The Oyster Girl

I’m all for feminist ballads, and cheesiness! I really hope you don’t mind me reblogging this, as I would like the small but thoughtful audience of Sly Fawkes (Opinionated Opinions) to enjoy it as well.

Disrupting Dinner Parties

So, I wrote a little song! And it’s not too bad as my songs go – a little cheesy as always, but it developed into a bit of a feminist ballad so I decided to share with everyone here. But first, a bit of background: my partner and I have this thing about oysters – mainly that we love to eat them, and do so at pretty much every conceivable opportunity, so we’ve dubbed ourselves “Team Oyster.” Once after a trip to the east coast with his mother, he brought me home a print from an art museum he went to – it was a seventeenth century Dutch painting called “Girl Eating Oysters,” which is self-explanatory. He told me he liked the playful and mischievous look on her face, which reminded him of me, and I had to agree and loved the gift. It is especially fun because oysters are…

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“But Not All ______ Are Like That!”

When your first response to a statement by or about a marginalized person is to say “but not all ____________ are like that,” then you aren’t listening. You are being an apologist for bad behavior.

The Belle Jar

I see this happen all the damn time.

Someone describes the actions of a privileged group of people and how these actions, purposefully or not, encourage the marginalization of a less-privileged group. Most often this description occurs within the context of trying to explain to the privileged folks how this dynamic is hurtful and oppressive. The hope is that the privileged group will listen to the marginalized person, examine their own behaviour, and try to do better in the future. The reality is that the person doing the explaining is nearly always met with a chorus of, “but not all men/white people/straight people/cis people/able-bodied people are like that!”

Look. I get it. You, whatever privileged group you happen to fall into, are a good person. You want to remind the marginalized group that you view yourself as an ally. You want them to know that not everyone is against them…

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An Early Atheist

Personally, I would see the questioning individual as perhaps potentially an atheist but also potentially an agnostic. I personally do not see the term agnostic as meaning “a weak atheist.” I identify as an agnostic. I am not an atheist. I don’t see my viewpoint as weak or wishy-washy. I do believe that there are potentially powers that one might term deities in the Universe, although I am not religious. For me, identifying as an agnostic means that I keep an open mind to the various possibilities. I’m not sure when the term became co-opted to mean “weak atheist.”
I like the cartoon and I like the blog. I have a little frustration these days with the fact that when I identify my belief system, such as it is, I am admonished to “take a stand” and profess my true atheism, when I am not in fact an atheist.

Triangulations

Early_AtheismSo, can you spot the atheist?

I made this image after seeing this cartoon by David Hayward. You see, unlike one possible message in David’s drawing, I don’t think that people make up different stories about “God” because they are blindfolded as they grope some underlying divine reality. Instead, I think as they view the complicate world, they are just too tempted into quick, simple answers, or they are easily self-deceived or they are just uncomfortable with the unknown. Oh yeah, I left one possibility out: in the worst case scenarios, they are just manipulative bastards!

Sorry, watching a bit too much of Tim Minchin’s dark humor today — let’s blame him.

Anyway, this have been is my sad attempt at artistry, humor and a tad bit of philosophy. Maybe I should just leave those things to David and Tim.  What do you think?

 

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