Suggestion Saturday: January 8, 2011

Here is this week’s list of blog posts, comic strips, videos and other tidbits from my favourite corners of the web. (Photo credit.)

The “M” in Morality. Can everything be divided into good and evil? What does it mean to be moral? Why is morality important to humans but irrelevant to more solitary species? Click on the link to find out. One day, ‘Seph, we’re going to have to sit down and hash out these questions over a cold drink. 🙂

Myth-Making and the “We Can Do It!” Poster. Which picture do you think of when I mention Rosie the Riveter? I just recently found out that the poster most commonly associated with this World War II character isn’t actually the real Rosie.

Your Local Christian Bookstore. A comic strip about one of the great gender divides at Christian bookstores. I’ve noticed the same phenomenon in secular bookstores, though: (straight) women are somehow responsible for their entire relationship while men are rarely if ever asked or shown how to do the same thing. 99% of the advice books are for and about the women and promote extremely traditional, rigid gender roles. It’s as if that section of the bookstore oozed out of the 1950s and I’d be far less annoyed by it all if other options for constructing a relationship were at least mentioned!

A Bilbo Baggins Vibe. I love it when unrelated media (in this case a comic strip) references Lord of the Rings.

Barbara Ehrenreich and The Law of Attraction. An excellent video that illustrates the most troubling aspects of the Law of Attraction and other positive thinking bullshit. I rarely if ever cuss on this blog or in real life but the massive numbers of people who are manipulated and bamboozled by these ridiculous (and in some cases psychologically abusive) movements makes me incredibly angry.

How Bad is Welfare Fraud in the USA? A great discussion about welfare fraud in the United States. When I was growing up there I heard stories about people making a great deal of money through defrauding social assistance. It always sounded like an urban legend to me.

What have you been reading?

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  1. “The “M” in Morality. Can everything be divided into good and evil? What does it mean to be moral? Why is morality important to humans but irrelevant to more solitary species? Click on the link to find out. One day, ‘Seph, we’re going to have to sit down and hash out these questions over a cold drink.’

    I love the way you think!
    I too believe Beer can solve all the problems of the world!! 😉