Taking a break from my Yuri On Ice honeymoon, I caught up on Father Brown, a BBC mystery series. Normally it’s a pleasant cozy mystery with a humanistic bent, but the latest episode was anything but cozy. The plot focused on a woman who made dollhouse versions of crime scenes a la Frances Glessner Lee, which really excited me at first because the real one is so awesome. I thought it was going to be a fun time watching her use her skills to solve a murder. Instead they literally reduced her to a mentally ill child who had unknowingly killed her own mother and sister during her fugue states and the resolution was to institutionalize her. I haven’t seen something so old-fashionedly misogynist since the US presidential election. They took a woman who was succeeding professionally and creatively (and who was explicitly progressive, who had a black boyfriend) and then revealed that in reality she was just a crazy woman who needed to be locked up to protect her from herself. I expected more from this show and wow am I disappointed.
Crossposted from versaphile http://versaphile.dreamwidth.org/2067470.html
Jewish Magic and Superstition: Chapter 2
- Jewish vs. Christian Magic: Christian magic seems to have been rooted in blasphemy whereas Jewish magic was rooted in piety. What might account for that difference, when both contain the prohibition of witchcraft in Exodus 22:18? Are different description of what “witchcraft” consists of sufficient explanation?
- In many respects, the Ashkenazi school of magic in the middle ages was not Kabbalistic, but Talmudic, and did not seem to be held in high regard by Sephardim. How does this relate to the dynamics of modern Jewish society? Who are the primary gatekeepers of the culture, then and now? Who are the more respected academics?
Just a reminder, these are a jumping off point, please add other topics as things interest you in the section!
Maybe one factor in the “blasphemy” attitude was the demonization of Pagan religions as Christianity became a state religion. I know in Great Britain that was a primary weapon used in the battle between religions, and the same likely applied elsewhere in Eurasia. Whereas Judaism had a very different formative experience with competing religions and then didn’t have the “state religion” factor that fed that demonization.
Ready for fluff
Yesterday really wore me out because I woke up ready to go right back to sleep. That hasn’t changed all day, except now I’m also really hungry. My plan is to get home, do my two mandatory chores, and then curl up with my iPad, dinner, and some Yuri recs. I am ready for maximum fluff; deliver it unto me, internet!
Crossposted from versaphile http://versaphile.dreamwidth.org/2067423.html
I just watched the first three eps of the dub version of Yuri on Ice. Which makes this my third watch through and I’m still enamored. I appear to have become Yuri trash.
(I’m Yuri and Victor is this fucking gay sports anime)
Also OMG THE DUB IS SO MUCH GAYER. ♥♥♥♥♥♥
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happy birthday viktor!
Oh my goodness