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  1. Comment on Merriam-Webster adds sense of ‘they’ as a pronoun for nonbinary people to the dictionary in ~lgbt

    Algernon_Asimov
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    The sex and gender of "cadadr" is not known to all people. Many people here have no idea who's behind that username - or most usernames here. Try reframing that sentence with a different user:...

    The sex and gender of "cadadr" is not known to all people. Many people here have no idea who's behind that username - or most usernames here.

    Try reframing that sentence with a different user: "user", for example, or "nmg", or "imperialismus", or any other user. Do you know everyone's gender here? No, you don't. So, how would you write that sentence about a user whose gender you don't know?

    The username becomes the preceding noun phrase that the pronoun is bound to - but you don't know the gender of the person that noun phrase represents. That's exactly what meaning 3 is about.

  2. Comment on Experts say the enormous amounts spent on old shows like Seinfeld and The Big Bang Theory ignore a key point: we have no way of knowing how much shows are worth in ~tv

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    But that's the world we live in. I have to adapt my strategies to reality as it is, not to the fantasy I'd like it to be. And, in this real world of ours, purchasers' possession digital content is...

    The problem isn't digital content, but corporations that refuse to sell digital content that isn't crippled, and sales that are promoted as sales of content, but are actually just sales of temporary access to content.

    But that's the world we live in. I have to adapt my strategies to reality as it is, not to the fantasy I'd like it to be. And, in this real world of ours, purchasers' possession digital content is dependent on corporate whims.

  3. Comment on Merriam-Webster adds sense of ‘they’ as a pronoun for nonbinary people to the dictionary in ~lgbt

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    "They stood behind the door and listened outside" is covered by meaning 3 - as I already pointed out. It's a case of the pronoun being used with an indefinite third person singular antecedent. Who...

    "They stood behind the door and listened outside" is covered by meaning 3 - as I already pointed out. It's a case of the pronoun being used with an indefinite third person singular antecedent.

    Who stood behind the door? A person. A person who you don't know. I already put this into context for you:

    "I stood in the corridor and heard footsteps inside my room. The unknown person approached the door of my room. They stood behind the door and listened outside."

    Please explain how your example does not use - explicitly or implicitly - an indefinite third person singular antecedent.

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  4. Comment on 'They actually stopped': Women buying sex to ensure safe experience in ~life

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    Please point out how I have been rude in this discussion. I have not insulted or belittled anyone. I have merely dared to disagree with them. I'm allowed to do that. I would say the same thing...

    Sometimes you come across as rather rude

    Please point out how I have been rude in this discussion. I have not insulted or belittled anyone. I have merely dared to disagree with them. I'm allowed to do that.

    it appears to me you are utterly consumed by your own dogma, which eclipses any speck of humanism,

    I would say the same thing about the person I'm discussing this with: they're coming across as dismissive of women's concerns, and making this all about men. As I indicated, their comment was equivalent to someone saying "all lives matter" in a discussion about racism. It's tone deaf to the concerns of women, and devalues their experiences.

    But I didn't go around accusing them of a lack of humanism (did you mean "humanity"?). That would have been rude.

    6 votes
  5. Comment on 'They actually stopped': Women buying sex to ensure safe experience in ~life

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    So why are women so much more likely to be the victims of rape or forced sex than men?

    So why are women so much more likely to be the victims of rape or forced sex than men?

    3 votes
  6. Comment on 'They actually stopped': Women buying sex to ensure safe experience in ~life

    Algernon_Asimov
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    I'm not refuting what you said, I'm trying to show that you missed the point of the article. You're equating these women's experiences to men's experiences. However, men are much less likely to...

    I'm not refuting what you said, I'm trying to show that you missed the point of the article. You're equating these women's experiences to men's experiences. However, men are much less likely to feel unsafe or insecure in a sexual encounter than women. Women are paying for sex in order not to feel powerless, and to buy themselves some safety.

    This is a very "men's sex lives matter too" response by you. You're downplaying the importance of women's lack of safety in sexual relations.

    8 votes
  7. Comment on Merriam-Webster adds sense of ‘they’ as a pronoun for nonbinary people to the dictionary in ~lgbt

    Algernon_Asimov
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    I did read your other comment before I wrote mine. I still think mine is relevant. Are you able to provide an example of using "they" which is not covered by meanings 3 or 4? What gap are you...

    I did read your other comment before I wrote mine. I still think mine is relevant.

    Are you able to provide an example of using "they" which is not covered by meanings 3 or 4? What gap are you seeing that isn't covered by these definitions? Because I don't see the gap you're concerned about.

  8. Comment on Bernie Sanders wants to put credit reporting companies like Equifax out of business and replace them with a public credit registry in ~finance

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    Thanks for that. That seems a bit too invasive for my liking. I'm not sure I'd be comfortable handing over my personal financial information to a prospective employer.

    Thanks for that.

    That seems a bit too invasive for my liking. I'm not sure I'd be comfortable handing over my personal financial information to a prospective employer.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on 'They actually stopped': Women buying sex to ensure safe experience in ~life

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    Look at the title: "They actually stopped," I don't think a normal man has to worry that his partner won't stop their current activity when he says "no". Meanwhile, many women do have to worry...

    Look at the title: "They actually stopped," I don't think a normal man has to worry that his partner won't stop their current activity when he says "no". Meanwhile, many women do have to worry about this, as the article points out.

    It's more than just physical safety. That's just one symptom of the larger issue. There's a power imbalance between men and women. Women pay for sex to give themselves the power they may not have in other sexual encounters.

    6 votes
  10. Comment on Filter by my own votes? in ~tildes

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    There is not currently a way to see what posts/comments you have voted for. Maybe @cfabbro would like to add this to the list of issues? :)

    There is not currently a way to see what posts/comments you have voted for.

    Maybe @cfabbro would like to add this to the list of issues? :)

    5 votes
  11. Comment on Bernie Sanders wants to put credit reporting companies like Equifax out of business and replace them with a public credit registry in ~finance

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    Could someone please to me, a non-American, how a person's credit score is relevant to getting a job?

    Sanders’s campaign also calls for ending the use of credit scores for rental housing, employment, and insurance.

    Could someone please to me, a non-American, how a person's credit score is relevant to getting a job?

    6 votes
  12. Comment on Merriam-Webster adds sense of ‘they’ as a pronoun for nonbinary people to the dictionary in ~lgbt

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    Meanings 3 and 4 cover two different cases. I have used this sense of "they" many times while writing user manuals: "The user opens the login page. They then enter their login id and their...

    Meanings 3 and 4 cover two different cases.

    3 —used with an indefinite third person singular antecedent

    I have used this sense of "they" many times while writing user manuals: "The user opens the login page. They then enter their login id and their password." This is the same sense as your example: "I stood in the corridor and heard footsteps inside my room. The unknown person approached the door of my room. They stood behind the door and listened outside."

    This meaning and usage has been around for centuries (with varying degrees of popularity). It refers to a single person whose gender is not known - whether because they're a generic user or because they're hidden behind a door.

    4 —used to refer to a single person whose gender identity is nonbinary

    This is the new addition. This refers to a single person who identifies as having a non-binary gender.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Experts say the enormous amounts spent on old shows like Seinfeld and The Big Bang Theory ignore a key point: we have no way of knowing how much shows are worth in ~tv

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    There may also be the consideration of keeping shows out of competitors' hands. Having the show yourself might not add much to your own revenue, but if your competitors get too many of these...

    There may also be the consideration of keeping shows out of competitors' hands. Having the show yourself might not add much to your own revenue, but if your competitors get too many of these high-profile popular shows, that might decrease your revenue as you lose subscribers.

    Customers aren't always chasing one particular show; they're trying to find one or two streaming services with a collection of content which will serve their viewing desires. If your competitors have all the high-profile popular shows, all your own high-quality in-house shows won't matter. Customers want popular shows (by definition). They'll go elsewhere for their viewing needs if you don't have those shows.

    7 votes
  14. Comment on Pronunciation Help - Latin in ~humanities

  15. Comment on Experts say the enormous amounts spent on old shows like Seinfeld and The Big Bang Theory ignore a key point: we have no way of knowing how much shows are worth in ~tv

  16. Comment on Experts say the enormous amounts spent on old shows like Seinfeld and The Big Bang Theory ignore a key point: we have no way of knowing how much shows are worth in ~tv

    Algernon_Asimov
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    I prefer to pay the content creators for their work.

    I prefer to pay the content creators for their work.

    4 votes
  17. Comment on Pronunciation Help - Latin in ~humanities

    Algernon_Asimov
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    In my defence, I wrote a second comment making similar points to you. But thanks for adding the perspective of someone with relevant experience.

    The pronunciation that Algernon_Asimov is explaining here is the standard modern reconstructed Classical Latin pronunciation. [...] While I prefer this pronunciation, and use it, when speaking Latin as a language, I'd also argue that it's a bad choice, and arguably inappropriate, for your usage of Latin.

    In my defence, I wrote a second comment making similar points to you.

    But thanks for adding the perspective of someone with relevant experience.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on The secret gay history of Islam. In Muslim cultures, homosexuality was once considered the most normal thing in the world – so what changed? in ~lgbt

    Algernon_Asimov
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    @cadadr isn't talking about ancient Greeks and Romans. He's talking about Islamic cultures. There's a BIG separation in time and space between those cultures. However, talking about ancient...

    @cadadr isn't talking about ancient Greeks and Romans. He's talking about Islamic cultures. There's a BIG separation in time and space between those cultures.

    However, talking about ancient Romans...

    the idea that sexuality in general was bad and sex should only be for procreation existed

    ... this statement seems at odds with what I've read about ancient (pre-Christian) Romans.

    For starters, they used to decorate their homes with naked statues, and used pedestals which depicted penises. Sexuality wasn't seen as bad at all. Romans were quite open about sex. And they had it for fun!

    The Romans did differentiate between penetrating and being penetrated: penetrating was masculine, and therefore good; being penetrated was feminine, and therefore bad. But those men were fucking anything that moved - their wives, other men's wives, slave women, even slave men. The only "wrong" was being fucked. A Roman man was never subordinate to another man. And there was no such thing as a "homosexual" - sexuality was a behaviour, not an identity. But fucking was a natural part of life.

    I'm not so educated about ancient Greeks, but I don't recall them being prudish about sex, either. The pederasty that @cadadr refers to - where an older man would take a teenage boy under his wing, and teach him how to be a man, and have sexual relations with him while doing so - was a rite of passage. Again, I don't recall anything in their culture about sexuality being bad and sex being only for procreation.

    Maybe you could provide some sources of your own?

    2 votes