Buddhists and Christians

‘To what degree do you think being Christian is compatible with being Buddhist?

I think it is quite possible. There are also things Buddhists can learn from the experience of our Christian brothers and sisters. Recently, during a visit to a Catholic monastery, I found that the monks I met there had many things in common with Tibetan Buddhists. With some aspects, such as poverty and contentment, I find the ways of the Christian monks to be better than those of our own monks. I think some Tibetan monks have perhaps a bit too much comfort. Just as Tibetan monks could learn a few things in this respect from Christian monks, Christian followers could in turn learn certain techniques for developing love, compassion, one-pointed concentration, and for improving altruism, from their Tibetan counterparts. I think with these topics it is possible to borrow those techniques specific to Buddhism, and I have Christian friends who do this. When different religions come together, there is a great deal they can learn from each other.’

- The Dalai Lama, Beyond Dogma, The Challenge of the Modern World.

anonymous asked:

In what ways have you experienced antisemitism in England? (Not being passive aggressive, genuinely curious)

This is obviously just a set of my own, personal experiences.

  • When I was 13, an Iraqi Muslim refugee girl came to my school and ended up in my class part-way through the year. She was told to sit beside me, and my table of students was asked (in private, by the teacher) to help her with her English skills. She became a friend very quickly, and weeks passed normally, until I complained (of course) about preparing for Pesach at home. She didn’t know what Pesach was, so I explained as best as I could. She asked if I was a Jew and I told her that I was. She then called me “dirty” and asked to be moved to sit somewhere else. She never spoke to me again.
  • When I was 16 at my first job with a clothing retailer, an Arab woman was angry that I couldn’t give her money back on some clothes (because of some store policy), called me a “thieving Jew” and stormed out.
  • I’ve had friends become ex-friends because they found out that I was Jewish, and they said that I “manipulated” them by not admitting that I was Jewish in the first place.
  • I’ve had ex-friends say that they wouldn’t have been friends with me in the first place because “Jews always want something in return.”
  • When I was 17 and worked at a jewellery chain store, I was serving an Arab man until he noticed the Magen David around my neck. He cursed at me in Arabic and demanded that my manager serve him instead. When she tried to show him the jewellery that I had brought out to show him, he wanted a discount because of “the Jew’s filthy hands.”
  • In the same job, there was a Muslim woman that I worked with that joined me outside for cigarette breaks. She always begged to make sure we were right down an alleyway so the main street wouldn’t see us. I asked her why she was afraid of being seen, and she told me that others from her mosque might see her. I then asked if it was forbidden for her to smoke, and she told me that it was, but it would be worse if her family found out she was talking to a Jew and she didn’t want to risk it. She begged me to deny that we were friends if any Muslim or Arab asked me if I knew her.
  • My boss at the same job made a point to remind me that the safe had security cameras surrounding it, because she said she knew what “you people” were like. When I faced antisemitism from customers, she demanded that I stop wearing my Magen David so I wouldn’t “antagonise” them.
  • When I had to transfer to a different jewellery store due to moving away to university, I had a different Muslim co-worker. For context, if two people worked together to make a sale, they were supposed to “split” the sale on the computer, as each staff member had a daily quota for both item value and insurance that we were supposed to sell. I did most of the sale, and he said he would help put the sale through the machine, as the customer thought she might buy something else, too. After she was gone, I found out that he’d stolen all of the sale from me. I confronted him, and he told me that “Jews have enough money.”
  • When I was 20, I went to court with my family because of (non-related to our Jewishness) harassment against us from our neighbours. Our court-provided lawyer was a friendly Muslim woman. She sat with us and helped us prepare for being in court, as we’d never been before. My mother has a nervous habit of fidgeting with her jewellery, and the lawyer stopped part-way through a sentence when she noticed her Magen David (for clarification - none of us have “obviously Jewish” names), made an excuse that we were prepared, then left us. In court, she hardly asked any questions unlike the defence lawyer, and after the case finished (it was short, thanks to those behind the harassment being repeat offenders) when we wanted to ask her about what happened next, we were all completely ignored and she refused to shake any of our hands, even after we’d seen her shaking with the defence lawyer.
  • I had a Christian roommate at university tell me that she would “forgive me” for “killing Christ” if I accepted Jesus as my saviour, and was angry when I refused.
  • In a taxi with an Arab driver, he was friendly and asked me if I was doing anything for Christmas. I told him that I was Jewish so wasn’t celebrating, but would probably go to a friend’s Christmas party. He then asked me what I thought about what was happening in Palestine, and I said that the situation was a horrible mess, and that all we could do was hope for peace. He then said, “Jews are baby-killers” and accused me of being racist.
  • When I went to pick up some kosher items from the local supermarket, an Arab family spotted me in the aisle (as kosher, halaal, Polish and “speciality” non-refrigerated items were along the same aisle) and followed me around the store as I picked up the rest of my shopping, laughing in Arabic, and then spat on me. When I went to a staff member to tell them about what happened, he accused me of being an Islamophobic racist and told me that if I didn’t leave the store, he would call security.
  • A different Arab taxi driver, on a journey back home, asked me if I was Jewish. When I told him that I was, he asked threatening questions about “how many Jews” lived with me and when we’d all be home together. I was frightened, I admit, and I gave him the wrong address and hurried to the first person that was outside their house, asking them to take me in because I was worried. I called home, obviously, but the driver stayed outside for over half an hour and only left when the stranger I was with went outside to ask what he wanted, where he apparently said that he was “making sure I (as in, me) was home safe.”
  • I went to buy cigarettes from a corner shop using my debit card. The machine declined it for some reason, although I had more than enough money to cover it. I asked the owner to put the card through again, and he shouted that “Your Jew money’s no good here” and demanded that I leave.
  • I’ve been called a “babykiller” and a “Zionist bitch” when a man spotted my Magen David.
  • My synagogue’s windows have been vandalised, smashed and there has been excrement shoved through the letterbox and smeared on windows and we have to organise an extra police presence during festivals. Over recent years, all signs saying that the synagogue is in fact a synagogue have been removed.
  • When preparing for an inter-faith walk of peace, a priest visited our synagogue and called us “obstacles to peace” and “selfish” for saying that we couldn’t walk on a Saturday morning, when we’re supposed to be in the synagogue praying.

I’ve been spat at multiple times, I’ve had antisemitic slurs thrown at me multiple times. I stopped using Facebook a few years ago because of random rape and death threats sent into my inbox and written when I commented or liked anything to do with Israel or Judaism. My mother has had the same. We have to do our best to protect my brother from the same, and have told him never to tell anyone that he’s Jewish, because that would be far too dangerous for him.

Obviously this isn’t even mentioning the abuse that I’ve had on this site, where I’ve been called a Nazi, I’ve been told to kill myself, asks with antisemitic slurs (not dark jokes, but actual abuse), because whilst I do post some, there are quite a few that I’ve just deleted without comment to block whichever anon has been sending them.

So when I talk about antisemitism, I’m not just someone that happens to be Jewish and is against antisemitism because it’s anti-Jewish as some out-there concept that I’m against, it’s because I’ve been there, I’ve done that, been through it, keep going through it.

It’s very real, and it can be incredibly frightening. That’s why I take it so seriously. And that’s also why I criticise Jews for claiming that some things are antisemitic when they’re clearly not, because I want others to see how horrendous antisemitism actually is so that they take it seriously, too.

anonymous asked:

I'm a wiccan who want incorporate hellenic gods in their practice, any advice?

My advice would be to separate the practices. Wicca is a religion in and of itself and so is Hellenic Polytheism. Wicca focuses primarily on two deities, the God and Goddess, whereas Hellenic Polytheism is focused on the worship of all the Theoi.

To be respectful of both traditions, I suggest creating two boxes for yourself. Your Wiccan box and your Hellenic box. When you step into the Hellenic one, worship as a traditional Hellenic and all that entails. When you want to step into the Wiccan one, same deal. Respect each tradition separately, because both of them have rules and traditional practices.

My advice on the whole is to be respectful above all. Each practice has its own rules and regulations and the PSG will always advocate for a multi-faith practice rather than an inter-faith one.

As far as Hellenic Polytheist resources go, Baring the Aegis is always going to be my first go-to. That blog has just about everything you need to know about traditional reconstructionist Hellenic practice. I’m on mobile so I can’t link, but just google ‘Baring the Aegis’ and you’ll get the blogspot and the Tumblr blogs.

If you have any more questions regarding Hellenic Polytheism specifically, feel free to hit me up on my blog @crystalizedforest.


Here’s @baringtheaegis and the “Baring the Aegis“ blogspot, for others with navigation difficulties.  :)

- mountain hound

The Meeting of Jesus and Buddha

‘There is a filmmaker living in Sweden who wanted to come and ask me this question: “If Jesus and Buddha met today what do you think they would tell each other?” I am going to offer you my answer.

Not only have they met today, but they met yesterday, they met last night, and they will meet tomorrow. They are always in me and they are very peaceful and united with each other. There is no conflict at all between the Buddha and the Christ in me. They are real brothers, they are real sisters within me. This is part of the answer.

A Christian is a child of Jesus, having Jesus as a parent, as an ancestor. As we are children of our ancestors, we are the continuation of our ancestors. A Christian is a continuation of Jesus Christ: That is how I see things, this is how I see people. A Buddhist is a child of the Buddha, he is, and she is a continuation of the Buddha. She is the Buddha, he is the Buddha. You are the child of your mother. You are the continuation of your mother. You are your mother, your mother is yourself. You are the child of your father. It means that you are the continuation of your father. You are your father, whether you like it or not. You are only the continuation of your mother and father.

So it is true to say that when the Buddhist meets the Christian, the Buddha is meeting Jesus. They do it every day. In Europe, in America, in Asia, Buddha and Christ are meeting each other every day. What do they tell each other? Imagine three hundred years ago when Jesus came to Vietnam. Do you think that the Buddha in Vietnam would have said, “Who are you? What are you here for? The Vietnamese people already have a spiritual tradition. Do you want the Vietnamese to reject Buddhism and to embrace another faith?” Would you imagine that Jesus would say to the Buddha, “Well you Vietnamese people, you follow a wrong spiritual path. You have to reject all that and you have to learn a new spiritual path that I am going to offer you. It is the only path that offers salvation.”

If you are a historian, if you have researched the history of religion, you would know what the Buddha would have said to Jesus three hundred years ago and what  Jesus would have told the Buddha three hundred years ago. Imagine the same meeting today in Europe and America. But you don’t have to imagine, for it is happening every day. The Buddha comes to Europe and America every day. The Buddha is saying to Jesus, “I am new to this land. Do you think I should stay here or should I go back to Asia?”

There are so many refugees who come from Indochina. There are also people coming from Thailand, from Burma, from Tibet. They have brought their religious beliefs with them to Europe and to America. Do they have the right to continue their practice here in the land of Europe? Do they have the right to share their beliefs and practices with non-Buddhists? Can you imagine that Jesus would tell them, “No, in Europe we already have Christianity, and it is not nice for you to try to propagate a new faith in this land.” We can imagine all kinds of proposals, we can imagine all kinds of reactions.’

- Thich Nhat Hanh, Going Home, Jesus and Buddha as Brothers.

murcroc-niccals  asked:

Why is your cock so massive?

Sufjan Stevens (/ˈsuːfjæn/ SOOF-yan; born July 1, 1975) is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His album A Sun Came was released in 2000 on the Asthmatic Kitty label which he cofounded with his stepfather. He is perhaps best known for his 2005 album Illinois, which hit number one on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart, and for the single “Chicago” from that album.

Stevens has released albums of varying styles, from the electronica of Enjoy Your Rabbit and the lo-fi folk of Seven Swans to the symphonic instrumentation of Illinois and Christmas-themed Songs for Christmas. Stevens makes use of a variety of instruments, often playing many of them himself on the same recording,[16] and writes music in various time signatures. Though his songs are imbued with his Christian faith, he has repeatedly stated an intent to separate his beliefs from his music.[17][18][19]


Early life

Stevens was born in Detroit, Michigan, and lived there until the age of nine, when his family moved to Petoskey, in the northern part of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. He was raised by his father Rasjid and his stepmother Pat, only occasionally visiting his mother, Carrie, in Oregon after she married her second husband Lowell Brams.[20] (Brams would later become the head of Stevens’ record label Asthmatic Kitty).[20] He attended the Detroit Waldorf School, Petoskey High School and Interlochen Arts Academy, and graduated from Harbor Light Christian School. He went on to attend Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and earned a Masters of Fine Arts from The New School in New York City.[21]

Sufjan is a Persian name[22] meaning “comes with a sword”.[23] It predates Islam and most famously belonged to Abu Sufyan, a figure from early Islamic history. The name was given to Stevens by the founder of Subud, an inter-faith spiritual community to which his parents belonged when he was born.[24]

A multi-instrumentalist, Stevens is known for his use of the banjo, but also plays guitar, piano, drums, xylophone, and several other instruments, often playing all of these on his albums through the use of multitrack recording. While in school, he studied the oboe and English horn, which he also plays on his albums. Stevens did not learn to play the guitar until his time at Hope College.[25]

Stevens currently lives in Kensington, Brooklyn, in New York City,[26] where he makes up the Brooklyn staff of Asthmatic Kitty Records.[27] His brother Marzuki Stevens is a formerly recognized road runner, who competed in the marathon and other distances.[28]


Stevens began his musical career as a member of Marzuki, a folk-rock band from Holland, Michigan, as well as garage band Con Los Dudes.[25] He also played (and continues to play) various instruments for Danielson Famile. While in his final semester at Hope College, Stevens wrote and recorded his debut solo album, A Sun Came, which he released on Asthmatic Kitty Records.[25] He later moved to New York City, where he enrolled in a writing program at the New School for Social Research. During his time at the New School, Stevens developed a preoccupation with short story that he believed would lead him to write a novel, but ultimately returned him to songwriting.[25]

While in New York, Stevens composed and recorded the music for his second album, Enjoy Your Rabbit, a song cycle based around the animals of the Chinese zodiac that delved into electronica.

Stevens followed this with the first album to be released as a part of his “Fifty States Project”, a collection of folk songs and instrumentals inspired by his home state of Michigan. The result, the expansive Michigan, included odes to cities including Detroit and Flint, the Upper Peninsula, and vacation areas such as Tahquamenon Falls. Melded into the scenic descriptions and characters are his own declarations of faith, sorrow, love, and the regeneration of Michigan.

Following the release of Michigan, Stevens compiled a collection of songs recorded previously into a side project, the album Seven Swans, which was released in March 2004. Stevens did not leave his job in the children’s book division at Time Warner until touring for Seven Swans.[25]

Next he released the second in the 50 states project, titled Illinois. Among the subjects explored on Illinois are the cities of Chicago, Decatur and Jacksonville; the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, the death of a friend on Casimir Pulaski Day, the poet Carl Sandburg, and the serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

Over the 2005 winter holidays, Stevens recorded an album with Rosie Thomas and Denison Witmer playing banjo and providing vocals. In April 2006, Pitchfork erroneously announced that Stevens and Thomas were having a baby together, but were forced to print a retraction.[29][30][31] Witmer and Thomas later admitted it was an April Fools’ prank.[32] In December 2006, the collaborative recordings were digitally released by Nettwerk as a Rosie Thomas album titled These Friends of Mine. The album was released in physical form on March 13, 2007.

On September 11, 2006, in Nashville, Tennessee, Stevens debuted a new composition, a ten-minute-plus piece titled “Majesty Snowbird”.[33][34] On November 21, 2006, a five CD box set Songs for Christmas was released, which contains originals and Christmas standards recorded every year since 2001 (except 2004). Stevens undertook in the project initially as an exercise to make himself ‘appreciate’ Christmas more.[35] The songs were the work of an annual collaboration between Stevens and different collaborators, including minister Vito Aiuto; the songs themselves were distributed to friends and family.

In April 2007, in Brooklyn and Philadelphia, Stevens made unannounced appearances on Thomas’s tour in support of this album. In 2007, he did a Take-Away Show acoustic video session shot by Vincent Moon standing on a roof in Cincinnati.[36] In 2007, he played shows sporadically, including playing at the Kennedy Center to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Millennium Stage concerts.[37] He was commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music to create a “music and film work” titled The BQE, described as “a symphonic and cinematic exploration of New York City’s infamous Brooklyn-Queens Expressway”.[38] It premiered at BAM’s Next Wave festival on November 1–3, 2007.[39] Stevens has also worked as an essayist, contributing to Asthmatic Kitty Records’ “Sidebar” feature and Topic Magazine.[40] He wrote the introduction to the 2007 edition of The Best American Nonrequired Reading, a short story about his early childhood education and learning to read titled How I Trumped Rudolf Steiner and Overcame the Tribulations of Illiteracy, One Snickers Bar at a Time.[41][42] That winter, he hosted an “Xmas Song Exchange Contest” in which winner Alec Duffy won exclusive rights to the original Stevens song “The Lonely Man of Winter.” The track has never been uploaded, and can now only be heard by attending private listening parties at Duffy’s home in Brooklyn.[43][44]

Stevens has contributed to the music of Denison Witmer, Soul Junk, Half-handed Cloud, Brother Danielson, Danielson Famile, Serena Maneesh, Castanets, Will Stratton, Shannon Stephens, Clare & the Reasons, Little Scream,[45] and Liz Janes. In 2007 alone, Stevens played piano on The National’s album Boxer, produced and contributed many instrumental tracks to Rosie Thomas’s album These Friends of Mine, multiple instruments on Ben + Vesper’s album All This Could Kill You and oboe and vocals to David Garland’s 2007 album Noise in You.

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Queer, Hindu, and Marriage

Hi there! So I have a question about a story I plan to write featuring a pansexual Hindu Punjabi woman (a second generation immigrant to the US, mid thirties, if this is useful to know?) who lost her (American, Christian) husband but has come to fall in love with a woman years later. In the course of my research, I found some information on remarriage for Hindu widows, and queer Hindu marriages, but not much on the intersection between the two. I’ve read that there is some controversy over remarriage and the role of widows in general, but I don’t know how much of what I’m finding is influenced by western feminist judgment (in line with freakouts over women wearing hijab, etc), and in turn how much reflects the contemporary opinions of actual Hindu people. In addition, I’m finding a good amount of information on cross-cultural and inter-faith Hindu weddings between women from different cultural backgrounds celebrating the “fusion of traditions”, but not a great deal on the ceremonies, practices, and realities of queer Hindu women who marry other women. I’m sorry if these topics are very broad! I don’t know that there’s a specific question I’m asking about any of this, but any thoughts from the mods and followers would be much appreciated. Also, if there are any films/books/posts you would recommend I look into as further reading to inform this character, I would greatly appreciate it (my list right now is kind of short, unfortunately). 

(Thanks so much for all the hard work you do running this blog. I learn more with every post!)

There’s a lot of issues here and I’ll try to sort through them all.  The TL;DR of it, though, is: she should make her own path and doesn’t have to get hung up on what tradition dictates. This is the state of many, if not most, Hindus alive today.

Now, on to the details:

There is no specific position on non-hetero relationships enumerated across the various Hindu scriptures (and what someone counts as “scripture” is itself variable).  Reactions to LGBT topics among everyday Hindus and Indians/Indian-diaspora folks can range from very negative to very positive.

While trying to find the most severe thing Hindu scripture has to say about homosexuality, I reread relevant parts of the Manu Smṛti, which is notorious for being hugely judgy about everything.  It turns out that that’s quite tepid in its homophobia.  For instance, it condones death for hetero adultery, but it’s like “Gay sex?  Whatever, take a bath,” which is incidentally the same punishment as for having straight sex in an ox cart.  Religion is weird.  Anyway, there’s this contradiction between revered texts being fairly laissez-faire on the matter and how homophobic and uptight Indian society can actually be.  Those of us who are more secularized, regardless of our level of personal belief, tend to just ignore the crappy bits of our ancestral culture. For some, that is easier than for others.  Sometimes you ignore it until you can’t anymore.

Consider your character’s own level of religiosity.  There are some characters to be found in Hindu mythology who could be interpreted as various shades of queer (Shikhandin, Ila, Aravan, Mitra and Varuna, the mothers of Bhagiratha in some stories, gender-bending deities, etc.)  These might mean a lot to her, or they might mean very little depending on how religious she considers herself.  Her Hindu identification could be more of a cultural one without much thought given to mythological characters and details.  Either way is perfectly fine.  You’ll just have to do some research into queer religious Hindu perspectives versus more secular ones.

Regardless, a second generation immigrant probably wouldn’t put much stock in orthodox freakouts over widows, especially if she’s only in her mid-30s.  Everything you’ve described points to a secular/liberal interpretation of Hinduism, and sounds like more of a “Diwali and Janamashtami” Hindu (that’s our version of a Christmas and Easter Christian).  And, yeah, there are a lot of people, especially in the west and the US/Canada particularly, who may observe certain Hindu holidays in some way, and may also do things like celebrating secular Christmas and other western holidays.  Sometimes cultural identification is much more subtle than overt, as I discussed in a recent post.

Ceremonies and practices are completely up to the couple, really.  They can’t control the reaction of the community, but community reaction could be anything, because there’s no overarching Hindu position on same-sex relationships, or interracial or interfaith relationships.  It sounds like the woman she falls in love with is not Indian/Hindu?  Correct?  Would she convert to Hinduism in any sense?  That could change a few things.  Here are a few options to consider regarding Hindu conversion.  However, you will find Hindu groups across the US, at least, that celebrate both interfaith and same-sex marriages, and so I doubt that widowhood would be any hangup for them.  You could also find more traditional groups who would frown on all these things, but, you know, don’t ask that priest to officiate your wedding.

I had an interfaith wedding myself, so I can attest to how these traditions blend. For instance, there’s not really a formal aisle in the setup for a traditional Hindu ceremony, but it’s very easy to demarcate one without disruption so that there can be a processional.  The Hindu ceremony contains many substeps, just like the western one, so you can interlace them.  For instance, we had garlands (Hindu) and rings (western).  There’s also some chance overlaps in traditions.  For instance, both Hindu and Jewish weddings take place under a canopy, and both Hindu and Greek Orthodox ceremonies have the couple take ceremonial and symbolic steps together.  IMO, an interfaith wedding is a chance for a couple to really construct something meaningful for them, their traditions, and their background, together.

Finally, there’s a fairly thriving Indian queer indie cinema scene.  I don’t know that much about it beyond being able to throw down a few titles (Fire, for example), but I know it’s out there.  Some of our followers may know more.

In general, would any LGBT+ Hindu/Indian/Desi followers like to weigh in here?

~Mod Nikhil

Michael Jacobs has one of the most authentic voices in television today. He and the entire ‘Girl Meets World’ team will not only continue to entertain families but also help kids discover who they are and who they want to be in this world.

Disney Channels Worldwide EVP of Programming Adam Bonnett 

AKA “Guess we’re not moving to ABC Family any time soon.” 

I’m really looking forward to see how they will play serious high school issues on Disney. We’re all taking a risk here by letting this be pulled off on Disney, GMW being our life force and all. Don’t make this into another cliché, stereotypical, cheesy high school drama/comedy Disney. Remember, you’re about to attract more number of older audience, so don’t let let them label GMW as ‘another tween show on Disney that doesn’t know that high school isn’t a High School Musical’ from this season. 

I understand that there are boundaries, but let GMW be close as you can get to those lines. GMW is girl’s POV of BMW. There are things that could be addressed that do not cross/is close to the line such as: 

  • mind numbing stress 
  • seriousness of exams and education 
  • pressures of college selections, applications, preparations, interviews and entrance exams
  • types of teachers and how to deal with each type
  • student expectations in high school
  • volunteering
  • bullying from upper class girls 
  • realm and realism of popularity 
  • hacking
  • Driving (Lucas will turn 16 next year)
  • realistic dating 
  • dating someone due to their reputation/wealth
  • inter-racial dating
  • realism and seriousness of marriage (most girls think marriage is the culmination of an epic love story and it’s a happily ever after. Some marriages happen without a love story and for some it’s the end of their love story. Corpanga isn’t the case with everyone.)
  • body image 
  • media’s effect on young girls and young boys
  • being put in unhealthy competition against your own gender (cat fights)
  • stereotypes
  • feeling invisible and being an outsider
  • feeling too old to be beautiful (sounds like a job for Topanga and Katy. Many women lose self worth (not confidence) because we’re told that beauty is everything in a women and if you got wrinkles and saggy skin, you’re not beautiful enough and that you’re ‘time’ is over. This happened to someone I love dearly)
  • cliques 
  • high school parties
  • racism
  • feminism and equalism (doesn't this scream like a job for queen Rowan?)
  • suicide
  • murder (yes suicide should be addressed separately)
  • cheating and temptations to cheat on significant other
  • temptations as a whole
  • truth about the portrayal of life, women and men in movies and on tv
  • double standards faced by women
  • puberty and hormones 
  • love triangles (we already have this going on, so kudos. Some may not like it, but this is very natural and real.)
  • Police involvement in school

However, there are soo many other things that girls (including myself) go through in high school and I’m still highly doubtful whether you could even address them on the channel. Here are some examples of sexual/intimate realism girls face in today’s world. Yes, they cross your borders but they are real. These are serious things I’ve seen and heard happen.

  • peer pressure into sex from boys/bfs
  • peer pressure into losing your virginity, whether boy or girl
  • virginity-shaming
  • sexuality (This is here because have you heard what happened to the girl who played Charlie on Good Luck Charlie?)
  • inter-faith dating (this is hardly EVER seen on a tv show, but it does happen and is common in countries with high diversity (like the country I’m living in currently). I have plenty of real stories (plural) that has happened in my very own class itself, to my very own friends and myself.)
  • abuse (sexual or otherwise, abuse is abuse)
  • Sexual double standards faced by women
  • dressing provocatively just to keep the guy 
  • teachers hitting on student (I believe this was covered in BMW so I’ll give it a pass if it’s not addressed) 
  • alcohol and drugs
  • po*n and its addiction (this territory is mainly for the guys and some girls. This is 99.99% something that high school students go through these days with advancements in technology. This something that definitely needs to be addressed.)
  • how the above mentioned word affects guys’ expectations and mentality (such as sleep deficits/prone to anger and violence/mistrust in significant other/addiction), thereby affecting his idea of sex and girls. (Lady parts and guy parts don’t always look like that!)
  • teen pregnancy (yes this happened to a 11th grade girl)
  • Cat called continuously on streets by men (I wanna see how Cory and Shawn would react to this so badly. I think this is something that just crosses the Disney border.)
  • Harsh break-ups and threats (There was someone who had broken up with her bf and the guy constantly threatened her and even cut his hand until she gave into his requests. I’m not kidding).
  • Threats through social media (not cyber-bullying as in making derogatory and offensive remarks, but like asking for photos of certain uncovered body parts.)
  • Actually just bringing up the subject of sex (and not just in the context of reproduction)
  • Actually having the guts to go to the police to report in any case of threats, harassments and domestic/sexual violence (and be thankful that you’re not living in Rosewood where the police is useless as a gun without a trigger. PLL anyone?)

I will applause if above subjects are even lightly touched (using an innuendo for example) during their high school experience. If you could put a warning sign or some sort of content advisory, I’ll salute you. Let this be the show that changes everybody’s view of Disney.

Yes, my expectations are quite high because I’ve devoted soo much time for this show, (no wait, I mean universe) and I’m still holding on tightly because important issues are brought up and talked about as far they were allowed (example cyber-bullying). But I’m lowering the bar a little bit because I don’t want to have unrealistic expectations, with GMW still being a Disney show. That doesn’t mean that I underestimate the writers ability, I just have low-very moderate hopes on how far Disney will allow. I mean, they didn’t air certain episodes of BMW. Here’s what it says on wikipedia:

“Disney Channel edited many episodes that contained scenes with suggestive content deemed inappropriate for the channel’s target audience of 7- to 14-year-olds. All 158 episodes aired during the series’ initial run on the Disney Channel, however due to the adult subject matter and complaints from parents, Disney Channel omitted three episodes from later airings: season five’s “If You Can’t Be with the One You Love…” (due to its depictions of underage drinking) and “Prom-ises, Prom-ises” (whose main storyline involves Cory and Topanga contemplating losing their virginity on the night of their prom), and season six’s “The Truth About Honesty” (due to its sexual references).”

I still truly truly hope that GMW moves to ABC Family after the 4 season limit. Those subjects mentioned above are 100% real and cannot be ignored. Which other show will actually address those topics maturely and give Mr Feeny level lessons about it? BMW was a phenomenon because it touched real life, mostly from a boy’s perspective. Now show the girl’s perspective on real life. 

I’m giving you a big chance here Disney, so DON’T mess it up. :)

 17 year old fan, in her senior year of high school, really hoping that high      school on GMW is relatable, realistic and accurately portrayed. 

PS: I’m proud of you Michael and the entire team of writers, you truly are a legend. Thank you for all your efforts.

PSS: I’m sorry for this being so long and if you have to scroll past for a mile or two. This is the most serious thing I’ve written and it took over three and a half hours to type, but it was worth it. 

#BooksMW from the Interns!

For us Education Interns, #BooksMW and #WomenMW is a perfect match because books and Jewish women go hand-in-hand. Both of our moms are educators who place a high value on reading and have inspired us to become big readers ourselves. This book from the JMM’s library reminds us of the love and courage of our own mothers. We love our strong Jewish moms, even when they tell us to make our beds. -Erin and Sara

Planning a wedding? These three books are featured in our newest exhibit, Just Married: Wedding Stories from Jewish Maryland. The books provide important advice and insight for future Jewish (and non-Jewish) brides. From dealing with inter-faith marriages to handling religious customs and planning the event, these books can guide you through the process of planning a wedding of your own. Stop by the exhibit for inspiration or find them in our collections after the exhibit closes! 

The First Jewish Catalog: A Do-It- Yourself Kit, compiled and edited by Richard Siegel, Michael Strassfeld, and Sharon Strassfeld, 1973. This book was written for (and by) young adults of the 1970s. A far cry from the more staid and traditional guides that came before it; though it has an informal, DIY tone, the authors emphasized and explained the Biblical allusions and Talmudic law underlying the rituals and observances. (JMM TC3363)

 The Intermarriage Handbook: a Guide for Jews and Christians, by Judy Petsonk and Jim Remsen, 1988. This comprehensive book aims to help couples find – or create – a successful path through the spiritual and practical challenges of an interfaith marriage. (JMM 2001.44.1)

 American Bride Bible Vol. 5, published by American Bride and distributed by Hurtzler’s Department Store, Baltimore, 1957. Although many of Hutzler’s customers were Jewish, this book makes no reference to Jewish ceremonies. (On loan from Carolyn Laufer Caples, JMM L2016.13.2)

-Collections Interns Joelle and Amy

Happy Friday everyone! Yesterday marked the official beginning of Summer with the solstice so now it’s time to kick back and relax with a good book by the beach or poolside! But, oh no! You don’t know what to read? The JMM has got you covered better than the highest spf! Here are three books from our gift shop that we recommend:

1) Encyclopedia of Jewish Humor: From Biblical Times to the Modern Age by Henry D. Spalding.

Want a good laugh to brighten your day? Pick up this book of humor with more than 39 chapters of laughs.

2) The Other Promised Land: Vacationisng, Identity, and the Jewish American Dream. Publication by the Jewish Museum of Maryland

Ever wondered about how your parents or grandparents spent their summers? Pick up this JMM publication about Jews and vacations. One chapter is dedicated entirely to Maryland! Perhaps you will get your next vacation idea in this wonderful book!

3) Jewish Baltimore: A Family Album by Gilbert Sandler

Want to take a little Baltimore Jewish History home with you? Pick up this book to learn about family life of Baltimore’s Jews from the 1850s to the present! Gilbert Sandler offers rich historical context in his essays and descriptions, as well as many photographs from times past to give you insight and make you think!

-Exhibition Interns Tirza, Ryan and Jillie

Beyond the Trickster

I meet with some friends once a week to talk about spirituality. It is an inter-faith venture, as it has a Mormon, a fellow Pagan, an atheist, and myself. 

Last week, we planned a night of inspiration told through stories. I felt nervous, unprepared–I’d promised to bring a good one, and yet couldn’t think of anything that I hadn’t already told to them!

So I spoke of his children instead.

I spoke of the great, wide-mouthed Jorgumandr, whose tail falls into her mouth due to her size.

I spoke of the bare-toothed Fenrir, tricked and chained by the gods who took him from his home, and raised him with their own fear festering in their hearts.

I spoke of Hel, haunting and silent, who was banished from the world and charged with ruling another.

And I spoke of Loki’s loss, as his children were cast out. The lengths he must have gone to so he could see them again. Would he disguise himself as a fish to visit Jorgumandr? Would he hide as a bird when checking in on Fenrir? And saddest of all, could he even visit Hel in the realm of the dead? Did he ever see his daughter again?

These are things I think of often, but I realized after telling this tale that those around me didn’t have the context to see it in the way I do. They knew that Loki to me was a trickster, of course, someone clever and fun and challenging. But they didn’t know he was a father who had lost his children. They didn’t know he was a husband. Despite all my ramblings about why he is misunderstood, I had never taken the time to tell them how much he loves his worshippers. How much I love him in return. 

I hope that his other followers get to show his great love for the world through their actions. That his love for them is reflected in their love for those around them. That the inner layer of compassion, honesty, and hope is revealed beneath masks of veneer of cunning and trickery. 

I hope you see those things in him as well. 

Fellow Yidden, Stop Doing This:

“If this were about Muslims/Black People/Gay people would care!”

Or ANY OTHER variation. Yes I know that the left don’t care about us, I know it’s tiring, but please don’t act like other minority groups have it easier than us.

Respectibility politics, the “good or bad minority” thing, and erasure of discrimination exist for ALL groups. We may not see or feel it, but it does.

And even if it doesn’t, it is up to inter-faith families, Black Jews, or LGBT Jews to draw these comparisons.

It is not ahavat yisroel to make these comparisons, when we do we’re shitting on inter-faith Jews, Black Jews, LGBT Jews, etc. 

I’ve been seeing these comparisons a lot, especially when arguing against apathetic goyim, and it’s just wrong for me not to say anything.

This is an intra-community issue so please don’t reblog unless you are Jewish.

What is it with “conservatives” and Israel? They’ll write whole essays decrying the rise of nationalism, yet they support a country which does not recognize inter-faith/interracial marriage, has a history of pushing birth control onto African refugees, and is actively replacing one population group with their own. Would anyone care to explain to me this inconsistency in conservative principles?

anonymous asked:

Imagine Steve goes to have lattes with Father Lantom and meets Matt Murdock.

Steve is no stranger to Hell’s Kitchen. While his childhood was first and foremost Brooklyn based, his formative years were split between home and the Kitchen. His mom, practiced nurse that she was, would occasionally get called over to help out when the underbelly made a move that put too many civilians in hospital beds and caskets.

Even seven decades later, the smell hasn’t changed; gasoline, rust and a population just getting by. He doesn’t know if he’d call it nostalgia but something certainly tugs at his heart when he first steps back behind city lines.

He first meets Father Lanthom at an inter-faith gathering being held in the Kitchen, and he’s instantly taken with the man. He possess the serenity of someone who knows in their gut what they’re supposed to be doing, and of course, there’s the lattes.

“I hope you don’t mind,” Father Lanthom says as he leads Steve into his office. “I invited a friend.”

As soon as Steve shakes hands with the man behind the office door, something clicks in his brain. He can’t describe it, certainly can’t explain it, but he’s overcome with certainty.

Matt Murdock was a hero.

He had felt the same electric charge of recognizing one of your own when he met Sam, has felt it with countless agents, can still feel it in the air when he walks into Avengers headquarters. There’s something about the way a person carries themselves when they’ve been fighting for the greater good. Maybe it’s the confidence, more likely it’s just the broken bones, but Steve has always noticed it on sight.

But he doesn’t bring it up, obviously.  A guy can’t go around accusing people of superhero tendencies. He learns that Murdock is a lawyer and thinks perhaps that is what he’s sensing; an inherent dedication to justice and the people.

It isn’t until later that night, when the sirens start wailing and Steve hits the streets trying to help in any way that he can, that the pieces come together. He’s read the papers, heard the stories of ‘The Devil of Hell’s Kitchen’ but seeing him in action is an entirely different matter.

They’re both hand fighters, so when they end up back to back in an alley surrounded by some unsavory sorts, they move with the synchronization of years’ worth of combat. Steve is so distracted by the fluidity of The Devil’s movements that he almost takes a knife to the neck.

But they prevail as heroes are want to do, and as The Devil makes for the alley’s opening, Steve tosses his shield of his head, to get the other man’s attention. “I’m sure you’ve got your hands full defending this place, but you know, I work for a little organization upstate. I think you’d make a Hell of an asset to the team.”

The Devil turns back to him, and smirks from under his mask. “Not really my style. But if you ever find yourself back here, I’d welcome a hand cleaning up.”

Steve nods his affirmation and watches the black-clad vigilante disappear into the shadows. He feels that same tug of clerity in the back of his mind but he dismisses it. After all, it’s not his secret to spill.  

Glee Goodbye: Counting down the 10 Best Glee Episodes of All Time!

Glee has taught many lessons through its time on network television and we shall be counting down the ten very best times those lessons were taught. Whether they made us cry, laugh or be wounded with awe over the talent in front of us, these ten episodes are the very best out of the six years we have been watching! And before you read, here’s a little glimpse at the episodes per season that are included:

  • Season 1: Two episodes
  • Season 2: Four episodes
  • Season 3: Three episodes
  • Season 4: No episodes
  • Season 5: One episode
  • Season 6: No episodes

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