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chessmastuh

chessmastuh

Member Since 10 Aug 2005
Offline Last Active Jun 03 2012 03:03 AM

In Topic: Giving away Half Life 2 for PC

13 January 2008 - 11:44 PM

If it's not gone yet...



Steam name: Goobzie. :o

In Topic: Young Women in the Media

26 December 2007 - 04:41 PM

why do you people think that because a certain number of girls chose the career of a pornography actress or a dancer that they aren't intelligent or are being looked down up on? Last time I heard USA was a democracy and people could make choices.



and all this [cabbage] about 'i dont think girls should be treated like that' well I'm not saying its right but they get paid to do that and they accept it...



edit: to prove my point http://en.wikipedia....ameson#Business

she did very well out of porn



edit2: and what's with all the assumptions that ONLY MEN WATCH PORN?




So far, I'd have to say that this and the other post by Str are the most thought-out posts in this topic.



First of all, Str is right - the assumption that pornography is only a male-based medium is incredibly stereotypical. "It was created for guys"? Not only is that vastly ill-informed and ludicrous, but assuming that only men are interested in pornography, for whatever reason, is downright sexist.



Secondly, I'll again agree with Str on his point that women who choose careers in that field are making an active choice, and bashing that choice is demeaning. Not only have a multitude of assumptions been made already in this topic while talking about this (why are we suddenly assuming that sex-workers are stupid or otherwise of a lower intelligence?), but honestly, examine these posts and tell me that they aren't simply blind speculation. Has anyone on this topic actually experienced any type of work in this field whatsoever? I doubt it. So to automatically assume that conditions are bad, the actors are mistreated, and that it's a generally misogynistic and degrading work field is completely ignorant. You're confusing general pornography with actual abusive subgroups, such as the abuse of children in the medium. Take a look at the link that Str provided - it's one example among many others of women who've made incredible amounts of money through the business.



It's important that I say that I'm not advocating the industry, I just want to clear up the mistakes that are being made on this topic. Before you post a criticism like this, it's important to research the background of what you're talking about first. Taking such a profound stance as to bash the people who choose to make careers for themselves in the pornography business requires actually researching the subject first.



You make a reasonable point in your original post that the general American culture is heading down a dark path towards complete objectification of women, Raven, and on this point I agree with you. But you need to flesh out this point more clearly before putting it into a topic - it's so muddled with ill-informed and incorrect examples that the point you're trying to get across gets lost.



Perhaps some women would sell their morales for a cheap buck and a quick shot, but by no means does this mean that all women are like this. Let me say that, not all women are lawless! There are no less or more lawless women than men (Well...maybe less, but in different ways.)



An insanely large amount of pornographic content is teenager porn. The prime ages of pornographic material is between 18 and 21; it would be younger but that would be illegal. Of course, that hasn't stopped people from trying.




It's sections like this that need actual research before they are brought up. You cannot simply state that people working in the pornography business "sell their morales for a cheap buck" without actually looking at statistics, and the same goes for assuming that "an insanely large amount of pornographic content is teenager porn". I'm not going to rehash what I've already said, but speculation like this makes a bold statement, and when that statement is under-researched and ultimately incorrect, it makes the rest of the post seem less reliable.



I pray to you, speculate the great morales this nation was founded upon, that all people are equal. Just because you may not be as hot as some famous actress does not mean that you're ugly. You can be just as beautiful (maybe even more beautiful, seeing as your not a drug addicted sex-a-holic) as they are.




Here it seems that you're trying to get at your main point, but again it's muffled by the rest of the paragraph being ridiculous and somewhat offensive. I agree with the statement that young men and women need to stop comparing themselves to pop culture icons, but when you go on to call famous actresses "drug addicted sex-a-holics", it serves to make the rest of the statement seem just as ridiculous. This needs strict examples, clearer points, and less generalization and blind speculation.



This topic really has potential to serve as a serious grounds for discussing the difficulties with self-esteem in the American youth at the hands of popular culture, but it needs some serious straightening out first. We've gone from actually discussing a valid point to criticizing industries that we've had no experience with based on our own guesses and assumptions, and that's a very slippery slope. Before going to a topic, this post should have been edited, clarified, and better researched.

In Topic: So, Chuck Norris jokes are dead now.

24 December 2007 - 12:02 AM

This is a bit strange, because the man doesn't actually disapprove of the whole joke. He's been quoted before as saying he actually finds the whole thing funny, and when Maddox published The Alphabet of Manliness a whole chapter on Chuck Norris was included, and he never got sued.



I guess I can see where he's coming from, though: a respectable publisher should be able to ride this meme in a better way than by copy and pasting a bunch of jokes that were posted online; at least Maddox had enough class to write his own material.

In Topic: Good at chess?/ Try this computer

22 December 2007 - 10:34 PM

If anything, it's certainly pretty. I don't like the pieces though - it's trivial, but whenever I have to play with strange interpretations of pieces, I can't visualize anything. I just can't get a good grip on the position when I have quarter-circles for knights and triangles for bishops. :oops:



I enjoy watching it consider knight moves - it makes a very nice spiral shape. :D Overall a very interesting program, and it definitely makes me embarrassed for not living up to my username.



Somehow I lost a bishop without knowing it, lol. Guess you can't post and play at the same time, eh?

In Topic: Do i have a right to attack someone breaking into my house?

20 December 2007 - 02:31 PM

As long as it's self defense.



Robbers are generally cowards, first sight of someone home or a potential confrontation and they'll run. It's only if you think they're actually going to attack that you should strike first. Be loud, be confident, be aggressive and 9 times out of 10 they won't hang around.



Or, you know, call the police?




^ This is probably the best advice so far.



Unless the burglar is actually armed with a gun, something incredibly unlikely, if you wave a bat and start screaming at them they'll probably high-tail it out. Confrontation in general is something the average burglar wants to avoid; my grandfather once chased one out of the house in his underwear just by yelling and chasing the guy.



If you want to play it safe, then yeah, just hide and call the police.