4:29 AM yesterday
commented on It's Spring! Who's Ready for Street Harassment?
So much sympathy for you, Cienna. When this happens to me, I feel so frightened and depressed that I get a sort of brain freeze. I can't usually respond to the bully for that reason, but not responding probably saves me from further, often more virulent, abuse (based on past experience). And, truthfully, I'm not much of a fighter anyway. Not sure why my feelings and experience are somehow less valid than the aggressor's or the aggressor's apologists, but there it is.
Personally, I don't harass, bully, frighten, accost or threaten strangers because I respect their autonomy and I don't place my needs above theirs. That's sort of a philosophy of mine, in fact.
It's jarring to me to "meet" people who have such different values that they would think that such behavior is "A OK," or who completely lack empathy and can't listen, besides.
commented on Morning News: Car Chases, Fecal Pools, and Kitchen Nightmares
Ever since Fnarf mentioned that episode of Kitchen Nightmares a few days ago, I've been doing nothing but reading the Reddit comments and Yelp reviews. Particularly juicy are Amy's or Samy's responses to the Yelp reviews. There's your carwreck-that-you-can't-look away- from right there. And I've watched the episode several times. Hoo boy, Amy is a prize! Thanks, Fnarf, for the time-waster.
commented on I, Anonymous
WEISSMAN, you're a genius.
I wasn't entirely sure if this was maybe a little bit made-up. I work closely with psychologists, and their standards of professional behavior are quite strict and very clear-cut. This is such out-of-bounds behavior that I was a little skeptical at first. OK, (some of) the rules are: The client/customer has to be clearly identified; the therapy is different depending on who the client is. If the client is the "couple" there can be absolutely no bias on the part of the therapist. If the client is the man, then the LW's sister should get her own therapist. And if this therapist was actually this mean or stupid or biased when the client was the couple (or even if it wasn't), then report him. He will be properly disciplined, believe me. I knew a guy who was suspended from practicing for a year because he paid a teenage patient to wash his car. (Sorry, I forget the details).