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Russia: Swearing in films banned by lower house

Will S.:

I think it’s great that in Putin’s Russia, government can still at least try to pass legislation of this kind, and in fact has the moral courage to attempt to do so; without fear of ridicule or retribution. Would that Anglosphere politicians weren’t so gutless or fearful as they are, and were instead more like Russia’s… Go Putin!

Originally posted on Will S.' Culture War Blog:

The Russian parliament’s lower house has passed a bill that bans swearing from films, music and other works of art, it’s been reported.

The measure would impose fines for swearing in films, plays, concerts and shows, the Itar-Tass news agency reports. In addition, members of the public could face penalties of up to 2,500 roubles (£42; $70) for swearing in public and officials would have to pay double.

The bill says a panel of experts will decide exactly what counts as a swear word. If the measure is approved by the upper house, it will be signed into law by President Vladimir Putin and take effect on 1 July 2014.

Earlier, the private TVC channel caused a stir by beeping out a word in the classic 1979 Soviet film Garage. The word “hrenovina” – a colourful expression for nonsense – was deemed too offensive for broadcast. But the film’s…

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Posted by on April 24, 2014 in good news

 

Disney movies are pro-homo, gender-bending, and encourage female manipulation of males

The leftists at the Atlantic confirm what we’ve long known…

By preaching acceptance and questioning gender, the company’s kids films offer a queer-studies crash course.

Indeed… The article goes into quite a bit of detail.

The culture warriors have decided: Disney’s Frozen is queer. Elsa hiding her ice-powers could be read as a metaphor for the closet, the Oscar-winning “Let it Go” plays like a coming-out anthem, and a character in the film evokes the question of whether homosexuality is a choice by inquiring of Elsa’s powers, “born with it or cursed?” Some liberals have praised the film for its subtext; some conservatives have denounced it. But the most remarkable thing about queer readings of the film may be how unremarkable they really are. Through both its corporate practices and the content of its films, Disney for decades has implemented the so-called “gay agenda”—which is to say, helping make the world a more accepting place.

Yeah, real accepting of us traditionalists {/sarcasm}… But I digress.

queer kids could identify with Disney protagonists, who are usually outcasts set apart from society by some innate desire (usually indicated by an “I want” song that details whatever dream that particular character is pining to attain). Ariel (The Little Mermaid) wanted to be part of another world, the townspeople think Belle (Beauty and the Beast) is “a funny girl … different from the rest of us” and Pocahontas (Pocahontas) does not want to be steady as the beating drum. This marks the Disney protagonist as odd, unusual, queer. Even classic Disney films featured these archetypes. Initially mocked by his peers, Dumbo (Dumbo“comes out” and waves his freak flag after hallucinating pink elephants and learning to fly. Pinocchio (Pinocchio) reflects queer anxiety since he doesn’t know how to act like “a real boy,” and he thinks performing masculinity through smoking, cursing, and misbehaving will earn his father’s love. Then there’s the fact that Disney protagonists often reject traditional marriage partners. Ariel wants to marry a human against her father’s wishes, Belle rejects Gaston’s proposal in front of the whole town, Jasmine refuses to marry the sultan’s suitors, Pocahontas refuses to marry a tribal warrior, and Mulan rejects conventional matchmaking. In this way, even though Disney films usually offer a traditional happy ending with a heterosexual marriage, the journey always involves rejecting parental and societal expectations, and exercising a “freedom to marry whomever you love” spirit that is endemic to gay rights. Indeed, many Disney romances are examples of “impossible desire,” a trope that is crucial to the queer experience, as gender-studies theorist Heather Love argued in Feeling Backward. It was impossible for Ariel to be with Eric unless she became human, or for Belle to be with the Beast unless he became human, or for Aladdin to be with Jasmine unless he became a prince, or for Pocahontas to be with John Smith unless she left her people.

But wait – there’s also gender-bending and manipulation of men!

In the seminal Gender Trouble, Judith Butler pointed out how gender was in part performance-based, a fact that Disney has often depicted with cross-dressing and gender subversion. The company’s animators cite the drag performer Divine as the inspiration for Ursula in The Little Mermaid. Just as Divine was cast in Pink Flamingos because “society saw [drag characters] as perverts so they decided to revel in their status,” so too Ursula is marked a pervert by introducing sex to a children’s animated film. She encourages Ariel to use her body to lure the prince, and her magic not only gives the mermaid legs but also (presumably) a sexual organ, as Ariel emerges from the sea completely naked and must be covered up. In another instance of gender bending, the Genie in Aladdin shapeshifts into many characters, including female ones, and even dons feminine clothes and underwear at different points in the film. Indeed, Aladdin’s romance with Jasmine is much less developed than his friendship with the genie, and his decision to free the genie provides the movie’s poignant climax. Robin Williams’s character even acknowledges the queer undercurrent: “I’m getting kinda fond of you kid … not that I want to pick out curtains or anything.” Another obvious example: Mulan, where the protagonist disguises herself as a male soldier. When the soldiers later dress themselves as courtesans so they can sneak into the palace, the film completes its theme of gender as performance, with women pretending to be men and men pretending to be women. Mulan’s “I Want” song also plays like an anthem for kids born into the wrong gendered body—“When will my reflection show who I am inside?”—and intriguingly, the film insinuates that her male captain fell in love with her while she was masquerading as a man.

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Thus, Disney films have been both traditional and subversive, serving wholesome princess stories to a largely hetero-normative global audience while also subtly appealing to queer children. You don’t need to be up on your queer theory or buy into the “It Gets Better” campaign to understand why any of this matters. Through conventional happy endings for outcasts and oddballs, Disney films let every child know that it’s ok to be different.

The best subversion is carried out right under people’s noses; most people are idiots, and thus fail to recognize it for what it is, and the few who do can be easily marginalized as kill-joy paranoid quacks.

 

Guelph gentlemen’s club to start hosting church service

Originally posted on Will S.' Random Weirdness Blog:

There’s no gimmick that evangelicals won’t try…
Churchgoers at The Manor. Sunday, April 20.

Churchgoers at The Manor. Sunday, April 20.

A group of people had an Easter service in an unlikely place Sunday. A gentleman’s club in Guelph called The Manor.

A few months ago Jack Ninaber and his wife Sharon decided they would host a Christian fellowship service at the unconventional space.

“When we were going by The Manor I joked to Jack that we should do a worship in The Manor, then the idea really never left me,” says Sharon.

“If you told me that I would be doing this six months ago I would be laughing at you and saying you’re out of your mind that’s crazy,” adds Jack.

Yes, it is crazy.

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Posted by on April 23, 2014 in Canada, churchianity, evanjellyfish

 

Survey: Christian mothers value family over their relationship with Jesus

Will S.:

Interesting findings in that survey…

Originally posted on Wintery Knight:

My deist friend ECM sent me this shocking article from Church for Men blog. Please read, then read my comments below.

Excerpt:

When forced to choose their top priority in life, Christian women overwhelmingly pick family over faith, according to a survey from Barna Research. Five times more women chose “being a mother or parent” than chose “being a follower of Christ,” as their most important role in life.

These stunning survey results give us a clue as to why Christianity is so rapidly changing into a family-centered faith; why Christian culture is feminizing; and why the gender gap in many denominations continues to grow.

The researchers wrote:

[Women's] spiritual lives are rarely their most important source of identity. That role is taken up by the strong priority Christian women place on family.

The preeminence of family was most overt for Christian women when it came to naming the highest priority…

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Crimea re-annexation commemorative coin being minted

With Putin’s likeness on it, naturally.

A 1 kg silver coin!

A 1 kg silver coin!

Commemorative coins bearing an image of Russian President Vladimir Putin are being minted at a Russian factory to mark the Kremlin’s takeover of Crimea, it appears.

Putin’s face is on one side of the 1kg (2.2lb) coin while the other shows a map of the Crimean Peninsula, Moscow daily Komsomolskaya Pravda reports. Factory director Vladimir Vasyuhin explains that by bringing the Crimean peninsula “back home”, Putin had “demonstrated the qualities of a wise strategist and politician”. In March, Russia formally took over control of Crimea from Ukraine, despite international sanctions.

The limited edition of 500 silver coins has been called The Gatherer of Russian Lands – a phrase traditionally associated with Ivan III – better known as Ivan the Great – who significantly expanded Russia’s territories during his rule. The coins haven’t been priced yet, but the factory says it is planning to present some of them to the Russian leadership.

Gotta love it.

Go, Putin!

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2014 in Fuck Yeah!, on the lighter side

 

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Wanted: woman with tractor; send picture of tractor

So the agricultural dating website highlighted in this post (at the top) is targeting Canada with an advertising blitz, hoping to drum up more business on this side of the border.

The CBC story tells the story of why the site’s founder and owner started it in the first place:

Miller was doing agricultural marketing when he came up with the idea for the dating site in 2005. A divorced, female friend was having trouble meeting men while working long hours on her farm, and found suitors on other dating websites didn’t have a clue about what her life was like.

Aw, he wanted to help out a divorced female friend. How heroic.

Miller started promoting his new business with flyers at feed stores. At one point, he had to redesign the site when he realized most farmers had dial-up modems.

The little dating site that grew now has about 1.5 million members. With more high-speed Internet available now in rural areas, Miller says many farmers look for love on the site with their cell phones while riding on their tractors.

And the article describes how some Saskatchewan farmboy found love with some Manitoba farmgal two years older than him, with a little girl in tow, through using the website. (From the photo, a rather ample single mom, who says he’s the most sincere and genuine man a woman could find… No doubt. IMO, the guy looks a lot more handsome (albeit nerdy) than she is attractive; don’t know why he couldn’t find someone else…)

So, farmers, if you want divorced women, and plus-sized single moms from the country, you know where to go!

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2014 in America, Canada, feral females

 
 
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