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  • A Teachable Moment: Pride Month

    One of the many reasons I love Bald Move and this community is the opportunity to chat about common interests with people whose experiences are different from mine. If I want to know how a gay person feels about the portrayal of a gay couple on Star Trek, I can get at least a couple perspectives here from people who are both gay and real fans of the property. Those circles don't touch in the venn diagram of people I know personally. That's just one example.

    I want everyone to be a Bald Move fan and participate ESPECIALLY if they don't look, sound, walk, talk or fuck like me. 

    @A_Ron_Hubbard I want you and @Jim to know that I switched to paying monthly and avoid renewing during discount promotions because you take stands like this. 
    DrCynPizbizmarkiefaderTravisMurderbearMarciChinaskimajjam0770DeeCretanBullMichelleand 5 others.
  • Turns out Chris Hardwick is a POS

    I've been reading and staying silent on the advice of my wife, who wisely pointed out that participating in this conversation was affecting my mood and I needed a break. With some time to consider my thoughts, I do want to say a few things.

    No one wants to see an innocent person accused of something terrible, but are the victims of real abuse any less innocent? How many of their lives should be destroyed to make sure it stays hard for women to come forward? Is protecting men from false accusations a good justification? I see a lot of evidence that people are worried about increased false accusations rates. That's a natural worry as #metoo gains traction. What I don't see is evidence that the rates are actually increasing or differ significantly from the rates at which other crimes are falsely reported.

    We're not talking about tilting the playing field against men so we spend every day defending ourselves from unfounded allegations because there are no consequences for lying. We are talking about removing societal barriers and preconceptions (like the ones expressed in this thread) that make it harder for actual victims to tell the truth. There may well be a larger number of false accusations (I doubt it but I'm willing to accept the possibility), but I am supremely confident the overall percentage of allegations that turn out to be false would drop if it were easier for real victims to come forward. We are not even close to the point where sexual misconduct allegations are an "easy win" for a malicious woman. Just look at this thread.

    On the other hand, every day women and girls have to think about how they behave, dress, and speak and wonder how the men they encounter will react. Will someone with more social, financial, or physical power decide to use that power to harm her career, reputation, or person? How much harder will it be for her to meet her goals as a woman? Would it be easier as a man? Would it be easier if she just dressed like one?! (All signs point to yes - thanks for that insight Jaime)

    I have no sympathy for powerful men who have to start thinking about whether they should meet with a woman alone in their office at 9pm because they don't want to be vulnerable to a false accusation. If they don't know the woman well enough to trust her, they should be thinking about how she feels being invited into that situation.

    For public opinion purposes, as others have said, reputation goes a looooooooooong way. If I wake up tomorrow to a story like this about Tom Hanks, I'm skeptical. Chris Hardwick is no Tom Hanks. And regardless, neither of them need me to stick up for them and demand evidence on their behalf.
    CretanBullJaimieTgguenotMattyWeavesMichellephoenyx1023DeeBellesarahtatugaShumand 1 other.
  • US Politics Vol. 6: A Song of Fire and Fury - The Winds of Midterms

  • Unwarranted Concern with the Boys BlacKkKlansman review goes here...

    Tom_A said:
    Just a little worried that your ideas for podcasts sound a little like creating a Progressive/liberal/dem echo chamber. That's basically what Lunch has become anyway. Just Aron screaming into the void about things I feel like most of us know. I don't think that excluding or, well actually, projecting opinions onto the Right on casts ala that Harmon example is a fair or good idea at all. That seems like somewhat of a straw man situation and deliberately divisive. 

    Someone says "we won't tolerate racism" and you respond with "how will the regressive/conservative/Republicans express their views?"  What does that tell you about what the right is saying?
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  • Golden Company - S08E05

    Show up without elephants: get got.
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  • What's Making Your Day Today?

     Our sweet peas are in full bloom and providing a good-sized bouquet every few days. They cover about 20' of fence in  my back yard and will keep producing until mid to late September as long as we keep cutting them. This is one of my favourite things about summer.
  • U.S. Politics Vol. 7: A Dream of 2020


    BREAKING: Trump administration readies ban on flavored e-cigarettes amid outbreak of vaping-related deathshttps://t.co/tNLeRxFxI5

    — CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) September 11, 2019

    Imagine if instead of 6, vaping was killing 10 to 12 thousand Americans each year? Now imagine Juul is Ruger, Remmington, or Smith & Wesson.
  • Bald Move D&D Play by Post Discussion: Everyone Welcome

    If I know anything about portals there will just be some pizzas sitting on phones talking into people ordering chairs.
  • Bald Move D&D Play by Post: Players Only Please

    You cleave into the Rat and your axe cuts right through him...his torso falls to the ground and for a brief moment his legs stay standing until gravity takes over and his lifeless legs also fall to the ground.

    Awesome. <devil horns>
  • Bald Move D&D Play by Post: Players Only Please

    Flukes said:
    I (Ragnuk) intend to chase after Aurelia and head into the portal.
    By this do you mean that you're doing this right now (it is your turn) or are you expressing your intention to the rest of the group and waiting for their reaction?
    I wasn't sure if it was my turn. If it is, I do that.