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  1. Comment on Guys, what style of facial hair (if any) do you have? Why that style? in ~talk

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    Since no one else seems to have repped clean shaven yet, I guess I will. I shave every day I leave the house. I think it's just because a beard is not at all in line with looks I go for, I tend to...

    Since no one else seems to have repped clean shaven yet, I guess I will. I shave every day I leave the house. I think it's just because a beard is not at all in line with looks I go for, I tend to be averse to looking overtly masculine so a beard is just really not for me.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on What linguistics habits annoy you? in ~talk

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    I agree with you on 1 but disagree on 2. "Not a good look" has an actual useful meaning, it can be used to indicate that while something isn't necessarily a problem, it comes off looking bad.

    I agree with you on 1 but disagree on 2. "Not a good look" has an actual useful meaning, it can be used to indicate that while something isn't necessarily a problem, it comes off looking bad.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Fetishised and forgotten: Why bisexuals want acceptance in ~lgbt

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    I'm not really offended, your position just doesn't make much sense. I'm telling you I choose the label bisexual for apolotical reasons, and from what I understand you're disagreeing with that....

    I'm not really offended, your position just doesn't make much sense. I'm telling you I choose the label bisexual for apolotical reasons, and from what I understand you're disagreeing with that. You cannot disagree with my lived experience, that doesn't make any sense.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Fetishised and forgotten: Why bisexuals want acceptance in ~lgbt

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    Queer people adopt labels because they're both practical, and a way to find a sense of community in a world that marginalises us. Identifying as bi isn't "identity politics", it has nothing to do...

    Queer people adopt labels because they're both practical, and a way to find a sense of community in a world that marginalises us. Identifying as bi isn't "identity politics", it has nothing to do with politics, it's just who I am.

    7 votes
  5. Comment on Aesthetics - Contrapoints (cw: transphobia) in ~lgbt

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    I don't know much about philosophy so I always appreciate Contra exposing me to philosophical ideas. You might be interested to know that she used to be an academic, she was doing a PhD in...

    I don't know much about philosophy so I always appreciate Contra exposing me to philosophical ideas. You might be interested to know that she used to be an academic, she was doing a PhD in philosophy, so I trust her to apply philosophy and philosophers appropriately.

    Also, I feel like I should let you know that "transsexuality" and "transexual" are generally considered antiquated terms, and only commonly used in medical circles to refer to the post/pre-op status of transgender people. In almost all circumstances, transgender is considered more appropriate.

  6. Comment on Aesthetics - Contrapoints (cw: transphobia) in ~lgbt

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    I thought she said we're in Rome, not Athens, but I watched the video yesterday so I might be mis-remembering.

    I thought she said we're in Rome, not Athens, but I watched the video yesterday so I might be mis-remembering.

  7. Comment on This was a really weird two weeks for me. I'm in my early 20's and just learned that I'm transgender. in ~lgbt

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    Are you trans? Because if not, you don't know what it's like to discover you're a different gender. Similar to how I, a non-doctor, wouldn't go around giving critical medical advice, us cis people...

    Are you trans? Because if not, you don't know what it's like to discover you're a different gender. Similar to how I, a non-doctor, wouldn't go around giving critical medical advice, us cis people should be aware of our own ignorance when commenting on the trans experience. In general it's a good thing to keep in mind when talking to marginalised groups about their lived experience.

    7 votes
  8. Comment on Let’s bring back the Sabbath as a radical act against ‘total work’ in ~life

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    My little sister keeps the Sabbath on most weekends. Sometimes she has a lot she needs to get done and skips it, but she observes it like nine times out of ten. It oddly seems both liberating and...

    My little sister keeps the Sabbath on most weekends. Sometimes she has a lot she needs to get done and skips it, but she observes it like nine times out of ten. It oddly seems both liberating and a bit of a nuisance.

  9. Comment on Hello Tildestians. What are you working on to change in your life? in ~talk

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    I still like Tilders best

    I still like Tilders best

  10. Comment on GOP warns crime, immigration will spike if Dems win in ~news

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    Oh no, an immigration spike, how horrible... /s All pretense has been dropped at this point. Republicans hate immigrants.

    Oh no, an immigration spike, how horrible... /s

    All pretense has been dropped at this point. Republicans hate immigrants.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Riot Games Says It Wants To Clean Up Its Mess, But The People Who Made It Are Still There in ~games

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    Without getting bogged down in etymology, conventions and convention culture tend to be dominated by straight men. Is it so bad for someone to try and create a space specifically for other...

    Without getting bogged down in etymology, conventions and convention culture tend to be dominated by straight men. Is it so bad for someone to try and create a space specifically for other genders? For them to have somewhere they can be
    comfortable and feel like themselves without having to worry about the majority for once?

    10 votes
  12. Comment on EU approves controversial Copyright Directive, including internet ‘link tax’ and ‘upload filter’ in ~tech

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    OP's article says that under the ammended Article 11, restrictions would not apply to hyperlinks, so I don't think most of your link's points apply to the current version. I do see that there's...

    OP's article says that under the ammended Article 11, restrictions would not apply to hyperlinks, so I don't think most of your link's points apply to the current version. I do see that there's risk in it failing, but there's risk in a lot of laws/ideas failing. Apologies if I seem overly skeptical, but a lot of people seem to cry end of days over every little bit of internet legislation, and I'm careful to jump on the bandwagon at this point.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on EU approves controversial Copyright Directive, including internet ‘link tax’ and ‘upload filter’ in ~tech

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    Whether or not you agree with the decision, that's just how representative democracy works.

    Whether or not you agree with the decision, that's just how representative democracy works.

    7 votes
  14. Comment on EU approves controversial Copyright Directive, including internet ‘link tax’ and ‘upload filter’ in ~tech

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    I don't really see a problem with article 11. Article 13 seems quite shortsighted though, the need to scan absolutely everything is such a waste of performance and energy.

    I don't really see a problem with article 11. Article 13 seems quite shortsighted though, the need to scan absolutely everything is such a waste of performance and energy.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on Year for setting of Star Trek Picard show established; storyline teased by Executive Producer in ~tv

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    Did you actually watch Discovery? Not to insinuate that you didn't, I'm genuinely asking. It felt like the perfect blend between big action Trek and old-style Trek to me. There was a LOT of stuff...

    Did you actually watch Discovery? Not to insinuate that you didn't, I'm genuinely asking. It felt like the perfect blend between big action Trek and old-style Trek to me. There was a LOT of stuff about ethics and the human condition in there.

    Edit: Well, fair enough I guess we have a consensus. Let's hope season 2 and the Picard show are better for everyone.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Movies that capture the atmosphere of a city or region? in ~movies

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    I hate to be that "not a movie but..." guy but I'm going to do it anyway, sorry. There's a TV show called "Please Like Me" which is set and filmed in suburban and uban Melbourne, Australia. It's...

    I hate to be that "not a movie but..." guy but I'm going to do it anyway, sorry. There's a TV show called "Please Like Me" which is set and filmed in suburban and uban Melbourne, Australia. It's the only depiction of my city that I've seen on screen, and it captures a lot of aspects of the atmosphere and lifestyle.
    EDIT: Actually there's also The Wog Boy but uh... it's The Wog Boy.

    4 votes
  17. Comment on How The Last Jedi Defies Expectations in ~movies

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    I don't think they realised just how impossible the shot was to be honest, they thought their targeting computers could handle it but in the moment that turned out to be wrong, the movie spends a...

    I don't think they realised just how impossible the shot was to be honest, they thought their targeting computers could handle it but in the moment that turned out to be wrong, the movie spends a bit of time showing us that.

  18. Comment on How The Last Jedi Defies Expectations in ~movies

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    Rey already knew how to fight with a melee weapon, just like Luke already knew how to pilot. The force just guided them. And Luke's shot makes an almost 90° turn at just the right moment, I've...

    Rey already knew how to fight with a melee weapon, just like Luke already knew how to pilot. The force just guided them. And Luke's shot makes an almost 90° turn at just the right moment, I've always interpreted that as part of him using the force.

  19. Comment on How The Last Jedi Defies Expectations in ~movies

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    You're right that Luke went through that inner turmoil and emotional labour to better use the force, but my point was more that neither Luke or Rey went through 15 years of grueling skills...

    You're right that Luke went through that inner turmoil and emotional labour to better use the force, but my point was more that neither Luke or Rey went through 15 years of grueling skills training to get where they were. And Rey did go through the emotional labour too - she had to come to terms with forgetting the mysteries of the past and focus on the future, she had to accept that no-one (neither Kylo or Luke) was going to hand her a place in the galaxy on a silver platter, she had to learn to deal with the force on her own terms. There's definitely a problem across Star Wars that the "will of the force" potentially robs characters of agency or of external development, but it's made up for by the fact that the force represents internal developments. In the OT and ST it's not earned by external work, but by bravery, acceptance, belief, etc. Essentially, it's a physical manifestation of the character's arcs, and I think that rings true for both Luke and Rey.

    2 votes