http://steamboatinstitute.org Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska "Your always one generation away from the loss of freedom." "41% of Americans under 35 polled, believe the First Amendment is DANGEROUS." "In the Carter administration, the average duration at a firm was STILL 26 years." "The number one issue of concern in New Hampshire right now is drug… Continue reading Thought for the day: Historical Amnesia
Tonight's bedtime crossword puzzle contained the term "susswerzel." I was tickled enough to add it to my phone dictionary. Susswerzel. Suss is a term that means "to discover by thinking." To me it's an emotive term but I'm not 100% on why. It's something simple but my brain is tired. Wurzel is a term that… Continue reading Susswurzel….
What is Boredom? Why would anyone other than someone who is bored be interested about the topic? Why write about it unless your creating solutions to a problem? Could boredom ever be healthy? Boredom is a feeling first and foremost. It lies at the root of many illnesses, so many in fact, that the modern… Continue reading Boredom: What is it and how should we respond?
Post Valentine’s Day Follow Up: Echoing my theme from the 14th about the perils of solipsism in relationships and thought.
Jem got into a twitterspat tonight with someone who believes in the magical properties of safe words. For some BDSM people, safe words are magically retrospective; you may have harmed someone and hurt them, but it’s OK, because they can use their safe word to prevent you from doing any further damage.
In the week that Fifty Shades of Shite comes out, it’s important to understand the conundrums at the heart of the idea of safe words.
The first is the conundrum of why we need safe words at all. Safe words have existed for thousands of years; stop, don’t, no – they’re all words that have the effect of making a situation safe, provided everyone accepts them at face value.
So if you say that safe words are necessary, you’re saying that ordinary language will not work.Why not? Why would no, or stop, not work? I can only hazard…
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