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  • posted a message on [Gaymers] Peek at Your Deck
    Inclement weather makes me alive. Sleet and blizzarding plaster wild grins on my face. Hiking through snow at half-speed, you can barely make out the wild grins on the faces of the few other people who are outside at ten in the morning. You get inside and it takes two minutes to remove your hood, hat, goggles, scarf, undo your shirt wet with storm and sweat of the exertion from walking; but you take pride in the two minutes. People look you crazy on the way to their cars.
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    It seems sexist to me that the word that meant person came to mean male person, as though women weren't persons (which they weren't, legally, here in Canada until the twenties), or were defined by their status as wives. My example was ill-worded due to my not actually knowing the etymology involved, but I think it still holds.
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  • posted a message on [Gaymers] Peek at Your Deck
    Quote from Sakura
    Yeah but Christmas is hardly a christian religeon anymore. If you ignore the Christian aspects (birth of christ), the rest is all just fun celebration. It grew out of pre-christian festivals.
    You can make the same argument about some sexist language. For example, the word "mankind" can be used by someone without their being sexist. Although the word is perhaps a product of a very sexist time, people don't intend sexism by it anymore so why not just ignore those connotations. And the reason why not to just ignore the connotations is the same in both cases: sexist language can create a climate of sexism in the same way that Christmasist language can create a culture of normal-people-are-people-who-celebrate-Christmas.
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    Hey there queers and queer-affiliates, I haven't been around for a while, but I have a social issue question to ask y'all...

    You may have read a Serious Fun column a month ago on mtg.com called Building the Myth. In it, under the section headed "You're a magic player -- be proud of it," the author implicitly assumed that all of his readers were either men into women or women into men.

    It took time, but by post thirty-nine someone had called out the author for his heteronormativity. The gist of the reply to this post (in posts 44, 58, 60) was "that's silly who cares," and one person (56) brought up the recently popular "people are overly sensitive these days let's get rid of politically correct (PC) speak" idea, then went on to continue hammering the "what does sex have to do with a cardgame nail" (89).

    Which is when I arrived and, as is my wont, took up my holy flaming sword of angry vengeance in the name of the obviously under-represented group of people who agree with me and care. I wrote posts ninety-one and ninety-four, with someone responding to my first in ninety-two.

    Which brings me at last to my point: do you care? Do you think this sort of language hurts people? Does it hurt you, or someone you know. Can we separate a part of our identity such as sexuality (or sex) completely from a cardgame. Is it worthwhile educating people about PC language, or gently chiding them when they don't employ it?

    Note that all of these questions also apply to sexist language. (Sexist language and heteronormative language are both more extensive and trickier problems than say racist language because of the way they are built into our language's very structure through gendered pronouns.) For example: the drive to replace terms like firemen with firepersons. Or my favourite (I saw it on a sign): ombudsperson. I don't remember what the ombudsperson's gender was.
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  • posted a message on [Gaymers] Peek at Your Deck
    Quote from Howler13
    ...Yeah, I think I'm going to use my version. It's so much more... logical. And I'm all about logical.[/irony]
    And your version is something like "shoot for the stars, at least you'll land on the moon?" That makes less sense. The idea is biblical; pretend the heavens are a big bowl over the Earth. The moon is a relatively small circle but all the rest of the sky is "the stars." Even if you want to take the expression more literally, you'll get to "the stars" eventually if you miss the moon.

    As to the virgin discussion, I have always disliked the association of the term in the gay community with sodomy. Part of the reason is that although there is a simple 'right' way to do heterosex, there is no one 'right' way to do homosex. One must improvise on the theme of eventual mutual orgasm (whether gay or lesbian). Associating virgin with anal makes it seem like that's the only way to do things, or that other types of experiences are somehow 'less.'
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  • posted a message on [Gaymers] Peek at Your Deck
    I'm attractive and romantic and intelligent.

    ... I notice you didn't have modesty in the list. I am a big snob who wants Prince Charming to whisk him off his feet.


    As to Sweeney Todd, I found the music uncompelling. Partially this was the singing, and partially because the songs just never went wither I wanted them. Some of them were big dramatic productions, and all I wanted was the chorus repeated loudly with a nice V-I at the end but no.

    I liked the gore to a point; for instance I laughed throughout the opening credit sequence with the improbably disgusting ground substance oozing everywhere. The climax though was too much for me, which took from my enjoyment of the movie.

    It was at its best when being explicitly comedic, as with Coen's cameo, 'By the Sea,' or the song Rickman sings with the "bum bum bum."



    Now let's discuss: *** hags, fruit flies, queer dears?
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  • posted a message on [Gaymers] Peek at Your Deck
    A popcorn store? What's a popcorn store?

    Popcorn is one of the most outrageous things they sell in groceries. You can buy no-name popcorn kernels for a tiny fraction of the price of "microwaveable" popcorn and name-brands and such, then make popcorn with it that tastes better and is much healthier. All you need is a stove or a microwave.
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  • posted a message on [Gaymers] Peek at Your Deck
    I would go with raspberry sorbet; I like to keep things fruity.
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  • posted a message on [Gaymers] Peek at Your Deck
    Quote from OneUglyHobbit
    okay im 22 now so i guess im too old to be a twink time to gain a lot of weight and get a back hair transplant
    Happy Birthday.

    I have always liked the smell of coffee. When I first tried it, I thought it was pretty okay, but exceptional with dessert or newspaper. I now only have coffee with desert (and cream and sugar and company) or on Sundays with an extended breakfast and a newspaper.

    That said I have theorized that caffeine is a major societal evil that causes wars.
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  • posted a message on [Gaymers] Peek at Your Deck
    I was called Robin Hood for a little while.

    This is because there was another John in my class, and he was very tall. So of course he was Little John. This left me being Robin Hood. Mostly when we're together (wow we've known eachother for a long time) I'm John and he's Johnem.

    Though I've recently been going by Zain.
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  • posted a message on [Gaymers] Peek at Your Deck
    Oh oh and there's a threefold higher incidence of bisexuality-self-identification in ambidextrous people.

    That may just be because they are more open to... choosing the both option.
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  • posted a message on [Gaymers] Peek at Your Deck
    Well said, Ain; and I agree.

    I have even thought that, given the choice of sexuality, between being hetero or homo, (I sorta have this choice because I'm bisexual,) I would choose homo. The main reason is what Ain said, choosing the narrower path.

    Today I held colloquium with a dude on the subject of what drives driven people to success. We thought that maybe it's about not being comfortable? If you are comfortable you don't have need to go beyond normalcy, to better yourself.

    Also, claim: there is a higher incidence of jerkdome among the straight guys.
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  • posted a message on [Gaymers] Peek at Your Deck
    Worst (best) punning I heard recently:

    "Ah, you cut your hair."

    "No."

    "Oh?"

    "I had a barber do it for me."

    "Quite splitting hairs."

    We're a regular comedy duo.
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  • posted a message on [Gaymers] Peek at Your Deck
    Or maybe it's how Magic is dying.
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  • posted a message on [Gaymers] Peek at Your Deck
    Quote from Kraj
    No, actually in past years I've only seen one or two nominated movies and still enjoyed the show.
    I misspoke. I meant that if you cared about the movies the Oscars would not have been boring, not that not caring about the movies necessarily makes the Oscars boring.

    As to your second paragraph I should probably just leave it at "I disagree."
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