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  1. Female

    Whoa, it's still alive! Also, Kyuuki: Got any example art? Might wanna post it in a different thread if so, probably shouldn't hijack this one.
  2. I'm currently occupied with studying for finals, and so don't have time to do a complete response, but I wanted to reply to this part. I feel like you're kind of missing the point here -- Being weak or physically disabled in certain ways absolutely, 100% disqualifies you from being a lumberjack. My point is that nothing about being a WOMAN disqualifies you from being a lumberjack. Yes, women are, on average, physically weaker but there are women out there who are fully qualified physical fitness wise to go lumberjacking. Denying a person a lumberjack job because they are not physically fit is fine. Denying a person a lumberjack job because you assume they are not physically fit because they are a woman/gay/latino/whatever isn't fine, regardless of any statistical trends within those groups. People deserve to be examined and interacted with on their own merits, not those of their statistical groups. My point is that making assumptions about a person based off of factors they cannot control outside of things that are explicitly those factors themselves is unreasonable and unfair.
  3. I feel like there's a lot of discussion about difference in physical attributes and social status here, and I feel like a lot of it sort of misses the point. I want to present a bit of an alternative perspective and reasoning behind absolute equality and the dismantling of gender roles. A common narrative presented in this thread is one of physical and mental differences between men and women. Women are said to think and interact with the world from a more 'emotional' perspective. They are said to be physically weaker. Men, on the other hand, are presented as more logical and stronger, more fit for physical jobs. For the sake of the argument, I'm going to allow both of these to stand for now1, and focus instead on why these kinds of distinctions don't matter. Heartfulwarm, in an earlier post you reference the issue of women in combat roles in the military, and point to an article referencing that only 3.4% of women could reach the male average on the fitness test. I have no reason to disbelieve this statistic, nor am I discounting its value, but doesn't this simply demonstrate that some fraction of women ARE physically fit for combat? Yes, perhaps few, but what reasoning is there for denying them based on their gender if they are truly fit for combat? The military is a bad example -- It has functions and purposes different from any other sector of society, so it is a challenge to really address the issue of sexism in its context. But we live in a society increasingly geared towards intellectual pursuits. Desk jobs, research jobs, engineering pursuits. It is quite unreasoned thinking to declare that gender or sex should ever be a deciding -- or even suggestive -- feature for these jobs. The reason for this goes beyond any equal fitness for both sexes, and beyond some abstract equality of the mind2. No, the real problem comes down to something quite simple: These perspectives are unfair to individuals. What really matters, in the end, isn't so much how a group of people is treated. What really matters is how individuals are treated because they are members of that group. The former is the RESULT of the latter3. The same is true for any other kind of discrimination, whether it be racism, homophobia, classism, or any other meaningless distinction based off of somebody's provenance rather than their actual person. You don't get to choose whether you're born white, black, male, female, amerindian, latino, gay, or what-have-you. Denying someone opportunities based off of factors outside of their control rather than based off of well-reasoned analysis of their actual abilities is unkind and morally wrong. It harms them by closing off options that could otherwise be gainful, and harms society by preventing individuals who could bring great value from reaching their full potentials. It shouldn't matter when you meet someone whether the box on their driver's license reads 'M', 'F', or something else altogether. It shouldn't matter what box they tick on the race section in the census, or what gender(s) they prefer to spend time with in bed. These things don't tell you who somebody actually is. Deciding who somebody is based off of what other people are like is folly. What you should really ask yourself is who is THIS person? How do they think? Do I like them for who THEY are? Is THIS PERSON fit for this job? Our western society treats the sexes differently than I think most people realize, to the detriment of all. Every single person, regardless of any bounds, is to some extent culpable for this. Nobody is ever perfect4, but doing your best to treat people fairly without consideration of their gender is the best for everyone. ------ 1: One could certainly argue -- and I indeed would -- that the 'logic/emotional' distinction is, to some large degree, influenced by how we teach and interact with our children. 2: I sometimes struggle to understand the reference points people use for 'more logical' and 'more emotional'. There doesn't really seem to be a standard way of distinguishing between these two attributes. Could someone perhaps point me towards a paper that gives them a good, formal definition based off of statistical/empirical results? 3: Which itself is the result of how we think about members of a group, which itself is the result to some extent or another of how we treat that group as a whole, and around and around it goes... 4: It is, after all, in our human nature to describe artificial boundaries around 'the us' and 'the other'.
  4. Derpy: Holy SHIT would I love that. Not enough dragon porn out there, so yes please.
  5. Female

    Hell yes we are! Does he?
  6. Excellent! The transition of the old WPB away from a community-oriented social site to yet another exploitative networked porn page was tremendously disappointing. Hopefully this new incarnation performs better in the long run... (And doesn't trade away half of its features/functionality in a shitty "website update")
  7. Granted, but you can only ever play them with a Guitar Hero controller. I wish I was an Arcanine.
  8. That documentary appears to actually cover a whole bunch of fetishes besides just omo/wetting.
  9. I don't know if this really counts as 'fabric' as you were envisioning it, but waterproof snowpants are absolutely amazing for this purpose - Only really works when it's snowy/cold out, of course!
  10. I've certainly discovered I like more things over time, but I wouldn't describe it as my sexual preferences or fetishes changing, per se... It's more like just being exposed to new things and discovering I'm into them. The old ones don't really go away, and 'new' ones develop pretty much as soon as I'm exposed to a new thing that I like, rather than gradually over time... An exception, I suppose, would be a few things that it took some time for me to be comfortable with being into - Messing grossed me out for a while, even after I started being into it.
  11. Female

    I just realized that this story took over two years to complete... How the heck did you manage to keep going for that long? I would have gotten distracted or tired long before then ._.
  12. Female

    I spy a new (M) after the Charmander. I assume this means it will be male. This is amazing, and I shall love you forever if it is the case.
  13. Female

    I ran across this fic, and wound up finally making an account to comment on it - Not only is it the single best pokemon omorashi fic I've ever encountered, but I think it's one of the best omorashi fics I've encountered PERIOD in terms of actually having a plot and story that doesn't feel like it's just there to serve as a vehicle for the fetish. Kudos! Also, please never stop writing this fic. Seriously. I think I might go into withdrawal without my weekly (Well, roughly) fix.