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2020.09.06 03:45 whyme1924Sources to Counter Common Transphobia
Classification as a Mental Illness
Being trans is not classified as a mental illness by either the American Psychological Association or the World Health Organization. Gender dysphoria or incongruence is recognized by both as a medical condition, and transition is the only treatment recognized as effective and appropriate medical response to this condition. A trans person who has completed transition, and who no longer experiences distress because the conditions previously causing it have been corrected, is no longer diagnosed as having dypshoria or incongruence. Transgender no longer recognised as 'disorder' by WHO
Citations for the Medical Basis of Gender Identity
Here is a resolution from the American Medical Association on the efficacy and necessity of transition as appropriate treatment for gender dysphoria, and call for an end to insurance companies categorically excluding transition-related care from coverage.
Here are the guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Here is a similar resolution from the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Here is one from the National Association of Social Workers.
Here are the treatment guidelines from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and here are guidelines from the NHS. More from the NHS here.
Citations for the Reduction in Suicide Rates
Bauer, et al., 2015: Transition vastly reduces risks of suicide attempts, and the farther along in transition someone is the lower that risk gets.
Moody, et al., 2013: The ability to transition, along with family and social acceptance, are the largest factors reducing suicide risk among trans people.
Young Adult Psychological Outcome After Puberty Suppression and Gender Reassignment. A clinical protocol of a multidisciplinary team with mental health professionals, physicians, and surgeons, including puberty suppression, followed by cross-sex hormones and gender reassignment surgery, provides trans youth the opportunity to develop into well-functioning young adults. All showed significant improvement in their psychological health, and they had notably lower rates of internalizing psychopathology than previously reported among trans children living as their natal sex. Well-being was similar to or better than same-age young adults from the general population.
Dr. Ryan Gorton: “In a cross-sectional study of 141 transgender patients, Kuiper and Cohen-Kittenis found that after medical intervention and treatments, suicide fell from 19 percent to zero percent in transgender men and from 24 percent to 6 percent in transgender women.)”
Murad, et al., 2010: "Significant decrease in suicidality post-treatment. The average reduction was from 30 percent pretreatment to 8 percent post treatment. ... A meta-analysis of 28 studies showed that 78 percent of transgender people had improved psychological functioning after treatment."
De Cuypere, et al., 2006: Rate of suicide attempts dropped dramatically from 29.3 percent to 5.1 percent after receiving medical and surgical treatment among Dutch patients treated from 1986-2001.
UK study: "Suicidal ideation and actual attempts reduced after transition, with 63% thinking about or attempting suicide more before they transitioned and only 3% thinking about or attempting suicide more post-transition.
Smith Y, 2005: Participants improved on 13 out of 14 mental health measures after receiving treatments.
Lawrence, 2003: Surveyed post-op trans folk: "Participants reported overwhelmingly that they were happy with their SRS results and that SRS had greatly improved the quality of their lives
the 40% suicide rate is a reference to this study by Dr. Dhejne. The claim that her study shows that transition does not reduce risk of suicide attempts while improving mental health and quality of life is a deliberate misrepresentation popularized by Paul McHugh, a religious extremist and leading member of an anti-gay and anti-trans hate group, who presents himself as a reputable source but publishes work without peer review. His claim to fame is having shut down the Johns Hopkins trans health program in the 70's, which he did not based on medical evidence but on his personal ideological opposition to transition. Johns Hopkins has resumed offering transition related medical care, including reconstructive surgery, and their faculty are finally disavowing him for his irresponsible and ideologically motivated misrepresentation of the current science of sex and gender. That study's lead author Dr. Dhejne had emphatically denounced McHugh and his misuse of her work. If for those who don't trust the TransAdvocate article, she did so again in her Science AMA last year. Edit: Details on Dr. Dhejne's often misrepresented study - it found only that trans people who transitioned prior to 1989had slightly higher risk of suicide attempts than the general public. The author attributed this higher risk to the vicious anti-trans discrimination people who transitioned 29+ years ago experienced. The study found no difference in the risk of suicide attempts among trans people who transitioned after 1989, vs the general public. She is also the primary author the other study I posted below, An analysis of all applications for sex reassignment surgery in Sweden, 1960-2010: prevalence, incidence, and regrets, which found a "regret" rate of 2.2%
Countering Claims of Widespread Transition Regret
This 1% "regret" rate also includes a lot of people who are very happy they transitioned, and continue to live as a gender other than the one they were assigned at birth, but regret that medical error or shitty luck led to low quality surgical results. This is a risk in any reconstructive surgery, and a success rate of about 99% is astonishingly good for any medical treatment. And "regret" rates have been going down for decades, as surgical methods improve.
Care of the Patient Undergoing Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS) - Persistent regret among post-operative transsexuals has been studied since the early 1960s. The most comprehensive meta-review done to date analyzed 74 follow-up studies and 8 reviews of outcome studies published between 1961 and 1991 (1000-1600 MTF and 400-550 FTM patients). The authors concluded that in this 30 year period, <1% of female-to-males (FTMs) and 1-1.5% of male-to-females (MTFs) experienced persistent regret following SRS. Studies published since 1991 have reported a decrease in the incidence of regret for both MTFs and FTMs that is likely due to improved quality of psychological and surgical care for individuals undergoing sex reassignment.
Countering Claims that Puberty Blockers are Harmful
There is extensive research about long term use of puberty blockers, and they have overwhelmingly been shown to be very gentle and safe. This treatment isn't just used for trans youth - it has been the standard treatment for kids with precocious puberty for decades. Most kids with precocious puberty don't have any underlying medical condition, their early development is just an extreme variation of normal development, but it would still cause serious psychological damage to start puberty at the age of, say, 6. This treatment has no long term side effects; it just puts puberty on hold. Stop treatment, and puberty picks up where it left off.
Countering Claims that Trans People Didn't Historically Exist
Chevalier d'Eon (1728-1810) - French diplomat, spy, freemason, and soldier who fought in the Seven Years' War, who transitioned at the age of 49 and lived the remaining 33 years of her life as a woman.
Albert Cashier (1843-1915) - Trans man who served in the US Civil War.
Harry Allen (1882-1922) - Trans man who was the subject of sensationalistic newspaper coverage for his string of petty crimes.
Lili Elbe (1882-1931) - Trans woman who underwent surgery in 1930 with Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld, who ran one of the first dedicated medical facilities for trans patients.
Karl M. Baer (1885-1956) - Trans man who underwent reconstructive surgery (the details of which are not known) in 1906, and was legally recognized as male in Germany in 1907.
Dr. Alan Hart (1890-1962) - Groundbreaking radiologist who pioneered the use of x-ray photography in tuberculosis detection, and in 1917 he became one of the first trans men to undergo hysterectomy and gonadectomy in the US.
Dr. Michael Dillon (1915-1962) - British physician who updated his birth certificate to Male in the early 1940's, and in 1946 became the first trans man to undergo phalloplasty.
Christine Jorgensen (1926-1989) - The first widely known trans woman in the US in 1952, after her surgery attracted medical attention.
And while until recently there has been no place in modern US/European culture for people with gender identities and lives atypical to their sex at birth to exist publicly, that isn't true in other times and cultures. Throughout the middle east and Asia there have been Hijra visible in public life for hundreds or even thousands of years. The same is true of Kathoey in Thailand, Muxe in Zapotec culture in Mexico, various two-spirit identities found in indigenous American cultures, Māhū in traditional Hawaiian/Tahitian/Maohi cultures, the Fa'afafine of Samoa, Tongan Fakaleiti, the Sworn Virgins of the Balkans, the Galli of Ancient Rome, etc. And of course, humans are not the only animals. While we can't interview animals, and gender identity is harder to identify visually in animals than something like same-gender sexual activity is, we sure as hell have observed a lot of animals displaying instinctive behavior typically associated with the other sex. And there very certainly is evidenceof congenital, neurologically based sexually specific behavior in animals.
2020.08.27 15:44 tjd_hThis is hard for me but here goes....
Hey everyone. I’m 29 in an almost 6 year relationship that’s probably close to ending, and I’ve been questioning my sexuality for 3 years now and I’m pretty sure I’m bi. I have 0 experience with other women, and so far I’ve only told my best friend. I am a long time obsessive lurker, first time poster. As a kid I remember having a huge crush on a camp counsellor at age 5. I always thought my dance teachers were so pretty as a kid and teenager but it was in a non sexual way so it fine riiight? Spoiler alert it was definitely a bit gay. I didn’t date in high school and had my first boyfriend age 19 which spun into an emotionally abusive and manipulative marriage that I left age 23, divorced at 24. I met my current bf at 24. He’s the kindest and sweetest man in the world. We moved from Canada to the UK together. But we’ve had a lot of issues and I’ve been unhappy and thinking of being single for a while now. The sex isn’t there, and there’s an imbalance in terms of our ambition levels, drive and hobbies, etc. We’re currently deciding if we want to keep being together. A few years ago I’d meet other women and have a weird flicker of recognition. Then it was women on Instagram. But that’s fine because it’s just on Instagram right? But then when I was in a coffee shop in Amsterdam last year I saw the woman working there and experienced what I can only describe as the most powerful instant attraction I’ve ever felt in my life. I felt like I got hit on the head with a hammer and I felt like my whole life lit up in a weird way that was almost uncomfortable. I’m noticing women way more than I’ve ever done. I would never cheat on my boyfriend but it’s been really hard to stop fantasising. But it was all ok at the time, because this was only one person in real life who I didn’t exchange more than 5 sentences with, and people on Instagram and random Netflix shows I’m attracted to. Well joke’s on me because we got a new upstairs neighbour and after a few months I have an absolutely massive crush on her. I turn into a tongue tied idiot whenever she tries to make friendly conversation with me. I find myself hoping we’ll run into each other and being very aware of what I’m wearing and what my makeup looks like. I feel like a fucking predator and I feel like I’m cheating every time I think of her. I want to get to know her so badly it’s actually painful. She’s also a single mom and at least 10 years older than me so I have no clue where this crush came from. I haven’t said anything to my boyfriend except one time by accident when I was drunk. As of today our relationship is pretty rocky and he seems to be in favour of ending things. I think I want to be honest and tell him but I don’t want to get into specifics and I don’t know how much it will help. I’m massively doubting myself and wondering if I’m just a terrible person who’s having these feelings because my kind and caring boyfriend isn’t “exciting” enough for me. Sometimes I feel in pain and deprived of the fact that I might never get to experience being with a woman. I don’t know where this leaves me. I don’t think I’m fully gay but I’m definitely not straight.
2020.08.22 03:54 FortBoyardBoiNeed advice. Don't know if I'm a really picky bi-guy or a really weird straight guy.
First-time poster here. Using my dump account because I'm paranoid. I'm sorry if this is a bit long, but I want to give as much detail as possible to get some honest advice. Please be gentle. A "disagreement" has been brewing for a while amongst my friends group and has recently come to a head. The aftermath has left me feeling unsure and a little bit guilty, and I could use some outside perspective. For simplicity, there are three main people involved: Me: 28M "Emma": 27F "Craig": 27M I live in the UK in an area that has relatively relaxed COVID-19 restrictions. This happened at an outdoor garden party I attended two weeks back (about 20 people). My family doesn't know about my "preferences" (haven't got the guts to tell them yet) but most of my friends do. Emma and Craig (Not their real names) aren't really my friends, but friends of friends I regularly hang out with and have gotten to know one another fairly well. Emma is straight and best friends with Craig who's gay. Craig likes me and has no problem showing it. He's flirty, touchy, likes to hug, etc. Whenever we're all together, he'll make a point to stay nearby, always wanting to pull me into conversations, buy me drinks, or even just sit beside me, with Emma acting as his "wing-woman". Out of the two, I'd say Emma is the more pushy one and is always trying to herd me towards Craig at almost every gathering we're at if she thinks I'm trying to put some distance between me and him. Honestly, it's a little creepy how insistant she is at having the two of us close together, and she can be quite pushy when she doesn't get her way. With me having all of the social grace of a shaved chimp, I usually just grin and bare it in awkward silence. Onto the incident in question. I was talking to a girl I know and quite like when Emma comes marching over. She looks quite annoyed so I ask what's wrong and she asks me to come with her. I do and she leads me into the house where I'm immediatly surrounded by Emma and a few of her girlfriends with Emma blocking the door so I can't leave. Craig is also there and looks annoyed as well. Emma immediatly launches into this triade; "Why are you talking to her?", ""Why are you avoiding Craig?", "He's been wanting to talk to you and you've been avoiding him,", "You're making Craig upset," etc. Honestly, this just pissed me off and I told her that I'll talk to whoever I damn well please and try to leave, but they're still blocking the door. Then she comes out and says it. Craig fancies me and has been trying to get together with me for months. She's asking me why I'm trying to hurt him and wants to know why I won't give him a chance since we "Obviously like each other". All the while her friends are backing her up and Craig's giving me this kicked-puppy look. I start to panic and just blurt out the truth. I don't like Craig like that. Not because he's a bad guy, but because he's not my type. They ask me what I mean. "He's too feminine." My God, you should have seen the reaction. Craig runs off crying, and Emma and her pals are screaming, calling me all the bastards in the book. Emma's shouting, accusing me of lying about being Bi. I feel like i should explain myself here. Craig is very feminine. High-pitched voice, girlish mannerisms, likes to wear nail-polish, he even talks like a girl, if that makes sense. And that's fine, but it's not what I'm into. I like masculine guys, the kind that you wouldn't even think where gay/bi if you saw them in the street. What's more, I'm sexually attracted to guys but I prefer relationships with women. I've never hidden it or lied about it to anyone, but it would take a lot more for me to be in a relationship with a guy than a girl. This just made Emma angrier. She started accusing me of lying about being Bi, saying I was straight and just using guys for sex and that I was disgusting. She even said "You can't be against feminine guys that much. From what I've heard, if Craig had tits you'd even pay to fuck him." She was talking about about a birthday trip I had to Amsterdam. I'd gotten too drunk and confessed to my friends that I was also into trans girls. This ended up with them practically dragging me to a trans brothel as a "surprise gift". That shut me up because I didn't know she even knew about that. I just stood there in stunned silence with these girls shouting at me. Eventually, my best friend Barry (Praise be his name) heard the shouting and came to my rescue. He sent them off with a few choice words of his own and got me out of there. Since the party, opinions have been divided. Most are on my side and have told Emma she was out of line, but a few have suggested that I lead Craig on by 'pretending" to be Bi. I'm really sorry for the long ramble, but I guess what I'm asking is am I actually Bi? Like I said, I'm sexualy attracted to both men and women. And trans girls. But I prefer romantic relationships with women. If a good looking guy wanted to take me home for the night, I'd likely be up for it, but unless we really connected I just don't see me dating a guy long-term. I do feel bad for Craig since he seemed genuinely upset, and since then I've been questioning if maybe Emma is right about me pretending. TL;DR: Turned down a guy for being too feminine. His friends are accusing me of lying about being Bi. I like guys for sex and women for relationships.
2020.08.20 21:44 Blue_Stuff_Bisexual male needing advice...
I keep spiralling around a vicious circle, I sort of know the answers already to some of these questions, but I'm very depressed again and need to hear some other people's views. Before I continue, yes I've seen similar threads and I'm not claiming anything about any demographic is wrong or claiming I'm curing something.... (PC disclaimer) A quick summary of my story... First masturbation at 12. Never had a girlfriend but had several crushes through my teens Noticed I was Bisexual at 17, because I looked at gay images Not just for that reason, suffered Clinical Depression in late teens to early-mid 20s Lost my virginity by using female prostitutes. Have had sexual encounters more recently with men too Never been in a relationship with either gender. I've never "looked at" boys sexually in the street the way I look at girls, even if my penis doesn't react to either. However if I abstain from PMO, I'm capable of semis etc if she's my type The reason I'm writing here for advice is because while I know deep down I am bisexual, I often struggle to keep my physical (erection) attraction to women. Emotionally, would love a girlfriend, however they're much harder to get. It's relatively easy to hook up with a male when Grindr exists but there's no straight equivalent. I also know that abstaining from porn or sexual activity does effectively return my attraction to females. However I have a very analytical mind and often can't resist the urge to "test" my straight side - resulting in porn binges which lead me back to square one. To be clear, the only person that's ever had a problem with my sexuality is ME. I don't mind the gay side of myself anymore, but due to being completely straight in my teens, it's left me with a trait of worrying about losing it completely. (please don't give me the usual "does it matter if you're gay?" response, I already know it doesn't, this is an entirely personal mental issue for me) I've noticed the longer I can abstain from sexual activity, my erectile functions towards women gradually return. But when I'm in a depressed state like today, I'm panicking because I feel like i'm forcing myself and I'm in denial. It's resulted in me looking at both types of porn and panicking because I was struggling to get hard at the straight stuff, mostly due to self pressure. I've hired a female prostitute twice during this week, being-semi successful. Of course, being a whore, she showed very little interest in me, which did not help my performance. The first day, I had my dick in her and was growing in confidence, only for her to assume that because I was still admittedly not quite fully hard (very possible due to nerves and lack of reciprocation) and I hadn't come in 30 seconds, despite enjoying the feel of her pussy - she started asking to change positions to try and force me to cum as quickly as possible, which of course really killed it for me. Also, to add to this - even with boys, I struggle to cum from penetrating them alone, even if I can get harder more easily - but boys actually WANT to be with me which helps a lot. I'm sorry for rambling on like this, I'm just very depressed because the past couple of days I can not get the thoughts out of my head of whether I'm gay and in denial or whether masturbating too much, plus my circumstances meaning I can only get boys unless I pay out for a lady who will have no interest in me, I'm concerned for my mental health. I've tried nofap before, and I've noticed my female attraction begin to return, even if it meant I still don't get quite as hard as I do with boys, I definately gain an erection of some kind. An example of this is when I was on holiday with a friend of mine. It meant it was much easier to abstain from PMO for simply a week, because I was around him most of the time and I managed to refrain from sneaking off to masturbate. The week ended with me in Amsterdam with an hour or two free, and while I was still nervous and possibly still not fully hard, I had prostitute there (trust me, they do their job MUCH better in Amsterdam) who let me actually touch her vagina, indulged a small fetish of mine, and then I came while she was riding my cock - my stupid analytical brain is still trying to find something wrong about that encounter, but it must be proof that my straight side is still there at some level. But as I've said already, if I've masturbated too much, even without porn, I can't stop analyising my sexuality and using porn to test things - only to find the more I do, the less I can get an erection over women. To add to this, the porn and masturbation also affects my gay side. I've found dating apps are also a problem, as you can just as easily see explicit images on there (especially the obvious gay ones). While I find it easier to get an erection with boys because they actually like me and i'm not paying them, I still struggle to cum when I'm with them. I stay hard and I enjoy it, but years of porn and self-stimulation through masturbating means that I still struggle to cum even with them, unless I'm touching myself. So it's not just about my sexuality, PMO affects both genders. Thank you for reading all this, to summarise I have just a couple of questions... while I'm looking for answers mainly from Bisexuals or people who have found PMO may have awakened or affected their sexuality... all answers would be greatly appreciated... Sorry if this is all just a rant, I feel awful today because I relapsed and then noticed I strongly preferred the gay stuff. Did any of you find that you only noticed you were Bi because of the internet? If you're Bi, how has excessive PMO affected your preferences? From the little experience I have, my attraction increases the longer I abstain and I have had successful straight sex - is this just denial? (my gay experiences don't need such abstination, but I still have issues, I cannot finish without masturbating myself) Finally, does it count as breaking your no-PMO streak if you only orgasm with an actual partner? (though gay sex I still have to finish myself off) - I started seeing a boy recently, and I think he wants to keep seeing me for a regular thing - Will this affect a reboot? I'd be sad to lose a possibly great friend, maybe even more, but my mental health takes priority... thank you for any replies
I kinda wrote this for myself as I needed to put my thoughts into paper, I often feel judge by the path I taken, sometimes people don't understand what led me here and sometimes people get upset because what I do to myself. I guess this is who I am and why not to share this with you and maybe you can share your journey with me I have been on this journey for what it feels like a long time. I don't know if I should but I do, I describe ass play as an addition. Discovered ass play shortly after I discovered penis masturbation. I used to play using the head of glass pop bottles and I used them fairly often. When I was still fairly young I had my first time with what was probably the largest, thickest cock I have ever taken. (I bottom for guys that vacuum pump, I am excluding them because their dick is puffy, this guy was rock hard). I was able to take him not with ease but I was able to. He could not believe I was a virgin and called me a lier right after he rammed his cock in me the second time I bottom for him. However I kept letting him fuck me every day sometimes twice a day, eventually his cock started to go in with ease and it went from me letting him fuck me because I was very attracted to him to me begging for his cock because it felt better than anything else I had experience. This happened over summer holidays and while I was staying with relatives in another town. After this I took a six month break from dick not because lack of offers but rather I needed time to figure things out. However I didn't take a break from ass play. After his dick I needed something bigger so started using bananas, cucumbers and even the bottom end of glass bottles. Shortly after I came out to a couple of friends, I was still in highschool so that spread like wildfire. I became "popular" with the "straight" boys tons of late night house visits. I have to be honest I discriminated against small dicks and I would only bottom for the big boys. My favorite "straight" friend at the time was this guy that look like he had been in prison. This one time he convince me to have some friends over for a bon fire. We planned for him to stay the night As the night progressed everyone left but my "straight" friend and this other gay dude. I was not friends with that other gay dude and I could not understand why he wasn't leaving. Until everyone was gone and they both got naked. They clearly had planned this out. So I fucked the gay dude while our "straight" friend fuck me and played with my hole. He used to play with my hole a fair bit but that night was way more than usual he was getting me ready. He asked me to sit on his cock, so I did and then the other gay dude got behind me and rammed his dick in me. It kinda hurt at first but eventually I loosen up and I was able to take them both. We had 3somes few other times, the other gay guy was not into ass play and he would not let anyone stick anything but their dick in him so he was definitely against letting us dp him and to be honest he probably would not have been able to. So I got dp fairly regularly during those times. My "straight" friend would often complement how tight the other guy was and that eventually got to me. So I stopped seeing them and I also stopped playing with my hole with anything larger than a dick. I moved out after high school worked for a bit saved money and travel through Europe for a couple weeks. Here is where I met my first Dom, didn't know anything about fetish at the time. I met him at the bar and he took me to his place, blind folded me and used me all night, so I was hooked. So in a 3 day visit to Amsterdam I saw him 3 times. The third time he blindfolded but this time he tight my legs to the bed frame so they would be spread out and started playing with my hole, he stretched my hole to it's limits using fingers and toys. I got to feel the toys but never saw them. They were definitely monster size. Once I got back within the first week I went to buy my first dildo average size probably 7" and well it didn't do the cut so I got my second dildo and that one fill me right up. I was 19 and sleeping around a bit. I didn't care how they looked only that they were hung Until I met this shy skinny but handsome dude with a beer can for a dick. We hooked up on his car felt stretch but took his dick like a champ. he was shocked mentioned that most guys could not take him. So he had no other option than to date me. I kept playing on my own once in a while mostly with that second toy which was pretty much as thick as the skinny guy but an inch and a bit longer. Eventually that wasn't doing the trick so I got my self my first big boy dildo and well I loved it, I loved the stretch, well the skinny guy didn't loved it as much, he noticed right the way and was fairly upset. So I took a "break" from it for few years with few exceptions like while the skinny guy would go on business trips. Eventually I craved it more and more and I stopped caring what the skinny guy thought I needed that stretch. So started playing fairly regularly on my own at first and shortly after with others. I originally set my limit to smaller than a hand my thinking was that I could enjoy the stretch with large toys and still bottom for the average person in Grindr. And here comes my second Dom, outright gorgeous, hung like a horse and not a penny on his name. He requires a bit of attention and he likes to be pumper but sex with him is probably the best that I could ask for. So after two years of playing together and my 30th birthday I let him fist me, it took a couple tries and some poppers but that same night he was able to get his fist in me. In a way it feels that I have been on this journey that was carved in stone for me and finally I am not going against it, I am just exploring my path I'm still fairly new and still have lots to learn Thanks for reading
2020.08.09 07:14 SuperJew113Statistic about once you've reached age zero without losing your virginity...your chances diminish dramatically
Edit: Age thirty not zero. In the pure technical sense, I am not a virgin...but I have a lot in common. I had sex at 17 with a girl I really was not interested in all that much. When I was 29, I hired two prostitutes in Amsterdam. So 2003-now Ive had sex 4x, and basically only twice between 2003, and on an excursion in 2014. So here's my deal. I rank my attractiveness based on what kind of people find me attractive. Now last night I got propositioned by a homeless woman on meth. Earlier this year a morbidly obese woman who smokes and is a ward of the state. I remember in 06, a very poor gay man I randomly met in a totally non-sexual conversation at a Motel 6. Now for example I convinced a girl i liked to go to prom with me...she basically fucks every other man besides me. One of the men she fucked was a kid I knew since he was 3 and I was 4. I like telling her she taught me a valuable lesson that night she fucked him over me, Patricks have a lot better more fulfilling lives than James's. And I told her I more or less agree with her...I should always strive to be a Patrick and never a James, because James fucking sucks, yes he does, he fucking sucks. And I thank her for that I really do, really set the tone for me for the next close to 20 years had in store here. I went on an outting with several other college guys in 04, I could quickluly deduce these men are profoundly more attractive and better candidates to women than I am. If I had to guess now the majority of them went on to have a wife and kids. I'd say the last girl I legit interested in/attracted to I went on a date with was either the one in 06 or 09, either way and honestly to their credit, if I were in their shoes I'd make the same decision, I'm not a good match. I base my view of my personal perceived attractiveness off these parameters. And between morbidly obese smoker who's a ward of the state and homeless woman on meth last night...I think I look ugly all the time and this article about a substantial reduction in chances of going out with someone I find mutually attractive breaks my heart...further. I'm pretty much either mad or sad all of the time more or less, I guess nothing really matters. To my credit I am trying very hard to opticsl illusuon attractiveness, constant diet, focus on fitness, always newer clothes. Money permitting Id like to wear a Giorgio-Armani suit at least once a week. And btw, if I don't find a morbidly obese smoking ward of the state, or a homeless woman on meth attractive, I disagree with the notion that Im too picky or that I am shallow or too focused on physical attractiveness. I am always mad or sad. No real in between.
2020.07.16 21:43 worstofluck98Apparently we still can’t donate blood...
Just in case anyone was thinking of donating blood because of the drastically reduced donor deferral period for gay men, if you still take PrEP during the three months prior to donation, you still can’t donate. I figured that might be the case, but in all my internet research ahead of time they just said “talk to the doctor if you take this medication”, and not “don’t bother coming in”. It makes sense given the kidney side effects, but given their somewhat hopeful wording, I almost wonder if it had anything to do with my being a 22 year-old man in a rainbow covid mask and a floral shirt trying to donate blood in Capitol Hill, Seattle (the main gayborhood in the Amsterdam of America). Anyone quit dating and try to donate but get told the same thing?
2020.06.24 14:45 old_richmanliving in the past: lp newsletter june 2000
COMET - MAY/JUNE 2000 - ISSUE 24 For people who like their travel news down loaded, not loaded down. Brought to you by Lonely Planet (http://www.lonelyplanet.com) *** IN THIS ISSUE Upgrade Your Iran Guidebook - News From LP Authors on the Road Soapbox - What's Shaking the Thorn Tree, LP's travellers' bulletin board? The Scoop - World News For the Itchy of Foot Compass - Cuba Guides to Win Decadent Dunnies - The Winning Toilet Humourists In the Spotlight - Ecotourism in Costa Rica: Size Matters Link - Bahrain, Kuwait & Qatar Guides to Win Homepage - What's Happening on the LP Web Site? Press The Flesh - Chat Online to LP Author Nancy Frey *** UPGRADE 'IRAN' Paul Greenwood, the co-author of LP's guide to Iran and its online Upgrade, says scoring a visa to Iran remains a matter of luck - or 'inshallah'. If you get your foot in the door, however, you'll find Iran remarkably cheap and safe to travel around and the people incredibly hospitable. FACTS FOR THE VISITOR * Visas & Documents: The good news is that visas are increasingly easy to extend inside Iran, but the bad news is that visas to enter Iran are still a hassle to get in the first place. The current advice is to apply in your home country several months in advance; try again about two months later if your first application is refused; or obtain an (extendable) transit visa in a neighbouring country (Pakistan, Turkey or India). There has been no letup in the letters from travellers with tales of woe, difficulty and capriciousness when applying for visas. However, there are individual stories of charm, ease and straightforward dealings between some travellers and some Iranian consular staff. Annoyingly, it appears to be a matter of luck - or inshallah. US citizens can receive visas from the Iranian Interests Section in the Pakistan embassy in Washington if they can prove they have prebooked flights to/from Iran and accommodation in Iran, and have a 'good' reason to travel there (or pretend that they do), eg an interest in Islamic architecture, visiting family etc. * Visa Extensions: Travellers (and the author) report successful visa extensions in Tabriz (as much as 30 days is possible); Esfahan (only 10 days, but in 24 hours or less); Shiraz (seven to 10 days regularly given, but 15 or more days if you ask nicely); Kerman; and Mashhad (30 days is possible within 24 hours). Tehran is now far better, and extensions within 24 hours are currently possible. * Money: There are now four exchange rates. The official rate of US$1 = 3000 rials, stubbornly set by the Central Bank, is meaningless; make sure that banks don't use this rate when you change travellers cheques (if you can) or get a cash advance with a credit card, or when you buy anything with a credit card. Secondly, banks that have foreign exchange facilities offer about US$1 = 5700 rials. Thirdly, the 'street rate' at the safe, legal money exchange offices is about US$1 = 8000-8500 rials, and that is still the best way to change money. Finally, the dodgy black market traders offer about US$1 = 8500+ rials, but the extra is not worth the risk. (The exchange rates offered by money exchange offices, and particularly the black market traders, will vary according to the current economic, political and social situation in Iran.) Many mid-range hotels will change money at about US$1 = 8000 rials. Budget hotels are often not interested, or trustworthy; top end hotels usually offer the bank rate of about US$1 = 5700 rials. Travellers have had trouble converting rials into US dollars when leaving the country, even with a bank receipt. Try at the airport, or better, don't change too much just before leaving Iran. * Costs: Entry fees to all government-run museums and galleries have now been set at between 15,000 and 20,000 rials. The cost of transport, hotels and food has increased by about 40% over prices quoted in the guidebook. However, you get many more rials for your US dollar now, so Iran is even cheaper than it was. The minimum you'll need to pay for budget hotels, Iranian food and overland, public transport is about US$10 per person per day. Unless you thrive on discomfort, however, allow about US$30 per person per day. Add to this the cost of internal flights (which are still ridiculously cheap), long-distance chartered taxis and souvenirs. * Post & Communications: Iran is very slowly getting on the Net. Several Internet centres have opened in Tehran, and one has started up in Yazd. In Esfahan and Shiraz, rug sellers in the bazaars have set up internet stations. A little delta (triangle) sign indicates that computers are available. * Dangers & Annoyances: Despite the US and UK bombing of Iraq (and a stray missile or two did land on Khorramshahr inside Iran), some huffing and puffing between Iran and the Taliban in Afghanistan, and the murder of some liberal writers, Iran remains one of the safest countries in the region. There were several kidnappings of foreign tourists in south-east Iran in 1999, thought to be linked to the drugs trade, but their releases were successfully negotiated. US citizens remain unwelcome by the government (but not by the Iranian populace in general). A bus carrying US businessmen was attacked in mid-1998 by some radicals, although nobody was harmed. Despite this, US visitors who can get a visa should have few problems if they keep a low profile. GETTING THERE & AWAY * Air: Iran Air has commenced weekly flights to Copenhagen. Pariz Air has commenced flights between Bandar-e Abbas and Ras al-Khaimah in the UAE, currently on Sunday and Wednesday. Departure tax is about US$40. * Land: Pakistan: There is now only one train per week between Zahedan and Quetta. It leaves Zahedan at 8.30 am on Monday. The ticket office in Zahedan is open from 7 am to 2 pm daily except Friday. One traveller reported an unpleasant surprise when entering overland into Iran. They were charged an extra US$174 in 'fuel tax', apparently to compensate Iran for allowing foreigners travelling on transit visas to buy petrol at such cheap prices, in an attempt, effectively, to charge the equivalent of the higher petrol prices in neighbouring countries. This doesn't apply to visitors with tourist visas. GETTING AROUND The government was forced to slash petrol subsidies in late 1998, so the price of petrol nearly doubled. This naturally resulted in a similar percentage increase in taxi and bus fares and may affect prices for other forms of transport. However, by western standards the price of all local transport remains incredibly cheap. READ ON Read the rest of Paul's handiwork online: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/upgrades/up-ira.htm or choose another Upgrade, from Japan to Jordan: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/upgrades/ WHAT ARE UPGRADES, ANYWAY? Upgrades provide a snapshot of the most important changes that have occurred since the book was published. They only outline changes that affect the usefulness of the book. They are written by Lonely Planet authors and include unconfirmed news from travellers on the road. We produce Upgrades to more than 50 best sellers and guides to countries or regions that change rapidly. Our authors write the first Upgrade around six months after the book is published and subsequent Upgrades every six months after that. When the fully updated new edition of the book is published the Upgrades cycle starts again. Upgrades are supplements to our books designed to make each book even more useful throughout its life. They're no substitute for our books, which are thoroughly updated by LP authors for every edition. *** SOAPBOX Votes are being cast on the Thorn Tree this month for the most awful embassy and visa chase of all time. Kazaks worldwide seem to be winning: http://thorntree.lonelyplanet.com/thorn/repliesflat.pl?Cat=&Topic=31170&view=expanded *** THE SCOOP News For the Itchy of Foot THAILAND Severe flooding hit Central Thailand over the weekend 3-4 June, blocking roads and leaving villages underwater. The Chanthaburi river overflowed into farmland after heavy rains. Villages, orchards and fish farms in Chanthaburi and Trat were inundated, and roads linking several villages were blocked by tree trunks or branches. Many were covered by a metre of water. Flooding reached the Khao Saming and Bo Rai districts of Trat, and some parts of the Bo Rai district were inundated. In many of the flood stricken districts water levels are not expected to drop in the near future, and relief packages are being issued to remote villages. Authorities have ordered full scale relief operations to be prepared as concern grows over rising water levels. Travellers should be prepared for transport disruptions in these areas, remain flexible in their plans and consult local sources to keep up to date with developments. INDONESIA Indonesian police have expressed concern over the number of counterfeit notes in circulation in Jakarta and on the island of Bali following the arrest of 15 people this week for distributing funny money. An estimated 6.5 billion Rp of counterfeit money has been discovered in the past three months, most of it in the form of 50,000 Rp notes. The government has contemplated withdrawing the note (which bears the visage of disgraced ex-President Soeharto) and re-issuing it with a new design. Meanwhile, Indonesia's central bank has announced that there are flaws in some genuine 100,000 Rp notes, which smudge when rubbed intensely. Travellers in possession of ink-smeared 100,000 Rp notes can exchange them at local banks. UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE) Abu Dhabi's first female-only shopping mall has proven to be a mild success. As most shopping malls in the UAE are popular meeting places for men to smoke and drink coffee in air-conditioned comfort, many women avoid them. But not the She Zone, where more than 300 women visit each weekday and about 1100 women visit on the weekends. In the She Zone women are not required to wear the abaya - a long overcoat - or a veil while they are shopping and all staff (including security guards) are female. 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We always pick winners at random to give readers in all time zones an even chance. Email us at: comet u/lonelyplanet.com.au. Last month we described Skuon in Cambodia. The follow people picked up the prizes: Alvin Lim, Ben Schonthal, Cheyne Keith, Eric Beadle, Graham Cullen, Jaakko Kurki, Jane Hirons, Javier Segurotti, Kirsten Sander, Lim Lay Hoon, Lubos Bartyzal, Martin Roberts, Michiel Jansen, Mikael Blixt, Natalie Mei-Lynn Soh, Prentiss Riddle, Rich Garella, Tim Taylor, Zdena Plecita, Zoe Arthur. *** DECADENT DUNNIES Well, we did ask. Remind us never to use the words 'describe' and 'toilet' in the same sentence ever again. One little request for stories of bizarre, luxurious or otherwise memorable WCs in restaurants around the globe and we opened the floodgates to more tales of filth and frivolity than you could poke a funny smelling stick at. The following 20 people picked up a prize for their efforts - both literary and lavatorial: Ariana Cynowicz, Benjamin Scheiner, Chris Azure, Claire Mitchell, Craig Zimmerman, Dorian Moro, Egan Cheung, Gavin Mooney, Jim Calderwood, Jodie Holckner, Kassandra Humphreys, Kim Binstead, Liz O'Donnell, Molly de Aguiar, Paul Roach, Poppy Collyer, Richard Carr, Stephane Coillet-Matillon, Vanessa Dwyer and Xavier Finlayson. Ben did it down a 15 metre mine shaft in Coober Pedy in outback Australia. Molly opened the pod bay doors onto a 2001 experience in Paris. Liz got all Phillipe Starck on us in New York. Poppy followed the instructions and ended up learning more than she needed to know about the diet of French lorry drivers. Chris and Richard? We couldn't in good conscience keep their extracts to ourselves: From Chris Azure of Hong Kong: 'The most memorable and bizarre restaurant toilet I've ever seen is without a doubt the toilet of Seiryuumon, a Chinese theme restaurant in Shinjuku, Tokyo. The restaurant itself is a very memorable one, but the toilet is really the strangest part. As soon as you enter, you notice that coming out of one of the walls is a huge, grotesque figure resembling some kind of eight armed Chinese god. Two of these arms are holding a big, red-lipped smiling mouth, which, it soon dawns on you, is the urinal. As you go up to the urinal and begin to do your stuff, some truly bizarre music (with German lyrics, I believe) starts up, and in time to this, the god starts to swing the urinal from side to side. The god's head revolves to reveal an identical head wearing makeup and making a suggestive kissing expression at you. As if all this isn't enough, you notice a flashing light and you look up to discover that one of the arms holds a camera (with 'gay photo' written on the front) that points down and flashes away at you. I'm not sure what's more amusing: the experience itself, or the embarrassed expressions of others emerging from the toilet after knowing what was in there. I just hope I don't see myself some day on some Japanese hidden camera show.' From Richard Carr of the UK: 'We spent an unhealthy morning in a deserted branch of Nando's (somewhere between Port Elizabeth and East London, along South Africa's southern coast) nursing a hangover, trying not to gag at the smell of cooked meat and taking advantage of the 'bottomless coffee' offer. Although the whole experience retains a dreamlike quality, I am almost positive that the deep and capacious urinals were stacked full to bursting with ice cubes. However many times I returned it looked as though the urinals had only just before been filled to the brim - you honestly could not have got one more cube in! This lavish effect was entirely out of keeping with the ambience of what was barely more than a fast food outlet. Perhaps the dial on the ice machine had broken off whilst turned to 'maximum output'. There is something disturbingly satisfying about creating your own ice sculpture using nothing more than the power of hot urine and a slightly out of kilter imagination. The deep yellows straining through the reflections of white and black tiling was deeply fascinating. The acoustics of the gents, exacerbated by my hangover, amplified the sounds of cracking ice so it was as though I was peeing beneath a moving glacier. I have since taken up ice sculpture on a semi-professional basis, albeit using the more usual tools of the trade: a chisel, a small hammer, a sculpture's knife and a tub of luke warm water.' *** IN THE SPOTLIGHT: THE PRICE OF ECOTOURISM IN COSTA RICA Rob Rachowiecki, co-author of LP's new edition of 'Costa Rica', says size definitely matters when it comes to ecotourism development. Costa Rica has so much to offer the wildlife enthusiast that it's small wonder that ecotourism is growing in the country. Over 70% of foreign travellers visit one or more nature destinations; half of these visitors come specifically to see Costa Rica's wildlife. During the past few years, the natural wonders of Costa Rica have been discovered. From the late 1980s to the mid-1990s, the annual number of visitors doubled, and now over 700,000 foreign tourists visit every year. The tourism industry recently surpassed bananas and coffee as the nation's biggest industry (though 1998 figures placed it second, behind electronics, another newcomer). Prices for the traveller have risen substantially. The financial bonanza generated by the tourist boom means that new operations are starting up all the time - many are good, some are not. The big word in Costa Rica is 'ecotourism' - everyone wants to jump on the green bandwagon. There are 'ecological' car rental agencies and 'ecological' menus in restaurants! Taking advantage of Costa Rica's 'green' image, some developers are promoting mass tourism and are building large hotels with accompanying environmental problems. Apart from the immediate impacts, such as cutting down vegetation, diverting or damming rivers and driving away wildlife, there are huge secondary impacts like erosion, lack of adequate waste treatment facilities for a huge hotel in an area away from sewerage lines, and the building of socially, environmentally and economically inadequate 'shanty towns' to house the maids, waiters, cooks, cleaners, and many other employees needed. I recommend staying in smaller hotels that have a positive attitude about the environment rather than large, mass-tourism destinations. At first, the growth in tourism took the nation by surprise - there was no overall development plan, and the growth was poorly controlled. Some people wanted to cash in on the short term, with little thought for the future. Many developers are foreigners - they say that they are giving the local people jobs, but locals don't want to spend their lives being waiters and maids while watching the big money go out of the country. Traditionally, tourism in Costa Rica has been on a small and intimate scale. About 90% of the country's hotels are small (fewer than 50 rooms), and the friendly local people have worked closely with tourists, to the benefit of both. This intimacy and friendliness was a hallmark of a visit to Costa Rica, but this is changing. The developers of a recent project to build a 402-room hotel (the first of a chain) on a remote Pacific beach were sued for causing environmental damage and treating employees unfairly. Although the government agreed that laws were broken, the Spanish-owned hotel opened in 1992 and sparked off a spirited controversy within Costa Rica. 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2020.06.11 04:36 sharingthoughtssJust read "The Heart's Invisible Furies" and it really has impacted me a lot
That book really has had an impact on me, I loved it but at the same time it was quite hard for me to read it as I related a lot with it's main character, Cyril. If you haven't read it, it's about Cyril, a gay Irish man growing up in Ireland mid-19th century until 2015 when gay marriage country was legalized in the country. His life is so hard emotionally, trying to hide being gay because pretty much everyone around him is mortified by homosexuals and the country (well, the way it was portrayed in the book) was really homophobic in it's majority. At some point in the book Cyrirl, moves to Amsterdam and his life becomes so much better after he does regarding the aspects like hiding his sexuality and being to be in a relationship without constantly worrying about his safety. This was the part that hit me and that has left me thinking. I (18M, gay) live in Honduras, and while not 19th century Ireland, the country is not the friendliest one to homosexual people. I've already gone through homophobic experiences myself already when out on dates with my ex-boyfriend, but nothing too serious. I absolutely love my country as much a shithole as it may be at times, and I've always dreamed about doing something for it, becoming important and actually help change it, as it needs serious help. That has been something prevalent through this couple years, and every day that dream becomes more and more something I really want to do. I even want to become a teacher mostly because I love the idea of changing and helping other people! But realistically, there isn't much a gay man can do for this country, he'll be brought down by society and considered shit just for being gay, unless of course he hides who he is, which would probably mean an unhappy life. This is were the book comes into play, just seeing how Cyril leaves Ireland and finds happiness made me question whether I should pursue trying to move to another country (as very difficult as that is) and leave my beloved Honduras behind. I've always thought things like "I wouldn't try going to university outside Honduras because I want to be an example to my fellow Hondurans that things are perfectly achievable here", and that truly comes from the bottom of my heart. But I'd never really thought about my own happiness. About how am I supposed to live a calmed life and at the same time have a nice relationship? That just hasn't been able to leave my mind, and I feel like that was a 180 degrees turn in what I expect of my future. I know there are many gay people here in Honduras who are carrying a happy life, but I just feel like I would be better off some other place where being gay isn't widely viewed as something wrong, where things would be much easier. I know no place is perfect, but I'm sure there are many countries that are better to live on than mine. Like I said to my friend before, I have started to realize that my love for Honduras isn't greater than my willingness to carry out a happy and calm life. Thank you to anyone who read it all, I simply wanted somewhere to talk about this and you all seem like a very friendly community. tl;dr: Main character in book leaves his country and finds happiness, feel like I should try to do so at some point. Also, throwaway account as I don't like revealing to much information about myself at once, but I really wanted to share all these thoughts with you all!
2020.05.23 15:15 lseactuaryIs My Friend A Closet Straight?
Posting on behalf of my friend in order to help him out (I am clear I am gay). We spoke about this on a few calls so am summarising below, and am keen to help him, but don't know how. His background is as follows. Childhood: No male presence in his life (no father, no brother). 1 female friend, pulled apart his parents, struggled to make new friends as 'groups' had been made and he was not good in sports (had medical issues so couldn't run etc as much as other boys). No crushes. Noticed a teachers boobs once, didn't know what to think of it. Remembers removing barbies clothes (that his cousin had when they used to go over to hang out) and sucking her tits at some point. Closer to his cousins (female) as the parents used to regularly meet. Early Teens: Had very late puberty. Minimal friends. Generally very academic and 'unmanly' (high pitch voice, short, scrawny) but didn't have a low opinion of himself - just didn't know what was going to happen so the cluelessness helped in a way. High School Teens: Made a few male friends. Grew apart over time / not still in touch. 0 sexual attraction to anyone in person (male or female or friends). Did not learn about masturbation till 15. Googled, came across a guy wanking from a gay website (and remained 'loyal' to the website), copied, enjoyed ever since. Porn grew but very much amateur stuff like 'his first gay sex'. Then straight porn. Tended to stick to vanilla stuff nothing fancy. He remembers sticking to a few men and what they were doing / how their body was was more interesting to him vs them actually. College: Made a few male friends. Grew apart over time / not still in touch. 0 sexual attraction to anyone in person. Started practicing 'sex' with a vagina made from a rubber glove, rubber band and towel he found on YouTube. New issues commenced which took up a lot of his time. University: Struggled to make friends in general (very academic institution). Main uni friend was female but was not deep. No sexual attraction to anyone. Medical situation took up a lot of time. Mobile now purchased and entered the online world more. Messaged guys online through Manhunt and Grindr but never met. Did some cam (no face) wanking while a guy watched (no really interested in watching others). Brought a fleshlight (vagina) and started using that. Gym started as he grew body conscious. Post-university: All medical issues resolved. Full puberty completed (taller, hair, deep 'straight' voice etc). Looked for a female escort to loose virginity to but said they were expensive at that time and not replying nicely. Virginity lost to a male escort he liked the look of and was patient/replying nicely. Says he has no regrets and just wanted to get on with it given he has his life back. Brought a 'ass' fleshlight. Rarely uses it and prefers the vagina one. Says he always imagines a woman while using it but no specific face more the body. Work - now (about 8 years): Grindr starts. A whole load of hookups with guys from various countries (he travelled for work). He says he is not interested in penis' at all. He doesn't suck. He says he tried 3 times in 8 years and didn't enjoy it and feels no urge also. He is also top only and has never bottomed or felt any urge to bottom. He says he never slept with the same guy more than twice, and about 95% never even make it there. He made one gay friend post-hookup (didn't feel sexually for him anymore, but liked him as a friend) which lasted ~4 years before that also fizzled away (from the other friends side). He says he doesn't seem to connect with the gay men beyond sex which could also be causing an issue in actually having a relationship. He says he tried other apps like Tinder and dating websites but never dated anyone. He says a few times he has spoken to guys on muscle forums or similar about bodybuilding/fitness (which he is into) and when they talk about 'smashing birds' etc he gets interested. He says he has been tempted to go to a strip club / amsterdam red district etc but is nervous as he has never been with a woman. He says he found some websites with women more affordable (after speaking to a bisexual escort who pointed him to this) so is tempted to try. He is worried he may like it and swap over. He says he tried finding women on apps (like Tinder) but its difficult to find a 'fit woman' vs 'fit man' to hookup with (and given he is fit, he finds the body important). He says men on Grindr are much 'easier' to get and available so he just continued. He has been to various therapists over the years - sex therapist, CBT, LGBT counsellors, physcotherapist, relationship coach etc - everyone say he is fine/normal, never diagnosed with any mental condition, so he is confused what to do. One theory is that because his lack of straight friends, the environment sort of 'made him gay'. He thinks sometimes if he had a male influence (e.g. friends or similar) who would talk about women and show him the ropes (i.e. how to date, etc) then he probably would have gone down that path. Now he is basically starting from scratch so is scared and doesn't know where to start if he wants to be straight. He says he is more stimulated with straight porn but watches gay and straight porn. He says he is not into lesbo porn (as he says 'nothing is happening' lol) which most straight guys claim to be into so thinks he is not straight for this reason. If this theory is true he is concerned because (according to his bisexual friend) most of the 'fit' women he would consider sleeping with are escorts. Another theory is he is deeply closeted inside as a gay. That said, when I meet him, I don't feel this - he is quite open about who he sleeps with etc and seems quite open for friendships / relationships - just seems like things are kinda not working out for him. Any advice is welcome as I am totally confused myself what to advise him.
2020.05.20 20:46 Ozone21337Why men use prostitutes
'I don't get anything out of sex with prostitutes except for a bad feeling," says Ben. An apparently average, thirtysomething, middle-class man, Ben had taken an extended lunchbreak from his job in advertising to talk about his experiences of buying sex. Shy and slightly nervous, he told me, "I am hoping that talking about it might help me work out why I do it." I, too, was hoping to understand his motives better. Ben was one of 700 men interviewed for a major international research project seeking to uncover the reality about men who buy sex. The project spanned six countries, and of the 103 customers we spoke to in London – where I was one of the researchers – most were surprisingly keen to discuss their experiences. The men didn't fall into obvious stereotypes. They were aged between 18 and 70 years old; they were white, black, Asian, eastern European; most were employed and many were educated beyond school level. In the main they were presentable, polite, with average-to-good social skills. Many were husbands and boyfriends; just over half were either married or in a relationship with a woman. Research published in 2005 found that the numbers of men who pay for sex had doubled in a decade. The authors attributed this rise to "a greater acceptability of commercial sexual contact", yet many of our interviewees told us that they felt intense guilt and shame about paying for sex. "I'm not satisfied in my mind" was how one described his feelings after paying for sex. Another told me that he felt "disappointed – what a waste of money", "lonely still" and "guilty about my relationship with my wife". In fact, many of the men were a mass of contradictions. Despite finding their experiences "unfulfilling, empty, terrible", they continued to visit prostitutes. I interviewed 12 of the men, and found it a fascinating experience. One told me about his experience of childhood cruelty and neglect and linked this to his inability to form close relationships with anyone, particularly women. Alex admitted sex with prostitutes made him feel empty, but he had no idea how to get to know women "through the usual routes". When I asked him about his feelings towards the women he buys he said that on the one hand, he wants prostitutes to get to know and like him and, on the other, he is "not under delusions" that the encounters are anything like a real relationship. "I want my ideal prostitute not to behave like one," he said, "to role-play to be a pretend girlfriend, a casual date, not business-like or mechanical. To a third person it looks like we're in love." I felt compassion for Alex. No one had shown him how to form a bond with another human being and he was searching for something that commercial sex was never going to provide. But another of the interviewees left me feeling concerned. Darren was young, good-looking and bright; I asked him how often he thought the women he paid enjoyed the sex. "I don't want them to get any pleasure," he told me. "I am paying for it and it is her job to give me pleasure. If she enjoys it I would feel cheated." I asked if he felt prostitutes were different to other women. "The fact that they're prepared to do that job where others won't, even when they're skint, means there's some capability inside them that permits them to do it and not be disgusted," he said. He seemed full of a festering, potentially explosive misogyny. When asked what would end prostitution, one interviewee laughed and said, "Kill all the girls." Paul told me that it would take "all the men to be locked up". But most of them told the researchers that they would be easily deterred if the current laws were implemented. Fines, public exposure, employers being informed, being issued with an Asbo or the risk of a criminal record would stop most of the men from continuing to pay for sex. Discovering the women were trafficked, pimped or otherwise coerced would appear not to be so effective. Almost half said they believed that most women in prostitution are victims of pimps ("the pimp does the psychological raping of the woman," explained one). But they still continued to visit them. An upcoming new law will make it illegal for men to pay for sex with a trafficked or pimped woman – and a punter's ignorance of a woman's circumstances will be no defence. Critics have suggested that this is unfair, that a man can't possibly know whether a woman is being exploited. Our interviews challenged this notion. The men knew, to some extent, about abuse and coercion in prostitution – they weren't operating under the convenient illusion that women enter the trade because they love sex. More than half admitted that they either knew or believed that a majority of women in prostitution were lured, tricked or trafficked. More than one third said they thought the prostitutes they visited had been trafficked to London from another country, and a small number said they suspected that they had encountered a trafficking victim based on the woman's inability to speak the local language or on how young or vulnerable they appeared. "I could tell she was new to the country," said one man. "To be new in a country and be a prostitute – it can't be a choice . . . She looked troubled." Another said that he had "seen women with bruises, cuts and eastern European accents in locations where lots of trafficked women and girls are". One man suspected that an African woman he had met was trafficked because "she was frightened and nervous. She told me she had been tricked. I had sex with her and she seemed fine with the sex. She asked me to help her, but I said there was little I could do. She might have been lying to me." One of the most interesting findings was that many believed men would "need" to rape if they could not pay for sex on demand. One told me, "Sometimes you might rape someone: you can go to a prostitute instead." Another put it like this: "A desperate man who wants sex so bad, he needs sex to be relieved. He might rape." I concluded from this that it's not feminists such as Andrea Dworkin and myself who are responsible for the idea that all men are potential rapists – it's sometimes men themselves. Half of the interviewees had bought sex outside of the UK, mostly in Amsterdam, and visiting an area where prostitution is legal or openly advertised had given them a renewed dedication to buying sex when they returned to the UK. Almost half said that they first paid for sex when they were below the age of 21. "Dad took me and my older brother," said David. "He paid. Maybe he wanted to make sure we weren't gay. We went to a brothel. Dad didn't do it, and I don't think he told my mum." Another man paid for sex during a stag trip to Thailand with eight of his friends. He was disappointed. "It was a Russian girl, it wasn't the escort experience. She didn't want to talk, just lay on the bed and wanted to do the [sex] act only." Many men seemed to want a real relationship with a woman and were disappointed when this didn't develop: "It's just a sex act, no emotion. Be prepared to accept this or don't go at all. It's not a wife or girlfriend." Others were clear that they paid for sex in order to be able to totally control the encounter, including Bob, who said, "Look, men pay for women because he can have whatever and whoever he wants. Lots of men go to prostitutes so they can do things to them that real women would not put up with." Although some of the men said they thought the women they bought enjoyed the sex, many others admitted that they thought the women would be feeling "disgusted", "miserable", "dirty" and "scared". Ahmed said he thought the woman might feel "relief that I'm not going to kill her". Only 6% of the men we spoke to had been arrested for soliciting prostitutes. "Deterrents would only work if enforced," said one. "Any negative would make you reconsider. The law's not enforced now, but if any negative thing happened as a consequence it would deter me." Perhaps the new law will make Albert think twice about paying for sex. He told me, "If I'd get in trouble for doing it, I wouldn't do it. In this country, the police are fine with men visiting prostitutes."
2020.04.14 21:25 coppersaurWell, I'm done with men.
So, I am done with looking for a relationship. I am a Dutch guy of 39 living in a part of the country with a small pond of gay fish to fish in. Open a dating app and they are either 50+ or -25 it seems. I had a 3month relationship with a Swedish guy who was toxic and thats my love life. 1,5 year ago met a sweet guy but he was living here secretly, had no money so often asked me to go with him so I could pay for both of us. I am not a sugar daddy. Now I have been chatting with a guy in Amsterdam for a few weeks. Suddenly yesterday he wanted to borrow money. I borrowed him, but not a huge amount cause I hardly know him. Today he suddenly wanted me to receive money from his friend and send it to him, like a middel man. Well, alarm bells are ringing. When I said I don't want that, he got "hurt" cause I didn't trust him. So yeah, deleting all apps and accept I am a forever alone person :)
2020.04.13 02:01 jess_askinABEL, Wolfgang and FURLAN, Marco (Ludwig)
Wrote this up and thought I would post it here. I've included a couple of links which will help clarify one often - repeated mistake for Ludwig. Ludwig did not set the fire at the sex-and-gambling club in Amsterdam. An ex-employee was arrested almost immediately, and later found guilty. Lots of sites (Wikipedia) and books repeat the error and attribute the deaths to Wolfgang and Furlan. While I am still working on obtaining contemporaneous news articles, I feel confident in saying Ludwig did not commit the Amsterdam club fire murders. ---- In what world do two Neo-Nazis convicted of 10 murders, get 30 years each? In this one. Wolfgang Abel and Marco Furlan, who operated under the single name Ludwig, served even less. Abel, from West Germany, and Furlan, from Italy, were friends and former students in Verona. Both were well-off, cultured young men from wealthy families. Together, they murdered people, taking credit as Ludwig. Ludwig was the name they created when they started taunting police and media. It was well into their crime spree when the started leaving Neo-Nazi pamphlets and writings with the bodies of the dead. The pair targetted anyone they thought was below them, or unacceptable to their Nazi ideals. This included prostitutes, drug addicts, a gay man, and priests. But Abel, the leader of the pair, was never associated with Nazis and claimed himself a liberal. The first murder was in August, 1977, when they burned Guerrino Spinelli to death inside a Fiat 126, using Molotv coktails. He had been sleeping in the car. The pair decided he was Roma (a gypsy) and worthy of death. Luciano Stefanato was the next victim. The gay waiter was stabbed 34 times during an attack on December 17, 1978. A year later, on December 12, 1979, Claudio Costa was stabbed to death in Venice for being a drug addict. On November 25, 1980, Abel and Furlan sent a letter to the local newspaper taking credit for attacks using their moniker, Ludwig. Then in December 1980, they killed a Vicenza prostitute, Alice Maria Barella. She was killed by an axe and hammer, and dismembered or mutilated. On May 24, 1981, student Luca Martinotti dies in a fire at the tower of Porta San Giorgio. This is a medieaval gate in Verona that dates back to 1321. More than a year later, on July 20, 1982, Abel and Furlan murder two friars at the Sanctuary of the Madonna di Monte Berico in Vicenza. Father Mario Lovato and Father Giovanni Battista Pigato were killed by hammer blows to the heads. In February, 1983, they attack another priest, but far more vicously. Father Armando Bison, is gay, they claim. They drove a nail into his forehead and then pushed the nail in further using an awl with a crucifix attached. On March 29, 1983, Pavia professor Silvano Romano is arrested. Police think he is the brain behind Ludwig. They release him on April 6 after realising he is not involved. Just two months later, on May 14, 1983, Abel and Furlan set fire to Eros, a porn theatre, while patrons were inside. The Milan fire kills five movie goers and one passerby who tried to help. An estimated 40 more people were injured. Many websites say that on December 17, 1983, Able and Furlan killed 13 people by setting a fire in the “strip club ‘Red House’ in Amsterdam”. The club was called “Club 26” in American news articles and someone else was arrested and found guilty . On January 7, 1984, Abel and Furlan pour gasoline at the crowded Liverpool disco in Munich and set it ablaze. Tartarotti Corinne, a maid, dies and 40 others were injured. On March 4, 1984, people in Mantua, Italy are celebrating Carnival. Abel and Furlan disguise themselves and enter the Melamara disco in Catiglione delle Stivierein. Bouncers caught the pair pouring gasoline on carpets, and they were arrested. Neither man knew that new building regulations required fire-proof carpeting for public places. On December 1, 1986, the trial for Abel and Furlan begins. They are facing 15 charges of murder. In February 1986, the trial comes to an end. Abel and Furlan both receive 30 years each. They have been found guilty of 10 murders. They were acquitted on the other five due to lack of evidence. They were not given life sentences because trial experts declared they were both mentally unstable. Neither man showed up for the rendering of the verdict. Marco Furlan is granted parole (a different type of parole than in the USA) and on February 1, 1991, he flees the country for Greece. He works for three years with a fake ID and when captured, is found to have millions of dollars in cash around his apartment. On January 9, 2009, Furlan is again released on parole. He decries the case. He claimed at trial the evidence was fabricated and he was set up. Wolfgang Abel is released on June 6, 2009. When Abel was released on house arrest (like probation), he continued to declare his innocence. He said he had done nothing wrong, and “it is as if nothing had happened.” He said the fire he tried to set when he was caught was just an act of youthful vandalism. -- If you have news articles or legal documents indicating Ludwig were guilty of the Amsterdam fire., please let me know.
Haven’t updated in awhile, but here’s some “light reading” for everyone while we’re locked in. These just crack me up. Enjoy, stay safe and wash up. 🧼 GETITON
Band Names/Rap Stars
Mitt Romney and the One Percenters (ACS) ManAyz - Rap star (LL) D'Bagz - Rap star (LL) Maxi Pad - An all-girl band that knows how to rock (LL) Dick Tingle - One of the best blues men in the business (Show?) Lynette and the Lackeys (ACS) Straw Hat and the Bowties - Jerry Springer's dixieland band who plays at the Knott's Berry Farm Good Time Theater (ACS) Gut Fluffer (ACS) Johnny Beaumont and The Legionnaires - All wear matching powder blue tuxedoes (ACS) Automatic Vaginismus – Great band name (LL) Dissuade/D’ Suede - Rappeproducer of Kanye/one of Kim's ex beaus (ACS) Starchy Deuce - Band that should be produced by D' Suede (ACS) Narthex - (ACS) Epileptic Declawed Hamster - That is a helluva punk band right there (ACS) Loretta Lynch - Country singer who sang "Stand By Your Man" (ACS) The Areolas - Covered an Eagles song in the ‘90s (ACS) Fleece and Flannel - One of the best lesbian acoustic duos you will ever see (ACS) 3 Chainz - Rap star (ACS) Blues Squatter - Adam's dad’s band name (ACS) Tampon Kayak - One of Seattle's greatest, but least heard of indie bands (ACS) Jizz Grenade (LL) Dryer Fire - Hot indie band name (ACS) Iranian Revolutionary Guard - Prince's backup band (ACS) Rape Kit - Name of Adam's band from high school (ACS) Nog Bong - A band Adam was in in high school (ACS) Bum Blazer – Adam’s band in high school (ACS) White Trash Kimchi - Another good band name (Bald Bryan) (ACS) White Noise - Adam's rap name (ADS) Promethazine - Lil Wayne's sister (ADS) Light Rail - Great Rap name (ADS) Danny In The Joint - Good indie band name (ACS) Anal Cleft - One of the worst reggae singers to leave Jamaica (ACS) Anal Cleft and the Taints - Great reggae group (ACS) MEL-ROL - One of The Spice Girls (AOTH) D'bris - Great Rap name (ACS) Cisgender - A militant female rapper....for the ladies (ACS) Krav Maga (1) - Country singing Jew (ACS) Lynette and Paulette - Sounds like a singing duo from the 60's (RD) Nuts In The Sink - Name of Ray’s new band (Ray) (AOTH) SubDude - Pete Holmes' rap name (ACS) Ray And The Enemas - Blues singer and his backup band (ADS) Yakov Crutchfield - He has a show in Branson (ADS) Mac 18 - Adam’s favorite rapper (RD) Tremble Lean – Adam’s rap name (ACBSL) Sticker Back – Worst band out of Canada ever (ACS) Pennywise and Pound Foolish - A band from the ‘90's (RD) Strawberry Shortcake's Neti Pot - Great band name (Twitter) Puffy Elon Musk - Worst rapper ever (ACS) Pantera Club at Laguna Seca (Twitter) Savage Body Attack - New wave romantic band Ace was in when he was 19 (FBL) Jumping Jazzy Jews - Jeff Goldblum's jazz band (ACS) Snore Cherry - Great band name (ACS) Pat Benatard - Pat Benatar cover band (ACS) Rancid Nuts - Good band name (ACS) Gary And The Knotholes - Good band name (AOTH) Tampon Canoe - Good indie band (ACS) One Erection - A good boy band (ACS) Flushin' Dew - A good country duo (ACS) Armo Jeweler - Great band name (RD) Radon - (Lynette thinks) there a Whitesnake cover-band (ACS) The Taste Of Ace - Great band name (ACS) King Grape and the Raisinettes (GS) Concord Grape and the Raisinettes (GS) Gary Taco - Love that band (ACS) The Silence Breakers (2) - Good punk band (Gina) (ACS) Daddy’s Got A Dually – Good country song (ACS) Dip Curtain - Good indie band (ACS) Crystal Lobbyists - Sounds like a great techno band (ACS) Narcissistic Monk -Great indie band (GS) Sporty Prius - Worst of the Spice Girls (ACS) Laden and Bravado - 70s duo who opened for Seals n Crofts (ACS) The Bouncers - great band name (ACS) Hurry up and make sense (1) - a good talking heads album (ACS) Appropriate Sombrero - Maxapada’s next band name (Bryan) (ACS) Flirtatious Contrail - great rap name (GS) Jack Johnson - Guy from The White Stripes aka The Black Stripes (ACS) Sophistry - A great Carol King album (ADS)
Meatless Mondays - Horrible Bangles song (Show?) Measles and Commuter Trains - Worst Christmas song ever (ACS) White Guys Be Ownin' Everything - Adam's next hit (ACS) Blood On The Grout - John Cougar Mellencamp song (ACS) No Blood In The Peckeroo - Good John Cougar song (ACS) Mellen's Gold - A three disc box set of nothing but John Cougar Mellencamp hits (ACS) Freaks, Retards and Jews - Not a Cher song (ACS) Pedophile Cops - Good Cheap Trick song (ACS) Pig Anus Soup - Favorite Rolling Stones album (Bryan) (ACS) That Dog Don’t Mess With Olga and Natalia Don’t Spit No Mo’ - Sounds like a Mississippi Delta blues song (Bryan) (ACS) Goggles Are For Pussies - Trace Adkins' number one hit (ACAFBSL) Whistle While You Masturbate - The lost Disney song aka "Whistle While You Jerk" (ACS) 12 Pack & Dick's Hard - Name of Adam's new album (Gina) (ACS) Blood and Soil - A good Smithereens song (ACS) Pina Colada in Amsterdam - Worst Jimmy Buffet song ever (ACS) Tough Times In The City - Great Nick Gilder song (ACS) I've Got A Hamster In My Scrotum And He's Looking For His Keys - That's a good country song (ACS) Gay Hitler -Great Elvis Costello song (ACS) Tard On The Tool Shed - Good Mellenamp song (AOTH) Condo in Redondo - Sublime song (ADS) Animoji - Band that sung "Obsession" (ACS) People Who Have Lost People - Worst Barbara Streisand song ever (ACS) Tilted Heart - Great Tammy Wynette song (ADS) Yoga wood - Great Beatles song (ACS) Anal cleft - Song from the Sound of Music (ACS) Morgue Mode - Sounds like a guy from Iceland who is a DJ (ACS) I’ve got a Saturday and two friends - great country song (Gina) (ACS) Recipe for Misery (2) - Title of the next Guns N Roses album (ACS) Circling Back To Baldwin - Good name for a country song (ACS) Keistered in Winnipeg - (Bald’s) favorite Willie Nelson song (ACS) Anal ipecac - Good indie band (ACS) 2 Tits and a Pulse - Ace likes that Beck song (Bryan/Adam) (ACS)
Legs Akimbo - Wide Receiver (ACS) Feral Katz - Nose Tackle (ACS) L' Brarian Booker - Wide Receiver (ACS) Oscar Buzz - Linebacker (ACS) DeVigorous Lover - Wide Receiver (ACS) Nadir Zenith - Placekicker (ACS) DeGluten Free - Offensive Lineman (ACS) Tangy Mango - Fullback (ACS) N'Farious Plan - (position?) (ACS) Modular Holmes - (position?) (ACS) Fortuitous Bounce - Safety (ACS) Operatin' Thetan - (ACS) Quarterback for the Washington Redskins (ACS) Minority Banks - HOF OLB who died tragically in a car wreck shortly after his HOF induction, a natural athlete, he played option QB in college along with being a stand out member of the track team, and in high school he was captain of the basketball team. Survived by his twin brother Majority Banks, who also played in the league, and daughter Recuser Banks who many believe was the best athlete in the family (ACS) Coach Platitude - "Take a knee son...helmet's not a chair" (ACS) Glendora Bevmo - Mother of DeVigorous Lover and L' Brarian Booker (different fathers, of course) (ACS) Marshall Law - (Allison) (ACS) Orlando Ceeworld - (position?) (ACS) Du Vatine - (position?) (Show?) Raja Slate - Super fast wide-out out of Marshall via LSU (AOTH) Moe Greene - Great corner for the Washington Redskins in the 80’s (ACS) Bronx Defenders - Sounds like a AAA hockey team (RD) Medical Error - Slipped in the draft due to a video being released just prior (ACS) Homeo Stasis (position?) (ACS) Capybara - The greatest name for a major league skipper (ACS) Ejaxico Johnson (position?) (ACS) Radiant Barrier vs. Attic Fan - The worst WWE matchup ever to grace the stage (AOTH) Bamboo Brick - one of the greatest mixed martial artists on the planet (AOTH) Dexter Methorphan - He did not participate in the combines, but his coaches say he can run a 4.3 (Twitter) Bob Jacuzzi - Great point guard for the Celtics aka "THE COOZE" (ACS) Shame Negation - Picked to leave Clemson early and go very early in the draft this year. (ADS) Entertainment Crackers - Another name for the Washington Generals ACS Hardibacker - Good name for an inside backer (ACS) Osmosis - Black dude. Forward for the Knicks who might or might not have been traded (ADS) Onus Wilson - NFL draftee (ACS) World Be Mine - Adam’s new basketball name (ACS) LBJ - Worst Mexican wrestler name ever (ADS) Cold stone Steve Austin - Can’t wrestle on hot days. Tag team partners with the Klondike twins (GS) Cicely Tyson - Greatest Italian boxer of all time. (ADS)
Porn Star Names/Terms/Gay Code:
Spoodini - (LL) Rocky Stucco - (AOTH) No Can Doo - Backdoor anal queen of China (ACS) Kristallnacht - Worst porn star name in the business (ACS) Madison Avenue (I am Rappaport Podcast) Hero Du Jour (I am Rappaport Podcast) Kindle Fire (ACS) Jackson Hole - Gay porn actor (ACS) Col. Duke Lacrosse - Adam's porn name (LL) Duke Circumference - Adam's gay porn name (ACS) Rich Data - Gay porn actor (Show?) Tom Foolery - Gay porn actor (Show?) Honey Dijon - Great porn star name (Show?) Aids Machete - One of Adam's gay porn names. "Very short stint, I only did 2 weeks with that name, so it was like 41 movies." (ACS) Bryce Canyon - Great gay porn name (ACS) The Italian Coastguard - A gay move. "Let me just start with basic anal, then I'll slide into the Italian Coast Guard." (ACS) Tetanus Gym - Good gay porn name "Who you working with?" "Tetanus Gym." "Oh boy, make sure you're on top" (ACS) Shared A Back Fence - gay slang (ACS) Mea Culpa - Adam's porn name (ACS) Hand Twins - Gay code (ACS) Backscatter - Porn technology (PM) Cajun Tree Climber - Gay code (AOTH) Snow Blower- Gay code (AOTH) Stump Grinder - Gay code (AOTH) Tumbler And Coaster - Adam's gay slang replacement for "top and bottom" (PM) Go For A Bike Ride - Gay code (ACS) Artie Fartie - Adam's porn name from the 80's (ACS) Road Island Ray - Ray's porn name (AOTH) 38KKK -A type of porn that comes out of Kentucky (ACS) Tech Screw - A dirty website for geeks (ACS) Bearvalanche - Worst gay move ever (ACS) Wacked Off Pieces Of Cactus - Gay code for gay rough trade (ACS) Brad Nail - Good gay porn name (ADS) Lightning Rod - Good gay porn name for Milo Yiannopplous (ADS) Milk Barn - Another name for Adam's bathroom sink (ACS) Meat Thievery - That's just good gay code (ACS) Hairy Shin - Adam's gay porn name (ACS) Asian Persuasion - Sounds like a good name for a porn series Asian persuasion 16 (ACS) Cock Holster - Good movie series, cock holster 14 (ACS) Celebrity Du Jour - Great porn name (ACS) Europol - Another great porn name (ACS) Roy Wood - Adam's gay porn name (ACS) Tank slapper - Gay slang (Gina) (ACS) Porch Pirate - Gay term (ACS) Mad Chuck - The world's worst name for a gay porn star (AOTH) Sweat lodge - Gay code (ACS) The L.A. Underground - Sounds like a gay bar (M&J) Skin and grin - Gay slang (ACS) Rear Admiral - The name of one of the best bars on west side (ACS) Loaded for bear - Now a gay term (GS) Fruit Of The Year - A porn Dave (Dameshek) starred in (ACS) The Lebanese Comedian - Ace's favorite sex position (ACS) Cockout - When a gay guy doesn't try very hard (ACS) Margana Wood - Porn name (ACS) Hugh Bris - Porn star (RD) Matte Clear - Fondalier’s gay porn name (AOTH) Palatial Estates – A good 80’s fake tittie porn name (AOTH) Cokie Roberts - Great porn name (ACS) Armenian Christmas - An unspeakable sexual act in prison. "Johnny ratted out the white supremacists to the warden, so they gave him an Armenian Christmas" (Show?) Ride The Pine - Gay slang (ADS) Meet Gaze - Gay slang (ACS) Asshole Rider - Gay slang (ACS) Cash Widedick - Ace's porn name if you can call an apple a honey crisp. (ACS) Shanda Lear - Great stripper name (Gina) (ACS) Fiery Cherry - Good porn name (ACS) Jerk the wheel - Code for masturbation (ACS) Giddyup Titties - Gina’s porn name (Gina) (ACS) French astronaut - Great gay slang (ACS) Mr Bandera - gay code (ACS) Beefmato/Clamato - sounds like names of venerial diseases (ACS) Spanner - Australian gay code (ACS) Rocky tenure - Adam’s gay porn name (ACS) The End Game - One of Stormy Daniels movie titles (RD) Room for cream - Great porno title (Gina) (ACS) Pedialyte shower - Worst sexual act ever (Sklar) (ACS) Foot Zunki - Add-on to the Pedialyte shower (ACS) Self rimming sink - gay slang (AOTH) Harvey Mudd - gay bar drink where vermouth and bartender shit is mixed in a goblet (ACS) Barney’s Beanery - ultimate name for a gay bar (ACS) Parallel park both ways - euphemism for being bi (GS) The Big Three - Gerago’s junk (RD) 73 - When a fat guy tries to 69 with a chubby prostitute he met at a ham radio convention(ACS) Backlog - Stormy Daniels movie title (Bryan)(ACS) Madison Bear - Sounds like an dating app for gay hairy dudes who are married (ACS) Back pay - Good porn title name (ACS)
Trajectory Hagar - High school kid "heading down the wrong path" in life (ACS) Slick Mouth - Adam's prison name (ACS) Rich Carless - Cool homeless guy name (ACS) Keyless Chuck - Best homeless guy name (ACS) Nasal Ranger - Worst superhero name ever (Gina) (ACS) Krav Maga (2) - Good name for a sheriff (ADS) Hubcap Annie - Horror that hangs out with Keyless Chuck (ACS) Becky Honkington (Allison) (ACS) Monica Chugscock - (Pronounced "Shuggscawk") (ADS) Tyvek DuPont - Best rich guy’s name (AOTH) Mattress - A Model/actress (ACS) Hofmeister Kink - Nazi war criminal who's been in hiding in Brazil for the past 61 years. aka Jake Johnson (ACS) Serpiginous - The world's wimpiest swordsman. Sir Piginous of Wussville (LL) Chick Fil a - Great play-by-play guy for the Warriors from the 70’s (Show?) Peri Menopausal - Best P.I. working the Chicago beat (LL) Whiskey Dick - The neighborhood pedophile in the clown outfit (ACS) Surge - Guy that drives for ÜBER (ACS) Babbling Brook - Great name for a female cattle auctioneer (PM) Terra Firma - Name of the "woman of color" that heckled Adam at a Ventura live show and was removed by force (The Ranker Podcast) Octomom - Great Batman villain (Bryan) (ACS) Larry The Cabinet Guy - Failed Israeli comic…"Don't get 'er done!" (ACS) Rod Blagojevich - Joe Francis' slimy brother who sells above ground pools out of a primered van (ACS) Cockchug Man - The gay superhero in The Village People that wears just all leather (ACS) MEL-ROL- She's one of The Spice Girls (AOTH) Hand Farts - A new comedian Adam had never heard of (ACS) Juan Jeremy - The greatest international film star ever (ACS) Bitchathane Jackson - Good name for a "sista" (ACS) Tobar - Perfect caveman name (ACS) Vroman - A fast moving Roman (ACS) Korn Syrup and Fructose - Women of color who work at the strip club with Jade (stage 4) (ACS) Fred Meyer - Lucy's neighbor (ACS) Kimchi - The Asian flutist (ACS) Pacoima - The mechanic from Taxi (ACS) Dick Salt - NATO Alliance General (ACS) Dick Salt (2) - Manger of the Mariners in the early 70’s (Bryan) (ACS) Caramel And Fudge - Two more African-American prostitutes that lived in the apartment above Adam’s (ACS) Peaches - The whore that lived upstairs (ACS) F. Me Bailey - Greatest lawyer of all time (RD) Agua Caliente - Loves that guy. He does a great John Madden (ACS) Senior Penis - One the most dangerous drug lords to ever work (ADS) Shill Du'Jour - Good Bond secretary name (RD) Brexit Romero - Sounds like an International assassin (ACS) Lugansk - That gay diver who hit his head and gave the whole Canadian team AIDS (ACS) Leak O'rama - A Dutch action star, starred in “Sudden Death” (AOTH) Vaginismus - Great black guy name (ADS) Normcore - Guy that owns Westwood one (ACS) LaTolstoy - Great black guy name (ACS) Shapiro – Artist who is really good at anime. Died in the 60’s but was a real trendsetter (ACS) Chuck Spears – Good name for a racist. “Hey you workin’ with Chuck Spears over at the Klan?” (ACS) Norethindrone - DAG’s Sister (CLL) La Tuskegee - Black airline pilot (ACS) C-clamps – Nickname for Adam’s step-mom. “Ol’ C-clamps locked me out of the house again.” (ACS) Harry Nilsson - (Gary thinks) he does the voices on The Simpsons (ADS) Nutella - Great name for a crazy black woman (ACS) Sia - The perfect person to break up with. Would be perfect if she was dating Jack (hit the road Jack) (ACS) The Ball Catcher - What Adam used to call Ray's ass in junior high (ACFBSL) MOAB - Matt's new nickname (Mother of All Buttholes) (AONTH) Trip Reeb - Great name for a white guy (ACS) Merle Horn - One of the greatest best ropers to ever come down the Pecos (ACS) The Boring Machine - Lynette's name for Adam (ACS) Avocado Hand - The nickname of Eric Clapton's brother (Chet) who works at a Mexican place and is charge of the guacamole (ACS) Bagel Hand - Clapton's Jewish cousin (ACS) Fa-Sheeya (fascia) - A heavy set woman of color that works at the DMV (ACAFBSL) Ghrelin - New AM/PM mascot (ACS) Krav Maga (3) - An Israeli Captain from 1946 (ACS) Cuban Boa - Sounds like a dark skinned trannie (ACS) Gabardine - She's a very chatty woman of color middle-aged and she'll talk your ear off. (ACS) Guy Dudebro - Greatest name ever (AOTH) Otto Warmbier- Simultaneously the greatest and worst beer master brewer name ever (ACS) Leif Geragos - Greatest rocking attorney ever Viking rocker attorney (ACS) Ernest J. Bigot - "I'm just asking....I'm just wanna know...." (ACS) Panzanella - Cobra's full name (ACS) Sheet Metal Nibbler - Great name for Matt the porcelain punisher (AOTH) Big Grenadine - Sounds like a large black neighbor (ACS) Silent gym - Next to Keyless Chuck, best homeless guy name ever (ACS) Nuchilla - Sounds like a black vampire (Theo Von) (ACS) D' poleon - Black Napoleon (ACS) Luke Rockhold - Sounds like a character on The Flintstones (GS) Sissy squat - She was hot (AOTH) Beulah - The town horror (RD) Ronan Farrow - One of the best wheel men in Europe (ACS) Duke Bagg - Comedian Ian Bagg's brother (ACS) Root Ball Grinder - A horrible term for a bitchy wife (Ruth Ballgrinder and Harriet Mulcher) (Tim Allen) (ACS) Paul Funyun - Just a big dude who likes to have fun. Has a pink ox as a sidekick (ACS) Page/Savage - A great lawyer team (Adam Ray) (ACS) Ivar the Boneless - Ace’s dad’s nickname in high school. aka Jim the spineless (ACS) Bash Worthy - Comic strip's character name/title (ACS) Uncle Tom-bién - Mexican Uncle Tom (ACS) Alist Poon - An Indian exchange student who has cerebral palsy (ACS) Indignant Asswipes - Good name for an improv troupe (Gina) (ACS) Flora in Fauna - two black chicks that work for him (ADS) Cheap - Name of a he/she that literally went under sexual assignment surgery last month (ACS) Heroin (1)(Pronounced Ehr-o-win by JCVD) A character in Lord Of The Rings (Bryan) (ACS) Yersinia pestis - Ace did Celebrity Apprentice with that dude. He won that year (ADS) Morgue Mode - Sounds like a guy from Iceland who is a DJ (ACS) Rachel Bias - Great stripper name (ACS) Buzz Ramjet - Aviation attorney (ACS) Black Cherry - Stripper name Bryan (ACS) Saffron - Sassy black woman in Meg Whitman movie (ACS) Vibranium - a new black kid name from Black Panther (ACS) Bird Nerd - Marvel superhero (ACS) Merch Galore - Worst Bond secretary ever. Total sellout. Always wearing her own swag (GS) Bathroom Goalie - New code for fat chicks sitting next to you on an airplane (ACS) Skip Loader -Kurt Loder’s older brother (ACS) F. Me Money - greatest attorney rapper ever (RD)
Morning Zoos/DJ's/Radio Stations
Gum and Condoms - (Show?) Dusty Labia - Adam's handle when he used to do AM Mornings. (ACS) Asscrack and Backsack in the morning with Sludge (LL) Crockpots and Headphones (ACS) Booger and Floor Wax (ACS) Almonds and Water (ACS) Cold Butter And Calves (ADS) Schluter And The Drain - Schluter has a thick Austrian accent , while "The Drain" has a super low voice (AOTH) Ace Rockolla - Just Google "Ace Rockolla Lightning round...." (LL) Fungus and Mold (Show?) Stupid and Petty (Show?) Eunice and Edgar - Bubba the Love Sponge's parents (ACS) Flip Flops and Fanny Packs (ACS) Hairy Shin - Does a KCRE show in the weekends (ACS) Deep Bra Grooves - Should be a Sirius XM station Channel 248, C+ and above! (ACS) Andy and Opie - Great Radio Show (ACS) QuietRock - Sounds like an easy listening rock station (AOTH) Quiet Crush - A good easy listening radio station (ACS) The Tool Box - SiriusXM took tune station aka KTOL (ACS) Ray's Enema Antics - New podcast on Carolla Digital (Bryan)(ACS) Doug Gets Blown While He Eats Pudding - Doug Benson's next podcast (ACS) Cat Packer - Used to do mornings with her brother, Fudge (ACS) Duke and Shinola - good morning show team (ACS) Mother Trucker - Adam’s Podcast with caller Miguel (AOTH)
Boobville - (LL) Pedoph Isle aka Pedophile Island - Island where are all the pedophiles are sent to live. (Also a TV show/movie idea) (LL) Lil' Lord Fauntleroy’s Academy for Albino Hemophiliacs - Drew's childhood school (LL) Doesntexistizcan - Where presidential candidate Platitude's grandfather was from (ACS) Boga Raton - The world's worst resort spot (Show?) Meat Yard - Great name for a gay bar (ACS) Mister Fister's - Adam's all-time top name for a gay bar (ACS) Sub-Par - Worst name for a submarine sandwich shop (Show?) Queen Mary - Great name for a tranny bar (ACS) NuvaRing - A German racetrack. "The new Nissan GTR turned it in 7:21, faster than the Corvette." (Show?) Louis Pasteur Middle School (ACS) Helm’s Deep - World's first gay bar bakery (ACS) Kal Penn - One of the best sounding names to get an engineering degree from (ACS) Alaska State Motto - Love fishing but I hate your kids? Alaska! (PM) Duke University - John Wayne's college (ACS) Planned Possumhood - Planned Parenthood in Arkansas (ACS) Fruit Stand - Great name for a gay bar (ACS) Poo Poo City - Where Charles Fletcher Loomis' house is located (ACS) Blood Bank - Great name for a check cashing place in the hood (ACS) Bass Manor - Great name for a gay bar (ACS) The Dead C - Sounds like the worst name for a lesbian bar ever (ACS) Wood Bar - Good name for a gay bar (ACS) Ghost Load - Ride at Calico Ghost Town (ADS) Nasacort - Country club for Jewish folks where they play tennis at (ADS) L.A. HOTT (1) - An 80's bar with an outdoor door seating area (ACS) Fairy Wings - Good name for a bar on the west side (ACS) Second Hand/First World - Store that sells rich whitey’s high end stuff (ACS) The Lance Hunter - Perfect name for a gay bar (Dumb People Town) Pervert Park - Theo Vaughn grew up there (ACS) Big Sur - Great name for a big and tall shop (Show?) Studio Centric - Sounds like a Utopia. Between Valley Village and Sherman Oaks (AOTH) Asstard - Thor came from that planet (ACS) Grand Entrance - Great name for a gay bar (AOTH) Thermopolis - Where the Bun Boy is (ACS) The Turkish Embassy - Gay bar (ACS) Low Tide - Gay code for boner in the rear view mirror (ACS) Corumption - On the way to Vegas, where Heidi Fleiss lives with her macaws (ACS) C.C. Fichens - Sounds like a pretzel stand (Gina) (ACS) Timpani Barn - where to get timpani to go, has three big Mexicans in the kitchen (ACS) Heroin (2)(Pronounced Ehr-o-win by JCVD) The health food store in Venice (ACS) Pocket Passers - Next to Mister Fister’s (Gina) (ACS) The Mexican Faire - Worst fair ever (ACS) Hanoi Hospice - Only place worse than the Hanoi Hilton (ACS) Kaleblazer- Gay juice bar (ACS) Hot Dog Cannon - good name for a bar next to The Abbey (ACS) Dyskeratosis - where Vinnie lives, lots of Greek folks, a family oriented community (ACS) Kind of, Italy - Where Ace’s family is from. Where he gets his kinky hair. (ADS)
Cleaning The Pink Turtle - Bryan's name for pleasuring oneself (ACS) Analingus - A new type of breath mint (LL) The Milk Of Arthritic Goats - A rabbi's curse: "May you suckle at the teet of the milk of arthritic goat!!!" (ACS) Carbon Dating - A black dating website (ACS) RU486 - Vanity plate for a guy who runs an abortion clinic (ADS) Jet Green - Amsterdam's Airlines (ACS) Stromer, Oldhafer and Carolla - World's worst law firm (AOTH) Ira Carolla - Sounds like an affliction "Oh my Ira Carolla's acting up" (ACS) Sawjay - Sounds French...gay word for sausage. "I was strokin' this dude’s sawjay" (ACS) Smokeless Cigarette - Name for Dr. Drew's honker after his prostate surgery (ADS) El Niño - Name of "Sinn" strip club DJ's cock (ACS) Blue Man - Crazy hairdresser's macaw who doesn't judge (PM) Lucia - An Italian moped (ACS) American Jewish World Service - A van that's begging to be shot at (ACS) E-aye? - Canadian version of EBay (ACS) Sweatpants Lesbian - What Adam would be. An in-between lesbian. Not a lipstick lesbian, not a butch dyke (ACS) SuckStrong - Bill Clinton's bracelet (ACS) Gaybus - Gay and bogus (ACS) Flappy Bird - The most offensive name for the vagina (ACS) G8 (Summit) - The Pontiac that Oprah gave away on her show (ACS) Oracle A The Delphi - Big new startup company (ADS) Crewkakke - A type of sweater (ACS) The Flying Dutchman - Great name for an Amsterdam airlines (ACS) Cleaning My Chain - Euphemism for beating off (ACS) Awesome Town - A gathering of three or more polar bears (ACS) Avocado - The Greek word for nut sack (ACS) Doucherette - A gum/patch that douchebags chew/use (ACS) Urban Milling -Black guys standing around (AOTH) Synesthesia - When you eat your own hair (ACS) Tuck Rule - When a guy pretends he's a chick and stands in front of the mirror (ACS) My #2 Pencil Is Out Of Lead - Another term for erectile dysfunction (ACS) Float A Bond - When a politician farts (RD) Vaginismus - black people's holiday, accompanied with a lot of ceremonial garb (ADS) Vaseline and Gauze - Elizabeth Taylor's new scent (ACS) Jewber - A drunk on a 10-speed (ACS) Chickpea - What Gina does when we camp (ACS) Oscar Squad (2) - Bad gay code (ACS) Airbus - Worst name for an aircraft. Sounds like “air donkey” (AOTH) Shailene Woodley - Sounds like the most fantastical verb/adverb combo. “I want to Shailene Woodley through a field of poppies with you” (Gina) (Twitter) Asshole Rider (2) - Worst piece of exercise equipment Vinnie’s ever endorsed (ACS) Diario La Prensa - Stealer of the jersey in Spanish (ACS) The Sicilian Fly Swatter - Sounds like a WWF move (Gina) (ACS) Jellyfish - Sounds like something your grandpa would buy for you at the mall (ACS) Fruit Fly - More politically correct term for fag hag (Show?) Jewgling - When a Jew "Googles" their symptoms (ACS) Tavares - David Wild's boner medicine (ACS) Jew -Over - A mulligan from a barmitzva. "Uh, I misread that...can I get a Jew-over?" (ACS) Ossified - That's a Don King word, there (ACS) Zero for Cecil - Worst charity ever (Bald Bryan) (ACS) A++ - A bra that Gina will never see (ACS) Joycelyn - A good name for Curly from the Three Stooges to say (ACS) Phallisee - Latin for "to see the penis" (ADS) Coffee Nap - Euphemism for pooping in your pants (ACS) USS Monitor - Doesn't sound like a ship of war, sounds like a night nurse (ACS) Dotard - A skirt a man wears (ACS) Wilding- Something derogatory that takes place in public pools in certain counties (ACS) Caveat - Latin for shitting on Adam's point (ADS) Festiva - Sounds like a boner medicine (ACS) Depeche Mode - French for “who dealt it?” (ADS) Beefy Clutch – The purse Gina thought Lady Gaga took to the Emmy’s (ACS) Sig Sauer - Something you would yell at Oktoberfest before downing a stiff stein of stout (ACS) Jeans day – Sounds like the special day for your special need son Gene, to raise money (ACS) Wilding - What takes place in public pools in certain counties (GS) 4F - Can’t/won’t be eligible for the draft (ACS) Groupie - a kind of fish (ACS) The African chick - Horrible name for a boat (ACS) Inclusion rider - Snowboard for retarded kids (ACS) The Urethra - Bad name for a car (ACS) Mercury retrograde - when you take your index finger and shove it under your sack before you blow, and you belch it up later (ACS) UEFA - Transsexuals playing soccer with a balled up maxi pad (GS) Missed Connections- The worst airline ever (ACS) Carollo - Sounds like a Tool you’d use rarely (ACS) Brembo - that Mexican food company that makes that bread (Matt) (ACS) Preemptive gay strike - Worst video game ever (ADS) Futon - Chinese for bear trap (ACS) Sexual Battery - Batteries especially made for sexual devices. Somewhere between AA and C (ACS)
Deer Bits - A venison cereal. Made of frosted deer flakes (Show?) Coco Chanel - Nestlé’s newest coffee flavor (ACS) Honey Dicks - Best cereal name ever (ACS) Dawson's Beard - A pudding flavor Ace saw at Whole Foods (ACS) Mighty Mutts - Worst breakfast cereal ever (ADS) Chillax - A cinnamon based drink from "Hector's" country (ACS) Black Dick - An English desert (ACS) Tardy Digression - Sounds like a finger food..."would you like another tardy digression?" "No, I'm saving room for the main meal" (IFYWABC) Double Bird Strike - Mixed drink created by Ace and Teresa. Made with Grey Goose, Wild Turkey, a splash of Canadian Club, and a splash of Hudson River water (ACS) GAYtorade - A sports drink for gay people, because they lose essential body fluids (ACS) University of Illinois At Urbana Champaign - Sounds like a carbonated drink for black people (ACS) Flinch Fuck - Part of a nutritious breakfast, and a healthy relationship (ADS) Phantom Punch - Something Bill Cosby gave his lady friends (ACS) Pansy Sauce - Goes good with some shrimp (ADS) Tilted Pillar - Kick ass IPA (AOTH) Shaver - A good name for a miniature pastrami sandwich (Cousin Sal Show) GPA - Something they add to children's cereal (ACS) Stellwell's - A new low fat snack cracker (ACS) Conchata Ferrell - A great cheese/unwanted cat (ACS) Poopwell's - One of the worst snacks Nabisco has ever put their name on (ACS) Belldini – Latest Taco Bell offering (ACS) Fuzzy Zoeller – Zima with a jigger of peach schnapps (ACS) Millennial Malaise - A sweet honey dipping sauce (ADS) Jelani Cobb - Sounds like an Indian dish (Gina) (ACS) Air Doodle - The very worst Super Bowl snack on the planet (ACS) Faygala - Jewish sports drink (ACS) Stroke Cane - Sounds like some sugary treat, mixed with a reach around (ACS) The Silence Breakers (2) - good name for a mint (ACS) Lesbian Squirt - Sponsor of the Dinah Shore Classic (ACS) Son of Goose - Worst vodka ever. Comes in a plastic squeeze bottle (ACS) Orange Hitler - Worst Hi-C flavor ever (ACS)
Cunt du' Jour - A great Bond villain name (ACS) Coffee and Donuts - (Charlie Coffee III and Johnny Donetti) Johnny's a tough street wise cop whose jive talking and plays by his own rules and Charlie's super uptight (LL) Pedoph Isle (aka) Pedophile Island - All pedophiles are sent to live on an isolated island, and a 747 full of Boy Scouts crash lands there and they have to fight to survive (Also a place) (ACS) Anus and Eyeball - Buddy cop TV show duo (ACS) Pussy Pioneer - John Candy's last movie (ACS) Red Velvet - Made up movie character Clown played by Paul Giamatti. "Was secret service, and someone died on his watch. Now he's takin to clownin'." Wears a red velvet clown outfit. (ACS) Destination Of The Semen - (Adam Ray) A movie Harrison Ford passed on twice (ACS) Gay Eye - Movie where Adam plays Buddy McKlan, a racist homophobic mechanic who is blinded in a freak hot transmission fluid accident. He gets the donor eyes from a gay guy who perished on a moped accident in Antigua. Co-starring Larry the Cable Guy as his best friend. (Co-written by Bryan Cranston) (ACS) Grinders - Sitcom where Jon Gruden moves in with Johnny Manziel (ACS) Squishy Red River - Movie that started John Wayne (Show?) Gusset And Cable - Perfect Cop buddy duo team (AOTH) Just One Of The Gays - Stars Shia LaBeouf (ACS) Hard Impact - Sounds like a Van Damme movie from the 90's (ACS) Hammer Pants And Ice - Worst cop detective duo from the 80's (ACS) Living With The Kilowatts - Adam's new animated series where they just leave toaster ovens on all day (ACS) Keep Calm And Rape A Lot - Worst Monty Python film ever (ACS) Medical Mishaps - New show Dave Coulier and Tawny Kitaen could host (ACS) Roaming With Bison - Another great Bill Murray movie (ACS) Gainesville Florida Financial Planner - Sounds like a Saturday Night Live skit (ACS) Blame the Bee Gees - Adam's next documentary (ACS) Adam Knees Your Dad In The Nuts - Adam's new game show (ACS) Navigeddon - Terrorists take over all of the GPS systems of cars, and send them careening into the Grand Canyon (ACS) Rings Of Honor - Terrorists take over Olympic training facility in Colorado Springs, and the athletes have to use their individual skills to escape. (Cameo by Randy Couture as the salty old coach) (ACS) Endless Time/Ample Time For Backup - Adam's new Netflix series (ACS) Tarred n' Feathered - Buddy flick starring a retarded guy and an Indian chief (Show?) Mr. Will Doo And Can Doo - PSA Motivational cartoon bathroom characters Will Doo (Played by Will Arnette) and Can Doo is shaped like a toilet. Filmed in kitschy Clutch Cargo style animation (ADS) Robot Lawyer - Great Phil Hartman bit (ACS) Umpire News Network - Adam's channel with umpires reporting. Unbiased reporting (ACS) Sofa Tard - New CW show coming soon (Matt) (AOTH) Junior Fantasy Island - Show where kids of reckless parents are shipped off to live with Bill Cosby and Felicia Rashad (ADS) 2 And A Half Denali's - Hasn't been same since Sheen left (ACS) So Kanye - Sitcom from the 90's (ACS) Ridicuopothy - Sounds like a Mike Judge movie (ADS) Master Buck - One of John Candy's most controversial movies (ACS) LA HOTT (1) - An 80’s bar with an outdoor door seating area (ACS) Mother Hitler - Coming to TNT. Starring Patrick Swayze's bother, Don (ACS) Sink and Bounce - Movie about roller boogie from the 80's, starred Lil' Bow Wow (ACS) The Debs - A made up CW network show where you just put all the hot chicks in Hollywood (ACS) The Origin Story Of AIDS - Worst Marvel movie ever (Bryan)(ACS) Everybody Hates Vinnie - Horrible sitcom (ACS) Chick Clan - Good movie title (ACS) Condo in Redondo - Best movie I ever did (ADS) Red Lobsteria - New show Dr. Drew was talking about where African Americans form their own country (ACS) Earthquake rehab - Reality show Dr. drew seismic expert and a civil engineer come together (Rainn Wilson) (ACS) Rooster Jones - Great John Wayne movie. Super Fly meets True Grit (ACS) Ernest Bigot goes to..... (ACS) Nickels On The Job - First and only Jewish gum shoe on the job. ABC, Friday nights, 10:00 p.m. (ADS) Solicitor General - Great Danny Kaye movie (RD) Disjointed - Lorena Bobbitt biopic (ADS) Habib and Company - Horrible children's show (MS) Bobby's Room - Howie Mandel animated project from the 90's (ACS) Page/Savage - Great cop duo show from the ‘80’s (Adam Ray) (ACS) Paper Asshole - Great Tatum O’Neal film (ACS) L.A. HOTT (2) - Failed Steven Bochco series pilot (ACS) Pieces Of String Too Small To Use - Lena Dunham film from the late 90’s (ACS) Oscar Squad - New Marvel Movie (Gina) (ACS) Cortron/Melamine - Transformers (Gina) (ACS) Anoscope - Worst way to see a movie (ADS) Practical Rapist - New SNL character (Gina) (ACS) Superfoot - Worst Marvel movie ever (Bryan) (ACS) Celebrity Food Chain - Would be a great show (Jeff Cesario) (ACS) Backsack and Anus - Worst cop duo ever (RS) Korean moyle - ABC’s next sitcom (Jeff) ACS Nanny Huntin ‘with Ted Nugent - Great reality show I’d watch (ACS) Progressive pope - New sitcom (Gina) ACS Nick Mancuso: Construction Fluffer - New TV Show (AONT) Rush Blitzer - Adam’s character from his movie, “Snapper” (BSR) The Baldwin’s and Beyond -Great reality show (RD) The Rogue Deuce - The next Star Wars movie (ADS) Mr. Goodbar To The Rescue - Ace loves that movie (ACS) Wrestling Squatters - New show on YouTube Red starring Eric Stromer (AOTH)
Books/Coffee Table Books
Dade County Black Prom, 1985 (ACS) Here Are The Pajamas We Picture You In (ACS) Three Shitty Homes, One Washing Machine, Zero Dryers - Title of Adam's new book (Ray) (AOTH) Chapstick And Batteries - Title of Adam's next bestselling book (ACS) Who The Fuck Put Their Sombrero on My Keys? – Title of Adam’s next book (ACS) Cunt With A Grunt - Adam's favorite Dr. Seuss book (PM) You'll Never See A Cockroach Jog (PM) Kemo Skinny Calves - Adam's new children's book (ADS) You're Dyslexic And I'm Dumb - Adam and John Popper's collaborative next book (ACS) I Get It If You’re GWAR - Adam's next book (ACS) Bulk Magazine - Costco magazine that Jimmy Kimmell graced the cover of twice (ACS) Do You Have To Take Your Top Off To Dye Your Pubes, Drew? (LL) Glamping With Moriah - Adam's new book (ACS) From The Mouths of Babes (Hot Chicks Not Babies) (ACS) (The) Sweet Spot - Adam's next book (Bryan) (ACS) I Thought Things Would Be Better When I Was Rich (ACS) Radio Station Kitchen (ACS) Post-it Notes In Radio Station Kitchens (ACS) Comedy Club Green Rooms And The Sofas That Were Not Made For Them (ACS) Jethro, the Mexican Jew - A great children's book (Gina) (ACS) Professor and the Construction Worker -The worst children's book ever (ACS) Willie and the Weed - Good name for a children's book (ACS) What Black People Think White People Complain About (ACS) Everyone Eventually Becomes The Man (ACS) Recipe for Misery (1) - Name Of Adam’s next book (ACS) In Defense Of Black Face - Adam’s next book (ACS) Hurry Up And Make Sense (2) - Biography title of the Talking Heads (ACS)
Native American Names
Chief Thunderbear (LL) Dances With Cocks (ACS) Dances With Lipstick (ACS) Ol' Urethra Windows (ACS) Oxnard - Indian name meaning the balls of a bull (ACS)
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2020.02.25 10:11 veganblonde777How do I find love?
Hi beautiful people, I am looking for your suggestions on how to find love in today's world. I am a mtf 26 years old girl, I started HRT at 25. I am 9 months on HRT. I was already misgendered often even before when I was trying trying to present as my original gender. I was privileged on that, but as with anything else, there are others who are more privileged than me. The years I spent with testosterone really took a toll on my hair. So I wear quite a 'few' hair extensions. At a subconscious level I do think I feel like I don't deserve love, and the lack of self/esteem and self worth maybe making my outer reality mirror back the idea I have of myself and my actions corroborate the reality I believe to deserve. I had a very disastrous childhood with things I wish remain in the past, but I do feel like the way I was brought up and my circumstances at home and school and were and are even though being taken care of with a continuous and daily self-development approach and a few years of therapy and so on, are reflected on the situations I put myself in, the jobs that I get and above all, the men that I attract into my life. The dating scene is complicated for me since I do not merely look for sex, but for true intimacy, partnership, respect, loyalty and above all else, love. It seems that although I have some things that would still be obviously 'clocked' such the thing between my legs, I pass. And letting men know my true identity gets them running for the hills. I literally get blocked, ghosted, etc. I don't really have time for going out and meeting them in their natural habitat since I am busy 7 days a week, with job, internship and university. So I was wondering, how did you find love? what can I do? Indeed psico-therapy would be helpful but in my country is very expensive and I have my doubts on speaking with people and paying them by the hour, just to see them water their eyes looking at me and wondering how I haven't killed myself yet. I do think about it very frequently, but you know, we are all trying to create a better life for ourselves. And honestly, with ffs, grs, and a big hair transplant surgery on the way, I rather spend my hard earned money on that, that on talking with someone who at 5 min to ending the appointment will say * well is all we have time for today * when they had me go over those things of the past just to leave me then in crumbles in to the wild of the concrete jungle a face the world by myself again. I don't put my identity on my tinder profile since I do not wish to be targeted and have that used against me, only people I want to tell, should know, I don't do the first date thing, since I do not wish to get attached in vain, but I do agree perhaps if given the chance, guys could actually see, that I am just like any other girl. Chasers scare me, since I am still recovering from men who used to beat me during sex as they 'got off' on it and men who would just come to me solely because they wanted sex, like a 30 min visit to which when would 'get off' they would get out, no ceremony. I say chasers scare me, because, as with the men that indeed do not get put off by my identity, then immediately switch their perception of me for a purely sexual based one. Which is what I am not looking for. We deserve as much respect and love as any cis woman. I don't have friends close by, since I live in another country from where I was born, I am southern european, moved at 23 to Amsterdam, lived there 2,5 years but now I'm in Copenhagen for my master's degree for strategy purposes, regarding long-term improving my financial situation and being medically followed in my transition, since in my Ams, they gave me a 2 year waiting period which I said no way jose. I also do not have contact with my family since its yeah difficult, you probably had it too. But essentially my father abused me and my mother defended him to protect the marriage and her relationship. He was a narcissist and she a co-dependant. I don't really hang out with anyone, since women in general don't like me, and I don't really know how to have a friendship with men unless they are a partner or gay. I only had one boyfriend in my entire life. And it is hard because if you'd see the exterior you would never think it would match the interior and the inner struggle. But I am grateful for all the positive things in my life and all the privilege I had and have. There are the ones who have more, but definitely those who have it less. That is a great coping mechanism whenever I get jealous of other cis women, or trans women who started transitioning before me. Anything that can help me besides *love yourself first - he will come, just wait, it's when you least expect* and all of that ? Thank you anyway and thank you for those who actually read this bible testament.
2020.02.18 01:12 jonisantuchoOscars 2021: An inside look (like, really inside) to 50 possible contenders in the next awards race
Another Oscar ceremony happened, and we got our fair share of joy and disappointment. After Parasite surprised the world and took Best Picture, it seems like the game has changed for the awards race, now that non-English speaking films can actually fight and be recognized as well as classics as… Green Book. The Oscar race is still full of pain and glory, and even though the year has barely started, we have a bunch of movies that are fighting for air. And here’s 50 of them. Yes, I had some free time in my hands and this is a cool hobby, so I took the liberty to introduce most of the movies that will have Film Twitter entertained for the following 12 months. I say most, because there are always contenders who come out of nowhere later in the year, so this is the starter set. Here we go. -Annette: Since Parasite’s road to the Oscars started at Cannes, it seems fair to talk about a movie that is circling a premiere in the world stage that is set in France. After delivering weird, indie classics like Mauvais Sang and Holy Motors (yes, the kind of movies that make you seem like a snob when you recommend them to people), Leos Carax is making his first movie spoken in the English language… and it has a musical screenplay written by the cult rock duo of Sparks. Recently robbed Adam Driver and previous Oscar winner Marion Cotillard sing in this tale of a stand-up comedian and a famous soprano singer who rise and fall in Los Angeles while their daughter is born with a special gift. It seems like a wild bet, but we already know that Carax is a master with musical moments, so this is one of the most intriguing question marks of the year. -Ammonite: It’s time to talk narratives. On the one hand, we have Kate Winslet, a known name who hasn’t been very successful in the Oscar race since her Oscar win for The Reader over a decade ago (with the exception being her supporting performance in Steve Jobs, where she had a weird accent). On the other, we have Saoirse Ronan, a star on the rise who keeps collecting Oscar nominations, with 4 nods at the age of 25, including her fresh Best Actress loss for Little Women. What happens if we put them together in a drama set in the coasts of England during the 19th century where both of them fall for each other? That’s gonna be a winning formula if writedirector Francis Lee (who tackled queer romance in his acclaimed debut God’s Own Country) nails the Mary Anning story, and Neon (the distribution company founded three years ago that took Parasite to victory) is betting on it. -Benedetta: We know the Paul Verhoeven story. After isolating himself from Hollywood for over a decade, he took Isabelle Huppert to an Oscar nominated performance with the controversial, sexy, dark and funny thriller Elle. Now, he’s back with another story that perks up the ears, because now he’s covering the life of Benedetta Carlini, a 17th-century lesbian nun who had religious and erotic visions. If you know Paul, you already can tell that this fits into his brand of horniness, and a possible Cannes premiere could tell us if this has something to carry itself to Oscar night. -Blonde: With a short but impactful directorial credits list that takes us from Chopper, to The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford to Killing Them Softly, Andrew Dominik is back with a film about Marilyn Monroe, a woman who has transcended the ideas of fame and stardom, in ways that are glamorous and nightmarish at the same time. After failing to launch with Naomi Watts or Jessica Chastain,the rising Ana de Armas takes the lead in the retelling of Monroe’s troubled life based on Joyce Carol Oates’ novel, which is said to be covered in the screenplay as somewhat of a horror movie. We don’t know what that means yet, but Netflix is gonna push hard for this one, especially considering how the Academy loves throwing awards to stars playing previous stars, and that also can possibly include co-stars Bobby Cannavale and Adrien Brody. -Breaking News in Yuba County: While he hasn’t gone back to the heights of his success achieved by the box office and award success of The Help (a movie that did not age well), Tate Taylor is still enjoying himself economically due to recent thrillers like The Girl on the Train and Ma. For his next movie, he’s made a dramedy that once again reunites him with Oscar winner Allison Janney, where she plays a woman who has to keep appearances and a hidden body when she catches her husband cheating on her, and then he dies of a heart attack. With a cast that also includes Mila Kunis, Regina Hall, Awkwafina, Samira Wiley, Wanda Sykes, Jimmi Simpson and Ellen Barkin, this could be a buzzy title later this year. -C’mon C’mon: You may love or hate whatever Joaquin Phoenix did in Joker, but you can’t deny the benefit of playing the Crown Prince of Crime in an Oscar-winning performance. The blank check that you share with indie directors afterwards. Now that Joaquin’s cultural cachet is on the rise, Mike Mills gets to benefit with this drama that stars Phoenix and Gaby Hoffmann, with him playing an artist left to take care of his precocious young nephew as they forge an unexpected bond over a cross country trip. We only have to wonder if A24 will do better with this movie’s Oscar chances compared to 20th Century Women. -Cherry: After killing half the universe and bringing them back with the highest grossing movie of all time, where do you go? For Joe and Anthony Russo, the answer is “away from the Marvel Cinematic Universe”. The Russo brothers are trying to distance themselves and prove that they have a voice without Kevin Feige behind them, with a crime drama that’s also different than their days when they directed You, Me and Dupree or episodes of Arrested Development and Community. To help them in the journey, they took Tom Holland (who also needs to distance himself from Spider-Man, lest he ends up stuck to the character in the audience’s eyes) to star in a crime drama based on former Army medic Nico Walker’s memoir about his days after Iraq, where the PTSD and an opioid addiction led him to start robbing banks. -Da 5 Bloods: After bouncing back from a slump with the critical and commercial success of BlackKklansman, Spike Lee is cashing a Netflix check to tell the tale of four African American veterans who return to Vietnam to search for their fallen leader and some treasure. With a cast that includes Delroy Lindo, Clarke Peters, Isiah Whitlock Jr, Paul Walter Hauser and Chadwick Boseman, this sounds like an interesting combo, although we still should remember the last time that Spike tried his hand at a war movie, with the dull Miracle at St. Anna. -Dune: If you are on Reddit, you probably know about the new film by movies’ new Messiah, Denis Villeneuve. While the epic sci-fi novel by Frank Herbert is getting a new chance in the multiplexes after that David Lynch movie that was forgotten by many, some are hoping that this will be the beginning of a new franchise (as seen by the release date of December 18, taking the spot of the usual Star Wars opening), and a return to the whole “remember when stuff like Return of the King or Fury Road were nominated for Best Picture?” question. Timothee Chalamet will be riding a lot of hope, and sandworm. -Everybody’s Talking About Jamie: As you start to see, there are several musicals that are gonna be fighting for attention over the next year, and Annette was the first one. Now, we also have this adaptation of the hit West End production, that centers around a gay British teenager who dreams of becoming a drag queen and get his family and schoolmates to accept his sexuality. With a cast that mixes young unknowns, familiar Brits (Sharon Horgan, Sarah Lancashire and my boy Ralph Ineson) and the previously nominated legend that is Richard E. Grant (who is playing a former drag queen named Loco Chanelle), the creative team of the stage musical will jump to the big screen with the help of Fox Searchlight (sorry, just Searchlight), who has clear Oscar hopes with a release date right in the middle of awards heat, on October 23. -Hillbilly Elegy: Even though the Parasite victory gave many people hope for a new Academy that stops recognizing stuff like previous winner Green Book… let’s be honest, the Academy will still look for movies like Green Book. This year, many people are turning their eyes towards Ron Howard’ adaptation of J.D. Vance’s memoir about his low income life in a poor rural community in Ohio, filled with drugs, violence and verbal abuse. If this sounds like white trash porn, it doesn’t help to know that Glenn Close, who has become the biggest living Oscar bridesmaid with seven nominations, will play a character called Mamaw. And if that sounds trashy, then you have to know that Amy Adams, who follows Glenn with six nominations, is playing her drug-addicted, careless daughter. I don’t want to call this “Oscar bait”, but it sure is tempting. -I’m Thinking of Ending Things: After his stopmotion existential dramedy Anomalisa got him a Best Animated Feature nomination at the Oscars but at the same time bombed at the box office, Charlie Kaufman is getting the Netflix check. This time, he’s adapting the dark novel by Iain Reid, about a woman (Jessie Buckley, who is on the rise and took over the role after Brie Larson had to pass) who is taken by her boyfriend (Jesse Plemons) to meet his parents (Toni Collette and David Thewlis), in a trip that takes a turn for the worse. If Kaufman can deliver with this one, it will be a big contender. -In the Heights: Yes, more musicals! This time, it’s time to talk about Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first Tony-winning musical, that was overshadowed because of his other small play about some treasury secretary. Now, his Broadway ensemble tale about life in a neighborhood in Washington Heights is jumping to the movie screen with Jon Chu at the helm, following the success of Crazy Rich Asians. This Latino tale mixes up-and-comers like Anthony Ramos (who comes straight from Hamilton and playing Lady Gaga’s friend in A Star is Born), names like Corey Hawkins and Jimmy Smits (who is pro bits), and Olga Merediz, who starred in the Broadway show as Abuela Claudia and who could be the early frontrunner for Best Supporting Actress, if Chu allows her to shine like she did onstage. -Jesus Was My Homeboy: When looking at up-and-coming Black actors right now in Hollywood, two of the top names are Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield, who already appeared in the same movie in Get Out, which earned Kaluuya a Best Actor nomination. This time, they share the screen in Shaka King’s retelling of the story of Fred Hampton (Kaluuya), an activist and Black Panther leader… as well as the story of William O’Neal (Stanfield), the FBI agent sent by J. Edgar Hoover to infiltrate the party and arrest him. With the backing of Warner Bros, this will attempt to make an impact with a clash of actors that will have to fight with an August release date, not the ideal time to release an awards movie. -King Richard: Starting with Suicide Squad, Will Smith has been trying to prove that he’s back and better than ever. Some attempts to get back to the top of the A-list (Aladdin, Bad Boys For Life) have worked, while others (Gemini Man, Spies in Disguise)... have not. But Will is still going, and now he’s going for his next prestige play as he plays Richard Williams, the coach and father of the tennis legends Venus and Serena, who pushed them to their full potential. While it’s weird that the father of the Williams sisters is getting a movie before them, it does sound like a meaty role for Smith, who has experience with Oscar notices with sports biopics because of what he did with Michael Mann in Ali. Let’s hope director Reinaldo Marcus Green can take him there too. -Last Night in Soho: Every year, one or two directors who have a cool reputation end up in the Dolby Theatre, and 2020 could be the year of Edgar Wright. After delivering his first big box office hit with Baby Driver, the Brit is going back to London to tell a story in the realm of psychological horror, which has been supposedly inspired by classics like Don’t Look Now and Repulsion. With a premise that supposedly involves time travel and a cast that includes Anya-Taylor Joy, Thomasin McKenzie, Matt Smith and Diana Rigg, Wright (who also co-wrote this with Krysty Wilson-Cairns, who was just nominated for Best Original Screenplay for her work in 1917) is making a big swing. -Let Them All Talk: Every year there’s more new streaming services, and that also means that there’s new players in the Oscar game. To secure subscribers to the new service, HBO Max has secured the rights to the next Steven Soderbergh movie, a comedy that stars Meryl Streep as a celebrated author that takes her friends (Candice Bergen, Dianne Wiest) and her nephew (Lucas Hedges, again) in a journey to find fun and come to terms with the past. The last time that Soderbergh and Streep worked together, the end result was the very disappointing The Laundromat. Let’s hope that this time everything works out. -Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom: Now that Netflix got the deal to adapt August Wilson’s acclaimed plays with Denzel Washington’s production company, the next jump from the stage to the screen is a meaty one. Viola Davis is playing blues singer Ma Rainey in this tale of a heated recording session with her bandmates, her agent and her producer in 1927, with a cast that also includes Chadwick Boseman, Glynn Turman and Colman Domingo. The Tony nominated play talked about race, art and the intersection of the two, and it’s gonna be explosive to see that unfold on screen, even if director George C. Wolfe’s previous filmography isn’t very encouraging. -Macbeth: In a shocking development, the Coen brothers are no more. Well, just this time. For the first time in his career, Joel Coen is making a movie without Ethan, and it’s a Shakespeare adaptation. Denzel Washington is playing the man who wants to be king of Scotland, and Frances McDormand is playing his Lady Macbeth. While this just started filming and it will be a race to finish it in time for competition in the awards race, the potential is there, and this project has everybody’s attention. -Mank: After scoring 24 Oscar nominations and only winning 2 awards last Sunday, Netflix has to wonder what else must they do to get in the club that awards them. They tried with Cuarón, they tried with Scorsese, they tried with Baumbach, they tried with two Popes, and they still feel a barrier. Now, the big gamble for awards by the streamer in 2020 comes to us in the hands of David Fincher, who is basically their friend after the rest of Hollywood denied him (Disney dropped his 20,000 Leagues adaptation, HBO denied the US remake of Utopia, and Paramount drove World War Z 2 away from him). In his first movie since 2014’s Gone Girl, David will go black and white to tackle a script by his late father about the making of the classic of classics, Citizen Kane, with previous Oscar winner Gary Oldman playing the lead role of screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz. Will the Academy fall for the ultimate “power of da moviesshhh” story? -Minari: Sundance can be hit or miss with the breakout films that try to make it to the Oscars. However, you can’t deny the waves made by A24 when they premiered Lee Isaac Chung’s new drama there, ending up winning the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award in the US Dramatic Competition. If Parasite endeared Academy voters to Korean families, Steven Yeun hopes that the same thing happens with this story, where he plays a father in the ‘80s who suddenly decides to move his family to Arkansas to start a farm. Even though the reviews have been great, we must also remember that last year, A24 had in their hands The Farewell, another Sundance hit about an Asian family that ended up with no Oscar nominations. Let’s hope that this time, the Plan B influence (remember, that’s Brad Pitt’s production company, of Moonlight and 12 Years a Slave fame) makes a difference. -Next Goal Wins: It’s a good time to be Taika Waititi. Why? Taika Waititi can do what he wants. He can direct a Thor movie, he can win an Oscar for writing a comedy set in WW2 about a Third Reich boy who has an Imaginary Hitler friend, or he can pop up in The Mandalorian as a droid. Taika keeps winning, and he wants more. Between his press tour for Jojo Rabbit and his return to the MCU, he quickly shot an adaptation of a great documentary about the disgraced national team of American Samoa, one of the worst football teams known to man, as they try to make the cut for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Everybody loves a good sports comedy, and Searchlight bets that we’ll enjoy this story led by Michael Fassbender as the new (and Dutch-American) coach in town who tries to shape the team for victory. -News of the World: Seven years after their solid collaboration in Captain Phillips, Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks reunite for more awards love in what seems to be Universal’s main attraction for the Oscars. This time, Hanks stars in a Western drama based on Paulette Jiles’ novel where he plays a traveling newsreader in the aftermath of the American Civil War who is tasked with reuniting an orphaned girl with her living relatives. With a Christmas release date, Universal is betting big in getting the same nomination boost that 1917 is enjoying right now, and the formula is promising. -Nightmare Alley: Following his Best Picture and Best Director wins for The Shape of Water, everybody in Hollywood wondered what would Guillermo del Toro do next. Well, as Del Toro often does, a little bit of everything and nothing. Some projects moved (as his produced Pinocchio movie on Netflix, or his Death Stranding likeness cameo), others stalled and die (like his proposed Fantastic Voyage remake). But now he’s rolling on his next project, a new adaptation of the William Lindsay Gresham novel that already was a Tyrone Power film in 1947. This noir tale tells the story of a con man (Bradley Cooper) who teams up with a psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett) to trick people and win money, and how things get out of control. With a cast that also includes Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Rooney Mara and more, this could play well if it hits the right tone. -Nomadland: There’s breakout years, and then there’s the amazing potential of Chloe Zhao’s 2020. On the one hand, after making Hollywood notice her skill with the gripping story of The Rider, she got the keys to the MCU kingdom to direct the next potential franchise of Kevin Feige, The Eternals. And just in case, she also has in her sleeve this indie drama that she wrote and directed beforehand, with two-time Oscar winner Frances McDormand playing a woman who, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad. If Chloe nails these two films, it could be the one-two punch of the decade. -One Night in Miami: Regina King is living her best life. Following her Oscar win for Best Supporting Actress in If Beale Street Could Talk and the success that came with her lead role in the Watchmen show on HBO, the actress is jumping to a new challenge: directing movies. For her big screen debut, she’s adapting Kemp Powers’ play that dramatizes a real meeting on February 25, 1964, between Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown. -Over the Moon: After earning praise and Oscar nominations with I Lost My Body and Klaus, Netflix will keep its bet on animated movies with a film directed by the legendary Glen Keane. Who? A classic Disney animator responsible for the design of characters like Ariel, the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Tarzan and more](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jRkx2PNVr8), and who recently won an Oscar for Best Animated Short for Dear Basketball, which he co-directed with the late Kobe Bryant. Now, he brings us a musical adventure centered around a Chinese girl who builds a rocket ship and blasts off to the Moon in hopes of meeting a legendary Moon Goddess. -Passing: It’s always interesting when an actor jumps behind the camera, and Rebecca Hall’s case is no exception. For her directorial debut, Hall chose to adapt Nella Larsen’s acclaimed novel set in Harlem in the 1920s, about two mixed race childhood friends (Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson) who reunite in adulthood and become obsessed with one another's lives. With a premise that explores tough questions about race and sexuality, it looks like a tricky challenge for a first timer, but it would be more impressive if Hall manages to rise over the challenge. -Prisoner 760: An interesting part of following the awards circuit is looking at when it's appropriate to talk about touchy subjects in recent history. I’m saying that because this next movie tells the real life tale of Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Tahar Rahim), a man who, despite not being charged or having a set trial, is held in custody at Guantanamo Bay, and turns towards a pair of lawyers (Jodie Foster and Shailene Woodley) to aid him. Based on the famous journal that the man wrote while he was being detained, the movie (that also counts with Benedict Cumberbatch) is directed by Kevin Macdonald who, a long time ago, helped Forest Whitaker win Best Actor for The Last King of Scotland. Could he get back in the race after almost 15 years of movies like State of Play? -Raya and the Last Dragon: This year, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ bet for the Oscars is a fantasy tale set in a mysterious realm called Kumandra, where a warrior named Raya searches for the last dragon in the world. And that dragon has the voice of Awkwafina. Even though they missed out last Oscars when Frozen II got the cold shoulder by the Academy in Best Animated Feature, this premise looks interesting enough to merit a chance. One more thing: between last year’s Abominable, Over the Moon and this movie, there’s a clear connection of animated movies trying to appeal to Chinese sensibilities (and that sweet box office). -Rebecca: It’s wild to think that the only time that Alfred Hitchcock made a film that won the Oscar for Best Picture was with 1940’s adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s psychological thriller novel, more muted and conventional than his more known classics. Now, Ben Wheatley and Netflix are giving the Gothic story a new spin, with Lily James playing the newly married young woman who finds herself battling the shadow of her husband's (Armie Hammer) dead first wife, the mysterious Rebecca. The story is a classic, and we have to see how much weird Wheatley stuff is in the mix. -Red, White and Water: Between 2011 and 2014, Jennifer Lawrence was everywhere and people loved it. She was America’s sweetheart, the Oscar winner, Katniss Everdeen. But then, everything kinda fell. Those X-Men movies got worse and she looked tired of being in them, her anecdotes got less charming and more pandering to some, she took respectable risks that didn’t pay off with Red Sparrow and Mother!, and some people didn’t like that she said that it wasn’t nice to share private photos of her online. Now, she looks to get back to the Oscar race with a small project funded by A24 and directed by Lila Neugebauer in her film debut, about a soldier who comes back to the US after suffering a traumatic brain injury in Afghanistan. Also, Brian Tyree Henry is in this, and it would be amazing if he got nominated for something. -Respect: You know what’s a surefire way to get Academy voters’ attention? Play a real singer! Rami Malek took a win last year for playing Freddie Mercury, Renee Zellweger just won the gold after portraying Judy Garland, and now Jennifer Hudson wants more Oscar love. Almost 15 years after taking Best Supporting Actress for her role in Dreamgirls, Hudson will try to get more by playing soul legend Aretha Franklin, in a biopic directed by first timer Liesl Tommy that practically screams “give me the gold”. How am I so sure? Well, see the teaser that they released in December (for a movie that opens in October), and tell me. It will work out better for Hudson than Cats, that’s for sure. -Soul: Unless they really disappoint (I’m looking at you, The Good Dinosaur, Cars 2 and Cars 3), you can’t have the Oscars without inviting Pixar to the party. This year, they have two projects in the hopes of success. While in a few weeks we’ll see what happens with the fantasy family road trip of Onward, the studio’s biggest bet of the year clearly is the next existential animation written and directed by Pete Docter, who brought Oscar gold to his home with Up and Inside Out. The movie, which centers on a teacher (voice of Jamie Foxx) who dreams of becoming a jazz musician and, just as he’s about to get his big break, ends up getting into an accident that separates his soul from his body, had a promising first trailer, and it also promises a score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, as well as new songs by Jon Batiste. The only downside so far for the marketing was the fact that the trailer reveal led people to notice a suspicious trend involving black characters when they lead an animated movie. -Tenet: When Leonardo DiCaprio finally touched his Academy Award, an alarm went off in the mind of a portion of Internet users, who have made their next crusade to give themselves to the cause of getting Christopher Nolan some Oscar love. And his next blank check, an action thriller involving espionage and time travel, could pull off the same intersection of popcorn and prestige that made Inception both a box office hit and a critically acclaimed Oscar nominee. It helps to have a cast of impressive names like John David Washington, Elizabeth Debicki and Robert Pattinson, as well as a crew that includes Ludwig Goransson and Hoyte van Hoytema. In other words, if this becomes a hit, this could go for a huge number of nominations. -The Devil All the Time: As you may have noticed by now, Netflix is leading the charge in possible Oscar projects. Another buzzy movie that comes from them is the new psychological thriller by Antonio Campos, a filmmaker known for delivering small and intimate but yet intense and terrifying dramas like Simon Killer and Christine. Using the novel by Donald Ray Pollock, Campos will follow non-linearly a cast of characters in Ohio between the end of World War II and the beginning of the Vietnam War, with the help of an interesting cast that includes Tom Holland, Sebastian Stan, Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, Eliza Scanlen, Bill Skarsgard, Jason Clarke and Riley Keough. -The Eyes of Tammy Faye: After being known as a sketch comedy goofball because of The State, Wet Hot American Summer and Stella, Michael Showalter reinvented himself as a director of small and human dramedies like Hello, My Name is Doris and The Big Sick. For his next project, he’s gonna mix a little bit of both worlds, because he has before him the story of the televangelists Tammy Faye Bakker (Jessica Chastain, who has been really trying to recapture her early ‘10 awards run to no avail) and Jim Bakker (Andrew Garfield, who was previously nominated for Hacksaw Ridge, instead of Silence, because why). With a real life tale that involves Christian theme parks, fraud and conspiracies, this is the kind of loud small movie that Searchlight loves to parade around, especially as an actors showcase (Jojo Rabbit being the most recent example). The first image looks terrifying, by the way. -The Father: It’s weird to be in the middle of February and say that there’s already a frontrunner for the Best Actor race at the next Oscars. After its premiere in Sundance a couple of weeks ago, every prognosticator pointed in the direction of Anthony Hopkins (recently nominated for Best Supporting Actor in The Two Popes), who delivers a harrowing portrayal of an old man grappling with his age as he develops dementia, causing pain to his beleaguered daughter (recent winner Olivia Colman, who also got praised). With reviews calling it a British answer to Amour (in other words: it’s a hard watch), Florian Zeller’s adaptation of his acclaimed play not only benefits from having Hopkins and Colman together as a selling point, because it was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics, a distributor with experience in getting Academy voters to watch adult movies with heavy themes. If you don’t believe me, watch how they got Julianne Moore a win for Still Alice, as well as recent nominations for Isabelle Huppert for Elle, Glenn Close for The Wife, and Antonio Banderas for Pain and Glory. They know the game, and they are going to hit hard for Hopkins and Colman. -The French Dispatch:If you saw the trailer, we don’t need to dwell too much on the reasons. On the one hand, we have the style of Wes Anderson, a filmmaker who has become a name in both the critics circle and the casual viewer, with his last two movies (The Grand Budapest Hotel and Isle of Dogs) earning several Oscar nominations, including Best Picture for the one with Gustave H. Then, we have a long cast that goes from the director’s regulars like Bill Murray to new stars like Timothee Chalamet, and also includes people like Benicio del Toro. The only thing that could endanger the Oscar chances for this is that the story, an anthology set around a period comedy with an European riff on The New Yorker, will alienate the average Academy member. -The Humans: There’s the prestige of a play, and then there’s the prestige of a Tony-winning play. Playwright Stephen Karam now gets to jump to the director’s chair to take his acclaimed 2016 one-act story to the big screen, and A24 is cutting the check. Telling the story of a family that gets together on Thanksgiving to commiserate about life, this adaptation will be led by original performer Jayne Houdyshell (who also won a Tony for her stage performance), who’ll be surrounded by Richard Jenkins, Beanie Feldstein, Amy Schumer, Steven Yeun and June Squibb. If it avoids getting too claustrophobic or stagey for the cinema, it will be a good contender. -The Last Duel: Always speedy, Ridley Scott is working on his next possible trip to the Oscars. This time, it’s the telling of a true story in 14th-century France, where a knight (Matt Damon) accuses his former friend (Adam Driver) of raping his wife (Jodie Comer), with the verdict being determined by the titular duel. It’s a juicy story, but there was some concern when it seemed that the script was only being written by Damon and Ben Affleck (who’ll also appear in the film). A rape story written by them after the Weinstein revelations… not the best look. But then, it was revealed that they were writing the screenplay with indie figure Nicole Holofcener, who last year was nominated for an Oscar for her script for Can You Ever Forgive Me? Let’s hope that the story is told in a gripping but not exploitative way, and that it doesn’t reduce the role of Comer (who deserves more than some of the movie roles that she’s getting after Killing Eve) to a Hollywood stereotype. -The Power of the Dog: We have to talk about the queen of the indie world, we have to talk about Jane Campion. More than a decade after her last movie, Bright Star, the Oscar and Palme d’Or winner for The Piano returns with a non-TV project (see Top of the Lake, people) thanks to Netflix, with a period drama centered around a family dispute between a pair of wealthy brothers in Montana, Phil (Benedict Cumberbatch) and George Burbank (Jesse Plemons), after the latter one marries a local widow (Kirsten Dunst). According to the synopsis, “a shocked and angry Phil wages a sadistic, relentless war to destroy her entirely using her effeminate son Peter as a pawn”. Can’t wait to see what that means. -The Prom: Remember the Ryan Murphy blank check deal with Netflix that I mentioned earlier? Well, another of the projects in the first batch of announcements for the deal is a musical that he’ll direct, adapting the Tony-nominated show about a group of Broadway losers (now played by the one and only Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Andrew Rannells and, uh, James Corden, for some reason) who try to find a viral story to get back in the spotlight, and end up going to a town in Indiana to help a lesbian high school student who has been banned from bringing her girlfriend to the prom. The show has been considered a fun and heartwarming tale of acceptance, so the movie could be an easy pick for an average Academy voter who doesn’t look too hard (and you know that the Golden Globes will nominate the shirt out of this). It’s funny how this comes out the same year than Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, and then it’s not funny realizing that Film Twitter will pit the two movies against each other. -The Trial of the Chicago 7: After getting a taste of the director’s taste with Molly’s Game, Aaron Sorkin wants more. For his second movie, he’s tackling one of his specialties: a courtroom drama. And this one is a period movie centered around the trial on countercultural activists in the late ‘60s, which immediately attracts a campaign of how “important” this movie is today’s culture. To add the final blow, we have a cast that includes Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jeremy Strong, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Frank Langella, William Hurt, Michael Keaton and Mark Rylance. If Sorkin can contain himself from going over the top (and with that cast, it would be so easy to surrender to bouts of screaming and winding speeches), this could be one of the top contenders. -Those Who Wish Me Dead: Having made a good splash in the directorial waters with Wind River, Taylor Sheridan (also known for writing the Sicario movies, the Oscar-nominated Hell or High Water or that Yellowstone show that your uncle raves about on Facebook) returns with yet another modern Western. For this thriller based on the Michael Koryta novel, Angelina Jolie stars as a survival expert in the Montana wilderness who is tasked with protecting a teenager who witnessed a murder, while assassins are pursuing him and a wildfire grows closer. -Untitled David O. Russell Project: Following the mop epic Joy, that came and went in theaters but still netted a Best Actress nomination for Jennifer Lawrence, the angriest director in Hollywood took a bit of a break (it didn’t help that he tried to do a really expensive show with Amazon starring Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore that fell apart when the Weinstein exposes sank everything). Now, he’s quickly putting together his return to the days of Oscar love that came with stuff like The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, with a new movie that is set to star Christian Bale, Margot Robbie and Michael B. Jordan. Even though we don’t know many details (some people are saying the movie is called Amsterdam) except for the fact the movie hasn’t started shooting yet, David is a quick guy, so he’ll get it ready for the fall festival circuit. If there’s one thing that David O. Russell knows (apart from avoid getting cancelled for abusing people like Lily Tomlin, Amy Adams and his niece), it’s to make loud actor showcases. -Untitled Nora Fingscheidt Project: When Bird Box became one of the biggest hits on Netflix history, the streamer decided to keep itself in the Sandra Bullock business. Sandy’s next project for Ted Sarandos is a drama where she plays a woman who is released from prison after serving time for a violent crime, and re-enters a society that refuses to forgive her past. To get redemption, she searches her younger sister she was forced to leave behind. With the direction of Fingscheidt, who comes from an acclaimed directorial debut with Systemsprenger (Germany’s submission to the last Academy Awards), and a cast that also includes Viola Davis, Vincent D’Onofrio and Jon Bernthal, this will also hopefully try its luck later this year. -Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Project: We don’t know if this movie will be ready for the end of the year (although last time, he managed to sneak Phantom Thread under the buzzer and earn several Oscar nominations, including Best Picture), but PTA is apparently gonna start to shoot it soon, with the backing of Focus Features. After several movies with prestige locations and intricate production design, Film Twitter’s Holy Spirit will go back to the San Fernando Valley in the 1970s, to tell the story of a high school student who is also a successful child actor. -Stillwater: Tom McCarthy’s recent career is certainly puzzling. After delivering the weird lows of The Cobbler, he bounced back with the Best Picture winner that was Spotlight. And following that, he… helped produce the 13 Reasons Why series. And following that… he made Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, a Disney+ original movie. Now, he’s back to the award race with a drama starring Matt Damon, who plays a father who rushes from Oklahoma to France to help his daughter (Abigail Breslin), who is in prison after being suspected for a murder she claims she didn’t commit. -West Side Story: To close things, we have to see one of the possible big contenders of the season, Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the iconic musical that translates Romeo and Juliet to the context of a street gang war in 1950s New York. While the decision to adapt again something that has been a classic both in Broadway and in movie theaters almost 60 years ago is a challenge, the idea of Spielberg doing a musical closer to the stage version with Tony Kushner as the writer is too tempting for the average Academy voter, who is already saving a spot in major categories in case Steven nails it in December. However, there’s two question marks. First, how well will Ansel Elgort and newcomer Rachel Zegler stand out in the roles of Tony and Maria? And second, will In the Heights steal some of the thunder of this movie by being, you know, more modern?
It was in the late 80’s and 90’s that I saw the systematic driving away of rednecks from EF! circles by largely young white middle class “anarchist”. I remember at one Round River Rendezvous in Colorado this good ole boy stood up and thanked everyone for coming to the great state of Colorado, expressing pride in his home state. Immediately he was publically attacked by the black clads for expressing pride in any state. I watched him sit down and realized he would never come back.
Well skip forward three decades, literally nothing has been achieved by climate change activists and yet the circlejerk continues. Every radical environmentalist activist group is now roughly the same. A group of young female college students, two or three gay guys and a semi-retired college professor who likes hanging out with women in their early twenties. Half the crowd walks in half an hour late, everyone sits in a circle, you're supposed to introduce yourself with your pronouns and instead of clapping you use "jazz hands". Anyone can see how that thing ends. Fossil fuel companies really aren't going to change their business practices because a group of college students are blocking a road somewhere. Instead of having 40,000 dollars in debt and a college degree that allows some HR drone in a giant corporate hellhole to check off a box when hiring you, I'm a regular boring working class white guy. It immediately becomes clear to me at these type of meetings why these meetings don't attract regular dudes. I can handle being asked to announce my gender, that's not the problem. What's immediately apparent however when you ask people to announce their gender is that this ultimately isn't about the Holocene extinction event, or about melting permafrost, or about deforestation, or about millions of people who are right now dying of hunger in Southern Africa in unprecedented droughts. This is about social posturing within a subculture of people detached from reality who live off college loans in big cities. The same activist groups who fight climate change feel the need to publish statements about "white feminists" who fail to understand the plight of Islamic women who want to walk around dressed like Darth Vader. Maybe I'm a regular working class dude who grew up around actual Muslim girls, who claimed they have their hymen inspected by relatives of the groom before marriage. Maybe I don't look at a Burqa as a harmless expression of a woman's religious beliefs. Maybe climate change activism would be more effective if these subcultural circlejerks were kept out of your activist group. Let me give another example of what I mean. I've been active with Extinction Rebellion for a while. We had a massive road blockade in Amsterdam. What happened there was initially pretty interesting, because we had regular locals who were sick of the traffic. I met a middle-aged intelligent gay man there, who spends his time writing about ecology. He spontaneously joined the blockade and the lot of us were dumped somewhere far off by the cops. But these days, the expectation is that everyone who joins the blockade joins a "civil disobedience course". When they blocked the local airport near Amsterdam, all the activists were trained beforehand. During the blockade on the airport, the spokesperson was emphasizing how all the activists are trained and that they have a right to protest yadda yadda. If that's how you announce yourself to the world, you can rest assured that nobody else will join. Now with all the other actions, they want to train the activists too. That's fine with me, but they seem to take it for granted now that people can't show up at the scene itself and contribute in any meaningful way. Here's the thing however: Who has time to follow a four hour civil disobedience course? College students, not people who work. So, what do the media see? The same scruffy college students who attend every action. All the media enjoy emphasizing that these climate activist movements are led by young women and girls. But have they ever considered that they struggle to create an environment where young heterosexual men feel as if anything useful happens? The Extinction Rebellion crowd insists on proclaiming they're "non-violent". But what does that mean for the indigenous environmental defenders who are murdered? What does it mean for the people who are dying from climate change right now? For young working class men, activism generally isn't an excuse for social mingling. It's a moral obligation. So if like Extinction Rebellion, you hold "regenerative yoga sessions" for all those poor activists who had to spend a few hours in jail, or "dance protests" where you're asked to "bring your Tinder date", what sort of people do you think you will attract? Young bourgeois emotionally fragile white women. And if that's the sort of movement you're building, then what do you think happens when you try to block public transport? You have the shit beaten out of you by working class people who don't fetishize non-violence. I have yet to encounter any sort of activist group who manage to communicate climate change as anything beyond an abstract bourgeois philosophical dilemma for middle class people.
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