Stranger In An Even Stranger Land - blog by Gurdur


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The no-platforming of feminists in Britain, on Twitter and elsewhere; or, Why Paul Mason News UK has blocked several feminists, Lady Gaga and President Obama

Posted 17-Feb-2015 at 09:07 PM (21:07) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 17-Feb-2015 at 10:57 PM (22:57) by Gurdur

On Sunday, a letter, protesting in the name of free speech against the no-platforming of feminists, and signed by over a hundred British academics, activists, scientists and others, was published by the Observer. That letter was also signed by the very well-known Prof. Mary Beard (@wmarybeard) and Peter Tatchell (@PeterTatchell), both of whom came in for sustained attack and harassment on Twitter all Sunday and Monday - and the harassment continues. Prof. Mary Beard wrote a little about the attacks...
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The "Christian" label stuck on at random; when the label not the labelled is the message

Posted 23-Jun-2011 at 04:28 PM (16:28) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 23-Jun-2011 at 04:53 PM (16:53) by Gurdur

A tweet from @Goannatree, commenting about a talk from @nedlunn at the #MediaLit11 event, reminded me of something I've always wanted to blog about. That is the modern common use of what amounts to fear of the secular and other non-Christian world, and the recreation of that non-Christian world in a more impoverished form, with a "Christian" label stuck on it, often enough with no justification.

Take "modern Christian music", for example. If I recall correctly, the Christian @JesusNeedsNewPR...
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The politics of the meat market, the symbols of the slab

Posted 26-Sep-2010 at 05:43 PM (17:43) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 26-Sep-2010 at 10:08 PM (22:08) by Gurdur

Lady Gaga wears a truly nauseating dress made out of meat strips to some silly function (don't ask me for a link or a pic, I'm still barfing). Then Nina Power, a British academic and author, writes a piece in the Guardian Cif section about that dress of Lady Gaga's, and also about the 20th anniversary of the publication of the book "The Sexual Politics of Meat", by Carol J. Adams. In that book, Adams advanced the thesis that "meat-eating and violence towards women are interconnected". In the Guardian...
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