Some notions, every week. Here are some:
Jesus Is Bored with Your Gender Binary
A dear friend of mine who is Christian (in a magicalstrange way), intersex, and queer as all fuck pointed out an interesting Bible verse to me. Galatians 3:28, which reads:
There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus
Many traditional Christians argue that this verse show how Jesus eliminated the categories ‘slave’ and ‘free’. By that logic, it seems Jesus also abolished ‘male’ and ‘female’…
I eagerly await the Pope’s public announcements outlining his fluid views of gender!
Creepy Racism in Dumbo
I watched Dumbo with my daughter recently, for the first time in years. I was really shocked by the dark stuff in this movie, most of which I hadn’t noticed before.
Of course, there’s the vocal blackface and blatant stereotypes of the talking crows. But it’s the portrayal of black humans in Dumbo that is really distressing. Not only do none of them have speaking roles, but they are faceless. Literally, they have no faces! The animals get faces, but not black people!
These faceless men work alongside the animals to set up the circus while singing the following song:
“We work all day, we work all night
We never learned to read or write
We’re happy-hearted roustabouts
When other folks have gone to bed
We slave until we’re almost dead
We’re happy-hearted roustabouts”
We slave until we’re almost dead; we’re happy.
Fuck, Disney. Just. Fuck.
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The image used for all these posts is artwork from a Magic: the Gathering card called ‘Horde of Notions‘. It’s beautiful.