Rogglecast 19- It’s not okay, Cupid

This week, Pollyne and I look back at some amazing poetry she once received from a crazy person on friendster over a decade ago. It’s the “ultamint Sturggle”. We also take a peak into what is a deal breaker for Pollyne when she’s perusing dating sites. You’ll be surprised to find out, mostly everything. Sorry guys with “wet hair” who “love speaking french too much”.

Oh and here are photo’s of the friendster letters to truly understand the brilliance we’re dealing with. This dudes spelling is my spirit animal.

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11 thoughts on “Rogglecast 19- It’s not okay, Cupid

  1. poor guy pourin his heart and soul into those poems.

    shit I mighta sent out a few of my own back in 2003, it was a different time. hope nobody saved em lol.

  2. I thoroughly enjoy listening to Rogglecast. It’s funny, engaging, and sometimes I disagree. And that’s cool; exposure to other views is what makes the world progress. I hear you all about the “PC” police and your questions about how far we will go before we create a culture of bland. But, I see it as the opposite. I think it’s an opportunity to add more voices to the dominant culture, which I think is a positive thing.

    As we become more of a global community and we recognize more humans as having equal rights, I think it’s important to listen to people (including their allies and supporters) when they say a certain term has negative connotations–even if you are well-meaning–about their community. Some of the words mentioned in the podcast have harmful histories and it’s just better to let them rest in history.

    I’m not a privileged white person saying this: I’m a fat, brown, female millennial who works a 9-5. I’m not the dumpy PC police girl from the party either. I just thought I’d add another viewpoint to the mix, especially since I respect you all.

    • I get what you’re saying. It’s just word policing in general that is an issue for me. And the scope of what is and isn’t “offensive” seems to get tighter and tighter all the time. If i was call someone a “retard”, I should be allowed to. if that bothers someone, they are fully entitled to feel that way. but, to me, the bottom line is what was the intention of the word. I can’t tell you how many times, on this blog, I’ve written a word like , say, “Faggot” and people have flipped out, even though the way I was presented it way something like “And then a guy called me a faggot”. People were literally outraged at me typing that word , regardless of the context. That shit drives me nuts.
      Word policers are typically just people looking to be outraged and , in most cases, have absolutely no personal connection to the word they’re so offended by.
      I really don’t see taking words out of peoples vocabulary as ever being a positive thing. even the truly awful words. The more people shame others about using them, the more power it gives those words. In a perfect world, we could reach a place where the word “faggot” is no longer even remotely affiliated with homosexuality. It won’t happen, but a guy can dream…

    • Hi Erin,
      Pollyne here. i think the distinction i would like to make is that i am against placing restrictions on language and the ability to express oneself openly vs being insensitive to personal traumas and pain. being open, accepting and non judgmental is the ultimate goal for me, and i think that the only way to get there is real discourse.
      i think this issue is one that will always be split down the middle. there will always be people who feel that to move on from something, in this case painful words, is to strip its power by looking at it head on/keeping it alive and others who feel the only way to move on is by letting the words die. this is a basic human reaction to any experience and i think that is what informs these choices more than the reasons usually discussed.
      thank you for writing in and letting us know how you feel. we certainly can use the honing of said rants. i would like to feel that my thoughts are being expressed coherently. i do not want to mis represent myself more than anything else.
      please keep writing to us and listening!

      • Thank you Pollyne and Blockhead for responding and elaborating on your views. I agree: this is not an issue that can be resolved in a way that pleases everyone and I definitely understand your frustrations. (For example, I called myself “fat” up there. Some people would be bummed about that for me.) You all have me thinking! And like I said, that’s what makes the world keep moving.

  3. Tobey Maguire is 100% a grade A example of that rounded-shoulder look! That one is on my it’s-not-ok-cupid list too and it also took me awhile to pinpoint what that was. Can’t be fixed by working out either, it’s just a certain shape.

  4. I for one really enjoyed Pollyne’s “Why I am single” list!

    Block, do you have any friends that you think could really enjoy hip hop if they gave it a chance? How do you go about introducing people to new music? I know from experience that playing it to them at parties is just about the worst way.

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