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britishpathe:

The first British tenpin bowling alley opens at Stamford Hill, North London, 1960: http://youtu.be/_rLbkOvjV68

You guys didn’t have ten-pin until the 60s? You poor deprived souls.

Anonymous said: Why do I continue to see that SJWs and a lot of radfems seem to have a hardon for marxism and communism? First they say they don't want the government anywhere near them but communism is government effectively invading every single aspect of their lives for the good of "the party". It just doesn't make any sense.

besserwisserer:

jeysiec:

besserwisserer:

A group of feminists basically usurped Marxist theories and applied them to gender, with women as the oppressed and men as the oppressors. Which doesn’t make a lick of sense for a variety of reasons of course but that never stopped a feminist.

There are of course feminists to which this doesn’t apply but even among those who wouldn’t call themselves communists, treating genders like classes in the communist sense is strikingly common.

I’ve always been more confused as to why so many MRAs ascribe to libertarianism or ultracapitalist thinking, which is just as destructive from the opposite direction.

(Social democracy is probably the closest thing to my own views.)

I think we had this conversation already where I argued that MRAs feel disappointed by the whole political spectrum and therefore see the solution in less or no government.

I guess the thing for me is, no or less government simply makes every single issue facing men worse.

Men being the majority of homeless will simply increase further without the safety net, since there will be nothing stopping businesses from paying even worse wages, and men have fewer non-government options for income than women do if their job fails to provide it.

Men dying in workplaces will increase further because there will be even fewer regulations to deal with the dangers in said jobs.

Men dying in other violent ways will increase further, since you’ll have little to no protection for yourself or others except personal violence.

In fact, the aspects of masculinity that are most dangerous or gender-role-enforcing to men such as being forced to be physically strong, assertive, and reckless, will just be increased further.

And you can forget more funding for things like men’s diseases or birth control for men, which already are barely viewed as profitable enough to bother with. (And of course, birth control for women, which actually legitimately benefits men strongly, will also be harder to come by.)

Even few things that might be a gain like less enforcement for child support won’t be a net gain, since as above men will lose many resources for preventing fatherhood in the first place.

The better road for men is trying to get government to be more favorable towards them, as hard a trek as it is, because in the majority of cases removing what government protections and safety nets for workers and civilians that exist will just exacerbate men’s problems since they can’t rely on anything else to protect them the way women can.

talking-fedora:

They just don’t like capitalism and they think that Marxism is the best or only alternative.

Also, libertarians seem to be more open to discuss men’s rights from what I’ve heard, which I’m not quite sure about why that is.

I call bull on this, considering that libertarians are generally willing to throw all protections against discrimination and bigotry to the wind. So, I mean, I guess if you’re a man who’s rich, white, Christian, straight, able-bodied, and young, then sure, libertarianism will be in your corner.  But violate any of those traits, and libertarians don’t give a damn about you. They’re happy to have their survival of the fittest culture run you over if the people “voluntarily” decide that one or more of your traits don’t deserve to exist.

Anonymous said: Why do I continue to see that SJWs and a lot of radfems seem to have a hardon for marxism and communism? First they say they don't want the government anywhere near them but communism is government effectively invading every single aspect of their lives for the good of "the party". It just doesn't make any sense.

besserwisserer:

talking-fedora:

They just don’t like capitalism and they think that Marxism is the best or only alternative.

A group of feminists basically usurped Marxist theories and applied them to gender, with women as the oppressed and men as the oppressors. Which doesn’t make a lick of sense for a variety of reasons of course but that never stopped a feminist.

There are of course feminists to which this doesn’t apply but even among those who wouldn’t call themselves communists, treating genders like classes in the communist sense is strikingly common.

I’ve always been more confused as to why so many MRAs ascribe to libertarianism or ultracapitalist thinking, which is just as destructive from the opposite direction.

(Social democracy is probably the closest thing to my own views.)

Fifty Shades Fans 'More Vulnerable To Abuse'

For my former follower who told me I was basically a big meanie for finding women’s abuse fantasies like this problematic and potentially harmful.

Anonymous said: Tied in to that thing about jerks and niceness: when someone says, "Well, I'm through being nice! I'm gonna be a jerk from now on!" people always seem to turn around and go, "See, you were never really nice!" But when you see jerky people getting ahead in life, of course you feel like being nice is pointless and a hindrance; you know, I wish I had the confidence to say half the stuff in my head to people, I'd probably get more respect :/

Being nice, I mean truly nice, is hard. It’s putting on a smile and being polite and kind to someone even as they’re completely treating you like dirt. It’s paying for someone else’s needs when you barely have enough money for yourself. It’s giving up all your free time to always cover everyone else’s shift because they have kids and whatnot to deal with and you don’t. It’s doing the work of other people on top of your own because the other people faff about and so that’s the only way your own job can get done. It’s dragging yourself out of bed to care for someone else and not yourself; eating poorly and not caring for yourself because what little energy you have went to cooking someone else’s meals and fetching someone else’s things. It’s spending your time doting entirely on someone else’s physical and mental needs while ignoring and not doing anything about your own.

And you will get nothing but taken for granted at best; you will never actually receive any benefit whatsoever for any of this, and indeed it will often leave you worse off than you were before when you start running on fumes. And yet you can’t ever stop this niceness, or ask to finally have your own needs addressed, because if you do you will get told you’re selfish and a horrible person. Nor can you ever, ever snap, not even once, no matter how justified, because even if it’s one snap to a hundred times of being nice, people will only remembering the snapping and call you a bitter, angry bitch.

everydaytriumphsandtragedies replied to your post “You know you’re in Massachusetts when you’re at an Irish Rovers…”

I could throw up a shout for both. :-þ

So could the fellow who joked about the Scottish folks catching the wrong bus. :3