Skatje writes about love, sex, and long-distance relationships. She explains why it makes perfect sense to fall in love online, and why it makes none to ditch an online partner for physical reasons, like “he’s a bad kisser.” Having my own not completely positive experience with long-distance relationships, all I can say is “Right on.” I think long-distance relationships’ main problem isn’t lack of sex, but, at times, lack of good conversations. In half an hour together, Katie and I would have good conversations conveying as much information as a five-hour MSN session.
Via Appletree: Israel and Hezbollah are holding talks about prisoner exchange. Previously Israel refused to hold talks, but now it apparently agreed. It’s as usual a positive development – the prisoners in question are always political rather than criminal – but it would’ve been a more positive development if it had occurred in July, before Israel lobbed bombs on select areas of Lebanon.
On Feministe, Lesley fisks the parts of the Kendall porn-rape study that I didn’t. She explains that the study critically lacks offender profiles, doesn’t distinguish porn consumption from non-pornographic net use, and fails to control for variables that specifically impact rape rates rather than the general crime rate.
Lindsay talks about the safety crisis in New York. Lack of enforced safety standards makes New York’s scaffolds very likely to fall, killing the people on and below them. This is especially significant to the current election, since New York State’s comptroller, who’s running for reelection now, has made it a priority to enforce safety standards by auditing cranes and scaffolds.
There’s an online poll for the scholarship I attacked earlier for being too parochial. There are ten finalists, the top vote-getter of whom will win the scholarship. I know about two bloggers out of ten, Shelley and Jenna. But I have to play favorites based on who’s on my blogroll, so I’m going to root for Shelley, who’s only third, with 1780 fewer votes than the leader.