I heard Kelsy speak on a recent episode of the Savage Lovecast podcast and was really struck by her perspective. I was more effected by the interview than by reading this piece now so I highly suggest listening if you can. The take away I got was that the Christian narrative that sexual desire outside of heteromonogamy is evil and depraved and NOT the fault of those who feel the desire but instead the fault of those who TEMPT the proclivity, leads directly to demonization and violence against people living openly with non traditional lifestyles. Part of his church’s statement was this:
"No blame can be placed upon the victims. He alone is responsible for his evil actions and desires. The women that he solicited for sexual acts are not responsible for his perverse sexual desires nor do they bear any blame in these murders," the statement said. "These actions are the result of a sinful heart and depraved mind for which Aaron is completely responsible."
The fact that they doubled down on the idea that his DESIRES were evil proves to me that their rhetoric had to be a contributing factor to his actions.
I’m not offended by this opinion and think that all Black perspectives on Black issues should definitely be heard and considered. I don’t think as a white person I really want to have an opinion personally aside from listening and trying to do as little harm as possible. The timing did make me a little uncomfortable as another unarmed Black man was just murdered by police in the same city that Chauvin’s trial is taking place.. I guess I do have a personal opinion but it’s based on my community and the Black people I know who are scared and upset by how our country and media seems to view Black life as disposable and so that is my focus & I don’t want to lose it by critiquing how their pain manifests.. I don’t think the article gave enough evidence to support the idea that all perspectives that include the acknowledgment of systemic racism and micro aggressions are not based in “truth.” I think there’s been tons of evidence and discussion recently about how inherently subjective ‘truth’ and ‘facts’ can be.
This is the bare minimum outcome we deserve after world wide protests against police brutality and extreme unrest throughout our country. Most notably now in Wisconsin in reaction to the shooting of Jacob Blake. End qualified immunity now!
I’ve seen all different versions lately, a yellow line for emts I think? A red line for the fire department. I feel like it conveys the message that ‘we have each other’s backs more than anything else.’ And that’s a weird message from a public servant.
I really cannot get over this curfew. Of all the changes that have been enacted in this city that I call home over the past two months, this is the most unjust. People are being beaten and arrested for exercising their constitutional right to protest. Glad to hear district attorneys are refusing to prosecute but all the more proof of how senseless an order this is. They simply don’t have the energy or skill to effectively patrol 24hrs a day. That’s what they’re supposed to be good at.. allowing lawful things to happen at any hour of the day/night.. they’re continuing to come up with new ways to prove their ineptitude.
At the very least he has admitted that he has mismanaged large amounts of donations in the past. He should stop trying to start new projects himself and instead encourage his millions of followers to donate to organizations that have a better history of using funds in a more immediately beneficial way.
I had to re-read it after reading all the comments. I found it really interesting as a long time vegan who owns & operates a couple vegan businesses. I really rarely find veg-minded-media that I enjoy & feel comfortable sharing. I hate the shame & extremity that so many authors & creators employ to try to get their message across. I’ve encountered people interested in vegan food but afraid of being judged for not following a strict edict. I would enthusiastically tell them that thinking about what you’re eating & not being afraid of vegan food is all I ever hope for anyone, and my reading of this article was mostly that!
I’ve known so many people who have decided to refuse to consider any change in diet. Maybe because they’ve been exhausted by so many who lecture & shame that it’s become necessary to be on the defensive. I understand that whole heartedly. I feel like this author was trying to speak to those people directly. And maybe the fact-praising is problematic as Jeff’s car analogy pointed out but I feel this is also out of frustration in trying to appeal to those who have become so turned off to the conversation. My understanding was more like using facts about the negative impacts of car travel to try to help people consider incorporating alternatives. Like as if there was a war going on between drivers and bike riders where the bike riders were so incessantly preachy that some drivers decided they’re never going to go anywhere not in a car. I think the call to action is not to eliminate it altogether but almost to undo some of the damage caused by animal rights zealots who have caused some meat eaters to stop listening to anything on the subject, and even strengthening the ties to diet & identity on both sides. I read this as an attempt to inject some rationale into a dialog that has gone from personal & nuanced to vindictive.
Loling now realizing that this article clearly still came off as preachy & off-putting to some.. I guess the main difference for me was the repeated phrase of rethinking eating meat regularly, and the focus on factory farms, not eliminating meat consumption all together.
I loved the Ariel Pink song Baby and really always wished there was more like it somewhere. I took a yoga class on Zoom yesterday and listened to a Spotify playlist one of my favorite teachers had made for a past class. When the playlist ended it turned into a “radio station” based on that playlist. A song came on and I asked my husband to see who it was. He said ‘wow wait until you see the cover.’ We listened to the whole thing on a joy ride today and I am so obsessed. I cannot believe this back story.
Really interesting. Seems like the Barks versions are more similar to cover songs than translations. It’s embarrassing to be attributing quotes to a historical figure that are twice digested. The end product is beautiful and clearly hugely popular and significant but should maybe more correctly be attributed to Barks as inspired by Rumi. That way a reader could delve more deeply into the real Rumi if they felt so inclined, tracing back through the interpretations to create a more full understanding.
A lot of esoteric music references that may not resonate with everyone but a pretty fun exploration into the origin of the term “punisher” which in my understanding was not necessarily related to being in a band but most commonly used to describe someone who is more inebriated than you trapping you in a conversation where they really could just be talking to a wall. Cocaine is punisher fuel.