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For part one, click here

Quick recap: A study covered on “Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly” revealed that six-year-old girls tend by an overwhelming margin to think their own gender of inferior intelligence compared to their male counterparts.

I suggested that the ubiquitous image of the “sexy female” in popular culture goes far to undermine girls’ sense of female dignity and, therefore, intelligence.

Okay — I also said we’d look at possible secular responses to this phenomenon, along with the thoughtful Catholic response I intend to share.

But I’ve changed my mind.  It is a little presumptuous of me to assume I can predict how the culture will respond, and such responses are hardly relevant until they are actually manifest.

So I’ll just share the Catholic response.  If anyone has a more secular viewpoint they’d like to share, please feel free to do so.

Meanwhile, here goes: (more…)

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Megyn Kelly

Well I’m not a regular “Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly” viewer.  But I cannot help catching things out of the corner of my eye from time to time, and I was intrigued when I saw that she was covering a study of gender perceptions among 5- and 6-year-old children.

The results of the study were pretty straightforward:

  1. When asked whether they thought boys were smarter than girls or vice versa, 5-year-old girls tended to favor their own gender.
  2. 6-year-old girls, meanwhile, almost universally (if not universally) answered that boys were smarter — even those whose mothers were working women (even, in fact, the daughter of Kelly herself, whose husband is a work-at-home author, and therefore more often home with the kids while she is out “making it big”).

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donald_trump_august_19_2015_croppedIf the firestorms surrounding Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump were literal, America would long ago have been reduced to cinders.

A 10-year-old video, recently shared by the Washington Post, shows Trump and Billy Bush (of Access Hollywood) making lewd comments about women on the set of the soap opera Days of Our Lives.

Let’s state the obvious first: (more…)

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Game_of_Thrones_Season_6I wasn’t sure whether I was going to watch Game of Thrones this year.  After some hemming and hawing, I decided to give it a shot (I’ve stuck with it this long, haven’t I?).

As it turned out, season six (more…)

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For part one, click here (you don’t need to read any of the other posts referenced in that one, but you should read part one before continuing here)

The Mirror and the Advocate

Marty and Rust are on parallel journeys throughout True Detective, season one.  I’ll get deeper into what these involve in subsequent posts.  For now, suffice it to say that by the end, after having traveled a dark road together for so long: (more…)

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NOTE: This is the third in a series of commentaries on HBO’s True Detective, season one; for the other two, click here.

You may skip the first post if you wish.  I would, however, read the second (the one focused on Marty Hart), only because I am following a pattern set by the series itself: Marty (Woody Harrelson) is the initial primary focus, and next it will shift to his partner, Rustin “Rust” Cohle (Matthew McConaughey); this current post will function as a transition of sorts.

So here goes… (more…)

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Young red-haired boy facing away from camera, stacking a seventh can atop a column of six food cans on the kitchen floor. An open pantry contains many more cans.

So we’re right in the middle of Autism Awareness Month, and a friend of mine recently shared with me a wonderful video documenting the struggles and triumph of Carly Fleischmann, a nonverbal autistic teenager.

But before we get to the video (and I do encourage you to watch it; it’s less than 10 minutes long), I should spend a moment on how it fits into the overall purpose of Into the Dance — specifically, how I see it in relation to the Catholic worldview I hold dear.

What it comes down to is the inviolable dignity of the human person.  This dignity is much greater than we think — so great that it cannot be expressed in the trappings of fame, power, prestige, accomplishment, or even ability.  On the contrary, it is at its height in hiddenness.

Thomas Howard puts it this way:

[Speaking of a wheelchair-bound child]: Who knows what glory inhabits that enfeebled frame?  What honor is incubating there, quite hidden from worldly eyes?  Or what of the Down’s syndrome child?  What exquisite fruit is adumbrated in the sweetness and vulnerability that gild this child’s limitations?  The answer to such questions lies hidden among the secrets laid up by the Divine Mercy. (pg. 219-20)

Lest we doubt this, let us see how this can become clear in the natural course of things:

Reference

  1. The original uploader was Andwhatsnext at English Wikipedia The original uploader was Andwhatsnext at English Wikipedia – Originally from en.wikipedia; description page is/was here., CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5118849
  2. Howard, Thomas.  On Being Catholic.  San Francisco: Ignatius, 1997.

 

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