My Daughter Has Her Mom; She Doesn’t Need Wonder Woman

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by John Ellis

Minus a few sputtering, identity politics preaching exceptions, the blockbuster movie Wonder Woman has become cause célèbre for feminists the world over. Articles abound declaring Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman as the feminist heroine needed for today. Googling the words “every girl should watch Wonder Woman” uncovers a bevy of articles. Thankfully, my daughter doesn’t need to watch Wonder Woman; she has a heroic, highly accomplished, gracious woman living with her, modeling and teaching her what being a woman means.

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Wonder Woman as a Proverbs 31 Woman?

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by John Ellis

I have yet to watch the new Wonder Woman movie. Not because I’m opposed to a movie about Wonder Woman, nor am I necessarily opposed to this current iteration of the DC heroine. I just don’t watch many movies. However, the amount of noise and cultural tug-of-war surrounding Wonder Woman makes me occasionally wonder if I should carve out some time to watch the Gal Gadot vehicle.

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Weekend Reading: 4/8

working-in-a-coffee-shopby John Ellis

I freely and happily admit that I have cribbed this idea from many other writers and bloggers. So be it. A good idea is a good idea, right? There is so much content vying for our attention on the internet, it’s often hard to find the diamond in the rough, so to speak. Although, there are plenty of diamonds hidden throughout the interwebs. That fact means that aggregate sites are useful, and websites and blogs that devote articles and posts to serving as an aggregate for interesting and/or useful content are likewise useful. While I have next to zero desire for this blog to become an aggregate site, or even provide daily posts that offer some help to my friends and readers uncovering some diamonds that they may have missed, a weekly post seems fun for me and possibly profitable for others.

Below, are several of the more interesting articles and blog posts that I read over the last week. Enjoy.

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The Cult of Progressivism

Jonestown Remains

by John Ellis

A couple of years ago, a friend introduced me to the connection between Jim Jones and Harvey Milk (a connection which isn’t a secret, by the way). Yes, the cult leader/murderer and one of the darlings of the lgbtq rights movement were friends and co-laborers for leftist causes. What’s more, The Peoples Temple was considered a progressive paradise. Jim Jones was a progressive leader in San Francisco.

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Caitlyn Jenner, Jon Stewart, and Society’s Game of Rhetorical Whack-a-Mole

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by John Ellis

This past week, among the media fed hoopla about Caitlyn Jenner, among the shrill cries of the sky is falling – God’s sovereignty doesn’t mean what it actually means!!! – and the equally shrill cries that tolerance WILL win out – so take that, bigots!!!, – Jon Stewart’s voice rose to the top. In a June 2 episode of The Daily Show, Stewart took the media, and us, to task for focusing on Caitlyn’s looks. In an oft shared quote, so oft shared that Stewart and his quote became a trending topic that out-trended the other conversations about Caitlyn Jenner, Stewart, wagging his verbal finger sarcastically, said, “When you were a man, we could talk about your athleticism, your business acumen. But now you’re a women, and your looks are really the only thing we care about.” Except Stewart, the self-appointed media schoolmarm armed with a self-constructed ruler fashioned out of the pretense of floating-above-the-fray objectivity[1], and his self-righteous gobbledygook demonstrates the nonsensical rhetorical pretzels our society has all of a sudden found itself in.

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