Protected: (Tier 1) Adventures in Christianist Earth Science Education XXXI: Wherein Mutants are Villified

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I’m So Torn Over the New Ghostbusters

B and I spent our Monday afternoon watching the movie fake geek boys love to hate. And I am seriously torn. Because I really, really would like to see this movie as a child. But then I’d have missed out on all of the delicious adult subtext, plus the overturning of cultural norms. But the special effects would’ve blown my young mind. Oh, dilemmas.

So, my dear friend and fellow Orbit blogger Aoife has already told you what’s best about Holtzmann. She absolutely steals the show. She is 100% not there for the straight male gaze. I love that. I love that the only somewhat sexualized woman was for women. And I’m so sad I’m almost completely straight, because being Holtzmann is now my new life goal, and I just don’t think almost completely straight people can even come close to managing that.

What else did I love? Continue reading “I’m So Torn Over the New Ghostbusters”

I’m So Torn Over the New Ghostbusters

(Repost) “I Was Just Another Piece of Property” – Escape Chapter 8: Newlywed

Carolyn Jessop has gone from single college student to subservient wife in a polygamous arranged marriage in just a few days.

Content note for physical, sexual, and emotional abuse of adults; physical abuse and neglect of children; attempted suicide.

Now, on her “honeymoon,” she’s enduring repeated sexual assaults from her new husband at night. She’s just grateful she doesn’t have to speak to him during the day, as he shows no interest in her outside of trying to fuck her. She’s reeling, and the fact that her father and stepmother are thrilled by her marriage perplexes her: “If they loved me, how could they have let me go through anything so hateful?”

In a word: religion.

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Protected: (Tier 1) “An Ulterior Motive” – Escape Chapter 24: Patrick’s Abuse

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New at Rosetta Stones: Sparkly Gems and Magnificent Dinosaurs at the Burke Museum

Suzanne and I spent last Tuesday at the Burke Museum. Want to take a virtual tour with us? See gorgeous gemstones, lotsa fossils, and super cool dinosaurs at Rosetta Stones!

Image shows Suzanne, an older lady in a brown blouse with a brown patterned peasant skirt, standing beside a sauropod thigh bone almost as tall as she is.
Suzanne and the Sauropod. Image credit: Dana Hunter
New at Rosetta Stones: Sparkly Gems and Magnificent Dinosaurs at the Burke Museum

SPN Analysis – S1E10 – “Asylum” – Oral Traditions and Horror Cinema

Okay, everybody, it’s time to head over to Zeroth’s blog and read this most excellent analysis! It’s one of my favorites so far.

There are certain tropes common to horror cinema, ones that have been rightfully criticized.

  • If a character has sex, they’re going to die.
  • The black guy dies first.
  • The survivor will be the white blonde virgin.

These tropes were established back in the heyday of horror movies, and they’re criticized because they communicate specific, poisonous social norms. The killer is often presented as an unstoppable force of nature, killing seemingly indiscriminately, and yet somehow, fitting these tropes much of the time.

There are consequences, delivered by a force of nature, for breaking specific norms, such as “don’t be black” and “don’t have sex”.

Seems fairly arbitrary, eh?

But horror cinema is simply an extension of a much older phenomenon: oral traditions.

Read the rest!

And I promise I’ll catch up on my backlog of SPN analyses soon.

SPN Analysis – S1E10 – “Asylum” – Oral Traditions and Horror Cinema

New at Rosetta Stones: Find Out Which Rock I Am, Plus Pluto!

I’ve got a couple of lovely posts for your perusing pleasure at Rosetta Stones.

Firstly: our first Geo Q&A! Find out what sort of rock I am.

Secondly: 6 Reasons New Horizons Rocks. Get your Plutonic geology on!

You’ll soon see a bit on the Burke Museum, since Suzanne and I did a thorough job of the place. To tide you over, here are a few candid shots. Continue reading “New at Rosetta Stones: Find Out Which Rock I Am, Plus Pluto!”

New at Rosetta Stones: Find Out Which Rock I Am, Plus Pluto!

(Repost) Adventures in ACE IV: When Creationists Drill the Ocean

I’m assured by Jonny that Science PACE 1086 is something special in the bizarreness department. I can see this is true by all the crosses on the cover. The impression given is that they’re so threatened by the implications of a man standing on the moon that they have to spray the scene with god symbols, sort of like a dog dehydrating itself in order to advise other dogs that this is definitely its territory. So there!

The Table of Contents doesn’t give much away. We’re going to learn about “The Foundations of the World,” which seem to be the basics of geology: the crust-mantle-core stuff, rock types, and topography. One wonders how they’re going to spray god everywhere. I’m confident they’ll find a way.

We’re also going to learn to be dependable, and our verse is I Timothy 6:20: Continue reading “(Repost) Adventures in ACE IV: When Creationists Drill the Ocean”

(Repost) Adventures in ACE IV: When Creationists Drill the Ocean

RTBS Excerpts, Atheists Talk Links, and Sundry Announcements

My first ever Atheists Talk radio appearance didn’t end in disaster! In fact, it seems to have gone pretty well. Hello and welcome to anyone visiting ETEV for the first time due to hearing my dulcet tones and enjoying my winning radio personality. I’ve got helpful links for ye!

I’ve updated the Really Terrible Bible Stories page. You can find all the excerpts for all three books, and links to where you can purchase, all in one handy location.

For those who didn’t want to get their asses out of bed at the asscrack of dawn on a Sunday morning, I’ve got links to Atheists Talk #365, where you can hear me and Brianne discuss geology, blogging, and one of the worst books in the Bible.

Soundcloud (autoplay at link)

iTunes

Give us a listen!

New to ETEV? Here are some handy links to get you caught up on happenings: Continue reading “RTBS Excerpts, Atheists Talk Links, and Sundry Announcements”

RTBS Excerpts, Atheists Talk Links, and Sundry Announcements