“Maybe less a lack of self-respect than a total lack of awareness at how society sexualizes women, and how that affects the way we all live - in not a good way. Of course, we all muddle through and women are strong now, and all that. But please, don't defend the status quo ...”
“Sure, if you want your kid to be a cog in the technocracy, churning out legal briefs or writing policy papers no one reads. True innovation comes from play, from creativity. This is where the world is going, and the US is really mortgaging its future here. It's all about digital, and we will not foster innovation with that grind it out crap for 2 year olds.
Now if you just want a safe office job, or to ensure that your kid gets out of a bad neighborhood, that's different. Maybe playing the game is too important. But if we are really trying to get American back on track, just playing the testing game is a disaster.”
“I really appreciate that you include the end of "gatekeeping" in there. Of course, men need to step up, but they need to feel safe doing it, and they need to be allowed to do it there way. There was just an article today in the leading Swedish newspaper that men and women should be splitting their parental leave almost 50-50 by the 2020s. Not bad. But it took decades of work. And we need to be laying that groundwork in the US now.
“Great post - lays out all the facts I didn't have time to put in my last post at The Faster Times. So true, though, that these larger issue have gotten completely lost in the U.S. in a mess of cultural ridiculousness and small, nasty side fights like the mommy wars. Think big!
Americans Should Face Their Ridiculous Fear of Feminism
Today is International Women’s Day. Not that you would know it from the U.S. media. Here in Stockholm, my newspaper is filled with stories about how women continue to lag behind men in terms of local government representation, business and so on - this in perhaps the most equal country in the world, where I sit writing this on nine months of paid paternity leave, racing to finish before the baby wakes up, while my wife goes to graduate school after her year of maternity leave.
Hmmmm, maybe Google News is broken. The U.S. gave birth to the modern feminist movement. We should be reading fun pieces like this one from the BBC about how women might have avoided the big financial crash. The silence cannot be this complete.
“I haven't seen the documentary. I will try and track it down. He was convicted of the crimes in Portugal, long before he ventured off to a series of Islamic education courses. So maybe he was a different kind of guy back then.”
“You were absolutely right that the police chief made the claim about their final destination - or two of them, it seems. I have updated the story.”
arcticredriver on Sep 17, 2009 at 16:20:35
“Ghezali says his group was going to a TablighiJamaat conference. I had never heard of the TablighiJamaat until I set myself the task of ploughing through the documents the DoD was forced to publish from the Guantanamo captives' CSR Tribunals and annual review board hearings. Now that some of the hysterical reaction to 9-11 has started to fade some in Washington are started to do some sanity checking on the organizations that got added to the terrorist lists.
Back when I first read the TablighiJamaat related allegations I found them unconvincing. All those Guantanamo allegations boiled down to two basic ones. (1) Actual terrorist claimed to be traveling on TablighiJamaat pilgrimages as a cover for actual terrorist travel; (2) The TablighiJamaat was used by alienated muslim youth, who had indulged in western vices, like drug addiction, and wanted to use renewing their muslim faith through the TablighiJamaat as a way to kick drugs -- and this was similar to other addicted muslim youth you used renewing their muslim faith through joining al Qaeda as a way to kick drugs.
What American experts on eastern religions say is that the TablighiJamaat is as peaceful a group as the Guantanamo captives say. Pilgims aren't allowed to discuss politics, and participation in a pilgrimage is considered to substitute for any obligation to participate in "jihad".
Except for the report that there was a suicide belt everything we know so far is consistent with Ghezali and his friends going on a TablighiJamaat pilgrimage.”
arcticredriver on Sep 17, 2009 at 15:53:23
“Have you seen the documentary about Ghezali? The CBC has broadcast it a couple of times. It shows him very reluctant to be interviewed. One of the British former captives talks him into it. He does indeed seem shattered. I find it hard to reconcile that interview with the idea he was a bank robber.”
Aug 19, 2009 at 14:19:28
“I have to respond to this. It is just too cool that I get called on the Janis Joplin jibe. I, too, loved the Sha Na Na TV show, and I still sing the goodbye song from it to my small children.
But, George, what world do you think I live in? Some groovy Woodstock enclave where the baby boomers kept their word and, at the very least, tried to do no harm? I live in a world where your generation polarized and paralyzed politics so that nothing gets done, where we have culture wars and Dick Cheney and two wars in Iraq that seem pretty in line with those "old American values" you supposedly washed away.
And as other people have mentioned, most of the movements that really changed the world in the 60s had leaders who were NOT boomers, but had been working quietly and at great risk to change things.
So, again, the music was great. Really really great. The spirit of the 60s was great. Really really great. But the 40 years since then? Pretty much a generational failure across the board.”
Aug 13, 2009 at 09:11:51
“I totally agree about the 60s. I mean, I had to come of age in the 80s and early 90s. But with that amazing opportunity came responsibility (think Spiderman). And what did y'all do with it? Just keep talking about a party that ended long ago ...”
Aug 13, 2009 at 09:10:18
“How can I avoid it? And isn't that the GenX conundrum? We were not there. We can not get it. But we can be forced to listen to all these boomers drone on and on about it. As they let the country go to hell on their watch.”
APMOTRBC on Aug 15, 2009 at 08:54:04
“Hear! Hear! Love that "you couldn't understand." That's right, you will control the airwaves the field of play with things of no interest to us, with things that by your own admission "you couldn't possibly get." And when we call you on your exclusion and mindless glorification of yourselves (which because we are left out of the dialogue, we have lots of time to actually form opinions about your self-importance"). You just couldn't get it!
No we got it . . . you are selfish, self-centered and stuck in the past while you are letting the world fall around you.”
Aug 13, 2009 at 09:09:18
“I actually dislike the importance we place on generations. But the Baby Boomers have been at the forefront of this, so I felt comfortable criticizing them as a group.
This demographic group has driven US policy and cultural tastes for decades. They have that power as a group. My generation does not.
Anyway, I happen to have spent three years as a grassroots peace volunteer in the Balkans, among other things ... and have a damn good credit score. I'm just not going to make everyone listen to me talk about it for the next 50 years ...”
Roguer on Aug 13, 2009 at 23:11:04
If you dislike the importance we place on generations, why did you write a piece ranting solely on the dislike for a particular generation using generalizations and stereotypes?
I am glad you went to the Balkans and have a "damn good credit score"... I have no idea what mine is... don't need to I pay cash for everything.
It is natural for people to look fondly upon their experiences of their youth. It is a time when life is simpler and generally more pleasant than after half a life time of working and stressing about things like making a mortgage, raising a family, etc. Musical preference is imprinted at that time and is a connection to it. I went to college in the 80's and still listen to Bauhaus, The Sisters of Mercy, etc.
To condemn a generation as you have and point a finger at them for all the wrongs in the world is, in my opinion, childish. I feel people treat others the way they wish to be treated. You disrespect and disregard for those that helped create the world that you have flourished in has, in kind, created disrespect and disregard for you and the generation that you claim to represent.
You claim to be part of gen x, which supposedly I am as well. But funny, I feel absolutely no connection to you or your childish outlook on life.”
calluna on Aug 13, 2009 at 15:04:36
“"I'm just not going to make everyone listen to me talk about it for the next 50 years ..."
Get back to us on that one in 50 years.
People who were your age in the '60 talk about that period because it was a defining period in their lives. That's normal and natural, and you'll do it too.”
Aug 13, 2009 at 09:05:20
“Believe me, I am not shy about expressing my opinions face to face with boomers or others. But I guess, since we live in an electronic world, my problem is with the mostly boomer editors and writers who are shoving this crap down my throat.
And I just spent seven weeks of the summer without TV or Internet. And still, upon my return, I am quickly overwhelmed by Woodstock glop.”
calluna on Aug 13, 2009 at 09:15:16
“Well, then, if you've gone electronic-less all summer, keep the TV off for another 96 hours, and the Woodstock stuff should be over. What is so hard about that?
Why vent your spleen towards people that haven't really done you any harm? There isn't something more useful to be writing about? Nothing else happening in the world right now?”