Quickies: Transgender Students, Scientology Secrets, and Sleater-Kinney Comedy

  • Transgender Students Learn To Navigate School Halls – “In many ways, it seems like gender non-conformity awareness is at all-time high. Last week Congressman Mike Honda announced via Twitter that he was the ‘proud grandpa of a transgender grandchild.’ And according to new polling out last month, young people increasingly see gender as not just limited to male and female. But the torchbearers of gender fluidity aren’t just celebrities or politicians, but kids. Schools are still catching up with the needs of gender non-conforming students.”
  • Inside Scientology’s Secret Bunkers – “Two of the subjects of the HBO documentary Going Clear open up about Scientology’s secrets and the whereabouts of the wife of its chief, David Miscavige.”
  • At 18, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Is Still Revolutionary – “Television has had lots of complex, admirable teenage heroines since Buffy, but it’s hard to think of one so consistently empowered to take control of the circumstances around her, whether in the middle of a graveyard, surrounded by vampires, or in her bedroom, grounded. Buffy’s super-strength is a physical attribute endowed by the forces of destiny, but it’s also a state of confidence and competence that carries her through the varying traumas of having the fate of the world always on her shoulders.” That reminds me, I need to rewatch this series. And Angel.
  • Sleater-Kinney hilariously schools “SNL’s” Vanessa Bayer on feminism – ” In today’s installment, Bayer is struggling to wrap her head around what this whole ‘feminism’ thing. Good thing Sleater-Kinney is in the house, the band (including IFC’s own Carrie Browstein) that’d prefer you don’t use a modifier when describing their band. (They’re a band — not an all-girl band.)” So many good one-liners from this.
  • An Anti-Rape Activist Is Disturbed By ‘India’s Daughter’ – “Krishnan, a leader in India’s Communist Party and secretary of the All India Progressive Women’s Association, spoke with Goats and Soda about her views on the film and about the women’s movement in India, which gained support when thousands came out to protest the rape.”

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Mary Brock works as an Immunology scientist by day and takes care of a pink-loving princess child by night. She likes cloudy days, crafting, cooking, and Fall weather in New England.

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  1. I see from the photo that the Scientologists use a crucifix symbol (although with added diffraction spikes.) So far as I know, Scientology is in no way Christian. Did I miss something? (E.g. do they claim Jesus as one of their own?) Or have they just shamelessly nicked the symbol of another religion?

    1. They’ve shamelessly nicked the everything of another everything in Hubbard’s pursuit of the protective coloration of religion. The cross supposedly represents the eight “dynamics” of Scientology:

      The Self
      Creativity, sex, and procreation (family)
      Group, society, community
      Species survival (humankind)
      Life forms in general
      Matter, Energy, Space & Time (physical universe)
      Spirit (self or others as a spiritual being)
      Infinity or Supreme being

      It may or may not also be a lift of the “rosy cross” of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.

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