Archive for the ‘Goading the World’ Category

The Push-up Bra for 7 Year Olds

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Here’s an article to load your memory. Abercrombie & Fitch invented a two piece bikini for 7 year old girls and cross dressing boys that includes a push up bra. I have a six year old daughter. I want you to remember that when I engineer through this issue, it is very relevant to me how best to treat this situation.

I spent an hour arguing with my girlfriend before I started homing in on my side of the argument. I sound all confused when I say I’m not arguing for the two piece or the push up top but I am defending people’s right to purchase the clothing. I’ll explain more after the jump.
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Sexy Women Stories

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Crystal Renn

In my culture, sexy women are an awesome concept. In Beautiful Girls, the movie, there’s this message that beautiful women give us all hope. In this sense, beautiful women are like a national treasure. Our women are sexier than your women because our democracy is superior, you cocksuckers. Something like that.

I don’t think the issue is that simple. I think building this idea of a beautiful woman leads to a lot of despair for a lot of people. I think we’re making the world worse with our myopia.

Don’t think I’m immune to my biology mixed with my culture. I know the pleasantness of noticing someone who fits a certain image. However, one of my principle issues in life is the effort to deal with each person I meet as an individual because I want to be treated as a unique person myself.
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Child Sexual Abuse: Bullshit Stats or Hard Science?

Friday, January 28th, 2011

We’ve all gotten use to hearing that abusers are mostly men. I’ve got friends who would be reluctant to leave their kids in the hands of any men but don’t mind random female babysitters. I think it’s uncalled for and I think you should screen your babysitters carefully regardless of their gender.

I started googling for stats and I ran across a quote from The Department of Veteran Affairs under the heading “Who Commits Sexual Abuse?”

Under the child sexual abuse laws, the abuser must be older than the victim in most cases. Some states require the abuser to be at least five years older.

Most often, sexual abusers know the child they abuse but are not family. About 60% of abusers fall into that group. For example, the abuser might be a friend of the family, babysitter, or neighbor. About 30% of those who sexually abuse children are family members of the child. This includes fathers, uncles, or cousins. The abuser is a stranger in only about 10% of child sexual abuse cases.

Abusers are men in most cases, whether the victim is a boy or a girl. Women are the abusers in about 14% of cases reported against boys and about 6% of cases reported against girls. Child pornographers and other abusers who are strangers may make contact with children using the Internet.

I’m all for safety. And I believe it is true that more men are committing this despicable act. What I want to know now is what percentage of men in general are abusers. And also, I want to know if this percentage justifies the fear that any man can be an abuser… the lopsided fear that does not think women can be abusers. As my girlfriend pointed out, when listing the relatives in the above example they mention “This includes fathers, uncles, or cousins” but no mothers, aunts or female roles.

I do not want to give women an additional negative stereotype. But when it comes to places such as child safety, that’s a place you’re going to want to use critical thinking correctly. What’s worse than an abused child? A dysfunctional society that thinks any member of their society could be an abuser.

Just saying.

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Empowering The People

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Americans seem to make a lot of choices in favor of keeping their choices at a maximum. They like the choice to make bad decisions such as drug use, dropping out of high school, and choosing poor diets. Also, they want to be able to focus on the pursuits that interest themselves socially, financially, professionally, and just for curiosity.

But free will is bullshit. Whether it exists or not doesn’t matter. If free will doesn’t exist, it just plain doesn’t exist and it means all your bad choices aren’t choices at all. You are on rails to make your healthy choices and your unhealthy ones. If possible, the only way to avoid the bad choices is for someone to rescue you for yourself.

If free will exists, this doesn’t guarantee you the right to choose from any immediate option. There is some sort of room for a best choices theory given a particular situation. Wanting to guarantee the most choices are available is a sort of gut shot principle of such a theory since having the most options could provide you with the access to the best choices or enough good choices that you can avoid bad choices more clearly. There is a right way to make choices in general and there is a right way to make choices based on your subjective goals. You may simply not pay enough attention to calculate such a thing.
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A New Position for a New Year

Friday, January 14th, 2011

It’s a new year. We get that ’cause it’s January and our calendars all got swapped out recently. For the new year, I’ve got a new moral position.

In public school, we remember our social studies, our literature, and our history classes. We had some of those in college as well. The goal of such studies was to have a grasp of who we are as a people (relative to where you live a bit), what questions we’ve asked rhetorically via our literary accumulations, and the past that got us to where we are now. I don’t know about you, but I got the impression that English, history, and other majors of those sorts didn’t do so well in the current economy. I’m a software engineer with a Computer Science degree for example. Point being, all this wonderful food for thought was not related to what I needed to earn money or enter my profession of choice. Perhaps you too feel like what you needed for your professional life wasn’t included in these human studies.
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The New Year

Monday, January 10th, 2011

I am so over Christmas. I was practically born bored with Christmas. How many ways has that holiday been destroyed for me? Let me count the ways. Enough already, I say. But I don’t have to fret because we are past all that for a whole year.

I was going to make new resolutions. But you know what I don’t need? I don’t need more to do. I need to do what I’m going to do better. I like learning the guitar and the piano at the same time. I like picking up my practice chanter when I walk past and trying one more time to master a song I need to spend 30 minutes a day on. I’m happy to know there’s a ukulele and keyed harmonicas in the closet and I’ve got a bass guitar. I’m sorry to say there’s no drums. I have several pieces of unfinished software and I’ll make more; I’m a software engineer. I’ve got stacks of unread books. But I’m exercising daily automatically. I’m working to improve my drum scores and to keep Lorie’s high scores off of Just Dance 2. I’m not a dancer, I’m just competitive.
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Welcome to the Virtual Neighborhood

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

I’m testing out my ability to actually write sensibly on a new to me idea. This means I can be expected to say stupid things while I try and uncover the keywords and principles that I’m overlooking.

For feminism, fat movement, unracism, and gay lesbian transgendered stuff, and atheism as a white male of Christian origin, I started at these concepts all wrong. I used some fairly racist language in middle school for example because at that time I wasn’t really considering the racial history aspect of anything. At the time I figured an insult was an insult was an insult. Also, I was honestly raised by wolves. Not an excuse to stay that way, I grew. But I grew the fastest when I knew people of different types. Mocking imaginary people of a different race is harmless until I met and began an internal journey to try to see the things I wasn’t getting from another person’s point of view.
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Hi My Name is…

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

My name is Seth Strong. I love saying that.

A lot of the internet is anonymous. We get to say whatever we like and we’re protected mostly by layers of identity swaps. Yeah, a woman from Afghanistan researching atheism might need an identity swap. Children, the under age, need to have their information protected. Anyone who would reasonably be concerned for their safety or whose views might destroy their family bonds or ruin their ability to do their jobs might want to think twice before exercising their freedom of speech because speech is not without consequences.
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Any Believer, Any Time (Within Reason)

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Do you have a belief and an interest in a conversation about it? Do you think that even if I’m never convinced showing civil discourse might be beneficial to readers and good practice? If so, I’m an atheist who will gladly discuss anything you want provided we can capture the conversation on both of our blogs, yours and mine. I don’t care about punctuation. I have an opinion about well formed thoughts but it offers a lot of flexibility.
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Evangelize? Never.

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

So I have this quote in the comments section of a post from earlier this week:

As with outspoken Christians, you can’t be around Seth for long, or follow his blog without becoming aware of the fact that he’s an athiest. He wears his (non)religious identity on his sleeve, and evangelizes frequently about the superiority of his belief system. You, too, “lead” with this information, by way of your screen name here.

I take issue with this.   In my view, evangelizing incorporates not only speaking my belief but working to convert people.  That’s really different from people who are close friends hearing me talk of my disbelief.
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