“Her hair still looks like a Halloween wig. And her frozen face is as creepy as an inflatable doll. And she probably has feet that are permanently in the high-heel position so she could never stand up barefooted -- only in stilettos. No, there's still a long way to go for her to be as beautiful as an unadorned woman.”
“The public uproar one way or another about her speech is hard for me to understand. Except for the fact that she is literate, well-educated, and unlike some other well-educated public figures, not willfully ignorant, her speech was not profound. She has had an incredible life, has a huge amount of talent, is richer than all but a tiny percent of the world's population, and has had the perks of fame. Is she surprised that privacy is difficult for celebrities? If she could go back and do it over again, would she rather not have been in the stellar position she is now, just so she could have privacy? It reminds me of a former boss of mine who was complaining that his income taxes were higher than the entire salary he had early in his career -- which was still higher than my entire salary was at that time. I like Jodie Foster and liked my boss, but they should realize that the heights to which they climb come with new territories.
And about the coming out business: we'll know things are more equal when society doesn't make gay people feel a need to come out. Not there yet or anytime soon, but someday coming out as gay will be as remarkable as coming out as left handed.”
nzchicago on Jan 14, 2013 at 15:35:40
“What do you mean by gay people not coming out? Gay people have to come out because the default assumption is that everyone is straight. Are you saying that someday that will no longer be true? I kind of doubt that. Straight people are the vast majority, and I think will always make that assumption about other people, as most of the time it's a fair enough assumption.
We don't make a big deal about left-handedness because we have realised that it is such a small, irrelevant thing. Sexual orientation will never be on that level. Who we are attracted to is a major, defining aspect of our personality. I hope someday society will get to the point that being gay is seen as equally valued, and not something shameful or abnormal. But it will always be a relatively small minority orientation. So gay people will always need to come out to a certain extent. But that's not to say it has to be difficult or painful. Maybe someday it will be a reason to celebrate.”
“One huge omission from all of this is the category of classical music. There are some incredible competitions out there that require MUCH more than just a handful of two-minute songs. Some, like the Van Cliburn piano competition, have required pieces, entire recitals (lasting about an hour each) and two piano concertos with orchestra (each lasting 20-40 minutes), which gives a much more comprehensive view of the artists. The level of talent is just astounding. Sadly, the general public hears nothing about this. Networks and cable don't carry things like this because they probably would draw sufficiently large viewers. That doesn't negate the super-high levels of hard work and talent, though!”
“True, religion is a major factor in the electability of a candidate. An atheist would have less of a chance than a gay Christian. Good luck to the black lesbian atheist who is brilliant and perfectly suited to the task! When she is elected, our country will really have overcome most barriers.”
Coldhandluke on Jul 6, 2011 at 11:31:33
“Well since whoever is elected does the bidding of those who put them there, what the look like or believe is not relevant.”
“I believe the petition supporting the library had 300 MORE signatures than the one opposing the materials. Kudos to the West Bend Public Library, especially to its director and its young adult librarian.
By the way, the CCLU advocated book burning in the 1990s, too (at a different WI library), including a gay newspaper, Cosmo, and Rolling Stone.”