So Kat is abroad in la belle province [that’s “the beautiful province” for all you non-Francophones], doing a program that explicitly states that she communicate solely in French. While she is planning to do her Saturday posts first in English before translating them, it has occurred to me that Culture War Correspondence posts probably don’t work all that well. I mean, while I can’t speak for Gordon, I only know so much French [“un petit peu”].
Which left me wondering whether or not to shut down the feature while she stays in Quebec.
Wonderful gif of Shakira’s indecision aside, this post probably tells you all you need to know about the continuation of this feature, for the time being. Gordon and I will be discussing what will take its place, but rest assured that come next Wednesday there’ll be something new hereabouts.
I really wish I had peppered this with more French, but two semesters of college classes will only get you so far. What I can share with you is that in French they don’t say “shut up!”. They say “ta gueule!” which roughly translates to “your gob!” and I think that’s beautiful.
Oh, and stay tuned for my review of Ms. Marvel #6, which goes up as soon as my comic book shop opens and I can grab my copy.
EVAN: I was going to start off this introduction with a whole slew of Canadian stereotypes, complete with obnoxious faux-Canadian-written-accent, but let’s be honest, my inexperience with all such things is what originally made me opt for this topic in the first place.
This commercial should help fill in a few blanks, though.
It should be no secret to many of you that Kat hails from the Great White North, and while I myself was born there I’ve spent much of my life abroad. In today’s discussion our goal is to work through some of what it means to count oneself a Canuck.
KAT: This will be no easy task, since in our two corners of the country Evan and I are both closer to the States than we are to each other. Does Canada even have a distinct culture? Or are we like one massive tumour growing onto American pop culture?
Why don’t we start by spitballing some of the things we both tell people about when describing our “home and native land”? Continue reading
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GORDON: Ladies, gentlemen, and yes, even dolphins and certain species of ape- we’re considering bestowing upon you honorary personhood, despite the poo flinging.
The topic of the day is animal rights- how far is not enough?
EVAN: This topic was brought up by reader/friend Stew, presumably due to recent happenings regarding legal action taken to protect the rights of animals with higher-order cognitive abilities [great apes, certain cetaceans, elephants, African grey parrots].
Not animal rights, though. Actual human rights.
GORDON: Exactly how that’d work with free speech is kinda lost on me, though we’d be able to apply bear arms in a new sense.
And before everyone jumps on me for using that pun, hear me out-
We’re happy to bestow these rights on animals with high reasoning abilities- but would they do the same for us? I don’t want to play devil’s advocate right out of the gate, but there seems to be a fundamental difference in human understanding of rights and the views of dolphins and monkeys, both of whom not only kill without much thought or grief, but have been recorded performing sexual attacks (ok, not dolphins, it turns out) and flippin’ genocide on members of their own species.
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Tagged African grey parrots, animal rights, animals, apes, chimpanzees, Culture War Correspondence, dolphins, elephants, human-rights, intervention, nature, personhood, pets, protection, punishment, respect, rules, slavery
KAT: Greetings girls and boys, today Gordon and I are here to discuss something that I have no personal experience with…: circumcision.
Kitten gifs- because, I’m not going to search for any circumcision-related images.
GORDON: That makes two of us then…
KAT: Circumcision is one of those things that seems to be pretty common here in North America (Gordon aside), but do we really know why it is still common when in places like Europe (for example) few men are circumcised?
Since you’ve already shared your lack of experience with us Gordon, would you mind me asking why your parents chose to forgo the knife?
GORDON: I’m not entirely sure. I avoid discussion my genitals with my parents, but then again, I’m eccentric like that. Continue reading
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GORDON: Ladies and Gentlemen, good evening. Our topic for tonight comes to us from the distant country of Sri Lanka, where a British woman has been deported for transgressing local standards of cultural and religious sensitivity… as a result of having a tattoo of Buddha on her arm…
KAT: Wow. Remind me to get my tattoo removed.
GORDON: You sport the Buddha on yourself?
KAT: Nah, it’s all just wishful thinking. I’m far too broke to have any ink.
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Tagged America, buddha, buddism, Cultural, Cultural sensitivity, Culture, Culture War Correspondence, deportation, hinduism, insensitivity, middle-east, modesty, naomi coleman, Niger, sensitivity, sri lanka, Syria, tattoo