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Old 18th November 2016, 11:03 AM   #881
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Originally Posted by marplots View Post
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Remember, sexual assault is not about sexual gratification for the perpetrator. It is about the overthrow of another person's will. Sex is the weapon used to impose debilitating humiliation and shame on another human being as a vehicle for validating the attacker's supremacy. It is not the goal in and of itself.
And I'm still at a loss to figure out how someone who is rich and powerful is supposed to distinguish unwanted sexual attention from wanted sexual attention, since they can't divorce themselves from their station in life.
I think you guys are missing the probably-a-narcissist aspect of this. **I think that Trump is less likely to be a pig in order to exert his dominance and overpower another's will. I rather suspect he genuinely thinks that all women want him, and that his attentions to them are a gift. I doubt the idea that it might be unwanted ever entered his mind.


**Reworded from "I doubt that Trump would be a pig... " That made it sound like I think he wouldn't be a pig, which wasn't my intent. It's quite possible that he may on occasion be trying to exert dominance or something of the sort. It just think it's more likely in general that he is so arrogant and self-centered that he can't even imagine that his advance aren't wanted.
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Old 18th November 2016, 11:05 AM   #882
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Originally Posted by Darat View Post
Surely you see the error in your reasoning? If no one had voted for Clinton would she have still won?
I'm not following you.
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Old 18th November 2016, 11:12 AM   #883
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Originally Posted by luchog View Post
Translation: "I refuse to read something that might challenge my deeply held beliefs, therefore I have absolutely no clue what it is actually in the article and will just use a pat dismissal to pretend I have the moral high ground."
luchog, I think you're very selectively ignoring all of my actual beliefs, all of my actual viewpoints, and all of the positions I've actively taken and defended on this forum. Why don't you take a few moments, and go find the supporting evidence for my views on white privilege, gender bias, and GLBTQ rights? It shouldn't take long, I believe I've been fairly vocal on those topics, and my arguments speak for themselves.

If you still wish to pursue this witch-hunt, then by all means, continue.
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Originally Posted by turingtest View Post
I don't think that Trump supporters are generally bigots; I do think that bigots are generally Trump supporters. I believe that to be so obvious and undeniable a fact that I hardly think anybody would question it.

(Channeling some John Stuart Mill)
I would agree with that assessment.
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Originally Posted by Emily's Cat View Post
I think you guys are missing the probably-a-narcissist aspect of this. I doubt that Trump would be a pig in order to exert his dominance and overpower another's will. I rather suspect he genuinely thinks that all women want him, and that his attentions to them are a gift. I doubt the idea that it might be unwanted ever entered his mind.
I think he knows he's a pig and just doesn't care.
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Old 18th November 2016, 11:17 AM   #886
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Originally Posted by luchog View Post
And you are completely unable to see the clear and obvious potential for abuse, not to mention the dramatic ethical problems with that scenario?

Leaving aside the clear problem with power imbalance and their modification of the question of consent, you can't see how damaging that is to the work environment in general? When rewards are not based on merit, not based on the quality of work and reliability of the individual, but on willingness to prostitute one's self to authority figures, that creates an environment that is not only ripe for abuse, but effectively demands abuse. Not to mention effectively guaranteeing the enshrining of incompetence.
Yes, I see problems with it, despite the fact that society seemed to function well enough when the rules weren't in place. (Well enough from a profit taking, corporate viability standpoint, not an ethical one.)

But there's a paradox in play. On the one hand, we now have looser sexual mores in that what I choose to do with my body and who I have sex with is none of your business. I can (or should be able) to prostitute myself if I wish. On the other hand, sexual transactions still have an element of Victorian approbation and are not treated like other forms of commerce. I doubt we would react quite so strongly if, through sheer capricious power, a CEO demanded male employees wear ties.

It's this holdover that "sex is special" which cultures struggle with. "My boss says I'll get fired if I don't work overtime on Fridays" means something different to us than, "My boss says I'll get fired if I don't wear sexy dresses." Both constrain behavior, both are "forced" by a power asymmetry, but only one will get the boss sued.

And, I think that's the best we can do - create a system where there are real penalties for unwanted behaviors we deem cross the line (wherever we set that line), and accept there will always be borderline cases we don't like, wouldn't do ourselves, and would react strongly negative to if they happened to us.

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Old 18th November 2016, 11:21 AM   #887
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Originally Posted by turingtest View Post
I don't think that Trump supporters are generally bigots; I do think that bigots are generally Trump supporters. I believe that to be so obvious and undeniable a fact that I hardly think anybody would question it.

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It depends on what sort of bigotry.

Anti-mulsim bigots? Trump supporters. Anti-black bigots? Trump supporters. Anti-gay bigots? Trump supporters, which is kind of odd in a way, since Trump seems at worst gay-neutral, but still, Trump supporters.

Anti-Christian bigots?

Or are we denying those exist?
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Old 18th November 2016, 11:28 AM   #888
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Originally Posted by Emily's Cat View Post
luchog, I think you're very selectively ignoring all of my actual beliefs, all of my actual viewpoints, and all of the positions I've actively taken and defended on this forum. Why don't you take a few moments, and go find the supporting evidence for my views on white privilege, gender bias, and GLBTQ rights? It shouldn't take long, I believe I've been fairly vocal on those topics, and my arguments speak for themselves.

I am fully aware of them, and I'm pointing out how you're setting them aside in order to avoid acknowledging the fact that roughly half of the country actively disagrees with you one one or more of those principles, in your rush to defend said people from being called bigots or ignorantly supportive of bigots, which they have clearly demonstrated themselves to be.

We don't need to "understand" middle-America. We understand them far too well. The problem is that they do not, and in most cases will not, understand us.
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I don't think that Trump supporters are generally bigots; I do think that bigots are generally Trump supporters. I believe that to be so obvious and undeniable a fact that I hardly think anybody would question it.

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It depends on what sort of bigotry.

Anti-mulsim bigots? Trump supporters. Anti-black bigots? Trump supporters. Anti-gay bigots? Trump supporters, which is kind of odd in a way, since Trump seems at worst gay-neutral, but still, Trump supporters.

Anti-Christian bigots?

Or are we denying those exist?
Again, the operative word, for both clauses of the first sentence, is "generally." So if that last question of yours is the point of the post...no, I wouldn't deny that anti-Christian bigots certainly exist.

I don't really believe in black-and-white absolutes, and this is especially so when it comes to human behavior. Even bigotry is a spectrum.
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Old 18th November 2016, 11:44 AM   #890
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But there's a paradox in play. On the one hand, we now have looser sexual mores in that what I choose to do with my body and who I have sex with is none of your business. I can (or should be able) to prostitute myself if I wish. On the other hand, sexual transactions still have an element of Victorian approbation and are not treated like other forms of commerce. I doubt we would react quite so strongly if, through sheer capricious power, a CEO demanded male employees wear ties.

Yes, you shold be free to prostitute yourself how you wish. You should not be free to create and environment where people feel that doing so is necessary to their personal well-being.

Do you honestly think that a corporate environment based on sexual availability is in any way as desirable, ethically or economically, than one based on merit?

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It's this holdover that "sex is special" which cultures struggle with. "My boss says I'll get fired if I don't work overtime on Fridays" means something different to us than, "My boss says I'll get fired if I don't wear sexy dresses." Both constrain behavior, both are "forced" by a power asymmetry, but only one will get the boss sued.

The fact that you're unable to see the profound difference between those two conditions pretty much negates any chance you'll understand why the latter is far, far more damaging to both corporate and overall social cultre than the former.

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And, I think that's the best we can do - create a system where there are real penalties for unwanted behaviors we deem cross the line (wherever we set that line), and accept there will always be borderline cases we don't like, wouldn't do ourselves, and would react strongly negative to if they happened to us.

Which is a pointless truism in one part, and outright wrong in the other. You're committing a Middle Ground Fallacy here; as well as engaging in a Special Pleading Fallacy.

Edge cases in this scenario simply do not need to exist, as this is not a complicated ethical dilemma, but one of the few that has clear demarcations of right and wrong.

If you believe in equality of opportunity and meritocracy, then you have to have a clear line regarding the acceptability of making employment and reward decision based on non-job-performance factors such as race, religion, gender, sexual availability, familial status, or appearance. The fact that some people still make job decisions based on non-job-performance factors does not make these "borderline cases", it simply makes them ethical violations that happen to occur despite the undesirability of such cases.

If you absolutely cannot survive without a sexual relationship with someone you have that much power over, the ethical thing to do would be to remove yourself from that position of power before making advances; not engage in special pleading to try and convince yourself and others that this is a borderline case that should be tolerated.

Likewise if you absolutely need to have sex with someone in a position of authority over you, then the ethical thing to do would be to move to a different position where that power imbalance no longer exists, rather than, again, committing a special pleading fallacy and by doing so contribute to creating an environment where sexual availability becomes a significant factor in job decisions.

Of course, if you do not believe in equality of opportunity and meritocracy, then all bets are off, and you'll have the live with the culture you help create.
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Anti-Christian bigots?

Or are we denying those exist?

Given that Trump pandered to the evangelical Christian bloc, and they turned out to vote for him in record numbers, I doubt anti-Christian bigotry was a significant contributing factor in his election.
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There's a misapplication of a principle here. It means something different if I have bigoted friends than if I vote for someone who is bigoted.

The difference is one of scope. I can make new friends, and the friends I have reflect my own ethical stance. However, when it comes to broad policy, I am always forced to accept, or at least work around, differences of opinion and behaviors. I only have limited options.

A slash and burn approach doesn't work for policy-level decisions, in the same manner we have to deal with other nations, some who have internal mores we vehemently disagree with. We do it, not because we agree with the behaviors, but because we are not free to ignore large parts of the world - it's a limited selection and one we aren't empowered to create in our image.
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Originally Posted by luchog View Post
I am fully aware of them, and I'm pointing out how you're setting them aside in order to avoid acknowledging the fact that roughly half of the country actively disagrees with you one one or more of those principles, in your rush to defend said people from being called bigots or ignorantly supportive of bigots, which they have clearly demonstrated themselves to be.

We don't need to "understand" middle-America. We understand them far too well. The problem is that they do not, and in most cases will not, understand us.
Fine. I'll take this opportunity to point out that you're broad-brushing a bunch of people, with no consideration to whether the views you and I both find unacceptable actually belong to them. You're acting as if the entirety of "middle-America" are ALL bigots.

How is this materially any different from collectively deriding all people of middle eastern descent as terrorists or terror supporters? I mean, if they were not supportive of terrorism, they'd leave those countries, right? Or at least attack their terrorist neighbors, right?

If it's perfectly acceptable to assume that anyone who doesn't completely distance themselves from Trump is a bigot/bigot supporter, then it's equally valid to assume that anyone who doesn't completely distance themselves from muslims is a terrorist/terror-supporter.
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Old 18th November 2016, 12:23 PM   #894
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Yes, you shold be free to prostitute yourself how you wish. You should not be free to create and environment where people feel that doing so is necessary to their personal well-being.

Do you honestly think that a corporate environment based on sexual availability is in any way as desirable, ethically or economically, than one based on merit?
"Merit" is itself a value judgment and variable. You will hear jargon like "team player" or "self starter" bandied about as if they had independent, observable meaning. They have replaced such notions as "easy on the eyes," but they are value judgements none the less. Besides, these things are not swapped in and out as replacements - it is perfectly possible to be both a good lawyer and a good looking lawyer, someone who answers the phone and someone who answers the phone and displays cleavage.

In a competitive workplace, I fully expect some might leverage their desirability to gain on their peers. This would be true for other attributes as well. If I can tell a good joke to please the boss, I might as well. Who knows what's going to be in his mind when it's time to trim the budget?

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The fact that you're unable to see the profound difference between those two conditions pretty much negates any chance you'll understand why the latter is far, far more damaging to both corporate and overall social cultre than the former.
Would it truly be that difficult to find countries where sexual mores differ but where corporations manage to succeed? I'm not well informed on this, but I seem to recall Japan ballooning economically while retaining very strict gender roles. The point isn't that how we treat each other doesn't matter, the point is that it doesn't have to rise to the level of a significant driver of profits.

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Which is a pointless truism in one part, and outright wrong in the other. You're committing a Middle Ground Fallacy here; as well as engaging in a Special Pleading Fallacy.

Edge cases in this scenario simply do not need to exist, as this is not a complicated ethical dilemma, but one of the few that has clear demarcations of right and wrong.

If you believe in equality of opportunity and meritocracy, then you have to have a clear line regarding the acceptability of making employment and reward decision based on non-job-performance factors such as race, religion, gender, sexual availability, familial status, or appearance. The fact that some people still make job decisions based on non-job-performance factors does not make these "borderline cases", it simply makes them ethical violations that happen to occur despite the undesirability of such cases.
Here we might depart ways if you are an ethical objectivist, since I am a relativist. It is not apparent to me that there is a clear line in these matters, and I have seen standards change over time.

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If you absolutely cannot survive without a sexual relationship with someone you have that much power over, the ethical thing to do would be to remove yourself from that position of power before making advances; not engage in special pleading to try and convince yourself and others that this is a borderline case that should be tolerated.

Likewise if you absolutely need to have sex with someone in a position of authority over you, then the ethical thing to do would be to move to a different position where that power imbalance no longer exists, rather than, again, committing a special pleading fallacy and by doing so contribute to creating an environment where sexual availability becomes a significant factor in job decisions.
I think you've overlooked the power relationship inherent in sexual congress itself. To be consistent, it seems you'd have to deny there are always conflicting evaluations and asymmetries. Even when we access our own mental states, we sometimes find internal struggles and confusion.

But as to power, the term denotes asymmetry. To hold power over someone is to (at least partly) control them. I don't think you can escape such relationships and still deal with your fellow men.

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Of course, if you do not believe in equality of opportunity and meritocracy, then all bets are off, and you'll have the live with the culture you help create.
I actually do think equality of opportunity and meritocracy are the way to go, it's just that I refuse to believe in a cartoon version without the complexities of actual human behavior. There are men and women who exploit their beauty, who use sex to gain advantage, and there are others who use other tools to get what they want. Some of those tools are illegal and should be. But so long as we allow people to make their own choices as to what they will allow with their bodies, some of those people will make choices we disagree with.

There will always be borderline cases and gray areas because of the variability across the population. I cannot both be desirous of setting my own limits on what is acceptable and then deny that ability to others - at least I can't do that and say I want people to be free to make their own decisions.
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Fine. I'll take this opportunity to point out that you're broad-brushing a bunch of people, with no consideration to whether the views you and I both find unacceptable actually belong to them. You're acting as if the entirety of "middle-America" are ALL bigots.

Nope, again that's your strawman, not what I said. When you're willing to discuss what I'm actually saying, I'll be happy to continue the debate, until then, I see absolutely no point.

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If it's perfectly acceptable to assume that anyone who doesn't completely distance themselves from Trump is a bigot/bigot supporter, then it's equally valid to assume that anyone who doesn't completely distance themselves from muslims is a terrorist/terror-supporter.

That's about the most ridiculous thing you've posted so far. Congratulations!

For anyone more reasonable, anyone who supports Trump is by definition is a bigot supporter, because Trump is a proudly declared bigot. Lots of us have distanced ourselves from Trump and do not support him, so we're not supporting his bigotry, by definition. We're talking about people who supported Trump, in case you've forgotten.

Try again, with better reading comprehension this time.
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Islam is a political ideology. It is a political ideology. It definitely hides behind this notion of it being a religion. And I have a very, very tough time because I don’t see a lot of people screaming ‘Jesus Christ’ with hatchets or machetes or rifles shooting up clubs or hatcheting, literally axing families on a train, or like they just killed a couple of police officers with a machete. It’s unbelievable. So we have a problem.

It’s like cancer. You know, I’ve gone through cancer in my own life. So it’s like cancer. And it’s a like a malignant cancer, though, in this case. It has metastasized.
Looks like Michael Flynn, Trumps pick for his national security advisor, is a really sensible, moderate and reasonable person. Of course he's not prejudiced or even outright islamaphobic
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"Merit" is itself a value judgment and variable.

So? The fact that it's variable means nothing. Different jobs have different requirements and performance standards. People can still be judged on their ability to meet those requirements and performance standards.

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You will hear jargon like "team player" or "self starter" bandied about as if they had independent, observable meaning.

Actually, they can be, to some extent, observable. To the extent they can't, they've nothing to do with merit, only personal preference.

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They have replaced such notions as "easy on the eyes,"

No, they haven't. The fact that you can equate the two means that you have no idea what they actually mean.

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In a competitive workplace, I fully expect some might leverage their desirability to gain on their peers. This would be true for other attributes as well. If I can tell a good joke to please the boss, I might as well. Who knows what's going to be in his mind when it's time to trim the budget?

Which doesn't make it any less wrong to use that as a basis for judgement. The fact that unethical judgements exist does not make them less unethical, it just means that unethical judgements exist.

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Would it truly be that difficult to find countries where sexual mores differ but where corporations manage to succeed? I'm not well informed on this, but I seem to recall Japan ballooning economically while retaining very strict gender roles. The point isn't that how we treat each other doesn't matter, the point is that it doesn't have to rise to the level of a significant driver of profits.

I addressed this. If all you care about is profitability for a tiny minority, then slavery and indentured servitude are quite effective for that, as demonstrated historically, and in modern sweatshop and prison labour systems. Have fun with that.

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Here we might depart ways if you are an ethical objectivist,

Nope, not sure where you could even manage to get that from anything I've said.

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since I am a relativist. It is not apparent to me that there is a clear line in these matters, and I have seen standards change over time.

Thus demonstrating both the intellectual and ethical bankruptcy of relativism.

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I think you've overlooked the power relationship inherent in sexual congress itself. To be consistent, it seems you'd have to deny there are always conflicting evaluations and asymmetries. Even when we access our own mental states, we sometimes find internal struggles and confusion.

No, this is nonsensical in any but the most hair-splitting academic context.

Not going to bother addressing the rest of the post, since it was just more of the special pleading I pointed out earlier.
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I use Twitter but only to get news from various commercial sites, music bands and NASA and the like without having to go through a list of 50 sites every morning.
I didn't mean to suggest that Twitter users are deplorable (they are), but just to point out that reposting a 140 character tweet is not conducive to conversation.
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I think the question is, if there's not widespread suffering under Trump, then how will people realize that voting in an incompetent bigot is a bad thing.

The worst possible scenario: Trump's policies harm certain groups (e.g. muslims), but the majority see him as a success, and see no reason to vote Trump (or a similar Candidate) again.

Better scenario: Trumps policies harm everyone, people realize that voting for incompetent bigots is a bad thing all around and don't do that again. Yes, people suffer, but they actually learn something.
I am not thrilled with this view, but I must agree. What might be good for the long-term health of the nation is that Trump is abysmal enough that we take future elections more seriously than we took this one. Just abysmal enough that he resigns or is impeached, but no worse.

It's not pleasant to be hoping for a bad future for my nation.
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I didn't mean to suggest that Twitter users are deplorable (they are), but just to point out that reposting a 140 character tweet is not conducive to conversation.
Can I just say I have never agreed with a post more in all of my time here. And I laughed out loud.
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Really? How is their acceptance of GLBTQ people? My experience with people in those regions is that it's pretty bad.
Minor derail, but when and why did we decide to transpose the "L" and the "G"?

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Except the premise is that women may feel coerced into saying "yes" when they don't want to do those things. By requiring them to object you are right back where we started.

As an aside, we need to seriously change the way movies and literature present these interactions, especially the wordless, romantic kiss. He leans forward, she leans forward. His eyes close, her eyes close. They are very close now, he can smell her perfume. She turns her face and lips upward. The lights are dim, the candles flicker.

"Can I kiss you?"
"Oh, yes!"
"No, I mean in a totally unpressured way, unrelated to my physical dominance and our disparate incomes. Without any possibility for recompense, gifts or inducements, whether those be through employment, recommendation for employment, or any other goods or services."
"Well, when you put it that way... no, I think your brother is actually more my type."
"That cad? He would kiss you without asking first."
"Exactly."
No the premise is that a man admits to sexually assaulting women because he knows he can get away with it, there is no confusion here of some kind of implied consent he clearly stated he could and did assault women because he knew he could get away with it.
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I rub my wife's shoulders and scratch her back because I am coerced into doing it. She likes it, but it's emotional blackmail. She's taking advantage of my love for her and making me do things I probably wouldn't do if I didn't care so much about her.

I'd actually feel much better about the deal if she ponied up some folding money...

On a positive note, it turns out gays haven't ruined my marriage after all.
And I suppose when you want to have sex with her if she says no you are like Trump and his lawyer and hold that a man can't rape his wife. Let me make it 100% clear I simply do not believe that you would do or say that, yet it would appear from your apparent confusion about Trump's confession of assaulting women you find understanding consent in such a situation confusing or difficult.

You wouldn't and neither would the vast majority of people.
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Nope, again that's your strawman, not what I said. When you're willing to discuss what I'm actually saying, I'll be happy to continue the debate, until then, I see absolutely no point.
What part of this:
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I am fully aware of them, and I'm pointing out how you're setting them aside in order to avoid acknowledging the fact that roughly half of the country actively disagrees with you one one or more of those principles, in your rush to defend said people from being called bigots or ignorantly supportive of bigots, which they have clearly demonstrated themselves to be.

We don't need to "understand" middle-America. We understand them far too well.
The problem is that they do not, and in most cases will not, understand us.
Do you think implies something other than that you believe all of middle-america to be bigots?

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That's about the most ridiculous thing you've posted so far. Congratulations!

For anyone more reasonable, anyone who supports Trump is by definition is a bigot supporter, because Trump is a proudly declared bigot. Lots of us have distanced ourselves from Trump and do not support him, so we're not supporting his bigotry, by definition. We're talking about people who supported Trump, in case you've forgotten.

Try again, with better reading comprehension this time.
Yeah, no. Several people in this thread have repeated slandered anyone who voted third party as being "supportive of bigotry" too. It's been repeatedly implied (and even outright said if memory serves), that anyone who did not vote for Clinton was supporting bigotry.
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Minor derail, but when and why did we decide to transpose the "L" and the "G"?

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When the acronym because some complicated that we can't remember what order they go in
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And I suppose when you want to have sex with her if she says no you are like Trump and his lawyer and hold that a man can't rape his wife. Let me make it 100% clear I simply do not believe that you would do or say that, yet it would appear from your apparent confusion about Trump's confession of assaulting women you find understanding consent in such a situation confusing or difficult.

You wouldn't and neither would the vast majority of people.
With due respect, which Trump doesn't deserve, back in the day when this issue arose, it wasn't quite so obvious that a wedding ring was different than perpetual consent.

I'm with you that this should've been obvious, but it was the responsibility of Trump's attorneys to pretend otherwise.
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And I suppose when you want to have sex with her if she says no you are like Trump and his lawyer and hold that a man can't rape his wife. Let me make it 100% clear I simply do not believe that you would do or say that, yet it would appear from your apparent confusion about Trump's confession of assaulting women you find understanding consent in such a situation confusing or difficult.

You wouldn't and neither would the vast majority of people.
First, I have to disagree that Trump confessed to assaulting women. The "assault" part has been supplied by his detractors. He said he kissed them without asking and something about them letting him "grab them by the pussy."

He is describing the special position he think he holds because of his celebrity (and perhaps money). I think if you take him at his word on this, you must simultaneously take his phrasing, "they let you do it" as indicative as well. From Trump's point of view, he does have permission, or at least acquiescence.

I am neither rich, nor a celebrity, nor aggressive toward women. In fact, I'm thoroughly domesticated. But a "reasonable man" standard requires me to attempt to put myself in his shoes. Do I believe that women are willing to put up with what he describes because he is a rich celebrity? I think some women would, yes. I also believe groupies go backstage after the concert and willingly perform sexual favors. Heck, I even believe such a thing as dominance and submission as sexual acts exist.

What I dispute is that, for outsiders, the situation is clear or that unwanted behavior - including things like "stealing a kiss" are equivalent to sexual assault. Here I think is where we part ways and why juries are such handy things to have.

Here's a celebrity kissing girls. Does he have their consent or does the venue coerce the behavior? Is it sexual assault?
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Here's Trump doing it (skip to 2:20):
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What part of this:

Do you think implies something other than that you believe all of middle-america to be bigots?


You quoted it, and you still can't read it? Little hint, read beyond the first highlighted word.


Quote:
Yeah, no. Several people in this thread have repeated slandered anyone who voted third party as being "supportive of bigotry" too. It's been repeatedly implied (and even outright said if memory serves), that anyone who did not vote for Clinton was supporting bigotry.

And since I wasn't one of those, putting that on me is even more disingenuous than your usual in this thread. Though given your penchant for distortion displayed so far, I'm not going to accept that claim at face value either. Evidence?

Although I can understand their point, especially in states where that may have made a difference between electing Clinton and electing Trump. Not saying it's right, but I understand it. Have you tried understanding their point of view, or just dismissed them because you hate all Clinton supporters.
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Minor derail, but when and why did we decide to transpose the "L" and the "G"?
Originally Posted by Emily's Cat View Post
When the acronym because some complicated that we can't remember what order they go in

I so apologize for frightfully offending people by rearranging letters in an acronym. Perhaps if you can point me to the appropriate standards agency documentation on the proper ordering of the letters I can be more politically-correct in the future.
</sarcasm> - tagged for the irony-impaired.


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It's interesting to me that I had never seen the second paragraph of that quote.

It totally changes the meaning.

She said "half", but she was really drawing two categories, and I don't think she meant to express a size relationship of any kind. In a way, she was saying something almost exactly like what Emily's Cat has been saying. She is saying, "Sure, there are racists and sexists among Trump supporters, but they aren't all racist and sexist, and we have to reach out to those people who have reason to believe government has let them down."
Yup. Context is (usually) everything.
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I think you guys are missing the probably-a-narcissist aspect of this. **I think that Trump is less likely to be a pig in order to exert his dominance and overpower another's will. I rather suspect he genuinely thinks that all women want him, and that his attentions to them are a gift. I doubt the idea that it might be unwanted ever entered his mind.
Does anyone doubt he plays power games with men as well? Bet he does.
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Trump doesn't have to be a good President. It's not like he's the one running the country anyway. I'd focus more on, pretty much every other guy around him on the House of Representatives, The Senate, Mike Pence, Newt Gingrich, that white supremacist guy whose name I forgot, Sarah Palin, etc.
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Minor derail, but when and why did we decide to transpose the "L" and the "G"?

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Statement By A.G. Schneiderman On $25 Million Settlement Agreement Reached In Trump University Case

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In 2013, my office sued Donald Trump for swindling*thousands*of innocent Americans out of*​millions*of dollars through a scheme known at Trump University. Donald Trump fought us every step of the way, filing*baseless charges and fruitless appeal​s​ and refusing to settle for even modest amounts of compensation for the victims of his phony university. Today, that all changes. Today's $25 million settlement agreement is a stunning reversal by Donald Trump and a major victory for the over 6,000 victims of his fraudulent university.

I am pleased that under the terms of this settlement, every victim will receive restitution and that Donald Trump will pay up to $1 million in penalties to the State of New York for violating state education laws.*The victims of Trump University have waited years for today's result and I am pleased that their patience--and persistence--will be rewarded by this $25 million settlement.
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You quoted it, and you still can't read it? Little hint, read beyond the first highlighted word.
Oh yes, I see, you draw a really huge moral distinction between "bigots" and "ignorantly supportive of bigots". Go on then.
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Buying his way out of trouble yet again. I wonder where the $25m came from? Trump Foundation?
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Remember, we don't elect just a President. We elect all the people that they decide to bring along.
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Remember, we don't elect just a President. We elect all the people that they decide to bring along.
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I so apologize for frightfully offending people by rearranging letters in an acronym. Perhaps if you can point me to the appropriate standards agency documentation on the proper ordering of the letters I can be more politically-correct in the future.
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I wasn't whinging. I honestly can't keep the order straight.
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But... but... Trump never settles! And he could have won that case easily! Oh no, my faith in Trump is now shattered.

Sadly, I doubt this settlement will involve Drumph making any sort of admission of wrongdoing.
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