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Dia de Los Muertos - Mexican Day of the Dead

Celebrating the Dead


For something different with the students I decided to do a lecture exploring the Mexican day of the dead. The main reason for this was to practice the critical evaluation process for religious events. I choose Dia de Los Muertos as I guessed (rightly) that they did not have a pre-existent understanding of the religious, cultural and theological elements of the celebration.  Great summary of the festival can be read here


In my own research for the lecture I tried to read as much as I could about the Mexican tradition and the wider catholic tradition of All Saints and All Souls day. In all my research I was stuck by one over arching idea. Death is not a taboo subject that is feared in Mexico. Death is celebrated as an essential, positive and even humorous part of existence. The festivals seems to have two sides, the remembering of dead relatives (with associated belief of the souls returning to earth) and the celebration of death. Both sides intrigue me but I am he…

Huff Po Highlights the moral questions involved with slutty Halloween I have always been surprised how girl react to…

Huff Po Highlights the moral questions involved with slutty Halloween

I have always been surprised how girl react to Halloween. Normally reserved girls may suddenly dress up like vixen exposing more flesh in the middle of Autumn then they ever do at the height of summer. Beyond just the amount on show it surprises me how much much sexually suggestive and provocative content finds it way into to costumes. Now I do believe that for some girls they are choosing this style and may even find it freeing but my concern is the growing social pressure to conform to this pressure.

It is well established that media impacts young minds. I doubt that every young girl is happy in the costume they are finding themselves in. I do feel this issue highlights how sexism is still a strong undercurrent in culture with the expectations it places on women. I believe this is an example of how women are still expected to be sexual objects for men. Objects that must conform to specific pressures. Pressure that…

Día de los Muertos

Getting ready for my own personal day of the dead celebration
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Día de los Muertos

learning more about the structure of HIV Found this up close representation of the HIV virus. Liking how I know kinda…

learning more about the structure of HIV

Found this up close representation of the HIV virus. Liking how I know kinda understand what the different parts all do.

#sexed

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.COOL! Lego Time Twister Clock!.*Amazing Action! ( Not what you expect! ).Please Share and Thumbs up!Time Twister -…

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Time Twister - LEGO Mindstorms Digital Clock!

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I created this image to use as a discussion starter in my work, what do people think about it? I wanted to think about…

I created this image to use as a discussion starter in my work, what do people think about it? I wanted to think about how gender equality is often present in attitudes towards oral sex, especially (but not always) by me.

#sexed

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The New Zealand rugby team performs a 'haka' before each match. It's a Maori war challenge dance. During…

The New Zealand rugby team performs a 'haka' before each match. It's a Maori war challenge dance.

During the Rugby World Cup several 'Flash Hakas' happened around New Zealand. Michelle sent me this one which I think is fantastic.



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HPV vaccine for boys to prevent cancerJust dug down to find the transcript of the USA CDC press release about its…

HPV vaccine for boys to prevent cancer

Just dug down to find the transcript of the USA CDC press release about its recommendation for all boys to get the HPV vaccine. Just wanted to highlight a couple of points from what they said.

"The committee did feel the burden of disease in males justified routine vaccination. They thought that there was likely to be additional benefit to girls and women by reducing the spread of the virus but they did think that the burden of disease in males alone was sufficient to recommend the vaccine."

This to me is key that the CDC recognises that the threat of cancer for men is high enough to justify a costly vaccination campaign. This is not just about protecting women (who are recognised as at a higher risk of fatal cervical cancer). This is also about protecting men which I do see as an issue of equality.

"The quadrivalent vaccine that Merck produces, Gardasil, has been approved for use in males by the FDA. These recommendations for male…

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Churches claim HIV healing

Just been asked to go on BBC radio Merseyside