jadedmusings: (NCIS - Gibbs Headslap)


No. Just, no.

Y'all, can we not? Look, I know where this particular path of "humor" leads, and really, I'd rather we not try to compare the mana bomb dropped on Theramore in a fantasy video game to Enola Gay and Little Boy, mmkay?

Unless, of course, The Daily Blink (I've no idea which of its two creators runs their Twitter) was intending to start a serious discussion on cultural appropriation and how horrific it would be if Blizzard was intending to draw a comparison between Theramore and Hiroshima/Nagasaki. (Hey, hey, leave me to my delusions, all right.)

For the record, I don't believe this is Blizzard's intent, and if it was, holy hell there is not enough booze for me to unpack all the shit wrong with that. Pandaria has enough problematic elements without that thrown into the mix.
jadedmusings: (NCIS - Gibbs Headslap)
No, we haven't entered Bizarro World (I think). Just people on my side of the political fence being idiots.

South Carolina, look, I love y'all and will, no matter how much I never want to live in you again, always consider you my homestate. I'll always especially support (most) Democrats in the state because I remember what it was like to always be the single dot of blue in a sea of red. However, we need to have a little talk here.

South Carolina newspaper The State reported [South Caorlina Democratic Party Chair Dick] Harpootlian made a quip Wednesday morning comparing his state’s Republican governor to Hitler’s wife.

On Gov. Nikki Haley participating in daily news briefings in a basement studio at the NASCAR Hall of Fame: “She was down in the bunker a la Eva Braun.”

Fact: Haley is a horrible governor with horrible policies, and has said some reprehensible shit, fairly recently even.

Also Fact: She's not like Eva Braun or a Nazi. I mean, granted, I don't know her husband, but I'm pretty sure I'd have heard if the husband of a governor in the next state over where I still have family was behaving like Adolph Hitler.

Also, Also, A Fact: Harpootlian needs to apologize. He's going to, right?

“Hell no. What am I apologizing for?” he told CNN. He said Haley was “feigning” being offended by the comment.

Sigh.
I don’t even know if Eva Braun was a Nazi or not, but I know she dated one,” Harpootlian said. “I wasn’t trying to insinuate that Nikki was a Nazi. I was saying that she was hanging out in an insular bunker in Charlotte when she won’t give access to the press here in South Carolina.”



History, asshole, do you know it? You know about that bunker Braun was in? Yeah, she was in it with Adolph Hitler, the leader of the mother fucking Nazi party. She committed suicide with Hitler after getting married so they wouldn't have to face allied forces together. You invoke the name of ADOLPH FUCKING HITLER and act surprised when people bring up the word Nazi? ARE YOU FOR REAL? NO, REALLY, ARE YOU SERIOUS?

Dude, I know education in South Carolina is lacking, but this is inexcusable. Furthermore, you make Haley look good, which is kind of the opposite of what you should be doing. Hell, I'm sitting her siding with her and saying she has every right to be offended. That's a whole other level of what the fuck for this liberal.

Leave the Godwinning to the Internet, please.
jadedmusings: (Sherlock - Funny little brains)
People Who Say They're Moving to Canada Because of ObamaCare

"Yes, to protest our government treating healthcare as a right and helping every American afford proper medical care, we're going to move to a country that has free healthcare for all its citizens and has for many years."

(For those who don't know, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, including the individual mandate. So, now I get to go see how well my conservative state is providing affordable health insurance. The irony is that ObamaCare was modeled after, drum roll please: RomneyCare. Yes, that Romney. Who will probably be poo-pooing this decision today.)
jadedmusings: (NCIS - Abby Unbelievable)
Ladies and gentleman, this woman wants to run for President:

Michele Bachmann thinks America blew it by extending a safety net to millions of Americans under President Johnson’s “Great Society.” Her solution? Model the economy after communist China.

“The ‘Great Society’ has not worked and it’s put us into the modern welfare state,” she said. “If you look at China, they don’t have food stamps. If you look at China, they’re in a very different situation. They save for their own retirement security…They don’t have the modern welfare state and China’s growing. And so what I would do is look at the programs that LBJ gave us with the Great Society and they’d be gone.”

lolsob

Though there's pretty much no chance she'll win the Republican nomination at this point, the simple fact she's even in consideration for the nomination speaks volumes as to the state of politics in this country. If you have to have it spelled out for you why China is not the sort of country you want your ostensibly democratic country to emulate, you really shouldn't be allowed anywhere near any sort of government building. Period.

I swear one day we're going to discover Michelle Bachman is a creation of the creators/writers behind The Daily Show, and that she's a prank that went horribly, horribly wrong.
jadedmusings: (Sherlock - Wrong)
Dear Students of Penn State protesting Paterno's firing:

FUCK YOU!

Your coach didn't even do the bare minimum when he learned his assistant coach was sexually abusing children. Reporting it to university officials was not enough. He placed the reputation of a fucking football team above the safety of innocent children.

You aren't defending an innocent man. No, Paterno didn't abuse anyone (that we know of), but he should be held culpable for utterly failing to stop the abuse as soon as he knew it was happening, if not for utterly failing as a human fucking being. Personally, I'd rather not have people like that representing me or my school on the field or off. I'd want that poison as far away from anything I love as much as possible.

But do go on and continue missing the fucking point. The tragedy here is not that Paterno will miss out on one last game. The tragedy is that those children will never have their lives prior to Sandusky returned to them. Those children will have to live with what happened for the rest of their lives, and their parents will have to live with the knowledge that people knew what was going on and did little to nothing to stop it!

Hoping you walk into a hornet's nest while protesting,

Jade

P.S.: While you're out today whining, take a moment to read the grand jury report on Sandusky's charges. Maybe if you read a little you'll understand why this is such a big fucking deal, way bigger than football. [Massive Trigger Warnings Apply]
jadedmusings: (Ming Ming Sewious)
So I checked out the author's website for his novel. I know it's a man not because there's a picture of him on the website or because his name is Michael. No, the "story overview" page told me he was male, and I'm not referring to the three(!) animated ads for "Desktop Strippers" either. Dude, I know your novel is self-published, but even self-published authors ought to have at least a thin veneer of professionalism, particularly if you're trying to entice women like me into reading your not-a-vampire-novel vampire novel. (No, that's how it's described, only I make it funny.)

Anyway, the Story Overview page includes pictures from Google image searches of half-naked women among a couple of gruesome images of a mutilated head and a corpse in an advanced state of decomposition. And then there's the overview itself. Reading between the lines I get, "I've never had a meaningful relationship with a woman because I can't think of them as anything other than a place to put my dick."

Weak snarking under here. )

I'm not sure whether I should laugh or weep over the fact that this novel is 130,000+ words.

I'm done. Just done. Go check it out if you like. (And if you read the reviews page, note how many people are from the same town and how all of them are from the Southeast. Family and friends praising your work? Nah, I totally believe this guy is that brilliant of a writer. Yeeeeeah.)
jadedmusings: (NCIS - Gibbs Headslap)
Pro-tip: Following me on Twitter isn't terribly likely to get me to read your self-published novel. I follow writers because I happen to enjoy writing and want to some day put that talent (if you can call it that) to use. The authors I follow happen to be authors whose works I admire and enjoy thoroughly (Keri Arthur, Steven Brust, Neil Gaiman, Stacia Kane, etc.). None of them followed me first. In fact, none of them follow me back and that's okay because I know they're busy people (though I am prone to squealing like a fangirl anytime I get a response).

Furthermore, if you include excerpts from your novel, might I suggest links to actual passages rather than single Twitter-length lines? Then again, I'm not sure how you can improve upon "Not a wine rack. His swine rack. Ol' Bert likes to get jiggy with a piggy." Shakespeare would weep at the beauty contained within those 140 characters. (Not really.)

Other lines I'm reading on your feed:

My face met the window with a sick thunk and I felt important bones shatter.
The fist withdrew with a ghastly, slurping sound like twisted gristle expelled from a turkey baster.
And the sound of wet slurping just below my ear ripped a primal scream from my fractured core...

Also, a vampire novel titled Juice? Not sure if want. (No, I'm pretty much decided this is in my DO NOT WANT file.)

...and I clicked on your link and you have a sound file embedded in your webpage. What is this, 1998?

Okay, Okay, I just started looking over this guy's website. Lawls! This will need its own post.

ETA: A new line was posted just now. "I scratched my crotch and noticed the SUV next to me. A gorgeous female eyed me with a sly smirk." Oh, baby! Nothing gets me hotter than a man inappropriately scratching himself in public next to his SUV! I'm getting the vapors!
jadedmusings: (Sherlock - Funny little brains)
In response to it coming to light that Gamestop asked its employees to remove the vendor code for OnLive in the PC copies of Deus Ex: Human Revolution the company issued an apology to customers who pre-ordered the game and to OnLive and Square Enix for being stupid.

Oh, wait, that was what they should have done. Instead they're pulling the PC version of the game from their shelves.

According to an email forwarded to Kotaku from an anonymous source and confirmed via GameStop retail employees, the company instructs employees to remove any retail copies of the PC version of the game to the back room of the store pending recall at a later date. Note that the recall is being performed in agreement with Square Enix, indicating the two companies have been in communication regarding the situation.

Thanks for continuing to ensure that you won't be receiving any of my money, Gamestop.
jadedmusings: (NCIS - Gibbs Headslap)
ATTENTION PLAGIARISTS!

UR DOIN IT WRONG*

ALSO, UR DUMB, SO DUMB!


* = Standard disclaimer about how plagiarism is never right goes here. Seriously, who thinks stealing is okay?
jadedmusings: (BtVS - Buffy does not approve)
Not that you really needed it now, but I have more reason for you to despise Gamestop:

http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2011/08/report-gamestop-opening-deus-ex-copies-removing-free-game-code.ars

If you purchase your copy of Deus Ex: Human Revolution at a retail store, you're supposed to receive a code that allows you to play the game for free using the online gaming service OnLive. It's a neat giveaway, and it certainly gives gamers an incentive to try the service, but a leaked memo seems to show GameStop's fear of digital delivery: employees are allegedly being asked to open every game and remove the coupon.
jadedmusings: (NCIS - Tim Doubts Your Sincerity)
So, while traveling down to Vash'jir with Folami to pick up a tabard for an achivement (What? Me getting obsessed? Never!), I spied an Alliance mage hanging out in Silver Tide Hollow. Not unusual since this is neutral territory, but my mouse happened to hover over his nameplate and, uh, well...



KnG is a Level 2 Alliance guild on SWC. There's a small part of me that wanted to hope this was some GLBTQ-friendly guild, though I think it's more likely meant to be a perjorative term and there's some stupid immature assholes giggling and going, "Haha, you're a homo!"

I could be wrong, I just don't think I am. And as far as reporting it, I think only the "big" words would raise a stink with Blizzard, and even then it'd probably have to be a name rather than a rank listing you aren't going to see unless you hover over someone's name like me.

Oh, SWC, never change. ... Wait, do change, please.
jadedmusings: (NCIS - Gibbs Headslap)
Dear Fellow Residents,

Autumn is upon us and that means this week has seen a drop in temperatures. Along with the mercifully cooler weather we are getting heavy fog in the mornings because we are, after all, in a mountainous region. In light of this fact, I have but one humble request:

TURN ON YOUR DAMN HEADLIGHTS!

Thank you for your time.

Signed,

A mother who would appreciate being able to see oncoming cars before she pulls onto a highway.
jadedmusings: (ATLA - Toph Rocks Fall)
In Texas it's apparently just too hard to expect men not to be misogynistic assholes. In fact it's so hard that if you're a woman wanting to attend a Battlefield 3 LAN party at one particular establishment, you're just S.O.L.

A large launch party and LAN for Battlefield 3 is being held in Texas, and women are disallowed from attending in order to protect them from misogynistic insults. While the original text in the FAQ has now been removed, the FAQ declared that women are not invited with the following statement:

Nothing ruins a good LAN party like uncomfortable guests or lots of tension, both of which can result from mixing immature, misogynistic male-gamers with female counterparts. Though we’ve done our best to avoid these situations in years past, we’ve certainly had our share of problems. As a result, we no longer allow women to attend this event.”

After being called out on this behavior on Reddit and on Kotaku, the text was removed and replaced by declaring the event as a ‘gentleman’s retreat’.

I was alerted to this via [community profile] girlgamers where the poster said "The reason seems to be that a girl gamer, and other MALE gamers, complained about some asshole who in conclusion got banned from the LAN party." I can't vouch for the veracity of this statement, but sadly it wouldn't surprise me if this was the case.

By banning women, you aren't solving the problem of sexist language. You're saying it's permissible so long as no woman is around to hear you say it, which it shouldn't be. Here's a hint: Just because nobody hears you saying offensive crap doesn't make it suddenly unoffensive. It's offensive no matter what, and offensive language carries social consequences.

Our findings demonstrate that sexist humor is not simply benign amusement. For men who have sexist attitudes it can create a perceived social norm of tolerance of discrimination against women, and as a result, increase personal tolerance of discrimination against women and even increase willingness to engage in sexist behavior without fears of disapproval.

Again, by banning women and not the language you've only become part of the problem you claim you're trying to address. Congratulations.

Also, I want to repeat something Tami B. said at the first link:

I will say that preventing women from attending gaming events doesn’t solve the problem with misogyny and hate speech towards them. Instead, it puts the blame on the women for even being present, and removes the obligation for men to be decent human beings who respect women gamers. It basically is saying that the organizers either don’t want to put the effort into policing language at their event, or don’t trust the men to be mature and responsible enough to adhere to event policies. [Emphasis added]

And that's the bottom line. Punish women for being women and treat men like children who are incapable of controlling themselves and their mouths. Sound familiar? It should. It's part of Rape Culture 101 and Misogyny 101. Men are animals with no self control and we can't expect any better out of them.

Now you see why only Toph could express my anger appropriately.
jadedmusings: (Sherlock - Wrong)
Dear Senator Loir Klein (R-Arizona):

Gun Safety 101 says you do not--DO NOT--point a weapon at another person unless you are about to shoot them to protect yourself. I'm a dirty hippie liberal raised by a card carrying member of the NRA who had a conceal carry permit and who raised me to respect guns. He was anti gun control and would have been on your side politically speaking, but even he would have called you a fucking moron.

Arizona state Sen. Lori Klein (R), a gun-rights champion, keeps a loaded raspberry-pink handgun in her purse, and during an interview with Arizona Republic reporter Richard Ruelas, she took it out and pointed it at him.

"Oh, it's so cute," Klein said, before aiming the gun at Ruelas's chest to show off the red beam of the laser sight. Klein's gun, a .380 Ruger, has no safety, but the senator assured Ruelas that he wasn't in danger.

"I just didn't have my hand on the trigger," she said.

For the safety of others and for your own safety, I implore you not to touch another gun if you're going to keep treating it like a cute toy. YOU DO NOT POINT GUNS AT PEOPLE, PERIOD! I know people who go around quoting NRA propaganda like it's The Gospel of Charlton Heston, and they would NEVER pull a gun out in public unless their lives depended on it.

ALWAYS assume a gun is loaded, even if you know with absolute 100% certainty it's not. There's always a chance there's a bullet in the chamber and it's better to be overly cautious than to shoot someone accidentally.

ALWAYS treat a gun as if the safety is off. Yes, even if you know you just switched the safety on.

Guns are DEADLY WEAPONS. Guns are used to KILL things, and sometimes they go off when you don't mean for them to, usually when people forget the part where they're DEADLY WEAPONS and are waving them around all willy nilly. If you go around pointing them at people and things as a joke, or just to "show it off," you are liable to get someone injured or worse.

Seriously, get a fucking clue, please!

Boggling at your idiocy,

Jade

P.S.: No, I do not own a gun primarily because I don't need one where I live (and I don't go hunting, so, there's that too). However, if I did own a gun, I know how to properly care for one, how to store it, and how to treat it with respect and act like I'm an adult with some sense of responsibility for my own safety and the safety of those around me. I'm not afraid of guns one bit. I'm afraid of the idiots who can all too easily purchase them and use them.
jadedmusings: (ATLA - Toph Rocks Fall)
Dear New Hampshire,

Fuck you.

Signed,

A woman who will endeavor to never travel to your state and/or spend a dime on any businesses in your state until you pull your heads out of your collective asses.

Explanation for the above starts here.

The six Planned Parenthood centers in New Hampshire stopped dispensing contraception last week after the Executive Council rejected a new contract with the organization.

Planned Parenthood had operated under a limited retail pharmacy license that was contingent on having a state contract, said Steve Trombley, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. Two weeks ago, the all-Republican Executive Council voted 3-2 against a new contract that would have provided the organization $1.8 million in state and federal money for the two years starting this month.

Executive Councilor Dan St. Hilaire of Concord, who cast one of the three votes in opposition, said the contract should go to an organization that does not perform abortions. The councilors approved 10 other contracts for family planning services.

So in order to stop more abortions you take away Planned Parenthood's ability to help their patients prevent unintended/unwanted pregnancy which would likely go on to be aborted anyway. Yeah, makes perfect sense.

The Planned Parenthood contract, which accounts for about 20 percent of its annual New Hampshire budget, would have paid for education, distributing contraception, and the testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections. The organization's abortion practice is paid for by private donations, Trombley said, with audits ensuring no public money is used.

But, oh my god you guys, they're still performing abortions! That's enough to punish people who otherwise wouldn't have access to education and treatment for STIs and contraception!

The center has turned away 20 to 30 patients a day who have arrived to refill their birth control prescriptions, said site manager Amanda Mehegan. She said some women have said they will stop taking birth control because they cannot afford the higher prices charged by pharmacies. Seventy percent of the center's patients lack private health insurance, she said.

Mehegan said she also worries the denied contract will lead to women with breast and cervical cancer going longer without a diagnosis, both because of direct cuts in funding for examinations and because many women are drawn to the center to pick up their birth control and then receive checkups.

But, but, abortions! Babies! Sex without consequences!!!!!

Anne Hildreth, a practitioner at the West Lebanon center who has worked for Planned Parenthood for 22 years, said her goal is to help prevent unwanted pregnancies. She questioned the rationale of limiting access to contraception in an effort to prevent abortions.

"It's crazy to not give women birth control if you want to stop women from having abortions," Hildreth said.

Who told you logic was invited to this conversation? How dare you make sound and well-reasoned arguments!

Another executive councilor who opposed the contract, Raymond Wieczorek of Manchester, said he had asked if the contract could exclude the issuance of condoms. Wieczorek said he supports paying to test for sexually transmitted diseases but does not believe the state should subsidize contraception.

"If they want to have a good time, why not let them pay for it?" he said.

... ... I can't even be sarcastic or funny with this one. Congratulations Mr. Raymond Wieczorek, you have utterly flabbered my ghast and rendered me speechless with your record-setting levels of douchebaggery.

You see, Mr. Wieczorek, those poor people who have the gall to want to bump uglies will pay for what you're doing. They're going to pay for it with STIs or other reproductive organ ailments they cannot afford to treat. They will be forced to bear children they do not want and cannot afford. And then you're going to whine and complain that you're paying for those increased medical costs, paying for those children to go to school and to eat, and then you're going to try and take their education away and rip the food right out of their greedy little mouths.

I wish people would stop pretending that all this anti-choice rhetoric and attack on abortion rights is anything other than a full on war against women and the poor. They hate women, yes they do.

Shakesville has more with added asshattery from Wisconsin.
jadedmusings: (BtVS - Buffy does not approve)
So, uh, we all know that I have a love/hate relationship with the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher, yes? I've alluded to the issues I have with the sexism and misogyny present in the books, though I don't really go in depth here because I'm having those sorts of in-depth conversations in real life. Sam and I have had many positive and wonderful conversations about the books' portrayal of women and Harry's sexism and so perhaps I get most of it out of my system with a real-life fan of the series rather than posting it here.

(And yes, Sam does listen and perhaps has even learned a few things from our talks. In fact, I don't recall us ever really disagreeing on the problematic elements. Our biggest disagreement so far has probably been over our theories as to who shot J.R. [spoiler] at the end of Changes.)

But maybe I should have talked about it here and used inflammatory words like "Fuck you" and called out the misogyny and sexism and rubbed everyone's nose in it. Maybe I still should because there's no fail quite like author fail and it seems Mr. Butcher is in the mood to provide.

It begins, innocently enough, over on Tumblr. Unfortunately for poor Mr. Butcher, someone actually knows a thing or two about the layout of Chicago (rightly) takes issue with the geography presented in the books, and then there's a pretty big point made about the racism and classism inherit in one of the descriptions of Lincoln Hyde Park.

FUCK YOU, JIM BUTCHER. You have obviously never actually lived in Hyde Park. I bet you just walked around a little bit — maybe you walked along the edges of Washington Park, maybe you walked down 55th until you hit Cottage Grove. Did you walk along 53rd St and decide that this was “the worst a large city had to offer”? What made you think that?

Was it the Starbucks on the corner? Or the farmers market that happens every Thursday morning in the summer? The Aveda salon? Treasure Island, the expensive “European food market”?

Or was it the back door Latino club that sells empenadas and Latinoamericano magazines out of the back door every afternoon? The smoke shop with the cheap weaves on Styrofoam heads in the window? The crappy Mexican food shop that sells huge burritos for a buck? The 24 hour cheap grocery by the bus stop, where I bought my yogurt from because I couldn’t afford to shell out 5 dollars on fucking yogurt?

Naturally Mr. Butcher recognized his mistakes, issued an apology, and immediately promised to endeavor to correct both his poor geography and educate himself about privilege and racism.

Oh, wait, that was what should have happened. My apologies. Instead he invokes the tone argument as a reason not to listen to valid criticsm as presented by a marginalized person and he goes on the defensive over on Twitter. [livejournal.com profile] lucia_tanaka posted her conversation with Mr. Butcher here. It is, as you can expect, pretty much a demonstration of why the Privilege Denying Dude meme exists and is so popular.

I'd say I'm disappointed, but honestly having read the Dresden Files, I pretty much could have told you how something like this would have gone down. Don't get me wrong, I expect more and I'm glad other people are listening to what's being said even if that doesn't include Butcher himself. However, it would have been nice to be wrong, to see someone respond positively and acknowledge that polite phrasing isn't what makes a complaint valid or invalid. If something is racist or sexist, it's still racist or sexist whether I say "Please, sir, consider this," or, "Fuck you, asshole, here's where you're wrong." We've tried being polite and following the rules of engagement (rules, I might add, made by the ones with the privilege and the power), and look where it got us.

So, take a lesson from Mr. Butcher here. He's offering an excellent demonstration of how not to respond to criticism.

And if any of you want to try to tell me Harry isn't sexist or that sexism and misogyny aren't running rampant in the Dresden books, you might want to save your poor fingers because I will go on at length about Murphy, about Susan, and about Molly (oh boy, will I go on about Molly and the skeeviness surrounding her). I'll also touch on the rape-y undertones concerning the White Court vampires ("But oh my god Jade, they're succubi/incubi! It's supposed to be like that!").

If you're asking why I read this crap if it offends me, I'll tell you it's the same reason I watch Supernatural and why I watched BtVS even after the abysmal fail of season six (and no, I'm not referring to Buffy coming back from the dead). Because I like them in spite of myself and also because it gives me a chance to point out what's wrong and why it's wrong. If I didn't care about it, if I didn't love it, I would want it all to go away. Instead I want to see it do better because I think it can be better, because I want to believe the creative minds behind these loves of mine would prefer to know when they get it wrong so that they might improve their art and perhaps encourage people to talk about this stuff in real life.

Or maybe I read this shit and talk about it just to piss you off.
jadedmusings: (BtVS - Buffy does not approve)
It's looking like Representative Anthony Weiner (D-NY) will be resigning today during a news conference scheduled for 2:00 PM ET. This is after at least one woman has stepped forward and stated Weiner tried to "turn the conversation into sexual banter" even though she did not reciprocate.

Lee, from La Vergne, Tenn., said the pair exchanged about 100 emails between March and June, but said she never received photos from Weiner and never sent him any. She said she followed him on Twitter because she liked his stance on Planned Parenthood funding and health care, and that he repeatedly tried to turn the conversation into sexual banter.

"My package and I are not going to beg," Weiner emailed at one point, according to Allred. Another email said "I have wardrobe demands too -- I need to highlight my package."

"I did not reciprocate," Lee said Wednesday.

In case you can't figure out what's wrong with this, it's called sexual harassment. And yes, I am aware that Ginger Lee is a former porn actress, but that doesn't really have any bearing on Weiner's actions. He's still in the wrong. Melissa McEwan summed it up nicely:

Please note that we are supposed to assume that Lee is an opportunistic liar because she is a former porn star and a stripper, and we're definitely not supposed to consider the possibility that Weiner figured she'd be axiomatically receptive to his sexual overtures because of her vocation—because, in a culture in which all women are assumed to exist in a perpetual state of consent unless they say no, women in sex work are assumed to not even have the right to say no.

All women (and men), regardless of background, have the right to say no. They have the right to expect that when they interact with a politician be it in real life, via email, or via a social network online, they'll be treated with professional respect and not as a potential sexual outlet/object. Ms. Lee contacted Mr. Weiner because she liked his stance on Planned Parenthood. Tell me, how does that equal "I want you to hit on me"?

What Mr. Weiner did may not be illegal according to the letter of the law, but it sure as hell is skeevy and downright wrong on an ethical and moral level. And now I wonder how many more women are going to step forward.

Mr. Weiner isn't resigning because of some sexually repressed prudes. He's resigning because he sexually harassed women in his professional capacity as a member of the United States Congress and he's realizing this is about the only opportunity for a graceful exit he's going to get. And a part of me hates that he's going to get off so lightly while the women he harassed are going to be called liars, sluts, gold-diggers, and various other misogynistic terms. He's just a man who, yuk-yuk, let his penis do the thinking for him. Because, you know, men just can't help themselves around pretty ladies.
jadedmusings: (NCIS - Gibbs Headslap)
Tracy Morgan is a pathetic homophobic misogynistic shitstain. Don't believe me? Here are some highlights from his June 3rd stand-up routine in Nashville, Tennessee:

-Mr. Morgan took it upon himself to mention about how he feels all this gay shit was crazy and that women are a gift from God and that “Born this Way” is bullshit, gay is a choice, and the reason he knows this is exactly because “God don’t make no mistakes” (referring to God not making someone gay cause that would be a mistake).

I always find it baffling how on one hand I hear that the Christian god is ultimately unknowable in the sense that we mortals (his supposed children/creations) are not privy to the rhyme or reason for his plans and yet so many are adamant that they know being gay is a choice. That god, who shapes everyone one and has a direct hand in every aspect of our life (i.e. "God never gives us more than we can handle." and "God has a plan for us all."), would never, ever, ever create someone who loves people of the same sex/gender.

-He said that there is no way a woman could love and have sexual desire for another woman, that’s just a woman pretending because she hates a fucking man. He took time to visit the bullshit of this bullying stuff and informed us that the gays needed to quit being pussies and not be whining about something as insignificant as bullying.

In other words all those lesbos just need a good dicking and I'm the man to do it. Why do some men get so angry that lesbians don't want anything to do with a penis? Could it be because men have this sense that they should be entitled to every pussy in their general vicinity? How vain do you have to be to take offense that there are women who have zero interest in you?

Also, the people who say bullying isn't a big deal or that it's insignificant are often the same people who were never bullied themselves. If they claim they were, it basically amounts to "I was called four-eyes once" because they wore glasses. They never had people try to harm them physically, or if they did, it was an isolated incident. They never had to go to school every day in fear of being harmed or harassed. Bullying is not insignificant, and I can definitely say that while my life would never be perfect, many aspects of it would have been a hell of a lot more positive without all the harassment and bullying I was subjected to.

-He mentioned that gay was something kids learn from the media and programming, and that bullied kids should just bust some ass and beat those other little fuckers that bully them, not whine about it. He said if his son that was gay he better come home and talk to him like a man and not [he mimicked a gay, high pitched voice] or he would pull out a knife and stab that little N (one word I refuse to use) to death.

I know how his son feels. While my father never knew I was attracted to women (and my mother still doesn't know either), hearing him make homophobic remarks, outright stating that having a gay child was a horrifying nightmare to him, and disparaging gays and lesbians at every opportunity really harmed our relationship. And it made me terrified of who I was and scared of what he might do if he learned I wasn't 100% straight. It's one of several reasons I've never been in a relationship with another woman despite many attractions and a few crushes. I feared being punished unfairly for being myself and being disowned and tossed out on my ass.

Before you say it, I don't care if his son never hears this routine because of Mr. Morgan is willing to say this shit on stage in front of a crowded theater, he damn well is saying similar shit at home where his son can hear it. Even if he thinks his son isn't in the same room or doesn't hear it, trust me, he is aware of his father's feelings. It doesn't matter if his son is gay or straight, it matters that Mr. Morgan is flat-out saying "I'll only love you if you like girls." It matters that Mr. Morgan is using a public platform to preach hatred and violence against an already oppressed group of people for no other reason than he's afraid of people who are different.

Tracy then said he didn’t fucking care if he pissed off some gays, because if they can take a fucking dick up their ass… they can take a fucking joke.

Here's a clue: If your so-called jokes invoke the same rhetoric as people who advocate violence against glbtq or any oppressed minority and it's not satire, it's not a joke. You are on the same level as Fred Phelps and other homophobic asswipes. People aren't laughing, they're applauding and nodding their heads in agreement. You are telling them it's okay to kill someone because they are gay.

And before anyone goes "But what about free speech?" Sure, Morgan's got free speech, but the catch is so do I and so does every other American. He has every right to get up on stage and be an utter tool; however, everyone else has every right to respond and explain why he's being an utter tool, why his "jokes" are ultimately harmful, and basically tell him he's a horrible person who deserves the shaming he's getting.

Blah, blah, blah, yeah he's apologized, blah. Here's the line that gets to me: "I’m not a hateful person and don’t condone any kind of violence against others." Except when he does, like he did on June 3.
jadedmusings: (Sherlock - Wrong)
[Trigger Warnings like whoa all up in this post. Rape, sexual assault, medical abuse...]

What the fuck is wrong with the world and why does it hate women so goddamned much?

Egyptian general admits 'virginity checks' conducted on protesters

Oh, just you wait, it gets so much "better."

Again, major Trigger Warnings. )
jadedmusings: (Supernatural - Sam & Dean WTF)
Posting this to get my mind off tonight's events in WoW.

(Hat-tip [livejournal.com profile] demonicgerbil)

Bill Would Ban Parents from Having Sex at Home While Getting Divorced

BOSTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) - A new bill on Beacon Hill would ban parents from engaging in sexual relationships within the home until their divorces are final.

Wrentham Selectman Robert Leclair says the bill is meant to prevent domestic violence and shield children while the divorce is underway.

How banning adults from engaging in consensual sex is preventing domestic violence, I don't know.

Also not said is how this would ever be enforced. Cameras in the bedroom? Pfft, I pity how unimaginative a sex life is if you think you can only have sex if there's a bed. Lie detectors every time you go to court? Gynecological exams?

Leclair, who reportedly has gone through a bitter divorce himself, is the former president of Fathers United for Equal Justice, which disbanded in the 1990s.

And suddenly it becomes clear to me: A Men's Right Advocate. Gotta punish those sluts who get away and take the kids with them.

Also, I'm so glad that bedroom activities are seen as important as rebuilding the economy, saving education, etc.

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