Just when I thought Social Justice Warriors couldn’t delve any deeper into the absurd
Student leaders have pulled the mat out from 60 University of Ottawa students, ending a free on-campus yoga class over fears the teachings could be seen as a form of “cultural appropriation.”
Jennifer Scharf, who has been offering free weekly yoga instruction to students since 2008, says she was shocked when told in September the program would be suspended, and saddened when she learned of the reasoning.
Staff at the Centre for Students with Disabilities believe that “while yoga is a really great idea and accessible and great for students … there are cultural issues of implication involved in the practice,” according to an email from the centre. […]
The centre goes on to say, “Yoga has been under a lot of controversy lately due to how it is being practiced,” and which cultures those practices “are being taken from.”
The centre official argues since many of those cultures “have experienced oppression, cultural genocide and diasporas due to colonialism and western supremacy … we need to be mindful of this and how we express ourselves while practising yoga.” […]
Ahimakin said the student federation put the yoga session on hiatus while they consult with students “to make it better, more accessible and more inclusive to certain groups of people that feel left out in yoga-like spaces. … We are trying to have those sessions done in a way in which students are aware of where the spiritual and cultural aspects come from, so that these sessions are done in a respectful manner.”
In related matters, don’t you dare be caught White-While-Eating-Foreign …
But, food is appropriated when people from the dominant culture – in the case of the US, white folks – start to fetishize or commercialize it, and when they hoard access to that particular food.
When a dominant culture reduces another community to it’s cuisine, subsumes histories and stories into menu items – when people think culture can seemingly be understood with a bite of food, that’s where it gets problematic.
It’s also harmful when the dominant culture controls the economic and material resources to produce that food for their own consumption and profit.
There are some people who just did not receive enough beatings as a child.
— Evi L. Bloggerlady (@MsEBL) November 22, 2015
UnitedHealth warns losses “unsustainable” …
The chief executive officer of the largest U.S. health insurance company on Thursday told investors that the company’s losses from Obamacare were worsening, showed no signs of improvement, and would be unsustainable beyond 2016.
UnitedHealth Group CEO Stephen J. Hemsley made the comments in a conference call after the insurer warned investors about $425 million in losses primarily due to its participation in Obamacare, even though the company previously expected that the exchanges would have a neutral effect on profits. He even expressed some regret about participating in the program in the first place.
Asked whether the company would be willing to tolerate losses beyond 2016, Hemsley was emphatic: “No. We cannot sustain these losses. We can’t really subsidize a marketplace that doesn’t appear at the moment to be sustaining itself.” […]
He said that the company would determine by the middle of next year to what extent UnitedHealth would participate in Obamacare, if at all. This decision, he said, would be made on a state-by state-basis.
In the meantime, he said the company had taken steps to limit its exposure to the law, by raising premiums, cutting back on marketing, and reducing commissions.
“We saw no indication of anything actually improving,” he said.
ObamaCare was put in place to force the country into a single-payer program with BigNannyGovernment in charge of everyone’s medical care.
You can do some pretty cool things with a big, badass beard.
Since the lumbersexual trend took over, we’ve seen everything from flower-clad facial hair and rainbow-colored scruff to beards covered in little Christmas ornaments.
If you’ve been getting into the holiday spirit by hanging beard baubles all over your face, you should know those dull decorations aren’t the only ways you can make a seasonal style statement.
Apparently, “glitter beards” are now a real thing and these brilliant bristles might just be the best thing that has ever happened in the history of hipster beards.
As if these attendees of an institution of higher daycare will be mollified …
Princeton University has agreed to look into the legacy of alumnus and U.S. President Woodrow Wilson after a group of students staged a sit-in to protest his views on race and segregation.
That resolution comes after university President Christopher Eisgruber and two other school officials signed an agreement late Thursday with the Black Justice League to end the 32-hour sit-in. The university said 17 students signed the agreement.
“We appreciate the willingness of the students to work with us to find a way forward for them, for us and for our community,” Eisgruber said. “We were able to assure them that their concerns would be raised and considered through appropriate processes.” […]
Princeton officials also agreed to designate four rooms in the Carl A. Fields Center to be used as “Cultural Affinity Centers” as well as enhancing cultural competency training for some staff.
#WarOnBoys — 9 year old writes love note to classmate; School threatens him with sexual harassment charges [Darleen Click]
Want to bet this would not have happened if the note was directed toward another boy?
A 9-year-old Florida boy could face sexual harassment charges for penning love notes to a girl in his class, his furious mother said.
The tiny admirer gushed about his crush, telling her she’s “pretty and cute” while boldly revealing his feelings for her in the handwritten loose-leaf letter, ABC Action News reported.
“I like you,” the Tampa fourth grader in the Hillsborough County Public Schools district wrote inside a heart drawing. “I like your hair because it is not sloppy. I like your eyes because they sparkle like diamonds.”
The romantic proclamations landed the little boy in the principal’s office, where school officials threatened they’d get authorities to slap him with sexual harassment charges, according to ABC.
They said his pining was inappropriate and came in several “unwanted” letters.
Of course, it’s all the fault of the hatey-hatey cismale, heteronormative boys who decide they just don’t want to get involved with a “transgender girl” who is a fully-intact male.
Appearing in a new BBC Three documentary, Young, Trans and Looking for Love, they let viewers see a glimpse of their lives as they struggle to find love.
The doc shows the moment Claire, from Virginia, meets a guy that she likes, only to be rejected by him as soon as he finds out she was born a boy. […]
The boys, who were originally attracted to Claire, did not call after finding out that she is trans.
“That’s it, silence,” says Claire. “Like nothing from them again.”
Claire has also begun making social media diaries of her transition, sharing her experiences with transgender teens across the world.
Hoping on finding a boyfriend, she reveals that she doesn’t like telling people the truth and is desperate for an operation.
She says: “In a lot of ways, I don’t like telling a guy. Once I tell him all respect goes out of the window.
“Straight guys just can’t get over you having the male parts.
“Once I’ve had or get the surgery, I think it will change a lot for me because right now if I meet a straight guy and he doesn’t know – we can’t get physical if I don’t tell him.
“And then if he finds out, things just get so complicated, I can’t even begin to explain.”
“Claire” is being set up for failure by certain political groups eager to promulgate the falsehood that gender is whatever you choose. They prey on the psychologically damaged, offering them salvation through surgery, but it never really solves the issue because men and women are different.
If “Claire” is sexually oriented towards men, he should be looking to date other gays — boys who will not reject him for having male parts. What cruelty to inflict on Claire that somehow it is a straight man’s obligation to become romantically and sexually involved with Claire by going along with the delusion he is a woman.
I do not feel any anger towards Claire. I feel a great deal of sympathy because he has been used so shabbily and studies show that even when he has all his male genitalia removed, it will not solve his psychological issues. He is never going to fulfill his ‘wish’ to be a woman.
This will not end well.
Claire’s enablers should be tarred and feathered.
There were shouts of
Jesus is Great! Allah Akbar, but who really knows?
Al Qaeda-linked jihadists claimed responsibility for an ongoing and deadly hostage-taking at a hotel in Mali’s capital Friday, as U.S. and Malian special forces worked to free at least 90 people who were still inside.
Malian army commander Modibo Nama Traore told The Associated Press that at least one guest earlier reported that the attackers instructed him to recite verses from the Koran before he was allowed to leave the Radisson Blu hotel in Mali’s capital, Bamako. At least three people have died in the assault, according to another military official, Lt. Col. Diarran Kone.
Traore said Malian special forces have entered the hotel and are freeing hostages “floor by floor.” Hours after the attacks began, local TV images showed heavily armed troops in what appeared to be a lobby area. Some U.S. military personnel in Bamako are assisting with the rescue efforts, a defense official told Fox News.
Traore said 10 gunmen had stormed the hotel Friday morning shouting “Allahu Akbar,” or “God is great,” in Arabic before firing on the guards. A staffer at the hotel who gave his name as Tamba Diarra said over the phone that the attackers used grenades in the assault.
Al-Mourabitoun, a militant group based in northern Mali, said on Twitter that it was behind the attack, but the claim could not immediately be verified, Reuters reports. A handful of jihadi groups, some linked to Al Qaeda, seized the northern half of Mali — a former French colony — in 2012 and were ousted from cities and towns by a French military intervention.
She had heard the villagers’ whispers, listened to their warnings. She was not deterred.
Yet the sight of the stone rocked her, all at once familiar and enigmatic; ancient beyond reckoning and carved with shallow channels and catch basins.
Oh, the villagers held dark suspicions of what had filled those depressions. They kept their distance and posted wards on their lintels.
The setting sun, its light a deep gold, and the first moon rising, silvered pink a faint glow. Her hands rose up, cupped, and the combined light pooled there, heavy liquid, spilling over into the first basin.
Now, your turn.
Welcome the women and orphans… pic.twitter.com/yVVVLCwhHL
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) November 19, 2015
University play shut down by playwright because actors are ::::gasp:::: white!! He writes (as he heads to his safeplace)
You should know that what you are doing is connected to a very painful history of egregious misrepresentation and invisibility, and is incredibly hurtful. Hurtful to a community for whom opportunity and visibility is critical, and also extremely hurtful to me personally as a flippant denial of Asian heritage as a relevant and valid component of one’s humanity.
It hurts me to my core. I couldn’t stop myself from crying when I saw the photos and realized what was happening. It is embarrassing, humiliating, and demoralizing to be so casually disregarded.
I therefore insist that you immediately (1) recast the play with ethnically appropriate actors, or (2) shut down the production entirely.
Someone get that boy a binky!