Posts by Bart Janssen

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  • Up Front: Towards a Sex-Positive Utopia, in reply to Euan Mason,

    Bart's mother was right, but she left a lot out, and delaying sex in order to wait for love wasn't a logical conclusion. In my view the "wait for love" argument hails from a time when sex carried a high risk of pregnancy.

    Ok I should clear up any idea that my mother wanted me to have no sex until I found my perfect partner. Far from it. She thought I should have sex and told me enough that I would probably be half decent at it (note this is an enormously embarrassing conversation to have with your mother).

    What she didn't take into account was my natural shyness and quite how much I believed her. How was she to know I would actually pay attention to that bit?!

    This didn't result in me being celibate until marriage. But it slowed me down.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4165 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Towards a Sex-Positive Utopia, in reply to Emma Hart,

    "All other things being equal" is a pretty bloody big caveat though, isn't it? And doesn't it basically make that statement both impossible to disagree with and basically meaningless?

    Not meaningless ... just mean.

    Note remember my mum was smart and experienced and I was still a pretty geeky introverted and somewhat shy teenager. In retrospect it was a brilliant approach to slowing me down.

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  • Up Front: Towards a Sex-Positive Utopia, in reply to Euan Mason,

    Call me old fashioned, but I still find that's true, all other things being equal. The key word is "more", however. I'm not dissing sex without love, but there's a helluva lot more to sex than just physicality and love adds spice (as do some other things). So why did your mother say that this notion justified waiting for love before dispensing with your virginity?

    Oh she was far too evil.. er ... I mean clever, to simply say don't have sex or even suggest directly that I shouldn't have sex, apart from the obvious don't make babies by accident thing. She just pointed out that it would be more fun if I had developed a relationship first. So while my mates were getting shagged I was talking and becoming friends first. I did get shagged, just a lot less frequently :(.

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  • Up Front: Towards a Sex-Positive Utopia, in reply to Emma Hart,

    We know that in families and countries where sex is openly discussed and less taboo, teenagers have sex later, rather than earlier.

    My mother cruelly told me that sex was much more enjoyable when you loved the person you were bonking. I missed out on much meaningless cheap sex because of that!

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  • Hard News: The war over a mystery,

    I grew up with this. As a child we were taught to trust the police. Yet here was this case, a brutal murder and after the police had apparently done their job and the perpetrator was apparently caught, tried, convicted and imprisoned, we started to see questions.

    For a child my age the idea of questioning the police seemed alien. But as I grew up and as the case became more and more public and the doubts grew greater and greater, "could the police lie?"

    The answer of course was yes. The police have always had those who lied. Sometimes for gain, sometimes to make sure the guilty were convicted. Sometimes because they needed to get a case solved.

    So that the police lied was not the thing that shocked me as I grew up. What did shock was that once it became clear that there was something deeply wrong with the investigation and that the crime had probably not been solved, that instead of opening the case and trying to solve the crime, the institution that is the police force chose to block further investigation.

    I'm sure those that tried to hide the problem told themselves they were protecting the reputation of The Police. But for me they did the reverse. I discovered that the institution of The Police would act to protect itself even when the individuals knew they were doing wrong.

    You can sneer that I should have known that already, but I was a child at the time. For me and many others it was a shock to discover that such evil could be done by people protecting the institution.

    The sad part of the whole affair is that most police are good people doing a shit job. They are there at the traffic accidents. They are there making tea for the victims. They are there dealing with the drunks at 3 am. They are there dealing with people I find very very scary. Their institution allowed their good work to be besmirched once by the police carrying out a hopeless investigation and again by the administration trying to avoid admitting as much.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4165 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Very Worst, in reply to Lucy Stewart,

    I don’t think anyone’s arguing that violent bank robberies shouldn’t incur high penalties, but rather that the non-violent type should.

    The problem is, if there is no extra penalty for violence in the act of a crime then there is no disincentive for committing violence as well as the crime you are already committing.

    However, since we also know that the severity of the punishment has not much influence on the decision to commit a crime then this argument becomes false.

    Since the likelyhood of being caught is the critical factor then somehow we need to convince criminals that including violence in their offense will result in more effort being spent on catching them. That is actually the case already but it is not well advertised, maybe a marketing campaign is needed ...

    Nick her wallet and slow Joe will be on your case
    Punch her as well and smart young Debbie and three other top academy graduates will hound you till the day you die

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4165 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Some of My Best Friends are Consultants,

    From a personal example
    We can't afford to support Macs because it would require our help desk to er help

    But we can afford to hire a consultant to tell us if should be using and supporting iPhones

    Essentially consultants are used to avoid taking responsibility for making decisions - it was the consultants reccomendation...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4165 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Very Worst, in reply to Richard Aston,

    But isn’t the down side of this is it effectively needs a police state or at least a well policed up state.

    Not entirely. I think this research was part of the reason NYC tried the broken windows policy where even minor offenses were charged. the idea being that if you established that breaking even minor laws would result in prosecution would create a culture of not breaking laws.

    It was by no means a perfect policy in planning nor execution, but NYC crime rates actually dropped.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4165 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Very Worst,

    Haven't there been studies showing that the probability of being caught is a much stronger preventative measure than the severity of the punishment.

    Essentially for many criminals there is a belief that they won't get caught so the punishment is irrelevant.

    Of course the ideal is a society where people don't want to commit crimes in the first place, but the ideal isn't going to happen soon.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4165 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Very Worst, in reply to Sacha,

    Yet that's what journalists used to do more of, rather than regurgitate whatever is fed to them by those with the loudest mouths.

    Their job used to be to inform the public of the truth now it is to inform the public of the news.

    Which is not to say "the good old days were better" but rather to say that the truth really isn't their job - it's not what their employer pays them to report.

    I think that's why the internet has now become the place you find stuff out rather than the 6 O'clock news.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4165 posts Report Reply

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