[CONTENT NOTE: racism, ableism (mental health-flavored), transmisogyny.]
Because it just wasn’t terrible enough for Fox News to frame a mass murder of nine black people at their church by an unequivocally racist white man as an “attack on faith,” here comes Fox pundit Erick Erickson to straighten everybody out about the Real Problem™. You see, liberal society is plagued by “a mental illness” characterized by “overwhelming narcissism and delusion” — yes, a conservative actually said that with a straight face — and therefore “cannot recognize what crazy or evil looks like.” Exhibit A for this little theory? Caitlyn Jenner. That’s right: accepting trans people is proof positive that liberals are ignoring “real evil” and allowing mental health problems to run rampant.
“A society that looks at a 65 year old male Olympian and, with a straight face, declares him a her and ‘a new normal’ cannot have a conversation about mental health or evil because that society no longer distinguishes normal from crazy and evil from good.”
Now because conservatives are constitutionally incapable of meaningful self-reflection, their dehumanizing rhetoric and vile policies can never be the problem. This is why they resort to all sorts of fact-free rationalizations, victim-blaming, denialism and projection, rather than ever admit to being factually and morally wrong and changing their views accordingly. If conservative policy isn’t working, well, that just means we clearly need more of it. Q.E.D. Let’s arm the clergy!
I can damn well recognize what evil looks like. It looks like Dylann Roof. It also looks like Erick Erickson. Because he will never, ever take a hard look in the mirror and own his repulsive, deadly and toxic shit, I have taken the liberty of illustrating what the rest of us see when we look at him.
[h/t the fierce and fabulous feminace for inspiring this graphic, by calling Roof “RacistFuck McBowlCut.”]
An Ex-Jewish Camel’s Sad Epiphany on Israeli Fanaticism. Centre, B., Atheist Camel (Mar. 2015). [h/t SJ]
5 Near-Identical Jesus Myths That Predate Jesus. Richard, L., Liberal America (Mar. 2015). [h/t Ian]
Researchers may have solved origin-of-life conundrum. Service, R.F., Science (Mar. 2015). [The headline overreaches, but the science is interesting. -Ed.]
Nightmare in Sin City: How a Rumor Sent a Teen to Prison for Murder in Vegas. Smith, J., The Intercept (Mar. 2015).
27 Black Women Activists Everyone Should Know. Foster, K., For Harriet (Feb. 2014). [h/t Sally]
Humanism and the #BlackLivesMatter Movement. Kirabo, S., The Humanist (Mar. 2015).
Support for government help has fallen among those who rely on it most. Ehrenfreund, M., The Washington Post (Mar. 2015). [Deja vu. *yawn* –Ed.]
Teaching Doubt. Krauss, L.M., The New Yorker (Mar. 2015). [h/t SJ]
Anti-Abortion Website Whines About Being Bombed… With Glitter. Merlan, A., Jezebel (Mar. 2015). [Hahaha. The fine folks at Glitter Bombs for Choice are clearly kindred spirits, although I prefer to mail coat hangers myself. –Ed.]
The Cops Don’t Care About Violent Online Threats. What Do We Do Now? Merlan, A., Jezebel (Jan. 2015).
Woman killed by flying plywood from NYC construction site. Rosario, F., et al, The New York Post (Mar. 2015). [The luxury condo construction at the site of my former neighborhood hospital now has a body count. (For background see here.) –Ed.]
Bad News for Those of You Who, Like Us, Drank Cheap Wine Each and Every Night of Your 20s. (Mar. 2015). [SPOILER ALERT! Arsenic poisoning. Which sounds almost as bad as the crap wine. –Ed.]
Intersex advocates correct and clarify Nightline news report. Murray, R., GLAAD (Mar. 2015). (with VIDEO)
How activists are responding to the NYPD’s attempts to thwart Black Lives Matter. Rugh, P., Waging Nonviolence (Feb. 2015).
How Prison Stints Replaced Study Hall: America’s problem with criminalizing kids. Owens, J., Politico (Mar. 2015). [An excellent piece on the school-to-prison pipeline by the managing attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Mississippi office. -Ed.]
Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership Promises Echo Clinton’s On NAFTA. Johnson, D., Campaign for America’s Future (Feb. 2015). [Lying liars lie: film at 11. –Ed.]
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It’s Time for Atheists to Stop Debating God’s Existence and Decide What to Do About It. Lee, A., AlterNet via The Guardian (Mar. 2015). [h/t SJ] (“For too long, atheists have conducted abstract debates. It’s time to focus on the pursuit of justice.”) [IRIS ♥ Adam Lee, but this strikes me as hopelessly naive in in light of things like this. –Ed.]
10 stunning images show the beauty hidden in pi. Swanson, A., The Washington Post (Mar. 14). [h/t Mr. Born]
NYPD Edited Police Brutality Wikipedia Entries: IP addresses linked to the NYPD found to have altered Wikipedia pages about Eric Garner, Amadou Diallo and Sean Bell. Kreps, D., Rolling Stone (Mar. 2015).
The CIA and America’s Presidents: Some Rarely Discussed Truths Shaping Contemporary American Democracy. Chuckman, J., Counterpunch (Mar. 2015).
Consent: Not actually that complicated. Rockstar Dinosaur Pirate Princess (Mar. 2015).
Project Vox. (“Project Vox seeks to recover the lost voices of women who have been ignored in standard narratives of the history of modern philosophy…From Lady Masham, Margaret Cavendish and Anne Conway in England to Émilie Du Châtelet in France, many women played significant roles in the development of modern philosophy, but their contributions have often gone unnoticed.”)
Finding Philosophy’s Female Voices. Ferreri, E., Duke Today (Mar. 2015).
Throw a Dinner Party with This Creepy Tableware and Watch Everyone Run Away. Zuras, M., Munchies at Vice (Mar. 2015). [WANT. –Ed.]
Homeopathy not effective for treating any condition, Australian report finds. Davey, M., The Guardian (Mar. 2015). [GTFO. –Ed.]
Anita Sarkeesian Describes the Fury She Cannot Express in Public. RH Reality Check via youtube (Mar. 2015). [VIDEO]
Best State for Business? Yes, California. Winkler, M.A., Bloomberg Business (Mar. 2015). [But high taxes! Evil regulations! BOOOOOTSTRAPPPPPS!!! –Ed.]
White Christian America in Decline: Why Young People Are Sick of Conservative Religion. Marcotte, A., AlterNet (Mar. 2015). (“White Christians are now a minority in 19 states.”) [Needz moar lionz? –Ed.]
Trans woman shows how ‘ridiculous’ bathroom bans are with urinal selfie campaign. Wee, D., Gay Star News (Mar. 2015). [I love everything about this woman’s campaign. Except, of course, the need for it in the first place. –Ed.]
Trans selfies have caught bathroom bans and lawmakers with their pants down. Fae, J., Gay Star News (Mar. 2015).
Twitter Explodes With ‘Rap Albums That Caused Slavery’ After MSNBC Segment. Walsh, T., Talking Points Memo (Mar. 2015). (“Twitter blew up with the satirical hashtag #RapAlbumsThatCausedSlavery on Wednesday morning after a panel on MSNBC managed to blame rap music for a recent outburst of racism at the University of Oklahoma.”) [And I love everything about this too. Except the need for it in the first place. –Ed.]
Why White People Freak Out When They’re Called Out About Race. Adler-Bell, S., AlterNet (Mar. 2015). [An excellent interview with anti-racist educator and author Robin DiAngelo, who wrote the brilliant and insightful 2011 journal article White Fragility we linked for you before. –Ed.]
The melting of Antarctica was already really bad. It just got worse. Mooney, C., The Washington Post (Mar. 2015).
These Badass Feminist Tattoos Are the Perfect Accessory for Smashing the Patriarchy. Bianco, M., Mic (Mar. 2015).
An 11-year-old reported being raped twice, wound up with a conviction. Walters, J., The Washington Post (Mar. 2015). [TRIGGER WARNING: One of the worst stories I have ever heard. And that is saying something, my friends. –Ed.]
Eight Pseudoscientific Climate Claims Debunked by Real Scientists. Holland, J., Moyers & Co. (May 2014).
The Throwback Sexism of Kleiner Perkins. Williams, J.C., Harvard Business Review (Mar. 2015). (“Pao v. Kleiner Perkins is not just about the kind of subtle stereotyping that’s common at many large tech companies. Much of what Pao describes is something quite different: an atmosphere straight from the blatant bias playbook.”)
25 Times Tumblr Told The Truth About Mental Health. Nigatu, H., BuzzFeed (Feb. 2015).
Drones and the rise of the high-tech assassins: How twenty-three innocent Afghani civilians were wiped out by self-deceiving drone operators seven and a half thousand miles away. Cockburn, A., Boing Boing (Mar. 2015). [h/t Julie] [Our tax dollars at work Keeping Us Safe™. –Ed.]
How White Separatists Disable Native American Facebook Accounts. Bogado, A., Colorlines (Mar. 2015).
33 Things That Secretly Want To Kill You. Pulptastic [h/t Julie] [Hahaha. Pareidolia FTW. –Ed.]
Why death rates among white women are soaring. Paquette, D., The Washington Post (Mar. 2015). [SPOILER ALERT! Prescription painkillers. –Ed.]
A Woman Is Writing Feminist Messages On Period Pads And Posting Them Around Her City: One message reads “Imagine if men were as disgusted with rape as they are with periods.” Warren, R., BuzzFeed (Mar. 2015). [Indeed. –Ed.]
Crisis Pregnancy Centers Lie: The Insidious Threat To Reproductive Freedom. NARAL Pro-Choice America (pdf) (“Anti-choice organizations claim more than 3,500 of these fake clinics are in operation across the country, far outnumbering the ever-dwindling number of abortion clinics.”)
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KKK fliers left at Selma homes on 50th anniversary of ‘Bloody Sunday’. Hill, E., AL.com (Mar. 2015). [Post racial Amerikkka, y’all. –Ed.]
5 Ancient Discoveries That Prove Modern Men Are Sexist. Kosh, W. and Harlow, K., Cracked (Mar. 2015). (“Well, this serves as a nice example of how this kind of unintentional exclusion works: When archaeologists dug up this statue of a female gladiator, threateningly brandishing some kind of weapon in a victorious warrior pose, they originally described it as “a cleaning tool” — because cleaning is a thing that women do.”)
The Gangsters of Ferguson. Coates, T.N., The Atlantic (Mar. 2015). [FIVE STARS. –Ed.]
This Billionaire Governor Taxed the Rich and Increased the Minimum Wage — Now, His State’s Economy Is One of the Best in the Country. Gibson, C., Huffington Post (Feb. 2015). [Duh. –Ed.]
U.N. Finds ‘Alarmingly High’ Levels of Violence Against Women. Sengupta, S., The New York Times (Mar. 2015). (“The latest United Nations report draws attention to the rise of ‘extremism and conservatism,’ and without naming any countries or groups, it argues that what they share is a ‘resistance to women’s human rights.'”) [O rly. –Ed.]
Motor W-32. Miniatura. W-32 Engine. youtube (Feb. 2015). [h/t flyboy] [Engineering, meet Art. Art, meet Engineering. Turns out you two have a lot to discuss. –Ed.]
How Transgender Women Make Topless Laws Look Even More Ridiculous And Offensive Than We Already Knew They Were. Molloy, P.M., Bustle (Feb. 2015).
Plane Attempting First Solar-Powered Around-The-World Flight Resembles Wright Brothers Design. Phillips, A., Think Progress (Mar. 2015).
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FOIA Documents Reveal Massive DEA Program to Record American’s Whereabouts With License Plate Readers. Stein, B., ACLU (Jan. 2015).
DHS intelligence report warns of domestic right-wing terror threat. Perez, E. and Bruer, W., CNN (Feb. 2015). [h/t SJ] (“Some federal and local law enforcement groups view the domestic terror threat from sovereign citizen groups as equal to — and in some cases greater than — the threat from foreign Islamic terror groups”) [No shit. –Ed.]
Editor of major newspaper says he planted stories for CIA. Lopez, R., Digital Journal (Jan. 2015). [Quelle surprise. –Ed.]
The U.S. Media and the 13-Year-Old Yemeni Boy Burned to Death Last Month by a U.S. Drone. Greenwald, G., The Intercept (Feb. 2015). (“Most Americans, by design, will have no idea that their government just burned a 13-year-old boy to death and then claimed he was a Terrorist.”)
Obama administration to allow sales of armed drones to allies. Ryan, M., The Washington Post (Feb. 2015). [Finally! Now other countries can enjoy burning 13-year-olds to death too! –Ed.]
1 In 3 College Men In Survey Say They Would Rape A Woman If They Could Get Away With It. Culp-Ressler, T., Think Progress (Jan. 2015). [ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME. –Ed.]
How Israeli High-Tech Firms Are Turning the U.S.-Mexico Border into a New Kind of Hell. Miller, T. and Schivone, G., TomDispatch via AlterNet (Jan. 2015).
The Great SIM Heist: How Spies Stole the Keys to the Encryption Castle. Scahill, J. and Begley, J., The Intercept (Feb. 2015). (“The hack…gave the surveillance agencies the potential to secretly monitor a large portion of the world’s cellular communications, including both voice and data.”)
To the Parent of the Unvaccinated Child Who Exposed My Family to Measles. Jacks, T., Mother Jones (Feb. 2015). (“When your child gets sick, others are endangered—including my daughter with cancer.”) [To the parent of that unvaccinated child from Perry Street Palace: FUCK YOU. –Ed.]
What Not To Wear After 50. Combs, C., Better After 50 (Feb. 2015). (“Resting bitch face. Hahahahaha. Just kidding. Wear that one all you want.”)
I’m Brianna Wu, And I’m Risking My Life Standing Up To Gamergate. Wu, B., Bustle (Feb. 2015).
Natural Deception: Conned By the World Congress of Families. Parke, C., Political Research Associates (Jan. 2015). (“the organization is leading a global legislative and public relations campaign against LGBTQ and reproductive rights.”) [They seem nice. –Ed.]
Jeb ‘Put Me Through Hell’. Kruse, M., Politico Magazine (Jan. 2015). (“Michael Schiavo knows as well as anyone what Jeb Bush can do with executive power. He thinks you ought to know too.”)
Here Are 25 Jokes That Only Nerds Will Understand. If You Laugh Then Yep, You’re A Nerd! Boredom Therapy (Jul. 2014).
The Anti-Vaccine Movement Should Be Ridiculed, Because Shame Works. Novak, M., Gizmodo (Feb. 2015). [Hear, hear! He must be reading my blog! This d00d disagrees, though, and says “People who are told their deeply held beliefs are stupid tend to withdraw from the conversation.” Um, perhaps someone can ‘splain to me why getting these assholes to shut the fuck up would be a bad thing? I mean, there is a reason unvaccinated children with measles are found in clusters, and that reason is anti-vaxxers spreading their
deeply held beliefs deadly bad ideas to others. –Ed.]
FBI monitored and critiqued African American writers for decades. Flood, A., The Guardian (Feb. 2015).
Policing Our Girls. Hutchinson, S., blackfemlens (Feb. 2015).
Gay People Posting Photos Of Gay People On Facebook Is Persecuting Christians Says Perkins. Badash, D., The New Civil Rights Movement (Jan. 2015). [To all mah gay peeps: go forth and persecute. –Ed.]
Something Really, Really Terrible Is About to Happen to Our Coral. Philpott, T., Mother Jones (Jan. 2015). [I hate people. Have I mentioned that I hate people? Well, I hate people. –Ed.]
How secular family values stack up. Zuckerman, P., The Los Angeles Times (Feb. 2015). (“Far from being dysfunctional, nihilistic and rudderless without the security and rectitude of religion, secular households provide a sound and solid foundation for children”) [h/t SJ]
Why science is so hard to believe. Achenbach, J., Washington Post (Feb. 2015).
10 Senate Ds Think Drillers Should Be Able to Inject Whatever the Frack They Want into Your Water. Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees, Daily Kos (Jan. 2015). [In case you’re wondering who these motherfrackers are: Michael Bennet (D-CO), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Jon Tester (D-MT), Tom Udall (D-NM) and Mark Warner (D-VA). –Ed.]
Obama, Biden & Pelosi Lobbying Hard for TPP. Publius, G., Hullabaloo (Feb. 2015).
Source Code Similarities: Experts Unmask ‘Regin’ Trojan as NSA Tool. Rosenbach, M., Spiegel Online InternationaI (Jan. 2015).
Oklahoma Lawmakers Vote Overwhelmingly To Ban Advanced Placement U.S. History. Legum, J., ThinkProgress (Feb. 2015). [Christ. Doesn’t Oklahoma have enough problems already with all the earthquakes from fracking? –Ed.]
No good deed goes unpunished. Vermont Political Observer (Jan. 2015). (“What I did not anticipate was the vitriolic verbal assault from those who don’t know the difference between the Classics and illegal immigrants from South America.”) [D000000000d. Have you never been on the Internet? –Ed.]
Indisputable proof that prosecutors and politicians are penalized when they hold police accountable. King, S., Daily Kos (Jan. 2015).
Is the US the only country where more men are raped than women? Filipovic, J., The Guardian (Feb. 2015). [American exceptionalism, y’all. –Ed.]
5 Bizarre Realities of Being a Man Who Was Raped by a Woman. Anonymous, via Mannen, A., Cracked (Jan. 2015).
Pipeline explodes in West Virginia. Gardner, F., Daily Kos (Jan. 2013). (“This is the fourth major pipeline incident that’s occurred this month.”)
Hobby Lobby 2: Inside Republicans’ Plan to Kill America’s Most Effective Anti-Teen-Pregnancy Program. Baumann, N., Mother Jones (Feb. 2015). (“An innovative program has reduced the abortion rate and saved a state millions. Here’s why it’s doomed.”) [SPOILER ALERT! Because conservatives. –Ed.]
Black teens who commit a few crimes go to jail as often as white teens who commit dozens. Ehrenfreund, M., The Washington Post (Jan. 2015).
Here’s What It’s Like For A Woman To Send a Job Rejection To A Man. Creighton, J., Medium (Feb. 2015).
Liberal Racism: 25 Things I Learned After I Wrote About ISIS and White Racism at the Daily Kos. DeVega, C., Daily Kos (Feb. 2015).
Women Being Inexpertly Groped In Western Art History. Ortberg, M., The Toast (Feb. 2015). [NSFW] [Hahaha. –Ed.]
Transgender teen commits suicide, cites Christian parents in blog. Stone, M., Patheos (Dec. 2014). [HEARTBREAKING. Anyone reading this who is trans* and struggling, or who knows someone who may need help:
US: (877) 565-8860
Canada: (877) 330-6366
Christians More Supportive of Torture than Non-Religious Americans. Posner, S., Religion Dispatches (Dec. 2014). [And they worship a (fictional) torture victim. Nice people. –Ed.]
House Majority Whip Scalise confirms he spoke to white supremacists in 2002. O’Keefe, E., The Washington Post (Dec. 2014).
#BlackLivesMatter: More Than Just Shootings. Feminace, Seriously?!? (Dec. 2009).
Irony 101: Study Ethics with Legal Ace Who Sanctioned NSA Wiretapping, CIA Torture. Silverstein, K., The Intercept (Dec. 2014). [Heh. Hahaha. HAHAHA. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! –Ed.]
The Price of Private Prison. Rosenblatt, S., Truthout (Dec. 2014). (webgraphic) [h/t SJ.]
How many days did the #TeaParty “cease protest activities” after their supporters Killed Cops? Walton, F.V., Daily Kos (Dec. 2014). [Remind me again? Oh. I see… –Ed.]
Police Chief’s Perfect Response: Respect Protestors, Keep an Open Mind. Hongo, H., Gawker (Dec. 2014). [Amazing. I looooove this d00d. We need many, MANY more like him. –Ed.]
On The Silencing of Trans Women of Color: A Response to Trans Glamour vs. Trans Activism. Ailith, L.J., Autostraddle (Dec. 2014).
Domestic Violence Is Violence: Mass killers often start by stalking or assaulting women. Leong, N., Slate (Dec. 2014).
The Invisible Backpack of White Privilege from L.L. Bean. Miller, J., McSweeney’s (Dec. 2014). [Brilliant. –Ed.]
The Year In (Peer) Review: Nine Great Moments for Women In STEM From 2014. And counting! Cox, C., The Mary Sue (Dec. 2014).
Kid who made good comes home and tells his parents he paid off their mortgage. McNulty, J., Happy Place (Dec. 2014). [What the hell is this…this…watery stuff on my face? –Ed.]
How to Stop Violence: Mentally ill people aren’t killers. Angry people are. Hayes, L.L., Slate (Apr. 2014).
White Wealth & the Cult of White Victimhood. Hutchinson, S., blackfemlens (Dec. 2014).
Billion Dollar Surveillance Blimp to Launch over Maryland. Froomkin, D., The Intercept (Dec. 2014). [I find this absolutely fucking hilarious. –Ed.]
For the Quote collection, the first three courtesy of Loyal Reader™ PN.
Conservatives lie when they say they are for families, liberty, and religious freedom. What they really mean is that they want to control others’ families, take away others’ liberties, and foist their religion onto others. Religious freedom means that I can be free of the murderous fraud known as Christianity just as others are free to uncritically support it. –Don Baker
The most obvious way of reducing abortions is to increase contraceptive use and education, but Christians have worked overtime against these obvious and proven techniques. They have worked overtime to close down Planned Parenthood, an organization that has actually prevented more abortions than any Christian organization has ever done. –Don Baker
Do we require that parents donate their organs to their children if that’s the child’s only hope for life, even if the hope is most desperate or even truly hopeless? Do we prosecute parents who fail to rush into burning buildings to save their children, who may or may not have a chance of survival anyway? … So why the double standard for “children” not yet born? Since when does the “pre-born” have the right to jeopardize the woman’s life, to suck literally dry her very precious bodily fluids, when the “post-born” most certainly doesn’t? Of course, the real answer has something to do with Exodus 20:17… –Ben Goren
Violence by those with mental illness is so small that even if you could somehow cure it all, 95 percent of violent crime would still exist. –Paolo del Vecchio, of the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
17 Disgraceful Facts Buried In The Senate’s 600 Page Torture Report. Volsky, I., Think Progress (Dec. 2014). [Perhaps the most disgraceful of which is that—like NSA surveillance—the torture program did not stop a single terrorist attack. –Ed.]
Obama says CIA torture report exposed ‘brutal activity,’ won’t criticize Bush administration. Garcia, A., Raw Story (Dec. 2014). (“mistakes were made.”) [By war criminals. –Ed.]
Instead of prosecuting torturers, Obama prosecuted the guy who revealed the program. Lee, T.B., Vox (Dec. 2014).
Let’s not kid ourselves: Most Americans are fine with torture, even when you call it “torture”. Ingraham, C., The Washington Post (Dec. 2014).
Inconsistencies in rape victims’ statements about the trauma are understandable. Tetlow, T., The Times-Picayune of Greater New Orleans (Dec. 2014). (“Carefully trained officers recognize these symptoms as evidence of trauma. Most confuse it with lying.”)
The backlash to Rolling Stone’s story about rape culture at UVa. Reed, K., reedkath (Dec. 2014).
A Texas Grand Jury Recently Cleared 2 White Cops Who Beat a Black Woman in Jail. Brodey, S., Mother Jones (Dec. 2014).
Black Trans Woman Killed While Pounding on Door for Help. King, J., For Harriet via Colorlines (Dec. 2014). (“Anti-Violence Project issued a statement bringing attention to a rash of recent murders of transgender women of color…the organization has “documented 18 anti-LGBTQ homicides last year. Of those homicide victims, almost 90 [percent] were people of color, almost three-quarters (72 [percent]) of homicide victims were transgender women, and more than two-thirds (67 [percent]) of homicide victims were transgender women of color.”) [Fucking hell. –Ed.]
The Global Rich Are a Tribe with Their Own Folkways, Values & Mythology. Those Values Are “Pathological.” Publius, G., Down With Tyranny! (Dec. 2014).
Kinky*Cool. “Fucking the patriarchy with a rainbow strap-on.” [Rainbow strap-on added to shopping list: CHECK. –Ed.]
The Feminist Killjoy Gift Guide. The Belle Jar (Dec. 2014). [Needz moar rainbow strap-ons. –Ed.]
Dear White Allies: Stop Unfriending Other White People Over Ferguson. Spectra, The Huffington Post (Dec. 2014).
A Concise History Of Black-White Relations In The United States. Deutsch, B., Everyday Feminism (Oct. 2014). (Comic.)
History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.
In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.
Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.
Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.
Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.
Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the positive affirmation of peace.
We who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive.
Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
See also: Most of you have no idea what Martin Luther King actually did. HamdenRice, Daily Kos (Aug. 2011).
“Down Outright Murder”: A Complete Guide to the Shooting of Michael Brown by Darren Wilson. Devereaux, R., The Intercept (Nov. 2014).
After 13 years, 2 wars and trillions in military spending, terrorist attacks are rising sharply. Ingraham, C., The Washington Post (Nov. 2014).
As Sioux Tribe Calls Keystone XL an “Act of War”, TransCanada Hires PR Firm to Probe Critics. Democracy Now! (Nov. 2016) (with VIDEO).
Topless Femen deface Christian cross in Vatican. RT.com (Nov. 2014) (with VIDEO). (“Femen have taken their brash form of activism to shockingly new heights (or depths), simulating anal sex with crucifixes outside the Vatican to protest the Pope’s alleged meddling in politics.”) [Hahaha. Awesome. For a…different take, which I first thought was satire, see here. –Ed.]
Insecure Men Outraged That Smarter Man Recognizes Sexism And Apologizes to Women. Opal, K. (Nov. 2014). (“This is no longer about Matt & Rosetta. This is now about men being outraged that women made Matt reconsider…Matt Taylor apologized and moved on. But it seems that a lot of men were pissed off that a man apologized to women for having done something that perpetuated sexism.”)
Black students walk out over school official’s tweet: ‘Every white girl’s father’s worst nightmare’. Edwards, D., Raw Story (Nov. 2014). [Jeezus. –Ed.]
Lack of access to health insurance keeps U.S. premature birth rate near Somalia’s. Ingraham, C., The Washington Post (Nov. 2014). [USA! USA! USA! –Ed.]
Barbie F*cks It Up Again. Ribon, P., Gizmodo (Nov. 2014) [OMFG. LOL! –Ed.]
(related: Barbie computer engineer story withdrawn after sexism row.)
Surprise! The war on abortion rights is actually a referendum on women’s “place” in society. A group of protesters explain why they believe motherhood is the only and most important choice for women. McDonough, K., Salon (Nov. 2014) (with VIDEO). [Wow! I am so surprised! –Ed.]
The Rehtaeh Parsons Verdict Just Set a Horrible Precedent for Rape Victims Everywhere. Plank, E., Mic (Nov. 2014).
Transgender activists seek laws, acceptance, to combat violence. Guilbert, K., Reuters (Nov. 2014).
Congress Is Irrelevant on Mass Surveillance. Here’s What Matters Instead. Greenwald, G., The Intercept (Nov. 2014).
Sexual Surveillance of Women is a Consequence of Conservative Norms, Not Liberal Social Mores. Chemaly, S., Huffington Post (Nov. 2014).
Canadian Mother Gives Birth While On Vacation In The U.S., Faces $1 Million Hospital Bill. Culp-Ressler, T., Think Progress (Nov. 2014).
A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA. Erdely, S.R., Rolling Stone (Nov. 2014).
Geckos inspire ‘Spider-Man’ gloves. BBC News (Nov. 2014).
Who Profits From Poverty? Films for Action/The #GlobalPOV Project (Nov. 2014) (VIDEO). [h/t nubs]
Why No One Can Design a Better Speculum. Eveleth, R., The Atlantic (Nov. 2014). (“The gynecological device may have an ethically fraught history, but it’s hard to improve on the design.”)
For the Quote collection:
A lot of times, the simple answer to the specious question, “Why would he do something like that?” is, horribly, “Because he can.” –Melissa McEwan
November 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance (“TDoR”), a day to memorialize and mourn those who have been killed as a result of transphobia, and to call attention to the violence endured by those in the transgender community. Hundreds of transgender people are killed every year, and many more live in constant fear of assault and abuse. Then there is the astonishingly high rate of lifetime suicide attempts: 41 percent, an order of magnitude greater than the rate of the U.S. population overall (4.6 percent) and two to four times higher than lesbian, gay and bisexual adults (10-20 percent). Sadly but unsurprisingly, race and poverty correlate with even higher risk, as does rejection by loved ones and experiencing other forms of discrimination, victimization, or violence:
Family chose not to speak/spend time with them: 57%
Discrimination, victimization, or violence at school, at work, and when accessing health care
• Harassed or bullied at school (any level): 50-54%
• Experienced discrimination or harassment at work: 50-59%
• Doctor or health care provider refused to treat them: 60%
• Suffered physical or sexual violence:
— At work: 64-65%
— At school (any level): 63-78%
Discrimination, victimization, or violence by law enforcement
• Disrespected or harassed by law enforcement officers: 57-61%
• Suffered physical or sexual violence: By law enforcement officers: 60-70
Experienced homelessness: 69%
Transwomen in particular report shunning and exclusion even within queer communities. In a powerful essay, Remembering Us When We’re Gone, Ignoring Us While We’re Here: Trans Women Deserve More, Morgan Collado writes of appalling treatment by the very community where by all rights she should feel welcome and embraced. “How can I even see hope of living a full life,” she asks, “when I don’t see myself reflected in what is supposed to be my community?”
I am not trans, so it is impossible for me to fully understand what it is like to live with the hate and oppression that drives so many to self-harm. But I do want to be a good ally and advocate where I can. To that end, I am very much in Shut Up and Listen mode—which, frankly, is where we all should be with respect to any axis of oppression that we do not personally experience. If you have similar aspirations, the Trans* Awareness Project is a good place to start, the blog of Zinnia Jones is wonderful, and there are many links to additional resources in the Palace Bedroom under the heading Gender & Sexual Orientation.
One thing I can do is yield the floor and signal boost Morgan Collado’s list of fundraisers that could very much use your support:
Fundraisers to Cover Living Expenses
Support Cherno Biko in advocating for folks like us!
Help Aaryn reach her dreams!
Support CeCe’s work!
Lift Up Lourdes
Support a trans leader!
Save Fake Cis Girl from Financial Apocalypse
Help a trans woman of color keep her lights on!
Support Monica Roberts
Help Monica stave off homelessness!
Help a trans woman go to electrolysis school!
Help Michelle get money to go to school!
Miss Major Monthly Giving Circle
Help support a TWOC elder and living legend!
Fundraisers to Cover Transition Related Care
TRANLATIN@ needs HELP for Surgery
Help a Pervuian trans women get access to gender affirming surgery!
Support Vanessa on her medical need
Help Vanessa get chest reconstruction surgery!
Proud Trans Latina seeking help with GRS
Help Naiymah get access to gender affirming surgery!
Sophia’s Breast Fund
Help Sophia access breast augmentation surgery!
Help a Homegirl out!
Help a trans latina get access to transition related care.
Ida’s Surgery Fund
Help writer and activist Ida access surgery!
Fundraisers for Organizations that Serve Trans Women
Support the TWOC Collective
The TWOC Collective in NYC needs your support!
Help a documentary about a trans woman activist get off the ground!
Donate to support TWOC filmmakers!
Support an organization giving trans women the tools to support themselves!
Help a social network by and for marginalized folks get started!
El/La Para Trans Latinas
Help fund an organization working to advocate for trans latinas!
Trans Latina Coalition
Support an organization doing national movement work!
Support Casa Ruby
Help a community center stay afloat!
See also: this documentary about Marsha P. Johnson:
This feature-length documentary focuses on revolutionary trans-activist, Marsha “Pay it No Mind” Johnson, a Stonewall instigator, Andy Warhol model, drag queen, sex worker, starving actress, and Saint. “Pay It” captures the legendary gay/human rights activist as she recounts her life at the forefront of The Stonewall Riots in the 1960s, the creation of S.T.A.R. (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries) with Sylvia Rivera in the ’70s, and a New York City activist throughout the ’80s and early ’90s. Through her own words, as well as in-depth interviews with gay activist Randy Wicker, former Cockettes performer Agosto Machado, Author Michael Musto, Hot Peaches founder/performer, Jimmy Camicia, and Stonewall Activists Bob Kohler, Danny Garvin, Tommy Lanigan-Schmidt, and Martin Boyce, Marsha’s story lives on.
And I feel this post would not be complete without a shout-out to transwoman Chelsea Manning, an American hero presently serving 35 years in a U.S. prison for exposing many illegal acts, corrupt and duplicitous practices and war crimes committed by the United States government for the benefit of America’s Owners. As Loyal Readers™ well know, Manning is also the Palace’s officially endorsed candidate for Vice President of the United States in 2016. As I noted on Veterans Day:
As of April 23, 2014, a Kansas district judge has approved her request for legal name change (from Bradley), and you can now address mail envelopes to her as “Chelsea E. Manning.” For the cost of a stamp you can write to her.
NOTE: mail must be addressed exactly as follows:
CHELSEA E. MANNING 89289
1300 NORTH WAREHOUSE ROAD
FORT LEAVENWORTH, KANSAS 66027-2304
Seriously, no joke:
- Do not include a hash (“#”) in front of Manning’s inmate number.
- Do not include any title in front of Manning’s name, such as “Ms.,” “Mr.,” “PVT,” “PFC,” etc.
- Do not include any additional information in the address, such as “US Army” or “US Disciplinary Barracks.”
- Do not modify the address to conform to USPS standards, such as abbreviating “North,” “Road,” “Fort,” or “Kansas.”
- For international mail, either “USA” or “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” are acceptable on a separate line.
For more information about restrictions on content, see here (or the blog of her lawyer David Coombs). The Chelsea Manning Support Network is also raising funds for her legal fees; you can also donate to her prison account, which she can use to make phone calls, buy stamps and purchase other small comfort items. Be sure to at least sign the petition to President Obama demanding a pardon for Manning—a simple action guaranteed to be just as irritating to him as it is futile!