This and that in the mailbag
Some tidbits as I opened the full mailbox. Blogwhore and post any links of interest in the comments…
* Box Turtle Bulletin‘s Jim Burroway is blogging about the discredited bogus anti-gay “scientist” Paul Cameron, who looks like he may have pulled the wool over the eyes of a reputable peer-reviewed journal with his BS and actually got an article published.
Paul Cameron’s article, “Children of homosexuals and transsexuals more apt to be homosexual” has just appeared in the May 2006 issue of the Journal of Biosocial Science, an imprint of Cambridge University Press. Until now, almost all of his work has been self-published, either on his web site or in the pay-to-publish Psychological Reports. But now it is only a matter of time before he is able to brag of having obtained the imprimatur of Cambridge University Press.
Cameron was booted from the American Psychological Association “for a violation of the Preamble to the Ethical Principles of Psychologists.”
In his post, Jim does a point-by-point analysis of Cameron’s latest drivel and notes:
It’s a terrible pity that the editors and reviewers of the Journal of Biosocial Science (JBS), who presumably posses far better credentials than I, have not been able recognize blatant propaganda when they see it. This is all all the more surprising given the clue that is not so well hidden in the very first sentences of the article:
‘Common sense’ holds that homosexuality is ‘contagious’ (Levitt & Klassen, 1974). Thus Rees & Ushill [sic – ed.] (1956) state ‘it is vain to blind oneself to the fact that the problem of male homosexuality is in essence the problem of the corruption of youth by itself and by its elders. It is the problem of the creation by means of such corruption of new addicts ready to corrupt a still further generation of young men and boys in the future’ (p.29).
* We’ve blogged a lot here about Daddy Dobson and his lunacy. The man’s written books on child-rearing (he’s got a Ph.D. in child development — scary), and I received an email from a reader who was actually by parents using his twisted Dare to Discipline as a tool. From Christine @ Rising Up Whole:
I was disciplined and guilted and shamed into submission for many years. It somehow seems appropriate to me that Focus on the Family is such a partner with Exodus. My parent’s treatment of me as a child (using Dobson as their guide) no doubt made me all the more vulnerable to the ex-gay message. I was ready and willing to believe myself a damaged and broken person that needed to be fixed, with my sin nature needing to be beaten down and submerged, subdued, and dominated. I was willing to believe that my homosexuality was a part of my own strong-willed defiance gone horribly wrong and satanically out of control.
Read her post; it shows you how damaging The Dobson Way is.
* The Lovely Litbrit @ The Last Duchess (and Shakes Sis contributor) likes reading my posts about nappy hair, passed along a cool article by Nicole Johnson on the hot comb (ssssss…as it fries your natural locks to temp straighitude), Combing Through Memories, in the St. Pete Times-Floridian.
Times photo: Bob Croslin
Part. Grease. Slide the comb. Part. Grease. Slide the comb. A hair boogie of sorts, transforming woolly clumps, wiry spindles and rough waves into black satin.
One misstep, and an ear or forehead was burned. To outsiders, it may sound more barbaric than beautifying. To the pressed, it is both.
Well, to this former victim of the hot comb, it’s frigging barbaric, but it’s still a great article that gives readers who have no exposure to the ritual an insight to a part of black culture that is rarely discussed.
* On May 1, Deborah (a.k.a. Goldfish) will be hosting the first ever Blogging Against Disablism Day at her pad, Diary of a Goldfish, noting “Disabled people are very much the poor relations of the egalitarian movements and I am in a rather quiet corner of the blogosphere,” and
Many of us blog regularly on subjects surrounding disablism and disability issues, but the idea is to see how powerful disabled people and the supporters of equality can be as a combined voice in the blogosphere. Are there as many people prepared to put their two pennies’ worth in on this subject as there are on sexier subjects such as Race and Gender?
If you want to participate in BADD, leave a comment at Deborah’s blog.
* Easter, the non-traditional view: Blender and artist Becky Jayne sent links about JesusInLove.org (a queer view of Christianity). One of the topics she raised that is featured now on the site, is controversial art, including Kitt Cherryâ€™s queer Christ, â€œfaggotâ€? crucifixion — and other artists who are doing gay Christian artwork. Check it out.
* That Colored Fella has a good post up on Tavis Smiley‘s tome, The Covanent With Black America, which contains essays on the state of black America and ideas about improving lives in the community. Smiley, not surprisingly, speaks about religion and the role it plays in the black community, but makes no mention of same-sex marriage and civil equality.
Presently, I can envision no better strategy to possibly stem the dire spiral currently gripping the Black community in this country…We can easily list the many debilitating factors that have contributed; yet we no longer have a Bull Connor, George Wallace or J. Edgar Hoover to assign blame. If the Black faith movement in this country is genuinely growing a moral society, why are building bigger houses of worship and turning morality tales into feature length movies a priority, and an easily financed mission to end the cycle of poverty and illiteracy non-existent? There are over 200 citations concerning the poor in the Old and New Testament, and no mention of Gay Marriage.
Which begs the opportune question, by advocating in support of gay rights, why did Coretta Scott King believe it to be an extension of the civil rights cause?
There’s a lot more to the post — it’s a must-read.