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War Is a Force that Gives Masculinity Meaning

War is ta force that gives us meaning    In 2002, when Pulitzer Prize winner, Chris Hedges published War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, he wrote in depth about the warrior culture that is the USA. “The communal march against an enemy generates a warm, unfamiliar bond with our neighbors, our community, our nation, wiping out unsettling undercurrents of alienation and dislocation," he wrote. “It gives us purpose, meaning, a reason for living.”
    In 2014 the American military-industrial-media complex is still salivating for war to further line its pockets. And a president elected to get us out of two wars in which we were mired, displays caution but finds himself pressured on many sides to do something warrior-like.
    The drumbeat includes the usual: ramping up of fear against an enemy, claims of a threat to what's now called the “homeland,” and images of cruelty that invoke the sense that “we can't let them get away with that, especially when they do it to Americans.” Few are interviewed in mainstream media who argue against the whole mindset.
    Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders appeared briefly on “Meet the Press” in September for the first time in his career. But no Chris Hedges or Noam Chomsky is likely to appear as the debate centers on the best tactics of fighting the bad guys rather than how to change US policies that spawn terrorist groups. ....

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LJWorld.comDr. Minor on July 13, 2014, again responds to a
Lawrence Journal World "Faith Forum" question:
"What Is Your Opinion on People Getting Ordained
Online to Perform Weddings?
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Dr Minor speaking at ASU"Arguing About Families - Gay, Straight or Neither"

Dr. Minor's keynote address, "Arguing About Families - Gay, Straight or Neither," given at the Symposium "Legally Gay" at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University on March 9, 2012, is now available in print and online in the Law Journal for Social Justice.

"A lot of very bad arguments take place using the word 'family.' By that, I mean they are based in falsehoods about the history and psychology of families. They are steeped in very creative, and current-position-affirming mythology, and void of what we historians call data. And they are found in every sphere, from religion to politics to law...."

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Zoe Williams: "George Lakoff: 'Conservatives don't follow the polls, they want to change them..Liberals do everything wrong'"
(February 1, 2014)
"The left, Lakoff argues, is losing the political argument – every year, it cedes more ground to the right, under the mistaken impression that this will bring everything closer to the centre....This is what he believes it would take to refashion the progressive mindset: the abandonment of argument by evidence in favour of argument by moral cause; the unswerving and unembarrassed articulation of what those morals are; the acceptance that there is no "middle" or third way, no such thing as a moderate (people can hold divergent views, conservative on some things, progressive on others – but they are not moderates, they are "biconceptual"); and the understanding that conservatives are not evil, unintelligent, cynical or grasping..."

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NW PFLAG Leadership WorkshopThe Fairness Project On-Line Activist Tool Kit

The Fairness Project is in the process of making available the handout materials from Dr. Minor's popular workshop: "Being an Activist Without Being a Victim." These materials are chosen because they encourage activist leadership to proceed from a progressive, healing model which contradicts the models of leadership found in most popular forms, models that are meant to keep the system in place rather than to make changes that support humanity, and result in burnout among leaders.

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Dr. Minor on Love, Dating, and Relationships
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     Anger is a – maybe the - dominant emotion in our culture today. It's looked down upon if it seems “out of control,” but it's one of the few feelings that men can express without anyone questioning their manhood because of it.
    But both women and men, if they're paying attention, can be seething underneath. And that anger bursts out at times in over-reactions to practically anything from being cut off in traffic to responding with the most negative possible interpretation of what someone has just said.
    There are couples who actually stay together in anger. We sometimes notice them shopping together or bickering with each other. Neither partner looks happy.
    There are other couples where one of the partners simmers continuously below the surface. That makes all the little things the other member does annoying, even activities that in the beginning of the relationship seemed cute and adorable.....

Read more in Dr. Minor's latest column: "Are You Angry? Are You Sure?"


When Religion Is an Addiction
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A refreshingly unique analysis and more effective response to the Christian right-wing in
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