Monthly Archives: March 2013

Captain Jack Harkness: Gender, Sexuality, and Queer Time

One of the best things about Captain Jack Harkness as a character is that, from the moment he was first introduced on Doctor Who, he has been challenging any kind of sexuality and gender binary. Even better, he does so … Continue reading Continue reading

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Gaze in “Blink”

The Dr. Who episode “Blink” suffers from a number of problems in its portrayal of gaze and gender.  The whole episode focuses on gaze and watching people, especially those who are unaware that they are being watched.  From the beginning, … Continue reading Continue reading

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Popularity of Pure Land Buddhism

What makes Pure Land Buddhism so popular now? In Christianity, a widespread religion, the perspective of grace and faith draws people in. It acknowledges that our own strength is not enough for us to save ourselves, and it releases us … Continue reading Continue reading

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Buddhism, Death, and Genshin’s ten Reflections

Death is seen as a crucial event in Buddhism because the brief moment of consciousness could determine the conditions of one’s next birth. Pure Land Buddhism, Genshin in particular, emphasizes this notion through his ten reflections: 1)     Reflect on the … Continue reading Continue reading

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Death and Faith in Shinran’s Mattōshō 1

Shinran describes his views about the Pure Land by stating, “Believers of true faith, because they are embraced [by Amida] never to be forsaken, reside already at the stage whereby they are truly assured [of enlightenment]” (RJP 282). He explains … Continue reading Continue reading

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Queer Temporality

For me, the readings this week were a little tricky. What’s funny is that I am currently in a course called “Rhetoric of Television” and in the depth and breadth we’ve covered the topic, there is still so much to … Continue reading Continue reading

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Medicine and Information Control (belated)

In class, we were forewarned about the violence in the Millennium series.  I clicked the “play” button on Netflix knowing full well that what I was about to watch would be violent to the point of being uncomfortable.  While this … Continue reading Continue reading

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Is Religious Synonymous with Normative?

As a Christian, most of my decisions and ways of viewing specific topics have been derived from a very Christian perspective. Through my many experiences in college with people from different backgrounds and religions, I have gained a much deeper … Continue reading Continue reading

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What If You Had Animal Teeth!?

Written by Sandra Markle, Illustrated by Howard McWilliam If you could have any animal’s front teeth, whose would you choose? After reading this book you may want to give your answer a second thought. This fun, imaginative, and wildly informative book takes you on a  journey where your front teeth have fallen out but instead […] Continue reading

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Queer Time Confusion

While watching the Dr. Who episode entitled “Blink”, I was a little confused about how it fit into the themes of what we have been discussing in class thus far.  I did not see any blatant sexism or displays of … Continue reading Continue reading

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