I wish feminists gave as much “what to do” advice as they gave “what not to do” advice…

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… without some sort of framework to determine appropriateness, the male listeners may be left to conclude the advice only really applies to the speakers, and not generalizable, especially in light of the fact that not EVERY woman is constantly terrified.

Because without a “how to,” then we’re left to conclude sex and relationships just won’t happen because girls won’t ever initiate.

And it’s sad because I GET why women are terrified in some situations over others, and why some situations are inappropriate because of uneven power distance, but I can ALWAYS imagine coming off creepy to some women. It’s always in the back of my head that it’s a possibility but I know what I want from my life and I have to TRY otherwise it’s never going to happen at all. I HAVE to make mistakes and learn from them because no one’s just going to look at me and try to get to know me just because I exist. And I’m a human being with wants and needs and… dreams.

But I just find it especially interesting in light of the fact that on SO many levels it’s not something women generally have to think about, even if she’s unattractive it’s generally not going to be the case that she has to worry about THREATENING someone just by talking to them. Not to a guy OR to a woman. And they generally don’t absolutely HAVE to try to talk to anyone for a sex or a relationship to happen. If you just go about your business, eventually you can just respond positively when your finally in the right frame of mind.
And if they decide to talk to people, they don’t have to worry about being threatening to men OR women.

I don’t know what it’s like for gay guys, I suspect it varies. But I think it might be similar as far as fellow gay guys are concerned, not too much to worry from each other unless… specific reason to feel threatened.

Men and women are in a unique situation.

Bottom line, we’re going to have to put our heads together about this.
But the people with the list of “Do not”s aren’t going to come up with anything because they frankly don’t have to.
I don’t think it’s ever going to be within their collective frame of reference until several generations.
Or unless they start doing feminist campaigns for women to make the first move in dating/ propose to guys/ etc.

Best advice I can give is try to find as many different stories about men successfully talking to women for the first time from her POV and try to find repeatable patterns in context and content of interaction. (I wonder if there’s a blog about this, or if I or someone else could make one.)

Then find a theory to predict positive response.

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Going through my iPod

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Going through iPod
Mika: WE ARE YOUNG!
Me: Not feeling that triumphant right now.
Pirates of the Caribbean: “The Kraken”
Me: Not feeling that dangerous right now.
Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol: “Kremlin With Anticipation.”
Me: Not feeling very patriotic for mother Russia right now…
3 Doors Down: I took a walk around the world to ease my troubled mind…
Me: Not in the mood for walking or contemplation.
Mario: It seems the more I try to do right the more I lie about being at sessions and leaving at certain times….
Me: What the F**K to YOU have to complain about!? Mr. Rich and successful rap artist has too many girls!? I DUNNO WHATTA DO! F*CK that! I think I”ll delete that song from my iPod. #FirstWorldProblems
A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!:
“I have no money in my coffer
No gold or silver do I bring
Nor have I precious jewels to offer
To celebrate the new born king
Yet do not spurn my gift completely
Oh ye three wise men please demur
Behold a plant that smokes more sweetly
Than either Frankincense or Myrrh”
Me: Nope. Made a solemn vow never to touch the stuff until it’s legal. I have no investment in this song. I should just delete.
The Incredible Hulk: “Lonely Man Theme”
Me: Cry me a f**king emo river of green irradiated blood.
The Lord of the Rings: “Requiem For A Dream”
Me: Not feeling very epic right now…
Rihanna: Just Gonna Stand There And Watch Me Burn?
Me: Yes.
Green Lantern First Flight: Main Title
Me: Nah.
Batman: Under The Red Hood: Main Titles
Me: … Maybe…
…ah, who am I kidding.
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies: Main Titles
Me: Not feeling very political.
Lady Gaga: I’m gonna Marry The Night. I won’t give up on my life.
Me: Ehhh… If I was feeling slightly worse, then this MIGHT help, but I don’t feel THAT bad.
Megaman X5: Ending Theme
Me: Not feeling very nostalgic.
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies: Metallo
Me: Not feeling very metal.
Metal Gear Solid: An cuimhin leat an grá
Crá croí an ghrá
Níl anois ach ceol na h-oíche
Táim sioraí i ngrá
Me: Later.
Metal Gear Sold 2: I stare at the starts, and the sky up above, and think, “What am I made of?” Am I full of sorrow? Am I Hurt and Pained? Or am I filled… with Looove?
Me: …
Metal Gear Sold 2: I walk by myself, on the streets below… and ask every child I know. “Do you think tomorrow will bring sun or rain? Which one of these will show?”
Me: 🙂
Metal Gear Sold 2: I can’t say goodbye to yesterday, my friends. I keep holding on, ’till the end. Out of the darkness, there is no other way than the light leading to yesterday.
Me: …. :/ No… No looking back for comfort. I need to move on.
Metal Gear Solid 3: Son. You’ve got a way to fall. They’ll tell you were to go, but they won’t know.
Me: Duh.
Metal Gear Solid 4: Here’s to you Nicola and Bart. Rest forever here in our hearts. The last and final moment is yours. Your agony is your triumph.
Me: 😥
Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops: …
Me: Nope. Skipping.
Inception: Mind Heist.
Me: I feel so violated. OUT!
Mis Teeq: So so so so… Scandalous.
Me: lol
Maroon 5: Oh YEAH! … Oh yeah! So scared of breaking it that you won’t let it bend.
And I’ve wrote two hundred letters I will never send. Sometimes these cuts are so much deeper than they seem. You’d rather cover up. I’d rather let them be. So let me be. and I’ll set you free. I am in MISERY. There ain’t nobody who can comfort me. Why won’t you answer me? Your silence is slowly killing me. Girl you got me bad. Girl you got me bad. I’m gonna get you back. I’m gonna get you back.
Me: It felt good, but I don’t believe in revenge.
Lady Gaga: Don’t call me Gaga. He ate my heart. He a-a-ate my heart.
Me: That’s interesting, tell me more.
Gaga: Look at him. Look at me. That boy is bad and honestly. He’s a wolf in disguise. But I can’t stop staring in those evil eyes.
Me: Sounds like someone’s been put in the One Night Stand Zone, if that’s even a thing.
Juno Reactor: Asato ma sad gamaya
tamaso ma jyotir gamaya
mrtyor mamrtam gamaya
Me: Not feeling very enlightened.
Linkin Park: I remember black skies. the lightning all around me.
Me: I remember playing you on full blast as I was walking to my first class during a thunderstorm. Good times.
Gavin DeGraw: Dreams. That’s were I have to go to see your beautiful face.
Me: Not really. At least there you’re less likely to see contempt…
John Legend: Nutmeg… Sweet, sweet nutmeg. On the 25th. I’m gonna cover you with…
Me: ‘,:o
Megaman X7: Sigma Theme (Our Blood Boils)
Me: Fun Boss Fight.
Capricious Comet: (Engrish)

If you want to find
there is a world behind,
all you have to do
is to know your pride
you say you need to show
your urges to grow, but you’re wrong,
but it stopped for to me that
you really know you’re on your own (on your own)

Pick up the sky but,
I’ll make you eat the scrap,
but I ain’t to sure which of my parts I have for you
If you’re going to deny
truely, truely could you cry (could you cry)
I trust you won’t say no more
be silent til you die.

Pray the wind air grows thin
it’s in your head to live free,
noisy brain, back again
each new day, go like you say

Pray the wind air grows thin
it’s in your head to live free,
noisy brain, back again
each new day, narrowing

Me: Wow. I just googled the lyrics. I never knew. This song is golden. I understand it. I connect. I know what’s bothering me.
But… what do I do now?

Superman – The Movie: The Planet Krypton…

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Your Own Daughter!?

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I’ve been asked before, “Would you want your daughter to grow up to be a prostitute? ”

I think it’s worth answering considering I’ve stated in other channels that I’m in favor of legalization.

Right now, the answer to that question is a resounding “NO.” That may sound hypocritical, but here’s why I say that:

The key word here is “want.”
I wouldn’t want my daughter to be in ANY situation that presents a significant danger to her health, happiness, or well being.
I wouldn’t want to be the one to constantly worry about her well-being.
Assuming she’s not being forced against her will, or drugged…
The working conditions for people in that line of work are atrocious, and society offers very little protection for them. She’s likely to be beaten and taken advantage of physically and financially. Not to mention the emotional toll, most of society looks down on them as either evil or dupes, and will not approve.
And/or imprisoned… for example I’m all for weed legalization too, but I don’t want any kids of mine going to prison for it. That’s a whole new batch of worriment.
Obviously I wouldn’t WANT that for any kid of mine.

Of course I’d feel the same way if my kid grew up to work in a sweatshop, became a political prisoner, got involved in a relationship with someone emotionally unstable, if my son became an altar boy, or if my daughter joined the military. This is the reality right now.

At the same time I’d like to make strides away from this reality, but it will be this way for some time. None of those things HAVE to be the reality for people in these situation, but they are. I think things should be better for people who do these things, but they aren’t. I’d like to be in place where I didn’t have to worry about these things. This is NOT that place…

…but it could be.

Sexualization

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So let me get this straight:
When men measure their own self-worth by their sexual competence, then women are reduced to sexual capitol… okay, sure.

And when they measure a woman’s worth by her sexual competence, then she’s being reduced to a sex objection… sure, whatever.

if THIS is wrong… then let me ask:
What objective basis do we have for determining the right or wrong way to measure human worth?

What is the RIGHT way, then?

Money? Athletic prowess? Contribution to society? Job title? Level of education? Their ability to make you laugh? How well they adhere to your concept of morality?
Whatever you decide you run into a similar and different set of problems.

Wouldn’t we be better off scrapping the concept of esteem altogether?

Sex, Biology, and Orientation

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Only very recently have a fully accepted the “theory” of evolution as fact. (A little slow, I know.) Since then, just about everything we can observe around us in regard to life can be contextualized as a part of that. Still, though, don’t take this to mean I’ve adopted some sort of individualist, survivalist, reductionist, or Freudian standpoint to gender, and everything else. Actually, beginning with evolution leaves the door open for endless expansion and possibilities, not reduction.

The following is the content of miniature “rant” on facebook in my attempt to put an end to the chicken and the egg question:
What came first, the chicken or the egg?

Neither. The process of laying eggs evolved from cellular asexual reproduction. 

 

Anywho… lets apply my conclusion about “The Chicken and the Egg” to the “The Culture and the People.”


What came first, the culture or the person?

At once, people behaved in a way that was most advantageous for a certain circumstance, that “method” self-replicated when the group expanded, and remained and developed independently of the external circumstance.

Ideas, concepts, and systems, and processes are platonic, symbiotic life forms that use people to replicate.

When a species of “culture” evolves, it will condition the people within its sphere of influence for its own self-replication and expansion, but a culture can be killed, a culture can die…

 

…And most importantly, a culture can be an evolutionary dead end that will relentlessly drag the people into extinction with it.

 

That’s why the truth, rationality, communication, and education are so important to our survival…

Elsewhere, I joked that bacteria “masturbated to give birth to clones.”

And I put these labels on this process from a standpoint where all these concepts are divided. A-sexual presupposed a sex-centered worldview. Even puts brackets on the definition of sex.  Until now, I’ve defined “sex” as “interpersonal genital stimulation.” Now, I’m not so sure…

If life forms originally had no gender, and circumstances led to the aberration of sexual divergence, and subsequently gender. Then everything else makes sense… PERFECT sense.

I’m going to make a huge leap from asexual reproduction and homosexuality. My apologies. Whenever I speak on this matter, I always remember the identical twins that were of differing sexual orientations. IF orientation is biological, but not exclusively genetic, then this leads me to the conclusion that it may be hormonal, within the womb. Of course… I now contextualize sexuality to “biological predisposition to preferring…”

Think of it this way, if we’re biologically predisposed to reacting favorably to certain foods in terms of taste. Then similarly can be said for certain aesthetic tastes, then following its logical conclusion to sexual taste. However, over the course of out lives, we “learn” and “acquire” certain other tastes over time. Fundamentalists might site certain prison behaviors as an example that “homosexuality is a choice.” The action may be, but it doesn’t negate what they’re biologically predisposed to liking more.