Re: Anal talk of freedoms

From: Damien Broderick (
Date: Tue Jan 25 2000 - 03:57:51 MST

At 12:39 AM 24/01/00 -0600, Sasha wrote:

>Why can't one walk three blocks in their normal swimsuit from the Charles
>River to Harvard Square? This is such a simple thing! As long as this
>is totally unacceptable, how can you expect acceptance of free play
>with really serious genetic and physical modifications?

The more I hear about the bizarre restrictions in the Land of the Free, the
happier I am that I'm living in Oz. Can't be certain, but I'm fairly sure
you could stroll in a swimsuit or a feathered chickensuit or a giant
plastic pizza from the Yarra River to the middle of Melbourne without being
molested by police (although they'd surely keep an eye on you, and it might
help if there were several in the company, so you're not mistaken for a
lone escaped lunatic or drug fiend having an unusual reaction). On the
other hand, you *might* be assaulted by any number of jeering out-of-work
young ruffians, the kind who are always picking on Bart Simpson.

But I might be wrong about this. It's not something I've ever done, being
too skinny and unsightly. Anyway, it's usually too damned cold.

If you chanced to be in Sydney during Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, you'd be
joshed for *not* wearing gold lame arseless panties, inflatable bra and
wings, and glittery tiara, or full traditional nun's habit and bushy beard,
while strolling down the centre of the road. Do they do that in Harvard
Square? Even one day a year? If not, don't blame us anal Aussies.


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