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Re: “Iron Man 2

Oh my God, what a waste. I saw it as part of a double feature at a drive in, and slept through most of it. Pointless, boring, waste of time.

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Posted by Plain Jane on 06/13/2010 at 6:17 PM

Re: “Please Give

I really liked "Lovely and Amazing," but I have to say this film, while mildly entertaining, was a bit of a disappointment. I have less and less interest in the lives of privileged urbanites whose biggest problem is that they have no real problems other than extreme self-absorption.

Posted by Plain Jane on 06/13/2010 at 6:15 PM

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Re: “Our guide to the 21st annual Chicago Underground Film Festival

Critical Paranoia: Conspiratorial Memes, Alternative Histories, and Disinformation ( high-ranking federal officials enjoyed the services of a child sex ring operating out of a credit union in Omaha, Nebraska)

Who Took Johnny ( a former male prostitute came forward to claim that the boy had been exploited in a child sex ring operating out of Omaha, Nebraska).

Maybe the first movie isn't so far off target?

Posted by Plain Jane on 04/04/2014 at 12:49 PM

Re: “It didn't lie well with them

I once dated a guy who could charitably be called a poseur progressive. When I told him that if I ever became accidentally pregnant I would not carry the baby to term (it's never happened; I'm very careful, but you need to have these talks up front), my "Oh, I worked for NARAL one summer fundraising, see how pro-woman I am!" BF suddenly became Mr. "I don't think I'm comfortable with that."

"OK," I said. "So if I get pregnant, I'll have the abortion and not tell you."

"What? I don't get any say?"

"No. I'm not having a baby. Ever."

I was honest, and gave him the choice to live with it or not. We continued dating. For awhile.

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Posted by Plain Jane on 10/22/2012 at 11:30 PM

Re: “Flex hours and work-life balance are great and all, but how about liberating women from making dinner?

I've worked in plenty of offices with married mothers. I constantly hear about how they get home, make dinner, help with homework run the baths, etc. I usually assume they're single moms. Nope; they just have to act like them. I have never once - ONCE in my 20+ years of working had a guy call in because he had to stay home with a sick kid, or leave early to take care of things at home. Guys don't expect to have to juggle work and kids, but women always assume they do. I've never had kids, and I don't miss this BS.

Posted by Plain Jane on 10/22/2012 at 11:15 PM

Re: “Sex on wheels

To FFF: I dated a guy who told me that while he "found the polyamorous lifestyle appealing, [he] only had eyes for the person he was dating." Which turned out to be a big, fat lie. Bottom line? He wanted to be in an open relationship, and told me initially what he knew I wanted to hear, thinking he could convince me to try it eventually. And while there are people out there for whom nonmonogamy works, I'm not one of them.

All I'm saying is, I find it interesting that he only brought this up AFTER you moved in together. You take a big step toward commitment, and he whips out the old "Hey, I was thinking about poly once. By the way. Just sayin.' " The thing about poly is, people think it's this great model for never getting bored. From what I've seen of its practitioners, it's just another way for people to be stupid with one another and avoid problems by finding a shiny new playmate. But it's hard to tell that to a guy who thinks that if he can convince you to try it, he'll have as much carefree variety as he wants. I'm not trying to freak you out -- too much -- just saying be careful, and don't get pressured into agreeing to things you really don't want.

Posted by Plain Jane on 08/06/2012 at 11:40 PM

Re: “The color of his skin

And here we go again, finger-pointing and calling names. Is this what the article is supposed to accomplish? I'm white, and I'm not from Chicago; I'm from Boston. I lived in racially and economically diverse neighborhoods. I've been refused service in Latino and Dominican-owned stores because I was white. I've been the recipient of race-based slurs there and here in Chicago from African-Americans. When I was a kid I got bullied by black girls from the nearby projects because i was white. Do I think we need to do a story on this? Hell NO. What we need to do is balance out the seemingly endless mantra of "we have such a racist society" with some perspective. I live in Rogers Park, where people of all stripes get along. Some don't, so the hell with them. My original point is that you can't change what has happened; you can only change what happens now, but we never hear of all the good things that happen between races in this city, and I blame the media for that, and my accusation is that to say, "hey look, here's a diverse neighborhood where people get along" won't sell any papers, so the story doesn't get press. By beating only one drum, the media keeps reinforcing this acrimony and paints a very one-sided picture. i wasn't alive in the 40s, so I'm not going to take the blame for what someone I didn't know did. Being white doesn't make me racist or guilty. I'd rather show that by actually living respectably with my neighbors that adopting some fabricated armchair-liberal guilt,

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Posted by Plain Jane on 03/04/2012 at 2:44 PM

Re: “The color of his skin

I know this is going to make some people angry, but what is the point of this story? Unlike stories about people currently languishing in prison unjustly who might gain through freedom through media scrutiny, I don't understand what this story hopes to accomplish. Is it trying to say that there were racial tensions in Chicago? Is it trying to say that people have suffered because of racism? Is this news? I'm not in any way belittling the loss here, but the problem I have with these kinds of stories is that there seems to be a kind of media lasciviousness over the topic of racism. It's sexy and it's easy to sell the perpetual Injustice drama, to the point where I have to wonder how much of this is reporting and how much of it is a paper trying to be provocative in the guise of social justice.

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Posted by Plain Jane on 03/02/2012 at 10:54 PM

Re: “Prick- and twat-teasing "swingers"

I'm not advocating abstinence until marriage, but I'm not opposed to it, either. I do agree that HMW is being simplistic and smug, and has lucked out. However, Dan's example implies a few things: one, that virgins are naive. Two, that not having sex goes hand in hand with not talking about sex, reading about sex, or watching sex-positive videos about sex (in all its forms). If someone had scat fantasies and fetish, they could discuss that with their partner beforehand. Sex and all the expectations and comfort levels can be discussed and talked about - hey! BEFORE people have sex. I know it's a novel idea, but isn't the notion of communicating before you have sex rather than as a reaction to having it somewhat sensible? THere are all kinds of things we find out about people, sexually or not, but if you already know that you love and trust one another, that seems a pretty good first step to me.

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Posted by Plain Jane on 11/11/2011 at 7:45 PM

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