Signpostings

Relationships in a World of Individualism

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    The rWorld is about more than Dale Kuehne's book Sex and the iWorld.
    The rWorld is a New England based, non-profit (in formation), that is composed of a growing number of people and organizations from many faith and ideological backgrounds worldwide. We believe that much of the fulfillment for which women and men are looking can be found by enhancing the quality of our relationships. While the individual freedom we enjoy in the West is a gift, the love and intimacy for which humans yearn will not be found in self-serving materialism or hedonism, but in a variety of healthy relationships.

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  • Dale Kuehne

    Sex & the iWorld

    Professor of Politics and The Richard L. Bready Chair for Ethics, Economics, and the Common Good at Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH.

    In this blog I'm highlighting signposts of the world in which we presently reside as a means of helping promote a civil, and meaningful dialogue about what kind of world in which we wish to live. I am particularly interested in exploring how might we reconcile the individual good and the common good, and where reconciliation isn’t possible, which should take precedence and why.

    I also blog at Sharewik.com

    [Content Caution]

A Woman Trying to Make Sense of Men (without much luck)

Posted by Dale Kuehne on July 20, 2011

Maureen Dowd describing how in 40 years feminism has moved from disgust to despair over men.

I guess that means I am a feminist.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/08/opinion/08dowd.html

biting keeps your words at bay
tending to the sores that stay
happiness is just a gash away
when i open a familiar scar
pain goes shooting like a star
comfort hasn’t failed to follow so far…

and you might say it’s self-indulgent
you might say its self-destructive
but, you see, it’s more productive
than if i were to be healthy

& pens and penknives take the blame
crane my neck & scratch my name
but the ugly marks
are worth the momentary gain…
when i jab a sharpened object in
choirs of angels seem to sing
hymns of hate in memorandum

and you might say it’s self-indulgent
and you might say it’s self-destructive
but, you see, it’s more productive
than if i were to be happy

and sappy songs about sex and cheating
bland accounts of two lovers meeting
make me want to give mankind a beating

and you might say it’s self-destructive
but, you see, i’d kick the bucket
sixty times before i’d kick the habit

and as the skin rips off i cherish the revolting thought
that even if i quit
there’s not a chance in hell i’d stop
and anyone can see the signs
mittens in the summertime
thank you for your pity, you are too kind

and you might say its self-inflicted
but you see that’s contradictive
why on earth would anyone practice self destruction?

and pain opinions are sitcom feeding
they dont know that their minds are teething
makes me want to give mankind a beating

i’m tried bandages and sinking
i’ve tried gloves and even thinking
i’ve tried vaseline
i’ve tried everything
and no-one cares if your back is bleeding
they’re concerned with their hair receding
looking back it was all maltreating
every thought that occurred misleading

makes me want to give myself a beating….

Bad Habit by Amanda Palmer from the self-titled Dresden Dolls (2003)

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