ohthetrees
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11:47 AM ohthetrees commented on Here Are 6 Reasons Why Trigger Warnings Aren't Bullshit..
I don't count 6 reasons. Maaaaaybe 1.5. Most of them just seem neither here nor there.

Just to pick one of your reasons: "Rape is underreported, often results in PTSD, and is common."

That's true, and appalling, but what bearing does that have on whether trigger warnings are good/bad/effective/detrimental? I just think your reasons don't have much to say about it one way or the other.

I think the trigger warning advocates are not so much motived by evidence of best-practices, as the desire to acknowledge the pain and trauma of the victims of horrific crimes and traumatic events. It is admirable that these advocates want to do something proactive about it, but I just don't see that trigger warnings actually help anyone. I'd be happy to change my tune on that one if actual evidence came out supporting the efficacy of trigger warnings for mitigating the trauma of victims.
Aug 25 ohthetrees commented on I, Anonymous.
Her sin: minor. His sin: major. Her sin retroactively justified by what she found.
Aug 22 ohthetrees commented on The Morning News: Seattle's Only Swimming Hole for Dogs, a Water Park Tragedy, and Southern Floods.
I'm proud of the performance of US women at the Olympics. But they sure didn't "sweep" the Olympics. "Sweep" has a specific meaning in sports. It means to win all possible opportunities. The women did very well, but I'm pretty sure golds were won by other countries too.
Aug 13 ohthetrees commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: Swinging Double Standards.
Our local club has a waiting list for single men. To get on it, you have to be nominated by an established couple. Then they are let in to balance any single women who show up to keep the ratio 1:1.
Jul 10 ohthetrees commented on Science News: The Left and Bernie Sanders Are Unscientific on GMOs, Seattle Is Wet and the Rest of the Country Is on Fire.
I am a scientist (oceanography). Personally I think GMO foods are safe to eat. But there are a lot of perfectly good reasons to avoid GMO foods. Maybe you don't like the politics of Monsanto et al. Maybe you think there is environmental downsides to GMO foods. Maybe you just don't like the sound of it.

Unlike vaccination, making a personal choice to avoid GMO foods harms no one. People deserve to be able to make that choice, for good reasons and for bad, and we need labeling to do so. I would not support banning GMO foods. But I do support labeling GMO food so people can make their own choices. If GMO foods are so much better, healthier, and cheaper, let them succeed in the marketplace.
Jul 3 ohthetrees commented on British Columbia Premier Wants to Re-Regulate Vancouver's Insane Real Estate Market.
Easy with a little political will.

Single family residence occupied by owners >50% of the year: everything stays the same.

Single family residence occupied by owners <50% of the year: 10% annual tax on value of home, funds go to affordable housing programs.

Done and done.
May 7 ohthetrees commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: Bonus Advice for WWWM & VIRGN.
Reading this letter put a smile on my face. Bravo, and my compliments!
May 6 ohthetrees commented on Savage Love.
2nd or 3rd time with a girl, I have her bent face down over the arm of the couch. It's kinda dark, and I'm just starting to try to get my cock into her pussy.
She: "A little higher"
Me: "There?"
She: "higher"
Me, pushing in a bit: "Here"?
She: "I don't want to do butt stuff!"
Me: "Whaaa? I was aiming for your pussy! Why were you saying 'higher'?"
She: "I meant relative to me!"
Me: "???"

The evening ended up lovely from there, I aimed a bit lower, and found her pussy to the satisfaction of all. But I still maintain that toward the ceiling/sky is "higher" and blame our incident on the air traffic controller giving faulty direction.
May 3 ohthetrees commented on Low-Income, Disabled, and/or a Single Mom Trying to Rent? City Housing Discrimination Tests Turn Up Disturbing Trends.
I'm curious what sort of buildings these were. Big apartment buildings, or duplexes and mother-in-laws?
May 3 ohthetrees commented on Seattle Repertory Theatre Takes Action after Stagehand Gets Caught Saying the N-Word.
We have to be able to use language to discuss language. If it wasn't directed at someone, if it wasn't being used to describe or disparage someone, then there was nothing wrong with that kind of language. I don't want to live in a world where we can't use a word even in a completely legitimate discussion of that word!