RE: Does Ballet have Sexism and Racism problems?

That would imply there are only two sizes of women - ballerina and oversized.

An interesting comment.

RE: Do u like collecting things - tell us about them ?

Yeah, I would have said the same six months ago Serene. laugh

RE: Do u like collecting things - tell us about them ?

I seem to have a fast growing collection of grandchildren. wow

RE: Does Ballet have Sexism and Racism problems?

What was your interpretation of Krema's twerking comment, Gal?

RE: Does Ballet have Sexism and Racism problems?

You forgot size-ist as well, Gal.

You're not going to get very far if you're the wrong height, or shape in traditional ballet.

Whilst I can appreciate the discipline, ballet is not something I've ever enjoyed doing, or watching. I find it too constrained by rules which strikes me as thwarting creativity. I also think the men being around to lift the women, without dancing much themselves is a colossal waste of talent.

I have always preferred more contemporary dance styles - which are also more open to individuality.

RE: Pâté

The faux gras and celeriac pate are both Jac-kosher and look pretty good.

Thanks for those recipes, Adventureman. thumbs up

RE: 2018 XXIII Olympic Games

Are those the Olympic rings, or geometric depictions of tumbleweed? giggle

I hope South Korea gets more support than this when the time comes and doesnt end up making a financial loss.

RE: Isis fghers who have fought Britain, should be killed.

Revenge for butt hurt as a solution to revenge for butt hurt. Perfect!

Why didn't anyone think of that before in the extensive history of war? Well worth several million more deaths to add to the extensive history of war.

RE: Would You Do This?

To use someone's ashes in what manner, Track?

Presumably, this company gets some business, the implication of which is that there are a number of people who like this idea. Each of those people will have their own reasons for wanting to use this service.

Your reasons for finding it a disrespectful use of someone's remains will be unique to you and I'm curious about that.

I find the objects a bit tacky and factory produced and that strikes as being demeaning/disrespectful.

If I found that the frame was hand cut and turned, the glass hand blown and that each piece was a result of dedicated craft, I might change my mind about the aura of tackiness. dunno

If someone deliberately wanted something outrageous and tacky for a not so loved one, maybe even that level of disrespect might facilitate a complex grieving process.

What's that book/film set in Newfoundland where July Dench plays the character who puts her brother's ashes down the latrine and pisses on them? There's that oh so subtle bit of acting where after going to great lengths and deceit to achieve this moment, she realises that it's an anti-climax and changes nothing.

RE: Would You Do This?

The psychology of that for individuals would make an interesting discussion.

Personally, I would feel like I was trying to trap a lost loved one, and in not setting them free, inhibit my own grieving process.

There's also a juxtaposition for me in the loved ones time having ended and yet using their remains to keep time.

Others may have an entirely different perspective and I'm curious about that.

I suppose it could be a healing tool as well. Maybe it could be a reminder of good times. Maybe it could be used therapeutically - set aside a hour a week to contemplate feelings of grief in order to progress with them. dunno

It's full of symbolism, I'll give it that. laugh

RE: Ego on wheels ?

A baby buggy and a pair of second hand Dr.Martens.

RE: This Man

The child is incidental?

Given the distress caused to the child and how child abuse can absolutely ruin people's lives, I would have said in all cases the child is incidental to the abuser.

You can see it in the language of the citation in Serene's op - something like "I can't wait until I have one". It's objectifying children, as are other quotes, with a disregard for the child's sentience.

I don't see how that could impact favorably on sentencing, or be interpreted as a last taboo. It strikes me as being the very issue which requires the sentencing.

RE: This Man

Castrating and taking both eyes out is probably as effective at protecting children as a good behaviour bond and $1000 fine.

Abusing children is about power and control; s*xual acts are a tool to do that and come from the mind.

Disempowering offending adults with abuse fuels the cycle of abuse. It doesn't solve the problem. It just satisfies a sense of distancing and revenge for other adults.

Child sex abusers should be removed from society. They should not be released unless they choose to undergo extensive therapy and can demonstrate they are no longer a threat.

Whilst that does involve a certain amount of dispowerment, there is the opportunity for re-empowerment in a non-destructive way.

The priority always must be protecting children, not pandering to our own feelings whilst leaving children to carry the can.

RE: Notice!

Dancing in the streets oblivious of the rain, relieved that you Americans had finally come to your senses.

RE: wolves in sheep's clothing

Over here, the sheep wear wolve's clothing after last orders on a Saturday night.

RE: I'm against any form of Violence - being it war, a bar brawl, etc

I find that a totally bizarre response to what I was hoping was going to be a reasonable discussion about ethics, snooks.

RE: I'm against any form of Violence - being it war, a bar brawl, etc

No, you're wrong in thinking I'm trying to catch you out.

I'm arguing that your statement 'I've never hurt anything in my life' in the absolute is inaccurate.

As I said before, I have a genuine curiosity in your rationalisation between the conflict of doing no harm, the practicalities of achieving that.

RE: What have you learnt about people, since you joined the forums?

Isn't that a constant process, Molly?

How else do we progress?

RE: What have you learnt about people, since you joined the forums?

Duw, c'mon Anna. Even Fochriw Social Club 'as forgiven our Tom for stealin' that chicken! laugh

RE: What have you learnt about people, since you joined the forums?

On topic, I'm not sure I can learn about other people from the forums as I will always be interpreting from my own value framework.

I've learned quite a bit about myself, mind. grin

RE: I'm against any form of Violence - being it war, a bar brawl, etc

So, neither of us can claim we've never hurt a living creature in our lives.

We make mistakes; we make compromises to best fit our ethical codes in less than utopian circumstances.

How can we then judge when others make mistakes, or compromises?

RE: What have you learnt about people, since you joined the forums?

I kinda take that back: there's one moderator who is good humoured and kind.

As for high standards, that can be a cultural, or individual thing. Lots of people think they have high standards, say for example, Jack the Ripper who was described by one woman he didn't murder and mutilate, as always polite, always smelling of soap and toothpaste and always carrying his own condoms.

RE: I'm against any form of Violence - being it war, a bar brawl, etc

Okay, I'll ask a third time.

How do you justify eating animals as a non-violent, or unintentionally violent act? confused

RE: What have you learnt about people, since you joined the forums?

There are strict rules on the forums, Anna.

They're just culturally different from yours and mine. laugh

RE: I'm against any form of Violence - being it war, a bar brawl, etc

But you said you've never hurt anything in your life - human beings, animals, or birds.

I eat mostly vegan, but I have a lot of food intolerances, so sometimes I have to make compromises I'm not always comfortable with.

I ate meat until I was 12 years old because that's what my mother cooked for us.

I've sure as dammit hurt some people's feelings and definitely caused some physical pain to a few toes and tails with my clogs. I once stepped on and killed a newt, possibly and endangered species, in my garage in the dark. I feel pretty damned regretful about these things.

And there's my impact on the environment: whilst my lifestyle probably notches up a lower carbon footprint than the dog's farts, my existence still causes harm.

I'm wondering how you can express the absolute that you've never hurt anything, or anyone in your life.

I'm wondering how you rationalise eating meat, poultry and seafood alongside this claim.

Genuine curiosity.

RE: Should Children Work?

My granddaughter's second home is the shop where my daughter works. All the staff are her parents.

She's beside herself with glee if she gets to help out. She's 6 years old.

She assumes a similar position in the local mini-market and the staff are happy to oblige. She likes to collect empty boxes off the shelves there.

We live in an inclusive community. It's healthy for children to be allowed to learn and help out in a fun way.

It's fun for people doing repetitive jobs, too.

Enrichment is no bad thing.

RE: Should Children Work?

My daughter had her own paper round business by the time she was 12.

I did it with her, so it was a safe learning experience.

She paid for her bedroom decoration and furniture, 2 school ski trips, a school trip to Disneyland Paris and more.

I had the child benefit (which all parents get in the UK) paid into her account and she budgeted that for swimming, martial arts, horse riding, skiing and ballet lessons/equipment.

It's educational for children to work, earn and budget. It's educational (and fun) for children to save up for extra-curricula lessons and experiences.

12 hour shifts in a sweatshop for two bowls of rice and a hard floor to sleep on, no.

RE: If you had to give up chocolate or sex

I'm pretty sure I don't have the chocolate and sex options.

Can I give up work and keep the sleep, please? laugh

RE: I'm back

Don't worry LJ, you're not a dimensional person at all.

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