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Things Are Good: Architecture Should Be A Story

For architect Ole Scheeren, the people who live and work inside a building are as much a part of that building as concrete, steel and glass. He asks: Can architecture be about collaboration and storytelling instead of the isolation and hierarchy of a typical skyscraper? Visit five of Scheeren’s buildings — from a twisted tower […]

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Canadian Dimension: Separate but equal: False equality and the political exclusion of children

Photo: Gordon Parks/ The Gordon Parks Foundation, from Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, exhibit. Earl Collins and his daughter, Doris Jean, in St. Louis. Posted on the newyorktimes.com, Dec. 24, 2015. Contemporary d… . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Separate but equal: False equality and the political exclusion of children

Scripturient: Marketing Wow

Advertising and marketing, design and public relations, influence and persuasion – they all fascinate me. I love to listen to Terry O’Reilly’s show on CBC (both Age of Persuasion and Under the Influence). I’m actually reading on… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Marketing Wow

Canadian Dimension: On Childhood: Introduction

Henry Darger, “At Jennie Richee. Hard pressed and harassed by the storm” (details). The original work is in the collection of the American Folk Art Museum, New York. “Children are beautiful because they po… . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: On Childhood: Introduction

Dead Wild Roses: Rebecca Reilly-Cooper: What I believe about Sex and Gender (Part 2)

Rebecca Reilly-Cooper continues her examination of sex and gender in part 2. (Did you miss part 1?)   Gender 10. The oppression linked to sex begins at birth, operating through the social imposition of gender. Gender is the label that feminists use to describe the value system that prescribes and proscribes forms of behaviour and appearance for […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Rebecca Reilly-Cooper: What I believe about Sex and Gender (Part 2)

Scripturient: O tempora, o mores!

Nihil est incertius vulgo, nihil obscurius voluntate hominum, nihil fallacius ratione tota comitiorum. Marcus Tullius Cicero wrote those words in the short book about a Roman court case, Pro Lucio Murena (For Lucius Murena). They mean, in English, Not… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: O tempora, o mores!

Scripturient: On the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death

“Is There Such a Thing as a ‘Bad’ Shakespeare Play?” asks a recent article on the Smithsonian website. It adds, “Shakespeare, despite the efforts of notable dissenting critics and writers to forcibly eject him, has occupie… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: On the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death

Dead Wild Roses: -Newsflash!- The Commercial Rape Trade Harms Women

Prostitution hurts women. It doesn’t matter whether the trade in commercial rape is legal or not – reducing women to the role of fuckable object corrodes their body, mind, and soul. But it can’t be all that bad for everyone, right? Let’s see what Rae Story, one of the ‘lucky’ high class escorts has […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: -Newsflash!- The Commercial Rape Trade Harms Women

Dead Wild Roses: The Lie – Andrea Dworkin

-‘The Lie,’ Andrea Dworkin. 1979. Letters From A War Zone, 1993.Filed under: Culture, Feminism Tagged: Dworkin, Pornography, The Lie . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The Lie – Andrea Dworkin

Scripturient: The Bard’s Best? Nope…

To help celebrate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birthday (April 23), the website Mashable has put together a “battle” for the “Best Shakespeare Play Ever.” It’s done up as a sort of sports playoff gr… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: The Bard’s Best? Nope…

Dead Wild Roses: The Threat of Sexual Violence – Being Female in Society.

“I think the weirdest thing about having teenaged boys yell: “suck my dick bitch.” at me is that there’s nothing I can say to them that will make them feel the way that makes me feel. I have lived my entire life with this threat of sexual violence hanging over my head: I’ve experienced it […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The Threat of Sexual Violence – Being Female in Society.

Dead Wild Roses: “Eloquence” is, essentially, Code for Values Associated with Masculinity.

-“We harbor an ideological bias against the feminine voice, rooted in positive primal associations with masculinity.” Some highlights from the JSTOR article On Men and Women’s Public Speech. “Gunn uses speeches delivered by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in their 2008 contest for the Democratic nomination to illustrate how gendered norms about speech create a […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: “Eloquence” is, essentially, Code for Values Associated with Masculinity.

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Writing & Reflection Post – Adolescence and Socialization

Greetings fair readership, it is time for a new foray here at DWR. A recent comment by JZ and gentle prod by RoughSeas are the inspirations for this post. The idea that JZ had was that a comparative essay looking at the differences and similarities between adolescent experiences would be an interesting read. I […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Writing & Reflection Post – Adolescence and Socialization

Dead Wild Roses: Date Preparation for Females and Males

The Female Version: And then there is male date preparation:   Men worry that their date won’t measure up to their aesthetic preferences. Women worry that they’re going wind up dead. The disparity is RIDICULOUS, and the fact that dudes get offended when women try to protect themselves is hard proof that way too many […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Date Preparation for Females and Males

Scripturient: World Poetry Day

Today, March 21, is World Poetry Day. Do you care? Not that I’m cynical about poetry – I think it’s important stuff. Poetry is far more important than, say, hockey. The Kardashians. The Oscars. The budget. The latest iPhone or iP… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: World Poetry Day

Scripturient: Mazatlan, 2016

We hadn’t been back to Mexico for at least six years and we missed it. We missed the climate, the culture, the food, the people, the music… Mexico has a dear place in our hearts from more than three decades of visiting it. For more than a d… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Mazatlan, 2016

Dead Wild Roses: The Se”X”ism Files – The Patriarchy at Work In Hollywood.

I’m not sure if talking about patriarchy while discussing a TV show based on conspiracy theories is the best plan, but what the hell. If this sort of shit is happening to Gillian Anderson, it can (and probably does) happen to you, if you happen to be female. “Anderson and Duchovny’s legendarily potent onscreen pairing—rife […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The Se”X”ism Files – The Patriarchy at Work In Hollywood.

Scripturient: Loteria de Camacho

Ever since I first visited Mexico, more than 30 years ago, I’ve been fascinated by its culture. It’s beautiful, exotic, alien, yet also comfortable and attractive. One of the things that have intrigued me since the start is the lottery game… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Loteria de Camacho

Scripturient: The Wolf and the Dogs

Once upon a time, there was a pack of good-hearted dogs who were known for their good deeds, and indeed their good natures. They travelled around the town unmolested, loved by everyone they met, helping with the chores, keeping the town safe from wil… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: The Wolf and the Dogs

Dead Wild Roses: Gender Bias in Coding

My chorus of MRA hacks is always on about how great things are for women and often how the wimmenz have it better than dudes. Right. So here again, is an example of what existing while female is like. “A group of computer scientists, when studying the acceptance of contributions on the software […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Gender Bias in Coding

Scripturient: The Crafty Crow and the Doves

Once upon a time, an old crow lived by the seaside. He had grown fat over the years because he was too lazy to work for his food. He preferred to sit than fly. He followed the other animals to get their leftovers, taking what wasn’t his, and ann… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: The Crafty Crow and the Doves

Dead Wild Roses: Women on Wall Street – Maureen Shelly

Nope. No extra barriers, playing field even, no systemic problems to see here… ‘Of course she would have to avoid stereotypical female behavior, and so she could never cry. She would work long hours and hide her pregnancies and her preschooler’s art. One of my co-workers even hid being married. When confronted, she practically […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Women on Wall Street – Maureen Shelly

Dead Wild Roses: Cordelia Fine On Impression Management for Successful Women

Extra ‘bonus’ features of not being the default normal in society. So when you see women achieve you know that, most likely, they know their shit because they’ve had to work twice as hard as a dude to get similar results. ‘When women display the necessary confidence in their skills and comfort with power, they […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Cordelia Fine On Impression Management for Successful Women

Scripturient: 432 vs 440Hz: Science or Codswallop?

Canadian band Walk Off the Earth posted excitedly on Facebook that they had just recorded a new song. Great. I like WOTE and look forward to their new song. What was really different about that notice was that they also said they had changed their inst… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: 432 vs 440Hz: Science or Codswallop?

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice: Rank Christian Bullshit-o-Rama

Casting a wide net on the internet is fraught with peril. I’m going to leave the links in long form because really,the embedded info is introduction enough for this post. —– http://www.rawstory.com/2015/10/christian-website-dont-look-at-your-wifes-face-during-sex-to-enjoy-it-even-when-she-resists/#.Vi6_CMluvu8.facebook How a husband can enjoy sex that is grudgingly given by his wife —— This would be ROPJ material (see the RPOJ on […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice: Rank Christian Bullshit-o-Rama