Duff McDuffee

Duff McDuffee

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40 weeks ago @ Daily Camera.com: - Boulder co-ops thrive ... · 0 replies · +2 points

I lived in Chrysalis Co-op for 2 years during some turbulent times which I'm glad are now behind us as a community. I also served on the Boulder Housing Coalition Board and am happy that we now have a third legally operating co-op within the BHC network! I highly recommend that anyone interested in cooperative living give it a year or 5. :)

I agree with Mr. Toor that there are far too many restrictions and we need an overhaul of the cooperative and occupancy ordinances to allow for more co-op living arrangements in Boulder. The occupancy ordinance in particular strikes me as primarily hurting the poor people of color who live and work in Boulder, as well as low-income college students who find Boulder's high living expenses difficult to bear. There must be a better way!

44 weeks ago @ elephant journal: Yoga... - 6 Reasons My Family Do... · 1 reply · +3 points

Oh yea, well my family doesn't grow old or die!

Note that turmeric down-regulates inflammation. Things that reduce inflammation *suppress* the immune response in the body, not amplify it. Which means turmeric is not something you should take when you are sick, but possibly something you should take if you have inflammation problems.

57 weeks ago @ elephant journal: Yoga... - Subjectify Me: 5 Ways ... · 0 replies · +5 points

Here are some common responses to artistic and cultural criticism which avoid addressing the substance of the critique. How many can you spot in the comments to this article? :)

The author is not a legitimate critic/only experts can criticize
It is easier to criticize than create
You don't know me/the subject so your argument is invalid
You have "issues" or psychological problems which means your argument is invalid
The critic is a pseudointellectual (whatever that is)
The original author/artist has good intentions

None of these responses addresses the merit of the arguments. Most are ad hominem attacks.

57 weeks ago @ elephant journal: Yoga... - Subjectify Me: 5 Ways ... · 0 replies · +3 points

I think it is quite common for women to choose to be objectified, sometimes consciously and deliberately, other times choosing contexts which lead to their objectification unknowingly.

57 weeks ago @ elephant journal: Yoga... - Subjectify Me: 5 Ways ... · 0 replies · +3 points

Well expressing distaste with a particular nude yoga photo shoot does not equal having general "issues" with nudity. That's a bit of a leap. I express distaste with certain reality television shows but I don't have "issues" with all media or all television generally.

My read of this article was that it was an attempt to give specific criteria which explicate that distaste and present something that could be discussed which was not simply an opinion.

While certainly there are experts who analyze cultural artifacts and art, I think we should not leave the analysis only to the experts, just as we should not leave the art-making to professional artists only. I also think that perhaps assuming Elephant Journal is the place for such scholarly analysis is a bit misplaced.

It is a premise of current communication theory that the meaning of all communication is contextual. I think it is reasonable to posit that at least in some contexts, putting an image of a woman behind glass would increase "distance" which could lead to more objectification. No doubt in other contexts the opposite would be the case.

57 weeks ago @ elephant journal: Yoga... - Are Antibacterial Prod... · 0 replies · +1 points

Triclosan should not be in any consumer products. It is an anti-biotic which can lead to the creation of superbugs. In hand soap it actually weakens hand strength over normal soap.

58 weeks ago @ elephant journal: Yoga... - Subjectify Me: 5 Ways ... · 0 replies · +4 points

What criteria would you suggest for differentiating between techniques that encourage thinking of the individual depicted in visual art as an object versus a subject?

And aren't both photographic subjects nude? If the author is uncomfortable with nude photography, don't you think the nipples of the second model would have made her too uncomfortable to give such a balanced, rational comparative critique?

58 weeks ago @ elephant journal: Yoga... - Subjectify Me: 5 Ways ... · 2 replies · +5 points

What criteria would you suggest for differentiating between techniques that encourage thinking of the individual depicted in visual art as an object versus a subject?

And how exactly do you know that the author has "issues with nudity"? That is quite the mind-reading-through-the-internet-psychoanalysis ability you have there. :)

58 weeks ago @ elephant journal: Yoga... - Subjectify Me: 5 Ways ... · 0 replies · +2 points

What criteria would you suggest for differentiating between techniques that encourage thinking of the individual depicted in visual art as an object versus a subject?

58 weeks ago @ elephant journal: Yoga... - Subjectify Me: 5 Ways ... · 1 reply · +10 points

I thought this was an excellent piece of cultural and artistic criticism, using a wonderful set of guidelines from Ms. Nussbaum (a freaking genius and all around great philosopher).

For those readers who disagree with the specific analysis here, or who find all art criticism too negative and distasteful to engage in, perhaps they could suggest other possible criteria for techniques of objectification vs. subjectification in visual media.

I largely agree with the criteria proposed by the author for what photographic techniques encourage thinking of the subject as a subject versus as an object. The only wrench I would throw in to this analysis is the notion that some people enjoy being objectified, but of course that enjoyment is culturally constructed around notions of sexuality and power.

Also, it's a separate issue whether objectification is always ethically wrong than whether objectification is taking place. The author seems to me to be clear about this, but many commenters here seem to conflate the two issues.