Well readers, it’s that time of year again. Mildewed jack-o’-lanterns are being unceremoniously swept away from doorsteps as families hang lights and holly around their homes. Carols are beginning to play in stores across the nation and cheery folks, bundled up in their coats, are already beginning to make their lists. The elves and reindeer aren’t waiting for December and so, readers, neither shall I. And let me kick off the holidays here at Culture War Reporters by declaring this:
I hate Christmas.
Generally speaking, I always have.
And my family did celebrate the holidays, with my parents (who make Buddy the Elf look like Ebenezer Scrooge) even making a few luckless attempts at getting me to celebrate advent as well.
I’d say that my mom isn’t as bad, but her holiday tradition is- I make no exaggeration- screaming “IT’S # DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS!” at the top of her lungs.
But for all the zeal my parents had I was generally free from the hustle and bustle of the season. One of the benefits of growing up in the middle of a primarily Muslim country is that one isn’t generally blasted with “Carol of the Bells” until one is prepared to put a drill to one’s head.
Coming to America, that was something I had difficulty adjusting to, to put things mildly. But that’s not the issue I have- not entirely anyways.
It was the expectation. Continue reading
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Tagged carol, celebration, Christian, Christianity, Christmas, Christmas with the Kranks, Commercialization, cups, design, elf, Europe, holiday, Jesus, Joshua Feuerstein, non-Christian, Pagan, season, secular, snow, Starbucks, The Family Man, The Santa Clause, tradition, War on Christmas
GORDON: Friends, Romans, countrymen, this post is being written by the rocket’s red glare. Or whatever they have in Canada- not usually a nation I associate with explosives.
EVAN: Funnily enough, it’s my turn to do the intro.
GORDON: Your intros are bad, and you should feel bad.
EVAN: I mean, you’re not wrong. [ . . . ] Is this part of the thing?
GORDON: Yes. The audience will find this little bit amusing and endearing.
EVAN: It’s actually funny that you mention my country and explosives given that it sounds like a literal war zone outside. Happy Canada Day, everyone. What better time to discuss the topic of patriotism?
GORDON: With the rapid approach of July 4th, no better time at all. Though perhaps you could enlighten our readers south of the wall as to what exactly Canada Day is…
EVAN: It’s . . . Canadian Independence Day. That’s pretty much it. An opportunity for those close to the border to catch some lovely fireworks three days early. I’ve never celebrated the 4th down south, but I can only assume they more or less work roughly the same way.
GORDON: If you mean hamburgers and standing around in a mosquito ridden park for four hours waiting for a deeply underwhelming fireworks display, then yes.
EVAN: That’s it. That’s exactly it. Continue reading
Posted in America, Canada, Culture War Correspondence
Tagged 4th of July, America, Canada, Canada Day, celebration, flags, GIF, human-rights, jingoism, patriotic, patriotism, pride, TCK
Mother’s Day is around the corner. Soon we’ll all be out buying flowers and chocolates for our moms and trying to make up for the way we talked to her in our teens (or is that just me?). If we aren’t already out buying something for mom, then a whole bunch of really emotional commercials are going to try to guilt us into doing so.
While we often see mothers celebrated in media, usually for their hard work and dedication in the home, these ads tend to avoid any of the messy biological stuff that tends to go hand and hand with motherhood. You want examples? Well how about breastfeeding and periods? Continue reading
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Tagged adoption, arrested, aunt flo, beautiful, blood, blue liquid, boobs, breast, breastfeeding, celebration, clean sanitation, feminine hygiene, menstruation, messy, mother nature, mother nature Uterus Punch, mother's day, motherhood, objectified, pads, period, poop, red badge of courage, red flower, sexualized, shame, Sparrow Folk, tampons, Unicef
The CN Tower, putting on a special light show for Pride Week.
Imagine my surprise when I realized that this upcoming weekend is a long one due to Canada Day [July 1]. Imagine my continued surprise when I found out that not only is this weekend Pride Weekend, but that it actually coincides with the national holiday more often than not.
I’ve been in Toronto for the past six or so summers, and it really has taken it this long for the latter to dawn on me; that’s in spite of the fact that this city hosts one of the largest gay pride festivals on the planet. We have an entire week dedicated to celebrating LGBT people, an event that has one of the most user-friendly websites I have ever laid eyes on. Continue reading
Posted in Canada, lgbt
Tagged Black History Month, Canada, Canada Day, celebration, different, DOMA, future, gay, Gay Pride Parade, heterosexuality, homosexuality, Morgan Freeman, normal, orientation, pride, Pride Week, Pride Weekend, same sex marriage, shame, Toronto, Toronto Pride