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Getting Sick of Fangirls 22/69

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Faithful Calvin and Hobbes fans may find that this gag sounds familiar.

Alucard: There. All clean. Do you need anything else?

Integra: No.

I didn’t even need you for this. Walter could have taken care of it. There’s no reason I would have “summoned” you.

Alucard: Maybe you missed the melodious sound of my voice.

Integra: I did not miss the melodious sound of your voice.

Getting Sick of Fangirls 21/69

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Integra: Alucard? I’m throwing up. What does it look like I’m doing?

Alucard: I mean, why did you summon me?

Integra: Huh? I didn’t.

Alucard: You did.

Didn’t even give me time to get dressed.

Integra: Well, as long as you’re here, go wash this out.

A Brief History, Of Sorts, Of Judaism part 6

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Note from The Future: …on rereading this 10 years later, I’m thinking I didn’t make it clear enough that “destroy” means “destroy so you have a nice clear area on which to build a new trauma-free version from the ground up.” Although I did get a good grade, so the professor must have figured it out, at least.

Cameos: Stephen, Jon, Superman, Grey Spy.

Erin: These are the same principles that operate in the psychology of child abuse…and of dictatorships.

We’ve already established that a strong Jewish identity was formed in response to trauma. And it hardly started in Europe. This history of persecution goes back to the slavery in Egypt. It’s a founding principle of Jewish mythic consciousness.

Take that away, and you don’t have to worry about dropping other pieces — the religious, the cultural — because the original identity is no longer whole anyway.

The only way to reinstate that identity is to provoke a replication of the original abuse. And that’s exactly what’s going on here. The attempts to enforce strict definitions of Jewishness. The reluctance to accept outsiders into the community. The cases of deliberately picking fights over religious expression. All of these actions invite the trauma to be reproduced.

Even the moniker “the Chosen People” invites a sense of segregation.

In the same way that a person who was a victim of childhood sexual abuse is more likely to be sexually exploited later in life, a People who were the victims of isolation since their genesis are today more likely to be isolated.

In neither case does it mean “they deserve it” or “they bring it upon themselves.” What it means is that they have a highly developed system to survive trauma, at the expense of any strategy for coping in its absence.

The constant struggle of many Jews over how to be “Jewish and” — Jewish and American, Jewish and feminist, and so on — is the price paid for a definition of “Jewish” strong enough to survive thousands of years of attempts to eradicate it. The only way out is to take this definition of Jewishness and shatter it completely. As long as that option is less painful than the current struggles, nothing will change.

Grey Spy: …Whoa.

Madeline: Did you just argue zat an entire nation ‘as post-traumatic stress disorder?

Erin: It’s the logical progression from what I demonstrated in my midterms. God’s been traumatized too. I get points for chutzpah alone.

Getting Sick of Fangirls 19/69

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Integra: I might as well be bound, gagged, tied up, and locked in a closet.

Walter: Be that as it may, you must not push yourself too hard. You need to rest.

Integra: But I need to do something!

Walter: Certainly, sir. I suggest you eat some toast.

Getting Sick of Fangirls 18/69

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Schrödinger: I am everywhere and nowhere. The Cheshire Cat. The quantum observer. Except, with this body, I’m not.

It’s like — oh, imagine if you were suddenly a human again…

Rip: That’s–

Schrödinger: …and then bound, gagged, tied up, and locked in a closet.

Rip: –worse than I can imagine.

Getting Sick of Fangirls 17/69

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Schrödinger: I know I agreed to this, but it’s terrible! I don’t know how much more I can take!

I mean…how do you stand it?

Rip: …what? Being a woman?

Schrödinger: No, [sniff] that’s actually been easier than I expected.

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