how to make friends and influence ppl (without being a creep)

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Sanpaku is worried that if he compliments a co-worker on their hair, clothes etc, that some might take it as flirtation or indeed harassment and he could lose his job.

Let's fix this, ILX! we can do it!

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 7 January 2018 11:31 (two years ago) link

what may help is that I've never heard of the above scenario actually happening? it may be more of a.... PHANTOM MENACE

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 7 January 2018 11:47 (two years ago) link

"I'm just going off to read A Vindication of the Rights of Woman and really don't approve of that Weinstein fellow, and your knockers look smashing in that dress, love"

calzino, Sunday, 7 January 2018 11:58 (two years ago) link

That's a spectacularly passive aggressive and mean spirited thread title and OP imo

remember the lmao (darraghmac), Sunday, 7 January 2018 11:59 (two years ago) link

otm

pee-wee and the power men (bizarro gazzara), Sunday, 7 January 2018 12:00 (two years ago) link

whaaa sorry i was trying to be playful not mean

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 7 January 2018 12:00 (two years ago) link

fine i'll ask for deletion

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 7 January 2018 12:00 (two years ago) link

And given yr sterling history I'd give you a lot of benefit of doubt but idk man read it again

Agreed that thread was needed and all and we can work through this rocky start

remember the lmao (darraghmac), Sunday, 7 January 2018 12:02 (two years ago) link

"how to make friends and influence ppl (without being a creep)" or something like that?

remember the lmao (darraghmac), Sunday, 7 January 2018 12:04 (two years ago) link

Trying to recall if I've ever complimented anybody's appearance at work unsolicited and now I'm worrying I'm some kind of inhuman uncomplimentary monster.

not raving but droning (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 7 January 2018 12:05 (two years ago) link

yes the two posts together are nagl

sorry

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 7 January 2018 12:07 (two years ago) link

Trying to recall if I've ever complimented anybody's appearance at work unsolicited and now I'm worrying I'm some kind of inhuman uncomplimentary monster.


your hair looks great today btw

pee-wee and the power men (bizarro gazzara), Sunday, 7 January 2018 12:12 (two years ago) link

i really struggle to take a compliment too, especially when it's a blatant untruth

not raving but droning (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 7 January 2018 12:18 (two years ago) link

k i've just been and checked, my hair's maybe the least ravaged bit of me so fair enough

not raving but droning (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 7 January 2018 12:19 (two years ago) link

yr welcome

pee-wee and the power men (bizarro gazzara), Sunday, 7 January 2018 12:25 (two years ago) link

It's very good imo

It's literally like a wave or "vague" on ur noodle, was that the intention

very stabbable gaius (wins), Sunday, 7 January 2018 12:26 (two years ago) link

anyway, before i take my imminent meltdown to my own meltdown thread i gotta say i do understand Sanpaku's wish for the unspoken rules of social interaction tobe made more explicit but i think to some extent this is already happening and it's a long-term evolutionary process within different societies. the desire to apply coding logic to social interaction seems unrealistic at best, and although i'm absolutely sure that he was being sincere in what he said it might be seen by some people as the kind of "tell me what i did wrong?" tactic that actually abusive men have been using to try and obfuscate their own actions, even tho i'm sure in their heart of hearts most of those people know that they've done wrong. i'm absolutely not accusing Sanpaku of this, but i think that's how his posts could be construed and why people have responded badly to them.

not raving but droning (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 7 January 2018 12:27 (two years ago) link

ftr I think sanpakus insistence that there be a hard line or set of rules is lamentable (I mean that in a sympathetic sense) and if the realisation isn't in each and every man out there by now that you're not going to get that, you've to do the hard (in fact the soft) work yourself in every interaction and for every person you are dealing with then that's on you.

That's the bedrock imo. And from the other thread and the posts in it going back since this started to break, the #1 if you need a list is that your motive matters- whether it's obvious to the other person or not. Start internally and work outwards and if all you are generally trying to do in your day is spread joy and happiness without ulterior designs on those you come into contact with then the odds of your doing harm (and coming across as a creep) are less than any other approach you take.

remember the lmao (darraghmac), Sunday, 7 January 2018 12:56 (two years ago) link

Any time women complement my outfits I think it’s great and am happy for the rest of the day, even if I’m not attracted to them.

If someone has new glasses, a new haircut or some bold accessory I’ll usually tell them it looks nice.

treeship 2, Sunday, 7 January 2018 13:00 (two years ago) link

If I get fired for living my life in this brave and bold way so be it.

treeship 2, Sunday, 7 January 2018 13:00 (two years ago) link

wow

Dude

remember the lmao (darraghmac), Sunday, 7 January 2018 13:01 (two years ago) link

I kinda feel like I'm breaking character here but cmon man

remember the lmao (darraghmac), Sunday, 7 January 2018 13:01 (two years ago) link

^otm (xp)

& like contra the panic that started this thread I think if you start out with those best intentions pretty much the worst-case scenario is you pay a compliment, are told that it isn't appropriate, and you apologise - I think if you really are erring in the side of not being a creep you don't have to worry that they're coming for you. It's funny that the, uh let's just say concern-posting in the Weinstein thread takes the franken and bush egs as the slippery slope - for the record I would definitely advise that you do not do anything like what those guys did in your workplace

very stabbable gaius (wins), Sunday, 7 January 2018 13:06 (two years ago) link

To be clear I'm otming the longer dmac post

very stabbable gaius (wins), Sunday, 7 January 2018 13:07 (two years ago) link

Innocuous complements aside, the bigger question is, has anyone actually gotten in trouble for asking a coworker (not a subordinate) out on a date? That shows clear “intent” but can be done respectfully, especially if you don’t freak out if you get turned down. It seems that the cases we hear about in the news are neither innocuous complements nor benign first moves but lecherous advanced.

treeship 2, Sunday, 7 January 2018 13:14 (two years ago) link

*advances

treeship 2, Sunday, 7 January 2018 13:14 (two years ago) link

Some workplaces have a no dating policy, I guess, but not because it’s considered harassment. I guess I am skeptical about whether the definition of harassment has really expanded enough in practice to get people in trouble who don’t have the intent of putting women in uncomfortable positions.

treeship 2, Sunday, 7 January 2018 13:16 (two years ago) link

(this is probably a multiple x-post)

i agree that intentions matter, but of course don't fully determine how you'll actually come across. human communication is way too complicated and context-laden to provide any guarantees that intention will always match reception.

i'd go a step further and add that the notion of 'ulterior motive' is itself complicated. it seems like the easy call is when the ulterior motive is quite clearly to end up having sex; or on the flip side, when the motive is an altruistic/platonic one (the 'brighten someone's day' impulse, maybe). things get more complicated and muddied in between, in several different ways.

so for example, the ulterior motive behind a lot of flirting doesn't equate to "let's spend the night together" because it's my sense that a lot of flirting occurs between people who know they'll never actually spend the night together (e.g., already have a partner), but who just enjoy sending each other these signals that "hey i think you're interesting & attractive in a kinda sexy way".

also, compliments are not either purely platonic or purely sexual in origin. I've found that I can be attracted to someone as a friend, initially in a non-romantic, non-sexual way, but that attraction became more sexually-tinged over time. Sometimes it feels like it happens overnight (literally, through a dream), and sometimes it happens gradually, almost imperceptibly, so that the compliment I give today feels, as soon as I've said it, quite different from the one I gave three months ago... and I'm surprised by this.

so it's complicated, and the stories post-Weinstein raise the stakes on one's ability to navigate these complications, but i must say: i don't share some guys' sense that, "oh no, everything's changed now... NOW how am I supposed to talk to women without risking X, Y or Z". like, yeah, these stories highlight why you should step more lightly, but speaking only for myself now...i feel like throughout my life i've been aware (and scared of) the possibility of creeping women out. i've tended to err on the side of waiting for a green light from the other, before initiating anything that could be construed as anything like a pass, not necessarily because i'm a paragon of virtue, but more because i've feared rejection (and ruined friendships).

never have i been a blue calm sea (collardio gelatinous), Sunday, 7 January 2018 13:57 (two years ago) link

totally.

i think the actual fear people have is not they will actually creep someone out -- you can avoid that by having decent intentions and reading signals -- but that some mean spirited person will twist around their words in order to hurt them. bad things could always happen but as far as fears go i don't think this one is all that likely.

treeship 2, Sunday, 7 January 2018 14:04 (two years ago) link

or, on the flipside, they'll encounter someone who is just confused by this whole recent discourse and will sincerely misinterpret they're friendly comment as harassment, not because they actually are creeped out, but because they have some muddled ideas about what the rules are. i don't think this is likely either.

treeship 2, Sunday, 7 January 2018 14:06 (two years ago) link

your hair looks great today btw

"Have you had a haircut" is about as far as I've ventured. Actually I said that recently to a woman I work with and she said, "That was weeks ago and you've only just noticed! Tchoh!"

Whiney Houston (Tom D.), Sunday, 7 January 2018 14:09 (two years ago) link

Any time women complement my outfits I think it’s great and am happy for the rest of the day, even if I’m not attracted to them.

Also this has happened to me at work too recently, on a couple of occasions.

Whiney Houston (Tom D.), Sunday, 7 January 2018 14:12 (two years ago) link

i don't compliment people on their physical appearance. if someone is wearing a pair of cute boots or whatever, i don't feel it's my place as a biological male to point that out - men aren't _supposed_ to notice such things. exception is haircuts. haircuts are fair game.

bob lefse (rushomancy), Sunday, 7 January 2018 14:33 (two years ago) link

no way i am all about fashion

treeship 2, Sunday, 7 January 2018 14:35 (two years ago) link

i mean, not "all about," but i am interested enough in it that i'll notice when someone is rocking a good look.

i don't think about stuff in terms of "my place as a biological male." i've always had a lot of female friends -- more, actually, than male friends. ("a lot" is relative, of course, i'm not hyper social.)

but yeah, idk. it might come as a surprise to ordinary readers of ilx but i'm not really one of these gruff, masculine, can't-tell-black-from-navy type of dudes.

treeship 2, Sunday, 7 January 2018 14:39 (two years ago) link

"men aren't _supposed_ to notice such things."

idk what "supposed" is doing here but it's a bad sentiment and accession to it is drawing the line in the wrong place

remember the lmao (darraghmac), Sunday, 7 January 2018 14:49 (two years ago) link

i remarked to my (male) boss the other day that he'd had a haircut and he paused, looked at me, and said "yeah. i get one every so often." awkward

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 7 January 2018 14:50 (two years ago) link

you should have said; it's took ten years of you, pal. You only look 90 now.

calzino, Sunday, 7 January 2018 14:51 (two years ago) link

Haircut chat is unisex, "Are you trying to grow a beard" isn't.

Whiney Houston (Tom D.), Sunday, 7 January 2018 14:51 (two years ago) link

once someone asked me how many plaid shirts i had

i said, "a lot."

treeship 2, Sunday, 7 January 2018 14:54 (two years ago) link

once I wore a plaid shirt
and it was a gas
soon turned out
to be a pain in the ass

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 7 January 2018 14:57 (two years ago) link

I've never had a compliment of (or simple acknowledgement of) a haircut or a jumper or shoes or w/e rebound on me tbh but I don't throw them out to just anyone neither.

I think the Irish office environment, although not without its left/sj scene and crew, is to my experience reasonably relaxed on these things though. NB I'm old NB I'm a civil servant.

Being single and fancying someone at work I've no idea how badly I'd handle things if I'm completely honest.

remember the lmao (darraghmac), Sunday, 7 January 2018 14:59 (two years ago) link

frankly i find it hard enough turning up and concentrating on my job without throwing other stuff into the mix. altho otoh i am friends with a bunch of people at work and our area is mostly women and we do social things sometimes like coffee/movies/walks/piss-ups but sometimes when we're doing stuff like that people will still say "i just come to work to work" and it's still sort of true even tho are doing something else, think we're just generally chill and friendly people.

not raving but droning (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 7 January 2018 15:26 (two years ago) link

the clothes compliment thing is partly about how, through tone and expression, you pitch the compliment. scenario A: female co-worker walks in wearing "cute" new boots. dude goes: "i...really....like... how those boots look on you..." (*checking out legs up and down*). VERDICT: HARASSMENT. scenario B: female co-worker walks in wearing "cute" new boots. dude goes: "whoa, those boots rock!." VERDICT: STYLE-SOLIDARITY AT BEST, DOUCHEY "COOLSPEAK" AT WORST.

it's not that pat and dry, but it's not complete terra incognita either.

never have i been a blue calm sea (collardio gelatinous), Sunday, 7 January 2018 15:32 (two years ago) link

I mean the female is almost an unnecessary modifier there

remember the lmao (darraghmac), Sunday, 7 January 2018 15:47 (two years ago) link

years ago a male coworker complimented my haircut, and followed it up by saying “i used to be overweight and i know that people paying me compliments on how i looked when i made an effort always made me feel good”

he’s a very sweet guy and his intentions were pure of heart but boy that explanation really took the wind out of my sails

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 7 January 2018 15:50 (two years ago) link

idk what "supposed" is doing here but it's a bad sentiment and accession to it is drawing the line in the wrong place

― remember the lmao (darraghmac)

the "supposed" is that i've always gathered that there's a certain expectation (frequently justified) of male cluelessness. when i look good coworkers will compliment my wife, because men, particularly married men, aren't supposed to be able to dress themselves.

bob lefse (rushomancy), Sunday, 7 January 2018 15:58 (two years ago) link

wow. that one is something else. xpost

assawoman bay (harbl), Sunday, 7 January 2018 15:59 (two years ago) link

i remarked to my (male) boss the other day that he'd had a haircut and he paused, looked at me, and said "yeah. i get one every so often." awkward

This is one of those moments when the person who's addressing you just throws out a totally bland observational statement and then expects you to pick up the conversational slack. I used to work with someone who would do this multiple times a day, just saying things like "lunchtime, eh?" while looking at you expectantly.

Re: the original question, it shouldn't be that difficult to make a simple compliment without coming across as a creep. "Cool hair by the way" in front of a group of other people is one thing, "I like your hair" while staring intently at them across a meeting room is a different thing entirely.

Matt DC, Sunday, 7 January 2018 15:59 (two years ago) link

I mean the female is almost an unnecessary modifier there

good point.

never have i been a blue calm sea (collardio gelatinous), Sunday, 7 January 2018 16:02 (two years ago) link

reading over Sanpaku's comments on the other thread, it seemed like he was worried about what counts as flirting vs. other kinds of (positive, I gather) interactions. Flirting, it seems to me, is unserious courtship, a testing of the waters, so to speak. Is it genuinely unclear when an interaction aims to court? Is it genuinely unclear when you *intend* to court?

droit au butt (Euler), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:40 (two years ago) link

get some ladies talking on the foods they used to eat as kids and they will talk for 3-5 lunch breaks
there is a world of possibility in conversation topics

part of the problem is the widely swallowed advice that if you don't know what to say to a person, give them a compliment because everyone loves compliments and everyone loves to talk about themselves. this is untrue and bad advice. especially in the workplace.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:41 (two years ago) link

also i will note that the hair compliment example he chose to use from me was 1) not at the workplace 2) mentioned quite a while ago! 3) was not interpreted as menacing in a sexual way but as scripted behavior that misread its recipient. lots of noise interfering with that message. if i happen to be sensitive to reading people's messages with a degree of skepticism, i blame a lifetime of being a woman and thinking about this stuff literally all the time.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:45 (two years ago) link

soref that HR document was horrendous and wrong. the reason LL is saying that "creepy" is unhelpful here is exactly because it's used to judge aspects of people that are not within their control - and there are usages of "creepy" that are plain rude and bullying in themselves. the flipside of this conversation about how we interact with people at work is that most people will make judgements about us and some of those judgements will be unfair, uncalled for or mean. nobody can control how another person responds to them. by thinking about the interplay between how intimately we know a person and what our relationship to them is - working, social, whatever - you get a sense of what kind of conversation should be ok. I think a good rule is, if you're not a friend, I won't ask you personal questions or make personal comments, male or female doesn't matter. if I say something innocuous and somebody responds badly because they think I talk strangely or they don't like the way I look then tbh I'm just gonna move along and talk to somebody who's more polite.

not raving but droning (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:45 (two years ago) link

Rule 8b. A compliment paid to a co-worker should only ever be an end in itself, e.g. if you genuinely and spontaneously dig the person's bobblehead and say so. Not a means to an end, however innocuous you think that end is, e.g. "brightening her day."

mick signals, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:50 (two years ago) link

I think ppl are in general more forgiving than the more socially anxious among us fear. everyone I know has said something awkward/inappropriate/rude/offensive at some point and it doesn't change how much I like them or w/e. ppl are quieter about and less confident in their judgements offline, & most will cut ppl who seem awkward some slack (& sometimes ppl exploit that & sometimes you can't tell &c. &c.)

ogmor, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:55 (two years ago) link

'creepy' is the new 'hipster'

... (Eazy), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:57 (two years ago) link

Last few posts starting from LL on all otm and get thread back on track imo

remember the lmao (darraghmac), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 17:43 (two years ago) link

compliments are weird for me, from men or women. i find them kind of stressful. my inner Australian just wants to shut it down. it was years of being in an American office before i stopped doing this:

“your hair looks nice”
“ha! god i need a haircut so bad”

“cute shoes”
“what? these shitkickers? lol”

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 17:56 (two years ago) link

I like when I'm wearing a cool shirt and people tell me it's a cool shirt

mh, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 20:49 (two years ago) link

although it'd be nice if they started a fresh pot of coffee instead of complimenting my shirt while finishing off the current pot

mh, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 20:49 (two years ago) link

truth bomb

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 21:00 (two years ago) link

how about make conversation that is not a compliment? the need for compliments is actually quite low when it comes to regular everyday workplace conversation.

― weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, January 9, 2018 3:30 PM (four hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

this times a million, thread should've been locked after this (if not way before). worst thread i've read in years (and that's saying something). it's getting really embarrassing to read the oblique "hey its not flirting but can we not compliment a woman who is working, what's a guy to do, where's the guuuuuuide" takes anbd persistence itt.

i mean, what is there to say? it's all been said already in this thread, about this subject. i don't get why the mice keep running this treadmill. unless it's because they've got their answers, but... won't leave alone what is really inexcusable behaviour.

what is the point of this thread, at this point? where do people want it to go?

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 21:33 (two years ago) link

I find it difficult to square the argument that this is all very straightforward and anyone who claims to be confused is just disingenuously looking to excuse bad behavior with the argument that there can never be clear rules about what is an isn't acceptable because it's all very complex and subjective, don't these contradict each other?

soref, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 21:41 (two years ago) link

it's extremely straightforward: unless you have a personal rapport with a coworker, don't comment on their physical appearance in any way. and if you do, keep it professional.

mh, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 21:44 (two years ago) link

^^ which is what several women have already expressed, repeatedly, in this thread. and yet it still drags on...

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 21:47 (two years ago) link

xp I agree with that, but the conversation itt seemed to be broader than "should you comment on a co-worker's appearance y/n", if it was just that then yes we probably could have sorted it by now (but still, y'know, who gets to define what a "rapport" is, who gets to define what is and isn't professional? that seems pretty circular)

soref, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 21:51 (two years ago) link

"don't comment on a co-worker's appearance, at all" seems a-ok a rule to live by, but "unless you have a personal rapport with a coworker, don't comment on their physical appearance in any way. and if you do, keep it professional" is basically "it's inappropriate except in situations where it's appropriate" which isn't much help?

soref, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 21:53 (two years ago) link

Performing your resolution of this stuff such that whatever outlook you have personally found to be the gospel truth has to be completely and repeatedly vindicated and vocally supported by all at the risk of a bout of evermore ridiculous ilx shaming is the worst trend

It's bad.

remember the lmao (darraghmac), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 21:53 (two years ago) link

Perhaps it just spun off too forced and aggro from the Weinstein thread, ie. got off on the wrong foot, even though it's worth of discussion on its own. I know the thread title changed but my bookmarks seem not to care and make it about Sanpaku every single time thread's updated. Doesn't help.

But I don't see a broader conversation at all any more. I just see people - men - rehashing their 'but' over everything that's being said. Stuff like this: "who gets to define what a "rapport" is, who gets to define what is and isn't professional? that seems pretty circular". Or this: ""don't comment on a co-worker's appearance, at all" seems a-ok a rule to live by, but"

Who gets to define what a rapport is? Who came up with the word trees for trees? What is time? Seems pretty circular to me... "But" indeed. As long as people keep talking and not listening, everything is circular in the end, rendering it all meaningless. Good luck with that newfound wisdom. The women on this thread have said so many true, real things that keep getting buried under "but", "yes but what about" shit.

*removes bookmark*

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 22:04 (two years ago) link

if you're comfortable asking about their kids, whether they mowed the lawn this weekend, etc. then you might be cool with a compliment. if you don't partake in small talk, you have no rapport. and that stuff is part of defining how much of the non-work world you're comfortable with sharing, and how much you're comfortable hearing about. it's not circular, it's a process, and it's nuanced -- if you can't distinguish between someone who cares about your response and someone who's just being polite, then you need to examine that

and by keep it professional, I mean -- if it's the middle of a meeting and you're not partaking in small talk, don't transition from talking about sales quotas to "whoa cool tie you're wearing"

mh, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 22:04 (two years ago) link

"don't comment on a co-worker's appearance, at all" seems a-ok a rule to live by, but"

just to be clear, what I meant by this is that erring on the side of caution and taking a policy of never talking about a co-worker's appearance 100% of the time is a good idea imo, it's what I do myself, it's what I would recommend others do if they asked me. But if someone starts outlining the situations in which it *is* ok, it seems fair to say if you think that their outlines are actually indistinct, especially if they are insisting it's all v straightforward and you're lying or not listening if you claim otherwise?

soref, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 22:14 (two years ago) link

I think one of the main problems with the "whoa how can I understand the rules if everything is so vague" argument is that it plays to the idea that a rigid structure of rules is possible. Even if it were, no set of rules is all-encompassing. It's all about context, interpretation, and the ability to communicate freely. If you really think this is all circular, welcome to the world! Communication isn't something you arrive at, it's an ongoing process and ever-changing.

If you don't want to keep track of what kind of communication is appropriate, and don't want to cooperate with other humans to figured it out, then give yourself a more stringent set of boundaries

mh, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 22:17 (two years ago) link

tbh the reason i am participating in this thread is because i was shocked to find my out-of-context hair anecdote being discussed in the weinstein thread as some sort of example of oversensitivity and it pissed me off

all the buts in the world aren't going to give you permission to shower anyone with unwanted attention
just stop it and the problem is solved; accept that you may make people uncomfortable if you continue to show them unwanted attention

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 22:36 (two years ago) link

which is what several women have already expressed, repeatedly, in this thread. and yet it still drags on...

LOL welcome to being a woman every day, LBI :/ This is why we are fed up with the emotional work. "Help us out here!" *offers help* "no, you arent listening, help us OUT here dammit"

Urgh.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 22:48 (two years ago) link

Can't remember ever feeling it so clearly and on the nose - you just being ignored and having the same thing come up like groundhog day - on here before like on this thread, yeah :-/

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 22:51 (two years ago) link

It's almost like the men who make excuses about why catcalling random women on the street is acceptable.

Yerac, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 23:09 (two years ago) link

Will this board ever again (if it ever did) change one person's mind about anything or will it be an unending story of ppl- on every side of every issue- deciding any given thread only exists for them to impart their perfect wisdom to idiots and subsequently frustratedly describe any discussion that does not follow whatever narrative was prior anointed in advance as these idiots not. getting. it.

I don't believe this thread was ever an advice thread fwiw. Or at least not just that, perhaps. Certainly not at the expense of discussion. I don't believe that anyone signed up to dutifully receive a set curriculum from a set few sources of defined and agreed authority, as if there is the right answer out there to mark against.

speaking of dissent, disagreement, diversion as if it is a case of naughty children veering from a lecture that anyone here was asked to come in and give is a bizarre impulse imo.

And tbh it is also a misrepresentation of this thread to label it as a single discussion with one outcome of one strong trend of agreement. You could focus on any one of ten different viewpoints given, some more strongly generally agreed with and some less so. Choosing to set out a stall of opposition against whichever best suits your agenda as if it were a consensus or representative of the entire thread is just strawman stuff.

If there's a 'thread opinion' it seems to be 'dont flirt at work. Don't comment on personal appearance of you have no relationship that has established it's ok that you do this'.

If a few ppl are either objecting or delving further into boundaries here then imo that's valid to do so without them becoming facsimiles for every overstepped boundary that can be recalled and recounted.

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remember the lmao (darraghmac), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 23:49 (two years ago) link

Booming

treeship 2, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 23:54 (two years ago) link

Yes. And humbling, as a deems does. I for one shan't be in the way of any discussion (except any opinion tryna move the 'don't flirt at work' goalposts obv).

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 00:23 (two years ago) link

Dude yesterday you said that the mildly contrarian opinions expressed in this thread made you want human civilization to end

treeship 2, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 00:37 (two years ago) link

Yesterday you were treeship #1 and wanted to bruteforce an ilx-quit and failed miserably and here you are again, "dude".

Still stand by my desire for the end of human civilization (it's easy if we try), but I'm perfectly ok with saying (and meaning) Deems has a valid point. Which takes nothing away from what I've expressed on here earlier, rather - hopefully - opens the way to a better conversation, instead of perpetually hitting the same wall.

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 00:57 (two years ago) link

Why would you hope for the end of civilization? Ya no thanks to that nihilist racket

kolakube (Ross), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 00:58 (two years ago) link

And I say that as someone who likes your posts LBI

kolakube (Ross), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 00:59 (two years ago) link

tbh without the rule of law things may be even worse

mh, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 01:01 (two years ago) link

Wasn't entirely serious, Ross, though a chunk of it every now and then, yes (I don't like it either). I just hope this conversation can move forward, finally. Being called upon yesterdays posts is a game I don't like playing. What I said earlier doesn't even contradict what I said tonight, as treezy will have ye believe, but I do appreciate Deems' sincere effort to push things forward, and support that. 'Cause there's no other way than that, forward. (for civilization also tbh)

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 01:15 (two years ago) link

cheers!!

kolakube (Ross), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 01:23 (two years ago) link

Catherine Deneuve is Sanpaku

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/jan/09/catherine-deneuve-men-should-be-free-hit-on-women-harvey-weinstein-scandal

“As women we do not recognise ourselves in this feminism, which beyond denouncing the abuse of power takes on a hatred of men and of sexuality.”

They insisted that women were “sufficiently aware that the sexual urge is by its nature wild and aggressive. But we are also clear-eyed enough not to confuse an awkward attempt to pick someone up with a sexual attack.”

from another AFP article:

Some women who were strong enough to demand equal pay, it claimed, would "not be traumatised forever by a fondler on the metro", even if it is a crime, preferring to see it as a "non-event".

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 01:30 (two years ago) link

c’mon we’re all learning day by day and I don’t think knocking S down is going to fix anything

mh, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 01:42 (two years ago) link

yeah sorry it's unfair to Sanpaku, Deneuve is a truly horrible person.

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 01:52 (two years ago) link

Really, I was just wondering aloud whether we really wanted a world were everyone was like me. Not bothering with social engagement IRL because a wide variety of reasons, but including the risk of embarassment or inadvertently offending others. We see a further of countries further along this path than the U.S. Everyone around me is a total stranger
Everyone avoids me like a psyched lone-ranger Everyone
.

Sanpaku, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 02:05 (two years ago) link

fuck it.. a further of a few

I don't think this is a necessary end for society. I wouldn't be surprised if it might require some acceptance of embarassing self-revelations in everyday life, some which verge into flirtation.

Sanpaku, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 02:08 (two years ago) link

all engagement with others is a cycle of embarrassment and small offenses, but the point is you learn how to err in small ways and react. life without any failure is complete inaction imo

mh, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 03:39 (two years ago) link

This is right on point <a href="https://www.newyorker.com/humor/daily-shouts/examples-of-toxic-femininity-in-the-workplace";>

"Lisa comes in for an interview. All the interviewers judge her objectively, based on her qualifications and the candor of her responses. This leaves her so confused that, on the way out of the office, she accidentally walks into traffic and dies."

Yerac, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 13:44 (two years ago) link

Arg it's too early. https://www.newyorker.com/humor/daily-shouts/examples-of-toxic-femininity-in-the-workplace

Yerac, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 13:45 (two years ago) link

Love the idea this board was ever about changing the minds of ppl. If anything it was so we could pass away the boring hours (when we were not being harassed by having to do work) by dumping any grey matter in our brains on unsuspecting strangers.

#workIsWork

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 14:16 (two years ago) link

Jessica begins speaking, and no one speaks over her. She didn’t actually have an ending to her presentation prepared, because she expected to be interrupted. She is mortified.

It me - I've been in this situation a few times, more in conversation than in a presentation context. Remember thinking what a decent guy he is.

kinder, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 14:23 (two years ago) link

yeah I love Lindy

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 18 January 2018 17:08 (two years ago) link

yeah, strong essay

k3vin k., Thursday, 18 January 2018 17:42 (two years ago) link


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