Dead Wild Roses: Responses to Street Harassment – Informal, yet still Infuriating Poll

I know which minor superpower I’d like to have, I’d like the ability to switch minds of other people, or increase the amount of empathy others feel toward each other.  So much of the problem (other than the dudely shit-stains that actually harass women) is that people just can’t relate or believe women when they ...

Dead Wild Roses: The REAL Victims of Inequality

The sports term for idiocy like this is ‘own goal’. Well done dudes. Filed under: Culture Tagged: Feminism, Society, Whiny Dudes

Dead Wild Roses: On Whitewashing

https://grumpyoldnurse.tumblr.com/post/160319315527/butterflyinthewell-winneganfake Filed under: Culture Tagged: metaphor, Racism, whitewashing

centre of the universe: Acting Your Age

Here’s the thing. We live in a society that values youth over experience, wisdom, ability and knowledge. I’m not sure why we do that, but children are more valuable to us than non-children, which also translates into vilifying people who opt not to breed. There’s a whole bunch going on in this statement, and I…

Canadian Dimension: Walking Dead abandons progressive potential of horror

Image by AMC Networks Inc. The Walking Dead, the surprise hit for AMC when it premiered, has just concluded its seventh season. As a long-time horror fan, I was excited at the initial promise of TWD. A weekly national stage for a genre that has a tradition of progressive politics was an exciting prospect. Unfortunately ...

Dead Wild Roses: Space – Where No One Can Hear You Whinge…

But unfortunately, back here on earth the most oppressed class in Western society – white males – is trumpeting their dismay… nay! anguish! over the lack of white dudery on the upcoming CBS Star Trek Discovery series. Looks star trekkie enough for me. But of for others… One opines that, for fans of a relentlessly ...

Scripturient: As Elvis leaves the building, so do we all

No one gets out of here alive. We all die. And with us go into the dustbin the dreams, the values, the ideals, the culture we grew up with, we shared, we ensconced in our daily existence. And the clutter we accumulated during our lives. Elvis has left the building and, sooner or later, so ...

Dead Wild Roses: Actually, Let’s Not Be in the Moment – Ruth Whippman

The Neo-liberal programme is the very antithesis of class consciousness and solidarity.  The hyper individual focus of neo-liberal dogma forever places the systemic problems of society out of reach, while at the same time insisting that the Pyrrhic drive to better oneself (see self recrimination and loathing) is the only solution.      “This is a ...

Dead Wild Roses: The Measure of a Woman.

It would be nice to believe that we are past the era of patriarchal stereotypes.  Unfortunately, this is not that case.  PSA’s like these three pictures exist because even in the most advanced Western societies many people believe that the length of skirt a woman happens to be wearing determines her sexual availability and moral ...

Scripturient: Book collecting: snobbery or reading passion?

The book has always been a sign of status and refinement; a declaration of self-worth – even for those who hate to read. That’s the lead into a recent piece on Aeon Magazine about book collecting and collectors. It’s also about reading and the snobbery of readers. Fascinating piece. For me, anyway. Pretty much everything ...

Dead Wild Roses: Lundy Bancroft – On Abusive Men

“An abuser doesn’t change because he feels guilty or gets sober or finds God. He doesn’t change after seeing the fear in his children’s eyes or feeling them drift away from him. It doesn’t suddenly dawn on him that his partner deserves better treatment. Because of his self-focus, combined with the many rewards he gets ...

Susan on the Soapbox: When Old White Guys Discover Memes

Ms Soapbox recently received a series of memes from an old white guy justifying his support of Trump’s anti-Muslim, anti-immigration, anti-refugee, anti-everything policies. She’s been seething ever since. Not because of their content (bad) but because of their appalling lack of critical thinking and digital fluency (the ability to find and critically evaluate online information). ...

Dead Wild Roses: Noam Chomsky On Trump and American Politics

There is always hope. Filed under: Culture, Politics Tagged: American Politics, Hope, Noam Chomsky, Struggle

Canadian Dimension: The athletes’ revolt

Photo by Brook Ward By the time San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided to take a stand against oppression by taking a knee during the national anthem, it will have been clear to even the most casual sports fan that we are in the midst of an athletes’ revolt. Not since the 1960s have ...

Dead Wild Roses: Vancouver Women’s Library Vandalized – The Violent Trans/Queer Lobby in Action

I’m not sure when the definition of  progressive queer activism changed to mean defiling and destroying women’s spaces, but unsurprisingly, the violent men of Queer activism (terrorism) are at it again.   And quite honestly, they (GAG) can fuck the hell right off – violent patriarchal repression of women with a shiny coat of queer ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Cultural Replicant Fade #nlpoli

The people of Gambo held their first mummers’ parade the December before last. The Gander Beacon,  the weekly newspaper that covers events in Gambo, featured some pictures of the parade and a write-up on it.  The town’s recreation director organised the event and the handful of people who took part in the parade wound up ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Cultural Replicant Fade #nlpoli

The people of Gambo held their first mummers’ parade the December before last. The Gander Beacon,  the weekly newspaper that covers events in Gambo, featured some pictures of the parade and a write-up on it.  The town’s recreation director organised the event and the handful of people who took part in the parade wound up ...

Dead Wild Roses: Why Words Should Have Meanings…

Otherwise you get this: Filed under: Culture Tagged: Orwellian Happy Times, Po-Mo, Society

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Feminist Quote of the Day – On Patriarchy

“There absolutely is a shared experience universal to all women under patriarchy. No matter what culture or religion or location, we all grow up with the pervasive message that we were made for men. This starts at our birth and ends when we die, and this is the experience every woman has in common.” –yourfaveisilluminati ...

Scripturient: Auden, Trump and poetry

There’s a poem by W. H. Auden (1907-73) going the internet rounds these days with suggestions of Auden’s prescience towards the latest American president and contemporary politics. It’s a powerful piece, but the bad news for conspiracy theorists is that Auden was a poet, not a prophet. A good poet, even a great poet, mind ...

Dead Wild Roses: Howard Zinn – What You Need to Know for the Next 4 Years.

Don’t like it, change it. These are the tools to do it. Filed under: Culture, Politics Tagged: Change, Corporate Power, Dark Times, Howard Zinn, People

Dead Wild Roses: Oppressed White Men

Filed under: Culture Tagged: Humour, Sass

Dead Wild Roses: RBG Knows – You Cannot Become What You Cannot See

Krista Wujek Threefoot’s 8-year-old daughter Michele dressed up as Ruth Bader Ginsburg for superhero day at her school. True to RBG, Michele received a personal greeting days later. That folks, is how role modelling is done.   Filed under: Culture Tagged: Awesome in Action, Female Role Model, RBG

Dead Wild Roses: Excerpt – How feminists can challenge liberal bathroom politics – Robert Jensen

“Feminism recognizes that institutionalized male dominance is rooted in men’s control of women’s reproductive power (a source of other political struggles in Texas and beyond) and sexuality. In patriarchy, an enduring feature of the lives of girls and women is sexual violence — men’s unwanted intrusions into their lives. Women’s experiences vary, but none escapes ...

Scripturient: It’s Not a Wonderful Life

I’m convinced many Americans – Donald Trump among them – think Frank Capra’s famous film, It’s a Wonderful Life, was a documentary, not entertainment. It has all the elements of Trumpist utopia: a white, Christian, unquestionably patriotic, male-dominated, patriarchal culture where the bad guy gets away with stealing from others, and making himself rich at ...