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Wednesday, June 11. 2014
Is Going Topless “Empowering”?
Swimming with beavers?
The Modern Orphans of Mississippi
Told They’re Discriminatory, Student Christian Fellowship Kicked Off Campus
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The US gradually abandons the specialness with the UK
America’s Urban Desolation Row: Now Comes Buffalo
Buchanan: The Endless Invasion of America
Progressive in NYC: Shootings Up 43% Last Month in NYC, But At Least There’s No More Stop and Frisk
Hillary Clinton Says I “Helped Restore US Leadership in the World”
Chris Cuomo: Media Has Given Hillary a 'Free Ride'
Who is Dave Brat?
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Swimming with Beavers:
Ok, that is the most hilarious thing I have ever read. While beavers are cute, it is known among those of us who deal with nature on a daily basis that wild animals do not appreciate the encroachment of humans and are regarded as "dangerous".
Ask any hunter/fisher who has been attacked by a deer, elk, otter, rat or groundhog....
Actually, I'm surprised there aren't laws specifically banning the swimming with beavers. Agenda21 and all.
the Rabies treatment might possibly be also as 'fun' as having giardiasis.
A few years ago I read two stories out of eastern Europe, within about a week of each other, where a beaver attacked a man and he ultimately died. I think the beaver bit the femoral artery and each man bled to death.
So, forget the worry about germs, I don't want to be around beavers period.
HA! now that you mention that, yes I remember that too!
he attacked him in the groin area.
Not funny, but the irony is that most moonbats think animals are like Disney characters.
I recall ads from Duluth Trading Company about their pants surviving a beaver attack. As did the wearer.
"I’m convinced that the Great Lakes region will be at the center of an internally-focused North American economy when the hallucination of oil-powered globalism dissolves"
WTH is this cat smoking, and can I stay far from it?
Indeed. The article had my attention until I hit that exact line. The author is quite clearly delusional.
My suspicions were raised when I read they were taking a bike tour, but I continued as it supposedly had the MF seal of approval by virtue of being included in the links above.
I don't see it as being demeaning (unless it was involuntary), but I don't see anything empowering about it either (would proponents of women going topless actually claim that a topless woman is more powerful than one with a shirt on?).
I think a lot of this is where people call things empowering if they want to do it (or want others to do it) to give it a more positive color.
no, being FORCED to go topless may be demeaning, and only the woman herself can decide that.
Same with forcing women to wear bodices, scarfs, ankle length skirts, and hats to "protect their modesty". THAT is demeaning.
Free choice is never demeaning. Taking free choice away is demeaning.
Laws prohibiting women to go topless when men are allowed to be topless are sexist.
Laws requiring people to wear any clothing at all are a violation of your freedom of expression, laws demanding specific kinds of clothing are even worse.
If people weren't so anal about nudity, there'd be a lot less trouble in the world.
If a woman wearing shorts or short skirt weren't portrayed as a "slut" and "asking to be raped", sexualised, there'd be far fewer people thinking it's ok to rape women wearing such.
"Is Going Topless “Empowering”?
Swimming with beavers? "
That's a juxtaposition worthy of Matt Drudge...
OMG! You just reminded me of my 1965ish teenage brothers (12 to 15) naming their garage band The Beaver Shots, which was printed on the front of the bass drum in bold letters and on their shirts. My mother didn't get it, nor did the PR group at a major, major department store. They were hired for a "back to school" fashion show for teens with the drum spotlighted along with the featured model. I came home from college to see this debut and about fell over in laughter. The fathers in the 300-people stadium were in hysterics. Their spouses weren't quite sure what was so funny. Oh well. Tame compared to now.
Women go topless for the obvious reason; attention. Would it be unkind to call them attention whores. Whatever the right name for it is make no mistake it is all about the titillation and nothing more. Is that empowering? I would say yes. Not in an economic or social way but in a purely sexual and gratification way. It isn't a lot different then dyeing your hair in rainbow or pink colors or covering your body with tatoos. Less legal perhaps but for the same reasons. Some people crave attention and it is a symptom of a greater problem.
The hidden feminine secret is that nothing is hidden.
Empowering: I'd like to get a grant to study this, but I'm pretty sure my wife would not be copacetic with it. I'd have to travel...
Orphans: The Atlantic surprised me.
Buffalo with no gas, no oil, and no coal (Kunstler left that out): If the Greenies get their way, Buffalo and the entire Northeast will have to depopulate. Not enough power from wind and solar, and we know they hate hydro, too.
Hillary!: The joke's on us.
"Is going topless empowering?"
It certainly stiffens my resolve.
I understand what you mean! :-) But what does it do for her?
I am not sure how going topless can be 'empowering.' It draws the worst kind of attention...lewd and lascivious attention from creeps. Women should be proud of their bodies by being classy and dressing well for their figures, not by raunchy breast-bearing in public. We ALL know that breasts are considered as sexual parts of a woman's body, why deny this? Is it really appropriate for a woman to walk around topless in public and a man to walk around with an exposed erection? Really????
Empowering would be GAINING power from an act. Instead, you are giving power to the men who are so very happy to ogle you and take pictures of you while topless. You are giving them the right to sexualize you and look at you as a sex toy rather than a woman. That is NOT empowering.
I believe the empowerment comes from the long screeds about misogyny, racism, rape culture etc that get posted in the usual watering holes after going topless.
Of course, one could complain long and loud about racist, misogynist Rolling Stones tunes on the in store muzak too.
Re: the Childrens crusade. As I understand the procedures, the feds have to turn the minors over to local child welfare for placement in foster homes, etc. Has any one seen a great sruge in volunteers to provide same?
which is exactly why there should be more of it.
Only if and when the sight of a (semi) nude person is common will it start to become non-sexualised.
It's not the fault of the woman protesting against oversexed idiots and sexist morality laws that those idiots and laws exist.
The laws produce the idiots, and are created by them.
Thank you Miss T. I am always stunned when two extreme pieces of the liberal ideology meet in a confused middle!