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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Lets read the bible together!

Theres one in every hotel room in the world....
in every house....
its meant to be our moral compass....

Yet how much do we know about the greatest book on Earth aka The Bible.

In fact hardly any religous people I know have even read past the first page,but once you get passed all that boring apple and snake bit it gets rather riviting!

So, Welcome to my weekly Bible group! Each week I will be delving into this fascinating read book by book.

This week we start with Deuteronomy.

Deuts is the fifth book in The Old Testament.It is thought that it is the Word of God as given to Moses. The bulk of the book is made up of Moses sermons.
Moses is considered one of the most important prophets in Christianity.

Here are some of my favourite picks from Deutoronomy:

Deuteronomy 21:10-13 describes how a soldier can force a woman captive to marry him without regard for her wishes.
"When thou goest forth to war against thine enemies, and the LORD thy God hath delivered them into thine hands, and thou hast taken them captive, And seest among the captives a beautiful woman, and hast a desire unto her, that thou wouldest have her to thy wife; Then thou shalt bring her home to thine house; and she shall shave her head, and pare her nails; And she shall put the raiment of her captivity from off her, and shall remain in thine house, and bewail her father and her mother a full month: and after that thou shalt go in unto her, and be her husband, and she shall be thy wife.

Deuteronomy 22:28-29 requires that a virgin woman who has been raped must marry her attacker, no matter what her feelings are towards the rapist.
"If a man find a damsel that is a virgin, which is not betrothed, and lay hold on her, and lie with her, and they be found; Then the man that lay with her shall give unto the damsel's father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife...."

Deuteronomy 24:1 describes the procedure for obtaining a divorce. This can only be initiated by the husband, not by the wife:
"When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house."

Deuteronomy 25:5-10: states that if a woman is widowed, she would be required to marry her former brother-in-law. This was called a "levirate" marriage. Their first-born son will later be considered to be the son of the deceased husband. The man could refuse to marry her. Women were not given a choice in the matter.
" If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have no child, the wife of the dead shall not marry without unto a stranger: her husband's brother shall go in unto her, and take her to him to wife, and perform the duty of an husband's brother unto her."

Deuteronomy 25:11: If two men are fighting, and the wife of one of them grabs the other man's testicles, her hand is to be chopped off. There is no penalty if a male relative were to grab the other man.
"When men strive together one with another, and the wife of the one draweth near for to deliver her husband out of the hand of him that smiteth him, and putteth forth her hand, and taketh him by the secrets. Then thou shalt cut off her hand..."

Monday, July 12, 2010

The Anti Room

People, you must check out this seriously good blog called "The Anti Room" which was recommended to me.

Their blurb:
Welcome to the Anti-Room, the home of many Irish ladies writing about everything from fashion to feminism, pop culture to politics, and lots of things we haven’t even thought of yet. The Anti-Room was founded in 2008 by four Dublin-based journalists, including Anna Carey, Edel Coffey and SinĂ©ad Gleeson, who initially wrote under pseudonyms. Now the blog has expanded to welcome a wide range of regular contributors

Monday, July 5, 2010

Isn't armpit hair natural (part deux)

Those naughty minxes at Sure are at it again!

This time they've targetted songstress Alexandra Burke to flog their anti-stinky sprays.

Alexandra is looking very freakish and unhuman like in the adverts, with not a hair on her body in sight. So I've photoshopped her back to her natural,womanly,beautiful state of hair on her armpits and legs.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Come on Ireland!!

The Irish Women Under 17's soccer team is through to the UEFA Championship final after beating Germany 1-0.

It's some achievement and I'll definitely be tuning into Eurosport this Saturday , 26th June. at 12.30pm to support the girls in green!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Sending Sexism to the Sin Bin.

So Hunky Dorys came out with a new advertising campaign last week which seriously pissed me off,and has put Hunky Dorys on my 'never to buy again' list.

As previous posts will indicate I am very passionate about the rampantsexism that exists in Ireland when it comes to women and sports,something I think that was exemplified by the Hunky Dorys ad camapign.
Women are valued more in our society as sex objects than athletes,something which Is so frustrating to the thousands of female rugby players in Ireland who get little to no funding,acknowledgment or respect for their sport and have to deal with constant offensive remarks about their sexuality and gender.

As usual the media debate centred around the concept that 'sex sell's' and so the people at Hunky Dorys are being rather clever actually......... What a load of Bullsh*t! This is NOT SEX,but women bodies being USED as sex objects. Advertising exec's must be having REALLY bad sex If they can compare the full sexual sensory experience to a two dimensional picture of some women holding a rugby ball.

I'm not a massive fan of making formal compaints to goverment bodies,as advertising companies feed off this sort of exposure. How sick must an industry be to push the boundaries to try and be offensive to as many people as the can to maximise their exposure to sell their shitty crisps?

I decided therefore to take matters into my own hands and, with the help of my feminist friend John, we tried to highlight the sexist nature of the ad's in city centre locations.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Two little gems

I first came across this tune on 'The Wonder Boys' soundtrack, which aside from 'The Blues Brothers' , is one of my favourite all time film soundtracks.

Theres just something about it that sends shivers down my spine. It's the perfect song to have a real slow,sensual dance with someone you want to be really,really close too.

The Second video I'm going to put up, especially for St.Patricks day, is one of my favourite Irish tunes of all time.
It has special resonance for me as I grew up watching first hand the massive effect emigration had on so many Irish men and women. The lyrics
And I'll never go home now beacuse of the shame, a misfits reflection in a shopwindow pane
make me remember all the lonely Irish men trying to find life at the bottom of a bottle that I saw while growing up in Cricklewood.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Ageing Beauty

I think this is one of the most beautiful prose written on ageing women. It really does make me look forward to my older face!

“You could see the signs of female ageing as diseased… Or you could see that if a woman is healthy she lives to grow old; as she thrives, she reacts and speaks and shows emotion, and grows into her face. Lines trace her thought and radiate from the corners of her eyes after decades of laughter, closing together like fans as she smiles. You could call the lines a network of ‘serious lesions,’ or you could see that in a precise calligraphy, thought has etched marks of concentration between her brows, and drawn across her forehead the horizontal creases of surprise, delight, compassion and good talk. A lifetime of kissing, of speaking and weeping, shows expressively around a mouth scored like a leaf in motion. The skin loosens on her face and throat, giving her features a setting of sensual dignity; her features grow stronger as she does. She has looked around in her life, and it shows. When grey and white reflect in her hair, you could call it a dirty secret or you could call it silver or moonlight. Her body fills into itself, taking on gravity like a bather breasting water, growing generous with the rest of her. The darkening under her eyes, the weight of her lids, their minute cross-hatching, reveal that what she has been part of has left in her its complexity and richness. She is darker, stronger, looser, tougher, sexier. The maturing of a woman who has continued to grow is a beautiful thing to behold. Or, if your ad revenue… depend[s] on it, it is an operable condition.”

Naomi Wolf - The Beauty Myth