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Comment by viviennemarks on Welcome to Less Wrong! (7th thread, December 2014) · 2015-06-20T18:40:04.331Z · score: 1 (5 votes) · LW · GW

Uggghhhh.... that guy. I may not be a scientist, but I saw red when I read that.

Comment by viviennemarks on Welcome to Less Wrong! (7th thread, December 2014) · 2015-06-20T15:44:52.394Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

Hi back!

Actually, interestingly, some Victorian prudishness was encouraged by Victorian feminists, weirdly enough. Old-timey sexism said that women were too lustful and oozed temptation, hence why they should be excluded from the cool-headed realms of men (Arthurian legend is FULL of this shit, especially if Sir Gallahad is involved). Victorian feminists actually encouraged the view of women as quasi-asexual, to show that no, having women in your university was not akin to inviting a gang of succubi to turn the school into an orgy pit (this was also useful, as back then, there were questions on the morality of women). A lot of modern sexism actually has its roots not in anything ancient, but in a weird backlash of Victoriana.

Comment by viviennemarks on Welcome to Less Wrong! (7th thread, December 2014) · 2015-06-20T15:40:25.666Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

No! I actually find D&Ds system super-frustrating, but then I hate having luck-based elements in magic systems. :P

Comment by viviennemarks on Welcome to Less Wrong! (7th thread, December 2014) · 2015-06-16T23:30:38.353Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Thanks! I actually had a VERY long side discussion in an undergrad history course about whether stabbing a person possessed by a dybbuk creates a second dybbuk...

Comment by viviennemarks on Welcome to Less Wrong! (7th thread, December 2014) · 2015-06-16T21:08:48.876Z · score: 14 (14 votes) · LW · GW

Finally bit the bullet and made an account-- hi people! I've been "LW adjacent" for a while now (meatspace friends with some prominent LWers, hang around Rationalist Tumblr/ Ozy's blog on the sidelines, seems like everyone I know has read HPMOR but me), and figured I ought to take the plunge.

Call me Vivs. I'm in my early twenties, currently doing odd jobs (temping, restaurant work, etc.) in preparation to start a Masters' this fall. I'm a historian, and would loooooove to talk history with any of you! (fans of Anne Boleyn/Thomas Cromwell/Victorian social peculiarities to the front of the line, please) I've always been that girl who pays waaaaay too much attention to if the magic system is internally consistent in a fantasy novel and gets overly irritated if my questions are brushed off with "But magic isn't real," so I have a feeling I'll like the way this site thinks, even if I'm way out of the median 'round these parts in a lot of ways.