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The Hook-Up Culture

Dante19 Wrote: Jul 16, 2013 8:07 PM
First, She probably did, but moreover, neither you nor I would have a clue as to what God really intended. But your POV on the face of it smacks as idiotic and the kind of thing that the sanctimonious holier-than-thou crowd, who has great trouble understanding accepting the world as it is, rather than how they would like to to be, is so font of saying......pointless and needlessly. No wonder you seem so sexually repressed.
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The Hook-Up Culture

Dante19 Wrote: Jul 16, 2013 7:37 PM
Not sure where the humor is in that question. But at least kids of today aren't shackled by the hang-ups that you appear to suffer from. The good thing about casual sex during formative years is that you quickly can learn what it isn't, along with technique and the benefits and respect that comes with being unselfish in the sack. Sadly, I think a great many virgins in your generation learned all that the hard way in their marriages after years of counseling.
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The Hook-Up Culture

Dante19 Wrote: Jul 16, 2013 4:58 PM
It's really too bad that comments on this website aren't statistically representative of the parents across the country, and not just skewed demonstratively towards the extremely socially conservative and those well passed retirement age. If they were representative of the country as whole, and in the baby boom generation in particular who are typically those with college aged offspring today, they would inevitably -- as the scientific research shows -- be conflicted with how to support their children's emerging sexual identities as they advance out f their teens into young early adulthood. This conflict would resonate from all the memories they had of having become sexually active, often without the foundation of a loving relationship attached to their actions. It was just called something different then, but it was sexual freedom and exploration, nonetheless. And look how well all of them (or you, if are being honest) turned out, even if they (you) now regret some of the circumstances around whom you slept with decades ago, It's the same all over, only now the choices and consequences of a sexual life before marriage come with greater rewards and commensurately greater risks. But so does everything else about being young today, like freedom from ingrained sexism, racism (for the most part), homophobia and a far more expansive knowledge of what truly doesn't work in society based on more timely evidence. But heck, attending college today is fraught with far more benefits reward and risks than every before, whether at an elite school or a community college. There is more cost and debt than ever before and less hope for a life-sustaining career except for the truly talented, the most well-connected and the luckiest. So, to salve all that collegiately unprecedented angst that our kids in school today are experiencing, within the framework of a possibly perpetually "bad economy" for college grads, and amidst all the evidence of completely dysfunctional state and federal governments, who could blame them for having noncommittal (and hopefully safe) sex whenever it's feasible between study times! For all you who under age 70 who actually saved your virginity for marriage, I hope you had a successful lifelong relationship in which your wife was as sexually satisfied as you. Though, the research clearly shows that that was very likely not the case. And I would bet the price of one term's tuition at Penn that it doesn't include Bill Murchinso either.
No pity, as I said. However, I do hate the fact that most diehard social conservatives prove time and time again to be simply unable able to see beyond their noses and truly act like the believe their religious beliefs should be forced on relevant to the rest of us who don't share such thoughts. But I will get over it since it isn't going to matter what they think or say in the long run in regards to gay rights in this great country of ours. You can't be an unhappy or hateful person in my shoes with those prospects.
From my standpoint, it is really rare even on this extremely partisan website to see such a consistent, self-perpetuating collection of absolute hatred of all things gay and gay rights related, even to the moronic claim of detesting the word "gay" and the chose "rainbow" moniker. Talk about a stew of sad sack, bad apples, hypocrites and sanctimonious religious zealots hell bent on damning anything the can't understand or relate to. Your specific thoughts, grossly inarticulate and sophomoric writing and argumentative skills and scathing animosity is truly frightful, but for the salving knowledge that your kind is either moral, nor the majority. Maybe this anonymous website is the rock you will all crawl under as the evolved world passes you by and the questions raised in the editorial herein are relegated the irrelevant dustpan of social American history. I pity you people. Really, I do. But the researcher in me after a hard day's work takes solace in knowing that the embers of entrenched, obdurate beliefs that are not in tune with the times are doomed to much more shackling unhappiness than those who accept what they can't change, and have courage to know the difference. You will soon be forgotten. And that gay teenager will take your place. Thankfully.
Talk about homophobic sour grapes. All the gay couples I know are just as happy as any straight couples. But even if gays don't marry at the same rates as you and I, it won't matte since they will be able to legally do so just as well, or not, as everyone else. Then, like interracial marriage, it won't be more than a passing footnote in history. Except for possibly people like yourself who will never be able to get over their disgust and anger. Bummer for you.
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Supreme Court Marriage Decisions

Dante19 Wrote: Jul 02, 2013 4:09 PM
Well, thank the same God that this country's founders all were wise enough t properly separate church and state You can think whatever the Hell you want. It won't change fact that gay rights are here to stay.
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The Gay Marriage Sham

Dante19 Wrote: Jul 02, 2013 3:35 PM
I guess with such still silly comments and inability to accept that, whether right or wrong in YOUR mind, the courts and public opinion will dictate in the end. And that life in the US and beyond will go merrily along as it has for nearly a decade now with gay marriage alive and well in some states an the union not crumbling or the End Days nigh. So, I repeat an earlier post for your edification, too: I am actually starting to feel sorry for most of you and your kind who are "suffering" after your resounding legal defeat last week. All I can think about when that happens, however, is of Steve Jobs final words: "Wow. Wow. Wow!" And WOW how the high and mighty haven fallen, their arms, hands, fingers and now dirty nails losing grip on the sanctity of their convictions...that what they don't understand or personally don't like or can't simply shrug off and accept, is not shared by an ever-growing populous or a majority of supremely entrusted men and women shedding final legal light on what's constitutionally right or wrong. But when I think of your mental anguish, I can't help but believe it is exponentially overshadowed by the immense joy that recently married gay in 12 state, and all those hoping to get married and enjoy equal federal/state benefits and protections that the rest of count on. That includes their families and friends, too, of course. These are numbers that far exceed yours. To those of who find my words repugnant, well your day has nonetheless come. With more to follow. Your choice now is to either grin and bear it or keep spouting your dour and apocalyptic protestations until your hearts stop. Then you will be on the wrong side of history and dead, too.
I am actually starting to feel sorry for most of you and your kind who are "suffering" after your resounding legal defeat last week. All I can think about when that happens, however, is of Steve Jobs final words: "Wow. Wow. Wow!" And WOW how the high and mighty haven fallen, their arms, hands, fingers and now dirty nails losing grip on the sanctity of their convictions...that what they don't understand or personally don't like or can't simply shrug off and accept, is not shared by an ever-growing populous or a majority of supremely entrusted men and women shedding final legal light on what's constitutionally right or wrong. But when I think of your mental anguish, I can't help but believe it is exponentially overshadowed by the immense joy that recently married gay in 12 state, and all those hoping to get married and enjoy equal federal/state benefits and protections that the rest of count on. That includes their families and friends, too, of course. These are numbers that far exceed yours. To those of who find my words repugnant, well your day has nonetheless come. With more to follow. Your choice now is to either grin and bear it or keep spouting your dour and apocalyptic protestations until your hearts stop. Then you will be on the wrong side of history and dead, too.
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Supreme Court Marriage Decisions

Dante19 Wrote: Jul 02, 2013 3:06 PM
After reading the DOMA opinion through Justice Anthony Scalia's scathing dissent it's easy to see he writes well in general, but mostly when he is being poignantly flippant. The close Scalia's dissent, however, is simply too telling. Both the very spiteful Phyllis Schlafly and Scalia fails to realize -- and maybe this is true of all the Justices -- is that at the end of the day everything in life, and in all the law, is now and always has been a supremely black or white question and nothing more. That is not to say that we imperfect humans can always discern which is which. Just that we must never think that we have come close to reaching the right answer, or even the best we are capable of, until we do. I guess as I see it, we are either alive or dead. Man or animal. It is either nighttime or it is daytime. Two times four is only eight. Women were always equal to men in their pursuit of happiness and have always had the same inalienable rights as men, no matter what. Blacks were never 2/3's that of whites by any measure. The US is still the greatest country on the planet. So, you either believe that there should be same-sex marriage across the land or you do not. Last week we found out that five of the Supreme Court Justices think so; four do not. (That should not have been a surprise.) As far as I can tell, that is all that motivated their votes on DOMA. Nonetheless, how each Justice couched their rational arguments, case precedents and interpretations is a sight to behold, not to mention boring as hell to read. Yet, the die was cast in this case whenever Justice Kennedy long ago in that Texas matter concluded that the civil rights of all gay people is enshrined in the US Constitution no differently than for anyone else. Game over thank God! It's a shame we just don't admit that all of life, and its politics, is really nothing more than a zero-sum game. (Of course, how you spin it is where you find all the fun.) I am sorry Justice Scalia, Phyllis and all who agree with them don't see that it isn't any more complicated than that. The majority in this country by poll count, by trend line and by vote of the Supreme Court itself are basically OK with gay marriage. It will be the law of the land ubiquitiously someday whether you like it or not.
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