Sunday, February 24, 2013
Actually, the scheduling of this series is rather strange. The DVDs of Season 4 were being hawked on PBS before PBS showed a single one of the Season 4 episodes. And reports were coming from England, where it is seen many months ahead of here, discussing some of the main plot points.
I have always wondered about the attitude that if you know the ending to a play or movie it's "ruined" for you. I have encountered it a lot, and it makes it seem as if every play, movie or opera is a "who done it." Perhaps, because I am in the theater/opera profession, I know that there is so much more going on in a production than just the outcome, the final scene. So, after all the complaints that my friend had ruined the latest series of Downton, I added this comment:
"Am I to take it that there is no value to seeing a dramatic presentation if one knows the ending in advance? The characterizations by the cast; the beauty, appropriateness and skill of the designs; the quality of the writing; the social relevance or political comment in the theme -- none of these is worth seeing and enjoying if you know that "he or she dies in the end?"
"OMG, I guess I just ruined a lot of Shakespeare, most of the Greeks, and the entirety of 19th century opera for you all!"
Saturday, February 16, 2013
"To those who preach that same sex marriage harms heterosexual marriage, please produce:
"Proof that one, just one heterosexual marriage was terminated because gay people can get married, or that one wife told her husband she was leaving him because gay marriage rendered their marriage meaningless. Or:
"Proof that one engaged couple called their parents and said that since gays can marry there's no point for straights to marry any more, therefore they are canceling the wedding and just going to continue to live together.
"Hasn't happened! Heterosexuals have a strong track record of destroying marriage -- close to 50% of all heterosexual marriages end in divorce, and that statistic began BEFORE gay marriage ever existed. Wake up -- my husband and I are not the enemy. We believe in marriage. We believe in OUR marriage -- that's why we got married, not to destroy yours. Please use some common sense."
The column, titled, To be happy, we must admit women and men aren’t ‘equal’, written by Suzanne Venker, discussed a “new way” of thinking about gender, which was being preached by “feminists”, causing men and women to have “no idea who’s supposed to do what”.
Ms Venker wrote: “Being equal in worth, or value, is not the same as being identical, interchangeable beings. Men and women may be capable of doing many of the same things, but that doesn’t mean they want to. That we don’t have more female CEOs or stay-at-home dads proves this in spades.”
She effectively goes on to blame women for a “battle of the sexes”.
The image in question was of an Alaskan lesbian couple, Stephanie Figarelle and Lela McArthur, who got married at the top of the Empire State Building in 2012.
Fox News has since replaced the picture of the couple with a stock image of male and female symbols.
Suzanne Venker was the niece of conservative anti-gay leader, Phyllis Schlafly, who has spoken out against equal marriage in the past.