Friday, February 20, 2009
Anything Goes - Talking About Taboos
If you've come here enticed by my post title, thinking you'd see something to satisfy your prurient desires, think again. This is a porn-free site. At least so far.
I'm talking about the tamest of the wikipedia definitions of taboo:
restrictions on discussion of controversial topics (law, morality, ethics, manners, politics, religion, race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, handicaps, class, creed, ones' occupation, finances, and groups of people as a whole).
I love talking about controversial topics. I love it so much that I'm teaching a class starting next Monday on Social Justice in Popular Culture Films. I've already shared this here, but I want to give everyone an opportunity to weigh in with suggestions for discussion questions. Some of you wanted a chance to think about it. Time's up, people. You must share your brilliance now. Comment here, or comment at the original posts. But please comment! If you have suggestions for other resources to share with the class, please let me know. I'd really appreciate it if you let me know about useful websites.
Here are the five class sessions' topics, with links to details about the films I'll be showing:
Bread and Roses - workers' rights, unions, illegal immigration, cost of healthcare
Come See the Paradise - civil liberties, Japanese internment camps during WW II
Something the Lord Made - race relations and segregation, equal opportunity
Le Placard (The Closet) - gay rights
Inherit the Wind - intellectual freedom, religion vs. science
Whilst I warned you that this was a porn-free site, I feel compelled to share an image with you to make it worth your while if you came here as a result of searching for sites with "taboos." It's a shot of the lead in Le Placard, wearing part of the costume he'll be dressed in for the gay pride parade. His headgear is designed to promote the product manufactured by the company he works for.
WARNING: If you are offended by birth control or safe sex devices, please avert your eyes. I don't want to risk losing a follower because of this picture.
Actually, if this picture offends you, you probably aren't cut out to be one of my followers....