May 16th 2011 5:08AM None of the students "had" to watch it; attendance was voluntary, grades weren't affected by it, and it was explained thoroughly in advance what they would be seeing before any human being or device made an appearance. And I think you answer your own question as to why Human Sexuality should be a subject of research and learning if you're directing people to magazine and video porn to find out all they need to know; those sources of course teach so much and in such a great way. The one point you make that might have some merit is that the professor staged this demo with an ulterior motive of getting some attention and pushing the boundaries.
May 16th 2011 4:56AM Boy, you sure are making a lot of assumptions and passing them off as established facts; you must know this professor personally and have information the rest of aren't privy to, because nothing in this article demonstrates a structurally "relativist" viewpoint on behalf of this person. And nothing shows an "anything goes" attitude, either. I'm sure there are a lot of things he wouldn't "go" for and didn't--he could have done the demo himself, but didn't; he could have invited the students to participate in the demo, but didn't; he could have made attendance mandatory and testable, but didn't, etc. I think a better argument could be made that YOU are a relativist: his way of teaching his material is inappropriate or harmful relative to the way that YOU think it should be taught. By that estimation, we're all "relativist"; a family down my block thinks it's immoral for women to wear any makeup whatsoever, while the organist and other women in my church don't think it's immoral at all. Relative positions, wouldn't you say? And finally, his statement about the media response to this incident isn't in any way intolerant or judgmental about people who have different moral views; he made a simple statement of fact that the media response reveals stark differences in attitudes, and it does. No judgement there; he's not bashing anybody. I suspect you have a bee in your bonnet about whatever you think relativisim is and decided to try and "smear" this guy with that term, thinking that calling him a "relativist" tells us all we need to know about him. It kind of tells us more about you.
Apr 4th 2011 2:19AM I don't understand the term "baller do", but I like it.
Mar 25th 2011 11:47PM What's so bad about the way he looks? He's a little gray, that's all. He's just looking his age. HOWEVER -- I never noticed what a funny-shaped head he's got! He looks like "Paul" !!
Mar 21st 2011 1:07PM Two people of the same sex kissing is not sickening, and certainly not ridiculous, especially to the people doing the kissing. That two people of the same sex can have healthy, emotionally fulfilling, mutually gratifying relationships is not a matter of opinion, conjecture, or propaganda; it is empirical fact. I know several such couples myself. Ms. Jackson is entitled to her opinion of course, but one would hope that opinions are based on some kind of rational thought process, and not just a knee-jerk "I think it's ridiculous!" response to other peoples' happiness. Are Christians mocked for their beliefs in this society? Most certainly, and I don't like it when I hear their values summarily and disrespectfully dismissed; but Ms. Jackson should understand that the answer to bad speech is good speech, not telling people they are "sickening." I don't see how that's going to persuade anybody not already in line with the same way of thinking. Though the country and our culture may have deep Christian roots, we have wisely decided that the Bible--or any other religious text--is not American law. Ms. Jackson does have a strongly entrenched and protected right to peacefully observe her faith, though, and I just don't see how or why she should be so threatened by a tv show. Neither "Glee", nor any other television show, is being forced down anybody's throat. If you don't like what you see, you have a tremendous and powerful mechanism at your disposal to shield yourself--the off button on your television remote.
Mar 16th 2011 12:22AM Well-put Kathy and good for you! Where was Mrs. Palin when you were knocking on the door? It doesn't take that long to reload. She waits until you're back in the lower 48 to say something. I guess there's more to being a Mama Grizzly than just calling yourself one.
Mar 1st 2011 3:39PM I eat at the Arby's down the street probably once every couple of weeks. Very, very good food, though maybe a little expensive. LOVE the potato bites and the jalapeno poppers; the mozzarella sticks are ok, if a little bland. But the best thing they've got on the menu are the toasted subs. My favorite is the classic Italian. Man, I could eat one of those every day! I don't usually get the roast beef sandwiches since there's not much to them and the flavor doesn't really stand out, but I'll sure try this. I haven't encountered a salt problem at my Arby's. Can't wait to go back.
Feb 28th 2011 10:44AM "Microphones get smaller!" I genuinely laughed at that. And I don't know what James Franco was doing during the "Black Swan" bit, but I could watch that all day.
Feb 14th 2011 7:57PM Respectfully to you, you are empirically wrong. Sexuality is defined by the gender to whom you are fundamentally physically and emotionally attracted. It is not defined by the types of sexual acts one engages in or the gender of the person one is doing it with. Plenty of heterosexuals have had "gay sex" (see: prisons, and the Navy), and plenty of homosexuals have had "straight sex" (see: many homosexuals born before 1960) but that doesn't make either straight or gay. I, as a heterosexual, for example, could be celibate for the remainder of my life, but I would still be heterosexual, not asexual. I can understand why it's important to you to try and push that very narrow definition--it helps you see homosexuals as "ill" or "confused"--but you just plain got it wrong.
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