THE ANCIENT GREEKS put fate in the hands of three old women, goddesses who spun the thread of life, twisted it to allot each individual a measure of joy or sorrow, and wielded the “abhorred shears” (in the poet John Milton’s phrase) that could cut life short. The Greeks knew something that artists, along with a new generation of “craftivists” (people combining craft with activism), are rediscovering — that fiber (woven, knitted, braided, quilted, crocheted, embroidered) can be an expressive medium, one more powerful, perhaps, for its ubiquity. Textiles, after all, accompany us on nearly every step of life: We are born and swaddled, buried in shrouds; most of us are even conceived between sheets. The renewed embrace of fiber might have something to do with our increasingly virtual world, scrubbed freer every day of human contact and face-to-face interaction. Textiles, in contrast, are earthy and inherently tactile. We speak of the “hand” of fabric, meaning the feel of it — whether … [Read more...] about Some of the Most Provocative Political Art is Made With Fibers
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The LGBTQ+ charity Stonewall has told teachers in Britain to ditch the terms boys and girls and refer to pupils with the gender-neutral “learners”. Stonewall, which has been supported financially by the nominally Conservative government in the UK, told schools that all “gendered” language should be removed from the classroom and that sports should no longer be divided by sex. The leftist charity said in advice reported by The Telegraph that “it is unnecessary to say ‘boys and girls’ when referring to learners of all genders, you could instead say ‘learners’.” The LGBTQ+ charity also called for the teaching of the controversial and grammatically dubious “they/them” pronouns, saying that teachers should refrain from using any “unnecessarily gendered language. Instead of using ‘he’/‘she’, you could use ‘they’.” “Avoid dividing learners by gender, whether in the classroom (you could divide them by their favourite colour, month of birth or something else) or through uniform, … [Read more...] about LGBT Charity Tells Teachers to Say ‘Learner’ Instead of ‘Boy’ and ‘Girl’
1 NEWS The former leader of New Zealand First was in fighting form as he spoke at the party's 28th conference. Winston Peters used his first speech since losing power to attack the Government now operating without him on a laundry list of culture war issues. But Labour was not alone: Also on Peters’ hit list at his party’s annual meeting were the media, the Greens, National, the Māori Party, cyclists, “cancel culture,” and the increased usage of te reo in public life – particularly the phrase “Aotearoa”. “Who signed up to this plan to change New Zealand’s name? Who was asked. When were you asked?” Peters said. He took particular issue with the fact the Climate Change Commission used the word “Aotearoa” more than 1300 times in a recent report but “New Zealand” just 161 times. NZ First was booted from Parliament in 2020 after winning just 2.6 per cent of the party vote and no electorate seats. READ MORE: Winston Peters is returning to the spotlight, but can … [Read more...] about Winston Peters attacks Labour, ‘cancel culture’, and te reo usage in comeback speech
See the article in its original context from June 2, 1985 Section Page Buy Reprints View on timesmachine TimesMachine is an exclusive benefit for home delivery and digital subscribers. About the Archive This is a digitized version of an article from The Times’s print archive, before the start of online publication in 1996. To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them. Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems; we are continuing to work to improve these archived versions. A feeling seems to have arisen that summer is the time for light reading. I don't know where anyone got that idea. The truth about summer is this. There are an enormous number of hours in it -slow hours - and yet, before you know it, somehow it is over. So all you have to do is to start reading Heidegger, say, on the first day of summer. One day you look up and both summer and Heidegger … [Read more...] about SUMMER READING;
LONDON -- For several months the British media have been anticipating the advent of GB News, a new conservative news channel and self-proclaimed antidote to the "metropolitan bias" of mainstream media, embodied by legacy broadcasters the BBC and Sky News. British broadcasting, unlike in the U.S., is constrained by impartiality laws. Yet the new channel's focus on pundit-led journalism, and an avowed mission statement to challenge liberal orthodoxies, represents something of a sea change in U.K. media. While the founders have largely dismissed suggestions the channel will be a British equivalent to Fox News, it is easy to see why such comparisons have been drawn by commentators . "I'm doing it because I believe the direction of news debate in Britain is increasingly woke and out of touch with the majority of its people," GB News founder and chairman Andrew Neil, a former veteran of the BBC, wrote in The Sunday Express , a tabloid, back in February. Yet since its launch … [Read more...] about Fox News-style network embraces UK culture wars, will it work?