Emma Watson must stop claiming to be a feminist right now! I don’t care if she has been a champion for women’s rights. I don’t care if she has a HeForShe campaign for personism or equal rights, or wrote a feminist book, or has been a UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador.
She posed for Vanity Fair in a photo that shows parts of the bottoms of her breasts. Her feminism days are over! Feminists cannot show certain parts of their bodies in public! They certainly cannot appear to be sexual beings. Men can, but women can’t. That’s a fundamental part of feminist thought, that women aren’t allowed to do the same things that men….
I acknowledge the Vanity Fair appearance was earlier this year. However, I believe this still, unfortunately, applies.
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Little known historical fact: the American Civil War, aka the War Between the States, is over. It ended in 1865.
I say that because it appears many people are still trying to fight that war.
I remember years ago visiting the capitol of Alabama in Montgomery. I was astonished to see both the flag of the United States of America, and the flag of the Confederate States of America, flying above the capitol building.
It was not that I had anything against the flag of the Confederacy being at the capitol. It is a part of Alabama’s history. Many brave and noble people lost their properties and their lives fighting for their homes, for Alabama, and for their view of America. The war, in many ways the most costly in American history, should not be forgotten. The Confederacy should not be forgotten, nor should its flags. I would have been perfectly happy seeing the flag openly displayed inside the capitol building.
But Alabama has not been part of the Confederacy since 1865. Neither has Texas. Texas has been under the flags of six different nations, including itself. Those fly over Six Flags amusement parks, as well they should. But not over the capitol, any more than the capitol of California should fly the flag of Mexico. Nor should Washington D.C. proclaim allegiance to the Nacotchtank. They inhabited the land long before Captain John Smith discovered them at the beginning of the 17th century, and even longer before it became the capital of America. The flag that flies over the center of government should represent that government and its allegiance, not allegiance to another nation.
We’re now having a battle over statues of the Confederacy. Again, I have no problem with the statutes themselves, even after I learned there were more erected during the assertion of Jim Crow laws over “negros” than at any other time.
But if they’re displayed, they should be displayed as a symbol of American history. They should not be a sign of its allegiance.
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It’s time to celebrate breastfeeding with World Breastfeeding Week between Aug. 1 and 7, 2017. Breastfeeding is the most natural thing a mother and child can do. And yet it’s shunned in many parts of the world. Mothers have been threatened and fired and even injured for wanting to take good care of their babies.
Breastfeeding is important for nourishment and the immune system and the bond it forms between mother and child. Even men can build a better relationship with a child held to their bare chest as skin-to-skin contact is critically important to a developing infant.
See also “The 111 Benefits of Breastfeeding – For Babies, Moms & Everyone Else.” This has some commercial links, but most of the links are to information from the United States Government.
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Is there really a reason men can go topless and women can’t? Should women blindfold their babies and toddlers before they let them nurse? This isn’t about nudism, it’s about feminism and personism.
To show that women should have the same rights as men, the 10th anniversary GoTopless Day peaceful protest is Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017. It’s always near the Sunday nearest Women’s Equality Day when women got the right to vote for gender equality.
Women and girls can go topless (or with their nipples covered, usually with fake nipples, if they’re marching in a prudish area), and men can wear bikini tops and bras. To find out if it’s happening near you, and if women can go fully topfree or not, check here.
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“Who could blame the people who felt abandoned and ignored by the major parties for reaching in despair for a candidate who offered oversimplified answers to infinitely complex questions and managed to entertain them in the process? With hindsight, it is clear that we all but ensured the rise of Donald Trump.” That’s by Jeff Flake, Republican senator from Arizona. It’s in a piece entitled, “My Party Is in Denial About Donald Trump.”
Admittedly Flake is from Arizona, a state where Republicans like he and fellow Senator John McCain can say what they really believe about Trump without fear of it destroying their re-election chances. But in this excerpt from his new book Conscience of a Conservative, he points out how conservatives focusing on fighting Barack Obama instead of working for conservative values helped put Donald Trump in the White House. And while he says liberals are to blame as well, he wisely leaves it up them to “answer for their own sins.”
It’s pretty clear that virtually no leaders in the Republican or Democratic Party are happy with Donald Trump as president. No living president of either party voted for him. Even Vice President Mike Pence strongly disagreed with and distanced himself from Trump more than once before the election.
I believe, as does Flake, that’s it’s time for the Republican Party to assert its own values. It may be necessary for the party to recreate itself. It’s done that successfully before, notably after Republicans Vice President Spiro T. Agnew and President Richard M. Nixon both resigned from office in the midst of scandals. A few years later, it was a new Republican Party, and the new president was Ronald Reagan.
But things have to change if the Republican Party is to retain any semblance of its values. “If this was our Faustian bargain, then it was not worth it. If ultimately our principles were so malleable as to no longer be principles, then what was the point of political victories in the first place?”
What do the Church of the SubGenius X-Day, a joint Pagan coven esbat with nudists and Discordians including Shamlicht Kids Club, a supposed reunion of the Early Church of the SubGenius, and a video by Rev. Peas Francis Flanagan have in common? They all helped inspire The Gathering at The Grove!
About 60 men, women, teenagers and children came to the private event The Grove Gathering in July 2017 and had a great time! There was singing, dancing, nude body painting, pagan workshops, games including the Cloved Lemon Kissing Game, and lots more. It may become an annual event!
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An opinion by guest blogger Kristofer James
I want to think that analogies may help people understand who truly don’t. This is my simple analogy for anyone who keeps wondering “why in the heck are these people protesting?” This is only my opinion, and it is very simplified, and it does not represent everyone who protested…. This is only my opinion–maybe even an alternative fact…
I think of all the strong women descendants of Luella Biler who have made an impact on me when I write many of the things I do. I see their faces as I type. They give me strength, and it is a proud strength. They are my family, and I love them.
The classmate who has been known for being a bully (maybe he’s changed, maybe he says he doesn’t even bully anymore, maybe bullied only in the locker room) gets elected to class president. He is inaugurated.
The next day, those who have been bullied by him are maybe joined by others across the land–maybe even the world–who have experienced being bullied, and they rally together, just to remind everyone, especially the newly-elected class President, that they will not put up with bullying anymore. They have been united because of something they have experienced together. They believe that the experiences they share are important on a human level, and want to try to do what they can so that they, and future generations, may be able to live without being bullied. They have that fundamental human right to do so.
And let’s say that for most of the last 100 years, those who have been bullied have not always been protected under the law (maybe the first law to try to protect them was enacted in 1920).
Maybe there are some who were never bullied, so maybe they don’t understand it on the level of those who have been bullied. But to just dismiss it as nothing important is just not very insightful, or empathetic, yet we have grown up in a society that says we should be empathetic and insightful.
But I digress…
They rally because it gives a voice. It makes sure we move forward, not backwards…It lets those who have bullied, or who currently bully, or who are inclined to bully, know that bullying is understood and that it will no longer be tolerated. It lets those who endure bullying know that they are not alone.
They know that it is quite possible that bullying will never be completely eradicated, but at least they rally together to ensure it is not forgotten. They keep in in the light. Awareness.
Maybe some of those who have never experienced bullying first hand know someone who has, and they stand proudly beside them.
Please don’t dismiss them. You know someone who has been bullied, so don’t act like you don’t. And if you have been bullied, don’t act like you haven’t been.
The opinion of an individual blogger does not necessarily reflect that of all members of The Loveshade Family. Kristofer James has worked in the entertainment industry including work for Inland Stage and as a director in the MSJC theatre department. The original Ĕk-sĕn-trĭks Cluborguild, which created the Order of the Pineapple and led to the creation of the Discordian Division of the Ek-sen-triks CluborGuild, began at MSJC. The most recent honorees of The Order are named Here.
“Don’t bully…be a friend” image is from http://newsroom.scoutlete.com/bully-no-more-how-to-stop-bullying
The Order of the Pineapple is only awarded once a year on January 18, and this is it.
The honorees for 2017 are: Connie Dobbs and Miley Ray Cyrus.
Miley Ray Cyrus (honorary DAP name Smiley Day Eris) was a Disney Princess who transformed into a Discordian American Princess. She flashes the Discordian hand sign, sang the song ’23,’ changed her name from Destiny Hope to Miley Ray which is more like Discordian Saint Minnie Rae, founded the non-profit Happy Hippie Foundation, and twerked and spanked a midget.
Connie Dobbs is the first and primary wife of polygamist and Church of the SubGenius founder J. R. “Bob” Dobbs and the “;REAL leader” of the Church of the SubGenius. She has been an actress (primarily known for her work in childrens’ programs), model, homemaker, and is the founder of Home for Slackless Children, an inspiration for Shamlicht Kids Club.
The Order of the Pineapple is also called the DisOrder of the Pineapple and the Pineapple DisOrder, but it’s usually abbreviated O.P. (The award has also been called Patus Pineappleus Bromeliadic and the winners The P.P. Bromeliadics or Bromedliaddicts). It honors those who have given extraordinary service to “the participatorial study of comedic attitudes and eccentric tendencies.” The O.P. is awarded to very few people, those who are especially servicey. It’s presented on only one day a year, January 18 CE, which is 18 Chaos of the Discordian calendar. That date is recognized as Pat Pineapple Day. Pat is the Mascot of the ECG and Patron Saint of the D D of the ECG. It is absolutely required that members of the Order eat something containing or resembling pineapple on January 18–unless of course they don’t feel like it.
Congratulations to them both!
(This is a temporary holding file. The original announcing the naming of Hakim Bey to the Order of the Pineapple was part of the crash of this site back then. We’re posting this until we can restore the original).
IMPORTANT: As of this posting, Alden Loveshade is very much alive.
Alden has been to far too many funerals/memorial services in the past few years, losing a father, two brothers, uncle, cousin, etc. So many times it’s come up: “Gee, I wish I said that when he/she was still alive.”
Well, this is your chance. Feel free to post what you’d post if Alden really was gone. Then, when the time comes, you can say, “Gee, I’m glad I said that when e was still alive.” Note that Alden has professionally published 2,000 or so obituaries, and couldn’t resist co-writing his own.
Alden Loveshade, writer, photographer, personist, philosopher, animal caregiver, friend and family member, has died. In accordance with es wishes, this article uses the genderless “e” for “he,” “es” for “his,” etc.
E graduated with distinction with an Associate Degree in Humanities from MSJC. E was a member of the national honor society Phi Theta Kappa, co-editor of the campus newspaper, editor of student publications, homecoming king (winning with a bag over es head), two-term student government president, and area vice president and state board member for the California Community College Student Government Association. While at college e was a winner of a Student Leadership Award and a Special Leadership Award and was named to the Order of the Pineapple. The U. S. Jaycees named him as one of the Outstanding Young Men in America.
Returning to college, Alden graduated Summa cum Laud from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts and a minor in Chicano/Latino Studies. E also became a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society. E was co-creator and head writer of “Same River Twice,” a university-produced English language telenovela that won Best Film for Inland California Filmmakers, Smog Dance 1999, and was featured in the New York Latino Film Festival that same year.
It was produced with advice from Oscar and Emmy Award winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler, and under Executive Producer, writer, radio personality, documentarian and Emmy Award Winner Saul Landau.
E was also a director and playwright with several produced plays, including “A Very Bad One Act” directed by Daytime Emmy-Award nominee Ronald Layne Hoffman. He worked as a reporter, newspaper columnist, book reviewer, researcher, investigative consultant, computer lab supervisor, teacher, web site designer, photographer, animal caregiver, and dishwasher.
E also published articles, short stories, poems, essays, play and movie reviews, cartoons, graphic designs, and photographs. His work has appeared in a number of local, national and international publications under a variety of pennames. Under the name Alden Loveshade, es work as appeared in a number of publications including Anaphora Literary Press, BBC, Flight Magazine, Guideposts Magazine, Hemet Magazine, Hungur Magazine, Intermittens Magazine, Sixfold Magazine, Yahoo! News, and Yahoo! Sports. He also wrote under different names for a number of other publications including being a regular writer and photographer for a Pulitzer Prize winning periodical that is one of the 100 top newspapers in America.
As a singer, actor, playwright, director and in various other capacities, e was involved with about 200 community, college, civic, and professional productions on stage and in radio and television including choral, musical, drama, tragedy, comic, and one-act productions. E appeared in the world premiere of Will Eisner Award Hall of Famer Don Martin and Ron Hoffman’s mini-musical Mia Romantica Crazio.
E was a controversial activist who emphasized five basic beliefs. These are 1) the rights of the individual, 2) the responsibilities of the individual to society, 3) the responsibility of parents and caregivers to prepare a child for life, 4) complete personal freedom in a free society if it harms no one, and 5) harmonious discord, accepting differences. As a journalistic activist and investigator, e faced threats of incarceration and even death threats by phone, email, letter, and in person. E spent time living on the street, and escaped after capture by an armed assailant. Considering emself a “personist,” e promoted the use of the words “e,” “es,” and “emself” as substitutes for “he/she,” “his/her,” and “himself/herself.”
Es hobbies included historical recreation, acting, drumming, bicycling, being a lord of Sealand, and role-playing games, especially GURPS for which e was a playtester.
In lieu of flowers, it’s asked that donations be made to a favorite charity or group that supports the five basic beliefs.
IMPORTANT: As of this posting, Alden Loveshade is very much alive.