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Horror movies and their impact on women in society

Horror movies and their impact on women in society

Why media portrayals of women matter.

a zombie apacolypse would be a medical emergency - not a military one

My son, who is 9, was told by a friend about Freddy Kruger. For those of you who never saw the movie, Freddy is the evil supernatural bad guy from the movie The Nightmare on Elm Street. My son, being 9, was rightly scared of this Freddy character. For several days he was scared to be alone in his bedroom since we have an Elm St in the neighborhood.

I told him he didn't have to worry because a) Freddy wasn’t real and b) even if he was it wasn’t our Elm Street he haunted.  And when that didn’t work I told him that he didn’t need to worry because he wasn't a scantily clad teenage girl having sex - as that is who Freddy liked to haunt and kill so my son clearly had/has nothing to worry about.

My son, immediately wanted to know why Freddy preferred scantily clad teenage girls having sex.  And this led to a lovely discussion about cultural norms around women's sexual autonomy and horror movie cliches. (sigh)

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Dealing with Stress and Fear

Dealing with Stress and Fear

Is it harder to overcome fear without a belief in a higher power?

Fear is rarely rational

Question:

This morning's listening is from The Motivation Manifesto, and it's got me thinking. What are your thoughts?

"It is difficult to accept but no less true: If fear is winning in our lives, it is because we simply keep choosing over our other impulses to be strong or bold or great."

Is it harder to overcome fear without a belief in a higher power to "give it over to", or should it be easier, since all we've ever relied on are ourselves and the people around us, so we've already overcome plenty?

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Where do Humanists go on Pilgrimage

Humanist Monuments

Question:

Do Humanists have any monuments or buildings they consider sacred or places they go on pilgrimage?

A Lego Center for Humanism

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What if there isn’t?

What if there isn’t?

Helping doubters come to terms with the absurdity of existence.

The Price of Rejecting Reality is High

Question from Richard:

I have become a big fan of yours through watching and listening to your podcasts. I am having a struggle with one simple statement I hear from a family member who is struggling on the edge of leaving Christianity. His simple statement is, "There must be something or someone out there.". I don't want to dismiss him with some snide remark. What is a good way of handling this?

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Meditation as a Humanist Practice

Meditation as a Humanist Practice

Questions and answers about why Humanists meditate – from a Humanist perspective. As more and more Humanists take up meditation – I thought it would be helpful to discuss why and how I consider meditation to be a basic life skill.

What is Humansit Meditation

This post comes in the form of a Q&A from a reporter. I thought I would share my answers here.

I am 48 and practice meditation. I am also a Humanist – so I practice a non-woo form of meditation. I consider it an important part of my practice as a Humanist.

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