We’re Not Just Raising Boys…

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Michael’s essay: In praise of librarians

Michael’s essay: In praise of librarians
— Read on www.cbc.ca/amp/1.4618213

In truth, librarians and elementary school teachers are the most important non-parental figures in a child’s life.

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http://www.macleans.ca/opinion/todays-political-partisanship-is-hurting-canadas-best-and-brightest/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

Mr. Chapstick isn’t just brave and wise to know what can injure his wellbeing but poignantly assesses what ails our current democratic era. Fight, debate, or campaign but always do it from intelligence and not ego or personal frustration. I think too much of the Internet discourse conflates issues from personal anger or confusion. Post whatever but try to reflect what you are truly saying and why. Thx Ian.

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White Rose- petals for peace

The White Rose (German: die Weiße Rose) was a non-violent, intellectual resistance group in Nazi Germany led by a group of students and a professor at the University of Munich.

The group conducted an anonymous leaflet and graffiti campaign which called for active opposition to the Nazi regime. Their activities started in Munich on June 27th, 1942, and ended with the arrest of the core group by the Gestapo on February 18th, 1943.[1] They, as well as other members and supporters of the group who carried on distributing the pamphlets, faced show trials by the Nazi People’s Court (Volksgerichtshof), and many of them were sentenced to death or imprisonment.(wiki)

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Remarkable books by women – NYTimes

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The New Vanguard

Our critics chose 15 remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century.

By Dwight Garner, Parul Sehgal and Jennifer Szalai

March 5, 2018

“..For Women’s History Month, The Times’s staff book critics — Dwight Garner, Jennifer Szalai and myself, Parul Sehgal — sat down together to think about these writers who are opening new realms to us, whose books suggest and embody unexplored possibilities in form, feeling and knowledge.”

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Then and now… Hollywood, fashion, money…

I’m not picking on Scarlett Johansson. In fact I think she has exploited her obvious goddess appearance and made herself wealthy. She likely earned her status. I don’t know her. I know she has podium to speak up. Her fame yielded that tool. Use it for sure. She can act after all but not seeing the irony in the before and after is also denying some aspects of reality among this #metoo blitz.

I get the current outrage against any harassment but especially the sexual assaults against women. I’m old enough to be part of the problem but aware enough that I’ve seen first hand, both genders wheel an unfair sword. Evil is all bad and despite puritans yelling told you so, there is a continuum of sins going on. So called good people are getting busted. I hope the cost isn’t the pain of more innocent?

Giving in to pressure to sleep with some film director is not like rape. It’s all bad but when women have not chosen it’s far more of a criminality. The case I refer to here is not comprehensive nor a watershed but rather just a quick browse in popular culture.

Scarlett Johansson posing nude for Vanity Fair is not offensive. Some morality/ thought police might like it to be a prison sentence but she is an artist who made a call. Beauty can be beautiful. Great but… What creeps me out about such cover imagery is the open shirt of the designer/director Tom Ford lurking about with Scarlett and Kiera. That is the innuendo of power that some men are influenced by. It hints that his sexy chest yields power over the two nude actresses. If they want to play some fantasy, please don’t do it in public. Just because our voyeurism is now obsessive doesn’t mean it’s not part of the mess we confront.

The two women, Ford, Leibovitz and Vanity all made money. Hollywood made money too because two new stars just got more cred- by posing naked. The mix of sex, Hollywood, fashion and money makes a toxic cocktail. Could that cover run nest month? No way. Did it promote misogyny to a generation of ill-informed men? Maybe.

My old Prime Minister Trudeau (deceased) Was once raised his voice as Justice Minister,

“There is no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation.” (CBC)

The young MP was referring to criminality but his intent rang true with me. Governments, Church’s, and Media should stay out of our personal lives and perhaps keep their own sexual proclivities to a private bedroom. Hollywood has chose to embrace titalation and now has a dirty house to clean up. Rabid demonizing of men in general or rumoured assailants specifically, won’t put the paradoxical nude genie back in the bottle. This is complex a social crisis as could experience but nothing grand that sin can’t imagine.

*Trudeau may have made the “bedrooms of the nation” phrase famous but it was actually coined by The Globe and Mail’s Martin O’Malley.  Trudeau thanked O’Malley for the quotation.

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“Trudeau: ‘the Bedrooms of the Nation’ – CBC Archives.” CBCnews. CBC/Radio Canada, 21 Dec. 1967. Web. 26 Jan. 2018. Trudeau may have made the “bedrooms of the nation” phrase famous but it was actually coined by The Globe and Mail’s Martin O’Malley. Trudeau thanked O’Malley for the quotation.

Wagstaff, Keith. “Top 10 Nude Magazine Covers.” Time. Time Inc., 28 Feb. 2012. Web. 26 Jan. 2018.

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Why is all of this coming out now? #metoo , marches, debate..

Why is all of this upheaval coming out now? Well it isn’t recent.

Progress is messy.

Inequity marches and cultural adaptation today is only possible because of the institutional change that has taken place over since 20thc. The movements for suffrage, civil rights, reproductive rights, and rights and protections for women in the workplace have given us a world that is unrecognizable from our ancestors. Women can vote, own property, enter college or career. women can choose decide whether to have sex and with whomever. People can even sue and collect damages for workplace sexual harassment. Torment and oppression like trafficking still exist but only one hundred years ago many things we consider rights were not options.

we are part of a living history and perhaps within another social revolution? Maybe I won’t see a better justice for women and other marginalized groups but something is happening so far without bloodshed. That has to be somewhat encouraging.

This cycle of cultural change is part of the trend to seek equal rights. We may be politically cynical but laws we pass effect our society in multiple ways. Like the culture of schools for everyone and where we once accepted caning and now would be horrified, women’s rights is a sector of change. Progress is a stumbling slow and frustrating; however our impatience is expressed, men and women need to strive optimistically for our children. Our great grandmothers marched as suffragettes and our daughters march today. Men are being shamed but growth will not be advanced without seeking change that embraces love for all. We all sin. We all are flawed and stumble through hardships. I know many fathers who are broken by harm experienced by their sisters, daughters, and partners. Fighting injustice not gender is required. Righteousness has no gender or colour. Life lessons are learned with vision and hardship. Perfect civility will never be an earthly reality but the will to try is better than the alternative.

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