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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Holy lipstick lesbians, Batwoman!

Oh, come on. I'm a comic book geek. OF COURSE I had to post about this baby.

Batwoman has returned and she's one with the gay. (Every news story I've read about this has been careful to state that she's a "lipstick lesbian." Can we talk about how much this amuses me? She's not a dyke! Keep that in mind. NOT A DYKE!)

Now, Batwoman is not to be confused with Batgirl, although if you ask me Cassandra/Cassie Cain (the last Batgirl) was damn gay, too. Hello, her and Spoiler anyone? But that might be my own biases showing.

Anyway, there are some interesting discussions going on in some comic book blogs.

Daniel, here, says:

Hey, Didio [DC Executive Editor Dan Didio ]? You want to impress me with how courageous your storytellers are? Make "Kate" Kane straight and have Bruce Wayne come out of the closet. That might explain once and for all why Dick Grayson and Koriand'r couldn't make it work. There's an idea: A "new" character revelation that actually answers as many questions as it creates.

Good point, man.

Here's another post about how Batwoman was originally introduced to squash rumors that Batman was gay. Ha. That so didn't work. (Speaking of the gay in comics, this post mentions the Hulking/Wiccan relationship in Marvel's Young Avengers. Now, if you want beautifully done gay characters, go there. I haven't read a lot of this title, but what I have read impressed me.

However, if you're still curious about Batwoman, I've heard that you shouldn't venture into the DC boards at this point, though. A lot of young men frequent those boards, and (from what I've heard), it's been a little ... less than tactful over there.

Anyway, since I should cite my sources, I'd like to mention where I find these comic book blogs. I use the wonderful, wonderful site When Fangirls Attack. This blog links to posts about women in comics. These posts are often feminist, often gay friendly, and when I found When Fangirls Attack, I thought I died and went to heaven. I've been meaning to link to it for a while now, so here we go.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

"They want to cure us. I say we are the cure!"

I'm not so much for original thought this evening. I'll stick to interesting links ... and subject lines with X-Men 3 references.

Anyway, AMERICAblog has a post up about CNN's recent report on an ex-gay therapist.

Gay cleansing

And while I'm reading Pam's House Blend...

I posted a while back about the gay cleansing that's going on in some of the Middle East. Pam has a little more about it here.

Link to Pam's House Blend

Someone asked me the other day if I planned to move back to Ohio after finishing my education. I had to suppress a cringe and answer, quite simply, "No."

Monday, May 22, 2006

Fight! Fight! Fight!

Ha! I don't know if any of you have been following the recent explosion on AMERICAblog (John Aravosis called Pat Robert a "big girl" and this caused a frenzy of feminist/gender politics fury).

I read AMERICAblog pretty regularly, and I like the news links I get there. (However, I'll admit that I think it was a silly thing to say and it caused a really overblown fight that could have been avoided with a simple, "My bad!") But, I digress.

jedmunds from Pandagon has responded. And I am amused.

Dyke Squad is a little, little blog, and we all know it. Does it make me a bad person that watching the big blogs slug it out amuses me?

Mary Cheney babble

My mom called me a few nights ago to tell me Mary Cheney was on Letterman. I was asleep at the time, so I didn't get to watch, but that's why Crooks and Liars exists.

The next day, Mom told me why she had called. I proceeded to grunt angrily for several moments. Mary Cheney really infuriates me.

This has been posted about on countless blogs (many of which I've missed now that I'm busy with summer classes). AmericaBlog mentions that specific incident here, and if you "control find" the name "Mary Cheney" in Pam's House Blend for the month of May, you get several results).

My favorite quote can be found right on Crooks and Liar's main post:

David: Most Americans are engaged and are trying to get the attention of the administration who can actually do something about it. Who seemingly perhaps are not engaged. Is that a fair assessment or am I being nuts here?

Mary: I think you might be being nuts...

What world is she living in?

Pet Evacuation

Perhaps a little off topic, but still a neat story...

House Passes Pet Evacuation Bill:

The bill, which passed 349-24, requires that state and local preparedness offices take into account pet owners, household pets and service animals when drawing up evacuation plans. Offices that fail to do so would not qualify for grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Ha! Excellent. I saw some of the photos of what happened to animals after Katrina, so this makes me really happy.

Friday, May 19, 2006

It's a jolly holiday for responsible journalism

So for the time being, I'm taking down the previous entry concerning the Washington Post article about pre-pregnancy. Why? Well, there are a couple of reasons. Firstly, I am not so far out of college that I should forget my scholarly roots -- it's shoddy academic work to put out information without checking primary sources, and that's exactly what I did. I never did read the CDC report -- I just read everyone's commentary about it. That ain't kosher, and I should've realized that before I put up my screed.

Which brings me to my second reason: Being the sweet and innocent child that I am, I forget that I'm not just writing for myself and a couple of feminist friends when I rant up here. I am, for better or for worse, a contributing member of the blogosphere -- and that means that I'm a member of the new journalism media in this country. I'm certainly not an Important member of it (I'll leave that to the people who, uh, know stuff), but all there needs to be is one person who reads what I write, listens to what I say, and believes what I lay before them to make this not just a place where I can post my opinions, but a legitimate editorial source in a nation that is rapidly losing its faith in the established media venues. That's dangerous, and it's not to be taken lightly. If I don't do my job when I post something here -- check all the sides, read my sources, not take anything for granted -- then I'm no better than an old news hack churning out retyped press releases and being the butt of Stephen Colbert's jokes.

All that being said: I'm gonna go read that report. And maybe I'll repost what I wrote previously, or maybe I'll come up with something completely different -- or maybe I won't say a thing, because there's enough hot air in the world that another balloon-full of it won't make it any better.

But I'm going to remember this. And call this the start of an era for me: I'm taking this goddamn gig seriously.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Right-o, then

As is probably clear, Dyke Squad went on an (unplanned) temporary hiatus. Personal life got in the way. So to start us off again, enjoy some fighting in the Senate. I know I enjoy it: tastes like chocolate.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Wendy's stands for tolerance and cheesy meat pies

I knew I craved those fries for a reason...

Wendy's Adds Gays, Transgenders To Employment Policy:

Fast food chain Wendy's International has agreed to amend its employment nondiscrimination policy by adding new written protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity for all employees.

The change came after lobbying by the LGBT civil rights group Equality Project and one of the company's biggest shareholders.

The New York City Employees Retirement Fund filed a shareholders resolution with the Securities and Exchange Commission calling for the policy change. After the company agreed to the changes the resolution was withdrawn without needing to go to stock holders at the next Annual Meeting.

“The good news from Wendy’s proves once again that building coalitions around the Equality Principles is a strategy that works for shareholders and policy advocates alike, and deserves support by more institutions,” said Grant Lukenbill, managing director of the Equality Project.

Well done, Wendy's! For this, I will continue to eat your cholesterol-filled heart-destroying foods (not because these foods taste good as they destroy my insides). I'm supporting those who support tolerance! Yes, that's right. Uh huh.

Recommended reading

Mmm ... I do appreciate me some delicious sarcasm.

For this reason, Understanding Hypocrisy: A Primer for Wingnuts delighted me. The post begins:

It’s becoming obvious quite rapidly that the right side of the divide is having some serious issues understanding the concept of Hypocrisy, and today I’d like to post a quick and dirty remedial course on what hypocrisy is, how to spot it, and when it’s appropriate to call someone else a hypocrite.

First of all, what is hypocrisy? It’s really quite simple. Hypocrisy is when you claim one thing and do the opposite. Now I know that’s a rather complex process for a lot of people, so I’ve broken it down into steps.

To achieve hypocrisy, you must:

1. Claim one thing
2. Do the opposite.

Go, read and enjoy. And while you're at it, read Pam's post about Mary Cheney.

Pandagon, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways....

And while I'm recommending, consider Shakespeare's Sister's latest post about the DNC's recent gay-shiftiness. (Yeah, I don't know how else to word it). I think this goes along with the earlier post I recommended about hypocrisy. Anyway, I'm was a huge supporter of Dean, but he's doing some pretty upsetting things right now, so I'm concerned. Read the post to find out more.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Mundane stress

While doing my daily blog catch-up at work (being able to read while working - one of the many reasons I love my job), I came across this really cool post on Feministe. The poster, Piny, talks about the phrase "mundane stress," something I've actually never heard of.

Mundane stress was a term coined to describe the effect of the thousand thousand ways in which people of color are told that they are worth less. It seeks to create a concept of racism and its attendant trauma more sophisiticated than your average Law and Order episode. The theory behind it has since been expanded to cover marginalization of other groups.

Later, Piny goes on:

What does happen all the time [to those with gendervariance]? Well, our families disown us, or make us ashamed of who we are–abuse and estrangement are much more common than involuntary committment. We are harassed verbally and physically at school, at work, and on the street. We get beaten up. We get raped. We get ignored. We lose custody of our children. We worry about whether or not we will be able to have children. We fear for our lives and safety. We are denied treatment by doctors, therapists, insurance providers, and the prison system. We are punished for developing the only coping strategies available to us. Bureaucracies of all stripes divert us into the wrong place at the wrong time. We have to lie to our doctors in order to receive responsible care, or go without care altogether. We get fired and denied employment. We face housing discrimination. We cannot use shelters or treatment programs. We cannot use public bathrooms. We cannot obtain accurate identification. We hear joke after joke after joke after joke. We exist on teevee only to murder or get murdered. We kill ourselves. We get killed. Our parents blame themselves for us.

Some of these threats are obviously deadly. Some of them are “little things.” Most of them are mundane. Most of them are not necessarily hateful, but the result of a simple lack of understanding on the part of the straight world: a failure to think. They occur in situations that might otherwise feel comfortable and harmless, in places as supposedly safe as home or as boring as the DMV. Fighting discrimination, more often than not, isn’t about confronting our archetype of monstrous evil. It doesn’t take an army of doctors wielding syringes and straitjackets to kill someone who’s already vulnerable–let alone make them miserable. [link]

I thought this was a pretty neat post and worth reading.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Woman = long hair

Anyone heard about this? In joining 'The View,' part of Rosie O'Donnell's contract states that she can't cut her hair.

What is it with people and hair, especially lesbians' hair? People hate to see a woman cut her hair, huh?

Monday, May 01, 2006

Holy gay super heroes, Batman!

And just when I thought I couldn't like George Clooney any more than I already did.

Gotham City superhero, Batman, is gay, according to Hollywood superstar George Clooney.

The actor who was being interviewed on an American Oscar show, replied to host Barbara Walters’ who asked if he would ever play a gay cowboy. Mr Clooney said he believed he had already played a gay character, "I was in a rubber suit and I had rubber nipples. I could have played Batman straight, but I made him gay." [link]

Well done, George. Well done.

(Note: this link is a little old).