I question things which people take for granted. I would have been that kid who said the emperor was naked. In real life that kid would probably have been lynched, but I'll take my chances...
I believe truth inherently valuable, no matter how well intentioned the ideology it dispels may be.
I also write about random interesting things from my personal life.
I have been writing since 2006, and if my blogs were a MS Word document (as they are, as a backup), they would take up about 350 pages.
And a whole lot of that is just little random tidbits from my life that I found interesting the day I was writing.
Mixed in among those there are a number of in-depth essays on a wide variety of topics. There has been no way to easily sift through all the random crap to find the good stuff.
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Of 200+ posts, these are (in my personal opinion) the top ~50 most interesting or useful
[NOTE: This article is longer than the typical blog post. As an MS Word document it comes to about 30 pages. Much shorter than a book, but longer than a magazine article. Its probably better to think of it as an internet based paper, and not expect to read the entire thing straight through in one sitting. I have broke it into 5 parts to facilitate that. Also, if it isn't obvious enough from the title, its a very sensitive subject. I am definitely not trying to offend or upset, but I am deliberately trying to be real, which means not being "politically correct" or sensitive for the sake of sensitivity.]
A friend of mine sent me a link to an internet blog article
I read it, it was interesting and insightful and honest and
unfortunately rare in its open-mindedness and candor.I didn’t know when I read it, but apparently it was read by a great many people, many of whom did
not share that opinion of it.
reasonably infamous among feminist bloggers, and induced quite a number of
responses - none of which I’ve read.
I did, however, take several days to go back and read the
comment thread in its entirety.The
comment thread was surprisingly thoughtful for an internet discussion on a
topic that causes intense negative gut reactions and has generated plenty of
controversy, one which people are passionate and angry about.
So much of the discussion was so good already
that I had nothing to add.
The first three pages are almost entirely filled with
reasonable, open-minded people having a back and forth conversation on really
difficult topics.From all appearances
these are regulars to the site, readers and contributors.On page three the sort of knee-jerk responses
that you would expect for the topic finally begin appearing, and it appears as
though few of the new commenters took the time to read the existing comments
before adding their own.Not to say that
intelligent conversation does not continue, it does all the way to the end,
only that the ‘TL;DR – still have an opinion’ comments start becoming more
common, - no doubt as the article began to be read and popularized more and
If you are interested in the topic, and have a few hours to kill, I recommend
reading all of the comments from the beginning.
Though much of what I would have said was addressed, some
very important things weren’t, and that’s what inspired this essay that you are
reading right now.
First of all, let’s make one thing clear.A prostitute does not sell their body.The only circumstance in which any person
actually sells a body part is when someone sells a kidney.When you sell something, the buyer takes
permanent possession of it, and the seller can not get it back.The new owner can do anything they want with
their purchase, because it is now their property.This does not describe the prostitute /
client transaction at all.Even when
people accepted indentured servitude arrangements they were only offering
themselves on a long-term lease, not actually selling themselves.A prostitute normally only allows her (or
his) clients limited use of a portion of their body for a short, usually
designated time period, an hour perhaps, maybe a few.
This is not just semantics.It’s a very important distinction.
Really, what the transaction consists of is a person
agreeing to engage in a specific activity for a specified time period which
they otherwise might not do, to the benefit of another person who offers
compensation for the time and labor involved.
Which, if you think about it, kind of describes every job.