The atheist round table is very nearly ready to go. Unfortunately hapax's computer has died on her, so we can't set a definite date until we know when the manufacturer will be sending a new one, but it's in the works. So if it's delayed a bit, don't worry, it's nothing political, just computers going phut.
We're just waiting for a few final confirmations. Would all contributors please check their e-mails in case we've sent you a question?
Twilight Themes: Unconditional Love
(Content Note: Cheating in Relationships, Imprinting on Children)
As many of you are no doubt aware, the tabloids exploded this week over the news that Robert Pattinson (the actor who plays Edward Cullen in Twilight) left his shared home with Kristen Stewart (the actress who plays Bella in Twilight) after a "cheating scandal".
Deconstruction: Consent 101
(Content Note: Rape, Love Spells, Non-Consensual Drugging, 'Humorous' Swearing (YMMV) )
Every so often, I forget that what seems perfectly obvious to me is not perfectly obvious to everyone else on the planet. So here are my feelings about consent. These feelings seems like pretty basic Feminism 101 to me, but here they are anyway.
It's strange to watch something like this -- something that plays the Tarzan story straight -- and then watch George of the Jungle, which is far more comedic and yet manages to be more serious. Same Disney label, two years prior, and with a heroine that talks in a baby-talk cadence most of the movie... and yet it ended up being more friendly to women and people of color than this movie.
A short collection of links about Sexism at Hacker Conferences.
And some excerpts from Niel Gaiman's interview of Terry Pratchett.
I've also set a time, date (October 13), and location for the North Dallas Gathering, which is open to anyone who wants to attend.
Twilight: A Healthy Dose Of Fear
(Content Note: Abusive Relationships, Rape, Examples of Misogynist/Ableist/Harmful Language)
Edward has issues with anger and ableism and trust and intimacy and everything else with Bella because, fundamentally, he does not respect Bella. He claims to love her, and the narrative says I'm supposed to believe him, but he doesn't respect her even a bit.
Deconstruction: Can't, Shouldn't, Won't
(Content Note: Surgery, Disabilities, Food Intolerances, Fat Shaming, Diet Industries, Rape)
The more I think on it, the more I feel like the American myth of Individualism and Freedom and Capitalism and Choice only really applies to heterosexual cowboys who choose to eat danger, shit bullets, and ride off into pretty sunsets on pretty horses with prettier women clutching prettily at them. But it's important to remember that if there's only one choice, if this "choice" is the only valid one for us to make, then we don't value Choice at all.
In case you missed this
In a historic vote, the United Church of Canada has elected its first openly gay moderator.
After six ballots and nearly eight hours of voting at the church’s 41st general council in Ottawa Thursday, Rev. Gary Paterson emerged from a record field of 15 candidates to win the top job at Canada’s largest Protestant church. He is thought to be the first openly gay person to head any mainstream Christian denomination. [Vancouver reverend elected United Church of Canada's first openly gay moderator, August 16 2012]
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