Illustration for Issue 7 of Critic magazine (Dunedin, NZ). ‘Where The Wild Things Aren’t’ : Josie Adams explores what it’s like to spend a full day “working hard” in the Central Library. http://bit.ly/1enymSv
The common thread of humanity that connects us all—not just Christians and Jews, but Muslims and Hindus and Sikhs—is our shared commitment to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.
—President Obama: http://go.wh.gov/tRdDCD
Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent
"For ages, there has been a war on female sexuality, reflected by our language. A woman who embraced her sexual function and didn’t neglect her sexual needs was labeled a slut. A woman who proudly displayed her sexuality without offering it to men who wanted it was called a bitch.
But times have changed, and women have gained more influence previously male dominated pop culture. As a result, a new phenomenon of degrading male sexuality has arisen. The novel term, creeper, is made just to do that.
What is a creeper? It is not someone who engages in sexual harrassment or rape - we have stronger words for those people - predator, molester, or pig. A creeper is basically anyone who makes sexual innuendo or makes a sexual advance, who is deemed by the woman as sexually undesirable. It could either be a socially awkward male who doesn’t play his cards right, or one is seen as too old, or too unattractive by his desired sexual target.
Now dont get me wrong, there is NO excuse for sexual harrassment. No means no, and rejection - even if nonverbal, should never be dismissed or ignored. But the usage of the word “creeper” has become a method of “slut shaming” - but directed by women at men. If a good looking guy approaches a woman and offers to buy her a drink - she might accept or politely refuse. Yet if a 70 year old does the same to a 30 year old, they can be called a “creeper.”
We, men, need to take example from women and stand up for ourselves. We should make it clear that sex shaming is NOT ok, regardless of which gender does it. Every person is entitled to a sexuality, and it is not an offense to display it, or to take a chance with a potential mate. It is only inappropriate if signs of rejection, or verbal dismissal is ignored. Use of the word “creeper” in order to humiliate a man for being sexually undesirable to you is never OK in my view.” -Friend Sam T. via Facebook
A young British boy reading outside the ruins of a bookshop after suffering bomb damage during the Blitz. (London - October 8, 1940.)
“Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. Without books, the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are engines of change (as the poet said), windows on the world and lighthouses erected in the sea of time. They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print.
-Bulletin of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Vol. 34, No. 2 (Nov. 1980), pp. 16-32]” ― Barbara W. Tuchman
Via friend Tyler M. on Facebook