plotline is the starting of an abusive relationship.

      Case Point #1 – Edward watched Bella sleep even before he was in a relationship with her.

Okay, creepy but not indicative of a possible abusive relationship.  But along with the next two…

     Case Point #2 – He has to know where she is at all times, as well as whom she is with.

Every single talk show I’ve watched that has talked about abusive relationships mentions how this is an early warning sign.

and…..

      Case Point #3 – When he didn’t want her to go anywhere, he unhooked the cables in her car engine

WHAT THE HELL?!?!?

Why is nobody else creeped out by this?!

Everybody else who doesn’t like Twilight says stuff like “oh, vampires aren’t supposed to sparkle”

…that’s all?  You honestly don’t see the real problem here?  (I’m not attacking anybody, I’m just really flabbergasted that I seem to be the only one who can see this)

Well anyways, back to how this relates to young girls being groomed to go into abusive relationships.

Twilight is extremely popular, especially with young girls.  Although Jacob Black has his share of fangirls, Edward definitely has the largest group of girls in love with him.  Are you starting to see how this is a problem?  Girls everywhere think that Edward is the perfect guy.  Because the above three things are explained away as being done in the name of protecting Bella, girls just think they make him more ‘romantic’ rather than seeing them for the red flags that they are.  They read the books and think that, that is how a relationship is and in fact, that’s what they should WANT in a relationship.

It gives me the willies because it is actually like girls everywhere are being groomed to go into abusive relationships.

*shudders*

****Logical analysis done, the following may be considered Twilight bashing****

I found some awesome videos poking fun at Twilight.  They’re hilarious.  Here they are.

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Quickie

I haven’t posted here in a while because I’m focusing so much on studying for my exam tonight but I thought I’d just make a quick post with two fan-made videos I love that have to do with Harry Potter.

First, the hilarious Harry Potter rap;

And now a parody trailer made with Harry Potter clips.  It’s a very cute Harry/Hermione video in a  weird, sort of twisted way lol.

And now another quote from “How to be a Canadian” It’s talking about the average 8.5 hours of sleep is spent by a Canadian.  It is particularly applicable to me;

“From our own estimates, this includes 5 hours and 10 minutes of actual sleep, 15 minutes of pillow adjustment, 10 minutes of lying still with your eyes closed while you wait to fall asleep, 25 minutes of tossing and turning, 30 minutes of longing for sleep, 40 minutes of thinking you will never get to sleep again, 55 minutes spent staring at the ceiling contemplating your own mortality and 15 minutes (broken up into three convenient 5-minute periods) of fitful sleep squeezed in between repeated bashings of your clock when the snooze alarm goes off, waking you up to face another day of being alive.  Hoo-ray.”

My Stance on Exotic Animals

Okay, you might have noticed that in my bloglist, I’ve posted some links to some sites that are all about exotic animals.  About a year ago, I accidentally came across an article that was against exotic ownership.  After reading it, I was intrigued by the issue and decided that if I was going to properly understand it and come to my own conclusion as to what my opinion on it would be, I needed to find some pro-exotics articles.  After a fair amount of searching and reading through of negative articles, I managed to find some positive information, which then led me to more positive information.  Although all of those articles contributed to my decision to work towards eventually owning one or more exotics, a youtube video is what really tipped the scales for me.  It is called ‘Exotic Animal Owners Under Attack’ and it is a slideshow of images of exotic animals and their people interacting, put together by REXANO, the organisation of REsponsible EXotic ANimal Owners.  Here it is;

How can you not be convinced that exotic animals can make great pets after that?  Notice that I used the word ‘can’ because exotic animals are not for everybody, just like domestic cats, dogs, and horses, respectively, aren’t for everybody.

As a note, REXANO has collected statistics that show that only 20 deaths in between 1990 and 2008 were caused by captive big cats.  That’s about 1 a year, which can be compared to 4 a year from fireworks discharge, 48 a year from lightning and 45,343 a year from automobile accidents.  From that information, you would think that cars and fireworks would be banned before ownership of big cats.

I could go on and on stating my opinions on this subject and explaining why what a lot of animal activists say is wrong but I’ll try to not make this too long.  First of all, I want to confront the whole “they should be in the wild, they’ll be happier there” thing. 

1) There is very little wild left because of humans.  Oh sure, there are humongous nature reserves, but as those are surrounded by a fence, any animals that reside there are technically in captivitty.

2) In the ‘wild’ the typical life of an animal consists of; not always knowing if it’ll have enough food, living in constant fear of predators/rivals, and eventually dying a very painful death due to starvation, disease, or being ripped to pieces by predators or rival carnivores.  Compare that to living in something that protects from the elements (whether that be a house or a constructed den in an enclosure), being guaranteed food regularly, getting vaccinated and therefore protected from the majority of diseases they would encounter in the ‘wild’, having a large enclosure to run and play in, and last but not least, being loved on and spoiled by their human family.

Now, you might be shaking your head at the computer screen going ‘no, that’s not how it is, exotic animals are alway kept in horrible conditions and spend their life angry.’  Unfortunately, the only times you’ve probably heard about exotic animals being kept is when they’re being abused, neglected, or have attacked somebody.  That is for two reasons; because animal rights activists want you to see only the bad stuff, and/or the media only shows you things that are considered ‘news’.

When I first got into researching exotics, I was most interested in tigers.  Now through being at exoticcatz.com, I know that I will be getting a serval first and possibly own a slightly larger cat like a lynx or cougar before finally getting a lion or tiger.  I’m also starting to like the idea of a lion a bit more partly due to hearing about others’ experiences with them and partly because of the work of Kevin Richardson (whom I will probably post about in the future).  Other exotics that I would like to eventually own at one point or another are;

a wolf or wolfdog

a kangaroo

an arctic fox

a jackal

a hyena

a bear

a peacock

a deer

a wallaby

and probably quite a few others I will decide that I would like.

Although there are other things I would like to discuss on this topic, I’ll leave them for another post.

And here is yet another quote from “How to be a Canadian”  They are actually two different sentences; one on being a newfoundlander, and one on being a quebecker, that are linked.

“Nefoundlanders rank-far and away- as having the most sex of any Canadians…Newfoundlanders are also the friendliest people in Canada.  Of course they’re friendly.  They want to have sex with you….The Quebecois are among the friendliest people in Canada outside of Newfoundland.  And yes, their motives are probably the same.”

The name I’ve chosen

Okay, I do have to do some chemistry homework before going to a Yule celebration but Idecided to first make a quick post here.  I said in my last post that Daine isn’t my real name, so I thought I’d give you a little insight as to why I chose that name. 

Daine is the main character in The Immortals quartet, written by Tamora Pierce.  Although she is Veralidaine Sarrasri throughout that quartet, she shows up as Veralidaine Salmalin in the proceeding one.  There are currently three quartets and one series consisting of two books by Tamora Pierce that are placed in the fictional kingdom of Tortall. 

Perhaps one of the things I love about her work is that she keeps the quartets connected; the main character in one quartet will most likely show up once or twice, if not be a constant secondary character in another.  In chronological order, the quartets (and series) are The Song of the Lioness quartet, The Immortals quartet, The Protector of the Small quartet, and the Trickster series.  I would strongly recommend books written by Tamora Pierce, she is definitely one of the top fantasy writers of this time.

Now, one of the major reasons I like Daine so much is probably the fact that she has the ability to speak with and shapeshift into animals.  You’ll learn in future posts that I am a big animal lover.  Also though, she has a strong sense of right and wrong.  When she is hunting, she closes of the part of her mind that normally calls animals to her, and in doing so, makes sure that she doesn’t have an unfair advantage over the animals.

So now that you have a better idea on why I chose the name Daine, I will leave you with another hilarious citation from “How to be a Canadian”

“Lunenburg was also the home of the famous Bluenose schooner, as seen on Canadian coins.  What few people realize*, however, is that the portrait of the Bluenose that appears on the 10-cent piece is a life-size rendering.  Understandably, many visitors to Nova Scotia are a bit disappointed when they first see the Bluenose tethered in its harbour”

*I was shocked and appalled to see realise spelled with a z in a canadian book.  I am very proud of the fact that we spell some things differently from americans, e.g. realise, colour, favourite, and hope that those differences remain in tact in Canadian literature.

Introductions

Okay, seeing as I have just created this blog, introductions are in order.  Although I admit it’s not my actual name, you can all know me as Daine.  Perhaps in time I will decide to give my real name but at the moment, I will let it remain private.

What I will tell you is that if all goes as planned, I will be graduating from the University of Guelph in 2013 with a bachelor of science, most likely majoring in animal biology.  As for what I’m going to do after that, I have no clue, but I’ll let you know when I found out.  Perhaps I’ll lay out my ideas for you but that’s a post for another time.

I gave this blog the title and tagline that I did because I expect that I will be commenting on anything and everything that crosses my path.  I want you to be forewarned that there will be absolutely no structure in my blogging and that the only theme present is the background of this webpage.

I am exhausted at the moment so I’ll leave you (‘you’ being a term used loosely seeing as I doubt anybody’s going to see this particular post.  Feel free to surprise me though!  I love surprises!) with this citation from an immensely funny book I’m reading (expect a lot of funny citations) called ‘How to be a Canadian’.  This particular paragraph is describing the style of driving native to Vancouver, referred to as ‘The Vancouver Slalom’.

‘There are no roads in British Columbia.  There are only corners joined together.  And nowhere is this more true than in Vancouver.  In this city, pedestrians, even those within clearly marked crosswalks–especially those within clearly marked crosswalks–are viewed not as nuisances to be avoided but as obstacles to be overcome.  Rising to the challenge, Vancouver drivers will attempt to weave through these pedestrians without knocking any over and, here’s the fun part, without ever applying the breaks.  Swoosh, swoosh: downtown slalom.  Pedestrians, in turn, try to keep things interesting by crisscrossing the streets at random, like neutrons in a particle accelerator.  They cross the street like this because, being from Vancouver, they naturally have a sense of entitlement.  Either that or they’re stoned.’