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63 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 31 July 2009 04:25AM

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Comment author: eirenicon 31 July 2009 08:18:14PM 2 points [-]

Why couldn't a man dip his perfect eyelashes?

Comment author: Alicorn 31 July 2009 08:21:54PM *  1 point [-]

He could. I just would have been surprised to see it mentioned in a story. It's rarely considered to bear mentioning in a work of fiction if a male character has perfect eyelashes and happens to bat/dip/flutter them, unless this is used as a way to lampshade some stereotypical notion of effeminacy.

Comment author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 01 August 2009 04:17:57PM 7 points [-]
Comment author: SilasBarta 01 August 2009 05:55:38PM *  0 points [-]

And for the part of that story that would not sit well with feminists (1) , check out this excerpt :

The Confessor held up a hand. "... Do you know there was a time when nonconsensual sex was illegal?"

Akon wasn't sure whether to smile or grimace. "The Prohibition, right? During the first century pre-Net? I expect everyone was glad to have that law taken off the books. I can't imagine how boring your sex lives must have been up until then - flirting with a woman, teasing her, leading her on, knowing the whole time that you were perfectly safe because she couldn't take matters into her own hands if you went a little too far -"


"Um," Akon said. He was trying not to smile. "I'm trying to visualize what sort of disaster could have been caused by too much nonconsensual sex -"

Interesting discussion follows in the comments.

(1) ETA: Or me, or most people in general.