A Puff of Absurdity: On Missing the Girls

“Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” – Leonard Cohen  (Everyone’s using that bit today, but they always skip the first part of the verse.) As I started down the road towards mastectomy-ville, I wondered how weird it would feel ...

A Puff of Absurdity: Munk Debates: Are Men Obsolete?

While I was waiting for the newest Munk Debate to show up on the site, I watched an old one.  An excellent debate between Tony Blair and Christopher Hitchens on, of course, religion.  There’s little I enjoy more than watching really intelligent thinkers go at each other with carefully and thoughtfully chosen words.  The debate ...

A Puff of Absurdity: On Celebrating Talent

Convalescing from a wicked cold that’s beating the crap out of me, I watched a trio of movies about amazing musicians: Joe Strummer, Ginger Baker, and Sixto Rodriguez.  In the films, other musical geniuses were highlighted along the way.  What a delight!  But as Ginger, Jack and Eric talked about people with the gift of ...

A Puff of Absurdity: On Categorization of Behaviours and Abilities

People are always looking for the single magic bullet that will change everything.  There is no single magic bullet.  – Temple Grandin Some people are quite upset about the recent change to the DSM that removes Aspergers as a separate category from Autism. Now kids formally diagnosed as having Aspergers are on the Autism Spectrum ...

The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: Queerly Political: Activism, Feminism, Marxism and Queer Politics

View on YouTube website How can we build a united movement that respects difference and autonomy, and also advances common struggles against oppression and exploitation? What are the linkages, and tensions, between feminism and queer politics? And how can we understand women’s liberation in the context of other movements against oppression? […] The post Queerly Political: ...