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Discussion in 'Personal' started by artboyusa, Jul 11, 2020.

  1. artboyusa

    artboyusa Star commenter

    "...buildings ejaculating into the sky' – do cities have to be so sexist?"

    Glass ceilings and phallic towers. Mean streets and dark alleys. Road names and statues of men. From the physical to the metaphorical, the city is filled with reminders of masculine power. And yet we rarely talk of the urban landscape as an active participant in gender inequality. A building, no matter how phallic, isn’t actually misogynist, is it? Surely a skyscraper isn’t responsible for sexual harassment, the wage gap, or even the glass ceiling, whether it has a literal one up top or not?

    That said, our built environments can still reflect patterns of gender-based discrimination. To imagine the city and its structures as neutral places where complicated human social relations are staged is to ignore the simple fact that people built these places. As the feminist geographer Jane Darke has said: “Our cities are patriarchy written in stone, brick, glass and concrete.” In other words, cities reflect the norms of the societies that build them. And sexism is a deep-rooted norm.

    As far back as 1977...

    1977? as far back as that huh?

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  2. burajda

    burajda Star commenter

    Could have been written about Ancient Rome.
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  3. alex_teccy

    alex_teccy Star commenter

  4. alex_teccy

    alex_teccy Star commenter

    It's huge columns, plunging into mother earth...
  5. Katzenjammer

    Katzenjammer Occasional commenter

    I will never again feel the same about Nelson's Column.
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  6. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter

  7. lilachardy

    lilachardy Star commenter

  8. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    Yeh but them deep-cleavage canyons... those dark moist sinkholes... rolling hills like perky breasts (Twmbarlwm even has a nipple) - it's a reaction against feminism in Nature, dontcha know.
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  9. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    If those thrusting erections all get too much for you, just remember...
  10. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    "Phallic towers"??

    Utter cock!
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  11. WB

    WB Lead commenter

    I will never feel the about John Noakes after what you've said. Now I know why he looked so terrified!
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  12. BillyBobJoe

    BillyBobJoe Lead commenter

    Anyone reminded of this sketch?

    "It is not Nelson's Column it is Nelson's *****!"
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  13. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Maybe Leslie Kern hasn't seen these...




    And, of course, the Qatar World Cup Stadium...

    Last edited: Jul 11, 2020
  14. artboyusa

    artboyusa Star commenter

    Well, it might not be up to Vivienne R. Reich standard...
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  15. artboyusa

    artboyusa Star commenter

    You may not be surprised to learn that "feminist geographer" Leslie Kern, who is the
    Director, Women's and Gender Studies Program, Mount Allison University, Sackville ("Sackville" ...bet she just can't wait to re-name that place), New Brunswick, Canada has a book out...
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  16. needabreak

    needabreak Star commenter

    Nope but they weren't gazing up at the gherkin back then...
  17. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    Now's the time to give it up, artboy.
    Repeat as necessary. They put that on haemorrhoid cream.
  18. nizebaby

    nizebaby Star commenter

    I like this thread. There are skyscraper and, erm, scrapers.

    The building I most detest in london is the walkie-talkie, with its bullying oversized shoulders that look like they're shoving everybody else out of their way. At least penile buildings have a basis in normal psychology but the walkie-talkie is monstrous.
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  19. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    Reverse cowgirl again?
  20. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    They're somewhat impudent erections.


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