it’s been awhile…

this is beautiful.

and reminds me of this
i speak as a member of the Church, and it’s about damn time we apologised.
there’s another account of members of the Church apologising on behalf of the Church.  donald miller write about it in his book Blue Like Jazz.  he went to oberlin college, and apparently there’s this week where people party.  and they don’t just party… they Party.  there’s a booth specifically for bad acid trips, the cops are only there to keep the people on campus from making trouble in the community, there are light shows for kids who are rolling or on acid.  apparently, it’s Intense.  but don miller and his friends were a very small minority at oberlin, in that they were christians.  and during this festival, they set up a confession booth.  where people came into the booth, and don and his friends apologised for how the Church has wronged humanity.

it’s just beautiful.
and i’m proud of the church in the first link for reacting in such a timely, honest manner to prop. 8.  i’m not saying anyone owes us, the LGBQ communities, anything.  except an apology.

tyra banks, we’ve got a problem.

i got my wisdom teeth out yesterday morning, so i’m laying in bed riding out the end of my allergic reaction to hydrocodone watching the tyra banks show and i just found out tyra’s going to have an ex-gay show.

“I WANT TO BE AN EX-GAY

Are you a gay man or lesbian who wants to be straight? Do your friends or family disagree with your gay lifestyle and wish you were straight? If you ever wish you could erase your same-sex attractions and not be gay, SUBMIT BELOW.”
then follows the application form.

the fact she’s going to have this show suggests to me that she supports the ex-gay movement.  i’m not getting the, “are you trying to be ex-gay but it’s not working because that’s not who you are?  and we’re here to help you.”

i really want to watch this episode to see what she does with it.
or better yet, apply to be on it, haha…

signs of the Times?

ok, i know women have a tendency to be catty.  i think the other girl that likes the boy i like looks like the joker, and i’ve joked about it probably too much with my roommate, who agrees with me, of course.  i’m not making excuses for it, but i like to think that in terms of politics, i’m not quite as much of a neanderthal.  no, more than i like to think, i’m fairly certain that’s true.  acording to this Times piece, however, women Are that unevolved in the political arena.

(i really like the little response jender over at feminist philosophers had to the article.)

the author of the Times piece, herself a woman, gave no creedance to women hating sarah palin because, oh, they disagree with her, they question her credibility, you know, all those valid reasons to be opposed to a person who’s running for vice president…
the glaring flaw with the piece is that she assumes women will never vote for women based on these petty, juvenile, fundamental issues… when many, many other countries have women heads of state… who were voted for… by women.  and men.
people are people.  i can’t possibly be in the only country in the world where saying the girl that likes the boy i like looks like the joker happens.  there are woman-hating-women world-wide, and there are women who have overcome their programmed proclivity towards cattiness and run for, supported, and voted for other women in politics.
it’s just ridiculous that at the end she subversively calls for women to vote for women instead of “some guy” just because, she sarcastically adds, “it’s worked so well for us in the past.”  it isn’t this accused women-hating-women issue that has kept women-as-madam-prez out of the white house, it’s a lot of factors.  if that were the sole cause, there would be no women in politics and our lovely sarah herself proves women have made some inroads.

i’m so over “MILF”

thanks to feministing, i now know www.voteforthemilf.com redirects to http://www.johnmccain.com/.

that’s classy.

repeat.

i’ve probably already showed this to most of the people i know read this, haha, but here it is anyway:
kate wirsing and andrea gibson slamming

irena sendler.

i was just stumbling and i stumbled upon a snopes.com page that explains the story of irena sendler (and verifies it).
apparently this woman is known as the female Oskar Schindler because she helped smuggle as many as 3,000 polish jew adults and children out of Warsaw.  her story was largely unknown until high school kids wrote a play about her effort in 1999.  however, it is believe that she was up for a Nobel Peace Prize nomination in 2007, but lost to Al Gore.  Al Gore.  and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

ok, granted, Al Gore has done good work, and has raised a lot of awareness, but consider how debated his acts still are.  for instance, teachers in England can be imprisoned for Political Indoctrination if they show his film without telling their students of the at least 9 glaring scientific fallacies (i can’t actually site that at this moment because i just read it yesterday in an open letter published in the paper version of the New York Times and i haven’t found it online).  not everyone believes in global warming and the science isn’t yet set in stone (if science can ever be set in stone).

however, we know the Holocaust happened.  for sure.  and we know this woman helped human beings escape certain death.  for sure.  we know she put her life at risk and underwent unspeakable torture at the hands of the Third Reich.  for sure.  and we know that’s work for peace if there ever was work for peace.  for sure.
(for still more information: Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project)

but you know who won the NPP?  a man.  you know why Irena Sendler’s name isn’t bigger?  because she’s not Oscar Schindler.   can you guess why Gore won that NPP?  because climate change is on everyone’s mind, not having a hand in on ending holocaust.
and you know what people want?   men to get the glory and for the good news to be newsworthy.

it just makes me really angry to see this woman being lost in history, as if history can afford to lose any of its heroines.  i’m glad men do good things.  really, i am, don’t get me wrong.  men are good.  but when their glory outshines that of women, there’s a problem.  it’s a problem, too, when women’s glory outshines men, because this isn’t an issue of Sexes, it’s an issue of Sexism, but i’m fairly certain those instances are far fewer than the former.
and it makes me angry that people would allow a conveniently controversial story to win out over truly honouring a solid, heroic humanitarian deed.  when that’s the point, according to my understanding, of the NPP in the first place.

skilled writers.

i always feel someone is a skilled writer when they pen what’s in my mind when i can’t find my own words.

eve ensler proved herself as such a writer before this article, but with it she drove the fact on home.
granted, using the polar bear focus as her intro/outro wasn’t as strong as the rest of the article, but i think her point is clear and well-taken.

“I don’t like raging at women. I am a Feminist and have spent my life trying to build community, help empower women and stop violence against them. It is hard to write about Sarah Palin. This is why the Sarah Palin choice was all the more insidious and cynical. The people who made this choice count on the goodness and solidarity of Feminists.”
full article here

big sigh.

yesterday i was basically told to stop complaining about patriarchy because it isn’t its fault that women didn’t get their shit together before the 1930’s.
this kinda makes me twitch because i feel the wrath of my fore-sisters welling up inside me, but at the same time, i’m inclined towards a gentler response because the man (of Course) who made this statement… isn’t really a sexist.  and he wasn’t being a prick.  he’s not perfectly gender liberated, but he’s better than most american males and he’s at least very well-intentioned.
i want to know why that argument is poor.  i want to know why that makes me cringe.  because it makes me wonder, “why DID we give men so much control all these thousands of year?  why didn’t matriarchal societies become dominant?  does it have to do with physical strength alone?”
i want to know.

oh. my. god. Xpost.

sarah palin: third wave feminist D-lux.

not.

i have this philosophy teacher who i’ve actually known for years so he’s familiar with all my gender/queer/politics beliefs and something came up in class about democrats being bad?  and after class i decided to ask him what he thought of sarah palin.  this brought up a discussion of how we feel about abortion (with his sarcastic comment that i want to kill babies) and whether or not sarah palin is a feminist, or isn’t one, or if she just isn’t My kind of feminist.
then today feministing beat me to the punch.  and they covered it better than i could even have guessed how.

Note to the Mainstream Media: Sarah Palin is NOT a Feminist

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