• Without getting political, Is it safe to say that the 1990s is still a culturally misunderstood decade?

    I'm asking this because I still witness people and the media doing this a lot. They're simply not as attentive or as careful as they should be when describing the 90's. Like any decade, it went in closely resembling the mid to late part of the last decade (1980's). Decades don't neatly resemble social trends so this makes... show more
    I'm asking this because I still witness people and the media doing this a lot. They're simply not as attentive or as careful as they should be when describing the 90's. Like any decade, it went in closely resembling the mid to late part of the last decade (1980's). Decades don't neatly resemble social trends so this makes complete sense, however the 90's completely rode off of the 80's for a while during the beginning. The subsequent early to mid part (1992-1996) tried to be somewhat different than the 80's and distance itself more but not entirely. In mainstream terms, it seemed like it would end resembling the grunge and gangster rap eras but there was another massive shift at the end of 1996 and the late 90's (1997-1999) was almost like a completely different world / society than how it began. 1999 in my opinion was the worst year. Technology was dramatically more limited from the beginning of the 90's to the end when compared to any other recent decade except possibly the 2000's. Most people seem to identify the technology of the mid to late part more with the 90's decade than what people were still using in the beginning before the internet was developed. Even after grunge / alternative broke in late 1991, a lot of mid to late 80's culture, music, and fashion continued to remain popular until about 1993. The 80's state of mind / outlook seemed to die out mostly after the summer of 1992.
    1 answer · Gender Studies · 1 month ago
  • Why is Stephen Colbert allowed to invite racist liberals onto his talk show?

    I somehow got stuck watching this asinine talk show at the end of last week and he had on a black comedian named Walter Kamau Bell. He shows up immediately talking about race and indirectly shoving down the audience's throat that black people are inherently superior. He wore a shirt with the quote "Yes, He Is A Racist", in reference to... show more
    I somehow got stuck watching this asinine talk show at the end of last week and he had on a black comedian named Walter Kamau Bell. He shows up immediately talking about race and indirectly shoving down the audience's throat that black people are inherently superior. He wore a shirt with the quote "Yes, He Is A Racist", in reference to Donald Trump, acting as if he was the first left-leaning person in America to coin this or figure it out for himself in 2017. He complained about racial stereotypes and Trump's alleged racism but then proceeds to place all whites and blacks into two stereotypical distinct categories, heavily favoring the blacks. He basically claimed that almost all whites have a 2-dimensional definition of racism while almost all blacks have more depth. He says that thinking that someone is racist simply because they dropped the n-bomb is inherently white and that blacks take an entirely different standpoint based on someone's actions throughout their life. As if everyone from a certain race has the same opinion as the rest of their race. Stephen Colbert predictably agreed with everything he said, like a puppet, and indirectly puts down himself and white people. Walter then went on to brag about having a white girlfriend and having three kids with her. He made sure to promote his new book, which is likely more racist than he is before leaving.
    8 answers · Politics · 2 months ago
  • Why did the early to mid 1990's have late 1960's / early 1970's nostalgia?

    The majority of the 1980's seemed infatuated with the late 1950's and the the early to mid 1960's. That was definitely the first type of nostalgia I've noticed occurring in modern times beginning throughout the later 1970's and early 80's with sitcoms like Happy Days and the movie Grease, Grease 2, and eventually Dirty... show more
    The majority of the 1980's seemed infatuated with the late 1950's and the the early to mid 1960's. That was definitely the first type of nostalgia I've noticed occurring in modern times beginning throughout the later 1970's and early 80's with sitcoms like Happy Days and the movie Grease, Grease 2, and eventually Dirty Dancing. They seemed to be erecting late 1950's style diners everywhere during the far end of the Cold War. Then sometime around 1989, mainstream culture seemed to start embracing the later part of the 1960's with psychedelic inspired themes being portrayed everywhere. First, the Hair Metal bands among other late 80's music genres of the time tried to be more socially conscious across the board and strip down the overall 80's excess and decadence. Synthesizers were gradually toned down in favor of more acoustic and raw electric sounds. Many of the musicians of this time tried collaborating to acknowledge The Gulf War with 1991's "Voices That Care". It was more of them showing support for the troops and raising awareness than trying to protest. This compromised phase didn't last for very long however because by the end of 1993 Grunge, Alternative Rock, and Gangsta Rap had taken over the mindset of most of America's youth. In my opinion, the mainstream musicians that existed from 1992 through 1996 era aimed to be semi-revolutionary but ultimately created a sideways evolution in music. The Gin Blossoms were inspired by The Byrds.
    2 answers · Gender Studies · 2 months ago
  • How long have you been posting on the Gender Studies section?

    I recently passed my decade milestone in November 2007 and I'm now going on 11 years as a recurring member. I have gone by a few different usernames and a lot of my content / accounts have been deleted. The farthest I can really go back is about 2009 on my other account but I've uncovered some content from a deleted account in 2008. I... show more
    I recently passed my decade milestone in November 2007 and I'm now going on 11 years as a recurring member. I have gone by a few different usernames and a lot of my content / accounts have been deleted. The farthest I can really go back is about 2009 on my other account but I've uncovered some content from a deleted account in 2008. I remember the old Top Contributor being Rio Madeira.
    2 answers · Gender Studies · 2 months ago
  • Why did the 1980's decade have so much late 1950's / early 1960's nostalgia?

    They say that nostalgia occurs in 20 to 30 year time spans. In my opinion, nostalgia in the 1980's was about 25 years nostalgic. The show Family Guy addressed this once when referring to how common late 50's / early 60's style diners were during the 1980's. I've seen famous magazine covers from the 1980's which acknowledge... show more
    They say that nostalgia occurs in 20 to 30 year time spans. In my opinion, nostalgia in the 1980's was about 25 years nostalgic. The show Family Guy addressed this once when referring to how common late 50's / early 60's style diners were during the 1980's. I've seen famous magazine covers from the 1980's which acknowledge the overall popularity of trying to reenact the late 1950's lifestyle. This is extremely obvious while watching a lot of the music videos or movies from the time or looking at pictures of 80's music acts and cultural events. The fashion of the late 50's went through a revival except in the 1980's, the style was far more risque and expressive than it was in 1958. It was definitely set off by the movie Grease in 1978 and gradually caught on by about 1982 or so. Just look at The Stray Cats, The Hooters, Marshall Crenshaw, Cyndi Lauper, and the way Billy Idol decked himself out. Their was so much pseudo-intellectual late 50's nostalgia going on at the time and no one talks about this anymore when the 80's are brought up. The 2000's was overall nostalgic for the 1980's and in my opinion. However most people in the 2000's always seemed to miss this very iconic aspect of 80's when trying to reenact the exact feeling of the times, therefore making most of the 2000's reenactments historically inaccurate. This lasted, in my opinion, until about 1988 because 1989 was the first year I started seeing more mid to late 60's nostalgia manifesting itself.
    3 answers · Gender Studies · 2 months ago
  • Am I the only straight male that openly likes women with flat chests?

    In my opinion, their androgynous bodies look more evolved and are more versatile. They are more practical and aren't screaming out for attention. They are usually nice girls and have better intellect. I always get excited when I see a female ballet dancer or figure skater in the Winter Olympics with this type of body or an attractive tomboy who... show more
    In my opinion, their androgynous bodies look more evolved and are more versatile. They are more practical and aren't screaming out for attention. They are usually nice girls and have better intellect. I always get excited when I see a female ballet dancer or figure skater in the Winter Olympics with this type of body or an attractive tomboy who looks like she wrapped duct tape around her chest, except it's completely natural.
    8 answers · Gender Studies · 2 months ago
  • I'm a straight male wanting to date a bearded woman?

    I find them relatively attractive. In my opinion it gives them a higher aesthetic value. As long as they don't have any body hair visible below their neck. Where can I find one?
    I find them relatively attractive. In my opinion it gives them a higher aesthetic value. As long as they don't have any body hair visible below their neck. Where can I find one?
    2 answers · Gender Studies · 2 months ago
  • Am I the only straight guy on this planet who thinks women's leggings are ugly unless they're exercising or playing sports?

    So I saw this story on tv a while back about a certain airline rejecting women's leggings. They said that they violated their dress code and predictably the current-wave feminist women were all ranting about sexual discrimination and the majority of guys were acting like they didn't understand it. Then this much older and more sophisticated... show more
    So I saw this story on tv a while back about a certain airline rejecting women's leggings. They said that they violated their dress code and predictably the current-wave feminist women were all ranting about sexual discrimination and the majority of guys were acting like they didn't understand it. Then this much older and more sophisticated woman entered the argument and explained to the younger girl who was throwing a conniption and calling everyone who disagreed with her a sexist, that the airline was simply implementing a higher dress code standard and that under these circumstances it almost exclusively effected most women and maybe Russel Brand? I overwhelmingly agreed with the older female. In my opinion, she deserves praise for what she was saying. For me, they basically look hideous and indecent and are not legitimate pants or the way pants were meant to be worn. I've disagreed with almost every guy I've ever spoken to who says that they think leggings are attractive and look "hot". I think I'm just a different type of a guy than most of what's out there and that my way of thinking usually deviates from most of my sex and my generation (I'm a self-hating Gen Y / Millennial).
    4 answers · Fashion & Accessories · 3 months ago
  • I'm a self-hating Generation Y / Millennial wanting to be classified more like Generation X?

    I was unfortunately born in 1989 (an epidemic year for Generation Y) except I have an infinite affection and admiration for the generation which was graduating high school around the same time. I despise most of what my generation stands for and represents (especially the later ones). I was basically neglected by the majority of my generation and my... show more
    I was unfortunately born in 1989 (an epidemic year for Generation Y) except I have an infinite affection and admiration for the generation which was graduating high school around the same time. I despise most of what my generation stands for and represents (especially the later ones). I was basically neglected by the majority of my generation and my parents (1950's) and had a disgusting life because, with the exception of my childhood throughout the better half of the 1990's, I was never on the same wavelength as kids my age and they rejected me hardcore for this. I came to realize that they are mostly overrated trend followers / bandwagoners who exploited their parent's checkbooks and modern technology and lack the superior individualist mentality of the Late Boomers and Gen X. Most of them think they are innovative and deserve praise from everyone yet they are so unoriginal and cookie-cutter that it's pathetic. Most of them are fake, fabricated, and two-faced. The majority are social cry babies and materialistic attention seekers who get easily offended. Even the current, successive generation (Gen Z) is struggling to come into the spotlight right now because of how invasive the Millennials are in respect to the mainstream media. Whenever they see a smartphone or a camcorder, they all automatically jump in front of it demanding all the attention and take up the the entire frame forcing everyone else into the background (at least metaphorically speaking).
    2 answers · Other - Cultures & Groups · 3 months ago
  • Why do most women believe that having a right to an abortion is like "control" when demanding it as a safety net proves they lack control?

    Men should have a right to a financial abortion. Sexual dimorphism is inherently evil. The human species is only flawed because it wants to be. Humans are an evolutionary failure. A higher power has already admitted to itself that its creation failed while it blissfully observes and predicts all of humanities repeated blunders. Extinction should be... show more
    Men should have a right to a financial abortion. Sexual dimorphism is inherently evil. The human species is only flawed because it wants to be. Humans are an evolutionary failure. A higher power has already admitted to itself that its creation failed while it blissfully observes and predicts all of humanities repeated blunders. Extinction should be everywhere and be forced down our throats. Extinction is the only way humans can remotely succeed at anything.
    7 answers · Gender Studies · 3 months ago
  • In addition to what I've already done, what else can I do to cosmetically reduce my level of sexual dimorphism?

    I'm a moderately androgynous straight male and I find the sexual traits which I unwillingly developed during adolescence to be unattractive and primitive. I want to appear significantly more androgynous like an intersexual or a child except still leaning slightly towards male. I try to suppress my gender dimorphism as much as possible by wearing... show more
    I'm a moderately androgynous straight male and I find the sexual traits which I unwillingly developed during adolescence to be unattractive and primitive. I want to appear significantly more androgynous like an intersexual or a child except still leaning slightly towards male. I try to suppress my gender dimorphism as much as possible by wearing unisex clothing and male gender clothing that isn't overly masculine, wearing a longish androgynous hairstyle, permanently straightening and dying my hair, had minor rhinoplasty to make the size of my nose smaller and more like a child's, meticulously thin my eyebrows, had laser hair removal treatments to permanently remove all of my undesirable body and facial hair, surgically flattened my chest, using skin bleach / lighteners to maintain a fair complexion, and try to remain relatively thin. I keep my nails manicured (done myself) and wear medicated concealers. I avoid wearing fabrics such as leather and its imitations because I believe that it enhances sexuality and makes humans appear and behave primitively. I never wear anything that broadens the shoulders. Please provide any additional ideas or suggestions for me to reverse my sexual development and minimize my level of sexual dimorphism. Please refrain from commenting if you cannot answer appropriately.
    3 answers · Gender Studies · 3 months ago
  • What counter argument could you use against someone who exclusively listens to hits and popular music?

    My father is like this. His taste in music isn't always the worst but he refuses to listen to anything he considers obscure or even semi-mainstream. He insists that he can always distinguish what is popular from what is obscure and that he's not interested in going further than that. The Top 40 isn't even really enough for him, try... show more
    My father is like this. His taste in music isn't always the worst but he refuses to listen to anything he considers obscure or even semi-mainstream. He insists that he can always distinguish what is popular from what is obscure and that he's not interested in going further than that. The Top 40 isn't even really enough for him, try aiming for the Top 15 or Top 20 of any given year to get his interest. While listening to the decade stations on satellite radio, he will question a songs placement in The Top 40 and slander it if the song sounds obscure or out of place to him and he doesn't immediately recognize it. I try explaining to him that simply because a song was a hit and became popular doesn't legitimately establish or guarantee that it was good to everyone. I tell him that he has to realize the exact demographic that might be making his favorite songs popular in the first place. The funny thing is that he generally cares about music, he isn't just someone who listens to music for purely emotional reasons with no logic involved. I realize that claiming what is good and bad music is almost entirely subjective but that should apply more to someone liking a sub-genre or a specific era or style. In his case, he just has to be able to recognize it as a hit in order to deem it acceptable enough to listen to.
    3 answers · Rock and Pop · 3 months ago
  • How can I make myself look less sexually developed?

    I'm a moderately androgynous straight male and I find the sexual traits which I unwillingly developed during adolescence to be unattractive and primitive. I want to appear significantly more androgynous like an intersexual or a child except still leaning slightly towards male. I try to suppress my gender dimorphism as much as possible by wearing... show more
    I'm a moderately androgynous straight male and I find the sexual traits which I unwillingly developed during adolescence to be unattractive and primitive. I want to appear significantly more androgynous like an intersexual or a child except still leaning slightly towards male. I try to suppress my gender dimorphism as much as possible by wearing unisex clothing and male gender clothing that isn't overly masculine, wearing a longish androgynous hairstyle, having laser hair removal treatments to permanently remove all my unwanted body and facial hair, using skin bleach / lighteners to maintain a fair complexion, and try to remain relatively thin. I keep my nails manicured (done myself) and wear medicated concealers. I avoid wearing fabrics such as leather and its imitations because I believe that it enhances sexuality and makes humans appear and behave primitively. I never wear anything that broadens the shoulders. Please provide any additional ideas or suggestions for me to reverse my sexual development and minimize my level of sexual dimorphism. Please refrain from commenting if you cannot answer appropriately.
    3 answers · Gender Studies · 3 months ago
  • Ladies, would you date a moderately androgynous man?

    I think the majority of what is seen as masculine and feminine is cultural and socially constructed. I was always moderately androgynous and I try enhancing it as much as possible. I dye and permanently straighten my thick, longish hair, have choppy layers, wear bangs / fringes, maintain a fair complexion and use skin lighteners and moisturizers,... show more
    I think the majority of what is seen as masculine and feminine is cultural and socially constructed. I was always moderately androgynous and I try enhancing it as much as possible. I dye and permanently straighten my thick, longish hair, have choppy layers, wear bangs / fringes, maintain a fair complexion and use skin lighteners and moisturizers, keep my nails manicured (done myself), wear asymmetrical multiple earrings, wear multiple bracelets (unisex) and women's watches, sleeveless shirts, slim-fitted jeans (I don't like anything overtight), and I wore guyliner and asymmetrical black nail polish during the Mainstream Emo Era (Now I do it with moderation). I play electric guitar and bass guitar. I like children's cartoons, modern dance, and basketball. I'm sexually attracted to most women and I love tomboys. In my opinion an androgynous male and female can understand each other better and have more empathy for one another than a man and woman who are more distinct. I can never understand why most girls date guys that have no aesthetic value who look like they take no pride in themselves. I hope that those relationships aren't just about gold-digging. And for the record, my style and image is very practical. I honestly don't spend anymore time taking care of myself than the average sane-minded person with a few exceptions. Everything I do in terms of my appearance is sensible and makes me look more attractive from my own personal standpoint.
    4 answers · Singles & Dating · 3 months ago
  • Ladies, would you date a guy who watches children's cartoons on a regular basis?

    I like watching them to reconnect with my childhood, enjoy the adult references and humor, and sometimes learn things. I realize that no girl wants to come in 2nd-place to anything in a relationship, especially a children's cartoon, no matter how good or memorable it is, and I respect that. Therefore if she felt I was paying them too much... show more
    I like watching them to reconnect with my childhood, enjoy the adult references and humor, and sometimes learn things. I realize that no girl wants to come in 2nd-place to anything in a relationship, especially a children's cartoon, no matter how good or memorable it is, and I respect that. Therefore if she felt I was paying them too much attention and not enough on her then I'd be willing to compromise. I just wouldn't give up watching children's cartoons completely if she were to request that. If she couldn't accept this at all then I simply don't think she would be a good candidate as partner for me and I'd use my interest in the cartoons to filter her out. I want to be with a girl that's more similar to the one's I loved when I was a kid and our interest in the children's programs was mutual. I'm into shows like Arthur, Hey Arnold, Doug (Nickelodeon and Disney), Cyberchase, Rocko's Modern Life, X-Men Evolution, and Batman : The Animated Series.
    Singles & Dating · 4 months ago
  • I'm a guy wanting to permanently straighten my hair?

    When I was younger my very thick, longish hair with bangs used to be much straighter and it didn't require a lot of maintenance aside from using a hair dryer. Then around the time I was 23 (I'm 29 now), it started becoming coarser and wavier. I immediately went out and bought a flat iron straightener to correct this. At first it worked... show more
    When I was younger my very thick, longish hair with bangs used to be much straighter and it didn't require a lot of maintenance aside from using a hair dryer. Then around the time I was 23 (I'm 29 now), it started becoming coarser and wavier. I immediately went out and bought a flat iron straightener to correct this. At first it worked brilliantly, except by the time I was 26 the waviness increased and now I'm using the straightener 3 times a day to maintain the straight texture at all times. I can't get my hair wet and let it dry naturally or it will dry wavy. Any contact with moisture or humidity and it will start to frizz up and become wavier. I can't take this. And please don't tell me to embrace my waviness or cut my hair shorter to resolve this as I will do neither. I'm a sort of androgynous guy (which I'm extremely proud of) and both of those things will make me look and feel worse. I don't want to go as far as getting a professional reverse perm at a salon, I'd rather do it at home but all I can find are hair relaxers that black women use and I'm caucasian. Does anyone know of any permanent straighteners that are appropriate which I can use at home?
    4 answers · Hair · 4 months ago
  • Ladies, would you date a guy that watches the PBS children's cartoon Arthur on a regular basis?

    I currently see so much inherent value in this educational children's show that's based on every basic subject of life that if my girlfriend asked me to stop watching it, I'd simply refuse. I adore all the anthropomorphic characters of Elwood City and I love visiting them in their elementary school and surrounding environment. Placing... show more
    I currently see so much inherent value in this educational children's show that's based on every basic subject of life that if my girlfriend asked me to stop watching it, I'd simply refuse. I adore all the anthropomorphic characters of Elwood City and I love visiting them in their elementary school and surrounding environment. Placing second behind Hey Arnold, the children's show Arthur reminds me so much of my childhood and being a 6 to 9 year old kid with not too many things to care about in the world. I love observing the elements and the references that the creators incorporate that's truly meant for the adult viewers to understand and appreciate. There's really never been an episode that hasn't taught me something valuable and always helps me understand the fundamental aspects of life just a little better every time I watch it.
    4 answers · Singles & Dating · 5 months ago
  • Can it be predicted that 2000's Mainstream Emo is going to have a resurgence in the 2020's decade?

    Late 80's Hair Metal made a comeback in the early to mid 2000's so why can't the Emo and Pop Punk that was semi-mainstream and bleeding through listeners speakers in 2006 be revived in the 2020s? Usually, a lot of things, including but not limited to music trends are revived in 20 to 30 year time spans so I can definitely see it coming... show more
    Late 80's Hair Metal made a comeback in the early to mid 2000's so why can't the Emo and Pop Punk that was semi-mainstream and bleeding through listeners speakers in 2006 be revived in the 2020s? Usually, a lot of things, including but not limited to music trends are revived in 20 to 30 year time spans so I can definitely see it coming back by 2023 or so. Right now the 1980's to 1990's era Emo bands have a decent-sized cult following and most of the 2000's Era bands are disregarded as being false emo and have a negative reputation as being too pop-oriented and superficial. The same thing was going on in 1993 when everyone was distancing themselves from Glam Metal. Right now a lot of the 2000's Emo and Pop Punk bands have disbanded and are on hiatus and the ones that are still putting out new albums in the 2010's sound nothing like their former selves. Just watch, in about 5 years or so, the guyliner and snakebites are coming back in full force or with moderation I guess.
    2 answers · Rock and Pop · 5 months ago
  • What is wrong with MTV Classic, What made VH1 Classic so much more enjoyable?

    I think MTV Classic was a complete downgrade from VH1 Classic in every single aspect. I can't sit back, relax and watch the channel anymore. I couldn't understand why they did this back in 2016 except if it only had to do with the money and the ratings. MTV just destroyed another tolerable television channel by rebranding it and making it... show more
    I think MTV Classic was a complete downgrade from VH1 Classic in every single aspect. I can't sit back, relax and watch the channel anymore. I couldn't understand why they did this back in 2016 except if it only had to do with the money and the ratings. MTV just destroyed another tolerable television channel by rebranding it and making it part of its worthless network. There's no true original programming, a complete lack of understanding of their audience and what they are showing them, and most evidently, the normal rotation of music videos they show on MTV Classic is abysmal compared to what they normally showed on VH1 Classic. There's little to no variety of genres, no obscurity. It's predominately Pop Music, Rap, and Hip Hop from the 90's. The mid to late 90's is easily the most favored era. In my opinion, I think that MTV Classic is more based on the typical Millenial's preferences while VH1 Classic was more calibrated for the Late Boomers and Generation X. The early to mid 2000's block is a welcome addition but an obvious way to placate the Gen Y kids born in the late 80's and early 90's. The Millenials overall, simply put, just prefer Pop Music, Rap, and Hip Hop over the more obscure Hair Metal, Progressive Metal, and Thrash Metal. If they play any Hard Rock band on any of their Non-Metal blocks, they had to have been a household name, so the more obscure stuff is basically gone. Alternative Rock is there but strongly overshadowed by Pop Music and Rap Videos.
    4 answers · Reality Television · 5 months ago
  • Is it only me seeing this, or has mainstream society become more gender dimorphic in the 2010's decade? Why?

    I realize that this is entirely subjective and that it may never be like this in Japan or for children under 12, but in Western Society, a lot of individuals I know and articles I read claim that the 2010's were, in retrospect, a return to androgyny in mainstream culture since its heyday in late 20th century. It's really just overtight and... show more
    I realize that this is entirely subjective and that it may never be like this in Japan or for children under 12, but in Western Society, a lot of individuals I know and articles I read claim that the 2010's were, in retrospect, a return to androgyny in mainstream culture since its heyday in late 20th century. It's really just overtight and little in my opinion and not remotely androgynous. I know that some people are oblivious to this and some see it as the opposite. I'm like the latter. The late 1960's, 1970's, 1980's, and 1990's were way more androgynous than this decade for both sexes. Even the late 2000's had more underground androgyny with the emo and scene subcultures and is now mostly replaced by hipsters. Hipsters are much more feminine women and men on a fundamental level. For the majority of the decade, many women increased makeup and ditched jeans and pants (with exceptions) and exclusively wore leggings as their leg garment of choice (something the mass majority of men simply won't wear including myself). The hipster men appear like lumberjacks and wear long full beards and undercut hairstyles (something most women cannot physically do, although some of them have side-shaven hairstyles).
    1 answer · Gender Studies · 7 months ago