I'm not using language that's difficult to understand. You just don't happen to agree. I wish, smartestman, that you would adopt the habit of addressing the argument presented instead of the character and intention of your opponent.
You agree that rape is unacceptable - but how does the fact that so many people who perpetrate that act aren't punished fit in with that worldview?
sonnet: unlike you, I have no compunction using clear, accurate and (hopefully) concise language. So, let me tell you where I stand. I think all rapists and child-molesters should be castrated (a suitable substitute for women molesters). No excuse, no appeal, no second chance. I have an opinion; I just don't have the need to stand on a soap box in Arcadia Park and demand people listen to it.
Seems to me, as hung up as you seem to be on "words" and "language", you would be more careful in your selection of same.
Unfortunately my language isn't deceptive or too strong. We do, in fact, have a cultural contempt for female sexuality - which is why there are so many words like 'slut' intended to demean sexual women and virtually no corresponding terms for men.
sonnet: you stated "I hardly think I'm the one being oversensitive." and yet you make silly statements like "... out cultural contempt for women's sexuality."
Now, what should we believe?
There is such inaccuracy and deceptive language in your response to gurv that you must realize this does your cause more harm than good.
You're kind of missing the point. No one's protesting criminality. If it were as easy as picketing to keep your house from being robbed, wouldn't we all do that? This is about a much larger problem, about our cultural contempt for women's sexuality. There's no other crime in which the level of temptation presented by the target mitigates the crime - but did you know that by some statistics, 97% of rapists never spend a day behind bars? Why is it that so many rapes aren't reported? Because we prosecute muggers, but we still believe that women have ASKED FOR IT if they look or act a certain way.
Of course women should, first and foremost, take responsibility for our safety - but society still teaches women not to GET raped rather than teaching men not to rape.
This isn't about the right to wander around the streets unprotected at night. It's about the language we use to describe women's sexual behavior and the deeper cultural meaning behind that language.
This is such a bizarre event. I'm still trying to figure out what the point of it is other than attention-grabbing with no beneficial consequences.
Mosley said, "It’s saying I should be able to wear what I want without fear of being harassed or assaulted.”
Yup, I agree. And women should be able to be free to get drunk without concern about someone taking advantage of them and I should be able to leave my bike downtown unlocked without fear it will be stolen... but that's not the world we live in, is it? Doesn't make the wrongs right but simply pointing them out with gaudy protests doesn't change the world at all. It just looks silly.
I am an odd one. Thank you for noticing. Actually, I was merely poking a bit of fun.
However, anyone that promotes their agenda by first espousing the liberal shill, Sandra Fluke, cannot expect to be taken too seriously.
You're an odd one, no doubt. You're the one calling it a man-hater festival. I hardly think I'M the one being oversensitive.
I saw many messages attempting to be portrayed in this festival announcement. If you selected "rape", fine for you. Do not pretend that I see things as you do and then admonish me for it. Seems as though you might be overly sensitive.
You don't have to hate men to not want to be raped by one, smartestman. That's quite a flying leap of (not) logic.
I'm wondering if men are welcome at the "man-hater" festival?
Great article -- gave me a lot of info and written with FLAIR!
If you don't own a Lear you are NUTS!! He's going to be an international star at some point, and the same can be said for Chris Alvares and Brett Andrus.. Thes guys are phenoms. A very well written article I might add, you captured Phil with great articulation! -Tweeds
There are few who reach their full potential in this life, my brother is a rare gem who has found his true calling! Im very proud of your acomplishments Phil and am privileged to have some of your early paintings! Keep on painting and sharing your views!!!!
I'm another lucky owner of a painting by King Lear. To be a full-time artist, a capitalist entrepreneur if you will, is a risky life choice, but Lear has everything he needs to succeed handsomely. It's no surprise that the Indy would think he merits a feature article and a gorgeous cover to boot. This artist's work is above and beyond anything else you'll see on gallery walls. So buy while he's still affordable.
Phil Lear is an artist that will be talked about and collected for ever. He is a rare and amazing talent. I am honored to own one of his pieces and I wish I could afford to have many many more of them.
Nicely written spotlight on a clearly talented, up and coming artist.
Thanks. I'll add that to my list.
You can always join our Iyengar class at The Studio in Manitou Springs on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 530 :) . It's at 65 Beckers Lane.
Very well written! I can feel the derby love in every statement.
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