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Ben & Jerry's Bans Two Same-Flavored Scoops To Support Same-Sex Marriage
But shouldn't they insist that all double scoops be same-flavored until same-sex marriage is allowed? It's the two-scoop same-flavor agenda!

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When Racism Is Just "Theater"
White guys in the 19th century wore blackface in the theater to represent a black person. It was racist.

Students in the 21st century wear redface and dress in scantily-clad faux Native garb at a parade. They say it was just "theater". It was racist. 

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Fake Native Totem Pole Raising Canceled
The raising of a 42-foot tall totem pole/advertisement was canceled at the Oregon Country Fair. A descendant of a Native carving family says the pole was the "worst appropriation I’ve ever seen".

The entirely fake totem pole tells the 40-year story of the company Ritz Sauna & Showers at the Oregon Country Fair. It was carved by Brad Bolton, a white man with no traditional training in Native carving, He calls it "a vertical sculpture." Well, alright then.

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In keeping with today's caveman theme, a post from two months ago.
How to Make Love Like a Caveman
Think female promiscuity, not male violence.


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The Caveman’s Home Was Not a Cave
Calling a "caveman" a caveman is like calling a man from Montreal a "Palm Springs man," simply because he has a time share there. The so-called cavemen wintered in caves but lived elsewhere the rest of the time. The cave was not a home, in the modern sense of the word. 

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Stone-Age Sexism?
The attached article makes the point that the caveman story traces the dominant socioeconomic arrangements of the late Fifties and early Sixties back to the origins of our species."

However, the modern nuclear family is one in which both partners work. And this is not new. "While men dominated early agriculture, women for millennia took primary responsibility for sewing, weaving textiles and making clothing." This was often a commercial enterprise. For example, "women of ancient Anatolia ran cloth-making establishments." It's been documented that some women took their wares overseas to trade, while the husband stayed home and took care of the family. [1]

(It's also important to note that the primary residence of the "cavemen" was not the cave.) [2]


1. http://www.amazon.com/Womens-Work-First-Years-Society/dp/0393313484
2. http://nautil.us/issue/8/home/the-cavemans-home-was-not-a-cave
The 5-million-year-old suburb
The story of 'Man the Hunter' in a nutshell: every day Man goes to work hunt, while his wife stays home and cooks, cleans the cave and takes care of the kids. It's the modern nuclear family set in the neolithic.
"This narrative, in other words, traces the dominant socioeconomic arrangements of the late Fifties and early Sixties back to the origins of our species."

http://harpers.org/archive/2015/06/shooting-down-man-the-hunter/
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Potlucks Are A Fraud
In the Pacific Northwest, potlucks are an honored tradition. However, truth be told, there's really no luck involved in a potluck.

First of all, it's pretty much certain you won't go hungry. Everyone is usually asked to bring a dish for four. That means there is four times as much food as anyone might need. No, you won''t go hungry at a potluck

Second, you can almost always be certain of getting a wide assortment of dishes at a potluck. True, it can be a matter of luck which food you yourself have to bring. Whether it's for a potluck at work, at church or a backyard BBQ , we encounter the dreaded sign-up sheet. By the time you see it, someone else has already signed up to bring the thing you want to bring.

The real issue with the sign-up sheet is that it takes the "luck" out of a potluck. Pure luck could result in 15 trays of deviled eggs and no macaroni salad at the party. That's how luck works.

It seems the only luck involved at a potluck is that someone doesn't bring a dish that makes everyone sick. "Oh no, Botulism Betty brought her home-canned fruit salad again."

The only people who need luck at a potluck are vegetarians. Meat eaters in line ahead of us see a vegetarian dish and think "oh, that's healthy." By the time we get to the table. the food we can eat is usually gone. Potlucks need to have a rule -- vegetarians first. It's only fair at potlucks where no one else is really left to the mercy of luck.
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Blacks Lead In Approving of Black-White Marriage
According to Gallup polls, 87% of Americans now favor marriage between blacks and whites, up from 4% in 1958. However, more blacks favor intermarriage than do whites.

"Blacks' approval of black-white marriage (96%) is now nearly universal, while whites' approval is 12 percentage points lower, at 84%. Blacks' approval has consistently been higher than whites' over the decades,..." [1]

Pew Research also finds an increasing popularity of intermarriage.

"About 15% of all new marriages in the United States in 2010 were between spouses of a different race or ethnicity from one another, more than double the share in 1980 (6.7%). Among all newlyweds in 2010, 9% of whites, 17% of blacks, 26% of Hispanics and 28% of Asians married out. Looking at all married couples in 2010, regardless of when they married, the share of intermarriages reached an all-time high of 8.4%. In 1980, that share was just 3.2%." [2]

Read "The Rise of Intermarriage" for information on the different rates of approval between genders, age groups, geographic region and more.

Anecdotally, members of all races report strong disapproval of intermarriages. If you have encountered this in your family, friend, co-workers or even stranger, please share your experiences if you like,

1. http://www.gallup.com/poll/163697/approve-marriage-blacks-whites.aspx
2. http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2012/02/16/the-rise-of-intermarriage/

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Why American Workers Now Dress So Casually
The article is an interesting look at the changes in norms for business attire.

"Americans began the 20th century in bustles and bowler hats and ended it in velour sweatsuits and flannel shirts—the most radical shift in dress standards in human history. At the center of this sartorial revolution was business casual, a genre of dress that broke the last bastion of formality—office attire—to redefine the American wardrobe."

What do you wear to work? Suit and tie? Blazer and slacks? Business casual? Just plain casual? One way in the office, another when meeting clients?
Whatever you want because you work at home? A uniform provided by the employer?

Finally, what do you think about the norms about how you need to dress at work?

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Revisiting this topic in light of today's name focused posts.
What if we let our children pick their own name?
In American culture, the birth names selected for our children are typically ones that honor a favorite or revered relative, a famous public figure or a popular entertainer. The names are symbolic of the kind of character parents want their children to develop. Of course, a name can be selected for no other reason than it's popularity.

What if it were common for children to pick their own name once they were adults? It's possible, of course, but not common. A name change might be thought to be an insult to parents, either because their choice was questioned or because the change dishonored a relative. But what if a name change was not only possible, but encouraged as a part of the passage into adulthood?

It's common for people entering a religious order to change their name. At least three well-known biblical figures, Sarah, Abraham and Paul, had a name change.. Members of an American Indian tribe were said to have given their children provisional names at birth. When the child came to maturity, they picked a new name for themselves that reflected the person they had grown to be.

It's doubtful a change of birth name would become commonplace in our culture. However, any parent can decide to tell their children, "your name is yours - until you decide to change it". What if your name didn't reflect the person your parents wanted you to be like, but the person you had actually become?

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