If you think abortions ok, remember what Horton says.
Awkward. Dr. Seuss and his wife were really liberal and pro-choice. They’ve even threatened to sue pro-life organizations for using this quote the wrong way (the way you’re doing it actually). I guess you didn’t already know that Horton Hears a Who is about the American occupation of Japan post-WWII. He even dedicated it to his dear Japanese friend.
Mrs. Geisel (Mrs. Seuss) continued donating to Planned Parenthood and advocating for reproductive health and rights after her husband died.
People being angry about ~dem gays~ on Target’s Facebook.
I just want to give my two cents on this and tell you a story.
A couple weeks ago, I was hired at Target. I have a job at Target. Not a big deal right?
It is a big deal because i’m a transman.
It doesn’t take a genius to conclude that it’s hard for me, my brothers, and sisters to get a job. There are legal restraints regarding the job and if you don’t pass, it’s hard to be taken seriously at a job interview.
Right on the application, it asks what your preferred name is. It also asks if there is anything that target should know. I put the fact that I am a transman, expecting not to get a call because usually when you put that down, people will throw out the application. I got TWO interviews.
At the interview, they asked me about it. I told them I am on hormones and they told me that they didn’t care. Not in the sense that they don’t emotionally care, but that it didn’t matter. I was male and that’s all that mattered. They also told me that they give sex same couples benefits in states that do not recognize them as a married couple.
At my job orientation, I was not misgendered once. Even my supervisors who weren’t sure of my gender avoided pronoun use, which I found only happens when you’ve had pronoun training. They gave me a name tag with my preferred name and didn’t ask questions. I felt safe and respected, which is huge for a trans* person.
TLDR: Target is amazing not just for the LGB, but also the T. Shop there for the rest of your life.
Christians claiming to be oppressed by homosexuals is simultaneously one of the saddest and most hilarious things in the universe.
Gentlemen. This is what rape culture is like:
Imagine you have a Rolex watch. Nice fancy Rolex, you bought it because you like the way it looks and you wanted to treat yourself. And then you get beaten and mugged and your Rolex is stolen. So you go to the police. Only, instead of investigating the crime, the police want to know why you were wearing a Rolex instead of a regular watch. Have you ever given a Rolex to anyone else? Is it possible you wanted to be mugged? Why didn’t you wear long sleeves to cover up the Rolex if you didn’t want to be mugged?
And then after that, everywhere you go, there are constant jokes about stealing your Rolex. People you don’t even know whistle at your Rolex and make jokes about cutting your hand off to get it. The media doesn’t help either; it portrays people who wear Rolexes as flamboyant assholes who secretly just want someone to come along and take that Rolex off their hands. When damn, all you wanted was to wear a nice watch without getting harassed for it. When you complain that you are starting to feel unsafe, people laugh you off and say that you are too uptight. Never mind you got violently attacked for the crime of wearing a friggin time piece.
Imagining all that? It sucks, doesn’t it.
Now imagine you could never take the Rolex off.
I was raped by my father’s room mate when I was eleven. I remember one cop (the uniform assigned to my hospital room) asking me why I was taking a shower without my father there. I remember being SO confused. Why does my dad have to me home for me to take a shower before bed? He also asked me if I was wearing a short skirt that day (I had gender issues as a kid, I never wore skirts EVER.) AND he told me I should never have let Steve braid my hair for me. ARE YOU KIDDING? For the longest time, those three things HAUNTED me. Should I have worn LOOSER clothing? Waited for Daddy to get home to take a shower? Said no to having my hair braided? How could I have prevented this? Should I have done something different?
What should have happened is that monster should have stayed the hell away from and eleven year old girl and kept his nasty pedo hands to himself. It was when we went to trial that I got what I needed.
Judge Arnold is SCARY when you’re the defendant…but when you’re a scared little girl, he’s much less so. After the verdict was read, he asked me to approach the bench. He leaned forward and said the words I carry with me every day of my life.
“My little friend, it is NOT your fault. Nothing you could have said or did would’ve changed the outcome of that day. You could have worn a burlap sack and he still would’ve done what he did. You have been very brave and I’m glad to know you.”
I remember crying all the way home. Not because I was sad. But because I was RELIEVED. I was NOT at fault. No one held me responsible. The kids at school could tease all they want because this JUDGE, this respectable, smart, fair man had told me that I was not at fault and that I was brave.
ONE PERSON WAS ALL IT TOOK. BE THAT ONE PERSON FOR SOMEONE ELSE!
An interesting thought - patriarchy hurts men!
A great tumblr chart image titled ‘Reverse Sexism Doesn’t Exist’ contends that men are also oppressed by patriarchy, i.e. NOT by women, as is so often alleged by people who oppose women’s rights. (When you open the link the chart is hard to read but if you click on the image it becomes larger.)
A video of a TEDx talk given by Jackson Katz has gone viral in the last few days. He argues that men need to become much more invested in taking responsibility for, and working to eliminate male violence because, apart from harming women, it also harms men.
An article titled ‘The Selling of Masculinity’ examines the way in which advertising harms men by selling them an aggressive, violent and sexually domineering form of masculinity that perverts the development of a healthy masculine identity.