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Aug 23 Lissa commented on The Morning News: Feds Consider Moving Grizzly Bears into Washington; Seattle Judge Busted.
@23: I got most of my supplies and costumes at Value Village. Cooking stuff, sheets, pillows etc. I borrowed a tent and air mattress, and got my assigned food stuff ( I went with a group ) from Costco. I did shell out for a nice sleeping bag, and I bought a bike ( the cheapest fixie I could find) but for my playa gifts I used beads and elastic from the close out bins at Jo Ann Fabrics.
I used all the supplies again the next time I went. You know, like you do when you have camping equipment.
I did not get a subsidized ticket since those are for people who really need them.
So, all in all I didn't go into debt or anything. And going with a group really cuts down on costs obviously.
Like I said. With the exception of the ticket, you don't have to spend any more money than you would for any other week long camping trip. You certainly can, but you don't have to, to have an amazing experience.
I still don't understand why this bothers you so much. Can you explain a little bit?
Aug 23 Lissa commented on Stanford Student Compares Rape to Bicycle Theft.
@75: Oh my god how awful. Your poor family, and all his victims!
And you are right. It is so hard for people to reconcile that the person they know could be a monster, and that makes it doubly hard for victims.
In addition to the incident at age 12, I was assaulted years later, at knife point. As rapes go, ( I can't believe I'm typing this) it fit the preferred cultural narrative. White virgin, violently attacked by black stranger.
And some one still scrawled SLUT across my door.

For victims of rapists that code to the world as just ordinary guys, that have jobs and play on your softball team or serve you your coffee every morning........how much harder it is for them.
People cannot stand to think that these men, with whom they interact daily could be rapists. It can't be true, they would know, so it isn't true, and that victim must be lying.
And victims like Old Crow, whose attackers were women! Even more so! A nice college girl? A rapist? Unpossible!
Sigh.
It's all so fucked up.
Aug 22 Lissa commented on Stanford Student Compares Rape to Bicycle Theft.
@73: I have to say Old Crow, you and I are pretty much exactly on the same page.
Aug 22 Lissa commented on Stanford Student Compares Rape to Bicycle Theft.
@69: First, how awful that that happened to you. I had a similar experience at age 12, although my assailant was male. I will never forget his eyes, and I dearly wish that we did not have this thing in common. As you say, the current legal definition of rape is one of penetration. I did not write that definition, and that you have no use for it because it does not cover what happened to both of us under the word “rape” is understandable. I am making no claims what so ever about your experience, and I certainly wouldn’t either tacitly or overtly try to imply that your experience was somehow less heinous, or not a sexual assault because it did not involve penetration and was perpetrated by a woman. Perhaps in time the definition of rape will be, as it already has, be broadened even further, but as it stand now it has not. Again, I had nothing to do with that, but even if it someday it is expanded to cover what happened to us ( which I do hope happens) and more molesters, both male and female are brought to justice as rapists, I doubt that that will change the statistic that most rapist are male.
And again, again, AGAIN! (for the benefit of the peanut gallery) that does NOT in any way shape or form mean that most men are rapists.
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Aug 22 Lissa commented on The Morning News: Feds Consider Moving Grizzly Bears into Washington; Seattle Judge Busted.
@11 &13: Yes it is expensive to go to Burning Man. Or it can be. One is not required to live like a Roman emperor while on the Playa and if you’re already a person who camps out, chances are you have the camping equipment you would need to go. If you go with a group and you all pitch in for supplies, that can cut costs as well. If you’re going to do an art installation, yeah, that’s going to cost you, but surely you aren’t suggesting that artists should spend money to create their work.
The ticket is certainly a significant outlay, but much like our taxes the money goes to support the infrastructure of Black Rock City. For one week it is the third largest city in Nevada. It has a fire department, four separate medical camps, a police force, and FAA approved airport, and porta pottie cleaning service trucks that operate 24 hours a day. That costs a lot, and let’s not forget that there is no corporate sponsorship of any kind. There’s no Hammock Camp brought to you by REI, no Opulent Temple (sound system by Bose) no Big Rig Jig brought to you by Kenworth. People spend their own money to make create these things. If you don’t like camping or art of this nature in this sort of setting, that’s fine. Burning Man is not for every one and I absolutely agree that the ticket price can be prohibitive, but it is what is. A week long art festival/camp out in the desert with a gift economy in place for the duration, financially supported by the people who attend. So what? Why does that upset you so much? Does it pick your pocket or break your leg? No.
I’ve been twice, and I have never had so much fun, or learned so much about what I could really do. I fought in Thunder Dome, and saw amazing things, and met amazing people from all over the world. I can’t really do the experiences I had justice in words. It changed my life.
Oh and I’m not a hippie. :)
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Aug 22 Lissa commented on Everything Is Transphobic (But "Gay Men Draw Vaginas" Isn't).
@84: The people who are pushing this "Don't Call it a Vagina" agenda are not Trans women but Trans men. They have vaginas but don't want they genitals coded as female since they are men. Trans women who have GRS to get a vagina are more than happy to call them by that name. Just as you and I are. :)
Aug 21 Lissa commented on Everything Is Transphobic (But "Gay Men Draw Vaginas" Isn't).
@71: How do you do that? How do you do that thing where you click and a picture shows up instead of taking you to a website? HOW? I am old and want to learn this new thing that is of the intertubes.
Aug 21 Lissa commented on Stanford Student Compares Rape to Bicycle Theft.
@59: GRrrrRRRRrr :)
Aug 21 Lissa commented on Stanford Student Compares Rape to Bicycle Theft.
@62: That would be my question as well. And in any event adding these populations to an expanded definition of "men" certainly isn't going to decrease the percentage of rapists that are men.
Aug 21 Lissa commented on Stanford Student Compares Rape to Bicycle Theft.
I feel 99% may be an hyperbolic number, and I think you are correct that the existing statistics are using Cis gendered men as the definition of male perpetrators. I don't have a problem with that as I think that the other breakdowns you've posited can be included under the new definition of sexual assault.
 
 

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