Link Love (2013-12-21)

Religion

“But perhaps none of these harm us more than the subtle ways in which religion dulls our ability to think critically, the very capability which would enable us to see through the irrationality of everything else mentioned thus far. I call this a “silent killer” because it’s difficult to detect the ways this harms us, which makes it all the more insidious. When people run up against the logical inconsistencies of their own religion, they are told that “God’s ways are higher than our ways, and his thoughts are higher than our thoughts.” I find this unforgivably hypocritical, since whenever I suggest that faith and science operate on opposite principles, I am told “Oh no! God created us rational beings and he is glorified when we use the minds he has given us to figure things out. They’re not contradictory at all!” But then when I suggest that two of the claims of their religion contradict each other and cannot both be true, they tell me it’s wrong to try and make “spiritual things” make sense because they somehow operate on another level. That may satisfy some, but it does so by encouraging you to give up trying to make sense of things, teaching you to accept irrationalities as “normal” and acceptable. In fact, some will assert that the more irrational a belief is, the more reliable it is. I’ve heard theologians argue that since the notion of the trinity is so illogical, we should be all the readier to accept it since we’d never intentionally invent something so irrational. Do not think this habit does not spill over into every other area of life, because it certainly does. Like the forty-year-old who still believes in Santa, these irrationalities infect the rest of our minds like a virus, dulling our critical thinking skills and making us susceptible to scams and spurious claims of a thousand varieties. It helps no one to shrug these off simply because the delusions make people temporarily happier.” Why I’m Becoming More Antagonistic Toward Religion – godless in dixie

Equality

“You might argue that it’s because we don’t associate green toothbrushes or trees with gender-based confinements—and that, therefore, those choices don’t break the mold in any demonstrable way. And I suppose you’d be right. But if bucking gender norms is going to be the key criterion for bad-assitude, I wonder: Would a boy earn bad-ass points for choosing a Tinkerbell Halloween costume, or for getting a pedicure, as my son once did with me (at his request) before he stumbled face-first into the gender divide? Again, my guess is no.” Why We Shouldn’t Call Little Girls ‘Bad Asses’ – Role / Reboot

“I don’t want queer kids to be born into families that hate them, so that they can do the work of converting their families to our cause. I want queer kids to be born and raised by families who love and cherish them for exactly who they are. I want the to grow up knowing that whatever the rest of the world will throw at them for being queer- and it will- they always have somewhere safe to come home to.
And if you don’t agree? Put yourself in that kid’s shoes. Then get back to me.” – I Hope Their Kid Is Gay – Consider the Tea Cosy

“Liking problematic things doesn’t make you an asshole. In fact, you can like really problematic things and still be not only a good person, but a good social justice activist (TM)! After all, most texts have some problematic elements in them, because they’re produced by humans, who are well-known to be imperfect. But it can be surprisingly difficult to own up to the problematic things in the media you like, particularly when you feel strongly about it, as many fans do. We need to find a way to enjoy the media we like without hurting other people and marginalised groups. So with that in mind, here are my suggestions for things we should try our darnedest to do as self-confessed fans of problematic stuff.” How to be a fan of problematic things – Social Justice League

“So my friend gave me a challenge that changed my life. She offered to walk down the street on a weekend night and allow me to walk behind her so I could see what happened. I took her up on it and the next Friday night, out we went. She was dressed in pretty standard “going out” clothes and we headed out to the strip of stores, bars, and restaurants that most college campuses seem to have within walking distance. I stayed about 20 feet behind her—close enough to observe without seeming like we were together. And I was shocked at what I saw.” The Experiment That Taught Me What Rape Culture Is – Role / Reboot

“Sometimes I think I know why we do this, why we so quickly gender children’s clothing, and it’s at those moments that I am profoundly saddened. Because I know what happens when I take Sally out in her blue jeans and a dark-colored T-shirt, and I know what happens when I take Bobby out in Sally’s old pink jammies. People treat them differently. I’ve had people assume that Sally is a boy before, and do you know what they do? They call her “buddy” and bring her a batman coloring book instead of a princess one. Sometimes I wonder whether we gender children’s clothing as quickly as we do so that we can properly gender how we as a society treat those children. And then we say it’s natural.” And Bobby Wore Heels – Love, Joy, Feminism

“Reaching feminist ideals in your relationships will likely take a lot of work and definitely a lot of communication. You might even have to say goodbye to some of your current relationships, since not everyone is willing to negotiate and therefore, tend to add toxicity to your life.” Relationship Social Norms Vs. Feminist Ideals – Everyday Feminism

Recipes

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Recipe – Wellness Mama

No Bake Triple-Chocolate Pumpkin Pie (paleo, gluten, dairy, egg free) – Living Healthy With Chocolate

Glühwein: A Recipe for Cozy Times – And Here We Are

Homemade Face/Hand Cream with Calendula and Lavender Essential Oils – Irish Paleo Girl

Spiced Mulled Cider – Care2

Hazelnut Fudge – Elana’s Pantry

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