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post #106 of 5123
I vaguely remember reading the Handmaiden's Tale back in the day. It wasn't very good, either from a science fiction or a speculative fiction perspective. I have not read anything else by her. Has she written other books?
post #107 of 5123
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I vaguely remember reading the Handmaiden's Tale back in the day. It wasn't very good, either from a science fiction or a speculative fiction perspective. I have not read anything else by her. Has she written other books?

I can remember being forced to read The Edible Woman back in high school. Now I realize the teacher that did that was an unattractive lesbian feminist with fibromyalgia but that's still no excuse to inflict that book on a kid.
post #108 of 5123
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The Edible Woman is a 1969 novel that helped to establish Margaret Atwood as a prose writer of major significance. It is the story of a young woman whose sane, structured, consumer-oriented world starts to slip out of focus. Following her engagement, Marian feels her body and her self are becoming separated. As Marian begins endowing food with human qualities that cause her to identify with it, she finds herself unable to eat, repelled by metaphorical cannibalism.[1] In a foreword written in 1979 for the Virago edition of The Edible Woman, Atwood described the work as protofeminist rather than feminist.[2]

:barf:
post #109 of 5123
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Food and clothing are major symbols used by the author to explore themes and grant the reader insight on each of the characters' personalities, moods and motivations.

I'd think SF would be more receptive.
post #110 of 5123
Oryx and Crake was ok. Never a huge fan of "Canadian literature for its own sake". The Painted Door is really is quite beautiful, though. Should google and read.
post #111 of 5123
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Today's musing is on the Canadian seal hunt. The EU ban was found to be in violation of international trade agreements by the WTO. However, as seals are cute little critters, the WTO upheld the ban on "ethics." http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/seal-product-ban-upheld-on-ethical-grounds-1.2438904 Lucky for all of us cows and poultry are not as cute as seals.

This clearly illegal ban has caused the market for seal products to bottom. This means various levels of Canadian government has stepped in to do what it always does; pay subsidies so people that only work three months a year can keep living in the middle of nowhere and club baby seals to death.

I enjoy this demonstration of how governments and ruling bodies can fuck things up so well.
post #112 of 5123
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As I'm in such a good mood today you're all getting extra musings.

CNN says one of those "Duck Dynasty" guys is getting suspended from his show due to comments he made about teh gayz. He apparently said it was a sin and put it in the same category as promiscuity. I want to know why he was suspended for saying that being gay is sinful but apparently he got away with talking smack about the lovely women that are willing to share their goods? I think A&E network needs feminism!
post #113 of 5123
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

As I'm in such a good mood today you're all getting extra musings.

CNN says one of those "Duck Dynasty" guys is getting suspended from his show due to comments he made about teh gayz. He apparently said it was a sin and put it in the same category as promiscuity. I want to know why he was suspended for saying that being gay is sinful but apparently he got away with talking smack about the lovely women that are willing to share their goods? I think A&E network needs feminism!

The show is about a bunch of redneck assholes who got rich. Who would have thought he could hold less than ideally progressive political views.

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Here is how CNN describes what he said -
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(CNN) -- Phil Robertson, a star of A&E's "Duck Dynasty," has been suspended indefinitely after slamming gays in a magazine interview.
"We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson's comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty," the network said in a statement Wednesday.
"His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely."
In an interview in the January issue of GQ, Robertson says homosexuality is a sin and puts it in the same category as bestiality and promiscuity.

Here is Huffington Post's description -
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A&E has suspended "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson following anti-gay comments he made in a recent GQ profile, according to a report by Entertainment Weekly.

In an interview with GQ's Drew Magary, the head of the family in the wildly popular A&E series expressed his view that homosexuality was immoral, likening it to bestiality. Some of the remarks were made using off-color language.

Here is what the redneck actually said -
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"It seems like, to me, a vagina -- as a man -- would be more desirable than a man's anus. That's just me. I'm just thinking: There's more there! She's got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I'm saying? But hey, sin: It's not logical, my man. It's just not logical," he's quoted as saying.
Asked what, in his mind, is sinful, Robertson replied: "Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men."

I see nothing "off-color" in that statement. Further, I do not know how that qualifies as "anti-gay." Expressing disapproval of someone else's life choices does not make one "anti-" anything. Now it may very well be that this redneck douche-bag alcoholic despises gays and wants them all thrown in prison, but that statement is not evidence of that. He is, presumably, some form of Southern or First Baptist asshole who actually believes that some mystical being created all life on Earth 7,000 years ago and that dinosaur bones were put in the ground by the Devil to test his faith. Accordingly he has a religious objection to the homosexual lifestyle. I think it is very intolerant of A&E to fire a man for his religious belief. Religious expression is protected under the 1st Amendment, and is not a valid reason to fire someone. I believe he has an excellent discrimination lawsuit on his hands.

A&E needs to check their lifestyle tolerance privilege.
Edited by Harold falcon - 12/19/13 at 9:40am
post #114 of 5123
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

Today's musing is on the Canadian seal hunt. The EU ban was found to be in violation of international trade agreements by the WTO. However, as seals are cute little critters, the WTO upheld the ban on "ethics." http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/seal-product-ban-upheld-on-ethical-grounds-1.2438904 Lucky for all of us cows and poultry are not as cute as seals.

This clearly illegal ban has caused the market for seal products to bottom. This means various levels of Canadian government has stepped in to do what it always does; pay subsidies so people that only work three months a year can keep living in the middle of nowhere and club baby seals to death.

I enjoy this demonstration of how governments and ruling bodies can fuck things up so well.

I didn't realize the US banned imported seal products. No wonder why I've never eaten it before. As the resident Canadian, tell me, is it tasty?
post #115 of 5123
Piob was too poor for teh seal meatz
post #116 of 5123
I've posted free speech and free enterprise on a few people's wall.
post #117 of 5123
Jindal to the rescue

"In a statement, Jindal praised Robertson and his family as “great citizens” of his home state, where the lucrative show is filmed, and he slammed the “politically correct crowd” for criticizing his comments."

http://nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/19/21969918-louisiana-governor-defends-duck-dynasty-star
post #118 of 5123
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I didn't realize the US banned imported seal products. No wonder why I've never eaten it before. As the resident Canadian, tell me, is it tasty?

Never had it but I would certainly try it.

I'm still upset that apparently A&E has promiscuity privilege.
post #119 of 5123
Huffington Post's comments section is decidedly free of intelligence.
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Just because you have the Right to say what you want, does not mean you are free of consequences from what you have said. Actions and reactions. a person speaks and then their is response.

So if a muslim man, in his off-work hours, expresses his religious belief that one should not eat pork I am free to fire him, yes?
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Phil Robertson has freedom of speech, he does not have freedom from the consequences that may come from exercising his freedom of speech. Given what you say, does A&E not have the freedom to express that they do not want to associate with the particular views expressed by Phil Roberson? They do have every right to disassociate themselves from him, which is exactly what they have done.

It is good to know that the HuffPost commentators want to repeal the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Next time they get on Ron Paul's case for saying the same thing I will remind them of this.
post #120 of 5123
I imagine the same people railing against the Duck guy and supporting A&E are the exact same people railing against the Wedding Cake guy and supporting the gay couple's right to force them to bake them a cake. The internal blinders leading to such an unprincipled world view must be astounding.

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Mullins said in a statement it was "offensive and dehumanizing" when he and Craig were denied service at the bakery. "No one should fear being turned away from a public business because of who they are," he said.

I hope the ACLU takes up Duck Fucker's case as well.
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