commented on Strange Words the City Said to Me
Just wanted to quickly note about the suicide statistic: while it's true that (in the U.S. at least) men are much more likely to die via suicide than women, there's evidence that women are actually more likely to attempt suicide than men. Part of the reason why male suicide attempts are so much more likely to be, well, successful (terrible word here, I know) is that suicidal men often use firearms in their attempts (women are more likely to attempt with poison, which is a lot less lethal).
So yes, men kill themselves a lot more than women do; what that actually tells us about anything – madness, depression, exigencies of male life, gun access, health care – takes a lot more analysis to unpack.
Jul 15, 2012
commented on Every Child Deserves a Mother and a Father
Well, I know it's bad form to engage trollish commenters (and Mr. Unregistered, you have to admit you're being pretty trollish), but, a question to the unregistered person: You've been talking about a correlation between unmarried parents and child abuse, but can you show any evidence of causality? That is - does the absence of marriage in and of itself really lead to child abuse?
Because, this definitely seems to me like a case of 'correlation is not causality', but if you have compelling evidence otherwise, please show it to the group...
Feb 6, 2012
commented on SL Letter of the Day: Convention Wisdom
I think that @79 put it well (though I can't vouch for the bit about implants and testosterone and stuff). This is a big assumption, but I feel like the LW (@73?) is looking for guys who have attained a sort of elite social position - guys with money, or guys who care a lot about how they're seen; in other words: guys with status. And in our society, guys who care a lot about social status will basically only want to date thin women, even if that's not the only thing they're attracted to.
Another way to put it: there are many confident, good-looking guys who are into bigger women, but there are also some social milieus in which bigger women aren't usually accepted as objects of romantic desire. It ends up being a question not of guys, but of worlds.
Jan 3, 2012
commented on Watch What Happens
To go off of what @11 said: it's worth noting that Kusama isn't just some clever kid - she's in her eighties and has been making art for almost her whole life; she's one of those artists who isn't a household name outside of art circles (no pun intended), but among artsy types she's a very big deal - she's probably about as famous as an artist can get without crossing into more mainstream fame. I've been a big fan of hers for a while - it's nice to see that she still has some tricks up her sleeve...
Dec 30, 2011
commented on Too Funny
In other Santorum news, this just in from TheWeek.com:
"And data from a rival campaign's internal tracking poll shows that Santorum's numbers are probably still rising, feeding expectations that Santorum could stage a shocking come-from-behind victory in Iowa, says Stephen Hayes at The Weekly Standard."
Shocking come-from-behind indeed.
Oct 5, 2011
commented on SL Letter of the Day: Gold Starless
Yeah, I'm gonna have to chime in agreement with most everyone else (well, I don't HAVE to, but still): the past is the past, and it can't change; if you can't deal with someone's past, then you won't be able to sustain a relationship with them. The thing that can change, though, is how we relate to and reflect on our pasts, and I wonder if maybe that's what HMFT wants: for his boyfriend to apologize and repudiate, to hate himself for things he's done. Perhaps HMFT could reasonably expect his boyfriend to ask for forgiveness had he done something truly wrong - maybe someone who, I don't know, commits a cold-blooded murder should have to essentially ask forgiveness of everyone they're close with for the rest of their life. But, HMFT's boyfriend didn't commit a cold-blooded murder - he had sex with a girl.
Oct 3, 2011
commented on Making Urban Cycling Safer: It's a Social Justice Issue, Seattle
It's true; like it or not, the golden age of the automobile is long since past. Forget about carbon footprints, oil wars, the sleazy business practices of car companies and the massive amounts of taxpayer money pumped into that flailing industry - the fact remains, having a car is fucking expensive. Economic circumstance is gonna snatch a lot of us out of our cars and plop us down onto bikes - it would be good if there was some infrastructure in place when that time comes.