Scripturient: Does poetry make things happen in 2018?

I was thinking about how little poets seem to matter to modern political administrations. Maybe to modern society as a whole. Their light has, it seems, been waning for several decades as our collective attention shifts. I was thinking about what an odd, awkward fit it would be for a poet to be invited to ...

Dead Wild Roses: The Notion of “Gender Identity” is Antithetical to Feminist Analysis – Megan Murphy

   Meghan Murphy is one of Canada’s leading Feminists.  This quote is from her article – “Thanks to trans activism, 2017 saw a return to old-school, sexist dismissals of women and women’s rights.”  Definitely worth your time to go and peruse the entire article.  What I would like to focus on is how well this ...

A Puff of Absurdity: Monbiot’s Out of the Wreckage

The book cover says the book “provides the hope and clarity required to change the world.” Well, he certainly tries. He’s got a plan of action that’s possible, but I didn’t get the requisite hope necessary to be spurred to action. It’s a bit of an overview of many ideas from different places, many of ...

Dead Wild Roses: How I Teach Men Not To Talk Over Me – Asserting Your Humanity as Female

How I Teach Men Not To Talk Over Me: from one feminist to another, when basic respect is lagging and conversations are impossible I’ve done this to several men, and they catch on rather quickly. You’ll be able to have a conversation right then and there, and it works long term too – they might’ve ...

A Puff of Absurdity: On Shame, Honour, and Vulnerability

I was forwarded this 47 minute podcast with Brené Brown on 1A, and some of the ideas she has are remarkably similar to Timothy Snyder’s views in On Tyranny (e.g. connect with others in real life, speak truth to bullshit), so I bought her newest book, Braving the Wilderness. I was sorrily disappointed. She has done a ...

Canadian Dimension: The Last Jedi is centrist slop masquerading as radical sci-fi

Image by Disney This article contains spoilers. The Last Jedi, the eighth episode of the legendary Star Wars series, has been out for less than 10 days but already boasts well over $650 million in revenue from the box office. Predictably, it’s also triggered a near-literal landslide of hot takes about the movie’s characters and ...

Dead Wild Roses: In Excelsis Deo – The West Wing

I post this video every year, and every year it manages to evoke a slightly different reaction in me. This time it was the dialogue between the President (oh to have a president like Jed Bartlet) and Toby. Bartlet: If we start pulling strings like this you don’t think every homeless veteran is going to ...

Dead Wild Roses: Transactivists Merrily Erasing Female History – Remembering Canada’s Montreal Massacre

A little dark and shameful bit of Canada’s history – (from wikipedia)      “The École Polytechnique massacre, also known as the Montreal massacre, was a mass shooting at the École Polytechnique in Montreal, Quebec, Canada that occurred on December 6, 1989. Twenty-five-year-old Marc Lépine, armed with a rifle and a hunting knife, shot 28 people, ...

Dead Wild Roses: Way to Go Legolas

We try to replicate what we see in our society and media. We as a society need to stop portraying women in media as mere eye candy for the male-gaze. Of course, if you happen to be Legolas, the rules do not apply. 🙂 http://neuralwave.tumblr.com/post/168278775794/sleepyysalamiri-lotrlockedwhovian Filed under: Culture, Feminism Tagged: F*cking Legolas, Male Gaze, Media

Scripturient: Shin Godzilla: the reboot

I’m almost embarrassed to admit that, of all the Godzilla films I’ve watched, I can recall the exact details of few. I cannot remember, just by looking at the title, which monsters were battling which. I need to look at the slipcase cover to see a picture to remind me which foe Godzilla was battling ...

Scripturient: War for the Planet of the Apes considered

Pierre Boulle never imagined War for the Planet of the Apes, the latest film in the remade franchise. In fact, it would be fair to say the author of the original book never imagined any of the series, from the first in 1968 to the latest, released in 2017. They were far, far from what ...

Scripturient: Gojira, the original kaiju

At the end of most Godzilla films, the audience is led to believe the giant reptile has finally been killed off. Blown up, defeated by another monster, killed by technology, sunk to the bottom of the ocean or suffered some similar fate. And yet there he*** is, hale and hearty in the next film, rampaging ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Rick Salutin writes that Ontario’s provincial election shows that nobody is prepared to defend neoliberal ideas on their merits – which should provide an opening to start challenging them in practice. And Alice Ollstein examines how Donald Trump’s corporate giveaway looks like an unmitigated economic disaster in the ...

Dead Wild Roses: Autonomous Vehicles

      The dour feminist in me would like to point out that women are still struggling toward full autonomy in society after some 2000 years of ‘civilization’ ( :/ ), but the hot topic of self driving vehicles has crossed my desk and merits a comment or two with regards to society. A healthy ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Quote of the Day – Howard Zinn

   Howard Zinn was an active and vocal opponent of the Vietnam War.  He brings insight, like Noam Chomsky, to the issues that our liberal societies won’t acknowledge.   The diffusion of Personal responsibility – and no, not the ‘personal responsibility’ (bootstraps!?!!!!) wielded by the corporatist right to bludgeon the poor, but actual personal responsibility is ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Feminist Quote of the Day – Mary Lou Singleton – Sex is Biological Reality.

https://thewitchofwentworth.tumblr.com/post/129713198478/leading-midwifes-deleted-comment-displays-trans Filed under: Culture, Feminism, Gender Issues, Radical Feminism Tagged: Mary Lou Singleton, The DWR Feminist Quote of the Day

Scripturient: Guillermo, monsters and me

Tucked away at the bottom of a tall display case in the ‘At Home With Monsters’ exhibit at the AGO is a small collection of seven old, well-thumbed books, all by the 19th century French naturalist and entomologist, Jean-Henri Fabre. At the very bottom of the pile, its title almost hidden in the shadows, is ...

Dead Wild Roses: Throne of Lies – The Anti Abortion Talking Points.

https://i-was-a-naive-prolifer.tumblr.com/post/114805709961/is-there-any-anti-abortion-talking-point-that Filed under: Culture, Feminism Tagged: Abortion, pro life mendacity

Dead Wild Roses: Mansplaining – Watching Others Have My Problems.

I knew as soon as I saw this on my facebook feed, that a great tide was coming. The tide of ignorant entitled men who would disparage the very notion of mansplaining and try to make the conversation about them and their very important needs and problems. The great tide of mansplination has crashed and ...

Dead Wild Roses: Optimistic Nihilism?

Best option out of the ones offered?  Maybe. Filed under: Culture Tagged: Optimistic Nihilism

Dead Wild Roses: When A Voice Tells You You’ll Never Be Enough – Mattea Kramer

   Welcome to the particular mental hell that many women inhabit.  In an insightful article on Tom’s Dispatch by Mattea Kramer we see how the negativity toward women in society internalizes itself and become women’s own inner self-critical voice.   “Girls observe and absorb such double standards, as well as the criticism they receive for ...

Canadian Dimension: ​The Vietnam War, Episodes 9 and 10

As we cross the finish line of The Vietnam War marathon, I want to offer some thoughts about the documentary as a whole. First, despite all the Vietnamese voices it includes, this is a remarkably American film. The soundtrack, for example, is loaded with dozens of familiar and well-amplified 1960s rock songs while the music ...

Dead Wild Roses: Understanding Life as Female…

http://femsev.tumblr.com/post/166158545323/ithelpstodream-anti-capitalistlesbianwitch Filed under: Culture, Feminism Tagged: Feminism, The Female Experience

Scripturient: Kong and his films

Kong: Skull Island is the 19th movie in my collection about apes.* Or at least ape-ish creatures (not including those about cave people or yetis). We watched the recently-released Kong: Skull Island this past weekend, even devouring all of the special features on the second disc. I give Kong: Skull Island second place in the great ...

Dead Wild Roses: The Experiences of Females and Males in Society are Markedly Different

Posts like these are periodic reminder to my male readership that the way society treats you, and the way you expect to be treated isn’t the gold standard.  If you happen to be a double XX’er then, mysteriously (not so mysteriously if you happen to be a radical feminist) the rules and expectations that apply ...