May 17, 2013
commented on SL Letter of the Day: Gonna Boil My Laptop After Answering This One
@14 I agree that it's a form of abuse, but here's the problem with your argument: Animals cannot give informed consent to being bred to another of their own kind. They cannot (and do not!) give informed consent to having their balls chopped off. They cannot (and do not) give informed consent to being imprisoned inside of houses, fenced yards, barns, pastures, etc. They cannot (and do not) give informed consent to being euthanized when they are old or sick. They cannot (and do not) give informed consent being killed and eaten.
If we care about the consent of animals, then there's a whole hell of a lot of our society that is fucked up beyond belief. Because we don't think it's appropriate to breed children or the mentally disabled together, to imprison them in crates when we go to bed at night so they don't shit on the rug, to sterilize them, to euthanize them, or to eat them.
There are a lot of good reasons not to accept dog fucking (such as their genitals are physically different from human genitals and they cannot communicate verbally, so the chances of harm to them or the human are high; psychological harm is very likely, since dogs do not have human sex drives or attitudes; behavioral problems leading to the dog being ineligible for rehoming are very likely, etc.). But if you're talking about informed consent instead of those issues, then you're either a hypocrite or else arguing that animals should be granted the legal protections human children have. Because humanity does a hell of a lot worse to animals without consent than fuck them.
May 15, 2013
commented on SL Letter of the Day: Insane Demands
Would it help the situation, if he took the pictures and showed them to EFFINGMP, but didn't let her have them to keep?
EricaP, I generally like what you have to say here, but this is so outrageously vile that I'm in shock. You seem to be basing your moral perspective on this on a punishment and reward scale instead of basic human empathy. He's far less likely to be punished for taking the pictures and not giving them to his mistress, but that doesn't make the violation of trust any less.
The problem is not that he might get blackmailed; that is a potential side-effect of his actions, not a moral issue. The problem is that the would-be mistress is asking him to violate his wife's privacy. Did you think that Tyler Clementi's roommate videoing him was OK so long as the roommate didn't get caught?
May 10, 2013
commented on Lion Prince Paul Allen
While I'm always happy to give Charles shit, a lot of the criticism is off the mark here.
Consider: If someone lived in Seattle for eight years, how many mountain lions and bears and turkeys and deer in the wild might they see? Is it conceivable that they might see none at all and come home with stories of all the people they encountered?
And wouldn't it be somewhat odd for someone to come to Seattle from another continent for the sole purpose of seeing those animals, without any acknowledgment of the people of Washington, beyond perhaps some token gawking at a reservation and the "quaint" life there?
There is beautiful and remarkable biodiversity in Africa, but there are also a lot of people there.
May 9, 2013
commented on Stop Eating Dessert
Oh my. I think you've just introduced us to our first "couple's cookbook" to buy for my partner and my kitchen. Glorious!
Apr 17, 2013
commented on SL Letter of the Day: Stepdad Seeking
They may not even really be monogamous and the mother (rightfully) just said whatever seemed the most likely to get the busybody kid to STFU. I can't fathom going to my mother and demanding to know if she's in a monogamous relationship, and if I did it would be my mother's right to say any damn thing she wants to protect her privacy.
Apr 16, 2013
commented on France Study: Bras Contribute to Pendulousness of Breasts
My C cups sometimes need to be tamed a bit when I'm bouncing around, like working out or running up stairs. I usually hold them running up stairs and wear a tight tank top when working out. This can be kind of funny while going for a run and the tank top isn't enough. Every time I've tried wearing a bra, it's been FAR more uncomfortable than my tits jiggling free. So, free I go.
I suspect there are a lot of people who would A) be too large for hands/tight tank tops to keep their tits tamed and B) not be comfortable being their own organic boulder holders. Whatever is comfortable for the person is what they should do, be that braless or chained into place with a titanium breastplate.
Apr 12, 2013
commented on Worn Out
Mythbusters went further than clogged pores from makeup and straight into paint:
Jamie was covered in gold paint from head to toe and lasted over an hour without reporting any major ill effects, besides a slight (and temporary) flu-like feeling, as he described it. The myth stated that the actress portraying the gold plated woman in Goldfinger, Shirley Eaton, died as well. Ms. Eaton did survive the filming of Goldfinger and went on to appear in many more feature films and a segment for the show in which she confirmed she was still alive.