Before I launch into my rant this afternoon I want to express my congratulations to Ayoka Chenzira, Ph.D, Director of the Digital Moving Image Salon at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia for winning a $ 100,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant to develop an interactive video game, HERadventure that deals with issues critical to women globally. The concept is brilliant and I look forward to participating when the game launches on International Womnen’s Day 8 March 2013.

Now on to the rant. Paul Bedard writing at the Washington takes exception to $100,000 being spent by the federal government to promote and fund HERadventure which he says the National Endowment for the Arts calls, “”focuses on a young female superhero sent to Earth to save her own planet from devastation because of climate changes caused by social issues impacting women and girls.” I have to this point not been able to find that quote anywhere on the NEA website in their grant award section or the Internet save for this litany of bigoted and conservative leaning websites.

And to be sure when you have a lineup like, World Net Daily, the Gateway Pundit, the National Review and the Free Republic lining up against you there must be some mis- or disinformation afoot. And of course that is true in this case because Bedard sees the video game not as a springboard for understanding and dealing with issues that affect the lives of women in America and all over Terra, but and I kid you not about global warming. Now this issue is important to conservative white men because it is seen as a gross threat to their ability to do what they do best– waste. Global warming would take away their comfy cars and their suburban homes that gobble up fossil fuels at an alarming rate to the expense of the very planet you live on. This issue to conservatives is likely second only to their fear of taking their guns away.

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But HERadventure isn’t about climate change at all it’s about addressing the social issues that affect women of color specifically and all women indirectly. Bedard, Hoft and the gallery of American Taliban hollow heads at World Net Daily and the Free Republic miss the point entirely and their commenters conservative white men and women alike seem to take some measure of glee at this “government waste” just as they use their remotes to raise their house temperatures to 80 degrees on a 40 degree day with a remote so they don’t have to get up from the gun and bible driven ideological comfort comfort of the La-Z-Boys.

Pax Terra!

Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., CS, O.Q.H [Journ.]
Managing Editor—Research
The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork
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