… the socialization of boys regarding masculinity is often at the expense of women. I came to realize that we don’t raise boys to be men, we raise them not to be women (or gay men). We teach boys that girls and women are “less than” and that leads to violence by some and silence by many. It’s important for men to stand up to not only stop men’s violence against women but, to teach young men a broader definition of masculinity that includes being empathetic, loving and non-violent.
By Don McPherson, former NFL quarterback, feminist and educator (via howtodresswell)
Partners George Lyons and Tom Calicchio took this dilapidated old building, which housed the Movie Stop for many years (I spent a ton of time browsing the VHS selections in there) and did some beautiful restoration work.
Such a great old building. The Erie Window Glass Company home was built over 100 years ago, and it’s a nice slice of Erie history.
Wanting to be a part of the expanding midtown redevelopment, they finally found a suitable tenant—a new radio station, with local ties. And yes, Rick Rambaldo has shown Erie he can run a business. Rambaldo is a local media legend, having founded Rocket 101 and breathing life back into K104.
So what happens? Rambaldo promptly does what his former stations did to the Boston Store when they moved in there: he puts up a garish, tacky sign. Yes, I know about business and branding. I’d like to think that when you move into an historic building you’d have just a bit of common sense…and class. But seriously, what can you expect when you name your station happi? Come on Rick, get a grip.
Or, at the very least, put the sign on the side that isn’t facing State Street and preserve the view of the historical facade…
I observed that in simplistic terms, most constructive religious commandments boil down to Wheaton’s Law: “Don’t be a dick.” I’m not talking about the religious commandments about not eating shrimp, or avoiding cheeseburgers, or hating on gay people, or wearing magic underwear, or whatever. Those are tribal in-group signifiers, not moral guidance. I’m talking about the whole not bearing false witness thing, not coveting your neighbor’s ass in a non-consensual fashion, do as you would be done by, an it harm none, and so forth. Those are affirmative statements of social principle. (Some of which may of course also be tribal in-group signifiers.)
So I suppose if I were to subscribe to a religion, I’d be a Wheatonist. My religion would have one commandment: “Don’t be a dick.” That’s about it. Seems to cover almost everything what needs covering. Living as a Wheatonist, I could be mistaken for an anonymous Christian or a good Buddhist either one.