It’s NOT HOT, you fool!
This is one of my stronger posts. I’ve already used two disturbing images, and now I’m about to use some fairly strong language as well: It pisses me off that Ms. Spears’s song “I’m a Slave 4 U” did so well. Not only is it obscene, but it twists the sick practice of human slavery (one of the ugliest scars on the face of mankind), and seeks to portray it as sexy and attractive. “Appalling” is an appropriate word for this situation.
“It’s just a song!” some may say. Whoever says that is ignorant and foolish. Violence is not okay. It should not be part of our world, and it certainly should not be part of sex. The song is trash. The video is trash. The whole yellow snake dance was trash. The entire concept is TRASH!
Don’t glamorize or sexualize slavery.
to be ahead of your time!
I relate to Emma Stone’s character “Skeeter” a lot: We both are writers, we both interview women, we both are unmarried, we both have bad hair days, we both care about certain social causes (and sometimes worry about what our female counterparts are doing!), we’ve both witnessed boys do and say dumb things, but most of all, we both are awesome!
It ain’t a crime
to be ahead of your time!
and I completely validate many of the common concerns that go along with it! Unfortunately, history has shown that many evil and abusive deeds have been done by those professing to act in the name of God. Imperialism/forced conversion, mistreatment of women, acts of terrorism (of a range of means and magnitude), twisting of doctrine for one’s own purposes (the Book of Mormon refers to this as priestcraft), that kind of thing. So I don’t think people who “swear off religion” are necessarily bad people AT ALL (unless they are unkind and blatantly mock others’ beliefs).
But we are all looking for truth.
More to come.
PS. I use such images with intensely great care and NEVER intend to be flippant about abuse of any kind. Just wanted to express that yet again because I simply cannot emphasize it enough. Also, I know that there are many good people in the Catholic Church.
Nor does slavery* of any kind need be permanent.
“Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ,
we can proclaim our emancipation from the slavery of trials and sin,
and thus (re)gain the freedom that is rightfully ours.”
Read more here about how I became emancipated from a kind of slavery
through an expression found in a John Mayer song.
1. What things have you enslaved (figuratively or literally)?
2. What ideas, resources, people, awesome blog(s) can be a Christ-figure and help emancipate you (figuratively or literally)?
*Slavery of any and all connotations (but particularly institutionalized racial slavery) is something that makes my heart heavy with pain. Please know that I never intend to be flippant or insensitive concerning these issues (read more here about how racism is absolutely 100% NOT compatible with true Christianity).
Also, I in no way mean to compare myself to Abraham Lincoln or to the Savior. And still I am expecting a thunderbolt of blasphemy…
but as a writer, sometimes it can be tricky because of unintended racial implications, know what I mean? Just gotta be wise, like Jacob said, I think…
(I dare you to listen to this song and try to resist tapping your toes.)
And while we are on the subject of race,
allow me to reiterate the words of President Gordon B. Hinckley:
“Racism still lifts its ugly head, and that is unacceptable. I remind you that no [wo]man who makes disparaging remarks concerning those of another race can consider himself a true disciple of Christ.”
[H]e inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness;
…he denieth none that come unto him,
black and white, bond and free, male and female, Jew and Gentile…
~2nd Nephi 26:33
ALL ARE ALIKE UNTO GOD.
(this is an excellent resource about racial equality within the Lord’s Kingdom).
And ya’ll just to close this post, let me say that I know that unfortunately there still is some racism lurking within our society (duh!), and sadly even within some of the members of the LDS Church (or any others who identify as followers of Christ, or perhaps even simply the human community). But I also know that with the Savior’s help we can do better. So I encourage you all to consider what parts of your actions, speech, and thoughts (Mosiah 4:30) you can improve to make sure you are living more fully in harmony with these sacred gospel principles. Sound good? Peeeeerfect 🙂
No one should be unkind to you, but if ever anyone is,
remember that it’s probably not about you….
It’s their own shizzle.
And although funny in theory, I would NOT recommend making those kind of people a special pie. Line of propriety.
But do stand up for yourself, know what I mean?
We hate ourselves sometimes in the voice of other people….
but I disregard all of it and assume that I am loved the world ’round.
PS. Check out where I got my title here. Hint, he has his own planet called Guitar Kolob.
Thunderbolt of blasphemy yet again…
Also, BRILLIANT BOOKENDING (of JM’s quote) is what I did here…
blog to self-connection:
READERS! How do YOU react when people are unkind to you?
Also, if you are yourself unkind to people in any way at all, take a tip from my friend President Uchtdorf…
said a new friend to me recently. Again, I’m a WASM woman, so I won’t pretend to understand. But I feel for you bro. And you always have a friend in me…