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Jul 15 Phil H commented on Savage Love.
NTKS: "Period" is not a scary word for grown up men. We can hear the word without blushing, and we know that many women do not like intercourse during their period. I find euphemisms far more of a turn off!
Jul 10 Phil H commented on "If We’re Serious About Reducing the Number of Guns in Our World, Then We Also Have to Reduce the Number of Guns in Our Movies.".
I think Paul ducks the issue a bit here. It's not about banning guns, it's about shilling for gun movies. "Comprehensive coverage" doesn't cut it - loads of movies get just a brief couple of lines from The Stranger. Much better movies than Tom Cruise gunfests. In many ways, this criticism shouldn't be directed at The Stranger, because you guys already do much better in terms of writing about interesting indie movies than most media. So why make the criticism here? Because there's just a chance you'll listen.
What I'd like to see is more of the big gun flicks dismissed with the one or two lines they deserve. And more of the great reviewing you already do of other movies, movies with heart and soul. It's not so much the fact of guns in films that is depressing. It's the default assumption that guns are a reasonable element to put in: if you haven't got any real inspiration for your movie, you can use violence as a substitute. I'd like to see that called and exposed. You don't have to review studio megabudget pap any more than you have to review Nashville's output.
Random recent example - I can't remember what you guys said about the latest Transformers, but that whole "it's an art movie" trope that got aired in some places was severe bullshit. The movie was shit (I torrented it and dipped in and out). I don't mind the existence of shit. I do mind when critics I otherwise respect invent tortured excuses to talk about shit, just because it's big-selling shit.
Feb 18 Phil H commented on Chatterbox: The Internet Is Talking About Jeopardy! and Racism.
I now like Spike Jonze a lot less. Her was incredibly dull as a love story (boy meets girl, they fall in love, they have awkwardness over sex, they break up). It was interesting as a techno thing, as a story of women developing, as a parable of how men are dinosaurs (we only allow women to be our servants, things are fine for us; we allow women to start developing, things are better, we have enriching relationships; we allow women to reach their full potential, we get left behind as sad and unable to keep up). I hate the love story reading. If you want a love story, go and watch a proper one.
Feb 4 Phil H commented on Who Should Pay For the Pergola Damage?.
Ignoring the fact that this is a bit mean-spirited, the logic is all wrong.

"This is a team of millionaires owned by a billionaire—wouldn't the ultimate gesture of good faith come from them? Particularly now that our city is in the national spotlight not only as Super Bowl winners, but for a pushing a debate about the raising minimum wage?"

The whole point about a minimum wage is that it increases levels of civic commitment. When you have ordinary people who are paid enough to live on without desperation, you don't have to turn to billionaires to fund your public spaces. They can be funded by the public (through whatever mechanism), and then used by the public with a rightful sense of ownership.
Dec 19, 2013 Phil H commented on The Raspberry Almond Scone at Black Coffee.
This is how food writing should be done. I'm just not into food enough to read 20 minutes on a restaurant or a specialist food blog. Twenty seconds of good writing interspersed among other stuff is perfect. Thanks!
Oct 20, 2013 Phil H commented on Slog Bible Study: Genesis 9:20-25.
Dad cock = bad cock
Sep 24, 2013 Phil H commented on SL Letter of the Day: The Morality of a Dungeon.
PS. Just say no to trickle down. It's a slippery slope, Dan. Soon enough you'll move onto harder stuff like "just pointing out that immigration can cause some problems, that's all".
Sep 24, 2013 Phil H commented on SL Letter of the Day: The Morality of a Dungeon.
Hmm. But being progressive kind of does mean you stick your nose into other people's business. Libertarians want us to leave each other alone, but progressives think that we can individually and collectively make the world a better place (progress!), and that will involve changing some shit, including the way other people act.
That said, Dan's answer to this is exactly right. Anyone else read Yoisthisracist? If you only complain about the sexism in hiphop, you're a racist. If you only complain about wasting money when it's being wasted on sex, then congratulations, you're a prude.
Sep 15, 2013 Phil H commented on Nearly One Quarter of Asia-Pacific Men Surveyed Admit to Rape.
You're right that there can be grey areas, but that's true of every area of life. If you really really want to borrow someone's car, and they say no, and then you keep badgering them until they say hmm, well maybe, and then you take it... well that's a grey area, too. You're probably thinking you wouldn't do that, and you're right. So why do men do exactly that a lot of the time when it comes to sex, when they would never do it with a buddy's car?
Sep 15, 2013 Phil H commented on SLLOTD: Women's Work.
I like Dan's answer, but there's no doubt that cleaning is a tough nut. I don't like it, my wife doesn't like it, she does most of it. I work and do a lot of the childcare, and I expect her to do the housework. Problem is that she doesn't like the housework (whereas I like my job and doing child stuff), hence there are problems. I get annoyed because housework isn't that hard - with mod cons it's about 4 hours a day (cooking two meals, shopping, cleaning). She gets annoyed because those 4 hours really drag for her. Don't think there will ever be a solution to this one.

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