Thursday, November 03, 2016

Snippet Posts 11/3/2016: Women Priests, Honey Badgers and Sexist Stuff

1.  The Never-Never-Land in the Never-Never-Time:  That's when and where women can become priests in the Catholic Church, according to the pope (who is not a woman), who quotes another pope (who wasn't a woman, either):*

Pope Francis said on Tuesday he believes the Roman Catholic Church's ban on women becoming priests is forever and will never be changed, in some of his most definitive remarks on the issue.
He was speaking aboard a plane taking him back to Rome from Sweden, in the freewheeling news conference with reporters that has become a tradition of his return flights from trips abroad.
A Swedish female reporter noted that the head of the Lutheran Church who welcomed him in Sweden was a woman, and then asked if he thought the Catholic Church could allow women to be ordained as ministers in coming decades.
"St. Pope John Paul II had the last clear word on this and it stands, this stands," Francis said.
Francis was referring to a 1994 document by Pope John Paul that closed the door on a female priesthood. The Vatican says this teaching is an infallible part of Catholic tradition.
The reporter then pressed the pope, asking: "But forever, forever? Never, never?
Francis responded: "If we read carefully the declaration by St. John Paul II, it is going in that direction."

The Three Big Guy Religions are one of the biggest reasons why progress on women's rights is slow.   Not too surprising, given that they were all created a very long time ago and reflect patriarchal norms of that time and place,  but extremely sad, because those norms are interpreted by many men and women as the never-changing values determined by a divine power.

2.  This video might be about those who will rule this planet after humans have committed mass suicide in various forms (climate change and wars, including religious wars, short-sighted greed and short-sighted overpopulation).

3.  Mila Kunis makes a point about the difficulty of figuring out when someone is treated unfairly because of sex, race, ethnicity and so on.  The dilemma is that such unfair treatment is based on the group one belongs to, but it cannot always be distinguished from treatment resulting from an individual's own acts:

The Bad Moms star penned a strong and lengthy open letter in A Plus magazine detailing sexism she's experienced in the entertainment industry.
"Throughout my career, there have been moments when I have been insulted, sidelined, paid less, creatively ignored, and otherwise diminished based on my gender," she wrote. "And always, I tried to give people the benefit of the doubt; maybe they knew more, maybe they had more experience, maybe there was something I was missing. I taught myself that to succeed as a woman in this industry I had to play by the rules of the boy's club. But the older I got and the longer I worked in this industry, the more I realized that it's (expletive)! And, worse, that I was complicit in allowing it to happen."

That problem applies to the treatment of Hillary Clinton, too.  Is she treated more harshly because she is a woman or because she is the person she is?

You decide.  But the various t-shirts and pins worn by some Trump supporters do suggest that the contempt towards women, as a class, is certainly one aspect of the Hillary hatred:

*  And so on, all the way down to who wrote the Bible  or the Koran or the Talmud (mostly) and who made decisions at various religious councils.  It's possible to get this beautiful, water-tight (drowning) and air-tight (can'tbreathe) explanation which actually doesn't use a single woman's  opinion, but is attributed to the entirety of all the faithful.

But you knew that, already.