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Comment: Re:Who would have guessed male dominance? (Score 1) 356

I'm not the one claiming a multi thousand year culture is inferior and oppressive. You think pointing out that Americans have the arrogance to dismiss other societies as cesspools without knowing a god awful thing about those people, is somehow painting them as "inferior"?

What culture is yours, then, Marc? Because I'm American, born and raised here, but I've spent a lot of time travelling to different countries and living with people there. I've met a lot of different people from different societies with completely different value systems, some that I didn't agree with- but I learned to open my eyes and realize I couldn't be an arrogant douchebag and dismiss their way of life as "oppressive" and "violent" without trying to understand who they were and why they were.

Comment: Re:Who would have guessed male dominance? (Score 1) 356

Oh my god. Islamic nations are not the same as Japanese is not the same as Korean is not the same as India. In fact India has had a long and tumultuous history of dealing with Islamic invaders who slaughtered their leaders and people.

You haven't even spoken to any of these people. You sit at home in front of your computer, isolated from the rest of the world's cultures, with not a clue as to how these societies actually work. It's so easy for Americans or Europeans to dismiss other societies as inferior, oppressive, ruled by violence. These words are so obscene and heavy, filled with the worst kind of accusations. You've put yourself on this absurd pedestal of superiority.

You honestly think billions of people, hundreds of millions of families, are carrying on lives where half the population is living in utter fear and misery? That they feel scared, helpless, controlled, etc.? Do you have a clue what you're trying to say? How could these extremely communal societies that emphasize harmony function like that for thousands of years? How does that jive with studies like this that show women feel less safe in developed countries: http://www.gallup.com/poll/155...

How can you make proclamations without at least interacting with these cultures?

Comment: Year long DST (Score 1) 277

by sonicmerlin (#49205315) Attached to: Daylight Saving Time Change On Sunday For N. America

I agree with the article proposing a year long DST. I really look forward to setting my clock an hour ahead and getting an extra hour of daylight in the afternoon. I love the really late sunsets in summer. I'm not a morning person, and the dark mornings don't have much of an effect on my emotional state. And really, even without DST in the winter, most off us in the midwest wake up and go to work in the dark. Sunrise is just really late, and it sucks coming back home in the dark.

Comment: Re:Who would have guessed male dominance? (Score 1) 356

You're almost certainly talking to people who were born in America. The ones who left India usually do it for economic opportunity. The "brain drain" that occurs b/c people want more financial security. In Western countries every first generation Indian family pushes their children to be doctors, and to marry doctors, so they can be rich. I think that's screwed up.

I haven't implied anything about experiencing "inferior" or "oppressive" cultures. I'm saying your assumption that women have been "oppressed" for thousands of years is insane. If women were all so unhappy society wouldn't be able to exist. Eastern cultures value interdependence and harmony. If 50% of your population is literally suffering then the system doesn't fracking work.

You're glibly assuming your own culture is superior without even trying to talk to or understand the people, both men and women, that have lived in a constantly evolving multi thousand year culture. Just hand waving away such a rich history without truly understanding it is the height of arrogance.

Comment: Re:Who would have guessed male dominance? (Score 1) 356

Slavery? What? Are you referring to "servants", who are paid for their work just as a US house maid or butler would be?

What do you mean by women are "treated like trash"? Women are raped in every country, and every culture, by *criminals*, not normal people. Women actually feel less safe than men in almost every country, with the gap often greatest in developed countries: http://www.gallup.com/poll/155...

I don't know why you think rapists and child molesters aren't punished. If a woman doesn't report a crime then yes the rapist will go unpunished, but that's true in every country. No one likes child molesters, anywhere at all.

You have an emotional reaction to this event and you can't even think clearly.

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