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The most offensive things about Matt Smith's column 

Wednesday, Apr 29 2009

Members of San Francisco's sex-positive communities are outraged over last week's Matt Smith column, in which he documented how received, then lost, government training funds. What are the most offensive things about that column?

• It used sarcasm, which is totally not fair when it's aimed at liberal stuff.

• He quoted a crazy person, and then didn't quote another crazy person for balance.

• It used the word "torture" to describe the deliberate and repeated infliction of pain.

• It actually caused something to change, thus making the Guardian look bad.

• It wasn't "empowering," whatever that means.

• It didn't take into account what incredibly thin skins San Franciscans have.

• Smith's hang-ups aren't our hang-ups. Therefore he's bad.

• It quoted law professors instead of strippers paying their way through law school.

• The column appeared in SF Weekly.

• Nothing, really, but God, do people in this town love to play the victim. Somebody should devote a Web site to that.

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