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God and Vanity


Men have had the vanity to pretend that the whole universe was made for them, whilst in reality the whole universe does not suspect their existence.

Reverently Burgled from God
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God and Sharia


One thing is certain with Sharia... men make the rules.

God and War


Reverently burgled from I Am your God

Pornography; Good For Us?


Reprinted from an article in The Scientist (1st Mar, 2010) and published here as a reaction to the Australian Government’s plan to filter legal adult porn (and political discussion) on the internet.

Pornography.

Most people have seen it, and have a strong opinion about it. Many of those opinions are negative—some people argue that ready access to pornography disrupts social order, encouraging people to commit rape, sexual assault, and other sex-related crimes. And even if pornography doesn’t trigger a crime, they say, it contributes to the degradation of women. It harms the women who are depicted by pornography, and harms those who do not participate but are encouraged to perform the acts depicted in it by men who are acculturated by it. Many even adamantly believe that pornography should become illegal.

Alternatively, others argue that pornography is an expression of fantasies that can actually inhibit sexual activity, and act as a positive displacement for sexual aggression. Pornography offers a readily available means of satisfying sexual arousal (masturbation), they say, which serves as a substitute for dangerous, harmful, and illegal activities.

Some feminists even claim that pornography can empower women by loosening them from the shackles of social prudery and restrictions.

But what do the data say?

Over the years, many scientists have investigated the link between pornography (considered legal under the First Amendment in the United States unless judged “obscene”) and sex crimes and attitudes towards women. And in every region investigated, researchers have found that as pornography has increased in availability, sex crimes have either decreased or not increased.

It’s not hard to find a study population, given how widespread pornography has become. The United States alone produces 10,000 pornographic movies each year. The Free Speech Coalition, a porn industry–lobbying group, estimates that adult video/DVD sales and rentals amount to at least $4 billion per year. The Internet is a rich source, with 40 million adults regularly visiting porn Web sites, and more than one-quarter of regular users downloading porn at work. And it’s not just men who are interested: Nelsen/Net reports that 9.4 million women in the United States accessed online pornography Web sites in the month of September 2003. According to the conservative media watchdog group Family Safe Media, the porn industry makes more money than the top technology companies combined, including Microsoft, Google, Apple, and Amazon.

No correlation has been found between exposure to porn and negative attitudes towards women.

To examine the effect this widespread use of porn may be having on society, researchers have often exposed people to porn and measured some variable such as changes in attitude or predicted hypothetical behaviors, interviewed sex offenders about their experience with pornography, and interviewed victims of sex abuse to evaluate if pornography was involved in the assault. Surprisingly few studies have linked the availability of porn in any society with antisocial behaviors or sex crimes. Among those studies none have found a causal relationship and very few have even found one positive correlation.

Despite the widespread and increasing availability of sexually explicit materials, according to national FBI Department of Justice statistics, the incidence of rape declined markedly from 1975 to 1995. This was particularly seen in the age categories 20–24 and 25–34, the people most likely to use the Internet. The best known of these national studies are those of Berl Kutchinsky, who studied Denmark, Sweden, West Germany, and the United States in the 1970s and 1980s. He showed that for the years from approximately 1964 to 1984, as the amount of pornography increasingly became available, the rate of rapes in these countries either decreased or remained relatively level. Later research has shown parallel findings in every other country examined, including Japan, Croatia, China, Poland, Finland, and the Czech Republic. In the United States there has been a consistent decline in rape over the last 2 decades, and in those countries that allowed for the possession of child pornography, child sex abuse has declined.

Significantly, no community in the United States has ever voted to ban adult access to sexually explicit material. The only feature of a community standard that holds is an intolerance for materials in which minors are involved as participants or consumers.

In terms of the use of pornography by sex offenders, the police sometimes suggest that a high percentage of sex offenders are found to have used pornography. This is meaningless, since most men have at some time used pornography. Looking closer, Michael Goldstein and Harold Kant found that rapists were more likely than nonrapists in the prison population to have been punished for looking at pornography while a youngster, while other research has shown that incarcerated nonrapists had seen more pornography, and seen it at an earlier age, than rapists. What does correlate highly with sex offense is a strict, repressive religious upbringing. Richard Green too has reported that both rapists and child molesters use less pornography than a control group of “normal” males.

Attitudes towards women .

Studies of men who had seen X-rated movies found that they were significantly more tolerant and accepting of women than those men who didn’t see those movies, and studies by other investigators—female as well as male—essentially found similarly that there was no detectable relationship between the amount of exposure to pornography and any measure of misogynist attitudes. No researcher or critic has found the opposite, that exposure to pornography—by any definition—has had a cause-and-effect relationship towards ill feelings or actions against women. No correlation has even been found between exposure to porn and calloused attitudes toward women.

There is no doubt that some people have claimed to suffer adverse effects from exposure to pornography—just look at testimony from women’s shelters, divorce courts and other venues. But there is no evidence it was the cause of the claimed abuse or harm.

Ultimately, there is no freedom that can’t be and isn’t misused.

This can range from the freedom to bear arms to the freedom to bear children (just look at “Octomom”). But it doesn’t mean that the freedom of the majority should be restricted to prevent the abuses of the few. When people transgress into illegal behavior, there are laws to punish them, and those act as a deterrent. In the United States, where one out of every 138 residents is incarcerated, just imagine if pornography were illegal—there’d be more people in prison than out.

Adapted from “Pornography, Public Acceptance and Sex Related Crime: A Review,” Int J Law Psychiatry, 32:304–14, 2009.

Milton Diamond is a professor in the department of anatomy, biochemistry and physiology at the University of Hawaii and director of the Pacific Center for Sex and Society.

A Cleaning Cheat Sheet for Men…


* Broom (brum) – a long handled brush used for sweeping (also doubles as a mode of transportation for your mother)

* Vacuum (vak’ u em) – much like the leaf blower except it sucks in, instead of blowing out. Don’t let this alarm you. It isn’t broken and doesn’t need more torque, speed, RAM or whatever it is you did to the dishwasher.

* Dust pan (DUH) – Contrary to popular belief, this is where you sweep the dirt, not under the hallway area rug.

* Dust Cloth (dust kloth) – A cloth designated for removing tiny particles of dirt from every flat surface of the house. Hint: look for your old “lucky shirt”.

* Bucket (buk’ it)- Cylindric container used for holding soapy water when mopping the floor. Also known as your mid-evil knight helmet when you’re playing with our seven-year-old.

* Mop – (mop) a bundle of coarse yarn, rags or cloth fastened at the end of a stick. You’ll remember this as your dance partner at the New Year’s Eve party last year.

* Toilet Brush (toi’ lit brush) – Used for scrubbing the inside of the toilet bowl. I don’t care what this looks like, you may NOT use my shower luffa again!

* Oven Cleaner (uv’ en Klen’ er) – No, not the teenager. This is an actual product that you buy, spray in the oven and wipe out two hours later. You won’t need your welder’s mask for this task, but if it makes you feel more dangerous, go ahead.

* Sponge (spunj) – used to gently wash away food particles from dinnerware. It won’t be necessary to use your 300psi Power wash set. That was given to you in hopes of cleaning the EXTERIOR of the house (hint hint).

* Squeegee (skwe’ je) – Same principle as washing the car windshield, and yes, real men DO squeegee!

Final Note:
While Duct tape may be a wonderful plumbers aid, it’s really not the best solution for keeping the bathroom towels in place, and Jamie’s teacher is still asking why his homework was stuck to his forehead last week. For these reasons, I have hidden the duct tape and distributed your picture to the local hardware stores. Don’t make me call Duct Tape Anonymous again.

Take your time, everything will be fine. If you need me, I’ll be in the basement cleaning up the smoke damage from your “do it yourself” electrical rewiring incident last week.

Why Men Do It


I have spent much of my life thinking about nothing, much to the annoyance of the lady I have spent my life with.

At last I have found out why I do it and why she kept getting annoyed.

This is too true to be funny.

Thanks, Jeanie

CATS AND DOGS


What is a CAT?

1. Cats do what they want.
2. They rarely listen to you.
3. They’re totally unpredictable.
4. When you want to play, they want to be alone.
5. When you want to be alone, they want to play.
6. They expect you to cater to their every whim.
7. They’re moody.
8.They leave hair everywhere.

CONCLUSION:

Cats are tiny women in little fur coats.

What is a DOG?
1. Dogs spend all day sprawled on the most comfortable piece of furniture in the house.
2. They can hear a package of food opening half a block away, but don’t hear you when you’re in the same room.
3. They can look dumb and lovable all at the same time.
4. They growl when they are not happy.
5. When you want to play, they want to play.
6. When you want to be alone, they want to play.
7. They leave their toys everywhere.
8. They do disgusting things with their mouths and then try to give you a kiss!
9. They go right to your crotch as soon as they meet you.

CONCLUSION:

Dogs are tiny men in little fur coats.

Father’s Day Gifts


Here in Oz, tomorrow is Father’s Day. So today is the last day to shop for that special man.

These *RULES* will surely be a big help in buying a Father’s Day gift:

RULE #1:
When in doubt, buy him a cordless drill. It doesn’t matter if he already has one. I have a friend who owns 17, and he has yet to complain. As a man, you can never have too many cordless drills. No one knows why.

RULE #2:
If you cannot afford a cordless drill, buy him anything with the word “ratchet” or “socket” in it. Men love saying those two words. “Hey, George, can I borrow your ratchet?” “Okay. By the way, are you through with my 3/8-inch socket yet?” Again, no one knows why.

RULE #3:
If you’re really broke, buy him anything for his car: a 99-cent ice scraper, a small bottle of de-icer, or something to hang from his rear view mirror. Men love gifts for their cars. No one knows why.

RULE #4:
Men enjoy danger. That’s why they never cook, but they will barbecue. Buy him a monster barbecue with a 100-pound propane tank. Tell him the gas line leaks. Oh the thrill! The challenge! Who wants a hamburger?!

RULE #5:
Buy men Label Makers. They are almost as good as cordless drills. Within a couple of weeks there will be labels absolutely everywhere; socks, shorts, cups, saucers, door, lock, sink. You get the picture.

RULE #6:
Men love chain saws. Never ever buy a man you love a chain saw. If you don’t know why, please refer to “RULE #5” and what happens when he gets a label maker.

RULE #7:
It’s hard to beat a really good wheel barrow or an aluminium extension ladder. Never buy a real man a step ladder. It must be an extension ladder. No one knows why.

RULE #8:
Men love rope. It takes them back to their cowboy origins, or at least the Boy Scouts. Nothing says love like a hundred feet of 3/8-inch manila rope. No one knows why.

Training Courses For Men


1. Introduction to Common Household Objects I: The Mop & The Sponge.

2. Adventures in Housekeeping I: Let’s Clean the Closet

3. Adventures in Housekeeping II: Let’s Clean Under the Bed

4. Refrigerator Forensics: Identifying and Removing the Dead

5. Design Pattern or Splatter Stain?: You CAN tell the Difference

6. Accepting Loss I: If It’s Empty, You Can Throw It Away

7. Accepting Loss II: If the Milk Expired Three Weeks Ago, You Can Throw It Away

8. Going to the Supermarket: It’s Not Just for Women Anymore!

9. Listening: It’s Not Just Something You Do During Halftime

10. Accepting Your Limitations: Having Power Tools Doesn’t Mean You Can Fix It

11. Bathroom Etiquette I: How to Remove Beard Clippings from the Sink.

12. Bathroom Etiquette II: Let’s Wash The Towels!

13. Bathroom Etiquette III: How Tell ou’re About to run out of Toilet Paper!

14. Giving Back to the Community: How to Donate 5-Year-Old Levis to Goodwill

15. Retro? Or Just Hideous?: Re-examining Your 1970’s Polyester Shirts

16. No, Dishes Won’t Wash Themselves: Knowing the Limitations of Your Kitchenware

17. Romance: More Than a Cable Channel

18. Directions: It’s Okay to Ask for Them

19. Going Out to Dinner: Beyond the Pizza Hut

20. “I Don’t Know”: Be the First Man to Say It

21. Yours, Mine, and Ours: Sharing the Remote

22. “I Could Have Played a Better Game Than That!”: Why Women Laugh

23. The Gas Gauge in Your Car: Sometimes Empty MEANS Empty

24. Dressing Up: Beyond the Funeral and the Wedding

Women and Men – What A Difference


A man is a person who – if a woman says, “Nevermind, I’ll do it myself.” – lets her.

A woman is a person who – if she says to a man,
“Nevermind, I’ll do it myself.”, and he lets her – gets mad.

A man is a person who – if a woman says to him, “Nevermind, I’ll do it myself,”
and he lets her and she gets mad – says, “Now what are you mad about?”

A woman is a person who – if she says to a man, “Nevermind, I’ll do it myself,”
and he lets her, and she gets mad, and he says,
“Now what are you mad about?” – says, “If you don’t know I’m not going to tell you!”

Strange World #14; Nude sleepwalkers


One of Britain’s largest budget hotel groups is to re-train staff to handle late-night nudity.

There has been a seven-fold surge in sleepwalking and scantily clad men make up 95% of the Somnambulists.

Studies have shown sleepwalking to be caused by alcohol, stress, eating cheese or consuming too much caffeine. It seems to occur an hour or so after retiring, just as the person is falling into deep sleep.

The somnambulists (word of the day) often ask; “where’s the bathroom?”, “do you have a newspaper?” or “can I check out, I’m late for work?”

Travel Lodge has more than 300 hotels in Britain and staff have been issued with a guide on how to deal with a naked sleepwalker. One tip is to keep a towel handy to assist in preserving the victim’s dignity.

When asked why she thought 95 per cent of its sleepwalkers were naked men, a Travelodge spokeswoman said: “We have more men staying with us than women, so that could be a factor.”

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