Margaret L.
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Jun 6, 2015 Margaret L. commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: What Should the Duggars Have Done?.
Oh, and also, the Duggars seem to believe that if the girls didn't know it was "improper touch," then they're just fine.

Look, I'm glad this is sparking a national conversation about what parents should do in this situation.

But asking what the DUGGARS should have done? That question is DOA. They are already so twisted and culpable. It's a bit like asking what Jeffrey Dahmer should have done when he discovered his freezer was full of body parts.
Jun 5, 2015 Margaret L. commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: What Should the Duggars Have Done?.
I wish the media would deal with how the Duggars and their ilk seem to think it's actually kinda . . . normal. There's the comments from supporters saying that "most families" have something like this going on; the Duggars saying they now don't let the boys play hide-and-seek with the girls, as if *opportunities* were the root problem; and the stories coming out that sexual abuse is rampant in the Duggars' cult. It reminds me of Pitcairn Island. These people have normalized the pathology of their insular society, and they see it as just another a "sin," like not wearing a modest enough dress.
Mar 3, 2015 Margaret L. commented on Jimmy Kimmel's Awesome Vaccine PSA.
I'm part of a discussion board that, sadly, has many anti-vaxxers. It's fascinating -- their argument is veering increasingly towards "This won't stop with vaccines, pretty soon there will be mandatory chip implants!" The parallel to anti-gay-marriage arguments is striking. It's as if they know they don't have a real case for the actual issue at hand.
Sep 3, 2014 Margaret L. commented on Cover Your Workplace in Plants, Maybe You'll Feel More Productive.
Alas, it's well established that any change in working conditions will improve productivity (temporarily). Turn up the lights -- people work better! Turn down the lights -- people work better! So the control condition should have had a "sham" change, like decorating the space with Lego robots or something.
Aug 14, 2014 Margaret L. commented on Wesley Lowery, Washington Post Reporter Arrested in Ferguson, Tells His Story, with Video.
Turns out, even actual military people are appalled. This isn't militarization, it's a grotesque parody of militarization. https://storify.com/AthertonKD/veterans-…
May 24, 2014 Margaret L. commented on The Saturday Morning News: Amazon's New "War," Another Deadly Shooting Spree, and Washington Clams.
If only those drunk teenagers in Isla Vista on a Friday night had been armed, it all would have turned out SO much better . . .
May 20, 2014 Margaret L. commented on The Most Fundamental Truth About Sex.
This is what aunts and uncles are for. My best friend's kid asked me to explain a dirty joke, I asked my friend for permission, and she was like, "Please, better you than me!" and went into world's longest cringe while I calmly explained about orgasm and ejaculation.
May 19, 2014 Margaret L. commented on Federal Judge Strikes Down Oregon's Ban On Same-Sex Marriage.
Okay, that was weird. Just look up same sex marriage on Wikipedia.
May 19, 2014 Margaret L. commented on Federal Judge Strikes Down Oregon's Ban On Same-Sex Marriage.
I'm loving how quickly the Wikipedia map gets updated every time one of these happens. To eyeball it, look for the dark blue (legal) and yellow stripes (legalized but stayed pending appeal).

File:Samesex_marriage_in_USA.svg">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Samese…
Apr 30, 2014 Margaret L. commented on Savage Love.
Re LW1: Wow people, judgemental much? The mom has spent the last 19 years working harder than most parents ever have to work (and if you're a parent, you know that's saying something), to give her neuro-atypical son the life skills for adulthood. She has only partially succeeded, and now it is largely out of her hands.

She knows better than most of you how the booze, smoking, and poor financial judgement may impact his life. She has an army of therapists, psychologists, and school counselors to help with those issues.

The sex-cam thing is something new for her, and something that the snarky sex columnist might actually be able to help her with.

LadyL, if you're still reading, sorry you had to deal with those comments.