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When women are being objectified, men are being _____ ?

by Greg Krehbiel on 1 August 2017

I saw some lame diatribe on Facebook about how movies objectify women. The video was complaining about how women are more often portrayed naked, or more often portrayed without their faces (e.g., focusing on their legs or figure). I don’t dispute the concept. It was just incredibly lame and full of silly / questionable assumptions.

Anyway, there are two ways to spin this whole thing about the way women are portrayed. One is what we hear all the time, which is that it turns women into objects. But the other is that it manipulates men and turns men into quivering jellies.

Attractive women have incredible power over men. That’s why they’re portrayed the way they are. An ad or a magazine cover with a beautiful woman is going to attract attention.

How people react to this incredible female power is very interesting. The Taliban fear it and want it covered up. The silly video I saw wants to shame it as “objectifying women.” (Of course women never do this to themselves, by, for example, wearing high heels, putting on makeup, choosing clothes that accentuate their figure, etc.)

But the other side — the “you men are being played” side of this equation — doesn’t get as much attention.

When I hear someone complain about “objectification,” I think of something along the lines of “twitterpated.” But that’s a Bambi reference, and I’m not sure how many people would get that.

What’s the right word? Befuddled? Dumbfounded? Stupefied?

The point is to fit a word into something like this.

“When you hear complaints about women being objectified, remember that men are being _____.”

10 comments  ::  Add your comment  ::  2017-08-01  ::  Greg Krehbiel

A rebirth of the printed page?

by Greg Krehbiel on 1 August 2017

You might be interested in this post from my publishing blog: How Alexa and Google Glass will revive print publishing

 ::  Add your comment  ::  2017-08-01  ::  Greg Krehbiel

Did NATO provoke Russia?

by Greg Krehbiel on 31 July 2017

As we slide back to a 1980s style of relationship between the U.S. and Russia, I think it’s fair to ask whether the U.S. provoked Russia by adding new countries to NATO.

I’m not trying to defend Putin, but I think we need to realize that we’re not entirely faultless in the increased tension between Russia and the west.

8 comments  ::  Add your comment  ::  2017-07-31  ::  Greg Krehbiel

IMHO, It is time for a presidential commission on baseball.

by Dave Krehbiel on 29 July 2017

Baseball is our national pastime. Unlike many other professional sports, professional baseball is a monopoly under the protection and direction and control of the US government.

If I were Pres. Trump, I would establish a White House committee to review baseball. And since it is such an important topic, I would reassign every one of Pres. Obama’s last-minute appointments to that committee.

8 comments  ::  Add your comment  ::  2017-07-29  ::  Dave Krehbiel

I don’t like John McCain

by Greg Krehbiel on 28 July 2017

I don’t trust him, and I never have. I didn’t vote for him for president. He’s always seemed like a flake to me.

But I don’t think it’s fair to blame McCain for the failure of this awful, stupid, half-assed Republican effort to repeal Obamacare.

From his statement about his vote.

“I’ve stated time and time again that one of the major failures of Obamacare was that it was rammed through Congress by Democrats on a strict-party line basis without a single Republican vote. We should not make the mistakes of the past that has led to Obamacare’s collapse, including in my home state of Arizona where premiums are skyrocketing and health care providers are fleeing the marketplace.

“We must now return to the correct way of legislating and send the bill back to committee, hold hearings, receive input from both sides of aisle, heed the recommendations of nation’s governors, and produce a bill that finally delivers affordable health care for the American people. We must do the hard work our citizens expect of us and deserve.”

Exactly right.

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Things I fear far more than man-made climate change

by Greg Krehbiel on 26 July 2017

Natural climate change
Asteroid impact
Artificial intelligence
Virtual reality
Breakdown of the social order
Millennials voting
Alien invasion
Crazy ideologies

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My advice to Trump

by Greg Krehbiel on 26 July 2017

Not that he asked ….

1. Shut up about Hillary. You won. You’re being a sore winner.

2. Shut up about Sessions or fire him. Quit whining.

3. Stop talking to the liberal press. Just stop. They’re your enemies and will never treat you fairly.

4. Find something you can do with Democrats — like maybe infrastructure — and work on that for a couple weeks.

5. Get your Republican allies in the House and Senate to insist that Mueller either identify the crime that has been committed in this phony Russia scandal or to end the investigation.

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Step 1: speak extravagantly. Step 2: get annoyed when people aren’t fair to what you said

by Greg Krehbiel on 25 July 2017

Saying something outrageous is a good way to get attention, especially on the internet. But it’s not merely an attention-seeking ploy. It can put people off guard — which can be good. It’s an effective way to change the course of a conversation. But while the tactic has its uses, it seems to be overused these days. Especially online.

I do it too much myself.

I often find myself introducing a topic with a radical approach or opinion, and then softening it in the ensuing discussion to express what I really mean or believe.

On the positive side, that can be an effective way to shock people into thinking about something from a different point of view.

On the negative side, it’s also a good way to get people to put up their defenses and react negatively to everything you say. In fact, I think probably the more common reaction. So you have to be judicious in the use of extravagance.

But the real trick is when someone follows the procedure in the title of this post.

 ::  Add your comment  ::  2017-07-25  ::  Greg Krehbiel

“Brother rabbit” and secular environmentalism

by Greg Krehbiel on 24 July 2017

I was out for a jog yesterday morning and saw a rabbit. For some strange reason I thought of St. Francis of Assisi, and I imagined that he would greet the garden-munching critter as “brother rabbit.” For some equally strange reason I suddenly had a vision of the invasive vine that’s been strangling trees on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. (I think it’s called “mile a minute vine,” which is a little funny.)

I’m not expert on Francis, but I get the impression that he felt a kind of familial relationship with other creatures because they’re all created by God. There is a somewhat silly story of him making peace with a ferocious wolf.

Of course Christianity is not alone in teaching this sort of relationship among creatures. There’s an idea among many religious traditions that we’re all in it together, to some extent.

Now think of that vine. I don’t know for certain if this particular vine kills its host, but many of them do. And the vine doesn’t care about it. Predators don’t seem to care about the suffering of their prey. Some of them (like cats) seem to enjoy it.

Maybe they would reform their ways after a good lecture, like the wolf of Gubbio. But I doubt it.

“Nature, red in tooth and claw” doesn’t give a fig about suffering as a general rule. Creatures do whatever they have to do to survive, no matter the consequences to some other creature. It’s a cruel world.

We do see compassion in higher animals from time to time, but the evolutionary psychologists try their best to explain that as nothing more than a survival strategy. It’s not compassion for compassion’s sake, but compassion because that’s the best technique for a social animal. And the more the evolutionary psychologists explain these things, the more people seem to take it as “explaining them away.” E.g., women dismissing their desire to have children as a cruel trick they need to suppress.

It might seem natural to assume, then, that secularism would lead to less compassion towards animals. It’s clear that “nature” is not compassionate, except when it’s a useful trick. But the opposite seems to be the case. Secularism seems to be associated with more compassion towards animals. (That may not be true. It’s just how it seems.)

To some extent this might be the consequence of not believing in an afterlife. “This is the only world we have,” and so on. But still, it strikes me as just a little odd.

13 comments  ::  Add your comment  ::  2017-07-24  ::  Greg Krehbiel

Should Trump fire Mueller?

by Greg Krehbiel on 21 July 2017

1. It’s entirely within his authority to do so, so when Facebook crybabies say we’re facing an “authoritarian crisis,” just laugh.

2. We have two independent organizations that can investigate Trump. They’re called Congress and the Courts. (There’s also the press, but they can’t investigate anything more serious than O.J.’s gloves.)

3. It would be a politically dangerous thing to fire Meuller.

4. Trump might just do it. What does he have to lose?

22 comments  ::  Add your comment  ::  2017-07-21  ::  Greg Krehbiel

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