Dec 20, 2016
commented on Fuck The Nutcracker: Why You Should Go See Every Ballet But This One
As someone who's been working in theatre since I was a wee little one, my opinion is that The Nutcracker is a symptom of a problem, not the problem itself. If companies stop staging productions of Nut during the holidays, and substitute it with something else (or change it too drastically), people probably won't go in the numbers necessary to keep the lights on. Sad to say it, but theatre (ballet and opera especially in America) don't pull water like they used to in this day and age. Blame streaming services, economic downturn, hipsters, or any combination thereof, but the fact remains: the only things that pull in broad, general interest are the titanic standbys like Nutcracker and Swan Lake. Everything else really only draws the hardcore season ticket holders, and as anyone who runs a theatre's budget can tell you: season ticket holders alone don't keep the lights on.
Dec 13, 2016
commented on After Meeting With Trump, Bill Gates Proves That He Can’t Be Trusted to Fight Climate Change
I'm with @1.
You're still kinda new here, Sydney. Not to talk down to you, but those of us born and raised in the larger Seattle area, and who have had the privilege of seeing (in some cases up close) Gates' accession to power and fame from the beginning the the present, know that he never has been, nor will he ever be, a "moral leader".
Billionaires are, as a rule, a net negative to society at large. Exceptions like Elon Musk prove the rule (and I suppose you could even argue that Musk is a net neutral, all things considered). The concentration of wealth and power into the hands of unelected and largely undeserving individuals is a recipe for societal neglect at best. At worst, it is a recipe for Donald fucking Trump. Billionaires will not save us. They never intented to, either: they intend to save themselves and maybe also their families. Anyone else who gets a helping hand along the way is either a serendipity or Good For Business.
Oct 26, 2016
commented on Savage Love
Thank you for that last addendum on your final response, Dan. Growing up, I was never taught about what constitutes consent and inappropriate sexual touching (I'm a straight cis guy). The result of that was me not having the vocabulary to inform my parents that I'd been aggressively molested by a female babysitter multiple times as a child. It was only much later that I realized what had been done to me, but even then only because I was learning about sexual violence against women as perpetrated by men. They never taught us that it could ever be the other way around, and to be honest that's probably how things largely still are.
To any parents reading this: please, by all means, teach your children about consent and appropriate touching guidelines, but be sure you are teaching your girls AND boys what constitutes sexual assault, because it can and does happen to everyone. No one gets to breathe easy and walk through life without fear of sexual violence, contrary to what someone's burning internal resentment might tell them.