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25 April 2008 @ 08:02 pm
Funnies, and random thoughts  
First, a couple of recent Bizarro comments that I really liked (I even hunted them down for you).

Office humor taken to a whole new level:




Anyone who has ever had a cat will understand THAT one. ;)

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On another (more political) topic, there was a lot of flap this week over the Open Source Boob Project post. I'm in the camp of "Don't invade my life with your sexual issues or demands. Even asking is going too far." In commenting about this in someone else's journal, I came up with the following analogy. This takes the discussion from apples and oranges to apples and apples, for me:

From the male side, the equivalent of asking to touch a woman's boobies, is NOT a woman asking to touch him in return. Instead, it would be another man asking if he can grope the guy's junk. Now, how "liberating" and "appealing" do you suppose most men would feel being put in THAT situation is?



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jellicle on April 26th, 2008 04:52 am (UTC)
Taht's why I rather join this other project *points to icon*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 26th, 2008 06:27 pm (UTC)
Exactly. What a terrible idea the whole thing was to begin with, and then to want to spread it to the rest of the world? Really smacks of male entitlement, and I've enjoying watching that die down more and more over the years, not increase.
cindy: wolf chorus (by bunnymcfoo)tsuki_no_bara on April 26th, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
>>Instead, it would be another man asking if he can grope the guy's junk. Now, how "liberating" and "appealing" do you suppose most men would feel being put in THAT situation is? <<

ooh, ooh, and then can we get on the guy's case and call him repressed and prudish for not wanting another guy to intimately invade his personal space? :D because he should be flattered that a strange man finds him sexually worthy.

Edited at 2008-04-26 04:54 pm (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 26th, 2008 06:32 pm (UTC)
ooh, ooh, and then can we get on the guy's case and call him repressed and prudish for not wanting another guy to intimately invade his personal space? :D because he should be flattered that a strange man finds him sexually worthy.

Exactly! That was one of the comments I made in the other person's journal on this topic. I DON'T want to be verbally assaulted with that kind of request, and I don't want to be painted as a prude or a poor sport for not participating (or for frowning on the whole idea).

So when you put it in the perspective of another MAN requesting a grope from a guy... yeah. That paints the complete picture of how "welcome" and "open-minded" that kind of request is in general.

Some women won't mind it, but those women are pretty rare. The rest of us just want the freedom to be out and about and left alone.

Years ago (as in, the 80s), I used to hate running in public because a woman out by herself was something a lot of men saw as an object needing to be harassed. I can't tell you how much I love not having that thrown in my face all the time. It still happens once in awhile, but it's rare now. And it's usually dumbass teenagers.

I deserve the right to be left alone. We all do.
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on April 26th, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC)
I was in an nightclub last week and what I saw made me dispair for humanity.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 26th, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC)
Argh-- there are some wonderful things about coming up on 19 years of marriage, and that includes 20+ years out of the dating scene!

I'm kind of horrified these days by, I don't know how quite to put this... the increasing number of ways in which women are cheapening themselves to attract men, and the subsequent way in which men expect to be given yet more than they used to. *IS a total prude*

In regular society, less of this is happening. But in venues where it's considered permissable to go full-tilt... it's worse than ever. :(
cranberry117cranberry117 on April 26th, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
What's this Open Source Boob Project?! It sounds crazy.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 26th, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
You can find a lot of info about on this post here. Suffice it to say, it's been maddening for a lot of women on the Internet. :(

Some people went to a conn and got into a discussion about how it would be nice if people (women) were freer with their bodies, and that if we could demystify the act of touching, say, boobies. So some woman offered up her boobies to be touched, and it became this thing over the conn of guys asking to touch women's boobies. The original poster waxed rhapsodical about what a wonderful and magical thing it was, and how it would be nice to spread it to other conns. And was surprised when the Women of the Interwebs rained down hatred on him for it.

Really, you almost have to read it to believe it!
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on April 26th, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
I need picture wire and wrist weights. That first one's got me giggling like a loon.

I prefer to think of the open source thing in terms of my hobbies. I seriously love breaking things. I'm sure it'll be ok if I break their arms. I mean I'll ask first, or they could just wear a t-shirt or something telling me that it's ok.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on April 26th, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC)
I need picture wire and wrist weights. That first one's got me giggling like a loon.

:D That's why I posted them. The first one just gets me-- there's the immediate funniness, and then there's the abstraction to every clueless person you've ever worked with who might as well have been doing the exact same thing! And the SuperCat one... that's exactly how a cat would respond to being put in a cape. ;)

I seriously love breaking things. I'm sure it'll be ok if I break their arms. I mean I'll ask first, or they could just wear a t-shirt or something telling me that it's ok.
Mwah-ha-ha!

I still like the thought of other random guys grabbing their junk. I think that would put the whole thing into perspective for them... rather quickly. ;)