Bravo for Argentina!

Saturday, 7 March 2009 10:37 am
elettaria: (Misha non-non-penguin)
You may have heard about this rather extraordinary Argentinian bank advert, where an elderly man apologises to a transwoman for treating her badly. I first read about it in [livejournal.com profile] compilerbitch's impassioned post, from her perspective as a transwoman. I'm still a bit too stunned to know what to say to her, so I'll get back to that.

Then [livejournal.com profile] poisoninjest linked to this discussion of the ad, which is from a place closer to my own, so I think I'll start with that. I'm not a member of blogspot so I can't respond there, and anyway I find that I have quite a lot to say about it by now.

In that post, KaterTot says, "the bank then shamelessly self-promotes for being so progressive". Well, of course it does. It's an ad. Read more... )

Bravo for Argentina!

Saturday, 7 March 2009 10:37 am
elettaria: (Misha non-non-penguin)
You may have heard about this rather extraordinary Argentinian bank advert, where an elderly man apologises to a transwoman for treating her badly. I first read about it in [livejournal.com profile] compilerbitch's impassioned post, from her perspective as a transwoman. I'm still a bit too stunned to know what to say to her, so I'll get back to that.

Then [livejournal.com profile] poisoninjest linked to this discussion of the ad, which is from a place closer to my own, so I think I'll start with that. I'm not a member of blogspot so I can't respond there, and anyway I find that I have quite a lot to say about it by now.

In that post, KaterTot says, "the bank then shamelessly self-promotes for being so progressive". Well, of course it does. It's an ad. Read more... )
elettaria: (Water-mole)
You know how some people will take off their glasses during conversation, most often for emphasis? Has anyone else noticed that this seems to be a predominantly male practice? The only time I've ever noticed a woman do it is President Roslin in Battlestar Galactica, and I can't think of any women I've seen do it in real life, while I've seen umpteen men do this, both in real life and in films. If you wear glasses, do you do it yourself? I don't, but then I'm just about into severe myopia, so I never wander around without my specs on and have no desire to make life suddenly foggy.

[Poll #1266699]
elettaria: (Water-mole)
You know how some people will take off their glasses during conversation, most often for emphasis? Has anyone else noticed that this seems to be a predominantly male practice? The only time I've ever noticed a woman do it is President Roslin in Battlestar Galactica, and I can't think of any women I've seen do it in real life, while I've seen umpteen men do this, both in real life and in films. If you wear glasses, do you do it yourself? I don't, but then I'm just about into severe myopia, so I never wander around without my specs on and have no desire to make life suddenly foggy.

[Poll #1266699]
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Somewhere between the Pyrenees and the Alps there once lived a nobleman by the name of Thogas. He had a wife, children, a fine house and so much wealth and pleasure that he had every good reason to be content with life. Apart from one thing. He was subject to great pain beneath the roots of his hairs. The pain was so severe that the doctors advised him to stop sleeping with his wife.

Marguerite de Navarre, The Heptameron, Story 54.

We're having quite an interesting discussion about a peculiar TV programme called "Virgin School" in [livejournal.com profile] king_laugh's journal here, if anyone wants to jump in. Topics for discussion here in mine, prompted by a variety of sources:

* Prostitution - should it be legalised?
* Sexual surrogacy - useful? creepy? unprofessional? a great idea?
* Virginity - what does it mean, and do we like the concept in the first place?
* Should vibrators be available on the NHS?
elettaria: (Default)
Somewhere between the Pyrenees and the Alps there once lived a nobleman by the name of Thogas. He had a wife, children, a fine house and so much wealth and pleasure that he had every good reason to be content with life. Apart from one thing. He was subject to great pain beneath the roots of his hairs. The pain was so severe that the doctors advised him to stop sleeping with his wife.

Marguerite de Navarre, The Heptameron, Story 54.

We're having quite an interesting discussion about a peculiar TV programme called "Virgin School" in [livejournal.com profile] king_laugh's journal here, if anyone wants to jump in. Topics for discussion here in mine, prompted by a variety of sources:

* Prostitution - should it be legalised?
* Sexual surrogacy - useful? creepy? unprofessional? a great idea?
* Virginity - what does it mean, and do we like the concept in the first place?
* Should vibrators be available on the NHS?

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