You will never find a more wretched hive of ponies and buttercups.

The Best of The Week

Toxic masculinity is a psychological concept where long-established social norms from generations of use are causing harm to others in society and to the men themselves. Some of these harmful ideas include things associated with being an "alpha male", who dominates others around them, denigrates and demeans women, acts homo- and transphobic, and hiding emotions.

These ideas have been around for ages. I was reading a lot of short horror fiction written by women for an MFA class. Back in the 1800's, even the women were writing patriarchical stories where the men were the strong, silent types who took care of things whilst the womenfolk swooned on the settee. Men didn't cry unless they were effeminate, and some outright equated emotional men to women -- and it was meant as an insult to the men.

Look at all the tough "male role model" movies. John Wayne. Humphrey Bogart. Clint Eastwood. All grizzled, tough gents you wouldn't want to get into a fight…

Arabian Mate Puzzle One: White to move, mate in 2.

              

reQuest 2018 Update

We are now at the halfway point of our first reQuest. FIVE MORE DAYS TO ASK FOR REQUESTS! That's right, no new requests for writeups will be issued after midnight server time on 21 January. That gives us all ten days to try to fill our remaining requests before the end January.

In the meantime, don't forget to send your requests through to reQuest! Several reQuesters have almost filled all their requests already, and…

News for Noders

January 1: Gregorian New Year.

January 1: reQuest 2018 begins!

January 24: Happy Birthday Silverai_me!

January 26: Happy Birthday Segnbora-t!

January 31: reQuest 2018 ends.


If you have something to add to the monthly news, /msg Tem42.

December 1: Iron Noder has ended, and the initial results are in!

December 12: Happy birthday to horacetheclown!

December 12: Happy Hanukkah!

December 25: Merry Christmas!


Coming in January: sign up now for the reQuest 2018!


If you have an item for this calendar, /msg Tem42.

November 1 - The IRON NODER CHALLENGE starts today and runs through December 1. It's never too late to sign up, and all writeups get rewards. /msg mauler if you'd like to participate!

November 1 - Happy Birthday Zephronias!

November 5 - Bonfire Night in the UK.

November 11 - Veterans Day in the US.

November 26 - Thanksgiving in the US.

November 27 - Happy Birthday Estelore!

If you have an item for this calendar, /msg Tem42.

October 1: This is the month of We All Float Down Here: The 2017 Halloween Horrorquest.

October 12: Rest in Peace, sarabandegreen.

October 17: Happy Birthday gnarl!

October 31: Something spooky will probably happen today. It usually does.


Get ready for IRON NODER X: XTREME XCELLENCE, coming November 1st!



If you have an item for this calendar, /msg Tem42.

September 16 Feliz cumpleaños Ancientsnow!

September 18 Happy birthday Stuart!

September 18 Stanislav Petrov has died.

September 19 Talk like a pirate day. Arrh!

September 27 Happy birthday Uberbanana!


Get ready for the Halloween Horrorquest, coming next month!

If you have an item for this calendar, /msg Tem42.