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Apr 11, 2014 christopher commented on SL Letter of the Day: A Second Chance.
@48: Sure it does: At any time, you can withdraw consent going forward, and it is rape if the other person continues having sex with your after that point. At no time can you withdraw consent retroactively. Since consent is, except in unusual circumstances*, only given for a single encounter at a time, it is true that being able to withdraw consent a week later is in general irrelevant, since consent has long since lapsed, but that doesn't mean one can't do it.

*One might, for example, as part of a fantasy scenario (most likely a rape fantasy) give a partner permission to initiate sex unexpectably at any time in the next month. One could withdraw that consent a week later, and that withdrawal (once communicated to the other person) would be valid and terminate that consent. But that's a rather unusual case.
Mar 21, 2014 christopher commented on HIV Treatment = HIV Prevention.
Speaking as an epidemiology doctoral student currently completing a journal article on the subject, viral suppression == 0 chance of transmitting alone is not (necessarily) enough to guarantee elimination of ongoing transmission. There are two additional issues that must be addressed:

1. Current best estimates (which, to be fair, are rather shaky) support the belief that a large fraction of transmissions are made by individuals early in their own infections - over 40% within the first year, according to one study, and a large portion of that may very well be concentrated within the first portion of that year. Testing sufficiently often can address most of this (although if you're using antibody tests, the window period is an issue), but sufficiently often may prove to be far more than the once per year currently being recommended.

2. Achieving complete viral suppression takes time, even after treatment is initiated (the median is a bit under 1 years for individuals with optimal retention in care, according to a study published within the last couple years). Partial reductions in viral load prior to that point may reduce transmissibility, but they won't eliminate it.

None of this means that treatment as prevention isn't a worthy goal, or even that once a year UT&T can't achieve elimination by itself (for some plausible parameter sets it can, for others it can't). But it does mean that Dan's final sentence is not necessarily accurate.

@Confluence: If HIV+ men who want to buttfuck condom free and not disclose actually get in treatment, adhere to treatment protocols, and get their viral loads checked on a regular basis, these results suggest that that isn't a big issue, from a public health standpoint. Given the greatly elevated transmission rates during acute infection, barebacking with high-risk individuals (and if they're up for barebacking, and not in a committed relationship with you, guess what!? They're high-risk!) who recently tested negative by antibody test might very well be a worse bet. Now if people just assume their viral loads are "obviously" undetectable without getting them checked, that's another story.
Jan 28, 2014 christopher commented on Frank Rich to Liberals: Ignore Fox News.
Get your history straight: Saint Nicholas died in 343; the Turkic invasion of Byzantine Anatolia did not begin until the late 11th century.
Jul 24, 2013 christopher commented on SL Letter of the Day: A Second Chance.
@33: Sure. A week after giving consent to sex, you can withdraw consent, and if the other person continues having sex with you after that point, then it's rape. It's kinda like how I can withdraw my money from the bank at any time, and if they keep it past that point, it's theft. If you're confused by the difference between "I can do X at any time" and "I can do X retroactively," perhaps you should consult a dictionary.
Jul 24, 2013 christopher commented on Vladimir Putin's Anti-Gay Pogrom—What We Can Do About It From Seattle.
@52: I suspect Dan's use of the term is in reference to the combination of official repression with unofficial but clearly government-encouraged mob violence, with any resulting arrests being of victims rather than perpetrators. The details may be different, but the fundamental dynamics seems awfully familiar.
Mar 2, 2013 christopher commented on SL Letter of the Day: Plan Ahead and Plan B.
@Dan: While I can't say how common it is, I certainly both use a condom and pull out immediately before/just as (I figure the condom makes perfect timing a bit less crucial) I start to come, and my girlfriend also uses hormonal birth control. Some of us take avoiding conception pretty damn seriously.
Dec 1, 2012 christopher commented on Debora Barr Escaped the Lesbian Lifestyle.
@34: There are probably more than you'd imagine. I'm no longer Christian, but when I was, I was a member of a *very* liberal (and Welcoming and Affirming) Baptist church. Traditionally, two major Baptist distinctives are the soul freedom of the individual believer and the autonomy of the individual congregation. A congregation has the power to decide its membership, as does a denomination (in a rather broad sense of the term), and so a congregation can decide not to have an individual as a member if they feel that person is a heretic, and a denomination can do likewise with a congregation, but neither has the authority to command their members to believe this or that. Combine that with the incredible array of Baptist denominations, and the large number of Baptist churches that aren't associated with a denomination at all, and there's a lot of room for variation in what Baptists believe.
Aug 19, 2012 christopher commented on Libertarians Sue to Have Romney Kicked Off Washington Ballot.
@63: If it was "Jew" as a descriptor for someone of Hebrew/"Jewish" ethnicity who does not practice Judaism, "nigger", or "queer," then it would be offensive as fuck. If it were "Jew" because the individual actually practices Judaism, "Muslim," or "Catholic," then it would be perfectly fine. Religion is a choice and some (many!) choices are bad and render those making them less fit to hold office.
Jul 25, 2012 christopher commented on Today in Traditional Marriage.
I will note that there is at least one other Justin Matthew Crawford out there (a Michigan lawyer), and probably more, so a little caution in using this information is advisable.
Jul 25, 2012 christopher commented on Today in Traditional Marriage.
@34: Justin Matthew Crawford. Source:…