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  1. Monday, June 3, 2019

    Might depend on who asked, how they asked, and how many times they or other people asked, stated, insinuated, threw pitying looks at her, etc. And that's true whether what you suspect happened or not. Nevertheless, there are a great many women who have never been abused or raped, at any age, who still find a thrill in the imagined loss of control. They might feel so strongly that it would be wrong to have sex with anyone but their husband, that the only way they can indulge is by imagining they are forced. They might have been taught that "good girls don't" or feel trapped by their partner and want to fight back in some way. Or, crazy idea, maybe they are completely happy and normal and just find the idea arousing. Dexter was a hit series, Criminal Minds focuses on crazy killers every week, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit explores all sides of rape and abuse and etc. People are fascinated by bad things that might happen to themselves or to others. There are theories all over, but I don't think anyone really knows why. But it's true!
  2. Monday, June 3, 2019

    I see strong parallels with other kinds of fantasies....studies have shown that a lot of women engage in fantasies that involve all sorts of situations they absolutely would not want in real life, including various rape scenarios. It's considered a normal, healthy thing to fantasize, even involving rape, as long as a person doesn't get obsessive about it or start putting themselves in dangerous situations in real life. A big part of BDSM is creating ways to engage in fantasies of non-consent in a safe and consensual manner. Getting turned on by fantasizing about or play-acting rape does *not* mean they actually want to be raped, or to commit rape or violence themselves. Likewise, Ashley may fantasize about being forcibly transformed, or transforming others willy-nilly, but that doesn't mean she would ever actually want to do either in real life. And yes, Ashley-mouse is very cute.
  3. Last Post Wins

    Filker Tom Smith tells a wonderful story about choosing which route to take on a long road trip, choosing at a certain point to take a more southerly route instead of going north and through Denver in the winter, with the punchline that he is one of the few people on the planet who can honestly say, "I should've made a left turn at Albuquerque!"
  4. Things You Only Noticed On Reread

    Hmm, trying to make us feel old, or is that just a side effect? ;-) :-P
  5. Story Monday, May 27, 2019

    I don't know about natural beaches, but there is at least one sandy beach I've walked by (breast cancer 3-day started out going up the shoreline) which was right in downtown Chicago. In fact, they just showed people playing volleyball on North Avenue Beach on the news as I'm working on this post. There's also some very nice lakeshore paths, and gorgeous strips of parkland a smidge inland from the shore. However, that's *in-* the city of Chicago, and our story is set in what is basically Naperville. From my suburb, it's almost an hour to get downtown, and Naperville isn't that much closer, I expect the shortest travel time is more than half an hour. Many suburbs do have smaller lakes, natural or artificial, which may or may not have a little fake beach, but almost certainly have walking paths, bike paths, grassy parks, etc. around them, which would make for nice places to go for a walk together. America had some extremely sophisticated cultures, long before the Europeans showed up. At some points in history they were ahead of Europe. They're hardly the equivalent to cavemen, and it's rather insulting to imply they were. There are a very few extremely low-tech cultures still in existence in very remote areas of each continent, generally in warm enough climates that not much clothing is necessary, so they don't bother. They mostly craft things to carry stuff in, and simple weapons and tools. Any group that ventured too far away from the equatorial zone would need to have the technology to craft clothing capable of protecting them from the cold of winter, including their feet. Even Neanderthals and their contemporaries used more technology than most people realize. Look up Mousterian Industry and the Levallois point. But there's no evidence of them (or anatomically modern humans alive during the same time period -- they overlapped quite a while) processing furs beyond scraped hides, no bone needles or awls for punching holes to sew through. So, a large fur wrapped around or draped over the body, maybe something like a poncho and kilt? Probably not the cliche that looks sort of like a cross between a fur pair of boxers and a half of a wrestling tank top, with a long thin piece over one shoulder and the rest of the chest bare. Once you get into the Upper Paleolithic, there's plenty of evidrnce of tailoring clothing rather than just wrapping in furs. We get the paper at work, for clients to read in the lobby, and many of them do; granted we do have another use for it after reading it.... Hasn't the default been jeans and a T-shirt for quite a while now? I think Edward would object to any coercion of his son, but at the same time I can picture Edward himself putting pressure on Tedd to join DGB. Or, actually, I could see him pressuring Tedd not to join, too, depends on how he sees the situation at the time. But Edward would believe he knows what's best for his son, and that he knows how to 'convince' him to do 'the right thing' or 'what's best for him.' Shouldn't they leave that decison to Nanase? Just checked the University of Illinois web page. Applications are filed from Sept 1 to Jan 5, "early action" due by Nov 1. Notification comes in mid-Dec for early acton and early March for regular admission. Honors programs and scholarships answer by April 1. My dad was a professor of mathematics, so I grew up in the university town. Freshmen are required to live in the dorms unless they live with family in town, so I could have lived at home, but chose to live in the dorms. Actually, although it would have been my choice anyway, my mom said she wanted me to live in the dorms that first year, to get a little independence. I can easily picture Elliott wanting to live at home, and his parents informing him he can't. :-) The Dunkels were given some sort of lottery windfall to pay for the extra expense of having Ellen. I suspect that would have included a college fund. The roommates I'd like most to see is Sarah and the college-student-persona Pandora. :-)
  6. Where have you been going?

    Just got back from a trip to the Canadian Rockies. Wow. No picture could possibly convey just how *huge* these mountains are, or how gorgeous the scenery. Saw some wildlife, walked on a glacier and drank water from it, walked a few trails. Went with my sister, my mom, and my mom's sister, and between my sister's health and my mom's age, we wound up doing most of our sightseeing by bus, so fairly limited time at each sight. Saw enough to have been there, not enough to never need to come back.
  7. Things you have no idea how to feel about

    I seem to have gotten out if the habit of posting every day, but I'm still here and post in spurts (like tonight).
  8. What Are You Watching?

    Been watching YouTube, oddly enough mostly TheTimTracker, DisneyFoodBlog, and SuperCarlinBrothers. Am I heading towards another Orlando trip in the near future, or just trying to find a substitute to soothe the urge to?
  9. Things That Are Just Annoying

    Beats the usual alternative, anyway....if there's a chance to Take A Third Option, I'm all for it! Warning: TVTropes link, because I'm evil!
  10. Life's great mysteries.

    I think I think, therefore I think I am, I think.
  11. Things That Are Just Annoying

    Not sure I get this one. If I may ask, who is taking videos of your home, who is seeing them, and why?
  12. What Are You Ingesting?

    I've done something similar with the beef from Trader Joe's. They have a grass-fed hunk of beef which is seasined and sliced and mostly cooked, just have to heat it up in the microwave. I've been known to get a package that's about a pound, and eat it all in one go. Yum! Great, now I want beef.
  13. Video Game Discussion 4

    I've been playing Niantic's other AR game, Ingress. Well, technically Ingress Prime. I freely admit that I started playing it after I heard that after reaching a high enough level you're allowed to recommend new spots for portals, which are also used as PokeStops and Gyms in Pokemon Ho, and will presumably be used for whatever Wizards United winds up sending us out into the real world for. Among other things, I want to use the "hidden gems" category to suggest our practice, because I still hear people say they've lived nearby for years and never realized we were here. Anything that makes more people aware of a small business is a big help! And yes, I'm playing under a pseudonym, who knows if they'd pay any attention to any signs I work there.
  14. What Are You Listening To?

    Ah, yes, I went through a BÖC phase in high school. Having read some of the Eternal Champion books and seen the movie Heavy Metal definitely helped with understanding certain pieces.
  15. Changing Medications (Level of Trust Required)

    How's the big toe doing? Is the Clavamox Augmentin working? Or did you have to discontinue it due to the hives?