Scripturient: No, Brian: Elvis isn’t in the CBSP

At the Nov. 28 Council meeting (seen here on Rogers TV), Deputy Mayor Brian Saunderson blathered on in cliché-rich, lawerly manner (starting 1:14:05) about how much the Elvis Festival means to his “Community-Based Strategic Plan” (1:16:18) – that committee-based wishlist which was neither strategic nor a plan. What does he mean when he claims that ...

Dead Wild Roses: On Female Erasure – Gender

I completely need this book. Filed under: Culture, Feminism Tagged: Female Erasure, Gender, Gender Roles, Radical Feminism, Society, The Scourage of Idenity Politics

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Christian Pop Culture Beyond Salavation

There was a time when religion commissioned great and wondrous art. Awe-inspiring cathedrals were built by the most grand and innovative architects. Beautiful music for masses were composed by the greatest musical minds in history. Religious paintings were created with skills and passion that have yet to be matched, even hundreds of years later. Art ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Feminist Quote of the Day – Hypersexualization and Porn Culture – Gail Dines

http://appropriately-inappropriate.tumblr.com/post/152749317685/nevertrustamanwho-hypersexualization-and-female Filed under: Culture, Feminism Tagged: Gail Dines, Porn, Radical Feminism, The DWR Feminist Quote of the Day

Dead Wild Roses: Naomi Wolf – The Beauty Myth

Filed under: Culture, Feminism Tagged: Feminism, Institutional Sexism, Naomi Wolf

Dead Wild Roses: A New Title for Black Friday – Lemmings Day!

Happy Lemmings Day! a.k.a Black Friday Should we besmirch this plucky rodent’s escutcheon by associating Lemmings as the embodiment of greed and feral-consumerism known to a good chunk of the western world as ‘Black Friday’?  It isn’t really fair (hey, just like capitalism) to play on the misunderstood ‘suicidal tendencies’ of the much maligned lemming.  ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Quote of the Day – Allan G. Johnson on Privilege

“The oppressive effect of privilege is often so insidious that dominant groups complain whenever it’s brought up for discussion. They feel impatient and imposed on. “Come on,” they say, “stop whining. Things aren’t that bad. Maybe they used to be, but not anymore. It’s time to move on. Get over it” But people who are ...

Dead Wild Roses: The Male Gaze and Female Armour – Star Wars and GoT

   It is nice to see that the revived Star Wars franchise is moving in the right direction with regards to the portrayal of women in movies.  Because most of the time we get this:    Titillating for the male gaze, but piss-poor at the actual function of armour. Filed under: Culture Tagged: Baby Steps, ...

Dead Wild Roses: The Wriggly Can of Worms – Professor Jordan Peterson, Free Speech, and the Regressive Left

There is a controversy in Canada going on with with regards to the issue of free speech, Bill C-16, and the refusal of a Professor at the U of T to use the alternate pronouns people choose for themselves.  This is the video that started it all (1h). Three viewing options depending on your time ...

centre of the universe: The Drama …Club

Did I ever tell you about my short-lived career as an actual “ad-man”? *wavy remembery lines* Way back in the once-upon-a-time, there was a drama club. And that drama club was trying to recruit new members. I went to a high school where there was a pretty clear divide between the band-drama kids and the…

Scripturient: The subtle art of Mark Manson

I have a healthy skepticism towards anything labelled a “self-help” book – especially those that aim at making your life happier or more fulfilled through some fad, superstition or pseudoscience. I am, as you know from this blog, cynical towards the unending volume of New Age woo hoo, fads and pseudoscience that pollutes bookstore shelves ...

Scripturient: Politically correct pronoun madness

Susan on the Soapbox: The Calgary Police Service: Allegations of Harassment and Intimidation

If you’ve ever wondered why women are reluctant to bring forward allegations of sexual harassment, look no further than the furor unleashed when 15 female police officers contacted city councillor and police commissioner Diane Colley-Urquhart to discuss sexual harassment and the culture of intimidation and retaliation they’d experienced at the Calgary Police Service. Ms Colley-Urquhart ...

Dead Wild Roses: Empathy Classes in School. The World Needs More of This

We start our lives as the whole of the universe. Reality is completely comprised of our perceptions and any “outside” object that is blocked from our senses puffs out of existence. Eventually, we learn object permanence, and we recognized that things outside us actually do exist on their own, but we are still the centre ...

Scripturient: Does anyone still read books?

I came across an early version of this infographic on Facebook and it shook me to my core. You can see it here. The updated and corrected infographic is shown to the right. It is only marginally less distressing than the earlier one. Unfortunately, the early one, although inaccurate and misleading, is still being shared. ...

Canadian Dimension: Clear the Way for the Prophets of Rage

When a friend first told me that members of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy, and Cypress Hill were joining forces to “Make America Rage Again” with a musical “super group” called the Prophets of Rage, I was suspect. Of course, I love these bands and their politically-charged music, but I was worried that reviving ...

Scripturient: Tough Times for Print Media

It’s not like the halcyon days when I first started writing for newspapers, back in late 1969. Today, print media is struggling to survive in a world dominated by digital media and mega-corps owners (although not so hard it can’t pay its CEOs and executives several million dollars while they slash real jobs).* Print media ...

Dead Wild Roses: Spiritual Strivings – W.E.B. Du Bois

The story from the other side, to feel what others feel and appreciate and understand what their experience is like is the first step in resolving the injustices that mar our history and continue to sicken our experiences as we move forward.   “I remember well when the shadow crept across me.   I was ...

Scripturient: Leonard Cohen deserves the Nobel Prize, too

News that songwriter Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for literature shook the literati worldwide. Here was a pop icon sitting in the august company of Alice Munro, Mario Vargas Llosa, Doris Lessing, Harold Pinter, V.S. Naipaul, Gabriel García Márquez, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Yasunari Kawabata, Ernest Hemingway, T.S. Eliot, Bernard Shaw, W. B. Yeats, Rudyard Kipling ...

Dead Wild Roses: U.N. Picks Powerful Feminist (Wonder Woman) for Visible Job (Mascot)

    Well, time for a different sort of cringe-worthy news item. The United Nations has made an Onion worthy press release. Unfortunately, this isn’t satire. “The United Nations just rejected seven female candidates vying to lead the global organization. Now, to promote women and girls, it is picking a cartoon character as its mascot: Wonder ...

Dead Wild Roses: Canada’s RCMP and Systemic Sexism – What Patriarchy Looks Like

This is the same RCMP that just got its ass sued for $100 million dollars because of its misogynistic treatment of women.  A quick snip from that story – “We hurt you. For that, I am truly sorry.” Those were the words from RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson to every woman who was ever harassed, belittled, ...

Scripturient: The bucket list, kicked

Nowadays the “bucket list” concept has become a wildly popular cultural meme, thanks to the movie of the same name. Subsequent marketing of the idea to millennials has proven a successful means to derive them of their income, with which they seem eager to part. I don’t like the concept. The list, I mean, not ...

Scripturient: Hypergraphia

An article in the September, 2016, issue of Doctor’s Review looks at the curious, compelling affliction called hypergraphia: the obsessive need to write. I never knew before this that there was an actual illness of this sort. As someone who is often driven by a deep compulsion to write, I am both curious and a little afraid ...

Dead Wild Roses: Get Used to It!

Sometimes there are things you shouldn’t get used too… http://socialuprooting.tumblr.com/post/15149510298 Filed under: Culture Tagged: Get used to it!, Learning, Matriarchy

Dead Wild Roses: Story Time: Affirming the Status-quo and the Utility of Identity Politics

   A conversation gleaned from Stardate Whenever – “I was chatting with one of my managers and he told me he does drag performance and identifies as genderqueer. Which, you know, obviously I disagree with that terminology. He had just been reprimanded at work for wearing makeup. In the same day that I was reprimanded ...