"It is morally wrong to initiate the aggressive use of force."
where I base my take on it. If someone initiates force against me (hit,
bite, stab, club, use projectile weapons against me, etc) their gender
is utterly irrelevant to the discussion. Bringing an immediate halt to
the bad behavior, regardless of gender/race/orientation or wearing of a
beanie is at that point the critical goal of the day - by whatever means
seem the best bet to do the job, ideally before I qualify for hospital
The same goes for a valid (believable to a
reasonable person and actually achievable) threat. A person waving a
knife and screaming "I'm a gonna stab you" qualifies - a person waving
in their hands in the air and screaming "I'm a gonna puree you with my
Imaginary Blender of Death" not so much. The knife-waver gets a
three-dot discussion, the "Blender-Wielder" gets my undivided attention
lest the situation change and a phone call for the kids with the nets.
"Play stupid games, win stupid prizes."
are not stupid simply by virtue of being women. Just as with men, some
are dumb as rocks and some are geniuses with the majority falling
Women are not fragile flowers incapable of
homicide, assault, poisoning or a wide variety of other criminal
activity that must be protected (because they are too
stupid/weak/helpless/vapid to protect themselves) not only from the
world but from themselves. Women are, in fact worthy of the same respect
we accord any man and - upper body strengthy aside - as tough or
tougher as most men.
Women, too, can play stupid
games. And earn stupid prizes. And as far as I can tell from the
outside, women have a *broader variety* of stupid games available to
them amongst themselves and with our cultural set-up.
as with men, they may get the stupid prize awarded at random by the
fates - or they may try and knife someone and get shot.
"Don't start none, won't be none."
all know there exist asshats in the world that undermine that statement
as a description of reality - but we also know that the *ideal* begins
with us. That if we work to avoid initiating either the use or threat of
use of force in our own actions (to the extent practical) that the odds
of things going rodeo drop off something fierce. The flip side is that
one must be prepared for those on a different page.
I don't run about randomly hitting folks, nor do I favor others doing
so - and that applies to either gender. I don't generally engage in
horseplay - the potential for truly exciting response in the case of
misunderstanding is generally not acceptable from my viewpoint. Not
surprisingly, I don't encourage others to engage in horseplay for that
and *other* reasons (unless folks know each other REALLY well, a
"playful tap" can have bad or lethal effects on a pre-existing
And no, women don't get a special "It's Ok to physically abuse GC" license because *genitalia*.