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And "groping"?? Can you point me to any examples? I certainly can't recall any. I actually was just watching random episodes from the first couple of seasons and the guests were all revue stars with whose oeuvre I was not familiar,… [more]
favorited 9 times, recently by Proofs and Refutations, zinful, internet fraud detective squad, station number 9, saucysault, Neely O'Hara, Lexica, travertina, Too-Ticky, mmmbacon
MeFi comment - 3 ¼ hours ago

All I said was that if you're starting from scratch then it's hard to know what are good, accurate sources for sex education. I think you guys are reading too much into my comment. The point is that women (or people living as women who do… [more]
favorited 26 times, recently by orrnyereg
MeFi comment - 4 ¾ hours ago

I am glad that the author acknowledges her insane privilege to have a "midlife crisis" because this essay came off as really whiny to me. Lots of people aren't done making mistakes when they are in their mid-20s, but there are people who… [more]
favorited 83 times, recently by cardinality
MeFi comment - Almost 7 hours ago

And frankly I've thought for a while -- this is the extra-textual comment -- that the Kermit-Piggy relationship was so unhealthy and rooted in gross gender assumptions that it was in sharp contrast to the otherwise generally-pretty-progressive… [more]
favorited 5 times, recently by Pigpen, Too-Ticky, drezdn, gingerbeer, threetwentytwo
MeFi comment - 9 hours ago

That's a black chicken, but it's not vantablack black. I believe you mean fuligin, the color that is darker than black. I personally wouldn't want a chicken that was like peering into the void - much less a chicken sandwich -… [more]
favorited 7 times, recently by sneebler, symbioid, FelliniBlank, crocomancer, strangely stunted trees, Katjusa Roquette, GenjiandProust
MeFi comment - 10 hours ago

Delays really seem to impact Arctic drilling, though - it's tricky, the weather's rough, a lot of stuff can go wrong. "Maybe we can delay this boat for a while and it won't arrive in time to start by the last possible date, and that will buy us… [more]
favorited 40 times, recently by Tehhund, rum-soaked space hobo, i feel possessed, waitangi, cosmic owl, Jubal Kessler, jzb, mollymayhem, MeatLightning, gt2, WCWedin, msali, Aya Hirano on the Astral Plane, turbid dahlia, Thella, Handstand Devil, dejah420, lesbiassparrow, The corpse in the library, you must supply a verb, schmod, mrbigmuscles, standardasparagus, A Terrible Llama, Bangaioh, teponaztli, notyou, sacramental excrementum, ursus_comiter, suelac, d13t_p3ps1, jokeefe, bleep, hydropsyche, thefoxgod, beefetish, Hairy Lobster, dialetheia, lisa g, JLovebomb
MeFi comment - 16 hours ago

I'd be interested to read a report correlating the ratio of officer shootings which end up being unjustified in the aftermath, versus, say the deaths related to some surgeries. Leaving all else aside, the underlying issue is that a… [more]
favorited 16 times, recently by freecellwizard, The Outsider, polychora, Proofs and Refutations, sheila t, Jacqueline, dialetheia, zinful, You Can't Tip a Buick, Joey Michaels, rebooter, i feel possessed, lord_wolf, Gelatin, teleri025, hydropsyche
MeFi comment - 17 hours ago

I don't think we need to start making analogies with the civil rights movement to argue that blockades are legit. Indigenous people, in particular, have used blockades (as here) to push back against resource extraction, dumping and land theft… [more]
favorited 15 times, recently by col_pogo, LizBoBiz, beefetish, RolandOfEld, jeffburdges, lisa g, hydropsyche, all the versus, Bangaioh, black_lizard, aniola, neonrev, galadriel, foxfirefey, asperity
MeFi comment - Yesterday

Like everyone else is going to say, it is not appropriate for your boyfriend to keep doing petty shit that bothers you - no matter how much he enjoys it. I think everyone else will also say that this rises above the level of "petty… [more]
favorited 24 times, recently by adrienneleigh
Ask MeFi comment - 2 days ago

So basically, again, we're saying "here is a structural problem that could perhaps be solved by social reform combined with better cooling science, but the most important thing is to hector! individual! people!, no matter what those people say… [more]
favorited 12 times, recently by Ivan Fyodorovich
MeFi comment - 2 days ago

So there is so much great food in the world, and I`m completely ignorant to most of it, why do we need this stunt food? It's kinda profoundly dull in a world where Ethiopian and Cambodian and Polish food exists, no? Because this is… [more]
favorited 25 times, recently by Serf, rakaidan
MeFi comment - 2 days ago

I am wondering - I used to work (in a very entry-level capacity) for a life insurance company, and at least the company I worked for (US-based) would not have issued a policy on an adult child to the parents absent some very compelling reason (ie,… [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by Beti
Ask MeFi comment - 2 days ago

Granted, it's understood that the standard they're intuitively tapping into is a more or less absolute one, and external guidance—Marmee, Pilgrim's Progress—can help them with navigation. That was what I was trying to get at - by… [more]
favorited 2 times, recently by naoko, Shmuel510
MeFi comment - 2 days ago

So, when I have eaten refrigerated fresh mozzarella and thought "this is very tasty and fresh-tasting and has a wonderful texture", I'm just being a rube, right? Purely on a selfish level, I would enjoy this type of article more if it… [more]
favorited 18 times, recently by naoko, threeants, runincircles, bryon, purpleclover, MeghanC, PMdixon, howfar, vespabelle, wenestvedt, indubitable, burgerrr, wreckingball, Sys Rq, skewed, offalark, Kosh, baniak
MeFi comment - 2 days ago

Wow, I wonder how much discrimination goes on in these places - even leaving out the "discrimination" aspect of the whole $4000/month luxury package, masseuse, etc. I wonder if they let, for example, fat people into the house. What about… [more]
favorited 22 times, recently by axon, Anhedonic Donkey, my-username, rum-soaked space hobo, blucevalo, Naamah, cosmic owl, Narrative Priorities, tooloudinhere, thsmchnekllsfascists, an animate objects, Queen of Spreadable Fats, spinda, Rosie M. Banks, the lake is above, the water below, Proofs and Refutations, Oyéah, vogon_poet, tonycpsu, clawsoon, daq, oceanjesse
MeFi comment - 2 days ago

I don't know, the first person the author talked to doesn't sound very deft, but is actually significantly more honest than I think might be hoped for from a customer service person. "It’s just like the radio in your car. There are all kinds… [more]
favorited 13 times, recently by zippy
MeFi comment - 3 days ago

Actually, we have conversations about how everyone should just go ahead and travel here on metafilter - they're usually couched as "so many Americans don't even have a passport, what hicks they are, not like me". And since having a passport… [more]
favorited 120 times, recently by jdherg
MeFi comment - 3 days ago

There's a specific type of guy that tends to like me: loner, outdoorsy, very loyal but not very observant. Seeing as the guys I'm crazy about inevitably break up with me after a month, do you think I should learn to love someone with some common… [more]
favorited 6 times, recently by oogenesis
Ask MeFi comment - 3 days ago

You're getting older, and as you get older a lot of people around you will get wiser. That whole "I am only into you as long as you don't love me back" thing is much more common among younger folks with less relationship experience,… [more]
favorited 6 times, recently by Kateruba
Ask MeFi comment - 3 days ago

Remember for example the scene where Jo gets so mad at Amy that Amy almost dies in an ice-skating accident. The moral of the episode is that Jo needs to watch her temper, but the anger was definitely there. Yeah, but that's seen as a moral… [more]
favorited 9 times, recently by pseudonymph, gamera, GenjiandProust, lorimt, emilypdx, palomar, MCMikeNamara, a fiendish thingy, idiopath
MeFi comment - 4 days ago

it seemed fine at first, until next time we were fooling around he suddenly tried doing anal stuff. Like, "secretly," as if I wouldn't notice. Does every guy do this? Seriously, I have had to have several Talks With Men -… [more]
favorited 30 times, recently by mon-ma-tron
MeFi comment - 4 days ago

Because I tend to apologize for everything, it's very difficult for me to sort out situations where I do need to apologize/feel bad and then apologize/feel bad appropriately. My default setting is "I did this and I am a bad person… [more]
favorited 10 times, recently by Rosie M. Banks
MeFi comment - 4 days ago

Just a thought: your mother is only what, 44? That seems pretty old when it's a parent and you're in your twenties, but it's not really very old at all. It's certainly young enough for it to be realistic to major changes in your life, or to realize… [more]
favorited 72 times, recently by shazzam!, tyrantkitty
Ask MeFi comment - 4 days ago

or a house where everyone was a musician haha no Oh, the point is to sequester the musicians so the rest of us don't have to live with them. I once lived with a fellow who played both the accordion and bagpipes (though not at the same… [more]
favorited 3 times, recently by brecc, joseph conrad is fully awesome, haltingproblemsolved
MeFi comment - 5 days ago

She was always thinking about how sexy she is? Really? I don't remember that at all, but I'll take your word for it, and I must say I definitely didn't react to anything in the book with arousal or even pick up on that I was supposed to. Still, as… [more]
favorited 9 times, recently by Salamandrous, mythical anthropomorphic amphibian, Ivan Fyodorovich, fozzie_bear, halifix, Secret Life of Gravy, hydropsyche, theseldomseenkid, a fiendish thingy
MeFi comment - 5 days ago

I'm getting to a point where it's really hard to justify a near two-hour bus journey home from the Mission versus a $7 UberPool, though, and I think I've finally pinpointed the real reason for my reluctance to Uber: As a middle-class(ish) person,… [more]
favorited 52 times, recently by lalochezia, naoko, kaiseki, scrump, col_pogo, syzygy, girlpublisher, guybrush_threepwood, namewithoutwords, lord_wolf, bumpkin, kelborel, axon
MeFi comment - 5 days ago

Imperialist nostalgia is precisely the nostalgia of the imperialists for the thing they destroyed. There's a book of the same title by a left-wing anthropologist, Reynardo Rosaldo. I read it a long, long time ago so I only remember… [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by aught
MeFi comment - 5 days ago

Dhalgren is so difficult - emotionally and in terms of form - that I think you really need to want to read it specifically, rather than just wanting to read Delany or to read an important SF novel. I've read most of it by skipping… [more]
favorited 2 times, recently by aught, languagehat
MeFi comment - 5 days ago

I say this because I was trying to think of recent reads where men wrote women well, and two of the most recent I read were David Markson's Wittgenstein's Mistress and Paul Auster's In The Country of Last Things, both very Pomo-y… [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by virago
MeFi comment - 5 days ago

I read an interview with Pat Barker (author of several of my favorite novels, including The Century's Daughter, which is mostly about women and which also has a viewpoint gay character who is complexly depicted) where she said that she started… [more]
favorited 4 times, recently by virago
MeFi comment - 5 days ago

You want a jazzed up yorkshire pudding. Make the following changes to this recipe: 1. Any kind of non-skim milk will do 2. Bake in a single dish - I use a different version of this Le Creuset oval dish, but a 9" cake pan will do. 3… [more]
favorited 2 times, recently by Juliet Banana, fiercecupcake
Ask MeFi comment - 5 days ago

I wonder about the "while trying not to kill each other" bit - isn't one of the major points of Little Women that there's immense sisterly affection between the girls? There's some disagreements, true, but there isn't even a… [more]
favorited 2 times, recently by corb, kagredon
MeFi comment - 6 days ago

also, Frowner, I don't think Swedes or Danes or Germans are strangers to any level of snow or cold or rain No, actually, Minnesota has much more extreme weather than Germany or the Scandinavian countries - we're a LOT hotter in the summer,… [more]
favorited 9 times, recently by bitterpants
MeFi comment - 6 days ago

Even if it's possible, through charm, looks, and force of personality, to "get" a conventional (read: thin) husband, the radical rejection of such a husband in favor of a fat partner is a prerequisite to maintaining consistency in… [more]
favorited 48 times, recently by tinkletown
MeFi comment - 6 days ago

Eh, you need to have access to the right reading materials and you need to know if the source is accurate. I mean, to use an extreme example, Cosmo is known for giving out some of the worst sex advice. Back in the early nineties I acquired… [more]
favorited 10 times, recently by Phredward
MeFi comment - 6 days ago

I guess what I'm saying is that a character can be sort of pro-actively unrealistic - building ship models out of mouse bones, for instance - but if that character contradicts what we actually know of people, the author needs to do a… [more]
favorited 3 times, recently by halifix, hydropsyche, Kattullus
MeFi comment - 6 days ago

Also, the part where Anna doesn't appear to worry about getting pregnant and has lots of unprotected sex in the midst of the apocalypse - that seems a bit more realistic, because people do fool things all the time, but it was difficult for me… [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by hydropsyche
MeFi comment - 6 days ago

But how socially conservative is their worldview? Conservative by contemporary standards, yeah, but Alcott wasn't precisely conservative for her own time. (Once you get to Little Men and the other one, and the woman doctor, or if you… [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by naoko
MeFi comment - 6 days ago

Like a lot of people of my generation, I was routinely left in the car when my mother ran short errands - in fact, I'd often ask to stay in the car so I could read and not stand in line at the post office, etc. This was certainly happening… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 6 days ago

I am worried about someone whose guilty pleasure is grapes, unless they have a specific grape-excluding medical condition. I can totally buy that someone feels guilty when they have grapes because Grapes-Fruit-Sugar-Bad and I think that's… [more]
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MeFi comment - 6 days ago

You know what? I don't think that nerd culture is primarily about consumption. I was thinking about punk, and how I would draw a distinction between punk and nerd culture by saying that punk always emphasizes low-fi creation as much as… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 days ago

In the dead of winter, I ride a five mile round trip. I'm unusually cold-tolerant and bike on any day where the high is expected to break ten degrees F. My biggest challenge - I have glasses and it's difficult to cover my face (which is absolutely… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 days ago

Yes. You can see the line, really, it's basically the Mississippi River. The last Eastern Cities that were really built were Chicago and St. Louis, and St. Louis proper stayed really small for reason I'll elide here, but search on the… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 days ago

There's an interesting double game here, because I think you're right, claiming a mere preference as an identity can have that "sheilding" effect. But only the person having the desire can possibly know how profound, how fundamental, a… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 days ago

I think one reason I'm uneasy with value-judgment-osexualities is that when you add "osexual" to something, you're using language to suggest that it is in some way more inherent/hard-wired than cultural. You're attempting to give it some… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 days ago

To add: I think that the sudden proliferation of subjective-osexualities is rooted in the desire to find a non-political way to legitimate sexual preference, a way to put it beyond question, and that this can never happen - putting… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 days ago

The best-case scenario might be significantly better than a military built entirely on human-operated weapons, though. Autonomous drones (as opposed to those with human operators) do not get PTSD. They carry no grudges. They carry no ethnic… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 days ago

I guess I wonder what you mean by "stringing people along". I've certainly been (like a lot of people, I bet--especially when younger!) in relationships where I stayed with the person for a couple of months after I knew I wanted to break… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 8 days ago

This whole discussion makes me think of something that we work to manage in a book discussion group I run - different ways of speaking "inside" and "outside" the story. The stated logic of Jane Eyre is that Rochester… [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 days ago

The truth is that I think of myself as a vegan but am actually a reducitarian, given that I fall off the vegan wagon with startling regularity. [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 days ago

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