• dtkgreg posted a new activity comment 3 years, 3 months ago

    We’re using a very specific definition of “acceptable” here, aren’t we?

  • dtkgreg posted a new activity comment 3 years, 3 months ago

    I like the rules in Ontario (the one in Canada). Your kids don’t get into a public school unless they’re vaccinated or they are medically determined to be incapable to getting the vaccines.
    http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/immunization/ispa.aspx
    Have fun at your homeschool otherwise. I hope they don’t let people have non-medical…[Read more]

  • dtkgreg posted a new activity comment 3 years, 4 months ago

    Re: nerds vs jocks, nerd entitlement etc.
    What to make of the world when the starting line of an NFL football team are playing nerd board games.
    http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-packers-of-catan-green-bays-board-game-obsession-1421346102
    Gah! It’s almost like categorizing people according to 1960s high school cliques is meaningless!

  • dtkgreg posted a new activity comment 3 years, 4 months ago

    Homecoming had the gay character who got married and had children.
    I think it was “Songmaster” and “Songbird” with the beautiful boy that sang so wonderfully that grown men broke down in tears and just couldn’t stop hugging him and holding him in a totally non-gay way (of course). Songbird also had a gay character who was very defensive about…[Read more]

  • dtkgreg posted a new activity comment 3 years, 4 months ago

    And if, on a first date, or speed date, a woman asks you if you’re a “feminist”, then gets angry at you for saying “yes” because “only women can be feminists” … well … it might be time to walk away.
    Who plays gotcha games on a first date?

  • dtkgreg posted a new activity comment 3 years, 4 months ago

    re: the pastor
    Things like this almost make me think of Orson Scott Card.
    His first books were a kind of “gay apologetics”, like he was trying to explain or justify gayness to the anti gay. He wrote lines like “I’m not like those other gays! I’m not dirty and disgusting!”
    Later, he created a male gay character who liked a woman so much that…[Read more]

    • I think I know which book you’re talking about, from the Homecoming series, right? (If not, then he’s done it at least twice.) I was totally baffled when I found out how anti-gay Card is because I remembered his gay characters being written so sympathetically. It was only when I reread his books that I realized how strong the theme of “It’s…[Read more]

      • Homecoming had the gay character who got married and had children.
        I think it was “Songmaster” and “Songbird” with the beautiful boy that sang so wonderfully that grown men broke down in tears and just couldn’t stop hugging him and holding him in a totally non-gay way (of course). Songbird also had a gay character who was very defensive about…[Read more]

    • I think he’s pretty closeted, and this was part of his way of dealing with his feelings and his religion.

  • dtkgreg posted a new activity comment 3 years, 4 months ago

    “putting them down” isn’t quite accurate. More like “refusing to acknowledge that others had it worse.”
    But really, I meant the “shy nerd culture” people in general. It seems like there’s this weird belief in nerd culture, and in atheist culture too, that we’re the big victims and other people couldn’t possibly have it as bad.
    That’s what he’s…[Read more]

    • Regarding Scott in particular, and not “shy nerd culture” in general —

      What I take him to be saying is that his subjective experience was not one of privilege. He felt miserable and anxious and suicidal, and did not feel privileged at all. I’m sure if you were to have asked teenage Scott whether he felt that he lived a very privileged life r…[Read more]

      • Perhaps but one of the things he says is that he feels he was part of the “least privileged class in society.” To me, that doesn’t seem at all to acknowledge that others might have it worse, despite his own suffering.

  • dtkgreg posted a new activity comment 3 years, 4 months ago

    Re: nerds
    Scott: I’m a nerd. I was oppressed. I had no privilege!
    Me: Name a female nerd from your high school
    Scott: … there weren’t any.
    Me: Really? Or were they just under your radar? Let’s meditate on that a moment.

    The weird thing about being a childhood nerd and bully victim, which I was (which is to say, I’ve been beaten…[Read more]

    • Did Scott really “want to put down other victims”? He might have been unaware of them, but I really don’t see how a fair reading of his words can suggest that he wanted to put down other victims.

      • “putting them down” isn’t quite accurate. More like “refusing to acknowledge that others had it worse.”
        But really, I meant the “shy nerd culture” people in general. It seems like there’s this weird belief in nerd culture, and in atheist culture too, that we’re the big victims and other people couldn’t possibly have it as bad.
        That’s what he’s…[Read more]

        • Regarding Scott in particular, and not “shy nerd culture” in general —

          What I take him to be saying is that his subjective experience was not one of privilege. He felt miserable and anxious and suicidal, and did not feel privileged at all. I’m sure if you were to have asked teenage Scott whether he felt that he lived a very privileged life r…[Read more]

          • Perhaps but one of the things he says is that he feels he was part of the “least privileged class in society.” To me, that doesn’t seem at all to acknowledge that others might have it worse, despite his own suffering.

    • FWIW, his followup is probably worth reading too:

      What I believe

  • dtkgreg posted a new activity comment 3 years, 6 months ago

    As a prosecutor, you’re supposed to act like you want a conviction.
    With a grand jury, this means presenting all the witnesses that support a conviction and none of the others. (That will be the defense’s job in the full trial).
    If you don’t want a conviction, just present all possible evidence and witnesses in a totally random, confused jumble…[Read more]

    • I was wondering about that. Why was Wilson even deposed?

      Since he was the subject of the grand jury inquiry, why would the prosecution want his input at all? You would think that it could only weaken the prosecution’s case to have the possible defendant’s side of things.

      The grand jury is not where the defendant gets to defend himself,…[Read more]

  • dtkgreg posted a new activity comment 3 years, 6 months ago

    So women should taste/smell like a ripe peach? Okay …
    And what should a man taste like? HUH!? What about the menz!!!111!!eleven!!??

    • Cucumbers. I vote for cucumbers. Because clearly my opinion of what men should taste/smell like is MUCH more important than men’s opinions.

  • dtkgreg posted a new activity comment 3 years, 6 months ago

    This it totally the wrong thread for this post. Oops. Feel free to remove it …

  • dtkgreg posted a new activity comment 3 years, 6 months ago

    So women should taste/smell like a ripe peach? Okay …
    And what should a man taste like? HUH!? What about the menz!!!111!!eleven!!??

  • dtkgreg posted a new activity comment 3 years, 6 months ago

    “… but it is the fact of [Baartman’s] denigration that provides the context for the considerable missteps in the Jezebel article.”

    The root word of “denigration” means “to blacken”. And it’s really obvious, right there in the middle of the word? Probably a word that should go the way of “hysterical”, especially given the context here. I’m…[Read more]

  • dtkgreg posted a new activity comment 3 years, 6 months ago

    Speaking of “Did you know about Jian?” There’s also this article, referring to the network of women who warned each other about the danger.
    http://www.nothinginwinnipeg.com/2014/10/do-you-know-about-jian/

  • dtkgreg posted a new activity comment 3 years, 6 months ago

    Somewhere in the comments, a woman mentioned that the only way to stop this kind of harassment was to indicate she had a boyfriend. They respected a fictional male more than a real female.
    It would be interesting to see what would happen if they repeated the experiment with a guy walking beside her (holding hands, whatevs, to indicate their…[Read more]

  • dtkgreg posted a new activity comment 3 years, 7 months ago

    If you need something to replace that creepy stalker article with, try telling people to read “The Great Gatsby”.
    The only odd thing is that it almost seems like we’re supposed to sympathize with the old sport, Gatsby, and his building of a mansion across the bay from the woman he loved … y’know, the place where she lived with her husband and…[Read more]

  • dtkgreg posted a new activity comment 3 years, 7 months ago

    I’m going to interpret the disabling of comments on the Sarkeesian video as proof that she is skin-bleached lizard person responsible for using chemtrails to convince people sexism is real. That’s far more plausible than this nonsense about rape and death threats.

    I really do admire her resiliency. Her delivery, in spite of all the crap she’s…[Read more]

  • dtkgreg posted a new activity comment 3 years, 7 months ago

    Interesting, on the “Why women are more religious” front. My impression, from being raised Catholic, was that religion was drilled into little girls’ heads a lot harder than little boys’.

    The goal, there, is obvious: religion is seen as a talisman against sexuality, and we all know it’s WAY more important to keep the girlfolk away from The Sex…[Read more]

    • No, it goes beyond that. Of the “conversion junkies” I have met–find a new religion to convert to, preferably one with a lot of rules to follow, but the buzz wears off after awhile and they have to find a new religion to convert to–all have been women. One interesting case: a lackluster, semi-observant Jewish guy marries a gentile, and she not…[Read more]

  • dtkgreg posted a new activity comment 3 years, 7 months ago

    The NFL should have penalized that ultra-orthodox guy 15 yards back into coach class. Sheesh.

  • dtkgreg posted a new activity comment 3 years, 8 months ago

    Yeah, really.
    The only way that would work is if we found video of Ken hurriedly tweeting, jamming his cell phone in his pocket and then pushing a sweltering octogenarian’s wheelchair up a ramp.
    Absent such a video …

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