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Saturday, December 31, 2005

Administrative

Happy New Year from The Dyke Squad! Good luck to all in 2006!

Friday, December 30, 2005

Teaching both sides of the story

This is a pretty interesting post from AMERICAblog using the following arguement: if the far right thinks we should at least "present the argument" between evolution and intelligent design, then shouldn't we also present other arguments - like the one (using biology and psychology) that says being gay is normal and healthy?

As John says,

America's Taliban thinks that any effort to stop teachers from talking about creationism in science class is "educational censorship." Okay, great. Then I assume they don't mind every grade school and high school teacher in the country telling their students that many people, including all the top scientific organizations and a number of mainstream religions like Reform Judaism, think being gay is 100% a-okay.

Anything less would be educational censorship. Don't you agree?

I'm serious. If the intelligent design debate is going on in your school district, then put forward a proposal that all the health classes, social studies classes, science classes, and any other class that even vaguely touches on marriage, human relationships, sex ed, or sexual reproduction in humans or animals teaches that the preponderance of scientific research says that being gay is genetic, normal and healthy, but that some people disagree.


It's a pretty interesting argument. I recommend reading it.

Americans and sex

This could get interesting:

BUSH'S WAR ON PORN TARGETS HOLLYWOOD, THE INTERNET, AND THE FIRST AMENDMENT IN '06:

And just in time to make it an issue in the 2006 election cycle, the U.S. Senate will take up early in the new year a House-passed bill that, disguised as anti-child Orrin_hatch pornography legislation, poses a serious threat to both Hollywood and to millions of American Internet users. The legislation is called the Children’s Safety Act of 2005. Already passed by the House, it has now been introduced by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orin Hatch (right), the Utah Republican, and fast-tracked for speedy passage.

Current law requires that producers of material containing actual sexual conduct keep documentation—known as 2257 records after the section of federal statute governing them—of the names and proof of age of all actors shown in video and online material they distribute. But the House-Hatch bill would expand those requirements to include “simulated” sexual conduct; any tiny error or omission in keeping these 2257 records—which must be available to federal government inspectors upon demand according to the law—could result in stiff fines and two years’ imprisonment.


So, America, tell me what you really think about sex.

It's a weird relationship, isn't it? The relationship between America and sex, I mean. I can barely watch a TV show without seeing a Victoria's Secret commercial or an ad that uses sex to sell. But when the sex becomes "too real" - i.e. gay marriage, Janet Jackson's nipple, pornography on the Internet, etc - suddenly we hate sex.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Get your practice on

You know what phrase I love?

"Practicing homosexual."

It's the word "practice" that really makes or breaks this phrase. What does it imply? Am I practicing homosexuality with my girlfriend in a naughty way? Or does it just mean that I'm practicing cultural traits - am I reading "The Advocate" too much and wearing a lot of flannel, just like a good lesbian? It could mean so many things.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Lithuania and Ireland

Lithuania might ban and Ireland might allow.

I like to watch the countries fall down on either side of the debate - which will ban and which won't? I feel really grateful as I watch more and more countries decide to allow unions or marraige. Just look at England!

Maybe it's too much to hope, but I keep thinking that if Americans see that __ and __ and __ have allowed civil unions and/or gay marriage and NOT fallen to pieces then they'll see that gay rights won't destroy America.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Liberals in Guantanamo

In her Dec. 21 column, Wacky McCrazums (also known as Ann Coulter) announced:

I have difficulty ginning up much interest in this story [the spying story] inasmuch as I think the government should be spying on all Arabs, engaging in torture as a televised spectator sport, dropping daisy cutters wantonly throughout the Middle East and sending liberals to Guantanamo. [link]


More from Media Matters here.

Am I allowing myself to become desensitized to this sort of thing? Because I read things like this and I can only roll my eyes and sigh, "Oh, that's so typically Coulter." I suppose this could mark an increase in maturity - after all, why should I allow my blood pressue to increase because these people? It's probably better to notice the incident, remember it, and move on, without giving any more energy to them.

Happy solstice, Bill, indeed.

Oh, and by the way? Be careful while watching 'Brokeback Mountain.' Because you might be allowing the liberal media to indoctrinate you. Just sayin'.

Every fifteen minutes ... Westboro goes CRAZY!

And just when you thought the Westboro church couldn't get any more loopy.

From Good As You, take a look at this: 'Tis the season for 'fag-hating'.

In the recap (PDF) of their latest picket, one can find the lyrics to such destined to be holiday classics as:

(sung to the tune of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town")
Don’t leave your kids with this red fright
Just like the priests he’ll rape them at night
Santa Claus will take you to hell
You tell the children he is real
You know that’s just a lie
To justify your own vile sins
That’s the only reason why
So get this fact straight
You’re feeling God’s hate
Santa’s to blame for this nation’s ill fate
Santa Claus will take you to hell


I admit that I don't always know how to react to these guys. They're so over the top that it's almost funny. That is, if it weren't so damned sad and scary. I guess we can just be greatful they haven't grown violent ... yet.

This is just funny. (Okay, scary and sad, too, but mostly funny).

Pentagon Labels Gay Kiss-In A 'Credible Threat':

According to recent press reports, Pentagon officials have been spying on what they call “suspicious” meetings by civilian groups, including student groups opposed to the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual military personnel. The story, first reported by Lisa Myers and NBC News last week, noted that Pentagon investigators had records pertaining to April protests at the State University of New York at Albany and William Patterson College in New Jersey. A February protest at NYU was also listed, along with the law school’s LGBT advocacy group OUTlaw, which was classified as “possibly violent” by the Pentagon. A UC-Santa Cruz “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” protest, which included a gay kiss-in, was labeled as a “credible threat” of terrorism.


Oh, no! Gay kissing! Run for your lives!

Give another hurrah to England!

I feel bad for not posting sooner about how wonderfully England is handling the gay civil unions. (See, America? Some queers got married and the world DID NOT fall to pieces! Imagine that!)

If anyone finds a site that has some nice pictures of the happy couples, please tell me. I love it when sites post joyous pictures of gay people who finally get to marry.

Let's get back on track...

I was wondering what was holding this thing up.

Frank says trans issue stalled Senate hate bill:

This thing has been vetoed so many times by the Senate that I don't think anyone was expecting it to pass. But Congressman Barney Frank thinks that the clause about transgendered people is throwing the Senate into a real tizzy.

A hate crimes bill, which has passed the Senate three times before, is now stalled because of disagreements over extending specific protections for gender identity, according to Congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.).

Gay Congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) says the inclusion of transgender language in a federal hate crimes bill is 'an obstacle' to passage in the Senate.
“The inclusion of the transgender provision is clearly holding up the bill in the Senate,” said Frank, who is gay. “It’s clear to me that the inclusion of transgender language is an obstacle.”


I don't think it's going to pass. But at least someone's trying, you know?

Monday, December 19, 2005

Survey says...

This is really scary to me:

More American women are having babies they didn't want, a survey indicates, but federal researchers say they don't know if that means attitudes about abortion are changing.

U.S. women of childbearing age who were surveyed in 2002 revealed that 14 percent of their recent births were unwanted at the time of conception, federal researchers said Monday.

In a similar 1995 survey, only 9 percent were unwanted at the time of conception. [link]


I know to take surveys with a grain of salt, but I wonder what this implies about sex education. Are these young women and men getting educated?

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Tina Fey's comments about Brokeback Mt

SNL just made a delightful joke about 'Brokeback Mountain.' Yes, it's a gay joke, but if you feel we're being insensative ... dude. We've called our blog the Dyke Squad. Clearly we know sense of humor.

On Weekend Update, Tina Fey introduced 'Brokeback Mt,' saying that it opened this week ...

...making history as the first western where the good guys get it in the end.


She then admitted that her 72 yr old father sent her that joke.

Ion and I were delighted.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Ew

Will someone tell O'Reilly to stop using the word "lesbian" to excite viewers. It makes me feel ... gross.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Ha ha! Another point to Stewart.

John Stewart replied to O'Reilly's "War on Christmas." You can get it here. (We <3 Crooks and Liars!)

Highlight
Stewart: Apparently we liberal, secular fags here at Comedy Central have fired a devastating year-old, six second long joke - that doesn't even make sense to us anymore - across the bow of Christianity!


Stewart also finally admits to hating Christmas.

Great clip. I recommend it!

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Vatican's next move

It's not like we didn't know this was coming: Vatican Says Gays Unfit To Be Parents.

The Vatican's top man in America has asked Boston Archbishop Sean P. O’Malley to step in and stop allowing Catholic Charities of Boston to place adoptive children with same-sex couples.

Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo Higuera, the papal nuncio to the United States made the recommendation in a letter to O'Malley, the Boston Herald reports, quoting an unnamed source.


I don't see how an institution (that has certainly done many great things) that has managed to mess up so many things thinks it has any right to tell anyone what to do.

Ford

Quick post tonight.

AMERICAblog has been following up on this whole Ford debacle, so if you're interested in that, they're a good place to visit.

Even CNN's taking notice!


Well, I'm off for bed. It's almost finals week!

Monday, December 05, 2005

Happy Holidays, Mr. O'Reilly!

NewsHounds has been following O'Reilly's discussion about the so-called War On Christmas for a few weeks now. (Here's the most recent update about this).

Few people get my blood pressure a-raisin' like O'Reilly does. I see him and I feel the eye twitch come on. Of course, I'm not helping myself by posting about his most recent adventures, but I guess I can't stop myself. It's like picking at a scar. Also, I find that we are on such different planes, I can't help but to stare in bewilderment at every other thing he does. I don't understand! And it intrigues me!

Ah, well. If you'll allow me a quick plug, I think NewsHounds is one of my favorite sites right now. Maybe I'm addicted to righteous indignation, but I really enjoy reading their posts, and they can be quite funny. I highly recommend them!

Sueing for anti-discrimination

I like to think that I try to look at both sides of the story, but sometimes that's really hard.

A conservative Christian law practice that already is suing several universities over gay rights regulations has filed suit against San Diego State and Cal State Long Beach claiming Christian students are being discriminated against.

The schools have refused recognition to campus groups which bar membership to gays and lesbians.

In a suit filed in federal court in San Diego the Alliance Defense Fund says the policies violate Christian students' constitutional right to free association.


Do you ever find yourself in a moment where you can't take a step back and say, "Well, let's look at it this way?" I'm finding myself in a lot of those moments now. I'm tired of allowing hatred and blatant stupidity be explained away by "thinking about their perspective."

These people have the world. And as awful as this sounds, I just wish they'd be quiet.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Words

I apologize for our very scarce posts lately. Please understand that this blog is run (for the most part) by college students, and so there are times of the year - like, say, finals - when posting is a little more difficult.

That being said, I'm out of the rough, so I will try to regain my footing here.



I don't remember where I found this anymore, but it might be an interesting read:

This is the American Psychological Association's article "Avoiding Heterosexual Bias in Language."

This article presents suggestions for avoiding heterosexual bias in language concerning lesbians, gay men, and bisexual persons. Problems in language occur when terminology is unclear or when terminology has been associated with negative stereotypes. The article suggests preferred terminology and also presents ways of increasing the visibility of lesbians, gay men, and bisexual persons in language.


Ion and I were talking about language today in a way that relates to this. She used a word that she can use - as an Asian American - that I cringe to hear, probably because I'm not just white, but from-Ohio-and-the-fields-of-corn-and-cows-White. (Yes, that's pretty white). This led to a discussion about how far words have been reclaimed.

For example, I feel very uncomfortable with the word "fag." Plenty of gay men use it without hesitation, and I'm just as queer as them, yet I have trouble even saying itin reference to something fun like that blog I linked to recently, Faggoty-Ass Faggot. I love what the guy is doing, but I feel strange when I say the word.

And this is funny, especially coming from a founding member of the "Dyke Squad." I feel entirely comfortable using the word "dyke." In fact, I downright love that word. And I know a lot of other lesbians also love it. On the other hand, there are plenty who hate the word.

And then "queer." That's so far reclaimed that straight people can use it without feeling discomfort - after all, we have Queer Studies as most schools.

Of course, this whole discussion may show that I pay too much attention to words and labels. And maybe that's a mistake.

I can't help liking the word "dyke," though.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Gay ... squirrels? No, not really.

So this isn't especially gay or political, but will you just look at this?

Russian squirrel pack 'kills dog':

Passers-by were reportedly too late to stop the attack by the black squirrels in a village in the far east, which reportedly lasted about a minute.

They are said to have scampered off at the sight of humans, some carrying pieces of flesh.



I'll be damned. I'll never look at those little things the same way again.