Clothes: Oppression or Empowerment of Women?

This post is not meant to be an opinion piece. It’s not meant to have any answers. It’s an honest call for discussion. My Libra brain is constantly leaning from one side to another.  I saw a Muslim woman walking near Syracuse University the other day and she was completely covered except for her eyes.  A few miles away at the mall is an 18 year old girl dressed in shorts that are as good as underwear, butt cheeks almost hanging out, and tight tiny tank-top.  I feel bad for both of these women.  My immediate reaction is that each one is dressing the way she thinks men in her culture want her to dress.  But then I thought about it a little more... one is trying not to be noticed yet it’s making people notice her more, and the other one is trying hard to be noticed and in the end, she looks like all the other girls around her so she will probably go unnoticed.

So which is it?

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Jesus Christ, Eddie Vedder and Jeff Winger walk into a bar…

What do Pearl Jam, NBC’s “Community” and Jesus Christ have in common, besides the fact that I am obsessed with them? They each have loyal followings, and people willing to go to the ends of the earth (sort of…) to be part of their movements.  

Pearl Jam fans travel around the world to hear their favorite band with the hope that maybe, just maybe, they will play a rare song. 

Community fans bog down Twitter every Thursday night -Friday night for half a season- with quotes like #sixseasonsandamovie, and pleas for their family and friends to tune in.  Many also travel to Comic-Con every year with the hope that “Troy” and “Abed” will do their secret handshake.  

For 2,000 years, Christians have traveled thousands of miles to share the good news of the Gospel to anyone willing (or not willing) to listen. Now we have hundreds of millions of Christians spanning every continent.

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Sometimes I feel like a crappy Christian

Sometimes I feel like a crappy Christian.  I judge Christians who judge other Christians for not being Christian enough, and then I say the person who first judged is not being Christian enough. I know, I suck. Big hypocrite!

Yesterday started out as a very inspiring day with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and also the second inauguration for Barack Obama, 44th president of the United States.  After recently seeing Lincoln and Django Unchained (no matter how fictional and historically inaccurate some claim the latter film to be), thoughts of where we’ve been in this country and how far we’ve come in terms of civil rights were fresh in my mind. I almost started crying as I watched Michelle Obama walk down the hallway into the front of the Capitol, and again as the President spoke about Dr. King, Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall. So much progress, yet so much more to be had.

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I miss reading.  I saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 last night. It was a really good film, and as I watched it I remembered back to 2001.  I had just read the first Harry Potter book twice, once for my own pleasure, and once for my Children's Lit class at SUNY Oswego. I loved the book! I got 30 pages into the second book and never picked it up again (or any other Harry Potter book for that matter). 

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