commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: My 13-Year-Old Son Is Watching Gay Porn
@7 I can't speak for Celtic but have you actually watched anime porn lately, or ever? A lot of it is really terrible; either shoddily made, terrible messages about gender roles/how sex even works (a nipple does not randomly roam around on the boob when it bounces, although that's also a bit of the 'shoddily made' there...it's also not generally advisable to twirl said nipples as if they were old-fashioned radio dials in a bad reception area), just...I try, I cringe, and I'm neither new to anime or porn: I'm an old longtime anime weeb from when VHS fansub trading was a thing and some of my best friends are famous in their circles for adult art and comics.
I mean, nothing wrong if you like it, but the current themes that are popular in the otaku porn market right now are /not/ themes that I find interesting or even very creative at the moment. Partly I figure it's just not my kinks, but partly also it's kind of a troubling undercurrent of the way that Japanese society is operating for the people who consume this media right now.
commented on Vegans Are Worried That Bamboo Garden Is Serving Animal Products
@28: I'm always quite amazed at the number of militant vegans who seem not to be able to grasp that the bees who produce honey ARE THE SAME BEES pollinating the country's fruit/vegetable/grain supply, and honeycombs do actually need to be emptied out and replaced to keep bees happy (their natural instincts are to build combs and store far more honey than they could ever conceivably use, due to possible predation). There flat-out aren't nearly enough wild bee populations that would take care of the sheer mass of plant doin' it that the agricultural industry needs for food production...beekeepers oversee their colonies' health and move the hives directly to locations that need pollination.
commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: A Tall Order
@17 I think literal cuddle, and or romance without the sex part. Asexuals don't necessarily want to completely avoid all physical/emotional intimacy, some may like closeness but they may just have little to no interest in actual sex acts. YMMV.
Aug 28, 2014
commented on Savage Love
People like TVW irk me to no end...if I know a plastic surgeon socially, should I expect free liposuction? If I know a programmer socially, should I expect him to build me an iPad app for free? If I know a commercial artist, should I expect to get my new logo designed for free?
The answer to all of these is NO. If your friend offers to do something for free, it’s a very generous gift! If you want your friends to perform professional duties for you, you hire them, as the professionals they are. If you EXPECT your friends to perform professional duties for you but you don’t think they’re worth paying, you’re a terrible “friend.”
Dec 9, 2013
commented on Colorado Judge Rules That Bakery Discriminated Against Gay Couple
I'd like to see some random Joe Schmoe try to commission Madonna for *anything*. Last I understand, she isn't doing custom creative expression for anyone but herself. She's not offering her creative services for hire publicly, therefore using her as an analogy in this case is patently misleading and illogical.
If the bakery wasn't making cakes-for-hire, but was instead just making random wedding cake art and putting them up for sale to whoever walked by, they'd be well within their rights to make ONLY cakes of designs that they approve of and wish to create, much like Madonna is well within her rights to make ONLY music of her own styling.
However, even in my hypothetical example above, it would be illegal to discriminate against buyers of your premade cake art, much like it would be illegal for Madonna to sell publicly-advertised tickets on the basis of race, gender, orientation, etc.