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  1. rastahomie

    Christmas at Our House

    Isn't spending time with people like that just the worst? I love Mrs. Homie's side of the family, but oh lort can they be a gloomy bunch. Individually they're all great, but get them together and it's just a drag.
  2. rastahomie

    Christmas at Our House

    Attending church services NO Attending special pagents, concerts or movies NO Decorating the house and putting up a tree YES AND NO (There's no tree; with limited space and a cat, it's a disaster waiting to happen, but Mrs. Homie zhuzhed the house in other ways) Putting up lights outside YES...
  3. rastahomie

    How Good Is Your Giftwrapping?

    Of course not! But then again, in my mind anyway, giftwrapping is just one of those things that women are generally better at than men. Also decorating and entertaining. There are men, gay and straight, who excel at those things, and there are women who suck at them. But in the main, women are...
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    How Good Is Your Giftwrapping?

    Back in third grade (1978ish), our class made pizelles as "holiday" gifts for our families (we had a Jewish girl in class, so the teacher was loathe to say "Christmas," the Establishment Clause having made its way to central Illinois by that time), and we then had to wrap them. The girls'...
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    The Met will keep Theresa Dreaming for display,

    Oh the guy definitely had issues. And I wouldn't want my daughters near him, either. But I don't think that detracts from the artistic significance of his works. Lewis Carroll also had issues, and a careful reading of his stories reveals that Alice's adventures are metaphors for her own...
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    The Met will keep Theresa Dreaming for display,

    Perhaps this one? By the way: that kid is ripped! I don't know what the medieval workout program for infants was, but dang.
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    The Met will keep Theresa Dreaming for display,

    Or what about this?
  8. rastahomie

    The Met will keep Theresa Dreaming for display,

    How about this one - also in Brussels (I chose a picture of her clothed because otherwise you can see, well, you get the idea)?
  9. rastahomie

    The Met will keep Theresa Dreaming for display,

    Is this statue, in public in Brussels, child pornography?
  10. rastahomie

    The Met will keep Theresa Dreaming for display,

    There are three "problems" with the painting. 1) Her pose is "unladlylike" - specifically, the way her arms are held above her head and her legs are positioned, particularly with regard to the fact that she's wearing a skirt. 2) You can see her underwear. 3) The artist apparently had a fondness...
  11. rastahomie

    Does Santa wrap presents or doesn't wrap?

    In my house, Santa put presents under the tree weeks before Christmas. With tags that said, "To Aaron, From Santa." In my mother's handwriting. I had the whole thing figured out by kindergarten.
  12. rastahomie

    The Met will keep Theresa Dreaming for display,

    I don't know. I don't believe that one is unable to consent to [sex, posing nude, entering into a business contract, whatever] the day before their 18th birthday and then magically able to consent the day OF their 18th birthday. But unless and until I learn that the artist forced her or coerced...
  13. rastahomie

    The Met will keep Theresa Dreaming for display,

    As a point of further discussion, I bring up a controversy that I remember from when I was a teen (mid 80's). A winery somewhere produced bottles of a certain vintage, and on the label was a sketch by an artist. It was an interpretation of a nude, pre-pubescent girl. It wasn't explicit - she...
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    The Met will keep Theresa Dreaming for display,

    Some questions: 1) Did the artist sexually exploit the young lady who posed for the painting, either on-set or off-set? 2) Did the young lady consent to modeling for the painting (as opposed to being coerced into it because her parents needed the money, or whatever)?
  15. rastahomie

    Lavar pulls son out of UCLA.

    He's planning the careers of his two other sons, yet unborn. Their names are Levitra and LeDiculousness.
  16. rastahomie

    "Baby It's Cold Outside", for modern audiences

    I'm not convinced Loesser wrote the song with a wink and a not about date rape. More likely, I think he just wrote about it through the lens of the attitudes of the time. Now when we look at it through the lens of the attitudes of our time, when we value such things as consent, the song seems...
  17. rastahomie

    "Baby It's Cold Outside", for modern audiences

    I think the DIS Boards needs to add another category to the list of Forbidden Subjects. Joining politics and religion is "Your Interpretation of 70-Year-Old Songs," lol.
  18. rastahomie

    A Charlie Brown Christmas Fact Check: Aluminum Christmas Trees

    My stepdad's parents had an aluminum Christmas tree with the color wheel! I thought it was hideous then (middle 70's). To be fair, it wasn't hollow like the one in Charlie Brown, where you knock on it and it makes a sound. It was like your traditional fake tree, only instead of green "needles"...
  19. rastahomie

    "Baby It's Cold Outside", for modern audiences

    I think that when we look into any work of fiction from a generation or more ago, we're going to see things that simply don't fly with modern audiences. Hell, half of the things the kids did in the teen movies I watched in the 80's would be crimes today. Anthony Michael Hall brought a GUN to...
  20. rastahomie

    "Baby It's Cold Outside", for modern audiences

    Just because the concept of consent wasn't as elevated (or even understood) back in those days as it is now, it doesn't make the song any less creepy. The woman wants to go home, the guy is doing everything he can to convince her to stay the night, including plying her with alcohol. At the time...

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