Protesters canvass the neighborhood of County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch.
Saturday, August 30th.
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We had a lot of trouble with western mental health workers who came here immediately after the genocide and we had to ask some of them to leave.
They came and their practice did not involve being outside in the sun where you begin to feel better. There was no music or drumming to get your blood flowing again. There was no sense that everyone had taken the day off so that the entire community could come together to try to lift you up and bring you back to joy. There was no acknowledgement of the depression as something invasive and external that could actually be cast out again.
Instead they would take people one at a time into these dingy little rooms and have them sit around for an hour or so and talk about bad things that had happened to them. We had to ask them to leave.– ~A Rwandan talking to a western writer, Andrew Solomon, about his experience with western mental health and depression.
From The Moth podcast, ‘Notes on an Exorcism’. (via jacobwren)
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suspicious as fuck
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So, the transmisogynist mess that was the Season 3 premiere of Lost Girl has at least gotten enough attention that it’s gained a response from the show’s producers. Unfortunately, it’s a pretty bloody dismal excuse for an “apology”.
I’ve quoted the actual response under the cut because it’s long, but it basically amounts to “blah, blah, blah, we think we have wonderful politics and we’re so very progressive, we didn’t think about this at all, we don’t really care and we’re sorry if you took offence”.
This episode basically hit every single transmisogynist trope in the book. While, if we take them at their word, the writers might have been intending to feature a mythical character, the idea that a show that persistently puts itself out there as being LGBT-inclusive and has repeatedly had queer characters and themes throughout its run just happened to miss the not-the-slightest-bit-subtle transmisogynist overtones in “Caged Fae” is a colossal fail.
I think this response actually makes me a lot angrier than I was when I saw the episode in the first place. While it’s nice that GLAAD actually latched on to this, since I wasn’t necessarily expecting them to notice at all, it’s still bloody disappointing that that they accept this copout of a non-apology and then still go on to rabbit about how bloody queer-friendly the show is.
love the fact that in an episode centred around raping and forcibly impregnating women who were then chemically lobotomized in order to sell the babies to the highest bidder, you get offended because a guy posing as a woman in order to gain access to a women’s prison to do this gets attacked.
Is this a joke?
“…one of the main problems that trans women face is the common belief that their femaleness and femininity are somehow fake or inauthentic. This view is constantly (re)emphasized in the mainstream media. Transsexual women are routinely portrayed “in the act of putting on lipstick, dresses, and high heels, thereby giving the audience the impression that the trans woman’s femaleness is an artificial mask or costume” (41). Their desire to be female is reduced to the pursuit of “stereotypically feminine appearance(s) and gender role(s),” which emphasizes that they are not real women, but men who are simply parading as women (41).
This notion is reinforced in movies that feature trans women characters. Serano identifies two major cinematic archetypes: the “deceptive” and the “pathetic” transsexual. The former successfully pass as women, but their trans status (usually signalled by the presence of a penis) is eventually revealed in a dramatic fashion as an “unexpected plot twist” (36). This pattern is evident in the Jim Carrey movie, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. At the end of the film, Ace Ventura strips Lois Einhorn, a female police lieutenant, down to her underwear so that the audience can see her penis and testicles tucked between her legs. All of the characters present in the room with Einhorn proceed to retch in disgust – the “deceptive” transsexual has been revealed and everybody is expected to exhibit shock, horror and disgust at the “fact” that she is “really a man.” […]
The only differences are 19 years and the exact way in which the “deception” is revealed. The supposition remains that the gender-variant character is “really” male, that said “male” character will be unable to suppress the desire to rape (despite trans women having an incidence of committing rape that is significantly lower than that of cissexual women and a significantly greater danger of being raped), and that the other characters present are justified in signaling revulsion based on the exposure of gender-variance alone.
With or without the presence of the Lidarc, the amazons’ scheme was still industrialized rape and they were all guilty of it. But the gender-variant character existed and was present solely to absolve the other amazons of moral or practical responsibility for their crimes and completely remove said responsibility to the dangerous element, the gender-transgressive one.
I guess there was outcry enough for them to issue a shitty non-apology. Fuck them.
The season three premiere of Lost Girl was the most transmisogynist piece of shit episode of tv I’ve ever seen in my life.
It echoed the shitty new DC backstory to the Amazons of having the Amazons hate men to the point that when they reproduce they leave the male children in the woods to die.
So they have the villain as one of those children “posing” as an Amazon. They have her character be the corrupt warden of a prison that sexually assaults inmates. They invoke the trans woman as predator trope in such an awful way completely twisting the reality that trans women face horrible conditions as inmates in prison, far from being the ones with institutional power.
Then, when she is “revealed” as an “imposter,” she is left by the “good guys” to be torn to pieces by the angry Amazons and inmates while literally screaming “I’m one of you.” Which is such a horrifyingly awful echoing of the real life danger trans women are in of being outed as trans*.
GLAAD and other orgs have actually promoted this show because of its many queer characters. Up until now, I hadn’t seen anything as remotely horrifying as this episode from them.
The reviews on IMDB decrying the transmisogyny have been downvoted. I can’t believe I haven’t seen a huge outcry about this.
In the post-World War II era, the Klan experienced a huge resurgence. Its membership was skyrocketing, and its political influence was increasing, so Kennedy went undercover to infiltrate the group. By regularly attending meetings, he became privy to the organization’s secrets. But when he took the information to local authorities, they had little interest in using it. The Klan had become so powerful and intimidating that police were hesitant to build a case against them.
Struggling to make use of his findings, Kennedy approached the writers of the Superman radio serial. It was perfect timing. With the war over and the Nazis no longer a threat, the producers were looking for a new villain for Superman to fight. The KKK was a great fit for the role.
In a 16-episode series titled “Clan of the Fiery Cross,” the writers pitted the Man of Steel against the men in white hoods. As the storyline progressed, the shows exposed many of the KKK’s most guarded secrets. By revealing everything from code words to rituals, the program completely stripped the Klan of its mystique. Within two weeks of the broadcast, KKK recruitment was down to zero. And by 1948, people were showing up to Klan rallies just to mock them.–
I ain’t the world’s best writer nor the world’s best speller
But when I believe in something I’m the loudest yeller
“Stetson Kennedy,” Woody Guthrie
If Woody Guthrie wrote a song about your merits, you freaking HAD them.
Stetson Kennedy: American Badass.
Have you heard it?
Take a listen. It’s pretty cool. YouTube’s got all sixteen episodes on it. It’s not Shakespeare, but I liked it.
I just watched an old episode of QI that talks about this very thingVia Note-a-bear
Daily Show correspondent Michael Che tries to find a safe place to report from.
And if Michael Brown was not angelic, I was practically demonic. I had my first drink when I was 11. I once brawled in the cafeteria after getting hit in the head with a steel trash can. In my junior year I failed five out of seven classes. By the time I graduated from high school, I had been arrested for assaulting a teacher and been kicked out of school (twice.) And yet no one who knew me thought I had the least bit of thug in me. That is because I also read a lot of books, loved my Commodore 64, and ghostwrote love notes for my friends. In other words, I was a human being. A large number of American teenagers live exactly like Michael Brown. Very few of them are shot in the head and left to bake on the pavement.
The “angelic” standard was not one created by the reporter. It was created by a society that cannot face itself, and thus must employ a dubious “morality” to hide its sins. It is reinforced by people who have embraced the notion of “twice as good” while avoiding the circumstances which gave that notion birth. Consider how easily living in a community “with rough patches” becomes part of a list of ostensible sins. Consider how easily “black-on-black crime” becomes not a marker of a shameful legacy of segregation but a moral failing.– Ta-Nehisi Coates, being amazing. (via politicalprof) Via colored queer waters
For The First Time Ever, All Four Eyewitness Accounts of The Murder of Michael Brown Put In Chronological Order: The most detailed side-by-side telling of each eyewitness account of the Mike Brown murder in chronological order #JusticeForMichaelBrown [@ShaunKing]
Reblog the fuck out of this
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Fox spent much of its VMA coverage questioning Beyonce’s ability to promote feminism while being "extremely sexual."
Megyn Kelly labeled Beyonce’s message and lyrics as “skanky,” while a FoxNews.com article claimed the singer “seemed to ensure her behind was the focus on each song, all the while educating young viewers about feminism.”
On The Five, Fox hosts suggested “she’s auditioning for a future husband,” and Greg Gutfeld announced that ”the greatest thing about pop culture is convincing women that acting like strippers is empowering.”
What Fox failed to recognize is that expressing sexuality does not automatically remove a woman’s right to discuss equality. Instead, the network righteously slut-shamed Beyonce and used her performance as basis to attack feminism as a whole. In reality, such policing of women’s sexuality has harmed progress toward equality. The very same mindset has been used to dismiss women’s need to access contraception, and blame rape survivors for their own assaults.
If anyone is going to be shamed, it should be Fox and its irresponsible coverage of women’s issues.
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