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post #61 of 79
Good grief! LOL

Personally I don't see anything wrong with the posts. To me they just look like concrete cylinders with round caps on the top. How some are finding that offensive is beyond me, and why the city would even consider tossing them after spending 20 grand on them is outrageous! If I were the people who lived there I would be more upset about that than about posts that some gutter minded people think looks like a penis.
post #62 of 79
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Originally Posted by Leli View Post
Ah, now you see, this is where it's really interesting. Why is it that this thing found in nature is offensive, while other things are not? Would the posts be offensive if they were shaped like a nose? No, of course not. So why is the shape of a penis offensive at all? Does the shape itself have some inate threatening or challanging aspect? Certainly, the north american reaction to any visible representation of the human (or even animal) sexual organs is much varied from that of other nations. Our "prudishness", for lack of a better term, is not universal. So, the shape cannot be to blame any more than the eye which takes it in...

Frankly, I'm more interested in what shaped the perceptions of those who are offended than by the actual phallic shape of the posts themselves.....
That's such a great post!
post #63 of 79
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Originally Posted by KitEKats4Eva! View Post
Bruce you would have seen these I'm thinking??

Grandfather Rock

Grandmother Rock
lol never in person, but yea i think i have seen the pics before

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Originally Posted by Leli View Post
So why is the shape of a penis offensive at all?
Frankly, I'm more interested in what shaped the perceptions of those who are offended than by the actual phallic shape of the posts themselves.....
lol i dont find it offensive, i happen to have one, and well, i really dont want to run around and see others. hmm its a guy thing?

lol like jen said, looks like the tash cans we have around ohio, and i never thought they look like more then a tash can. I guess people that see more then whats there are seeing what is on there mind.

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Originally Posted by lunasmom View Post
That's true...seems like somewhere I read that when we identify shapes of clouds that they really aren't shapes, our eyes are just interpreting them into shapes to make sense out of them.

So then the rocks are not actually shaped in a phallic way...those that view them as phallic really are intrepreting them as phallic...
you know i saw a cloud like that the other,day hehe but i guess god will
make what ever he wants his clouds.

but your right, the mind will look for shapes and things out of random stuff,
also many perfumes bottles are stuff will have that kinda shape. but then i dont really buy perfume.
post #64 of 79
Sure you don't Bruce. I bet you smell like flowers all day long.

As for phallic symbols, I agree with Leli. What is inherently offensive about a penis? If it was something that looked like a toe I doubt anyone would care. Unless you were Freud. He would probably find something phallic about a toe, and tell us all we wanted to murder our fathers and marry our mothers. Even the girls
post #65 of 79
The folks in Oregon need to order a few of these sinks from China to go along with the offensive posts.

http://news.yahoo.com/photos/ss/even...mLTliAY7zlWMcF
post #66 of 79
Those people with the dirty minds need to get a life!!!! I mean really, what on earth is the big deal, they are cement posts....... People these days
post #67 of 79
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Originally Posted by KitEKats4Eva! View Post
Sure you don't Bruce. I bet you smell like flowers all day long.

As for phallic symbols, I agree with Leli. What is inherently offensive about a penis? If it was something that looked like a toe I doubt anyone would care. Unless you were Freud. He would probably find something phallic about a toe, and tell us all we wanted to murder our fathers and marry our mothers. Even the girls
LOL bunch of Elektras and Oedipuses (Oedipi?) on the town council.

Bruce's comment is interesting...that you don't want to see other penises. It makes me wonder why that's even a consideration in our culture. It's not as if you say "I just don't want to see any more elbows today!" We're so obsessed with covering ourselves.....is it an extension of the idea of privacy and private rights we idealize in our society? Do we become more protective of our so called "private areas" as our presence on the global stage becomes more aggressive, amid warnings from our governments that our rights, our freedom, our very selves are at risk? Does the vulnerability of our national selves reflect our intolerance for any obvious vulnerability demostrated by our physical selves? I wonder, did "prudishness" increase or diminish during other historic times of global conflict (ha ha, I say as if the world were ever at peace )

Or, is this the result of an ongoing labelling and outcrying of nudity as being inherently sexual? Think about it....go to Africa, take your shirt off and see who cares about your breasts. Nobody. Now, go try it in the Mall of America. The breasts themselves remain the same, but the perception of them changes dramatically. And, for the record, I believe that this point of view is directly reflected by the number of 8 year olds dressing "sexy" in north america, which is not a trend as far as I know in countries where nudity is not automatically sexualized.
post #68 of 79
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Originally Posted by Leli View Post
LOL bunch of Elektras and Oedipuses (Oedipi?) on the town council.

Bruce's comment is interesting...that you don't want to see other penises. It makes me wonder why that's even a consideration in our culture. It's not as if you say "I just don't want to see any more elbows today!" We're so obsessed with covering ourselves.....is it an extension of the idea of privacy and private rights we idealize in our society? Do we become more protective of our so called "private areas" as our presence on the global stage becomes more aggressive, amid warnings from our governments that our rights, our freedom, our very selves are at risk? Does the vulnerability of our national selves reflect our intolerance for any obvious vulnerability demostrated by our physical selves? I wonder, did "prudishness" increase or diminish during other historic times of global conflict (ha ha, I say as if the world were ever at peace )

Or, is this the result of an ongoing labelling and outcrying of nudity as being inherently sexual? Think about it....go to Africa, take your shirt off and see who cares about your breasts. Nobody. Now, go try it in the Mall of America. The breasts themselves remain the same, but the perception of them changes dramatically. And, for the record, I believe that this point of view is directly reflected by the number of 8 year olds dressing "sexy" in north america, which is not a trend as far as I know in countries where nudity is not automatically sexualized.
lol hmm how to say(in a pg-13 area), I dont find anything good looking about a penis? i mean i am not going to stand in a mirror and talk to my penis and tell it that its good looking or noble or strong or anthing like that. it is what it is, and just kidna hangs around waiting to be useful. SO i really dont see a need try and make something that looks like it.,* call it tower envy if you will lol

as for being protective, always, it kinds hurts when you get smacked in that area. Don get me wrong, sure you need to protect it, but there is no need to check down there every few min how your walking down the street like you see some people doing... Granted there are time when you sit, that a couple of things, kinda slip and you end up sitting on them, which is not a good thing, then it is a good idea to reach and just move them over some, but i would jsut call that smart not really being protective.

I will agree that nudity in of itself is not sexual but it does depneds on where you pick to take of your top. if you do in middle of africa sure no issues, but if you would do the same in lets say egypt, then i think there would be trouble.

i agree what people will often see what they want to see, expcet where there is not doubt as to what they(the people who did the desgin) are trying to say.

lol the posts to me look well like a post, the tash cans look like tash cans.
the towers hmm did look like a male member.

please feel free to delete, if you need to .
post #69 of 79
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Originally Posted by Kai Bengals View Post
The folks in Oregon need to order a few of these sinks from China to go along with the offensive posts.

http://news.yahoo.com/photos/ss/even...mLTliAY7zlWMcF

haha, i think those are the ones people in the EU complained about, so they sold them to china?
post #70 of 79
I think it is dumb to be offended. People will complain about anything. They look like trash cans to me with the round top on them.
post #71 of 79
I find it funny how people who would naturally get offended by things of this nature are the first ones to notice it. Meanwhile, people who aren't offended would look at it and not notice anything.
post #72 of 79
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Originally Posted by Kai Bengals View Post
The folks in Oregon need to order a few of these sinks from China to go along with the offensive posts.

http://news.yahoo.com/photos/ss/even...mLTliAY7zlWMcF

hahahaha!!


I don't think I would have noticed either if it wasnt pointed out already!!
post #73 of 79
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Originally Posted by Kai Bengals View Post
The folks in Oregon need to order a few of these sinks from China to go along with the offensive posts.

http://news.yahoo.com/photos/ss/even...mLTliAY7zlWMcF
We shouldn't laugh. The faucets are really an asset to some people.





....*taps mic* Is this thing on?
post #74 of 79
I went to the mall the other day and found out we have the exact same (if not similar) pillars as the ones in the original post. Never before had I thought of them as a phallic symbol, but this thread made me think of it then... lol
post #75 of 79
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Aussie_Dog View Post
I went to the mall the other day and found out we have the exact same (if not similar) pillars as the ones in the original post. Never before had I thought of them as a phallic symbol, but this thread made me think of it then... lol
I bet it made you laugh!
post #76 of 79
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Originally Posted by ReesesPBC View Post
We shouldn't laugh. The faucets are really an asset to some people.





....*taps mic* Is this thing on?
*big groan*
post #77 of 79
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Originally Posted by Aussie_Dog View Post
I went to the mall the other day and found out we have the exact same (if not similar) pillars as the ones in the original post. Never before had I thought of them as a phallic symbol, but this thread made me think of it then... lol
Thats so true. Now I'm looking at the water dispenser outside my office wondering if someone could argue that's a phallic symbol

This will take some time before I can look at a bollard and see a bollard.
post #78 of 79
LOL that's too funny
post #79 of 79
My husband sent me this to contribute. Tee-hee!

He wrote, "This is a Spitzer space telescope image of part of the Carina Nebula as seen in the infrared."


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