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Jan 19 Tag commented on Women's College Cancels Annual Production of The Vagina Monologues....
(It's worth noting that Campus Reform's big pull quote - "[W]e can't present a show that is blatantly transphobic and treats race and homosexuality questionably, when one of the conditions of getting the rights to the show is that you can't critique it or alter it" - is not from the students who cancelled the play, but from an anonymous internet message board. When you are basing your analysis of a situation on something a random person said on a message board, you are probably doing something wrong.)
Jan 19 Tag commented on Women's College Cancels Annual Production of The Vagina Monologues....
Mostly, what raku said.

Dan bases his comments on Elizabeth Nolan Brown's article, which in turn bases its arguments on an article from conservative blog Campus Reform (; which is unashamedly transphobic (using the term "men who identify as women" for trans women), but nevertheless Dan and Elizabeth seem to take its analysis of the situation as gospel.

In the actual quotes from the students involved in making the decision, they don't say "because it isn't inclusive of trans women" (if they just wanted that, Ensler added a trans monologue in 2004) but because of a whole range of problems; some of which Elizabeth Nolan Brown recognises and agrees with, but nevertheless decides that the students couldn't be intelligent people making the same analysis she has made, but must be bandwagon-jumping bigots.
Mar 19, 2014 Tag commented on Savage Love.
I'm far from convinced that DOPE's son's inclinations are that rare or worrying. He's just a furry, with an inclination towards a particular kind of anthropomorphic animal.

(Not a plushophile, unless he's having sex with stuffed toys rather than just looking at furry porn.)

There are plenty of them out there; they have no problems forming relationships or having sex, either with each other or with non-furries. Unless there's some evidence not presented that there is a more serious problem, he's fine.

And yes, trying to mould him out of it would be damaging, if only to your relationship - I'd guess at 17 he's happy enough with his porn tastes that you're not going to put him off.
Feb 17, 2014 Tag commented on Kansas House Approves "Turn Away the Gay" Law Legalizing Discrimination Against Gay Couples—And Singles.
@58: Well-written? Really?

Here's one excerpt:

"Recently one (1) Army reserve officer prepared a presentation regarding discrimination. In a poorly (i.e. internet google search) researched powerpoint slide, she referred to Catholicism and Evangelical Christianity as “Religious Extremism.” Let me emphasize—this was one (1) person with their own presentation. Not Army Reserve documents. Not General Army documents. One person. Yet what does the headline read? Defense Department Classifies Catholics, Evangelicals as Extremists." [...]

Yep, that's pretty bad - what kind of person would characterise an entire body of people by the opinions of one individual?

Let's read on.

"And how does *the Christian community* respond? *This Christian’s* comment referencing the article states..." (my emphasis)


He then goes on to explain the difference between persecution and prosecution; concluding that killing Christians for being Christian isn't persecution, provided that you first offer them the opportunity to deny they are Christians, to worship the emperor and to curse Christ.


I think you may have mistaken "this is well-written" for "this supports my views".

(Incidentally, as far as I can tell this bill has died in Senate as Kansas noticed how it was making them a laughing stock?)
Jul 17, 2013 Tag commented on Marriage Equality Comes to England and Wales.
venomlash: It isn't one of her titles... given that the Kingdom in question is a United Kingdom. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is one of the Commonwealth Realms (Canada is another, etc.); England is just one chunk of that realm.

It's almost exactly like calling Obama the President of Wisconsin. If you stand in Wisconsin and ask someone "Who's the president here?", that is the correct answer, but it still doesn't really make sense as a title.

Feb 26, 2013 Tag commented on Newspaper Apologizes for Filing Gun-Related Information Request.
"While Horne was on the phone with the sheriff, he also thanked him and his staff for their quick response when some people who saw Facebook posts started making personal threats against him."

At gunpoint indeed.
Jun 27, 2012 Tag commented on Organization Fighting to Ban Same-Sex Marriage in Minnesota Posts Bible Verse Calling for Gay People to Be Put to Death.
I don't like these people, but hacking seems pretty plausible to me; these organisations are generally pretty careful to protect their public image, and this is clearly WAY off-message. I'm very happy for them to look bad, but don't really feel the need to join in their games of Bearing False Witness when actually their story is pretty plausible.

10: Anyone who wants their hacking to be remotely effective? A thought experiment: if the post had been "We <3 Gay Sex!", how many blogs would be covering this story now? I'm guessing none. Effective hacking is when it makes people actually believe something about the person or organisation hacked.
May 14, 2012 Tag commented on "Christians" like Tony Perkins are Forcing People to Choose Between their Churches and their LGBT Family Members and Friends....
The stat is slightly out, I think - it didn't sound convincing so I went hunting (really, for 9/10 people the *first word* they come up with is "antihomosexual"? I'm not even sure that's a word.)

From a review on the Amazon page:

"According to Kinnaman's Barna study, here are the percentages of people outside the church who think that the following words describe present-day Christianity:

* antihomosexual 91%
* judgmental 87%
* hypocritical 85%
* old-fashioned 78%
* too political 75%
* out of touch with reality 72%
* insensitive to others 70%
* boring 68%"

That sounds more convincing, and nearly as scary - 91% is the percentage of non-churchgoing people who say that "antihomosexual" describes the church, not the percentage for whom it is the first word they come up with.
Feb 10, 2012 Tag commented on SL Letter of the Day: Daddy Loves Who?.
A habit I've picked up from my dad is of talking to myself pretty constantly when I think no-one else can hear (like, late at night when no-one else is in the room). Goodness knows what anyone would think of either of us if they thought we were addressing them....
Dec 9, 2011 Tag commented on My Playlist.
My Baby Girl - John Martyn (five different recordings)
My Baby Just Cares for Me - Nina Simone
My Beloved Monster - Eels
My Best Friend's Girl - The Cars
My Boy Builds Coffins - Florence + The Machine
My Brother's Keeper - Neville Brothers
My Bucket's Got A Hole In It - Van Morrison
My Creator - John Martyn
My Dear Country - Norah Jones
My Eyes - Travis
My Girl - Fairport Convention
My Girl - Aaron Neville (not the same song)
My Girl - Otis Redding (the same song as the Aaron Neville)
My Melancholy Baby - Ella Fitzgerald with Teddy Wilson
My Merry Go Round - Johnny Nash
My Old Man - Joni Mitchell
My Pink Half of the Drainpipe - Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
My Same - Adele (not sure where that came from)
My Very Good Friend the Milkman - Eric Clapton
My Wife's Home Town - Bob Dylan

and, for the completists:

Mykonos - Fleet Foxes (two different recordings)
Mystery Train - The Band with Paul Butterfield
Mystery Train - Neville Brothers (the same song)

I'm not sure what this says about me, except that I have music I have no recollection of, and my John Martyn collection is absurdly complete.

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