The Big Issue : Edition 434
thebigissue 7–20JuN2013 9 “Sexuality doesn’t have any place in scouting, so why would they put it there?” Pascal Tessier, a 16-year-old gay scout from Maryland, US, on the decision by the American Boy Scouts (at their AGM late last month) to accept openly gay scouts. The decision came after widespread pressure: see Ellen DeGeneres in ‘Hearsay’ Ed#426, and Madonna in Ed#429). From The Economist (UK). “Offering flowers to a lady has become indecent... The pill has greatly changed the place of women in our times, masculinising her. It chases away the romance in our lives.” Film director Roman Polanski (Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby) at last month’s premiere in Cannes of his new film, Venus in Fur, on the indecency of giving a woman flowers. Polanski, who was arrested for the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl in 1977, also believes that striving for gender equality is “purely idiotic”. From Metro (UK). “What I’d like to say to all of you is that you are all going to die. You have, in fact, already begun to die. You look great. Don’t get me wrong. And you are youth and beauty. You are at the physical peak. Your bodies have just gotten off the ski slope on the peak of growth, potential, and now comes the black diamond mogul run to the grave.” Screenwriter Joss Whedon (Toy Story, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) tells it straight in a commencement address to students at Wesleyan University, Connecticut. It’s all downhill from here... From The Huffington Post (US). “The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone!” A homily by the super-inclusive Pope Francis seems to suggest that everyone – sinners, non-Catholics, even atheists – have a get-into- heaven free card, endorsed with the Blood of Christ. Excellent! A Vatican spokesperson later backtracked somewhat, presumably to keep bums on seats. Via NPR (US). “I break all the rules...I hold the table, which I’m not supposed to do.” Dorothy De Low from the Sydney suburb of Hurstville. At 102, De Low is the oldest competitive table-tennis player in the world. From Good Weekend. » Frequently overhear tantalising tidbits? Don’t waste them on your friends – share them with the world at firstname.lastname@example.org.