Otterday! And Open Thread

Today’s Open thread is hosted by this Giant River Otter. I love the paws.

Giant river otter leaning up on a wall, its head and shoulders out of the water. It has giant paws and a very goofy grin.

Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires. Is there anything great happening in your life? Anything you want to get off your chest? Reading a good book (or a bad one)? Anything in the news that you’d like to discuss? What have you created lately? Commiserations, felicitations, temptations, contemplations, speculations?

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8 replies

  1. Ah gardening. That thing where I carefully reach around the plant I want to keep amongst the weeds, grip and then gently pull out the exact plant I was trying to keep.

  2. I need to transplant some of the tomato seedlings into another pot. At present I have four baby tomato plants in a single 10cm diameter pot, and according to the destructions which came with it from the store, I’m only supposed to have two.

  3. Oh Wow. How do I explain to a five year old that the dodgy PUA tactics and ideas he’s watched in an episode of Pokemon are total rubbish and creepy?

  4. I’d like to see that Giant River Otter in a Laser Death Stare contest with Julie Bishop.

  5. @YetAnotherMatt – I’m afraid I can’t think of much besides commenting loudly and disapprovingly at the time such things are onscreen eg ‘He’s a not a nice boy’. Which doesn’t really help if you are staring at the screen gobsmacked going ‘seriously, did they just go there?’
    Unless, of course, your child starts copying the behaviour, in which case you can pull him/her up on it and explain why it’s wrong.

  6. So, the Rape Prevention thread.
    My only complaint – only one – is about the weapons and military comment.
    The military doesn’t go around armed all the time like in the movies. Military folks don’t get to cary guns on post. They can’t have pepper spray, or tazers, or any of those sorts of weapons on base. So your women walking around *in* uniform as exactly as defenseless as your women walking around *out* of uniform. When they *are* carrying guns, they’re not always issued bullets – in most training scenarios their guns are unloaded, for safety reasons.
    The standard military weapon, when you’re carrying, for enlisted personal – the vast majority of assault victims being enlisted, not officers – is an M16. Women caring an M16 might be seen as non-valid, difficult targets for a rapist, it’s true, simply ebcause Big Damn Gun. Women carrying an M16, though, are carrying a *large* rifle, not easy for close-quarters combat, which is what rape is. A more effective weapon for rape prevention might be a knife or pistol, as long as the woman is a) willing to use it in her own defense (not all women can do this), and b) trained to use it and not get it taken away from her. Even if all these things happen – pistol, willingness, training – the situation might not work out.
    It comes down to the choice of weapon, the woman’s personal emotional make up, her training, and her situation. So please don’t argue that women carrying guns doesn’t prevent rape. It’s a lot more complicated than your statement makes it seem. It’s terribly individual and situational, the weapons/assault thing.

  7. @angharad, Yeah, that’s the thing about all those language problems that people accuse me of being oversensitive about, it’s not going to happen in front of me, is it? I’m not going to have a chance to dismantle the idea that people are entitled to a partner, or that putting on different clothing will make you more attractive, instead of finding out what the individual you are interested in considers attractive, or that “Hey! Look what I can do!” when it’s in action, I can only work around the edges and pull threads out of the gordian knot from a distance.

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