Achieve the Four Modernizations.

May 20 DRF commented on Savage Love.
"...might spare you from the horrors of having coffee with one or two trans women over the course of your dating life but that will definitely make every trans woman who sees your profile feel like shit." This is a MUCH clearer explanation, and the one to CIS was clear enough. I'd still like to hear from trans individuals on this matter, but so far I think we're good.

It reminds me of a study that I read about in one of the Freakonomics books. They'd seen that even white people who put down "any race" on their profile still mostly dated other white people. They were indicating liberal political attitudes, not actual desire to date someone of another race.
May 14 DRF commented on SL Letter of the Day: Vengeful Ex.
I'm with @10 and @18. I don't mind the reruns but I do think it would be really cool if Mr. Savage or someone on the staff shot the original writer an email and asked if they wanted to provide any information about how things worked out. For now, I must use the speculate-o-tron...

KINK admitted and laughed off as Mr. Savage advised but is the subject of the occasional well-meaning joke and one incident in which a friend referred an outsider to KINK for advice that turned out to concern nailless carpentry.

KINK's ex-girlfriend had to make all new friends and started her own rock band, Rage Stomp, whose thrilling beats and daring lyrics are electrifying drought-stricken California...
May 13 DRF commented on Savage Love.
I'd be interested in knowing what trans women who seek women would have to say to CIS. Would it be more, "Give me a break. You can't waste your time looking at me over coffee?" or "Actually I'd prefer it if you didn't waste my time." On most issues like this, there's a split.
May 4 DRF commented on Alan Keyes: Legalizing Gay Marriage a "Just Cause for War".
What bunk. Gay rights wouldn't spark a civil war in the U.S. No one in the U.S. is making copious amounts of money off of it. Even cities in free states, like New York City, had huge ties to the slave economy. If anything's comparable to the causes of the civil war in the U.S. today, it's dark money and corporate America's undue influence on the election process.
Apr 30 DRF commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: Great Expectations.
We don't want monogamy solely because we're expected to. We also want it because, for thousands of years (at least) it was the only reliable way to avoid catching an STD. Not all of the psychological and cultural habits built around that biological reality go away when they invent antibiotics and figure out how to mass-produce condoms that aren't made from animal intestine.
Apr 29 DRF commented on Demographically Non-Symbolic Candidate to Seek Democratic Nomination.
As much as I'd love to see a woman in the White House Oval Office, I'm not 100% that Hilary Clinton is the right one (though she's probably better than whoever the Republicans come up with). This guy seems okay. VP spot on a Clinton-Sanders ticket, anyone?
Apr 28 DRF commented on SCOTUSblog Is Live-Blogging Obergefell v. Hodges.
The interfaith example is valid: Priests and religious institutions should be the ones to decide which religious rituals to perform. However, it has no bearing on whether couples should be allowed to go to city hall and get their marriage license under the laws of man like everyone else.
Apr 27 DRF commented on Last Days: The Week in Review.
Look at those annoying clowns. I hope the circus performers give them what for.
Apr 22 DRF commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: A Medievalist Schools Dan On Medieval Attitudes Toward Sex.
AWESOME letter! However, I think this writer is downplaying the role of religion in personal identity. Christian vs. Muslim was a big deal during the Crusades. I'd like to add, it's not so much religion or nationality that causes wars et al. It's the human tendency to classify people as "us" and "them." (And in one interp of the New. Testament, what Jesus was actually telling people to stop doing.)
Apr 22 DRF commented on Last Days: The Week in Review.
@5, Hanoumatoi, I agree. It's super sad that we have to do studies to find out how to talk convince adults of things that are observably true. Some studies show that they'll trust people that they see as more likely to have their best interests at heart, like relatives and neighbors (which is how the anti-vax movement got going). So maybe at least this woman's own circle of friends, when they see pics of these kids whom they know with bad sicknesses, will change their minds.

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