Cultural Gender

There’ve been a couple articles about gender & children’s clothing that recently got me thinking. One of my sisters has 4 boys and one girl (the youngest). Her boys all wear hand-me-downs (as I remember doing, myself), but the girl has new clothes. New, pink clothes. Sometimes not pink but instead lavender and frilly. I’ve … [Read more…]

Spark: Atheist Moments on Colbert

Here. Including what atheists yell during sex, canoeing on a lake of fire for all eternity, the dangers of topiary, why we should have more atheists in the military, atheist storm troopers, the separation of church and town, the Gospel of Cadbury, and the Dead Faith Scrolls. (the second Dawkins vid is a duplicate) If … [Read more…]

Spark: We Haven’t Linked to Cracked.com in a While

So here you go: “Orson Scott Card Wants YOU (To Rise Up Against The Gay Menace). Including such gems as To those to of you who haven’t read Ender’s Game by Orson Scott card, warning: two spoilers follow. Spoiler 1: Your childhood was incomplete. and You’ve spent your life imagining diverse races and cultures, and … [Read more…]

Music Monday: Personal Jesus

This is one of my all time favorite songs. Depeche Mode (the peach, with ice cream?) wrote a haunting offer to stand in for a missing element: [wp_youtube]KW3aEimWW10[/wp_youtube] Your own, personal, Jesus. A Jesus you don’t have to share with the rest of humanity. Someone who cares A wonderful indictment against an indifferent Jesus.

Spark: Gendered Robots

I haven’t yet seen WALL•E, but here is an article I found interesting discussing the genders of the two main robots. It is an interesting discussion of the perceived genders we apply to the characters based on our cultural assumptions. It is also interesting, however, how we can work beyond them. hat tip

Olympic Porn

One of my cousins visited recently & we watched part of the opening ceremonies of the Olympics as well as Women’s Beach Volleyball, which she proclaimed to be simply “Olympic Porn”. I thought this was an entertaining commentary, especially in light of the video game based on beach volleyball. Until I realized that it was … [Read more…]

Sunday Morning Video Lineup

A vid take on MoF’s Sparks: First up, Stuart Shepard, who I’d not heard of before today but is apparently a member of Focus on the Family’s activism arm, is encouraging everyone to encourage his God to rain on Obama’s acceptance speech. Which seems to me to be incredibly petty: pray for peace? pray for … [Read more…]