Sasha Zlatanovic

Serbia, Yugoslavia

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Sasha Zlatanovic
Posted about 2 years ago
Al Vernacchio: Sex needs a new metaphor. Here's one ...
I agree with you and I posted similarly but it seems I was wrong to the extent that the pizza metaphor seems to be a joke I didn't get. The speaker has said in his posts that pizza was used only to contrast baseball and to quote him "I don't want people to talk about sex like pizza. I want them to talk about their desires, needs, and wants openly with their partners and not need coded language to do it." The fact that this metaphor is only found in the US while the corresponding mentality exists everywhere still leads me to think the metaphor is as you said only a reflection of a pre-existing "problem".
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Sasha Zlatanovic
Posted about 2 years ago
Al Vernacchio: Sex needs a new metaphor. Here's one ...
Well I do not dispute that this mentality exists, I think the metaphor just reflects it and doesn't affect it at all. Its peer pressure any words you use and as I said in other posts this mentality exists in many (or all) parts of the world while this metaphor is only found in the US. I'm not saying this can't be changed, I agree some men (can't really be sure if its most) don't fall for this, but I'm pretty sure this metaphor is not the cause.
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Sasha Zlatanovic
Posted about 2 years ago
What metaphors for sex are used in your country?
I have been critical of this talk in the main thread but I forgot to mention something very related. Pizza is already a sexual euphemism for vagina in Serbia and with small alterations for an attractive female. Fish is another that's used in the same context, but I can't think of any metaphors for the actual act of sex.
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Sasha Zlatanovic
Posted about 2 years ago
Al Vernacchio: Sex needs a new metaphor. Here's one ...
The speaker very aptly analyzes the baseball metaphor in relation to sex, but not how its actually used, or atleast I doubt the people actually using it have any clue about most of these parallels. Most specific to your comment is that if anyone is competing its the metaphor-teller and the person its told to, the males discussing their sexual experiences in 99% of cases. The person playing on the opposite team of the metaphor-teller is not the female at all. The bases part of the metaphor which I'm most familiar with seems to make the female the field they're competing on.
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Sasha Zlatanovic
Posted about 2 years ago
Al Vernacchio: Sex needs a new metaphor. Here's one ...
Bill, for some reason I can't reply to your comment directly, however I do want to reply. When I use the term inappropriate it is different from what you use it with regards to this talk's topic. Perhaps you may think its the same, because if you liked this talk you believe the metaphor is causing the behaviour while I think the behaviour is causing the metaphor. Thinking (what I presume is) your way if we stopped using these inappropriate metaphors we could affect the inappropriate behaviour, and I do agree some men view sex inappropriately. When I said this talk tackles this topic inappropriately I meant inefficiently, akin to chopping at the branches instead of the root of the problem. Furthermore the solution also hinges on what I considered to be false, thinking that a new metaphor could solve what the old metaphor didn't cause.
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Sasha Zlatanovic
Posted about 2 years ago
Al Vernacchio: Sex needs a new metaphor. Here's one ...
[...], that is terrible logic. Do you need to be a killer to call a murder bad? Most art critics couldn't paint to save their lives, all of the rest still paint badly enough for critique to be more profitable. Yes we have the right to critique this talk without having one of our own. [...], [...] never said she was young herself, you just assumed that. What she did say is that she thinks she understands young people better than the speaker. More important is what you said, which is an anecdote of your own experience in your school. You clearly exaggerate when you say everyone used that metaphor. Even if they did, which is impossible, the entirety of the world outside of the US doesn't use baseball as a metaphor for sex. Sex is not discussed or done in the same way everywhere in the world, but a large majority of western countries have the same or very similar notions of sex as the USA while clearly not sharing this metaphor, so it is clear to me this metaphor has absolutely nothing to do with it. This talk is unscientific, lacking methodology, reasoning or any excuse for its existance. edited out the names since they're irrelevant now...
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Sasha Zlatanovic
Posted over 5 years ago
Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world
As a gamer myself, I profoundly agree. Furthermore, multi player games are more productive as the meta-game constantly evolves with the introduction of new strategies, whereas single player gaming usually involves less creativity and more linearity in both the means of achieving and the nature of said "epic win". It is proof that natural selection occurs in unnatural (virtual) environments, and it can work much faster too, so there is a very real possibility to harness this with smart games. Only thing I mind slightly is the emphasis on WoW and the Warcraft series, I believe if she would resort to naming specific games she could atleast mention the competition as well (though WoW is so big there hardly is any). Otherwise, excellent talk.