Thursday, May 12, 2016

Anthony Losquadro's War On Circumcision

A quick look at Anthony Losquadro, and you'd be forgiven if the words "Star Linebacker" immediately jumped to mind.

After all, he looks like something straight outta a live-action Hercules flick. Or that college jock who locked you in your dorm closet, stole your girlfriend and Periscoped the entire ordeal last spring-but a much nicer version. His gray and blue blazer hardly contains his biceps while sitting in East Williamsburg's Variety coffee shop, a moody Tuesday afternoon passing by outside.

And sure, your take might charm the avid weightlifter. But Mr. Olympia conventions aren't in Losquadro's front vision. Rather something more important-a calling, if you will. This Queens native has dedicated his life to battling one of the most common-and hotly debated-medical procedures in Americana: routine infant circumcision.

"I was following it online for a while, and doing my research and learning the background information on what they did to babies and how it affected men later in life," he says in his Adam Sandler-esque Noo Yawker accent.

A longtime Howard Stern listener, Losquadro learned more about the practice from the self-proclaimed "King Of All Media," who has dedicated much airspace to slamming circumcision. From then on, the questions grew. "That made me more curious to research it," he adds. 

In 2009, when private citizen Charles A. Antonnelli introduced Bill S.1777, the Massachusetts State Prohibition Of Genital Mutilation Act-which would ban circumcisions on any individuals under 18 or non-consenting adults in the state-he went online to find groups willing to testify about it. Losquadro  traveled to Boston in March 2010 to answer the call.

"I am here today to discuss a medical procedure-the most frequently performed elective surgery in America-an issue whose time has come, that we need to step back and examine," he told the Boston Senate. "And an issue that may be currently considered one of the most important human rights issues in America today."
"Circumcision-it's medieval, it's barbaric, it's a billion dollar industry. It's quick, it's easy, and it's a bread and butter staple for the medical profession in hospitals."

Though the bill ultimately died, "that was kind of like my first real involvement in the genital integrity movement," he says. His inner intactivist (the term for activists fighting against RIC) came to life as he prepared to make his speech. Losquadro has also orated his experience confronting the doctor who circumcised him.

"I didn't know if they were gonna applaud me or grab me by the back of my neck and throw me out. But I think I gave some really good, persuasive testimony; the only reason it wasn't adopted is because it's not politically fashionable right now to support genital integrity."

Undeterred, Losquadro, created Intaction with friends in June 2010. The Brooklyn-based volunteer advocacy group spreads information about genital awareness and circumcision's possible effects.

Their primary weapon? The Mobile Unit.

The 27-foot long, 13-foot high GMC diesel truck features a 60-foot LED screen, 600 feet of billboard space and a four-speaker sound system.

Pictures of men holding images of themselves as babies, with the tag "Circumcision: I Did Not Consent line both sides; a side container holds pamphlets about the procedure, near the circumstraint exhibit, which shows how doctors usually perform circumcision. The latter even has actual scalpels, clamps and probes used to circumcise.

A more recent addition is the electronics package, featuring three twenty-second clips representing circumcision's three stages, along with actual infant cries during each part.
Another genital awareness group gave him the idea for the vehicle.

“I was trying to find a way where we could raise awareness-in a cost-effective manner-in an ongoing basis within the means of our financial abilities and our resources," Losquadro, who once managed a trucking business, said.

"Intact America had used a billboard truck for a protest down in New Orleans on at least one occasion. That was just for two days."

"I started to think, 'Well, what if we had something that was full time?' Once you have that resource, it's always available, as much as we wanna use it."

Weather and time permitting, Intaction takes the vehicle to city hotspots including Union Square and Columbus Circle. Occasionally, they'll travel to out of state places including New Jersey and D.C. Once they arrive at a location, they park and begin face-to-face outreach with curious onlookers.

"There's no way any reasonable person can ignore it," Anthony says of the truck, which he estimates to cost Intaction $5,000 annually in operating costs-sans enhancements. Most of the group's budget and donations goes to its upkeep.

"It's had a big impact already," Losquadro adds. He says most passerby react positively to the truck and are eager to learn more.
Last year, the truck made appearances at Pope Francis' Central Park motorcade, New York Comic Con and the Brooklyn Baby Fest.
Which is all fine and dandy. But what about the benefits associated with circumcision?

After all advocacy groups extoll the practice as being cleaner, lowering a male's risk of getting urinary tract infections, penile cancer and even HIV. When you look at it that way, who wouldn't want to have their newborn infant strapped down before doctors force a probe in between his foreskin and glans, and violently crush and rip the foreskin away?
Case closed? Cut dicks are better for everyone? Not so fast.
Cleaner? Is the average American man that incompetent that he can't learn to clean his own foreskin?

The Canadian Pediatric Society, which examined the study showing lower UTI rates among circumcised males, turned down the procedure, concluding that "as the present information available concerning the risks of urinary tract infections and transmission of sexually transmitted diseases in relation to circumcision are not sufficiently compelling to justify a change in policy, the Committees maintain that no change should be made to the CPS recommendations concerning routine circumcision."

Doctors Opposing Circumcision, a group of medical experts condemning the practice, have also noted serious flaws in the UTI study, and question circumcision's benefits.
The American Cancer Society has essentially found the penile cancer claim to be, well, nonsense. Not to mention, no medical society on the planet recommends routine circumcision. Add this response to the AAP's 2012 statement that RIC's health benefits outweigh its risks, as well.

And, of course, the claim circumcision reduces a man's risk of getting HIV. The National Center For Biotechnology Information found the African trials showing a 60% HIV risk reduction in circumcised men problematic at best. America-which has among the highest rate of circumcised men in first world countries, also has the most HIV cases of advanced nations-significantly higher than Europe, which seldom performs the practice.

And couldn't these issues apply to women as well? Women receive far more UTI's, are at risk for vaginal cancer and conditions including vaginitis, vaginal thrush and bacterial vaginosis. And there exists ways to treat those conditions without circumcision (women do have a foreskin-the clitoral hood)-in the same way parents can treat male foreskin issues without circumcision.

Cultural reasons abound, too. Namely the idea that boys need to look like their fathers down there (When company comes over, does Jimmy's dad go, "My son is a chip off the old block! Jimmy, come over here, pull down your pants and show that cut penis?").

So, why the insistence on cutting for these complications, setting aside the possible money angle?

Losquadro blames media manipulation. "They're good headline readers," he says of pro-cutting doctors. "They love to read headlines, but they never really go further in-depth as to what's being reported in the media. And what the media reports is press releases from various groups that may or may not have an agenda."

This leads to a cognitive dissonance of sorts, Losquadro says: "They're taking all this information and mishmoshing in their minds and they're coming to these conclusions that foreskin makes you more likely to have STI's or infections-all these things. And they're really not digging in to where this information is coming from. If they're citing studies, who's doing the studies? How credible are they? What conflicts of interest are in their studies? They don't go into all that stuff."

"All these (health) claims, they're just claims to maintain the status quo-which is promoting genital cutting."

Though some consider intactivists a nutty fringe group, Losquadro sees those comparisons as just  people processing unconventional information.
"That's just a knee-jerk reaction to an uncomfortable situation," he says. "We hear that quite a bit. If somebody doesn't wanna deal with the issue, they say, 'Why don't you do something more important? Like world hunger or whatever?”

"That's just their knee-jerk reaction to an issue they never thought of before. And the realization they do have to devote some attention to the issue. It is an injustice, and they never thought of it before."
He isn't alone in that view.

 "I couldn't admire him more," said Georgeanne Chapin, Intact America's founding executive director who met Anthony during the Boston hearings, concerning his work. "He's absolutely fantastic."

While circumcision remains a hot topic, Anthony wants people to know he's not worried if you think  he's right or not, but about men yet to be born.

"We need to talk to future parents so their kids don't come back to them, 10 years from now, 20 years from now, 30 years from now and say, 'What the hell were you thinking?' So we don't like to think of telling people what to do. But we are telling people maybe they should think about it a little bit more."

For more information on Intaction and their upcoming actions, visit their Facebook page and website.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Gay Marriage Is A Go!

It was mostly quiet in New York around 11:00 pm July 24th, save for the raucous crowd at Stonewall.
No reports of overturned, burning cars came in. The NYPD and governmental districts were still running as of the late hour. Martial law wasn't declared to keep citizens under control.
Anarchy sure doesn't sound as dangerous as former NY Giant David Tyree made it out to be.
It wasn't until daybreak when local stations started their rounds that everything fully sunk in. Equality just opened its doors to a populace it had long shut out.
As of now, all members of the NY LBGTQ community can walk down church aisles to eternal bonds with one another.
July 25th marked the start of a new New York. One that felt right. With the Marriage Equality Bill in the record books, the 42nd NYC Pride March became a guaranteed walk along the same historical path as celebrations following the 1954 Brown v Board of Ed ruling.
The significance wasn't lost on those stamping along Sunday's route, specifically for Desean Irby, 20.
"It's the same weekend of them passing the bill for us to legally get married in New York State", Irby remarked shortly before the celebration began.
"It's the most unifying experience I've ever had being at any Pride parade ever in my life."
"It's one of the best. I feel as though that this parade right here is gonna set the tone for everything we represent as LBGT."
Indeed, the parade was festered with an above-average (what else?) pride. As I stood aboard the float for The Door, a youth haven for LBGTQ youth, during the trek to Christopher Street, the average moments you'd come to expect were evident.
But among the cross-dressers, rainbow Storm-troopers and topless lesbians asserting their rights, there were signs from couples professing their plans to marry. People stood wearing tuxedos and wedding dresses. One community member even held a sign saying, "Some Pussies Marry Pussies." These lovers had a warmth-turned-flaming passion, birthed by Andrew Cuomo just 48 hours before.

Of course, the religious right made guest appearances along the route. One man held a sign asking if there were any same-sexers at the Last Supper.
In a sign of the times though, a Catholic Church near the parade's end expressed support for Pride, showing that even the devout can change their stance on the issue.
According to Health Day News, kids raised by LBGTQ parents are psychologically healthier, do better at school and have smaller incidences of social problems than their peers. Turns out that for all the talk about their inability to make babies, homosexual couples sure know how to raise them better than straight parents.
Maybe we can learn something from them.
Adding marriage to that equation will serve benefits for both parties, should something happen to mommy and mommy. Or daddy and daddy.
As for that football player, Sarah Mickler, Supervisor of Runaway Youth and Homeless Youth Services at The Door, wasn't worrying about any Fascist state uprisings.
"Well, it's passed, and so far there hasn't been any anarchy. There's just been a lot of fun and celebration. So I think we're okay."

Thursday, August 25, 2011

LIC Development: No Love

Long Island City has seen much development since the 2000s.
The westernmost Queens neighborhood went from bring an industrial blight only recognizable by the Pepsi Coke sign to "Manhattan East" in a nanosecond.
Most of the gray areas gave way to high rises, the Citibank skyscraper and Court Square.
With yuppies from all over making LIC their home, the few places that corporate shills have yet to touch are dying out.
5 Pointz: The Institute For Higher Burnin' stands along with P.S.1 and the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum as a bastion of organic life across the East River. With worldwide popularity, it baffles the mind why the city hasn't taken extra measures to protect this landmark.
Or why owner Jerry Wolkoff is letting the gentrification monster eat his warehouses as the dessert after making its surroundings the main course.
In March, Wolkoff angered many Queens residents, hip-hoppers and bombers when he announced plans to destroy the graffiti mecca and replace it with more high rises. While the warehouses still stand, so do Wolkoff's plans to get rid of them. His comments in the April edition of the Village Voice blog prove how out of touch he really is with what the people want.
When asked how LIC has responded to the news, Wolkoff claimed that "the people in the neighborhood love that they're taking it down. Not everybody loves that type of art." Try telling that to the thousands who created an online petition called "Show Your Love To 5 Pointz" to voice their discontent, along with the "Save 5 Pointz" Facebook page.
Matter of fact, say that directly to Meres 1, the guy who decides which artists can tag on the 200,000 sq ft wonder. Unlike Wolkoff, who stays in Deep Long Island, Meres is actually at the site every day. Its been that way practically since 2002, when he first came on as the site's manager.
Wolkoff says that only 15-20 people come to 5 Pointz on a daily basis.
Meres 1 sees it a little bit differently.
"I would say a couple hundred people a day," he remarked while sitting in his green van behind the warehouses.
The most idiotic retort Wolkoff gave to those who want 5 Pointz to stay open is that it has no redeeming value whatsoever. An outdoor public graffiti museum, the only one of its kind in New York City, is worthless?
Once again, the incomparable Meres sets the real story.
"5 Pointz brings a lot of tourists. It opens a lot of people's eyes to the art form who may not, you know, be aware of the art itself, the way it's done and even what it says or means," the curator said. "It allows people to kinda enter our world and firsthand see it and understand it better."
Reflecting its universal appeal, people of every ethnicity and origin can be seen tagging their signs along the yellow and red infrastructure.
It's pretty normal to hear dialects like Bengali and Swahili mingling among themselves with no conflict.
Sometimes, English won't be found unless you search for it.
Poland native and B-Boy Zajcew may not know much about the King's language, but he knew enough to tell Wolkoff what he needs to hear.
"For me, it's like, big shit. You know, cause this place is like a huge gallery for all the people from all over the world. That was my first place in New York," the newcomer shared.
"When I come (came) to New York two weeks ago, my friends took me here and told me (the) whole story about this place. So I think, fuck this guy who wants to close this place. "
Zajcew says he's already signed the petition to save 5 Pointz and plans on telling his friends about it when he returns to Poland, proving word about the development is stretching far beyond New York boundaries.
When you get down to it, Wolkoff is just another Bloomberg in disguise. He'll tell you he knows what's going on with his properties, yet he's there as often as a deadbeat dad who comes around here and there to pretend he actually cares about his sperms. Nobody truly knows how much longer 5 Pointz has until the bulldozers make it into another long gone NYC memory. Meres 1 just wants to make it as enjoyable as he can in the meantime.
"For now, what we're concentrating on is this year and hopefully next year. It's undetermined if we'll be here longer than that. So the time we definitely have, we wanna concentrate on making the best time, and just pretty much go day-to-day. Not so much get overwhelmed with what might be."
Note to City: If this place closes down, expect the second subway graffiti era. We'll bring our cameras.

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The World's Oldest Profession: College Edition?

Times nowadays are rough, especially if you're a college student here in New York. CUNY just approved a 2% tuition increase for the Fall 2011 semester, tacking on to the 5% increase added last semester.
Sister institution SUNY is closely following suit, with a $300 raise in tuition for in-state students through the 2015-2016 years. Out of state students will have to cough up an additional $640 to room and board in the Empire State.
Of course, where there's struggling students, there's people willing to lend them a financial hand.
The gamut runs from credit card issuers hunting for fresh prey on campus to commission jobs such as Vector promising $17/hour workrates and $1,000 paychecks.
One website, however, is cashing in on these downtrodden pupils in unique fashion, offering them bundles of that green stuff by way of a sugar daddy or mama.
Launched in 2005, seeks to hook up students-or sugar babies, as they're called-with wealthy benefactors in "mutually-beneficial" romantic relationships.
The NYC Metro newspaper profiled the site in their August 3rd edition, bringing it back into the spotlight.
At CCNY, one of CUNY's 23 senior colleges, opinions were split on whether the site can truly help students or if it's a form of modern-day prostitution, as detractors have alleged.
Felix Alglo, 21, believes that Seeking Arrangement romanticizes the world's oldest profession.
"It's just a different way of talking about prostitution," the Kew Gardens native and CCNY junior argued.
"You're doing something to get, you know, sexual intercourse in exchange? Instead of paying money, you're just, you're giving something up?"
Visiting SUNY Delhi sophmore Marcus Tyler, 18, split his views down the middle 50/50, arguing for and against deeming it the harlot's trade.
"Would you call this modern-prostitution? I'm coming up blank, to be honest," the Bronx native said. "I mean, if it helps them with their college and to better their life for the future, no. But if the sugar daddy or sugar mommy wants to have sexual relations with them because they're supplying the student with loans and whatever, then yeah."
While site owner Brandon Wade did not return The Hannington Works's e-mails, the website's blog features plenty of users praising the benefits of dating fellow "sugars."
One commentator, named Realdeal8888, wrote, "The most fantastic thing about a sugar 'relationship' is the freedom! And by that I mean freedom from the games of normal relationships, the freedom to just be yourself."
No June Cleaver SB notes, "There will always be bad stories to share and horrid penis pics to deal with, but with patience and learning/applying some tried and true methods, sugar dating can be the most beautiful thing and enhance lives in such a way that is truly incomprehensible to those in the traditional dating world."
For those who argue that people in sugar relationships are degrading themselves, it should be noted that the site also promotes values found in regular ones.
One of Brandon Wade's Top 5 Rules For Sugar Babies includes being honest with your sugar, since "the best sugar daddy and sugar baby relationships form out of brutal honesty."
Wade even advises that sugar babies refrain from emotional attachment to their sugar moms and dads if the sugar parents aren't willing to put in the same effort.
There's also the underlying issue of non-acceptance by those who know little about sugars and their bonds.
If two consenting adults (you have to be at least 18 to register) agree to come together in a relationship, with one party showering the younger one with gifts and the older one getting a short or long-term partner, who are we to say what they're doing is wrong?
The arguments are compelling on both sides. You can say that this is sexual degradation, attuned for the 21st Century.
In the same vein, these relationships can include actual romantic and emotional connections. Maybe the students who use this as a final resort could work harder for loans or scholarships, but maybe the students who actually want to do this could do so without judgement.
But with coverage from Playboy to The New York Times, one thing is clear. Seeking Arrangement isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Gaming Kills

Warcraft enthusiasts, be warned.

A young man from the UK died this past May shortly after putting in a 12-hour Halo session.
Christopher Staniforth was known for playing video games well into the night and beyond. Upon completing what was to be his last time mashing an X-Box comptroller, Stainforth complained of chest pains.
The next morning, he collapsed on the spot and never recovered.
Stainforth suffered a fatal blood clot that rose from a leg vein into his lungs. This is referred to as a pulmonary embolism, when a main artery in the lungs gets blocked. The usual culprit behind this condition is DVT, or "Deep Vein Thrombosis."
DVT is more likely in people who sit for extended periods of time without moving around, sustain trauma to their blood vessels through leg damage and have pre-existing medical conditions such as pregnancy.
Staniforth remained seated every time he played video games, with no breaks in between.
Well, what can we take away from this? Other than you might need another hobby if your half-day gaming sessions are taking up half your life?
Get some exercise here and there. You don't have to rent a Billy Blanks Taebo video, but at least take a 30-minute walk a few days per week. Or buy those Shakeweight dildos that are so popular with desperate women nowadays.
And by the way, Staniforth's dad has started a website aimed at teaching young people the dangers of not taking breaks while plugged in. You can also find out more about DVT there. Just go to

They Don't Get No Respect

According to MTA.Info, 5,156,913 New Yorkers used the New York City Subway during every average weekday in 2010. Considering that The Big Apple has a population totaling 8,175,133, this means our subway system serves over half the city's population on any given Monday.

Taking the train to work, school or to meet with friends is arguably the best way to get around.
It saves money, cuts traffic on our clogged transportation arteries and reduces our carbon footprints, helping the environment.
Most New Yorkers will cite subways as their main public transport medium. Which makes the most sense when you think about it.
The majestic silver snakes that rumble beneath our feet can transport higher capacities of people at faster rates.
And those cool mosaics and repetitive, synchronized dancers with red pants make the trip even more worthwhile.
Stuck in the loop of 24/7 subways, inter-state rails and planes, however, are what I like to call "The Unsung Road Warriors." What are these asphalt-tearing, street sign-quaking behemoths I speak of?
We can go on and on about how useless they are in comparison to our speeding locomotives, but truth be told, we need buses more than we realize.
Consider the size of a NYC Boro. Since I'm a biased jerk, I'm gonna choose Queens. Now for those who routinely skipped NYC History 101, Queens is geographically the largest boro in the city. Stretching 178.28 square miles, Queens County handily beats out Kings County-the most populated boro-in sheer girth. Brooklyn comes in at 96.90 square miles.
Shortly after the 1940s the subway system stopped expanding before it could reach all of Queens. This would place farther neighborhoods such as Bayside, Hollis, Whitestone and Cambria Heights at a great disadvantage.
To compensate for forgetting how big Queens really is (and the city cutting their budget), the MTA has placed numerous bus routes at station terminals in the boro's eastern section.
The 179th Street Station on the IND Queens Boulevard Line has 16 bus lines outside, ready to take passengers to 200th Street and beyond. Herein exposes one of the greatest weaknesses in any subway or rail system.
Simple logic will dictate that there are more roads in the world than train tracks. As a result, buses can go to places trains simply can't.
Imagine how much harder those 179ers who live next to the Nassau County border would have it if there were no buses waiting once the F train went out of service.
While these areas do have the Long Island Railroad at their disposal, the LIRR is already more expensive than the subway, especially during peak hours. Since the trains are more spaced out, that also means longer waiting times on average. Not much help there.
Moving on, anyone remember that awesomely cool blackout? The one that happened eight years ago this month? It knocked out power across the Eastern Board and gave cabbies their biggest payday in years.
Ironically I was on a bus at the exact moment the blackout happened. Traffic lights were ko'ed and you could forget about the trains. Unlike a vehicle's battery, those pesky third rails need the city's juice to keep the underground running.
My bus never lost power during that shutdown. Neither did the other buses I saw, crammed with people who probably took them for granted before, but were crawling to them like newborn sea turtles trying to reach the water.
Even though the subway was useless during the blackout, the buses were there to pick up the slack and take people home. Yet once the power came back on, those people pushed them aside and rode the 1 to work, forgetting about the wheeled monsters that saved them hours before.
How about when construction necessitates that certain subway line sections be shut down for a weekend? The M train's trackwork schedules have shuttered service between Myrtle Ave-Broadway and Middle Village-Metropolitan Avenue a few times this year.
Who you gonna call? The shuttle buses that ensured regular M riders still made it home to Central Queens.
Buses do so much for us and expect nothing in return. They complement subway terminals and operate in situations where trains don't. You can count on them during blackouts and subway disruptions.
They're like the designated driver in your group of buddies on a Saturday night bar binge. While everyone else is egging you to chug another whiskey shot, he's sitting in the corner, minding his business. But when it's time to go and you're confident you can still drive in a straight line, that's when he takes the keys, puts you in the back seat and drops you off at home.
They don't have the computerized voices of an R-160 or the speed of a Boeing 747, but buses are dang sure reliable when nothing else is.
Remember that the next time you feel like hating on em.

Monday, May 23, 2011

He Who Does Not Judge, Does Not Exist


Everyone in the history of forever has judged someone or something at least once in their lives. No matter what people may say, we've all laid down our subjective opinions on another's character.
To illustrate this point, imagine turning on the news one night. The main headline is about a man who has just been apprehended and charged with raping and murdering a 10-year old girl.
Your views on him will likely land in the ballpark of "He's an evil, heinous man who should get the death sentence!" "He should rot in Hell!"
Look at the words you just used to describe this man, whom you've probably never even met before.
Not your regular nice words, are they? You just judged a person, a thought that may escape your mind the next time you say, "I don't judge anyone."
Not only do we judge people for having done certain things, but we judge them before they've even done or said anything.
What did you think about the homeless woman who stunk up your train car on the ride home? "She's filthy?" "What a disgusting woman?" "She doesn't have a man?" "Betcha she's retarded?"
How do you even know the last two conclusions are true? Is it impossible for a woman who's never heard the word "shower" to hook up with a man who's never heard of it either? And for all you know, she may be a Princeton graduate who's fallen on rough times. Though I sincerely doubt any mentally-challenged people have ever graduated from Princeton.
Skim over my last sentence there. I just passed judgement on the mentally-ill. I might just be wrong about my assessment, and perhaps there are some challenged Princeton grads walking the earth.
Indeed, I've judged people many times before.
I judge people today. I'll continue to judge without realizing it. I used to think gay people were freaks. I recently stereotyped a guy with his pants down exposing his boxers as I walked to a nearby deli for lunch. I'm probably going to judge more people in the future.
I'm not perfect. Neither are you.
But I've tried to withold judgements. The May 10th edition of the NYC Metro newspaper featured an op-ed column from a new mother who admitted she smokes weed to deal with raising her baby. Just the title alone was enough to send my judgment flag wild: "Smoking Pot Makes Me A Better Mother."
I instantly thought that this woman was gonna end up selling her baby on the black market to pay for Cheetos in bulk to satisfy her munchies.
However, as I read the piece, I began reminding myself that it wasn't good to judge this woman, exactly what I was doing. Just because I may not smoke weed to deal with your kids doesn't mean I should totally bring this woman down for doing so. I'll admit that part of me still has some reservations about her parenting skills, but at least I'm trying to have an open mind.
So the moral of the story is that we're all guilty of judgement. We do it every single day. The media constantly does it, in the form of scandalous headlines, music and movie reviews and energetic sports columns. I'm not telling you to stop judging completely; doing so would be virtually impossible. Just try not to go overboard or get hypocritical with it (not calling female hoes "hoes" while calling male hoes "players" would be a nice start).