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Chinese men and women are paying virtual girlfriends / boyfriends to listen to them complain about work

Incredible.

They say money can’t buy happiness, but it sure can buy empathy in China. Lonely businessmen are actually paying women up to $5 a day, just for a few kind words and a bit of understanding. A similar service is available for women as well.

Many young men and women are making quick money by offering the service through Taobao – China’s leading e-commerce website. They call themselves ‘virtual girlfriends/boyfriends’, and they’re willing to listen to their clients complaining about a tough day at work.

Male clients have a range of virtual girlfriend personalities to choose from, including ‘doll-like girls’, ‘mature women’, and ‘the girl next door’. For women, the choices include ‘men in uniform’, ‘CEO’, ‘handsome men’ and ‘comforting men’.

They say money can’t buy happiness, but it sure can buy empathy in China. Lonely businessmen are actually paying women up to $5 a day, just for a few kind words and a bit of understanding. A similar service is available for women as well.

Many young men and women are making quick money by offering the service through Taobao – China’s leading e-commerce website. They call themselves ‘virtual girlfriends/boyfriends’, and they’re willing to listen to their clients complaining about a tough day at work.

Male clients have a range of virtual girlfriend personalities to choose from, including ‘doll-like girls’, ‘mature women’, and ‘the girl next door’. For women, the choices include ‘men in uniform’, ‘CEO’, ‘handsome men’ and ‘comforting men’.

Once you choose a virtual girlfriend or boyfriend, their services could cost you anywhere between 20 and 30 yuan ($3 to $5), depending on what you want them to do. They could give you wake-up calls in the morning, say good night at bedtime, feign concern at various times during the day, and send encouraging text messages.

Xiaomi, a businesswoman in her early 20s, decided to become a virtual girlfriend to boost the number of visitors to her Taobao store. It isn’t easy an easy job – she needs to keep track of her phone at all times, making sure she calls and replies to her customers on time.

But all the hard work has paid off – her site’s sales have increased, with daily transactions growing from 7 or 8 calls to over 500. She has even hired seven female part-time employees to help her out with the growing demand for mobile girlfriends.

We’re not sure how women are responding to the service, but the men seem to love it. “You just spend 20 to 30 yuan a day to make a single man’s dream come true! 100 likes!” said an enthusiastic client. Another guy said that he’s had a few humorous mobile girlfriends, which helped him relax and relieve stress.

Reports suggest that most men place their orders in the evening. According to Zhang Xiaoli, head of the China Association of Mental Health, most customers are probably just curious about the service. It’s also likely that people who are bored or lacking in social skills might want to engage a mobile friend.

How utterly odd. And sad; instead of meeting people of the opposite sex who feign interest and sympathy for money, like a whore, they could instead meet each other, go for a coffee or beer or whatever beverages Chinese like to drink socially, and do what single guys and single gals do in the West – bitch amongst friends of the same sex. Chances are they’d find REAL sympathy and understanding, and even some encouragement.

Or, get over their shyness, and pair off with someone of the opposite sex…

One wonders how small a percentage of Chinese society this must be. After all, given how big China is in population, on the surface, it certainly doesn’t seem like that many Chinese folk have problems meeting people of the opposite sex to date and marry – and to whom be able to bitch about work. ;)

But there are always outliers, even in the world’s largest country…

 

‘Atheist invocations’ are oxymoronic

How can you have an ‘atheist invocation‘, when, according to atheist dogma, there is no supreme, creator being, and there are no deities, so therefore, who or what is being invoked in an ‘atheist invocation’?

Following the ruling, Dan Courtney of the Atheist Community of Rochester asked that he be allowed to present an invocation at an upcoming meeting, and was granted his request.

“We, as citizens, the beginning and the end, the alpha and the omega of our destiny are not, as the great philosopher Immanuel Kant warned, mere means to the ends of another, but we are ends in ourselves,” Courtney said during his invocation.

Ah; invocation and therefore worship of humanity; typical secular humanist…

They of course fail to realize that in doing this, they are no longer atheists, but have replaced worship of God with worship of humanity… Fools.

Of course, we know the real reason why they’re doing this: they simply want to push Christian witness entirely out of the public square, being hatetheists…

 

Court Grants ‘Pregnant Man’ Divorce Amid Argument Whether Woman was Man When ‘Married’

A tangled case of ‘gay marriage’, a ‘he’-‘female’, and divorce…

PHOENIX – An appeals court in Arizona has ruled that a woman who began converting her appearance into a man over a decade ago may be granted a divorce, overturning a lower court ruling that denied the proceedings over confusion whether the woman was a man when she married.

As previously reported, in 1997, Tracy Lehuanani Lagondino began undergoing testosterone treatments and changed her name to Thomas Beatie. In 2002, she underwent a double mastectomy and chest reconstruction, but decided to keep her female reproductive organs and womb.

In 2003, Lagondino tied the knot with her partner Nancy in Hawaii, and as Nancy was unable to conceive, Lagondino underwent in vitro fertilization. The two now have three children, ages 4, 3 and 2, and live in Arizona.

During the time that Lagondino was pregnant, she became known across America as “the pregnant man,” appearing on national broadcasts such as The Oprah Winfrey Show and Larry King Live. She also released a book entitled Labor Of Love: The Story of One Man’s Extraordinary Pregnancy, which displayed the pregnant woman with a beard.

However, in 2012, Lagondino began seeking a divorce from her partner, but found that difficulty finding a judge that would recognize the relationship as valid. Arizona law prohibits homosexual unions, and as Langondino “married” while still having female reproductive parts, her relationship is considered homosexual and not heterosexual. She disagrees.

In March of last year, Maricopa County Family Judge Douglas Gerlach ruled that the divorce cannot be granted because the nuptials were not valid in the first place. He explained that in the eyes of the law, Langondino is perceived as still being a woman at the time of the “wedding,” unless she can prove otherwise.

“The decision here is not based on the conclusion that this case involves a same-sex marriage merely because one of the parties is a transsexual male, but instead, the decision is compelled by the fact that the parties failed to prove that [Lagondino] was a transsexual male when they were issued their marriage license,” Gerlach wrote.

He also took issue with considering Lagondino as being a man as childbirth is only possible for females.

But on Wednesday, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled that Lagondino may proceed with the divorce, stating the case was not about same-sex nuptials in Arizona, but rather “whether the laws of the state of Arizona allow a marriage, lawfully entered into in another state, between two persons the foreign state formally recognized at the time of the marriage as male and female, to be dissolved.”

“As the Beaties’ Hawaii marriage was lawfully entered in Hawaii and is not deemed void by Arizona law, the marriage is valid within this state,” wrote Judge Kenton D. Jones, appointed to the bench by Gov. Jan Brewer.

The court also found that although Lagondino completed paperwork to change her gender in Hawaii, whether or not her subsequent pregnancies posed an issue as to the legality of being considered male was irrelevant to the case.

“Therefore, the possibility of Thomas giving birth to children did not preclude him from legally amending his birth certificate under the plain language of the Hawaii statute,” Jones stated. “Further, there is no apparent basis in law or fact for the proposition that in the event Thomas gave birth after having modified his gender designation, it would have abrogated his ‘maleness,’ as reflected upon the amended birth certificate.”

Lagondino appeared on Anderson Cooper Live with her new girlfriend Amber last November to discuss the situation after a previous judge had also denied the divorce.

“It’s very frustrating,” she said, “I mean, how would you feel if the judge told you that you’re not a man? I live my life. I know who I am … [and] someone’s opinion is not going to change that.”

But others have found the situation to be disturbing.

“These people are turning America into Sodom and Gomorrah. What will these poor children be like? Our world is getting sicker every day,” one commenter lamented. “The last chapter of the Bible is unfolding before our very eyes.”

Indeed…

 

You can eat a meal with Richard Dawkins if you contribute $500,000 to his fan club

Will S.:

Amusing.
c.f. the Lord’s Supper, with Christ; and meeting Him in His Word, and in the next life, in the flesh: cost: $0 (simply must believe in Him, repent of your sins, and follow Him).
Not that there won’t be costs, but they’re worth it.
Unlike a dinner with Dawkins…

Originally posted on Wintery Knight:

I wanted to post on this yesterday at 2 PM, but somehow, the post was never published. I blame Jonathan M., because I was Skyping with him while writing it, and must have forgotten to click “Publish”.

Nancy Pearcey and Jay Richards tweeted this story from the UK Spectator.

Excerpt:

[T]he Richard Dawkins website offers followers the chance to join the ‘Reason Circle’, which, like Dante’s Hell, is arranged in concentric circles. For $85 a month, you get discounts on his merchandise, and the chance to meet ‘Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science personalities’. Obviously that’s not enough to meet the man himself. For that you pay $210 a month — or $5,000 a year — for the chance to attend an event where he will speak.

When you compare this to the going rate for other charismatic preachers, it does seem on the high side. The Pentecostal evangelist…

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‘Pheromone parties': the latest dating trend, apparently

So sez this (and the two source articles, here and here):

Pheromone parties are the latest trend to hit the international dating scene. These parties allow young men and women to literally sniff out prospective partners. Instead of meeting each other face-to-face, people at these parties just go around sniffing bags of discarded clothing worn by a potential mate. When the smell seems right, it’s time to meet.

Speed dating sounds more sensible to me than this…

To attend a pheromone party, you’ll have to first agree to wear the same cotton T-shirt three nights in a row, without using any deodorant or perfume. You then have to bring your odor-infused clothing to the party in a numbered transparent plastic bag.

And, how do they enforce the agreement? Yes, deodorant and perfume are easy enough to notice if applied, but how will you know the T-shirt has been worn three times, instead of, say, only once?

Then, you randomly pick up bags belonging to the opposite sex – pink labels for women and blue for men – until you find one that you really seem to like. You click a picture of yourself holding the bag – all the images are projected on the wall and then you get to meet the person of your, well, smelly dreams!

Some men are known to cheat –

Oh, and no women are known to?

they randomly pick up bags and pose with them just to improve their chances of meeting someone.

Again, no women have done so? How do they know?

But according to British organizer Judy Nadel, the concept is a huge ice-breaker because you’re smelling a stranger’s T-shirt. It doesn’t give anyone much room to be cool or pretentious.

Yeah, but cheating is easy; e.g. lay off garlic, hot sauce, fish and pickles for a few days before, and you’ll smell differently (and much better) than if you regularly eat such things; conversely, eat more bananas, and you’ll smell sweeter… (Of course, maybe it’s better to smell a bit musky if you’re a man, and sweeter if you’re a woman.) But here’s the thing: if you normally wear deodorant, why would you want a test without such a baseline, when those are the normal conditions for you? A test requiring you to abstain from deodorant skews the results from what they would have otherwise been, and will be usually… So how useful is such?

The idea of pheromone parties was first introduced in the US, but is now spreading to other major cities around the world. The concept of finding a partner based solely on smell was inspired by an experiment conducted in 1995 by Swiss scientist Claus Wedekind. The basic theory behind the concept is that chemicals are fundamental to the sexual behavior of animals. Someone apparently thought this applies to humans as well.

Well, yes; no doubt it plays a role. But (a) our sense of smell is nowhere near as developed as that of many other animals, and (b) the rest of what inspires attraction between humans is definitely a lot more complicated than that of other animals, and such things are factored into human attraction…

Pheromone parties are the brainchild of American artist Judith Prays, who established a connection between human pheromones (chemicals secreted by the body) and partner selection in 2010. The USP of these parties is that you are undeniably attracted to the person whose T-shirt you choose. “With online dating we provide you with everything but the spark,” said Australian organizer Lou Compagnone. “But this is almost the complete opposite because it starts with chemistry.”

And what of looks, charisma, etc.? As if such factors are minimal…

According to scientists though, RSVP’ing to a pheromone party might get you sex, but definitely not true love. “It is a sensible or plausible way to identify a partner if the only important criteria is how this partner smells when your eyes are closed, and the sole purpose is sexual,” said Australian professor Phillipp Kirsch of the University of Queensland.

Exactly!

He even went on to warn that the role played by pheromones in partner selection might actually be insignificant. Other senses like sound tend to overpower our sense of smell, so the tempting whiff might only end up to be a temporary attraction. “If the goal is to find a partner for a broader range of activities, it would seem important to consider the more dominant senses that we use in making choices, such as sight and hearing,” he said.

“I think that any role that pheromones play would be significantly minor,” he added. “Animals orient in the environment by sensing a wide range of stimuli – light, sound, smell, touch and taste.”

Hear, hear! Smart guy.

Well, we don’t know if the theory works or not, but pheromone parties are a huge hit. In London, for instance, over 140 people attended each of the two events conducted so far. The first one was in March – six couples got together then. There are plenty of names on the waiting list as well, for future parties. You need to book your ticket really early, and pay an entrance fee of up to $25. The parties include added attractions at times, like aromatherapy to stimulate romantic feelings.

Although they’re popular, the parties have brought on mixed reactions from guests. 48-year-old Bob, who attended one of the London pheromone parties, said: “Funnily enough I was scared that someone would smell my shirt and throw it down,” he said. Fortunately, nothing of the sort happened.

23-year-old law trainee Steven Lucas thought all the shirts smelled the same: “It’s like sweat and a tiny bit of perfume, or just, like clean.” His friend, on the other hand, found one that he thought was ‘worn for a few days’.

33-year-old Marta Montserrat, who attended the event with her sister, couldn’t seem to spot her ‘type’ among the crowd. “It doesn’t matter what I smell, if I don’t like what I see,” she admitted.

Exactly. We humans are not dogs; at least, most of us aren’t… :)

 

Richard Dawkins versus Jizzabellers / Twitterfems

He’s right in this, as in ‘Elevatorgate‘, but still: pass the popcorn; it’s fun to see progs’ internecine squabbles. :)

 
 
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