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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Sunday Sermonette - Find your Safe Space

TRIGGER WARNING: a statement at the start of a piece of writing, video, etc., alerting the reader or viewer to the fact that it contains potentially distressing material.

I never knew what a trigger warning was, but from what I've been told, university classes can be dedicated to discussing them. Such is the tender nature of progressive feelings and sensibilities. I think that every blog posting on Virtual Mirage should contain a trigger warning, but since I'm not a prog, it won't.
Students at UC Santa Barbara passed a resolution in support of mandatory trigger warnings for classes that could contain potentially upsetting material. Professors would be required to alert students of such material and allow them to skip classes that could make them feel uncomfortable.
SAFE SPACES: Safe spaces are meant to provide a degree of shelter from emotional trauma. Safe spaces are public "spaces" for people to feel "safe" in, without needing to fear about being judged or subject to offensive persons and material. Safe spaces would include groups like LGBTQ meetings, student unions comprised of minority races, rape victim support clubs, and other activities that involve intimate personal knowledge, sharing and understanding, and where any comments formed out of prejudice and/or ignorance are called out. 

I have noted in my reading that nowhere in progressive literature is there a safe space discussed for freedom loving, Trump supporting, constitutionalists, and heterosexuals on campus.  Why is that? What about the need for combat veterans, cops and steel workers to have a prog-free environment where they can relax with their favorite beverage in company with attractive heterosexual women and say what they really feel about the freaks in society who they're compelled to be nice to by social conventions? (yes, I know, it's called "a bar")



CNN WEIGHS IN ON THE RAPE CULTURE

Now there is a progressive war against lyrics (more here)
(CNN) A couple from Minnesota has re-imagined the classic Christmas song "Baby It's Cold Outside" for a 21st-century audience, changing the song's lyrics to emphasize the importance of consent.

Singer-songwriters Lydia Liza and Josiah Lemanski, both from Minneapolis, said they were inspired to rework the song after bonding over a mutual dislike of the original's lyrics, which were penned in 1944 by Frank Loesser. The duet features a man trying to dissuade a woman from leaving a party despite her repeated protestations that she has to go home. "What's in this drink?" is one of the female lines. "What's the sense in hurtin' my pride?" implores the male voice.
The progs felt that "Baby it's Cold Outside" was a prelude to rape. These progs, presumably egged on by others of their ilk, looked at the most sensual, seductive song in Christmas history and pretended that the comments and responses of a man seducing a woman is the same as coercion, that is, rape. 

Bullying and feminist hysteria followed, asserting that the song was designed by "the patriarchy" (whoever that is) as a weapon to force womyn to 'give it up'. They contend that flattery is rape. The mating game is a prelude to rape.

MYSOGYNY AND THE RAPE CULTURE

The progs have even turned on Lady Gaga for her rendition of "The Lady is a Tramp" with Tony Bennett in an ongoing effort to damn the classics for their promotion of a rape culture. The lyrics are suggestive that a woman who likes doing various activities must rely on a man to pay her way and is therefore a sex slave to "the patriarchy" (that word surfaces again). 
Progressive icons used President Trump's marriage to his wife, Melania, as an example of this sort of reprehensible behavior. Clearly there was some sinister misogyny at work when a billionaire male courted and married an attractive female, who was younger than he was.
In this way Tony Bennett displays unabashed mysogyny. Complicit, Lady Gaga, a victim of a male dominated culture and androcentrism, is dominated and forced to 'give it up', to an older male of means - compelled to admit that she is a tramp.
Misogyny (/mɪˈsɒdʒɪni/) is the hatred of, contempt for, or prejudice against women or girls. Misogynycan be manifested in numerous ways, including social exclusion, sex discrimination, hostility, androcentrism, patriarchy, male privilege, belittling of women, violence against women, and sexual objectification.
I don't know whether or not Lady Gaga is a tramp, but her progressive credentials were tarnished. But the performance was masterful. Enjoy.



19 comments:

  1. It's been heading in this direction for a decade or two, now: men are basically evil. Especially white guys. Double dose of evil. And if those double-evil white guys are Christian, then they are Beelzebub in the flesh.

    I'm getting kinda tired of all of this, LL. I'm actually a nice guy. For a white male Christian, that is.

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    1. I have been accused of sexually objectifying women by suggesting that this woman or that woman is attractive. Perhaps it would be OK if I wasn't white. If you listen to famous, progressive and celebrated black rappers, their objectification of women offends even me, but being "people of color", it's given a pass.

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  2. Trigger warnings and safe spaces: the mental equivalent of sticking one's fingers in one's ears and chanting "Na, Na, Na,..." so as not to have to deal with ideas and concepts which challenge the shaky philosophy you want to cling to, all the while suspecting you might be wrong. Newsflash: the doubt is already in your head.....the safe space won't make it go away and the trigger warnings won't stop it from resurfacing. Confront your fears and, who knows, you may learn something. In other words GROW THE F$_# UP.

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    1. Yep, Differ. It brings to mind my new favorite word - adulting. Whenever I'm asked why something needs to be done my answer is usually, "It's what adults do."

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    2. Differ and Adrienne: You don't make much of a social justice warrior with that kind of attitude.

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  3. LL - feel free to sexually objectify me at any time. When you are facing birthday number 71, getting hit on by a guy is wonderful (it still happens - just not as often.)

    All those whiny little pipsqueaks need a swift back hand across their mugs.

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    1. ...and then a kick in the pants.

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  4. So when are the progs gonna get down on dem rappers who rap bout big ass womens and popping a cap in cop's ass, and shits like dem? Mostly, why do colleges and universities put up with the little shits (besides wanting daddy's money)? I think a few ex DI's should replace all the liberal professors and teach some discipline to the little sweeties.

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    1. Their (stupid) parents pay big money to get those brats out of the house and on the path to success. I can only guess that most of them are as bad as the children that they sired.

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  5. Most thankful none of my children or grandchildren need a safe space. Just the opposite. Makes me proud.

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    1. You taught them the right way, WSF.

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  6. I've always thought that guns make good safe spaces. Keep your finger on the trigger... warning.

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    1. Guns always insure the integrity of a safe space, and progs agree and hire bodyguards to stand between them and criminals who would cause them harm. The difference with progs is that they don't think that you should have the same privilege.

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    2. Surely not an all pigs are equal reference to Animal Farm?

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    3. And nice work, GaGa, btw.

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  7. The song doesn't really ring a bell for me. But then I grew up in a time where I took things at face value and didn't see shadows or whatever behind every word.

    Gag me.

    Ah well. Be safe and Merry Christmas!

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  8. Well, whatever. I'm off to the pub in my GaGa frock.

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  9. My most favorite trigger warning: "Attention! The range is now hot."

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