commented on The Freaky Magic of Soap Lake
I felt the same way the summer I drove through Soap Lake and discovered the town's Art Museum, which is some guy's apartment modified to boast a fully public downstairs with some decent pieces of modern art and a semi-public upstairs which I think is also the guy's bedroom.
Great place. Makes the fictional town of Cicily, Alaska look mundane.
commented on Should Washington State Legalize Prostitution?
I think legalization brings regulation which reduces the amount of human trafficking/STDs/drug dependence and abuse of workers that dominate the industry. Sex workers are a work force fulfilling a genuine demand that, if handled legally, would be between consenting adults. Right? Somebody use a flamethrower on me!!!
commented on Poll: For the First Time, Majority of Americans Support Roe v. Wade
It's never too late to change, folks. Instead of judging the women who passively accept much of what is handed to them, be supportive. Be supportive of the millions of moms who are left raising children alone. Be supportive of the teenaged girls who began dieting at age 11 so they will be socially acceptable and desirable mates. We're fucked up in so many ways - just being kind and demonstrating confidence in some of those people would go a long way towards reaching the equality we believe to be possible and necessary.
Aug 24, 2012
commented on Relationship Advice for Americans from Elderly British Aristocrats
One DOES wonder why people bother getting married at all considering how likely it is they will need to divorce. Divorce is exhausting, expensive, and leaves a sense of betrayal in its wake yet people choose to marry each other, often they marry several times, sometimes to the person they just divorced.
One thing is clear. Tolerating the differences in another person and not freaking out about how their behavior reflects on YOU all the time is an interesting relationship saver. I'm not talking to people getting their asses beaten or compromising their own core values (neither was Dan, btw).
Perhaps less about affluence, misogyny, or "the changing times" and more a question of "is marriage a contract and if so could you keep the contract simple and balanced enough that it works for the people engaging it?"