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Saturday, August 26, 2006

Fun essay time!

I just read a really great essay by Twisty Faster of "I Blame the Patriarchy" fame.

It's called Sports, Corsetry, and the Empowerful Woman.

She may only earn 3/4 of what a man earns, but she damn well has the empower to look sexy doing it in her cheapcrap push-up bra from Victoria’s Secret. She has the empower to demand pink products from manufacturers. She has the empower to cry out ‘I did it for me!’ when she gets her boob job; maybe she even has the empower to believe it. The empowerful woman is saucy, yet feminine. Clever, yet feminine. In her early thirties, yet feminine. Heterosexual, yet feminine. Stays in shape eating Lean Cuisine and sweating blue Gatorade while kickboxing in slow motion, yet feminine. Yes, the empowerful woman is many things. Too bad powerful isn’t one of them. That’s because feminine is all of them.


I really liked this essay (even if I do, er, think that new Maria Sharapova commercial is cute. Remember: I am a simple person to entertain.) Anyway, go on and read. I didn't know Nike was trying to sell a ’sport corset.’ Sheesh. That is the MOST ridiculous thing I've read all day.

Katherine Harris's reality

Wow. Well, this one's special.

AMERICAblog linked to this article about Katherine Harris's recent comments. Okay, so I knew she called the separation of Church and State a "fallacy," but I didn't know that she took it a step further:

"If you are not electing Christians, tried and true, under public scrutiny and pressure, if you're not electing Christians, then in essence you are going to legislate sin," she told interviewers, citing abortion and gay marriage as two examples of that sin.

"Whenever we legislate sin," she said, "and we say abortion is permissible and we say gay unions are permissible, then average citizens who are not Christians, because they don't know better, we are leading them astray and it's wrong . . ."

Harris also said the separation of church and state is a "lie we have been told" to keep religious people out of politics.


Has this been on the regular cable news much? I'm surprised (or maybe not...) it hasn't been. This sort of behavior is unbelievable.

Todd reinstated

Well, that was quick.

Patricia Todd was reinstated Saturday as the Democratic Party's nominee for a seat in the Alabama Legislature. The Alabama Democratic Party Executive Committee voted 95-87 to reject the ruling of a subcommittee two days ago that had voted to disqualify Todd.


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Friday, August 25, 2006

I'm happier when my man provides for me. Really!

By now EVERYONE knows about The Forbes Article, right? I speak of the one that advises men against marrying career women. I read it, it pissed me off, and I went on with my life.

Then I found this baby on Think Progress:

Fox News Host On Sexist Forbes Article: ‘Do You Know Where This Comes From? Women.’. In a classic 'blame the victim' move, this asshole (host Michael Jerrick) says women are the cause of this whole issue.

Here's some of the transcript of the conversation between Jerrick and his co-host, who is female.

JERRICK: But do you know where this comes from? Women. He took it from this study out of this research journal. And do you know what that study said? Women, no matter what they say, deep down inside and how much money they have and how great a job they have, they are happier if the husband is the main bread winner. It starts with women. They’re happier —

HUDDY: Are they going to start blaming us for this?

JERRICK: They’re happier.

HUDDY: That’s ridiculous.

JERRICK: We want to keep you happy.

HUDDY: Well — I don’t know what else to say about that except–

JERRICK: Oh, she’s mad.


My favorite part is at the end where he devalues his co-host's opinions with a silly dismissal: "Oh, she's mad."

With the news as it is these days, it takes a lot to actually raise my blood pressure and piss me off. This did it. Even though I see it constantly, it still blows my mind to witness such blatant sexism (or homophobia, or racism, or etc) presented to the public without the batting of an eye.

Sidarth and Todd

AMERICAblog linked to this great article about the young man who was insulted by Sen. George Allen. It's a good read.

Fairfax Native Says Allen's Words Stung:

S.R. Sidarth had built an impressive record of achievements for such a young man: straight-A student at one of Fairfax County's finest high schools, a tournament chess player, a quiz team captain, a sportswriter at his college newspaper, a Capitol Hill intern and an active member of the Hindu temple his parents helped establish in Maryland.

But for all his achievements, the moment that thrust him into the national spotlight this month came when Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) called him "macaca."


I was interested in this article because there's been a lot in the news about this incident, but I hadn't heard much about the young man who was called the name. He seems like a pretty neat, intelligent, and humble guy.

Side note: Bush is raising money for Allen. Apparently, there are no consequences for actions in the Republican party.

"Senator Allen apologized," said White House spokeswoman Dana Perino. "And I think it's in everyone's best interest, in this day and age of politics when everyone is trying to improve the tone and discourse, to accept apologies when they're offered."


What a load of bs.




I also feel like I have to mention this. Remember the woman who was going to be the first openly gay person to sit in the Alabama legislature? Well, she AND her opponent were just disqualified on a technicality. (This stinks to high-heaven). You can read the whole story by following the link. It's a weird one.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Some dogs moo

I've been meaning to post about this for two weeks now, but I kept forgetting. You know how sometimes anti-gay people say cruel things and it makes you sad? Isn't it AWESOME when they say silly thinks and you laugh hysterically for a good five minutes?

Well, here's the latest in silly, silly news.

Huffington Post reported:

James Dobson's Colorado Springs-based ministry stands firmly against same-sex marriage, gay rights initiatives and, now, mooing puppies.

On Tuesday, Focus unveiled its new "straight" puppy Web site, www.no-moo-lies.com, featuring a basset hound named Sherman, who barks as biology intended. During a news conference, a Focus employee dressed in a dog suit, who serves as a mascot at the group's visitors center, made a brief appearance.

"Dogs aren't born mooing, and people aren't born gay," a Focus news release stated. [note: that's the entire post]


Think Progress has a little more up here.

And now my favorite part: the actual site.

Honestly, I thought this was a joke at first.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Escalation of anti-gay violence in Iraq

...and following on the heels of the last post.

There is growing evidence that Shia militias have been killing men suspected of being gay and children who have been sold to criminal gangs to be sexually abused. The threat has led to a rapid increase in the numbers of Iraqi homosexuals now seeking asylum in the UK because it has become impossible for them to live safely in their own country. [source]


This has been found through Pam's House Blend, one of my favorite blogs.

Why aren't our news channels reporting this? Bush makes his flippant remarks, and stuff like this goes all but unreported. The actual events are terrifying - of course they are! But the invisibility of the issue freaks me out almost as much.

Civil war, shmivil war

I found this sucker on Think Progress.

At a recent press conference, the President said:

“You know, I hear people say, Well, civil war this, civil war that. The Iraqi people decided against civil war when they went to the ballot box.”


Both the level of trivialization and the outright refusal to consider the big picture just, well, it scares me, to be frank. How can you be President and say things like this?