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Leave the statues and monuments in place they are a reminder of mistakes of the past for some and heroes for others but most of all they serve as a monument to history whether it’s bad or good.
Put up monuments of people like Malcolm x and Rosa Parks too because they represent the changing more enlightened framework of society where all people are equal and deserve the same rights and freedoms.
Most of all do not censor free speech. Let the white supremacists speak, it’s always good to know who they are. Let those that believe in equality speak. The more free speech the more knowledge that is out there. Let those that speak of love and understanding and living peacefully speak the loudest.
We should strive for diversity always because diversity breeds progress, but be open minded enough to listen to other people’s viewpoints. Some you will agree with, some you wont, in those cases you agree to disagree. Violence is never a solution and true peace can never be achieved through violent actions nor is it worth the cost.
William Rosenbblath – January 2018
Hollywood: Training young boys how to pursue women when they reach adolescence and providing unrealistic self images to girls since the 1900’s
From a young age we are barraged with examples of how Men are predators and women are prey. Are we really surprised when men act that way? Now I’m not talking about rapists (well at least not intentionally) , I’m talking about men that don’t wait for consent to kiss or touch a woman. Things that are a far cry from being considered a crime, but these days will ruin your career just by the allegation that you did something “inappropriate”.
I think we can all agree that pop culture heroes do influence young people, right? That’s why diversity in casting is so important.
Alright, here’s one of the early lessons given to people my age about sexual consent.
Our Hero Han Solo approaches a woman who has told him at every opportunity that she’s not interested. Han comes up from behind and presses his body against hers. She’s a strong woman, a fighter, so she physically shoves him off
Undeterred, Han moves back in, grabs her hands, and starts rubbing them. She says, “Stop that,” and looks nervous. When he doesn’t stop, she clearly says it again. He still doesn’t stop. Romantic music plays …
… and all of this occurs in a sealed spacecraft floating in the cold vacuum of outer space. Even if she wanted to leave, she couldn’t (because the cold vacuum of space is rather a bummer). The result of this encounter is that she falls in love with this man and they spend the rest of their lives together.
This was a long time ago, right? Ancient times ….way back in the 80s…Society has changed a lot, attitudes have evolved…..oh look at the ad I just saw while researching this …it’s a Sexy Princess Leia Slave Costume.
Its not sexy because it’s skimpy though. it’s sexy because of the inference. it’s sexy because this noble princess was forced to wear this costume against her will….and 15 year old boys all over masturbated / and still masturbate to her wearing a humiliating skimpy costume that she was forced to put on or die.
Lets talk about groping. I would hazard a guess that over 90% of the cool guy movie role models of my youth molested women into having them at least once. James bond did it in every movie.
In Goldfinger he rapes Pussy Galore in a barn which causes her to abandon her life of crime and join his side.
In Mask of Zorro, a woman tries to kill Antonio Banderas and in response he strips her naked with his blade and forces a kiss. As a result they fall in love.
There are thousands of examples of the “Assault them until they love you method” of wooing women.
Long before we were even old enough to date or even had female friends it was made clear by pop culture that in any relationship, men are the predators and women are the prey. Their expressions of fear and rejection are a coy game to be overcome, like a tricky clasp on a bra.
I remember a scene in one sitcom where a girl says “There’s nothing less sexy than a dude asking if he can kiss you” That must have been way back in the day right…well if you consider 2012 back in the day sure. That’s from an episode of New Girl.
For every “No Means No” PSA you come across, there are thousands of messages saying/implying that nothing is sexier than a guy who doesn’t wait for consent. The bad boy that lives on the edge and woos the hearts of women. The pirate Rogue or motor cycle riding tatood up badass that makes women weak in the knees.
Han Solo is a hero because he sees through this artifice, and knows exactly how to confidently stride past those barriers. The primary attractive traits in males are physical strength and aggressiveness, and he knows that Leia’s feigned resistance is a test of those attributes. You can see the full sequence in dialog. The sociological explanation would be something like this. This could very well be a description given in a wildlife video about primate relations.
The female fights, the male demonstrates his physical superiority, and the female acknowledges his suitability as a mate and willingly gives in. “You have proven you are strong enough to have me.”
This message is written on the studio walls in Hollywood and has been since the dawn of the movie age. If I read more Shakespeare I bet I could find a reference to something similar there too.
This was really how it was back in the “good ole days” (Yes, that’s sarcasm)
“In those days spirits were brave, the stakes were high, men were real men, women were real women and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were real small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri.” – Douglas Adams.
Many people probably remember the famous photo from V-E day, where the sailor celebrates the end of the war by kissing the first beautiful broad he sees! ( in the vernacular of the time)
You knew they were strangers right? Now look at this photo taken a split second before.
And look at all the approving smiles of the crowd behind them — men and women alike, agreeing this is wholesome fun.
David Wong in his article – “How men are trained to think that sexual assault is no big deal” writes.
” If you went back and found me at the age when I realized I knew absolutely everything — 20 — and asked me to explain gender roles, here’s what I’d have told you:In this modern world, the quality of a woman’s life is overwhelmingly dependent on what kind of man she can attract — a woman married to a capable man is simply going to have a higher standard of living, period. Her self-worth is thus based largely on how desirable she is to men, and on how many men are pursuing her at any given moment. The need for more suitors is due to the law of supply and demand. It is to her advantage to create competition by tempting as many men as possible, then making it difficult for any single one to gain her attention.Thus, women gain power through rejecting men, and those rejections have nothing to do with how they truly feel.This, I’d have said, is also the reason most “slut shaming” comes from other women. If a female hops in bed with any guy who comes along, it lowers the value of female attention/sex for all women. The price of gasoline would drop pretty fast if one supplier started giving it away. So, much like OPEC, women culturally collude to keep the value of sex and female companionship high by making it artificially difficult to acquire it.
This is why Princess Leia’s wealthy, royal peers would disapprove of her spreading her legs for a “scoundrel.”
So what about clothing? When I was in my teens, The sports illustrated swimsuit edition was genius. It gave all those people too proper to read playboy or watch porno movies something to masturbate to under the guise of reading about sports.
Everybody knew what was going on. In many of the photos there wasn’t a lot of bathing suit. Usually the model was cupping her ample naked breasts with her hands while pouting coyly at the camera. Sometimes maybe with thumb in the bikini bottom like she’s about to pull it off. Pretty soon Bikini’s started showing up in movies for the exact same purpose. Simply something for men (and women too) to drool over.
Meanwhile in south eastern ontario, young Johnny goes to the beach and sees all these women in bikinis. What exactly do you think is going to go through his mind.
A completely rational reaction from any bikini clad woman at the beach would be. “I’m not wearing it for you you perv, I’m wearing it because I’m swimming and this is swim wear. What do you want me to wear a burka?”
Same analogy applies for push up bras and any other female clothing that accentuates the female form for the purposes of making her more attractive to others and feel better about herself perhaps too. (because of the self image that been imposed upon her by the media of how she has to look to be pretty)
Of course everyone should be able to wear what they want, but acting surprised or confused about the ravenous thoughts that slither through the synapses of nearby men is completely ignoring the culture we are all living in that has been created via Hollywood and the media.
A woman may say her outfit makes a specific statement, while every other poster, magazine, movie, tv show, song, music video, billboard, video game, poem novel etc makes it say another.
Add the reaction to clothing to the already preconceived notions previously learned from movies and you have a confusing view that women wear clothing to attract people while pretending they don’t really want any attention. That’s not confusing at all now is it?
This is usually where someone will overreact and say, wearing provocative clothing doesn’t justify sexual advances. I agree with this too, but Johnny wasn’t taught that anywhere so don’t be surprised if he makes sexual advances towards the bikini clad young girl on the beach.
Sexual suggestiveness in advertising. Take this add for bowling for example. Why would anyone get the wrong idea here?
Oh right, thats how you hold a bowling ball…of course. My bad.
This is why no statistic about sexual assault (using the new definition that seems to include groping as well) will ever surprise me.
When we were growing up, sexual assault was a guy in a dark alley wearing a ski-mask and wielding a knife, jumping unsuspecting woman and forcing themselves on them with the threat of violence.
Everyone was taught rape was wrong, but date rape wasnt even a term. Date rape when it was eventually dubbed that was when a guy drugged a woman and got rough with her and left her with a bloody lip and torn clothes. If two people drank too much and then ended up having non violent consensual sex, neither was to blame, because they both made bad decisions while under the influence of alcohol.
Never in my public school years was there ever a lesson saying that you needed to wait for verbal approval to try and kiss or touch a girl. We were also educated that people hang mistletoe over doorways and were told that if two people stand under it, they have to kiss. People would routinely pull down other peoples track pants, unhook bikini tops or pull down tube tops as jokes too. Did people get upset. We sure did. I hated it when one of my friends would yank my track pants down (especially if I wasn’t wearing anything under them :>o) but did people get outraged or dwell on it, ruin other peoples lives over it? Not that I remember.
Guys that didn’t act overtly sexual towards girls, try to kiss them or make a move physically usually only didn’t do it because they were too shy or nervous. I was exactly in that category, and I often kicked myself for not being a “real man” based on my understanding of the “real men” portrayed in movies and tv and ads etc. I would kick myself after every missed opportunity when I could’ve made a move but wasn’t sure if I should, or wasn’t capable of knowing when I should or shouldnt.
Once I went to university, things changed and it was a different age again. One of LGBT clubs and parties and people talking about and having sex left and right. That is until aids came along and scared the crap out of everyone. I don’t recall anyone ever talking about date rape back then in the late 80’s, but I do remember one woman was raped at knife-point in a tunnel connecting parts of the campus. The tunnels at the U of W were closed down after that.
Exerpt from David Wong’s – How men are trained to think sexual assault is no big deal.
If you prescribe to the Christian view of sexual relations, then all sex outside of (Heterosexual) Marriage is wrong. Even with all the stuff that has always gone on between healthy normal pre-teens and teens the Christian view of sex has never wavered What does this have to do with groping or consent?
Rush Limbaugh made headlines when he said
You know what the magic word, the only thing that matters in American sexual mores today is? One thing. You can do anything, the left will promote and understand and tolerate anything, as long as there is one element. Do you know what it is? Consent. If there is consent on both or all three or all four, however many are involved in the sex act, it’s perfectly fine. Whatever it is. But if the left ever senses and smells that there’s no consent in part of the equation, then here come the rape police.”
See, it wasn’t up to Hollywood or public schools to teach me morality. For me — and virtually everyone I knew — that came on Sundays at church. And I never got one sermon or Sunday School lesson on sexual consent.“What, so they taught the congregation to be rapists?”No! They taught that all sexual activity outside of heterosexual marriage was equally wrong. So yes, rape was punishable by eternal hellfire. But you know what the punishment was for having consensual intercourse before marriage? Also eternal hellfire. Premarital handjob in the back of a car? Eternal hellfire. Oral sex at any time? Eternal hellfire. Homosexual sex? Eternal hellfire. Masturbation? Eternal hellfire. There was no gradient to the sins or punishments — everything was black and white, and virtually everything in the black category was totally consensual. Two people “consenting” to perform a sinful sexual act was no different from two people conspiring to rob a bank.
Either the act was pure in the eyes of God or it wasn’t, and the only pure sex act was married intercourse (and note that many of the married women in the Bible had been bought like livestock). Thus, there was no reason to talk about anything else. If they taught a lesson about how forcing a woman to kiss you is wrong, that’d have been implying that consensual kissing was okay (and premarital kissing = eternal hellfire).This is why so many of you are confused by the Christian criticism of gay marriage, the “They’ll be marrying children and animals next” bit. They genuinely don’t understand the difference — that a homosexual partner can consent, but animals and children cannot — because to them, all of those acts are equally impure. Remember when people implied it was hypocritical for Jennifer Lawrence to complain about stolen nude photos while also posing nude for a magazine? Same deal — if you grew up hearing that all naked photos are sinful, what difference does it make if the woman consented to the sin?
Explaining someone’s actions is obviously not the same as excusing them. Saying that the behavior is shockingly common doesn’t excuse it either. The point of this isn’t to defend [insert subject of most recent scandal here], but to prevent people from insisting that guys like him are rare, incomprehensible monsters.They’re not. Lots of guys grope. Lots of guys who don’t will masturbate to rape porn. Lots of guys who don’t do that, still happily masturbated to the stolen “Fappening” pics. Lots of guys who didn’t do that still see James Bond movies as wish fulfillment.The writers of all these movies and ad campaigns would say they didn’t invent a damned thing, that males have testosterone and will have certain urges at a certain age, even if they are raised on a desert island. And because the urges are natural, anything that appeals to those urges must also be — boys, after all, will be boys. Those boys will then grow up and write movies and ads which portray their sexually frustrated adolescent fantasies as if they are everyday reality.But what’s the alternative? Censorship? To force women to cover themselves, like in Saudi Arabia?No, the alternative is to recognize that ridding guys of toxic attitudes toward women is a monumental task. I’ve spent two solid decades trying to deprogram myself, to get on board with something that, in retrospect, should be patently obvious to any decent person. Changing actions is the easy part; changing urges takes years and years. It’s the difference between going on a diet and training your body to not get hungry at all.In the meantime, to act like it’s crazy that a particular guy doesn’t see the clear line between consent and assault is misguided. The culture has intentionally blurred those lines and trained that man to feel shame for erring on either side. You have to start teaching kids that consent matters from Day One. Now let’s put this depressing subject aside and enjoy this scene from Ratatouille. In it, the hero forces a kiss with a girl, she pulls out pepper spray to fight him off, then realizes that she loves it:
We have a long way to go!
As I left work tonight I saw two cars in the arena parking lot next to where i work. In one of them the outline of two people having sex in the car was very visible through the steamy windows. Am I outraged or offended? Not in the least. Have fun you two, it looked pretty consensual to me, I just hope I don’t read about it in the papers tomorrow or hear about it on the news.
Merry Christmas to all, and be careful hanging that mistletoe this year! 😉
Wil Rosenblath Dec 6, 2017
I keep reading all these articles about how the solution to global warming is to stop eating beef. The reasoning being the methane production from cows increases the greenhouse effect.
This is from so called “scientists” apparently that have complied “real” theoretical data.
I gave this some thought and I hereby put forth a my own theory based in pure logic.
The solution isn’t to STOP eating beef, the solution is EAT ALL THE BEEF. That’s right, eat all the beef in existence and don’t breed more cows or leave any alive . Complete extinction of the bovine species is the only solution to eliminate their harmful emissions. So get your BBQ’s ready and mow down like there’s no tomorrow! If you leave any alive they will continue to breed in the wild. Do your part and cull the herds of the world! This is a call to arms against the domestic cow threat! I am calling this the “Eat all the beef moo-vement”.
Now some of you are probably thinking. Well, what about milk? Have no fear, Ben Stiller assures me that anything with nipples can be milked… except of course for Robert DeNiro.
The “Eat All the Beef Moo-vement” will invariably be followed by a resurgence of the “Where’s the beef?” campaign that was introduced in 1984.
This will continue into the 22nd century except it will be used as a social statement instead of an advertising catchphrase.
Once the greenhouse effect dissipates we will then see an increase of parka sales in Canada as things begin to cool down. This will be joined by an increase in fuel energy costs as demand for heating increases. This will be know as the “Wynn/wins” effect.
The lack of leather to create parkas will propel synthetic clothing material production to an all time high. The production of synthetics will then increase the harmful carbon emissions and again the greenhouse effect will begin. Around the turn of the 23rd century once again liberal campaigns run by sympathetic actors and a documentary narrated by a now 220 year old Leonardo Di Caprio will begin to circulate and the cycle will begin anew.
Please remember to do your part and “Eat All the Beef!”
This has been a public service announcement brought to you by the Society for the Protection of Humankind and small furry little creatures from Alpha Centauri.
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For Amber <3
How will the outcome of the US Election effect the Canadian Economy? If this isn’t a question you are asking yourself, it should be!
Why should you care ? You ask. I’ll tell you why.
Foreign Investment in Canada is both direct (made to manage and control actual enterprises) and portfolio (made only for the interest or dividends paid, or the possible capital gain to be achieved). The amount of both types is very large, with the consequence that a considerable amount of the Canadian economy is controlled by foreigners.
Canada and the United States share a common trading relationship. The United States is by far Canada’s largest trading partner, with more than $1.7 billion CAD in trade per day in 2005. In 2009, 73% of Canada’s exports went to the United States, and 63% of Canada’s imports were from the United States. Trade with Canada makes up 23% of the United States’ exports and 17% of its imports. By comparison, in 2005 this was more than U.S. trade with all countries in the European Union combined, and well over twice U.S. trade with all the countries of Latin America combined. Just the two-way trade that crosses the Ambassador Bridge between Michigan and Ontario equals all U.S. exports to Japan. Canada’s importance to the United States is not just a border-state phenomenon: Canada is the leading export market for 35 of 50 U.S. states, and is the United States’ largest foreign supplier of energy.
Bilateral trade increased by 52% between 1989, when the U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement (FTA) went into effect, and 1994, when the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) superseded it. Trade has since increased by 40%. NAFTA continues the FTA’s moves toward reducing trade barriers and establishing agreed-upon trade rules. It also resolves some long-standing bilateral irritants and liberalizes rules in several areas, including agriculture, services, energy, financial services, investment, and government procurement. NAFTA forms the largest trading area in the world, embracing the 405 million people of the three North American countries.
The largest component of U.S.-Canada trade is in the commodity sector.
The U.S. is Canada’s largest agricultural export market, taking well over half of all Canadian food exports. Similarly, Canada is the largest market for U.S. agricultural goods, with nearly 20% of American food exports going to its northern neighbour. Nearly two-thirds of Canada’s forest products, including pulp and paper, are exported to the United States; 72% of Canada’s total newsprint production also is exported to the U.S.
At $73.6 billion in 2004, U.S.-Canada trade in energy is the largest U.S. energy trading relationship, with the overwhelming majority ($66.7 billion) being exports from Canada. The primary components of U.S. energy trade with Canada are petroleum, natural gas, and electricity. Canada is the United States’ largest oil supplier and the fifth-largest energy producing country in the world. Canada provides about 16% of U.S. oil imports and 14% of total U.S. consumption of natural gas. The United States and Canada’s national electricity grids are linked, and both countries share hydropower facilities on the western borders.
It should be noted that neither Trump nor Clinton were supporters of the TPP and so the fate of the TPP which by all economists estimates would be good for Canada was in the balance regardless of which candidate was successful in the US election.
How will a Trump Presidency effect our economy? The election is over and Trump has been voted in, so now we have to ask, how will this affect us?
“I am going to bring our jobs back to Ohio and Pennsylvania and New York and Michigan and all of America and I am not going to let companies move to other countries, firing their employees along the way, without consequences,” – Trump – July’s acceptance speech.
If Mr. Trump carries through with his promises, shock waves could be sent through the global economy and financial markets and Canada could be the most affected country.
With that in mind, here’s how a Trump presidency might affect Canada’s economy:
“This wave of globalization has wiped out totally, totally our middle class, It doesn’t have to be this way. We can turn it around and we can turn it around fast.” – Trump – June 2016
Mr. Trump plans to axe the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an ambitious trade agreement between 12 countries (including the U.S. and Canada) that account for 40 per cent of global economic output. The deal, which has yet to be ratified, “would be the death blow for American manufacturing,” he says.
Likewise, in a 2015 interview on 60 Minutes, Mr. Trump described the North American free-trade agreement as a “disaster” he would renegotiate or even “break.” He’s reiterated those comments on the campaign trail.
Mr. Trump now has the leeway to further his protectionist platform.
For instance, he could terminate any free-trade deal, though such a decision would likely get dragged through the courts, a trade expert tells Reuters. (Under the NAFTA agreement, any party to the deal can withdraw with six months’ notice.) However, Mr. Trump’s plans for tariffs – he’s proposed steeper taxation on goods imported from China and Mexico – would need congressional approval.
The implications for Canada could be significant.
The TPP would lower trade barriers, allowing Canada to import goods at lower prices. Broadly speaking, the deal would facilitate “higher productivity, higher GDP and higher incomes,” economics professor Trevor Tombe wrote in Maclean’s, though not every industry would benefit.
Moreover, Canada is highly dependent on a healthy trade relationship with its southern neighbour. The vast majority of Canadian exports end up on U.S. soil.
Approximately 78% of all of our exports are to the US.
So what can we do? The relations between Canada & the US have always been of paramount importance to Canada. Now that Donald Trump is president, it is essential that Canada foster these relations and ensure that US investment in Canada is maintained.
If you look at all the Foreign ownership in Canadian Industry (approximately 50%) and then consider 50% of that is American, that means that in just the industrial sector alone, the United States accounts for approximately 25% of all goods produced for export in Canada. Considering they buy approximately 78% of all of our exports, this puts us in a very dangerous position if Trump decides to reduce imports and/or put higher tariffs on imports to the US.
It is of vital importance that Justin Trudeau work to ensure maintained import/export relations with the US as these things alone will influence US presence in the manufacturing sector in Canada.
The success or failure of economic relations between Canada and the US has a trickle down effect on all of us. The less we can export, the less gets manufactured. Lowered manufacturing means fewer people required.
I urge everyone to do your part and speak your voice to send a clear message to the Trudeau government that we must work to ensure maintained economic relations with the US and work together as a North American Society. Our livelihood depends on it!
The Globe & Mail | How much of Canada’s energy resource lies in foreign hands?
Wikipedia | Economy of Canada
The Globe & Mail | How a Trump presidency would affect the Canadian Economy
The Canadian Encyclopedia | Foreign Investment
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