Bicycle Belle Ding Ding,
What is the front rack on your bike? I'm looking for one to put on my 
commuter.
Doug

On Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 1:29:26 PM UTC-5, Bicycle Belle Ding 
Ding! wrote:
>
> Compliments are certainly not outside the expectations for this forum; we 
> give and get them in one way or another all the time on the list. I like 
> your style, great idea, awesome cap, cute dog, stylin' outfit, whatever. In 
> fact, there’s a whole (predominantly women’s) movement out there that 
> thrives on appreciation of fashion and function for biking - it’s known as 
> bicycle chic, in fact, I relate to that over the bike packing, 
> century-conquering sets. And while I do have a keen mind, some mad talent 
> in the kitchen, and a witty sense of humor, the day no one thinks I’m cute 
> is going to be a sad day for me indeed. 
>
> We’re not at work; we’re among friends in an affinity group. We can pay 
> each other compliments. Let’s assume the best about one another; no one on 
> this forum means anyone else any harm. Saying someone looks cute or fit or 
> good is just fine. If you comment that my a$$ looks good in those shorts 
> -I’d agree with you- but we’d have an issue, you and me, because that’s 
> sexual. 
>
> Now my dog, on the other hand…well, when he found out about this he really 
> wanted to give Doug a chance to email HIM an apology. My American Eskimo 
> dog does not identify as “cute.” And he is outraged that anyone would label 
> him so.  
>
> I respect your right not to ever receive a compliment. Even if your hair 
> is really GQ that day, I promise I shall refrain. But let’s not shame 
> well-meaning folks from paying harmless compliments. The culture in which 
> we find ourselves is ridiculously offend-able and reactive and thin-skinned 
> and ridiculous. Let’s refuse to participate.
>
> On Feb 14, 2018, at 10:00 AM, Sean Kline <sean...@alumni.lse.ac.uk 
> <javascript:>> wrote:
>
> I'm glad to hear that. Your voice is your own. 
>
> I wasn't seeking to speak for you at all, but flagging a comment that felt 
> outside my expectations of this forum. If others feels commenting on 
> member's appearance in that way is cool and 'just kidding' around, then 
> fine. I don't in the same way I don't expect a comment like that at work.
>
> On Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 9:07 AM, Bicycle Belle Ding Ding! <
> jonasa...@gmail.com <javascript:>> wrote:
>
>> Sean, I fail to see anything sexual in Doug's comment. I see a 
>> compliment. Please don't speak for me.
>>
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