These thoughts are not necessarily profound, and are not likely to change lives in any big way. They are more an indication that my brain is still working.
Quotes from life, love, and other squishy things. I used to keep the quotes on this page, but it was getting a bit long, and they didn't quite fit with my original concept of this page.
Smoking can be intrusive for three reasons: the smoke is irritating (and potentially dangerous) to those not smoking, many (though not all) smokers don't take care of the waste (butts especially), and there is the potential for fire starting.
Soap is not a lubricant in the standard sense (thought it might seem like one when it is wet). Real lubricants would be engine oil for internal combustion engines (ex. Mobile 1, Penzoil, etc.), "machine oil" for sewing machines and other light machinery, graphite for some kinds of locks, and non-petroleum lubricants for medical or personal use (ex. K-Y Jelly).
I have not found a music performer or group (of any style or genre), of which (when I have listened to a good sampling of their work) I have not liked at least one of their songs.
Shoes that don't fit properly are uncomfortable to wear for long periods (even if they are supposedly the right size).
Women of my acquaintance who wear bras seem to do so for one (or some combination) of three reasons: 1. they need the support (more common among the "well endowed" and those who are active), 2. they like the way bras make them look or how they feel about themselves, 3. "that's just the proper thing for a woman to do."
There are a variety of ways sex is talked about today (and throughout history).
There are various gradations between these statements that people have stated from time to time, but these seem to be the most common messages. Statement 1 is most commonly seen in the mass media in the last two decades of the 20th century and into the 21st century, with statement 2 being fairly common as well. Statement 3 or statement 4 seem to me to be most consistent with scriptural instructions. Statement 5 seems to be quite commonly given as instructions to youth, especially by some of the more conservative religious groups during the last century or two. Statement 6 seems to have been the public attitude during the Victorian era, and seems to be the background assumption behind the Roman Catholic concept of a celibate clergy.
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