“You're missing the point of scientific inquiry. Even if these researchers were big ol' roués and dated every gay man in the U.K., they'd have nothing more than anecdotal evidence to back up the claim that gay men are body-obsessed. Too few people realize that statements like "How do I know? Personal experience" have little weight. So now we have empirical evidence to back up the suspicion that men are body-conscious, which is far more useful than any anecdotal evidence that we might draw from our personal experience.”
Kenneth Alton on Jan 6, 2012 at 22:43:55
“You are of course correct. And yet perhaps not... entirely? It is a matter of opinion.
For it is not enough to be curious. It is not enough to ask, "What do we know?". We must be wisely curious. We must ask, "What do we need to know, and why, and how, and when?" Science... research... it costs money time and resources. And while we might wish otherwise, money time and resources have all become particularly dear in the scientific community.
If you scream "Fire" in a crowded theater people will run for the door (that particular study in the 1970's cost US taxpayers about a cool seventy thousand as I recall). Was it worthwhile? Really? Think about it.
Now think about what YOU think we should be researching today, and why, and how much it will cost both in terms of money and man-hours. And know that someone may say otherwise. And know too that for every research grant that is approved, a dozen were turned down. For every question answered, a dozen were not, nor perhaps will ever be.
The range of unknowns and mysteries that call to us are vaster than our time on Earth - let us choose our questions therefore as wisely as we can.
I challenge here not the research, nor its findings, but rather the wisdom of it.”
“I'd counter that what Beyoncé and Miley are saying is not that women have a right to be sexy, or that women have to be sexy to be successful (I'm sure that as pop stars, they're acutely aware that our culture in fact compels women to be sexy or else be scorned), but that women have a right to claim their sexuality for themselves and own it regardless of their sexual desirability to men, and to talk openly about enjoying sex without having to worry about being shamed for it. Of course, it's silly for either to think she originated this discourse, and the message gets muddied by the fact that each is still performing for the male gaze (as the corporate suits would want), but it's nevertheless an important, sex-positive message that I think is very much in line with third-wave feminism.”
Surrey345 on Apr 20, 2014 at 03:30:03
“Very true. But regardless of what either one of them say publically, Miley's attempts will most likely backfire while Beyoncé will be praised because one has far more sexual appeal to men than the other. Which brings them both back to very place where they started in that business. But all of post...spot on.”
“This post was based on the Science page and was cross-posted to other sections where it might be relevant: Healthy Living (a lifestyle page), Women (another), and Gay Voices. Gay people use pick-up lines, after all.”
hp blogger Scott Barry Kaufman on Sep 3, 2012 at 12:42:43
“More Americans support marriage equality for same-sex couples than oppose it. It just happens that opponents of marriage equality are concentrated in states where these anti-gay-marriage ballot initiatives are introduced, and that's certainly not a coincidence.
“Also opponents of marriage equality are far more likely to go to the polls than those who support it. A better indication of support will be in November when there are a LOT of important issues to vote for so many who wouldn't bother to go vote for just one issue will go. It will be interesting to see how things fair in Washington and other states but you know, it is really unconstitutional to vote on a minority's civil rights.”
“Ben submitted this blog to Gay Voices, but we made sure it also appeared in Celebrity and Entertainment. We do our best to make sure all blogs are placed where they fit best, but we also try to respect the authors' wishes when we can.”
“Although I'm a bit late to the party here, I do agree with many of the voices who have spoken here in regards to this section.
As a "straight" (maybe more queer than straight) FTM, the transgender page leaves a lot to be desired. Yes, I see many wonderful stories (and some not so wonderful stories) about transsexed individuals but I see just as many stories, if not more -- ON THE TRANSGENDER PAGE -- about gays or lesbians or.. .
Currently, that's my biggest beef with this page. I read the main "Gay" Section but when I go to a section that I thought would be dedicated to gender identity specifically, it annoys me. It also highlights how "unimportant" we are in regards to the whole LGBTQ environment/umbrella.
It's not that hard to ask for input from the trans* community as there are some very open spokespersons (and not just Chaz). To be honest, Chaz isn't quite our spokesperson either. I'm an average person who has to fight to get surgeries paid, who worries whether the next class I teach will cause students (paying customers) to walk out, that the next city I visit could be my last (although I know I have it far easier compared to my trans sisters who face far more discrimination and threat of violence than I do).”
Beckygrrl on Oct 27, 2011 at 00:23:05
“I did read it and I stand behind everything I said above. Calling it "Gay Voices" is nothing short of wholesale erasure of lesbian, bisexual, and transgender identity. It's yet another example of a gay male editor defining everyone and everything else in the LGBT community through his own narrow worldview and the rest of us as subordinate to those like himself.
In short, this is a perfect example of the problem with mainstream media and the way it deals with LGBT-relevant content, not at all the solution.
LGBT is "too clinical"? Really? It's the universally understood inclusive term for our community. Noah claims he wants to foster inclusion and diversity, but defining all of us with "gay", a word universally understood as chiefly referring to homosexual men (which most of us are not), is somehow a viable way of doing that? Seriously?
Noah can try to rationalize it all he wants, but rationalized erasure and subordination of lesbian, transgender, and bisexual identity is still erasure and subordination nonetheless. It's unfair, it's inaccurate, it validates false stereotypes, and it's just plain wrong.
If you folks don't understand that and why this kind of unjust homogenization of LGBT identity is wrong and something to be avoided then you are indeed part of the problem.”
libwingoflibwing on Oct 27, 2011 at 00:08:49
“I read it. It isn't satisfying at all to most Trans folk to be told we should accept GAY as an umbrella term because 1) It's a term mainstream folk recognize and 2) It originally meant all "wonderful" people. Well, which is it? Because I doubt the mainstream folk who recognize the term are NOT thinking, "Yeah, that's for voices of all wonderful people including those non-Homosexual folk in the LGBT community."
No, what we have here is a white, male Homosexual telling the rest of us that we just have to accept the term that is normally used to exclusively refer to people like him as in this case an inclusive term that includes us.
Sounds to me very much like the argument made for continuing to use "Man" as a term for the human race and "He" as the generic pronoun for unknown persons. "You feminists are just too sensitive!"
Well, I guess we Trans folk are just too sensitive?”
“My first kiss happened at a garden party that my mom took me to when I was six years old, and it was a bit, er, naughtier than this one. I was sitting on a hammock with a seven-year-old girl named Jordan, who, after confessing to having a "crush" on me, asked, "Have you ever hard of a French kiss?"
"It's when you're kissing and you put your tongues in each other's mouths and you move them around. Want to try it?"
We snuck behind some elephant ear plants to give it a go. I liked it, so we did it again... and again... and again. Good thing my mom wasn't there with her video camera; she'd have dropped it in the pond in shock and then spanked me until I couldn't sit down.”
“Anybody remember the seven-year-old wannabe "hood rat" who took his grandmother's car on a joyride, hit a few cars, and thought his punishment should be nothing worse than "no video games for a whole weekend"? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcqOgnQyXp4
-"Did you know that you could perhaps kill somebody?"
-"Yes, but I wanted to do hood-rat stuff with my friends."”