Posts by Danielle

  • Up Front: Oh, God, in reply to Stephen R,

    Some of my favourite music on earth is explicitly Christian or gospel-influenced. I find it beautiful and comforting in a humanist way, if that makes sense? That we could make this art for ourselves, because we're frightened, or joyous, or thoughtful.

    It's still not a reason to have Bible in Schools be a thing in state education, of course, but it's not like I'm completely hostile to all religious feeling.

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  • Up Front: Oh, God,

    Rosemary, I've been posting here under the same name since 2006. What's with the scare quotes?

    How people do or do not engage with Christianesque* religious festivals in their own time is actually irrelevant to the argument at hand, which is whether *primary school children*, *in state funded schools*, should be taught religious dogma as truth by *non-qualified individuals* on a weekly opt-out basis. I don't think they should.

    *I celebrate Christmas as a family and food festival rather than a religious one. We like lights! We like giving each other presents! We like elaborate meals! We've taken the fun parts and left the other stuff alone, and that's fine for us and makes us happy. Anyone who got up in my grill about my consumerism or non-church attendance would be given... rather short shrift, because seriously, WTF with the weird judgeypants concern trolling? How is it any of your damn business?

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  • Up Front: Oh, God, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    like, where is the fear coming from?

    I lived in the American south for four years. The insidious religious bullshit everywhere is at best tiresome and at worst actively harmful. We don't need it here in state schools and I'll pitch as many hissyfits as I fucking like about it, thank you very much.

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  • Up Front: Oh, God,

    I was gearing up for a battle when my oldest starts school next year, but according to the survey results spreadsheet our local school doesn't have "Religious Instruction" at all, which is a relief. I remember having it on Auckland's North Shore in the very early 1980s. My mother was most unimpressed by it but let me go for the sake of "fitting in": the instructor was very pretty and popular with the children. I rather wish she hadn't now. All I recall is getting the impression that my deeply irreligious New Zealand family were off to eternal damnation, and it obviously rather worried me. A horrible tale to tell little kids.

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  • Hard News: Not doing justice,

    a high falutin’ dinner party intellectual

    Did it ever occur to you that not everyone needs to rabbit on about their salt-of-the-earth working-class bona fides all the fucking time?

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  • Speaker: Not even a statistic, in reply to Emma Hart,

    Learning self-defence will not, as I said, keep you safe from being raped.

    Why are we still using "teach women to do stuff" arguments anyway? I'm sick of learning all these fucking things. Let's teach some men to do stuff for a change.

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  • Hard News: A wretched editorial,

    I’m not sure which of part of David’s post I find more amusing: the implication that the media shouldn’t have talked to the victim of an extremely newsworthy sexual assault *because she’s pretty*, or his low opinion of the “data” used in support of a feminist theoretical term he had apparently never heard of before this week.

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  • Hard News: A wretched editorial,

    My wife is fond of quoting Germaine Greer: “Women have very little idea of how much men hate them.”

    That's what's - excellent? Terrifying? Both? - about the internet: it gives women great insight into how much (some) men hate them. Or dismiss them, or patronise them, or shame them, or any other sort of action that denies personhood. Which then inspires the kind of online analysis that can deconstruct and refute misogynist arguments and rhetorical tropes. I reckon few people outside academia were thinking about that before. Hearts and minds and all that.

    (This may be the most Pollyanna argument about misogyny I've ever made. Don't worry, I'll snap out of it soon.)

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  • Hard News: A wretched editorial,

    Call it the iceberg theory.

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  • Hard News: A wretched editorial,

    Yes Rich, evocatively put.

    (I have certain PAS threads in mind. One had to be closed late last year, IIRC.)

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