Okay so, headline aside, has anyone gotten annoyed by those protestors who dress up like their in Handmaid’s Tale and carry around signs like the woman in the upper right? Seriously, to me it kills whenever point they might have cause it tells me they’re so caught up in their activism and the stuff they all tell themselves that they’ve convinced themselves they live in that world. It annoys me so much because it ruins whatever reasonable discussion could be had when they go in all dressed up claiming you have to trust them all and support them otherwise you wanna take away women’s rights to live.
@TheRatMan, I’m pretty sure that, in most cases, ‘reasonable discussion’ is off the table if you’re talking to people who turn up to protest (for or against) something like this. Whichever side you’re talking to, if they’ve turned up with placards, they’re already absolutely convinced that they are right and anything other than complete agreement with their position is evil. (And to repeat, that goes for both sides in any situation like this).
@Nellybert , seems like a pretty unilateral argument against all peaceful protest......
@TheRatMan, I'll admit I thought it was a neat idea the first time I saw someone doing that but now it's become so common and overdone I just find it annoying.
@Hoban Washburne, Nah, I’m just saying that the people who dress up/make placards to demonstrate outside, for example, a courthouse have very likely already made up their minds on the issue and are unlikely to have much interest in any counter argument you might make.
No issue with peaceful protest, just saying that if you walk up to someone outside an Alabama courthouse who is dressed like a character from Handmaiden’s Tale, or wearing a dog collar and waving a placard with a Bible quote on it (to pick two stereotypes of the extremes) and try to explain why you think they’re wrong, they probably won’t be up for rationally discussing the merits of your argument.
@TheRatMan, I don't think it's wromg they've made their mind up, and they aren't there to be convinced otherwise by someone else. They protest to get people talking about issues that they think need more discussion, and they dress up odd to get people to take pictures to heighten exposure, and hopefully get on the news.
I have held placards for reasonable school funding in the light of budget cuts, and we got what we wanted. It Shane's the local government into re allocating money from low priority things to the education of our future workers.
Not preaching. Sometimes the only action that is wrong is inaction
@TheMightyImp, well the difference is that school funding is a real issue, and that it's not so damn controversial and horrible of a subject to talk about as every big protest out there. Protesters like this are often swimming in hypocrisy, and will attack you and make false claims if you even think how they don't want you to. And her sign literally just says "TRUST WOMEN". If I thought that every criminal had an unfair trial because all courts are corrupt, and had a sign that said "TRUST CONVICTS", it wouldn't be received so well
@TheRatMan, I live where they film that show so I have to see handmaids all the time.
@Sexy Homunculus, To me even the first time I saw it came off as delusional. Like seriously? You’re so far down the rabbit hole you think this country is one single abortion law away from stripping women of all human rights? Because that’s what it looks like to me. Handmaid’s Tale is not just some vague comparison. That work is a total and utter dystopia of the one of the highest levels so when you dress like that for a protest you’re going in with one helluva accusation.
Now, see, the success of the matter is dependent on them not fvcking it up. Given Alabama’s track record, I’m not confident. Those inbred officials could cock up a pot noodle.
@Lue BreKannt, cock?
@BlazingBowman, cock up, similar to a f*ck up in manner, hear it a lot in the uk
@Nosferatu Zodd, i thought you somehow misspelled cook
Alabama is also trying to pass a bill that if convicted of child molestation (defined as the victim being less than 13) chemical castration can be administered to the rapist while in jail. Not a bad idea in my opinion
@TriangleTesticles, what does it matter if its in jail. They need chemical castration outside of jail thats where the kiddies are at.
@BlazingBowman, you realize that molesters/rapists generally don’t get life in prison, right? They get out eventually.
@BlazingBowman, If someone is castrated, it’s permanent. Once they leave jail they won’t be horny for children anymore
@TriangleTesticles, I mean, why waste perfectly good chemicals when knives and rubber bands are much cheaper?
@Empshok, My guess is they don’t want it overturned for being “cruel and unusual punishment” so if you use chemicals then it’s alright. At least that’s what death penalty protocols have taught us
@TriangleTesticles, Chemical castration isn’t permanent, it’s a testosterone blocker that renders you impotent, and it wears off.
Fun fact - the same drug used to chemically castrate sex offenders is also used to treat prostate cancer sufferers (testosterone causes the cancer to grow). So if you ever get prescribed that drug, when you go to collect, the pharmacist is probably looking at you to try and guess if you have cancer or are a sex pest.
@Leslie Knope 2020, thats what i was saying
@TriangleTesticles, I mean they could just hire other prisoners under the table...but that might be a little unsanitary.
@TriangleTesticles, awww well then i agree with it.
@Nellybert , why not both?
@Empshok, There would be an element of karma in that situation.
@Nellybert , and an element of surprise
@Empshok, When I read that, I pictured some dude quietly standing in the pharmacy waiting to pick up his medication, when a doctor leaps out from behind a pot plant, shouts “surprise” and jabs a needle in to him.
Hmmmm, I see a potential solution to the anti-vaxer movement here....
@Nellybert , you are definitely on to something.
@Leslie Knope 2020, in response to your username, I would only go for this if Ron Swanson was her running mate, or at least chief advisor. That is what made Parks and Rec such an amazing show, regardless of anyone’s personal politics. Leslie was obviously (although not overbearingly) very left of center, Ron was extreme right. The duality of the two characters working together appeals to an broader audience and shows what can be accomplished if we let our differences complement each other rather than be in conflict. The answer isn’t going to be on either side, and it cant be a “compromise”. They have to work in tandem. To paraphrase Dr. Savage: An eagle cannot fly with two left (or right, for that matter) wings.
@XiozTaschez, I love you. We are married now.
@Leslie Knope 2020, edit: cannot copy links so I will upload the gif I linked to and send the ID when it clears.
@TriangleTesticles, I doubt people are child molesters because they have sexual organs. That is not what is wrong with the individual. Furthermore, molesters dont need to use sexual organs to molest.
@Implicit88, there are some very interesting documentaries and research papers about the psychology of pedophilia. Understanding it may help you have sympathy for the individuals who suffer from it. I’m not condoning child molesting or abuse of any kind but at the moment in most U.S states if a pedo were to go to a psychologist and say “I’ve been having these urges, can you help me?” The psychologist is required by law to report them. So these people can’t even go get some help to suppress there sexual urges.
@Implicit88, Chemical castration basically removes the male sex drive, so a lot of them would essentially never get horny. Remove the desires and the gratification, there’s no impulse for them to act on. It’s not perfect, and won’t work on all of them, but there will be a good percentage where it’d stop reoffending.
@TriangleTesticles, most chemical castration only works for a short span. The person must keep taking medication to keep it working.
Only physical castration is permanent.
@TriangleTesticles, mutilation is not justice.
A false accusation is a crime; it’s slander.
The problem with such a law would mean any accusation deemed as false could have a punishment. This means many crimes will go unreported as people are scared there is not enough evidence.
@Implicit88, I think you would have to be able to prove she lied.
I don’t trust men or women. Both are capable liars. #Equality
Pretty sure that even if they pull this off they still have a lot to make up for.