Living in the Tension Gathering – Mon. 3/11

This past week, a document titled ‘Report on eliminating Gender Stereotypes in the EU (European Union)’ was introduced on International Women’s Day. The report was put together with the intention of advocating for effective sanctions on the companies and individuals promoting the sexualization of girls. The report caused an uproar across the blogosphere as some believe that it is laying the groundwork for internet censorship. The European Parliament will be voting on whether to endorse the conclusions of the report prepared by the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality on March 12th.

With all the articles being written on the matter, we thought we would discuss the matter at hand along with talking about our thoughts on pornography – Are civil liberties the main thing that should taken into consideration? Should the impact that the porn industry has on others be taken into account? What (if any) impact does pornography have on women in particular and gender equality? How does its usage effect us personally?

We will be meeting on 5255 N. Ashland Ave. this Monday, March 11th. You can find us in Room 124 at 7pm. If you’re available beforehand, we will be meeting at 5:15pm at Lady Gregory’s on 5260 N. Clark St. to hang out and have a bite to eat and we would love to have you join us.

We hope to see you there!

Much love.

About Andrew Marin

Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation ( He is author of the award winning book Love Is an Orientation (2009), its interactive DVD curriculum (2011), and recently an academic ebook titled Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square (2013). Andrew is a regular contributor to a variety of media outlets and frequently lectures at universities around the world. Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on issues of bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and theological aspects of reconciliation. For twelve years he lived in the LGBT Boystown neighborhood of Chicago, and is currently based St. Andrews, Scotland, where he is teaching and researching at the University of St. Andrews earning his PhD in Constructive Theology with a focus on the Theology of Culture. Andrew's research centers on the cultural, political, and religious dynamics of reconciliation. Andrew is married to Brenda, and you can find him elsewhere on Twitter (@Andrew_Marin), Facebook (AndrewMarin01), and Instagram (@andrewmarin1).