When Asked ‘What Steps Do You Take to Ensure Your Safety When You are Out Alone’…

Men and women answered thusly:

Men ask why women are so [upset], even guys with wives and daughters. Jackson Katz, a prominent social researcher, illustrates why. He’s done it with hundreds of audiences:

“I draw a line down the middle of a chalkboard, sketching a male symbol on one side and a female symbol on the other.

Then I ask just the men: What steps do you guys take, on a daily basis, to prevent yourselves from being sexually assaulted? At first there is a kind of awkward silence as the men try to figure out if they’ve been asked a trick question. The silence gives way to a smattering of nervous laughter. Occasionally, a young a guy will raise his hand and say, ‘I stay out of prison.’ This is typically followed by another moment of laughter, before someone finally raises his hand and soberly states, ‘Nothing. I don’t think about it.’

Then I ask the women the same question. What steps do you take on a daily basis to prevent yourselves from being sexually assaulted? Women throughout the audience immediately start raising their hands. As the men sit in stunned silence, the women recount safety precautions they take as part of their daily routine.

― Jackson Katz, The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help

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In Which Jesus Shows that God’s Sense of ‘Justice’ Doesn’t Have to Be the Same As Yours, Snowflake

I love/ hate this text.  It is infuriating.  And it is meant to be.  Because it’s meant to teach a very important lesson.  To wit- the ‘justice’ of God doesn’t look like your justice and God doesn’t have to adjust his sense of right to appease you.  The sovereign Lord of the universe can do as he pleases, whether you or I or anyone else likes it or not.  Oh, and notice how none of the other Gospels include the story?  Yeah, they didn’t like it either*.

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard.  After agreeing with the workers on one denarius, he sent them into his vineyard for the day.  When he went out about nine in the morning, he saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing.  He said to them, ‘You also go into my vineyard, and I’ll give you whatever is right.’ So off they went.  About noon and about three, he went out again and did the same thing.  Then about five he went and found others standing around and said to them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day doing nothing? ‘  ” ‘Because no one hired us,’ they said to him. ” ‘You also go into my vineyard,’ he told them.  

When evening came, the owner of the vineyard told his foreman, ‘Call the workers and give them their pay, starting with the last and ending with the first.’  “When those who were hired about five came, they each received one denarius.  So when the first ones came, they assumed they would get more, but they also received a denarius each.  When they received it, they began to complain to the landowner:  ‘These last men put in one hour, and you made them equal to us who bore the burden of the day’s work and the burning heat.’  “He replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I’m doing you no wrong. Didn’t you agree with me on a denarius?  Take what’s yours and go. I want to give this last man the same as I gave you.  Don’t I have the right to do what I want with what is mine? Are you jealous because I’m generous? ‘  

“So the last will be first, and the first last.” (Matt. 20:1-16)

*It is my view that this story contains the Ipssisima verba Iesu. The difficulty with that view is the singular attestation of Matthew. Nonetheless, it is also my view that the other Gospel writers, if they knew of the text, found it so unpleasant that they simply ignored it. Naturally, I may be wrong in this assessment.
But I doubt it.

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Quote of the Day

Let me be clear: until Christians of all political stripes insist on the indispensable nature of character and refuse to give a pass to those who share their politics, but fail the character ???, the mission of the Gospel will be undermined and the world will subdue the church. — Allan Bevere

A Handy Way to Remember The Fate of Liars

Sung to the tune of Frere Jacques-

Revelation, Revelation, 21:8, 21:8
Liars go to hell, liars go to hell,
Burn, burn, burn… burn, burn, burn.

I sing that song in my head every time a politician lies.  Which, as you can imagine, is a lot.

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Belinda addresses Democrats & Veterans Party conference

It’s hard to know where to start with this nutbaggery. I’m sad for Britain.


Many thanks to the kind anonymous reader who sent us this gem: an unlisted video of Belinda McKenzie’s closing address at the recent party conference of the Diarrhoea and Vomiting Democrats and Veterans Party, held 14–15 September in Barnsley.

We recently noted Belinda’s presence at the conference, as she introduced ex-police officer Jon Wedger to the podium. At that time we wondered what role, if any, Belinda was playing in the newly spawned party; in this video she (more or less) explains all.

The video is a veritable cavalcade of jaw-droppery.

‘A political party with real teeth’

What I particularly liked [about the D&V Party] were two things: direct democracy, and the other one is the fighting element of this party. Because I regard us as at war. I’m at war, anyway. And I’m fighting for the children, and our future. And so we need a political party with…

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If You’re in Zurich…

Grundlagen und Wirkung der Schweizer Reformation

Etwas ruhiger, aber nicht minder interessant, ist die Veranstaltung der Volkshochschule Zürich: Am Freitagnachmittag findet die Abschlussvorlesung der Ringvorlesung vom letzten Wintersemester statt. Die 8-teilige Reihe ging dem Einfluss nach, den die Schweizer Reformationsbewegungen auf verschiedene Regionen der Welt ausübten und beleuchteten die Religionskonflikte der Alten Eidgenossenschaft sowie ihre Folgen für die heutige Schweiz. Die letzte Vorlesung hält Prof. Dr. Peter Opitz zum Thema «Die Schweizer Reformation, ein Welterfolg». Im Anschluss sind die Hörerinnen und Hörer zu einem Apéro eingeladen.

Freitag, 5. Oktober 2018, 14.00 – 16.00 Uhr, Universität Zürich-Zentrum

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