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Another male-degrading article from Maxim

In Uncategorized on June 20, 2008 at 2:33 pm

Awhile ago I wrote how men’s magazines often write insultingly of males, their very audience. And that continues today, with 9 Things You Should Have in Your Home But Never Use.

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Hold it!!!

In Personal on June 16, 2008 at 2:25 am
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BTH
hey how come at weddings
BTH
they never really say “if anyone objects ….speak now or forever hold your peace”

Craig Wen
i think that tradition has fallen out

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they should bring it back
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that moment of suspense sounds really fun

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i would object ace wright style
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just for kicks

Gay marriage is like hetero marriage. And in other news, the sky is blue

In Politics on June 14, 2008 at 11:51 pm

While perusing NYtimes.com I came upon the headline Gay Couples Find Marriage a Mixed Bag.

I blink a couple of times before clicking the link. The headline is edging towards The Onion material, and the article itself is filled with likewise ridiculous statements and quotes.

Mr. Collins believes his partner is his ideal match because he “gets as excited about seeing me as I get about seeing him,” because “sometimes he’ll do my laundry and fold it the way I like it,” and because “he makes my coffee really well — one Equal with just a tablespoon of fat-free half-and-half.”

But their marriage chasm worries him. “Maybe I should move out and maybe that will make him appreciate me,” Mr. Collins said. “I’ve gone so far as looking for an apartment.”

Mr. Erbelding, a decorative painter in Boston, said: “I think men view sex very differently than women. Men are pigs, they know that each other are pigs, so they can operate accordingly. It doesn’t mean anything.”

Still, Mr. Erbelding said, most married gay couples he knows are “for the most part monogamous, but for maybe a casual three-way.”

So judging from this article, gay men are shallow and petty, pigs, and only have occasional threesomes. Right.

The rest of the article is filled with reports about gay marriage being…just like heterosexual marriage.

“It’s been a mixed bag,” said Jacob Venter, a 44-year-old child psychiatrist who married Billy Boney, a 36-year-old hairdresser, a month after it became legal to do so. They have disagreements over money, the in-laws and whether to adopt children or have their own.

“Lesbian and gay couples get divorced for the same reasons that heterosexual couples do,” Ms. Kauffman said. “Honestly the only thing that is different is that some people rushed to get married without thinking it through just because they could. It was an incredibly heady historical moment, and some people probably made the decision hastily.”

Mr. Bettencourt and his current partner, Chris Weaver, just bought a house, but he played down a ring he gave Mr. Weaver for Valentine’s Day, telling him, he says, “I don’t want you to get concerned that I’m pushing marriage or anything.”

“I just don’t really see the point in it,” said Michelle Smith, 51, of Truro, who has two children with Terri Humes, 51, her partner of 27 years. “I don’t need that paper for any type of validation. I know what her and I have.”

Mr. Boney and Mr. Venter remain committed to marriage despite their conflicts.

“It’s a hard commitment to make,” Mr. Venter said. But they try to settle their disagreements. “I’m more willing to figure it out,” he said. “In the past I might have just ended the relationship.”

Is anyone surprised by this? What a terribly stupid article. I would like to think the reporter is trying to convey to the public that yes, gay marriage is just like the marriage you have a love and hate relationship with, but the quoting of the juvenile man and the “men are pigs” kind of ruins that idea.

I’m Not There

In Movies, Music on June 14, 2008 at 6:46 pm

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Lynn and I checked out the Bob Dylan biopic I’m Not There which stars Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Richard Gere and others all as Bob Dylan.

Sort of.

Taken from [Alternate Takes] review

What is especially striking here is not only the fact that ‘Dylan’ has multiple actors playing him, but also that each actor is in fact playing a completely different character (a fact that was played down in the film’s publicity material, perhaps for fear of making the film’s concept seem even more confusing than it already did).

The movie is an interesting one with great performances. It piqued my curiousity so that I made a trip to Wikipedia after watching the film, read up more on Bob Dylan and checked out more of his music.

His popularity intrigues me. Bob Dylan has a terrible voice, doesn’t write catchy hooks, and has lines and lines and lines of lyrics. He certainly doesn’t seem the kind of musician to appeal to the masses, yet everyone knows him. He is the second most covered artist ever, with artists like Peter, Paul and Mary, Jimi Hendrix, Third Day, and Nickel Creek all having done songs of his. I have no real comment to make, only a pause to think about what makes good enduring music what it is.

Check out I’m Not There and be mesmerized by his gruff and mumbling singing. The soundtrack contains numerous songs of Dylan’s all covered by popular artists today who are in limbo between completely-indie and popular-among-the-masses such as Sufjan Stevens, Cat Power, Yo La Tengo, and Jeff Tweedy of Wilco.

Beginning anew

In Personal on June 13, 2008 at 3:53 am

So my old .Mac subscription expired taking the blog with it. I’m making a temporary home here on WordPress till I decide to design and put together my own site. I haven’t blogged in months. It seems there is an inverse relationship between blogging frequency and romantic interest.