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July 07, 2020

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sk60

Looks like he took the paper too.

David

I’m now pondering how you steal a toilet without waking someone in a nearby room.

Not really my area of expertise.

David
[W]e rarely talk of the urban landscape as an active participant in gender inequality.

In the Guardian, needless to say.

Leslie Kern, an unhappy feminist, wishes us to know that, with its “glass ceilings and phallic towers… the city is filled with reminders of masculine power.” And that, “our built environments can… reflect patterns of gender-based discrimination.” Though the few examples given, amid lots of rambling, aren’t entirely persuasive.

For instance, the fact that lactating ladies don’t often whip out their breasts in public - as ladies do in Rwanda, apparently. Or the fact that getting a pram on a bus can be a bit tricky. As an infinitely ignorant man, it seems to me that the rigmarole of manoeuvring cumbersome objects onto public transport isn’t damning evidence of “sexism in the city” or “patriarchy written in stone,” but more an issue of necessarily limited space. And a reminder of the advantages of the car.

Burnsie

Bet he bought it and installed it for her in those heady first days of romance.

David

Bet he bought it and installed it for her in those heady first days of romance.

Ah, bless.

WTP

In the Guardian, needless to say.

Leslie Kern, an unhappy feminist, wishes us to know that, with its “glass ceilings and phallic towers… the city is filled with reminders of masculine power.”

But of course. It's why we force feminists to live in the city in the first place. Or in Western civilization in general. Don't believe me? Try finding feminists like this elsewhere. The Patriarchy (PBUI) demands that it be so.

John

“Ask any woman.....who goes for a jog at night” ......this place is not for you.

Seriously? I would replace the word woman with “anyone lacking the armour, weaponry and attitude of Judge Dredd”. Either that or someone with the fortitude of Jussie “I fought off two white racists/Nigerian bodybuilders without dropping my sandwich” Smollett.

Rafi

I’m now pondering how you steal a toilet without waking someone in a nearby room.

Mission Impossible 17.

David

Mission Impossible 17.

In which a globe-spanning, high-octane plot revolves around a clandestine toilet heist.

Actually, I quite like the later Mission: Impossible films. The last three have, I think, been great fun.

Karl

I’m now pondering how you steal a toilet without waking someone in a nearby room.

Roofies.

(Not my first rodeo.)

David

Actual gasp.

David

(Not my first rodeo.)

It occurs to me that your now-inescapable, rather exciting reputation as a prostitute-dismembering cannibal who steals toilets from drugged women will be among our greatest achievements.

Karl

now-inescapable, rather exciting reputation

God. I only came in for a shandy!

MC

Re: cities are sexist.

The article is actually headlined: Upward-thrusting buildings ejaculating into the sky' – do cities have to be so sexist?

Blimey. It doesn't get any better either.

defund the police. Transfer that money to affordable housing, childcare and public transport, all of which would dramatically improve women’s lives in ways that increased policing never has.

What is she on about?

My fourth and by no means final suggestion: seek out, listen to and employ diverse groups of city-dwellers in all areas of urban design, planning, policy-making, politics and architecture.

Leslie Kern is "a feminist urban geographer". It's all clear now.

pst314

Bet he bought it and installed it for her in those heady first days of romance.

Could be. This reminds me: Back in my youth there were a number of young women in an interest group I belonged to who used boyfriends as sources of food and shelter: they would live with a guy for awhile, and conveniently break up with him only when they had lined up another boyfriend sucker to move in with. At least one of them said in my presence that she intended to continue to enjoy sleeping around for a long time (until she noticed that she was starting to lose her youthful beauty?) at which time she would stop ignoring men who had the right character traits to make good husbands. I don't know what happened to them, but I suspect that by the time they were "ready to settle down" the number of available good men was limited and those who knew them from before would not trust them.

pst314

seek out, listen to and employ diverse groups of city-dwellers in all areas of urban design, planning, policy-making, politics and architecture.

On the face of it that is very good advice: too many "urban planners" prioritize the theories of "experts" over the actual wants and needs of ordinary people.

Steve E

Leslie Kern is "a feminist urban geographer". It's all clear now.

"If women ruled the world...we'd still be living in caves...but with really nice curtains."

Standing tag at Kate's smalldeadanimals; and judging by the way they dress, if feminist urban geographers ran the world, I doubt the curtains would be nice either.

Steve E
"Feminist City: Claiming Space in a Man-Made World takes on fear, motherhood, friendship and activism, as well as the joys and perils of being alone – to show not only where our cities have failed, but to imagine what they could become."

Shut up and make me a sammich or I'm taking your toilet.

asiaseen

I’m now pondering how you steal a toilet without waking someone in a nearby room.

I'm wondering how you can fall asleep while your now-ex is packing to leave. Unless, of course, it was a tempestuous farewell fuck.

Adam

He could have just removed the seat.

Adam

...lactating ladies don’t often whip out their breasts in public - as ladies do in Rwanda, apparently....

The difference being that a lactating Rwandan lady is breast-feeding her infant whereas a US or UK lady would be breastfeeding as performance art, it might be her dissertation for her doctorate in femxle studies.

Steve E

...lactating ladies

Band name

Trevor

What is she on about?

The Great Vowel Shift was as nothing compared to the distortions of the language over the last couple of decades.

RF

defund the police. Transfer that money to affordable housing, childcare and public transport, all of which would dramatically improve women’s lives in ways that increased policing never has.

In other words, transfer funding in place to protect the most vulnerable of our population and transfer it to programs to benefit upper middle class feminists

Squires

...the city is filled with reminders of masculine power

Wait until she tries nature.

Daniel Ream

the joys and perils of being alone

Buried lede.

The last three have, I think, been great fun.

I find the Mission:Impossible film series fascinating, in that they're trying so very hard to be everything but Mission:Impossible. The first one was a Ludlum novel, the second a Bond film, the rest have been more-or-less big budget episodes of Alias.

Jonathan

seek out, listen to and employ diverse groups of city-dwellers in all areas of urban design, planning, policy-making, politics and architecture.

Sounds great:

Governor Squid

Wait until she tries nature.

If electricity, hot showers, potable water, indoor toilets, Internet and cell service are reminders of masculine power, one suspects she might not enjoy their absence as much as she pretends. Though you never know -- she might find a suggestive tree bole to shelter in. I'm sure that's gotta be a great consolation prize.

David

The first one was a Ludlum novel, the second a Bond film, the rest have been more-or-less big budget episodes of Alias.

I haven’t seen Alias, so I couldn’t say. Thing is, I wasn’t keen on the first three films. I didn’t mind them particularly, but I wouldn’t have travelled to see them on a big screen. But the last three instalments I’ve enjoyed quite a lot. It’s unusual for a franchise to get better, or at least more fun, as it goes on.

David

For those of you who like to keep track of these things, I’ve just had my first haircut in three months.

I am radiant and glorious.

PiperPaul

"If electricity, hot showers, potable water, indoor toilets, Internet and cell service are reminders of masculine power..."

What have the Romans ever done for us?

Hal

I’m now pondering how you steal a toilet without waking someone in a nearby room.

Oh, basically as already noted.

A valve isn't going to make much noise as it's turned off. The sound of a flush is just background noise, and gets ignored as the water goes away. An assortment of bolts being turned will also be rather quiet. The local geography will be known, and a door will be propped open, with a car or van nearby.

Karl

At 90, Thomas Sowell drops another literary hand grenade. That no progressive will read.

I am radiant and glorious.

You always were, ducky. Just more hairy.

David

You always were, ducky. Just more hairy.

[ Strokes immaculate hair, licks own eyebrows. ]

David

The local geography will be known, and a door will be propped open, with a car or van nearby.

Some of you have given this an unnerving amount of thought.

Just sayin’.

WTP

It's just that women are so bloody ungrateful. As B. B. King once sang...

I gave you a brand new Lincoln
But you said: "I want a Cadillac"
I bought you a seven course dinner
And you said: "thanks for the snack"
I let you live in my penthouse
You said it just a shack
I gave you seven children
And now you wanna give them back

Steve E

Thomas Sowell drops another literary hand grenade. That no progressive will read.

I'm betting the three witches referenced on the previous thread won't "do the work."

Karl

The Wokerati attempt to cancel Steven Pinker. Apparently he once referred to some studies that don't sufficiently support their imaginary utopian lunacies. He also was heard to claim that "all lives matter". An obvious whistle to racist dogs.

Uma Thurmond's Feet

The Wokerati attempt to cancel Steven Pinker

What, again? They've made more attempts than Wiley after Roadrunner

Karl

What, again?

Perhaps they've been emboldened by finally getting David Starkey for observing (correctly) that slavery and genocide are mutually contradictory descriptions, but then letting the phrase "damn blacks" escape his lips during an interview with grovelling shit-weasel Darren Grimes.

Fitzwilliam college, where he is was a visiting professor, shat itself with excitement and announced:
“Fitzwilliam prides itself in leading the way in Cambridge in opening access to higher education for underrepresented groups. Our student and academic bodies are diverse and welcoming to all. We do not tolerate racism.”

An hilarious lie.

And I'm sorry, but it's Wile Coyote. Or Wile E. if you're being formal. The 'E' stands for Ethelbert.
You're welcome :)

Darleen

At 90, Thomas Sowell drops another literary hand grenade. That no progressive will read.

Yep. I pre-ordered the title - I should be getting it next week.

Karl

Yep. I pre-ordered the title

Ah, a palate cleanser after your recent stercovoric effort?

pst314

I am radiant and glorious.

Do we need dosimeter badges?

Fnord

Leslie Kern, an unhappy feminist,

Our entry for Tautology of the Year.

Karl

dosimeter

Ah, that's what they were saying! Bloody Russians - thanks pst314.

Geezer

Thank you, Karl, for the link to the Thomas Sowell interview.

Geezer

Thank you, Karl, for the link to the Thomas Sowell interview.

Karl

Pleasure :)

Geezer

Dear David,

Please delete one of my duplicates.

Geezer's Duplicate

Curse you, I'm the original! Delete him, David! Delete him!

Hal

The local geography will be known, and a door will be propped open, with a car or van nearby.

Some of you have given this an unnerving amount of thought.

Amount of thought?

In my case, on rather a lot of occasions I've been the or a community event stage manager, so, ehn, when noting someone else's work, merely outlining the steps was the proverbial exercise left to the reader, and all that . . . .

Geezer

Dear Duplicate,

Thanks for the laugh.

Hal

Curse you, I'm the original! Delete him, David! Delete him!

Siiiiggghhh, and yes, David, we're gonnna need another calibration of the transporter, and yes, someone have the henchlesbians round the two of 'em up.

At least they both survived . . .

Karl

Dear David,

Well I'm OK with the duplicate.

Geezer®

I produced (as far as I know) only two biological children, both sons.

If my nom de comment generates numerous Duplicates, would that be like parthenogenesis?

Steve E

would that be like parthenogenesis?

Could be a Ghola from the axlotl tanks managed by the Bene Tleilaxu. Have you ever been or are you currently dead?

WTP

parthenogenesis

Band name. Specifically a Greek band. A Greek Phil Collins tribute band. And, of course, they're pretty lame.

Great Geezer's Ghost

Have you ever been or are you currently dead?

Not that I recall.

pst314

‘Upward-thrusting buildings ejaculating into the sky’ – do cities have to be so sexist?

Hey sister, gaze upon this.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

2+2=Western Imperialism.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

‘Upward-thrusting buildings ejaculating into the sky’...

Meanwhile in Qatar...

Pooklord

Of all the possible designs, someone said "How about an enormous flying blue vagina?".
And so it was.

Hal

Of all the possible designs . . . .

All I had to type into Google was Beijing bird nest.

Hal

. . . someone said "How about an enormous flying blue vagina?"

And David can even add that to his collection of giant vaginas that he enjoys so much.


What?

asiaseen

2+2=Western Imperialism.

I see the lady in question claims in her bio to be a "wannabe math person"

Chester Draws

But even on its on bat-shit crazy basis that Guardian article is wrong.

First, most skyscrapers are square based, extremely pointy or extremely flat topped, and nothing like my penis at least. I think that most architects go out of their way to make sure their building is not going to look phallic. Hilarity ensues when people forget this.

Reality is that if you want to "see" genitalia in buildings, then female anatomy abounds.

As shown above, pretty much all modern stadiums are vulva shaped.

All over the world the principal building in a town is quite often breast shaped at the skyline (St Paul's London, Duomo Florence, the Capitol Washington, etc, etc).

The picture at the article has "More additions to the phallic parade? … street bridges over the Chicago River", where they manage to see penises where what I see are two flaps parting -- which does make me think of genitalia, but not penises. Bad me. Anyway, most bridges are either flat and very unphallic, or have parabolic curves -- also not phallic.

And whatever the Sydney Opera house brings to mind, it ain't a penis.

pst314

Of all the possible designs, someone said "How about an enormous flying blue vagina?".

But it's Qatar, so the clitoris has been removed.

Sam

It's depressing how low the bar is to be a dignified professional, but at least a handful of F1 drivers managed to barely clear it.

Sam

Oh and congrats on winning the thread pst.

Sam
“While we have come to expect this on the radical right, censoriousness is also spreading more widely in our culture: an intolerance of opposing views, a vogue for public shaming and ostracism, and the tendency to dissolve complex policy issues in a blinding moral certainty.”

Taken from the letter written by lifetime lefties when the angry mob finally showed up at their door.

It's statements like this that have me convinced the Boogaloo is real and unavoidable. The vapid smugness of the people who've managed to wrest control of western society is so pervasive that even a micron of self-awareness and humility is unacceptable, leaving projection and blame-shifting as the only options. That some of the left's (truly) brightest and thoughtful people can earnestly defend free speech while pretending the wolves at the door are anything but their own pack is proof enough.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

But it's Qatar, so the clitoris has been removed.

That, or even with a blueprint the builders couldn't find it.

pst314

That, or even with a blueprint the builders couldn't find it.

I can't imagine why, since they have no trouble finding a young boy's butt and that's a lot bigger.

Hal

Oh, look, a start of awareness does occur . . . .

While we have come to expect this on the radical right, censoriousness is also spreading more widely in our culture: . . .

As we keep noting over and over, right wing is irrelevant, left wing is irrelevant: Being the extreme remains the extreme and the centered and balanced keep getting stuff done, regardless.

So, Ehn, at the very least, one can note signs of growing awareness among the mere extremes, one can note the growth of:

While we have come to expect this on the radical right, the same censoriousness is also just as visible in our radical left: an intolerance of opposing views, a vogue for public shaming and ostracism, and the tendency to dissolve complex policy issues in a blinding moral certainty.

And the traffic lights do keep operating just fine.

Hal

Hmmmm . . . for those demanding varieties of ideology over reality, sorting out the subtleties of Male sex hormones appear to help the coronavirus infiltrate human cells should be awfully interesting . . . .

For those of you who like to keep track of these things, I’ve just had my first haircut in three months.

I am radiant and glorious.

The fact that male pattern baldness is related to testosterone levels could mean bald men are more susceptible to COVID-19. The notion was bolstered by a preliminary study in Spain that found a disproportionate number of bald men had been hospitalized with COVID-19.

The bald thesis has been widely criticized, but Fattahi said it would fit the pattern.

Sam Duncan

“It's depressing how low the bar is to be a dignified professional, but at least a handful of F1 drivers managed to barely clear it”

I could have put money on Verstappen and Leclerc being among them. The more I see of those guys, the more I like them (and it takes a lot for me to warm to a Ferrari driver). Old heads on young shoulders. On the other hand...

“I still think there's people that don't fully understand what's happening and the reason for the protest”

Yeah, and I think you're one of them, Lewis.

Anyhoo... There is nothing new under the sun.

NateWhilk

And David can even add that to his collection of giant vaginas that he enjoys so much.

How'd I miss that? I must've, because I'd remember it. Well, I'll remember it now!

And because it's so "memorable", I've just put a small contribution in the tip jar. It's not that I particularly want to see *more* giant vaginas. But random weirdness is...memorable. Or something.

David

I’ve just put a small contribution in the tip jar.

Bless you, sir. During a pandemic, may you never fear being crushed by the weight of your own hair.

Rick Henwood

‘Upward-thrusting buildings ejaculating into the sky’ – do cities have to be so sexist?

Hah! Man-made cities got nothing on Mother Nature. Maybe she should get out more.


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