Person A: Something you said offended me.
Person B: Well, I always say stuff like that. It's the same as this other thing I always say!
Person A: Except no, it isn't. Let me spend some of my time patiently explaining to you why you have committed culture fail.
Person C: It's ironic that you speak out against oppression under such circumstances, Person B. I'm from the same cultural group as Person A and I was offended too, and look, two others in this thread are also saying it. What you said wasn't cool.
Person D: O rly, Person C? Well, let me tell you all about your culture. Don't forget to take notes! Also, I shall pretend I'm being tactful here and not at all an utter douche.
Person B: I can't handle this! I'm going to chastise Person C for not waiting for me to acknowledge what I should have acknowledged without demanding explanations from the offended party. Then I shall freeze the thread and let Person D's failtastic comment stand. GOODBYE!
...wow. I opened that post yesterday before posting about the LJ gender situation, intending to link it, but the minute I saw "Moscow" used by an American to refer to LJ's overlords, I hit the back button because yeah, DO NOT WANT. This morning I went back to look at the comments to see what else people have been hearing from LJ. Note to self: don't do that in the future.
Really, people: IF SOMEONE TELLS YOU YOU'VE OFFENDED THEIR RACE/CULTURE/LANGUAGE/SEXUAL ORIENTATION/GENDER IDENTITY/WHATEVER, DON'T FUCKING GET DEFENSIVE. APOLOGISE IF YOU DIDN'T MEAN TO OFFEND OR CHASE THEM OUT IF YOU DID MEAN TO OFFEND. THERE IS NO MIDDLE GROUND. YOU ARE NOT OWED A FUCKING EXPLANATION FOR WHY THEY WERE OFFENDED. CHRIST ON A MOTHERFUCKING TRICYCLE.
Well, at least LJ appears to be saying that they aren't going to force people to choose between two genders, so slight/partial win somewhat exists in today. Maybe. /o\
ETA: Y halo thar, f_w! Have a recipe:
Селедка под Шубой / Herring in Furs
This is something my family traditionally makes for the New Year's meal. There are many variations; this is ours. It's terribly unhealthy.
2 large herrings
5 large potatoes
4 large carrots
(I stole the quantities from kuking.net -- I usually eyeball it. More of anything is rarely a bad thing for this one.)
Boil the potatoes, carrots, and beets, and hardboil the eggs. Clean the herrings and remove all bones, then cut into small pieces (not so small that it's jellylike goop).
10 In a deep casserole, spread an even thin layer of the herring, then add a layer of mayo to cover the fish.
20 Grate a layer of boiled potato (should be about as thick as the layer of fish), then cover in mayo as above.
30 Grate a layer of boiled carrot, cover in mayo.
40 Grate enough hardboiled egg to make a layer, cover in mayo.
50 Grate a layer of boiled beets, cover in mayo.
60 If you have ingredients left over (will depend on the dimensions of the dish you chose), goto 10. Else goto 70.
70 The top layer should ideally be beets. If it isn't, get moar beets, or just leave it. Use the last of the eggs (or boil a new one) to grate and sprinkle on top for decoration.
80 Let it sit in the fridge for a few hours before serving.
90 Eat! I usually serve it as though it were cake, using a cake cutter to get a piece with all the layers.