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Why No Swimsuit Issue of Men?

Mag14 Wrote: Feb 17, 2015 12:21 PM
Popular tastes change but individual tastes remain individual. Which is good because if we really did have measurable and universal standards for beauty Miss America would objectively be the most beautiful woman in America and men would fight over her.
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Why No Swimsuit Issue of Men?

Mag14 Wrote: Feb 17, 2015 12:03 PM
Now wait a minute scotty44, she didn't just study gender equality: she was a gender SCHOLAR. That's like, way smarter, right?
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Why No Swimsuit Issue of Men?

Mag14 Wrote: Feb 17, 2015 2:37 AM
"Since 1974 the magazine has watched its circulation numbers sink to 350,000. In fairness to Playgirl, the popularity for most of the leading adult-oriented magazines is down: Playboy from nearly 5 million to 3.15 million; and Penthouse from nearly 5 million to 650,000. - Las Vegas Sun, 2003 The two estimates of gay male readership of Playgirl were 30% and 50% - which is huge.
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President's Day Potpourri

Mag14 Wrote: Feb 16, 2015 1:01 AM
I suppose it's no surprise that once college degrees are easily obtained people should consider them a prerequisite to the presidency, but it is insanity to believe that the only people worthy of the job have a degree regardless of subject or pedigree. Education is valuable. Nevertheless our 'scholar' presidents are of such inferior quality to their forebears that I would happily bar Harvard and Yale graduates from the job for the foreseeable future. The presidency is voted, not vetted. We are supposed to be a meritocracy. We must never confuse the riches necessary to attend and graduate two ivy league colleges with merit.
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President's Day Potpourri

Mag14 Wrote: Feb 16, 2015 12:38 AM
You know what would be awesome? If Congress declared war and told Obama, 'no thanks, we'll pick a General to run it ourselves.' I'm sure this isn't legal. But I can dream it.
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A Man's View of 50 Shades Of Grey

Mag14 Wrote: Feb 14, 2015 11:21 PM
In the middle ages, '[m]any believed that women were more lustful than men and that they obsessed over sexual desires. Women were the root cause of “carnal corruption” in Christian society and slaves to lust."
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A Man's View of 50 Shades Of Grey

Mag14 Wrote: Feb 14, 2015 5:50 PM
The original bondage books were written by the Marquis de Sade and Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch and make Fifty Shades look like children's fare. Shucks, women have been calling us sick since the beginning.
No, YOU would have to throw out the Bible to accept my premise.
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The Ethics and Realities of Divestment

Mag14 Wrote: Feb 14, 2015 4:03 PM
Call me crazy but if I was a college trustee I don't think I'd be much interested in the financial advice from children who can't pay their own living expenses out of pocket.
The theory of evolution does NOT presuppose that there is no God, though there are many atheists and Christians who believe that it does. Evolution holds that life proceeds from the simple to the complex. So does the Bible, in that God made simpler life first and stopped at mankind. Believing that God created life designed to evolve in complex ways that would produce animals and one animal in particular that would ultimately become mankind is certainly something of a dodge. It is incompatible with the most literal interpretation of Genesis. But many Christians choose to interpret the creation story more loosely and believe in evolution as part of God's plan.
I can't help but think that the author wrote risqué rather than risky. There's no risk to taking a book as popular as 50 Shades of Grey was and making a film out of it. Like Bridges of Madison County this movie is a perfect union of pop culture and porn, a force multiplier that can put a book at the top of the bestseller list in spite of it having negative literary qualities. I've been enjoying not reading the books and I am absolutely giddy at the prospect of not watching the movies.
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