I'm backkk—

      The children in my neighborhood *ahem* I mean -- the two bullies in my neighborhood won't stop fighting each other and threaten to *ahem* skunk bomb the entire area. Some adults finally got involved and told them not to hit each other again. Unfortunately, one of them broke the truce.

Could we pause finger-pointing who was the naughtier kid and instead focus on STOPPING the SKUNK-BOMBING???

I saw this happen in kindergarden all the time. As a 20-year-old college student, I don't want to see this happen in such a big scale.

Stop it. Puh-lease.

—Anonymous

Posted at half past four in the afternoon on August 1st, 2014.  link   hide  
Should we offer candies to the bullies to stop the fighting temporarily? Or should we put both of them in the quiet room? Hmm. None of these seems to work so far.

What will be a better way to help the kids make peace with each other?
—an observant kid on the block
Posted at half past four in the afternoon on August 1st, 2014.  link  
*pause THE finger-pointing?

I apparently never mastered English grammar in grade school -- and beyond.
—Ohpee
Posted at a quarter to six in the evening on August 1st, 2014.  link  

Questions—

      So how about Gaza?

—....

Posted at a quarter past nine in the evening on July 20th, 2014.  link   hide  
How do you say lebensraum in Hebrew? umm, yea.

I think that people need to recognize that the actions of Hamas come from the systematic denial of basic human rights and trade etc to those in the Gaza strip for decades. So, Israel has a few rockets coming over (because they send in tanks and fortified bulldozers to clear land for more settlements) and so they just beat the shit out of the Palestinians, military or not. The US supports them in many ways, tangible or not, and supporting Islamic radicals (no matter that they become radical because of the actions of Israel) is certainly not pc in this day and age.

Basically fuck the Israelis for thinking they are morally superior or whatever. Like religious biases or not, can we just not bomb the shit out of civilians please?

Israel has the majority of influence (between the two) on world info and media, and so they can pretty much portray a much more favorable conflict, claiming humanitarian motivations and blacklisting/ignoring stories of their atrocities. But, when one rocket comes back and is deflected by the Iron Dome, you know it's all Hamas' fault.

Just a few initial thoughts. Trying to think for myself on this one, jewish people/supporters prove me wrong?
—STOP KILLING EACH OTHER PLS
Posted at a quarter to ten in the evening on July 20th, 2014.  link  
To put things in perspective, casualties, from Wikipedia:

Israel: 18 soldiers, 2 civilians dead.
Gaza: 476 killed, 76% of which are civilians, and 3008 wounded.

as of 7/20/2014 at 10:45PM

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Protective_Edge
—Anonymous
Posted at a quarter to ten in the evening on July 20th, 2014.  link  
You won't get any counter-arguments here. If you got all the right guns and friends and cash, and you're enemy's stuck behind a giant wall and slowly starving, you don't really need to reason with anyone. You just keep shooting the fish in the barrel. It's evidently really profitable.
—Anonymous
Posted at a quarter past ten in the evening on July 20th, 2014.  link  
Next at the UN-

Country A: "So, umm, guys, umm this is really awkward, but does anybody know how we can charge Israel with war crimes? Ideas for punitive sanctions?"

US: "NO Israel is protecting their land! We will veto everything."

Country A, B, C, and so on and so forth "Ok"

Dirt poor Muslims get killed and nothing is done about it. All is right in the world from the Western perspective of the early 21st Century.
—at least bin laden deserved it, the rest ???
Posted at a quarter to eleven in the evening on July 20th, 2014.  link  
The death toll is so one sided because Hamas uses civilians to hide and protect missiles. They put them in mosques, schoos, and homes. Israel bends ok over backwards to war mm people to get out t before they start to attack a missile site but Hamas tells people to stay put for the very purpose of making Israel look back bad. And it's not one little missile, there have been hundreds of rockets targeting Israeli homes coming over. Thank God hey do have that iron dome or else that death toll would be higher. Just because their military isn't a bunch of backward idiots throwing firecrackers doesn't make Israel the bad guy.
Do you really expect them to do nothing as they incessantly bombarded?
—Anonymous
Posted at half past six in the morning on July 21st, 2014.  link  
Keep in mind prior to Israel actually engaging Gaza, Hamas was not firing those missiles. In fact, he was actively trying to prevent people from firing missiles at Israel. Israel knew this fully well when they started their counter-attack. After Israel started to engage, Hamas started to back the people firing missiles as a response to Israel using the whole thing as propaganda/reason to the western world to invade Gaza. Israel was not "incessantly bombarded" by Hamas. They were attacked by rebels, and chose to retaliate against Hamas, who was actually attempting to stop the rebels.
—Anonymous
Posted at five o'clock in the evening on July 21st, 2014.  link  
To: The Zionist two up
"their military isn't a bunch of backward idiots throwing firecrackers" wow they sound really dangerous.

Almost like it makes more sense to try a diplomatic solution than a ground invasion. Or maybe like agree to let them have a few more calories each in Gaza? I know that a full meal makes me feel less inclined to shoot off missiles at Israel why don't they try air dropping in food packets instead of weapons banned by international law?
—Anonymous
Posted at a quarter to nine in the evening on July 21st, 2014.  link  
^ or at least let Gazans accept the foreign aid that Israel has completely embargoed for years. Let them have a shot at survival.
—Anonymous
Posted at half past eleven in the evening on July 21st, 2014.  link  
Even if they're ineffective it's still intolerable.
And really? Zionist?
—Anonymous
Posted at a quarter to seven in the morning on July 22nd, 2014.  link  
Ineffective bombing = intolerable
Israel killing hundreds, wounding thousands and bombing hospitals = defending themselves?
—Anonymous
Posted at a quarter past seven in the morning on July 22nd, 2014.  link  
yes
—Anonymous
Posted at a quarter to eight in the morning on July 22nd, 2014.  link  
some numbers:

https://medium.com/matter/665-human-beings-22f3dfb5af2b
—Anonymous
Posted at a quarter past five in the evening on July 23rd, 2014.  link  
Glad we clear that up. Brown Muslims don't count as people. I guess I can't expect more from a country founded on killing brown indigenous peoples and making money from the labor of black slaves...
—Anonymous
Posted at a quarter past five in the evening on July 25th, 2014.  link  
Yup, that's exactly how I view things and my opinion is absolutely based on hate for those stinky brown bastards.
—all-American Zionist Nazi
Posted at a quarter to six in the evening on July 25th, 2014.  link  
Sarcasm is only effective if it proves a point. You're just affirming the juxtaposition created to show your callous attitude.
—Anonymous
Posted at ten o'clock in the evening on July 25th, 2014.  link  
So I hear bombing schools is like a cool "democratic" thing to do now. Especially if they are UN schools.
—Anonymous
Posted at a quarter past seven in the evening on July 30th, 2014.  link  
Both sides have despotic thugs and innocent babies. Nuff said.
—Anonymous
Posted at nine o'clock in the evening on July 30th, 2014.  link  
@One Up

Not really 'nuff said'. Only Gaza has innocent murdered babies and only Israel has this guy: https://twitter.com/hashtag/DavidDovadia?src=hash
—Anonymous
Posted at seven o'clock in the morning on July 31st, 2014.  link  
Note: when "nuff said' is said, it's generally time to end the argument.
—Anonymous
Posted at a quarter past seven in the evening on July 31st, 2014.  link  
Hold up everyone!! 'Anonymous' want you to stop talking about important things - better listen up! Please return to writing about the way you pine over the girl with the long brown hair who works at the library. Nothing to care about here.
—Apathetic POS
Posted at eleven o'clock in the evening on July 31st, 2014.  link  
Omg, I think I know that girl! I will joust you for her mating rights!
—don't try to penetrate my iron dome
Posted at half past six in the morning on August 1st, 2014.  link  

Other methheads—

      I've felt so lonely at this school, and can't seem to make any friends even though I'm going on my third year . . . no one seems to relate to my affection for meth.
But I figure I can't be the only one - there's a lot of other people at this school! So . . . anyone want to get together and do a 9-ball?? Or we could just talk about our favorite flavors of icecone ^_^. Really, all I want to do is hang out with like minds, even if you like to keep your goodies to yourself.
Maybe we could even start a club! :)

Email me if you want to get together.

—Connoisseur

Posted at a quarter past eleven in the evening on July 31st, 2014.  link   hide  
omg,, you 2?? i would luv to hang out!!!

i dont do nine balls tho... i like to do an Up the Chute, Shoot 'n Snort :p

if you don't kno what that is, this is perfect, cuz you need a couple buddies: you drop your pants and have one person put a dose up your "chute" and another person shoots you up in the arm while you snort a line. its like a trip to disneylanddddd!!!!
—emailing you now
Posted at a quarter past eleven in the evening on July 31st, 2014.  link  
Jesus Christ. This is why we need to shut down whitmanencounters. Unacceptable. NO ONE should be putting anything up their chute in my general vicinity.

I'll be contacting George Bridges and ASWC when classes resume to see if there is some way we can restore order and sanity to this school. Crushes, ok, but this is too far.
—shocked and offended
Posted at half past eleven in the evening on July 31st, 2014.  link  

People—

      I have read a few articles circulating the Facebook on so-called "Yellow Fever", and how this is little more than a sick, dehumanizing fetishization. But I must confess: I have a similar obsession with (weirdly enough) Jewish girls and Canadian girls. I notice that Jewish girls often have a distinctly vulnerable demeanor that I find sexy, and they are often kind of goofy in a self-deprecating, intellectual kind of way. Canadian girls, on the other hand, are pretty much like fun-loving Midwestern chicks, except mixed with a discernible strain of Commonwealth propriety - essentially, good-ol' American with a little teasing swirl of cosmopolitan Otherness. Am I a bad person for liking these kinds of girls? Should I feel guilty?

—Frustrated Whittie Guy

Posted at a quarter to nine in the evening on July 29th, 2014.  link   hide  
Sounds like a cultural attraction more than a racial one. Don't be a jerk about it or be discriminatory and you should be okay?
Feelings you can't control don't make you a bad person, but try not to put people into boxes.
—Anonymous
Posted at a quarter past eleven in the evening on July 29th, 2014.  link  
But it is not merely a cultural attraction - especially in the case of Jewish girls. They often have luscious, big brown eyes and curvacious booties. While Canadian girls don't have any recognizable racial traits (except for pale flabbiness), there are other races I do find particularly attractive. They are:
- Swedes
- Germans
- Poles
- Ethiopians
- Indian (Asian)
- Slutty librarians
- Ukrainians
—FWG
Posted at a quarter past nine in the evening on July 30th, 2014.  link  
I've never thought of big brown eyes or big booties as being specific racial or ethnic characteristics, but I certainly have heard of them being generalized to races, especially black women. Those can be found in people of any ethnicity. Not all Jewish or black girls look like that, and there are a lot of women in my family (which isn't black or Jewish or any of the other races above except for some distant German) that have big dark eyes and are curvier on the bottom.
—Anonymous
Posted at a quarter to twelve in the morning on July 31st, 2014.  link  
It must be said: I only like chill liberal Jews, like Sarah Silverman. Right-wing Zion-fetishists: stay the fuck away!
—FWG
Posted at half past five in the evening on July 31st, 2014.  link  

Reflections—

      As I look back on my college experience thus far, I feel like much of it will probably prove to be some of the worst years of my life rather than the best. In some ways, I saw the absolute worst parts of myself come out: I let depression and anxiety eat me alive, I let the pain from a friendship break-up and a relationship break-up destroy my ability to love and seek out relationships of any kind, I pursued people and made friends who were not good for me, I procrastinated way too much, and I didn't always put forth my best efforts in class. Despite that, I figured out a lot about myself, and I accomplished a lot academically, despite the fact that my GPA got scarily close to going below a 3.0 at times, a whole letter below what it was in high school. I've tried hard and worked hard, but I know there were a lot of moments where I could have worked harder. The intense environment there is sometimes almost too much for me. It's not only been academically challenging, but getting to know other whitties has been a major culture shock, too. I didn't come from an upper-class urban/suburban west coast background like almost everyone else there did, and while most whitties are pretty nice, I hardly ever find a real friendship spark there, let alone a romance spark. That was part of why the falling-outs I had were so painful, as finding people that I even click with at all has been so rare for me. For almost three years, I internally beat myself up for not being able to fit in with most of the other whitties in anything, from fashion to career goals to personal interests to life experiences. Yet, the other side of that truth was that I beat myself up about that and my academic difficulties and fears about the future, and let it take me into a battle with depression and anxiety rather than trying to get along with people and do the best that I could, and that was no one's fault but mine. I also used the excuse of depression to not ask for help from professors or people around me when I needed it the most. When I was at my worst, I would binge eat or only eat when I had to and skip class for no reason. Thankfully, I found the strength to get past that, but the anxiety and fear surrounding anything having to do with meeting with professors/grades still remains, though I will continue to fight it, as I know that hesitating to talk with them will result in more missed opportunities and connections. I no longer doubt my intelligence and my abilities, but I will have to shove away my fish-out-of-water feelings as I keep in touch with my professors for my thesis work next year. In order for me to move on and graduate, I'm just going to have to learn from my mistakes, keep my GPA up, and focus on the next step, as I do plan to go to graduate school. It has felt really terrible to think about the academic and social aspects of the past few years and feel that while I've learned a lot and become stronger through my struggles, I'm just not going to have a ton of fond memories of my time there. But, life is what you make of it, and maybe with my improved outlook, I'll be able to redeem my memories of Whitman in addition to doing well and moving on to grad school. I just hope that after this year, I won't have to add any more serious regrets to the list I've accumulated since starting college.

—Just wanted to share anonymously so others with similar silent struggles will know that they're not alone.

Posted at a quarter past twelve in the morning on July 29th, 2014.  link   hide  
Amen. Besides the very small handful of good friends I made at Whitman, I found myself hating it more and more with each passing year.
—Anonymous
Posted at a quarter to eight in the morning on July 29th, 2014.  link  
^Why did you end up hating it? Did you feel out of place there?
—Anonymous
Posted at half past eleven in the evening on July 30th, 2014.  link  

Progress! Equality!—

      The year is 2050.
All universities nationwide have set race and gender ratios.
Mandatory 75% POC students, no exceptions
Mandatory 50% female students
Mandatory 100% POC and female faculty
Tax-funded gender neutral bathrooms have been built
White students given uniforms of black pants and white shirts to prevent cultural appropriation
Daily two minutes hate where white people stand on stage and are ridiculed by the rest of the student body
No education gap
All grades distributed equally
White students punished for finishing assignments early and using more than allotted office hours
Males assigned to women studies classes
Academic competition is banned
White students assigned jobs; all income goes to funding diversity centers and their activities
Mandatory privilege classes and anti-racism training for white/financially stable students

It’s a beautiful world! Enjoy your upcoming college experience, kids! Because this is where we’re headed!

—Always question those that act in the name of the common good

Posted at twelve o'clock in the evening on July 24th, 2014.  link   hide  
But Bridges said we aren't pretentious?
—Anonymous
Posted at twelve o'clock in the evening on July 24th, 2014.  link  
The encounters readings will be exclusively angry slam poetry
—Anonymous
Posted at a quarter to one in the afternoon on July 24th, 2014.  link  
http://www.highexistence.com/amusing-ourselves-to-death-huxley-vs-orwell/
—but it's actually a Brave New World
Posted at half past four in the afternoon on July 24th, 2014.  link  
woah there dude
2050's like right around the corner
i don't think you understand the pace of the world
we'll be lucky to have, like, air conditioning
—Anonymous
Posted at a quarter past six in the evening on July 24th, 2014.  link  
oh HEAVEN FORBID that our tax money would go towards something LITERALLY EVERYONE USES like BATHROOMS

oh my GOD the disgrace!
—Anonymous
Posted at a quarter past six in the evening on July 24th, 2014.  link  
Have you been to the south? Mandatory pro-racism, more like.
—Anonymous
Posted at half past six in the evening on July 24th, 2014.  link  
Never mind the south, have you looked around when you're in Walla Walla? Parts of Eastern Oregon and Washington are as bad as the South in the level of racism and sexism that can be found there.
—A woman who grew up in this neck of the woods
Posted at half past eleven in the evening on July 27th, 2014.  link  
You know who I always question? People who think they're badass for making Orwell references. What is it about 1984 that makes everybody who reads it think they're the only person to have ever read it?
—Anonymous
Posted at half past eight in the morning on July 28th, 2014.  link  
Maybe because real-world Orwellian things so often go unnoticed
—Anonymous
Posted at a quarter past ten in the morning on July 28th, 2014.  link  
You forgot the mandatory privilege checks on entrance to each building.
—Anonymous
Posted at a quarter to eight in the morning on July 29th, 2014.  link  
As in if you don't have privilege you get booted? That's called tuition.
—Anonymous
Posted at half past three in the afternoon on July 29th, 2014.  link  
Rich white men complaining about how much it would suck if things changed for the better - Fuck em. Or don't since a lack of that is probably what got them mad in the first place and they need to learn how to cope.
—Anonymous
Posted at a quarter past seven in the evening on July 30th, 2014.  link  
How 'bout we not see race, 'cause Martin Luther King and shit. Also, race is a social construct ans also gender.
—Anonymous
Posted at nine o'clock in the evening on July 30th, 2014.  link  

Anyone—

      I've struggled with my weight ever since I somehow came to the (at the time inaccurate) conclusion that I was overweight in middle school and it doesn't really seem to be improving.

I know all the science behind weight loss, I can talk your ear off about calorie counting and I know the proper amount of protein that theoretically should be consumed before/after workouts. But despite all that, I can't seem to lose weight.

I think part of it is that I'm extremely unathletic and I've never NOT been overweight. I know when someone says that you imagine a tall, skinny woman saying "oh I'm fat and unathletic, haha" but actually meaning "Oh shucks, I'm 130lbs, 5' 5" and I can only run an 8 minute mile." I mean it though. I'm barely 5' 4," over 160 lbs and I get winded from running within 3 minutes.

I'd really like to become more active, but I don't have any experience with any sports and I'm embarrassed to go to our gym/pool because everyone in it is skinny, muscular and in shape. I enjoy biking but I can't go that far and I get ridiculously sweaty and tired from just 2 or 3 mile rides. I also like walking and hiking (I can hike/backpack 15+ miles easily with minimal breaks), but Walla Walla is way too warm (and also not that interesting) for me to stay motivated to do that every day.

Anyone have any suggestions on where to start?

—Low Self-Esteem

Posted at half past four in the afternoon on July 24th, 2014.  link   hide  
Your story is pretty similar to mine. I, too, am embarrassed to go the gym or workout in public, and I wish I wasn't, but hey, I'll work on it. When I decided that I really wanted to start working out regularly in a safe "I can look hilariously gross and out-of-shape and no one will know" environment, I went to online videos. There's an infinite amount of overly tanned, scantily-clad, roid-raging protein pushers online that really turn me off (can you tell?), but I found some really good, low-key people. They don't yell at you and they don't have any background music so you can put on your own. If you look up FitnessBlender you'll find them, they have a great range of workout videos for every level. I started with the easier stuff, like their beginner stuff and shorter HIIT routines, but now I've worked my way up to being able to do a wide variety, which is pretty cool. I've never been deluded into thinking I'd be a size 2 or anything, but I've definitely lost weight and gained some muscle and I feel a lot better. It felt a little awkward at first working out in my dorm room with my roommate right next door, but it was really no big deal and I made the small space work pretty well. I know working out in a small room for a long period of time sounds pretty monotonous, but honestly if you put some good music on, it goes by pretty fast and (depending on the workout) can be kind of pleasant. And it goes without saying that it feels awesome to finish one.

I hope this helps, good luck!
—Anonymous
Posted at three o'clock in the afternoon on July 25th, 2014.  link  
Calorie counting is bogus. Protein counting is unnecessary. If your goal is to make simple lifestyle changes that will have a big impact, here are a few essential ones:
1. Cutting carbs to minimize spikes in blood sugar and insulin. Don't eat grains or starches
2. Eating on a schedule which is as consistent as possible from day-to-day to promote insulin sensitivity
3. Drink 3/4 of a gallon of water per-day, or a gallon on days you exercise
4. Don't shy away from fat. It helps you feel satiated, along with promoting healthy cell function
5. Give intermittent fasting a try. If done properly, IF can improve insulin sensitivity and burn fat through ketosis
Bonus: try taking a glutamine supplement. Your gastrointestinal health has a lot to do with body composition

Fat loss is foremost the result of dietary practices. If the above don't help you along your way, you either have a thyroid disorder or you deviated from the guidelines.

My final advice: don't look at a scale ever again. Weight is NOT a metric for health or beauty. So many folks don't see numbers changing on the scale when they commit to lifestyle changes, then give up. That's stupid. Focus on your body composition - how are your quads looking today? Your upper back? Oh, wait, is that a new striation you see? A new vein bulging from your arm? Fuck what a scale says. Your body can completely recompose itself and stay the same damn weight. Be consistent, follow these guidelines, live in moderation, and always keep in mind the change you want to make and the reasons why. You'll do great.
—Anonymous
Posted at a quarter to seven in the evening on July 28th, 2014.  link  

Melanie—

      I know she wont she this, and I could get in trouble for not being discrete, but life is too short to hide feelings. I love melanie j-a. why cant she acknowledge me?

—whittie guy

Posted at nine o'clock in the evening on July 27th, 2014.  link   hide  
Get in line, bud.
—Plenty of other Whittie guys
Posted at a quarter to eleven in the evening on July 27th, 2014.  link  
^for mel? or girls in general?
—op
Posted at eight o'clock in the morning on July 28th, 2014.  link  

Girls—

      anyone willing to chat? im been very lonely and kind of depressed living with my paranoid parents, and would really appreciate some communication with my beloved whitties.

—Anonymous

Posted at nine o'clock in the evening on July 27th, 2014.  link   hide  
Why only girls? Are you a girl and want to talk about girl things? Or are you wanting the potential for romance?
—Anonymous
Posted at a quarter to six in the morning on July 28th, 2014.  link  
girls seem better about talking about things like this
—a guy
Posted at eight o'clock in the morning on July 28th, 2014.  link  

love experts—

      At what point does it become truly pathetic to still be thinking about an ex, and what do you do about it?

—Anonymous

Posted at half past six in the evening on July 26th, 2014.  link   hide  
Put on some good tunes. Watch good shows. Appreciate fine arts. Find an outlet.
—Anonymous
Posted at a quarter past ten in the evening on July 27th, 2014.  link  

Math whizzes—

      Would you recommend Keef or Cotts for calc 1?

—Anonymous

Posted at half past ten in the morning on July 26th, 2014.  link   hide  
honestly, they are both excellent, maybe cotts a bit more so?
—Anonymous
Posted at nine o'clock in the evening on July 27th, 2014.  link  
Keef is awesome in higher classes but I don't know how he does calc.
Cotts did a fine job in calc 3 and I've heard nothing but good things about him
—Anonymous
Posted at a quarter past ten in the evening on July 27th, 2014.  link  

peeps—

      Schlegel or Roberts for Creative Writing or Not At ALL???!?

—help

Posted at a quarter to ten in the evening on July 23rd, 2014.  link   hide  
Both are genuinely wonderful, but they are two different personality and teaching styles: Roberts is batty, tangential, a sweetheart and can turn an ordinary conversation into philosophy. She tells stories and her personal life often mingles with class discussions. She is not the best with class time because she likes to talk, but at the end of every class I always was smiling or laughing. Like I said she is eccentric and chaotic, but is also an older, acclaimed poet with much experience.

Schlegel is young (I suspect he is only three or four years out of grad school), but in no ways incapable. He is peculiar like Roberts, but in a more inward way: small, witty comments, funky socks, oh, and side note: he is very nice on the eyes. His teaching style is more guided, he talks less, but proposes big questions and lets the class dominate discussion. I haven't had him for creative writing, but in other classes/interactions.

Katrina seems to assign far more work, but is generally forgivable or flexible about it.

If you are a first-year and considering the English major take the opportunity to jump into Intermediate Creative Writing if you can (you will need the professor's consent). Intermediate courses focus primarily on either poetry or fiction and involve more actual creative writing. Upperclassmen will be smug about it on the inside, but the class size is more intimate, and far less touristic and broad than Beginning Creative Writing courses.

Hope that helps!
—Senior English Major
Posted at half past nine in the morning on July 25th, 2014.  link  

question—

      good philosophy classes?

—Anonymous

Posted at a quarter past one in the afternoon on July 19th, 2014.  link   hide  
Umm, all of them?
—Anonymous
Posted at nine o'clock in the evening on July 21st, 2014.  link  
Don't take Prof. Hanrahan.
—regret
Posted at eleven o'clock in the evening on July 21st, 2014.  link  
I'm guessing you regret that because you got a bad grade
—Anonymous
Posted at a quarter past seven in the morning on July 22nd, 2014.  link  
B+, and I didn't do much work. Really nice person, just not a great teacher.
—regret person
Posted at twelve o'clock in the evening on July 22nd, 2014.  link  

Opinion time—

      I think that the crusade to improve everyone's body image is perhaps taken too far, to the point that it sweeps the legitimate issues with obesity under the rug. No one should feel ashamed of how they look, but it's counter productive to discourage people from making healthier lifestyle choices just to protect their egos.

Not everyone who is obese is so because of lifestyle choices. I get that. Endocrine disorders can make slimming down damn near impossible; that doesn't change the fact that an over abundance of adipose tissue generally correlates to lots of health problems that are an expensive national burden.

to discourage obese individuals from pursuing healthier lifestyle choices on the basis of improving their self image is tantamount to encouraging their medical decline.

Finally, before anyone shouts privilege, it's possible to live a healthy lifestyle on a tight budget. Exercise is free if you have legs to run with and an upper body to do push-ups with. I've been able to eat fresh, whole foods for less than $7 a day without growing any of my own. Instead of making excuses that legitimize unhealthy lifestyles, we should be focusing our efforts on saving lives.

—*dawns body armor in anticipation of knee jerk reactions*

Posted at four o'clock in the morning on July 20th, 2014.  link   hide  
You're not alone! Don't worry. "Fat acceptance," while great in theory, gets pretty whack pretty fast.
—Anonymous
Posted at nine o'clock in the evening on July 20th, 2014.  link  
I was just thinking about this today! I completely agree. I think that the standards of beauty that are forced on girls and women by pencil thin supermodels and photoshop artists is a problem, but I also think that "fat acceptance" as the commenter above calls it is problematic because it ignores the growing obesity epidemic in this country (no pun intended). I think there is a happy medium where the emphasis should be placed on making healthy lifestyle choices rather than fat-shaming or fat-praising.
—Anonymous
Posted at half past nine in the evening on July 20th, 2014.  link  
Fat shaming so to speak also has a lot to do with poverty. There's a great documentary on this called "A Place at the Table"
—Anonymous
Posted at nine o'clock in the evening on July 21st, 2014.  link  

yo—

      who is the best counselor at Whitman? I'm looking for someone to see on the reg

—considering doing that next year

Posted at half past three in the morning on July 1st, 2014.  link   hide  
I see Thacher every week but I think the counselors often specialize in certain areas so it might be best to talk to them. I think counseling is amazing resource at Whitman you should def take advantage of. Here if you need someone to walk you over.
—Anonymous
Posted at a quarter past eight in the evening on July 4th, 2014.  link  
I've heard SKO is amazing, but apparently it's really hard to get in to see her. Try calling as soon as the school year starts, if not before.
—Anonymous
Posted at half past seven in the morning on July 6th, 2014.  link  
DON'T. They are all judgemental superficial beings. Stay away and be careful.
—Anonymous
Posted at a quarter past ten in the evening on July 19th, 2014.  link  

Eyyyy—

      John McCain reminds me of Peter Pettigrew

—can't help letting this outta my bosom

Posted at a quarter past twelve in the evening on July 18th, 2014.  link   hide  

Ugh.—

      Every time I think about you, my heart actually starts to hurt. I've never really stopped caring about you. I say I'm your friend, I've foolishly fooled around with you, and I'd convinced myself that I needed to pull away from you, but that only hurt even more. What I feel is an addiction. It's not healthy, but I keep going back to you and pretending I'm just there to be your friend. I'm afraid that on some level, you know exactly what's going on, and you're just using me. That'd be even worse than you having no idea. I can't wait until our eventual graduation. At least that will force this hideous cycle to stop.

—Anonymous

Posted at half past one in the morning on July 14th, 2014.  link   hide  
Details?
—Anonymous
Posted at three o'clock in the morning on July 14th, 2014.  link  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdM2pD-oGZk
—Why does nothing ever turn out like it should?
Posted at a quarter past five in the morning on July 14th, 2014.  link  
Girl to guy?
—Anonymous
Posted at ten o'clock in the morning on July 15th, 2014.  link  
Or guy to girl?
—Anonymous
Posted at ten o'clock in the morning on July 15th, 2014.  link  
Girl to Society
—.
Posted at a quarter past two in the afternoon on July 15th, 2014.  link  
Hey Girl to Society, guys are usually not good at hiding their deepest intentions. Those things will seep out eventually, no matter how hard they try to cover it up. So if you feel like you're used, chances that you are.

You always have other choices. Distancing from that person, even temporarily, is one of those options. Just sayin'

Yeah, I recognize that nice, honest guys exist. But douchebags are everywhere, and even some nice guys could be very douchey to peeps they don't care about. *sigh*

Emotional efficiency complex, I guess.
—Another gal who had been there s, left, and felt so much happier overtime.
Posted at seven o'clock in the evening on July 17th, 2014.  link  
*several times
—Above poster
Posted at seven o'clock in the evening on July 17th, 2014.  link  

those with underpants—

      Thoughts on this upcoming "underwear party?"

—Anonymous

Posted at a quarter to five in the evening on July 15th, 2014.  link   hide  
What were you eating under there?
—under where?
Posted at a quarter to five in the evening on July 15th, 2014.  link  

Hey peeps—

      I am literally talking to you right now

—YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW ME THIS IS SO TRIPPY

Posted at a quarter past two in the afternoon on July 15th, 2014.  link   hide  

Hey you—

      Tell me a secret?

—I'm bored and I won't judge

Posted at four o'clock in the afternoon on June 10th, 2014.  link   hide  
I love you baby, and if it's quite alright—
—I need you baby...
Posted at five o'clock in the evening on June 10th, 2014.  link  
I have lots of them, and I think I know who you are.
—running in circles, coming up tails
Posted at a quarter to seven in the evening on June 10th, 2014.  link  
Even though I act like I don't know you, but gosh, I miss you so much right now.
—Anonymous
Posted at a quarter to five in the morning on June 11th, 2014.  link  
...to warm the lonely nights—
—I love you baby...
Posted at a quarter past five in the morning on June 11th, 2014.  link  
I love you too, babe
—if only I could say those words that easily
Posted at a quarter to five in the evening on June 11th, 2014.  link  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqgW-2orQQg
—:-O
Posted at a quarter past five in the evening on June 11th, 2014.  link  
I really really like you...but I'm too worried to do anything about it. Worried about messing up our friendship, worried that I already screwed it up by pretending that I don't like you like that, and now I sound like an idiot.
—Wish I could just tell you.
Posted at half past eleven in the evening on June 11th, 2014.  link  
I have trust issues because my dad was an abusive jerk growing up and I'm incredibly conflicted about my love for him as my father and his actions when he got mad. I can't reconcile the different halves and I'm beginning to wonder if it's because I recognize myself in him sometimes. Am I doomed to repeat his mistakes? What if I really am just my father's daughter and nothing more?
I didn't realize till today (when I was reflecting on my childhood in passing) that worrying that someone will start swearing and punching things if I don't do isn't normal.
Ga. Not a happy secret, sorry.
—Conflicted
Posted at ten o'clock in the evening on June 13th, 2014.  link  
*if I don't do what they want

Also I hate Father's Day (happy Sunday everyone...)
—Above poster
Posted at ten o'clock in the evening on June 13th, 2014.  link  
"Am I doomed to repeat his mistakes?" -- If you're already asking yourself this question, it's very likely that you are NOT. From what you posted, I might be coming from a similar background.

My dad was my best friend and ally, but he would hit and slapped me, and knocked down/disassembled the door of my room when I didn’t listen and do exactly what he said. When angered, he was scary.

Yes, I was rebellious as a teenager (surprise surprise) and said unwise things, but the situation got worse when my dad lost his temper. It was terrifying, and several times I thought he would kill me.

Things have gotten so much better since I left home to study several years ago. That was before college. A lot of things happened when I was away. Whenever I came back home (once or twice a year), I would have conversations with my dad for hours, picking up where we left off in our phone call each month. He stopped smoking in front of me, which was sooo nice. Because if he did, either he or I would put a fan in between, so that the smoke from his cigarette would go back to his side or the sideline. I noticed most of my sense of humor came from him, and once in a while I used it against him. In a good way.

After the first three years, I didn’t die in many ways (haha), and I slowly won his trust over the years. I’m fully in charge of everything I do now. I no longer need his connections. He no longer has to ask his friends to help me or give me any social/career cushioning. It was exhilarating to finally escape my dad’s shadow. Sometimes he would give me advice, but he would mention that whatever I do is up to me. I almost cried when he called and said, “I’ve been thinking about this over and over again. Your mom and I have worked to the best of our ability to bring you up and pay tuition fees. As you know, we're not wealthy. This is it. This is our limit. Whatever you do, whichever career you choose that makes you happy will make me happy.” That was my fifth year away from home.

On another note, I started writing letters/cards to my dad since 2012. My dad still has no idea Father’s Day is in June, or he's darn good at pretending to be surprised or deadly neutral when he saw the card's title.
—oh, feel free to shoot me an email. I'd love to talk to you. It's rare to have this kind of conversation from WE.
Posted at half past nine in the morning on June 14th, 2014.  link  
One of my ex's balls were so saggy they were longer than his dick. And he had a really big dick, 7-8 inches. It creeped me out and I was always scared they were gonna rip off if we had sex too vigorously. He also had quite a bit of gray in his pubes...and no he wasn't old, he was 20. Overall pretty darn creepy effect because looking at him from the waist down made me feel like I was with a grandpa. Shudder.
—Anonymous
Posted at five o'clock in the evening on June 14th, 2014.  link  
I've never been in love and I'm terrified that I never will be.
—Anonymous
Posted at half past twelve in the morning on June 15th, 2014.  link  
I break hearts. Not on purpose, I just have a tendency to get into situations where someone falls really hard for me and I have more casual feelings towards them. When I inevitably move on, they're crushed. I don't know how to break this cycle.
—Anonymous
Posted at a quarter to eleven in the evening on June 15th, 2014.  link  
I haven't been in a relationship in two years. Since then, I've missed having a mutual connection with someone. The sexual frustration has been overwhelming. I ended up losing my virginity with someone I didn't care about at all as a result of that. I feel bad knowing that they were using me for that reason, and worse that I was using them for that and for what they could do for me socially rather than any good feelings I had toward them as a person. I know that we all use each other to an extent, but after looking back on it, this just felt wrong, and I never thought I would turn into a user. I'm not ashamed for being a sexual being, but I am ashamed of using him, and I hope I never stoop that low again. I've learned the extent that I will go to feel as though I belong, and I've learned that it's better to have very few or even no friends than fake friends that you are using, or that are using you.
—Anonymous
Posted at a quarter past one in the morning on June 16th, 2014.  link  
^2up - as someone who was recently on the other side of that equation, it fucking sucks. Please just be honest with them about the casualness of your feeling - or, at the very least, don't constantly communicate to them that you feel just as strongly
—Anonymous
Posted at a quarter to one in the afternoon on June 16th, 2014.  link  
*communicate either explicitly or indirectly/via implication and general "vibe" (or both)
—Anonymous
Posted at one o'clock in the afternoon on June 16th, 2014.  link  
I absolutely hate how I look and think about it at least 25 times a day.
—Anonymous
Posted at half past six in the evening on June 16th, 2014.  link  
Once, long ago, I united the liberal arts students of the world.
—Anonymous
Posted at seven o'clock in the evening on June 16th, 2014.  link  
After texting the guy I liked in high school for a while about what college/post high school life has been like for us, I had a dream that we were dating, and then it turned into a (very good) sexual dream. I had been telling myself not to expect anything if we hang out, but I guess my subconscious didn't get that memo.
—Anonymous
Posted at half past ten in the evening on June 16th, 2014.  link  
I'm sick of being afraid you're going to show up everywhere. You're the one who should be ashamed whenever you see me. Next time, I'm not moving, and if things get awkward for you, so fucking be it. It's ridiculous that I'm still expending energy on you.
—Anonymous
Posted at a quarter to four in the afternoon on June 17th, 2014.  link  
To "Wish I could just tell you" -

I read your post about five times, wishing it was about me, because I feel the same way about a friend of mine.
—Anonymous
Posted at a quarter past five in the evening on June 17th, 2014.  link  
miss you.
—come back.
Posted at a quarter to ten in the evening on June 17th, 2014.  link  
I planted a san Marzano next to the blueberries in the edible garden by the amphitheater.
—tomatoes for ALL!!!
Posted at a quarter past one in the afternoon on June 20th, 2014.  link  
^...
—...
Posted at a quarter past five in the evening on June 20th, 2014.  link  
I've realized that I start or bother to continue fights with people only if I really care for them or if I hate them so much that I want them out of my life. Sometimes it's not always clear to me whether I love or hate that person that I'm fighting with, but either way, the fights usually don't end well, and I'm realizing that I might be a pretty sucky person, at least in that regard.
—Anonymous
Posted at a quarter past twelve in the morning on June 26th, 2014.  link  
I used to be in love with Whitman and now I'm considering transferring.
—Anonymous
Posted at a quarter past eight in the evening on July 4th, 2014.  link  
Go for—
—ah.
Posted at three o'clock in the morning on July 6th, 2014.  link  
Everyone I've come out to is okay with the fact that I'm bisexual (ish. Like not fully lesbian, but not really half and half), but I'm still terrified of being gay. I know there's nothing wrong with it and I can't change it, but not a day goes by when I wish I were straight. I'm happy with the constant hookup I have with a (male) friend of mine, but I really wish I could date/hookup with a female partner instead.
But Whitman isn't really the place for being gay (not that people aren't accepting, but numbers-wise)
—Anonymous
Posted at a quarter past nine in the evening on July 6th, 2014.  link  
*When I don't wish I were straight
—Anonymous
Posted at a quarter past nine in the evening on July 6th, 2014.  link  
I know I could have loved you, but you wouldn't let me
—I followed you down
Posted at half past eleven in the morning on July 15th, 2014.  link  
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