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O’Sullivan’s point is that men are now beginning to challenge the limitations placed on them by traditional gender roles1, and are “changing our relationships with women and with each other”.
While Googling for further information to go with my last blog post, I found this page on A Voice For Men, which is a website dedicated to compassion for boys and men. You may find it, and the comments on it, offensive and/or upsetting.
This article is criticising anti-rape posters, and offers its own opinion on why men rape. It troubled me to read it, and so I have written my own article here to work through the ideas presented in it. These are the main points I’ve picked out of the article, but do read the whole thing for yourself in case I’ve overlooked any other important parts;
I got this recipe from The Vegetarian Ginger, and love how simple it is. Below is my slightly tweaked – and even simpler, because I’m no cook – version.
- 1 large tomato
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp. dried Italian herbs
- 2 tsp. grated cheddar cheese
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 large egg
2 tbsp butter, melted and cooled
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 tsp vanilla extract
3-4 tsp milk
I think one of the most insidious things the coalition government has done is to try and misdirect our anger towards the ill and disabled – the vulnerable people in our society – when it should be more rightfully be directed towards the profiteering upper classes.
Working class people are facing tough times at the moment, with cash flow being severely restricted and a lack of confidence in job security adding additional stress. And yet the government is misdirecting their anger and frustration at the situation they find themselves in, towards the vulnerable people who most need society’s support.
When a worker feels frustration that they are working long hours for little money, they are told that this is the fault of the people who are claiming benefits. That if there weren’t so many poor and sick people stealing this money then they would see it going into their pockets instead.
This is a lie.
Moral dilemmas are thought experiments which ask you to imagine a difficult situation and decide what you think the morally correct course of action would be. There are no truly ‘right’ answers to these questions, as they often ask you to compare two different moral imperatives and choose which one you feel is most important.
For example, if we accept that it is morally correct to never torture a living creature, and that it is morally correct to save a human’s life if you have the ability to do so, how do you decide what to do if you can only save a human’s life by torturing someone else?
Read through these 25 moral dilemmas, and have a think about what you might do in each situation.
1 After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 2 He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” [...] 9 When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 12 He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” – Genesis 22, English Standard Version
I don’t understand how a father could begin to go along with this. How the heck do you rationalise it? Setting aside for a moment the question of whether or not I personally believe in God – assume that God does exist, as Abraham is obviously pretty well convinced that he does.
I watched a video on The Chive website, which showed a small group of orcas swimming in the wake of a boat. I thought it was a really amazing video because the killer whales were not only incredibly close to the boat, but they were jumping out of the water. In fact, they looked just like dolphins playing and leaping in the surf off a boat – a far more common occurence. Anyhow, I thought it must have been incredibly thrilling to be one of the people on the boat, and I bet it’s a sight they won’t forget in a hurry. In fact, watching the video just brought a big smile to my face.
Until I read the comments on the article.
See, there’s sound to the video as well, and mostly what you can hear is one of the women on the boat saying things like, ‘Oh my god! This is unreal!’ Which to me seems like a reasonable reaction when you’re watching wild killer whales leap out of the water a couple of metres away from you. No?
So I felt really fucking disappointed with humanity, when I scrolled to the comments and read the following;
GotYour6 said: “Throw the bitch in and get another show.”
Durk said: “If only the whore would shut the fuck up and stop screaming and yelling”
Duncanmurray13 said: “i hate this woman so much”
BobNet said: “I’d let you keep it if you’d shove it down that bitch’s throat so she would shut up.”
How the hell are these comments appropriate? What kind of twisted individual do you have to be to direct this kind of hatred towards someone who was simply expressing awe and excitement? What kind of attitude must these commenters have towards women in general that they felt justified in calling her a bitch and a whore simply because she was amazed by this close encounter with wild orcas? What planet are they fucking living on, that after watching a spectacular nature video, all they can contribute is bile and filth?
I would rather listen to this lady scream and shout all day long, than spend a minute sat silently in a room with these people. She’s enjoying her life, and isn’t afraid to share her positive emotions about a wonderful thing she’s witnessing. The commenters appear to hate her, and wish her harm because she’s happy. I know which kind of person the world can do without.
Watch the video – Continue reading
After deciding that I need to do more to actively demonstrate my good qualities – as well as developing desirable qualities that I can’t honestly say I already have – I thought I’d write a list of these qualities along with ways to embody them in my daily life.