A small but very significant study shoots holes through the popular misconception that gayness is a leading cause of child molestations in the Catholic Church.
A preliminary report commissioned by the nation's Roman Catholic bishops on the roots of the clergy sex abuse scandal found no evidence that gay priests are more likely than heterosexual clergy to molest children, the lead authors of the study said Tuesday.
The full report by researchers at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice won't be completed until the end of next year. But the authors said that their evidence to date found no data indicating that homosexuality was a predictor of abuse.
Wow. When they said there's more than one way to hook a fish, they weren't kidding.
Vintage rubber fishing lure shaped like BAT lady , half lady~GREEN BAT EARS, BLOND HAIR, body is LADY, black bat wings...see my STORE FOR other very unusual 1/2 lady "mermaid" vintage LURES, ~These lures were made to catch fish? who knows, they sure look like a "hooker." viaVINTAGE FISHING LURE~mermaid BAT 1/2 lady
Seems a wholesale liquidator in England has picked up a lot of chastity devices from a company that went out of business. And for reasons I don't quite understand (perhaps legal) they are selling them through eBay-France. Okey-dokey...in any case, very nice looking work at a steal of a price. The trick of course is being sure it will fit. Here is one of their ads -- they offer one other style of device as well.
Is it just me, or does anyone else feel mildly disturbed at the thought of all those miniature dominatrix gaming and hobby figures out there that people can manipulate as they wish. For example, making someone called "Adriana Bondage Mistress" dress like a sub and serve drinks on a platter. WTF?
I believe I speak for all full-size dominatrices when I say "Yo, leave us out of your sordid nonconsensual fantasies! Go play with the mini Masters or something."
Found some lovely gems for you hosiery/stocking fans on the paint-on stocking craze of WWII, when shortages made nylons nearly impossible to buy.
First, a couple of images of the popular "paint-on seam" illusion:
Some women went further and had their entire legs painted. Love the "no more ladders" sign.
The nylon shortage created its own brand of humor. This is a period British postcard.
Finally, this excerpt from an interview with a woman who lived through the shortages in the US.
As for the lack of nylons, the girls made do with rayon stockings (“The minute you sat down, they were baggy,”) or they painted their legs with a product called Stocking Stick. “If you weren’t tan, it made your legs look tan. If you wanted to go farther, you took an eyebrow pencil and made a seam.” But Stocking Stick wasn’t without its issues. “When we went to the beach, we laughed so hard because we saw this gal go into the water in her bathing suit, but the Stocking Stick only went up to right above the knees.” And the girls learned to avoid Stocking Stick if they would be dancing with a guy dressed in Navy whites, as there was a danger of transfer. “They did not appreciate that,” she remembers.
Far be it for me to cast doubt on the efficacy of an enchanted potion that can make men submissive (didn't I read that story about a hundred times on UseNet?), but it would definitely make a cool stocking-stuffer or conversation piece to give to the perv(s) in your life. And if it doesn't smell like rotting eggs, bonus!
To help bring men under your control.
This Spray can be used as a daily wear or mist the room.
Newsclipper services send me scurrying all over the Internetiverse, up shadowy staircases, into brightly lit rooms, through mirrored passages and sometimes into rancid larders. Thus it was that I stumbled upon this column spinning the latest complaint from the anti-gay marriage cabal that gay people who are upset about losing battles for their civil rights are SORE LOSERS. That's right: if you can't deal with the fact that people want you to live like a second-class citizen in your own country and not be allowed the legal rights and social privileges of all other tax-paying Americans because (and let's be honest: this is the ONLY REASON people freak out about homosexuality) you don't fuck the people they think you should be fucking, then something is wrong with *you*. So get over it.
It's a messed up world, isn't it? And by now, seeing as I'm a sadomasochistic/queer/female/dominatrix, you'd think I'd have a nice tough hide when it comes to anti-sex rights rhetoric and sexual discrimination. And I DO. For the most part. Still, the fundamental injustice of denying people their rights and freedoms based on what kind of consensual sex they have burns through that hide like acid to the abidingly tender core of my humanism.
I saw this on the Boston-Globe's site, regurgitating the same puke about how oppressed minorities should quit whining about getting the shitty end of the American political stick, and my back went up at this unforgivably ignorant ramble.
I think it would be reckless to jettison the understanding, as old as civilization itself, that society has a deep interest in promoting families anchored by a married man and woman. It seems to me nonsensical to claim that men and women are utterly interchangeable, or to deny that children are likeliest to thrive when they are raised by both a mother and a father. I believe that timeless moral standards must not be casually overturned and that doing so is apt to have unintended and unfortunate consequences. And I am sure that legalizing same-sex wedlock would fuel demands for further radical change - legalizing plural marriage, for example.
Naturally, he is "sure" of a lot of things. Of course. They're always sure, aren't they? Unfortunately, in the real world -- that world where facts and evidence and reality aren't viewed as mere inconveniences to the point one is making but actually hold meaning-- he is wrong about all the things he's sure about.
So I indulged in a rare compulsion and wrote him a letter. I have waited about a week now in case he wished to reply and either defend his position or -- preferably -- kiss the ground I walk on for correcting his error and showing him the truth. He's done none of the above so I'm going to go ahead and post my letter below. If he ever gets back to me, I'll share his comments here.
Dear Mr. Jacoby,
I'm not a gay activist, although sympathetic to their cause. I'm a heterosexual, married woman.
I'd like to know if you can prove your assertion that there is an " understanding, as old as civilization itself, that society has a deep interest in promoting families anchored by a married man and woman."
Which civilization are you referring to? How do you date civilization?
Our understanding of marriage as it is today is largely a 19th century construct. For most of human history, families were "anchored" by property and inheritance issues. Marriage as you describe it did not exist when Christ was alive. Government participation in marriage was unknown. Government laws regulating marriage is a late development. A history of marriage is readily available on Wiki to all who care about the facts.
So back up your contention please or educate yourself before lazily spreading myths as basic truths. As an American, you are certainly entitled to your political opinions. As a writer, you owe a duty to readers to do your research.