Blog Template Theology of the Body: Peeved

Friday, May 16, 2008


1. Planned Parenthood's Annual Income: (It's around one billion dollars- no wonder abortionists tend to drive these incredible SUVs...)

2. The Rise of the Humanzee: In an interview with The Scotsman, Dr. MacKellar, research director at the Scottish Council on Human Bioethics, says the half-man, half-chimp hybrid is just one of the many species that could soon become a reality. Mackellar warns that human sperm has been and will continue to be inseminated into animals--research that the current UK's Human Fertilization and Embryology Bill allows. The bill, which is creating uproar in the British Parliament, is schedule for debate in the House of Commons this May. There's no limit to the list of horrors that the legislation would tolerate, including animal-human hybrids, savior siblings, and artificial gametes. "There's a desperate need for organs . . . if they could create these humanzees... we could have a large provision of organs," Dr. MacKellar said. Unfortunately, the U.S. is also letting its scientists roam freely through this unethical territory. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) hopes to change that. Last week, he introduced a companion bill to Sen. Sam Brownback's (R-Kans.) Human-Animal Hybrid Prohibition Act. Under H.R. 5910 and S. 2318, America would ban the creation of all human-animal hybrids.

3. THE NOI♀SE SUMMERSCHOOL: "the NOISE Summer School 2008 will be held at Utrecht University, The Netherlands from August 18 to 29, 2008: "In Between Understanding and Practicing Gender:" Have you always wanted to know what cutting-edge feminist thinking is about and how you yourself can learn how to practice it? Do you want to develop your ideas about transnational feminism, identities and power? Do you want to reflect upon the ways in which identities are being negotiated in different settings? Do you want to explore what interdisciplinarity is in terms of knowledge production, feminist responsibility and academic practices? “Identities” will be central to our concern. For a long time, “identity” was a concept that referred to a stable inner core of the true self, some real, authentic self, inside there, hiding inside the false selves that we present to the rest of the world. This discourse of identity, with its strong representations of inside-outside, true-false, self-other, subject-object, individual-society has, despite its lingering and persistent traces, run its course. We need new ways of thinking about identity. We will begin by looking at traditional ways of thinking and talking about identity and the ways in which feminism has helped us to go beyond such binaries as outlined above... "etc.

... Fortunately, my Church can take 'em.