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Dear Herman Cain,

You know, if it's the truth and it's in your history, it's called 'research', not 'a lynching'. How dare you use such loaded words instead of taking responsibility for your behaviour? I mean, 'uppity Negro'? Really?

If you'd apologised for your behaviour then and owned up to it, I'd have more respect for you than now, a decade later, you still trying to pretend you didn't use your Rich Male Priviledge to try to get away with stuff.

Comparing yourself to the why-did-HE-get-away-with-it Clarence Thomas isn't the most flattering, either.

Neocons trying to destroy Bill Clinton's presidency didn't let him get away with consentual-yet-inappropriate behaviour (they also humiliated the country that they so pretend to love); don't play a race card thinking that you can avoid your actions. You git.
sff_corgi_lj: (Nienna)
An important article to read.
sff_corgi_lj: (Holidays - Ostara)
Very. I owe you all a post on D'Argo's condition, but haven't had the time/energy to put in everything - he's still here, but very skinny. Stupid hypercalcæ More eventually, honest.

I also missed posting on the Vernal Equinox, so belated Happy Eostre/Ostara. I've got a Geochron-like gadget on my iGoogle homepage, and couldn't miss those straight, straight, up-and-down terminator markings, but never got to LJ.

Also missed Ada Lovelace Day, for which I should make icons. It's been designated a day to celebrate all women in the sciences, and of course Sydney Padua is all over that. Blog-holidays are a great way to share information on special subjects (surviving zombie attacks, for instance) and Women In Science definitely deserve more celebration.
sff_corgi_lj: (Pentacle)
The Anglican Church takes another step forward into Jesus-like spiritual equality while the Catholic Church says 'C'mere, you can hold on your precious prejudices with no worries.'
Retired Canon Alan Duke, a longtime supporter of women in church leadership posts, said those arguments "simply do not stack up."

Duke said that while Jesus named no female disciples, he used and valued woman in radical and different ways for his time.

"He was hardly going to choose women and send them into a situation where they might have been in grave risk," Duke said.
The Catholic Church's statement, per CNN, is:
The number of Anglicans wishing to join the Catholic Church has increased in recent years as the Anglican church has welcomed the ordination of women and openly gay clergy and blessed homosexual partnerships, said Cardinal William Joseph Levada, the head of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
Mind you, there's no bothering with cultural context on the part of the dissatisfied:
The traditionalists argued that bishops must be men, as were Jesus and his apostles.
The fact that Semitic cultures, as well as the Roman Imperium, were highly sexist - meaning, extremely restrictive of women's roles, visibility, sexuality, finances and in just about every other way you can consider - is not considered when they decide to put words in Yeshua ben Yusuf's mouth. No irreverence intended, but what Jesus tried to do was what Gene Roddenberry tried to do: They both introduced the radical concept that Women Are People Too and were shouted down by the suits. If one believes
But now, in Christ, all are welcome to his salvation who come to him; all have equal privileges according to their faith in him, their love and devotedness to him.
But whether you are in a plane or on the ground, whether you live in wealth or poverty, you have the same weather as your neighbor, you are susceptible to the same illnesses and accidents, and at the end you will die a similar death. Human beings are equal in the eyes of God.
but especially
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. ~ Galatians 3:28 (King James Version)
...then where's the dispute?

Look, even Islam, despite the way most practice it ('Christians' living in glass churches shouldn't throw stones, right?) understand spiritual equality:
God treats men and women as spiritual equals. Quran 3:195 tells us :

"Their Lord responded to them: "I never fail to reward any worker among you for any work you do, be you MALE OR FEMALE, YOU ARE EQUAL TO ONE ANOTHER........."

The spiritual equality between men and women is reiterated in 4:124, as follows:

"As for those who lead a righteous life, MALE OR FEMALE. while believing, they enter Paradise; without the slightest injustice"

and again in 16:97:

" Anyone who works righteousness, MALE OR FEMALE, while believing, we will surely grant them a happy life in this world, and we will surely pay them their full recompense for their righteous works."

and yet again in 40:40,

" Whoever commits a sin is requited for just that, and whoever works righteousness - MALE OR FEMALE - while believing, these will enter Paradise wherein they receive provisions without any limits.
Are the traditionalists arguing with Galatians (and many stories in Luke) while taking on Corinthians (which, again, has a cultural and a background-data context) merely because it supports their prejudices better? How do they defend this hypocrisy then?

The purest form of any faith, even those from the context of southern-Mediterranean cultures, always asserts that male and female are irrelevant at a spiritual level, and therefore women are as valuable, and as valid as teachers, as men. Why drag God down to men's level?
sff_corgi_lj: (Comics - Wonder Woman)
'The Death of Macho' by Reihan Salam of the New America Foundation

In fact, it echoes some of the discussion in [livejournal.com profile] pkmorrison's LJ back when Benazair Bhutto was murdered. I find it both fascinating and a relief that a male journalist could and did write this article - in the same sense that Alan Alda, George Perez and James Cameron (as a sample) fascinate me. One can easily expect and anticipate this pattern of thought from women (or hopes to!), but to find men willing to break away and out of the social expectations and mindset provided for their gender seems to be a little more of a stretch, and deserves appreciation. The fact that he's a self-declared conservative makes this even more interesting.
sff_corgi_lj: (Perplexed boxer)
Reuters video: http://uk.reuters.com/news/video?videoId=101134

Well hey... gander sauce. Jezebel and its readers can't seem to get over 'loincloth' like it's some horrible idea, nor the lack of elastic. What, some problem with more coverage than a thong? So much for feminist enlightenment and alternative thinking.

(Here's a text article including a model and some instructional images.)
sff_corgi_lj: (Comics - Wonder Woman)
She sent me a link to a slideshow excerpted from this set of photographs on Асгарда (Asgarda).

Eventually, I was led to their homepage in English. Not your usual sort of Amazons....
sff_corgi_lj: (Anime - Sailormoon: Uranus)
Phoenix Business Journal - by Mike Sunnucks
Tuesday, December 9, 2008 - 2:50 PM MST

Gay rights groups and same-sex marriage advocates are urging gay workers to call in sick or take the day off Wednesday in protest of the passage of gay marriage bans passed last month in Arizona, California, Florida and Arkansas.

The “Day Without a Gay” effort encourages gays and other who oppose same-sex marriage bans to take off work and volunteer for an advocacy group.

The passage of California’s Proposition 8 came as a surprise to many. It received strong support from Mormon voters, as well as from Hispanic and African-American voters who turned out for Barack Obama in the presidential race.

The “day off” concept mirrors past efforts to have immigrant (mostly Hispanic) workers take a day off work to show their economic importance.

The Prop. 8 vote came after California’s Supreme Court overturned a previous same-sex marriage prohibition.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was a prime backer of California’s and Arizona’s gay marriage bans. In Arizona, the ban also received support from Hispanic voters.
sff_corgi_lj: (Pensive)
Keith Olbermann's Prop 8 Special Comment: It's "About The Human Heart" (VIDEO)

Transcript )...and a quote:
1 Corinthians 13:1-13

If I speak in the tongues of men and angels,
but have not love,
I have become sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal. 

And if I have prophecy and know all mysteries and all knowledge,
and if I have all faith so as to remove mountains,
but have not love, I am nothing. 

And if I dole out all my goods, and
if I deliver my body that I may boast
but have not love, nothing I am profited.

Love is long suffering, 
love is kind,
it is not jealous, 
love does not boast,
it is not inflated.

It is not discourteous,
it is not selfish,
it is not irritable,
it does not enumerate the evil.
It does not rejoice over the wrong, but rejoices in the truth 

It covers all things,
it has faith for all things,
it hopes in all things,
it endures in all things.

Love never falls in ruins;
but whether prophecies, they will be abolished; or
tongues, they will cease; or
knowledge, it will be superseded.

For we know in part and we prophecy in part.

But when the perfect comes, the imperfect will be superseded.  

When I was an infant,
I spoke as an infant,
I reckoned as an infant;

when I became [an adult],
I abolished the things of the infant. 

For now we see through a mirror in an enigma, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know as also I was fully known. 

But now remains
 faith, hope, love,

these three;

but the greatest of these is love.

sff_corgi_lj: (Comics - Hawkwoman: tetchy)
This video, full of poetry, hope and love


...the opposition, to whom I will not give promotion, but decided to use a hardcore, Protestant-evangelical tack to blame open marriage on the increase of fires in California. It couldn't be, oh, arson combined with poor development planning combined with inadequate brush management - not when there are homosexuals to blame.

I pray California once again leads the way in social fairness and equality, for good this time.
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Unsurprisingly, he hated it. The fleas hang on too well, too. It would have to be combined with something that could dislodge them before sucking them up, because at least 1.5 hands are needed to hang on to the struggling dog.

It seems that when I am under waiting-for-response stress, I clean. A strange trigger, but it's productive. When I was waiting for that corgi breeder in Indiana to turn me down, I got so crazed I stripped out 90% of the garage and restructured it, and loaded in all my stuff from storage. I still can't believe I did all that.

Anyway, I managed to avoid doing the whole living room in one swell foop because I really did have to try to fix Sothis's connexion, but I did find out something which several of you might find interesting -- yes, apparently a large portion of the floor under the carpet IS hardwood. Probably in horrifying condition, but hardwood.

So here's something for you to ponder on: Do I go tear up the whole living room and back hallway myself, even if the wood is sad looking when I'm finished? Or should I live with this carpet for now?

News: The Viennese Spanish Riding School (the Lipizzaners' riders) got its first female riding cadets EVER. No real discrimination, they say - just military tradition and strict standards dissuaded women previously. As I remember, the Lipizzan horses have particularly wide barrels - if your feet can't reach the stirrups, you ain't gonna ride. :)

No, no other news.
sff_corgi_lj: (Perplexed boxer)
"The government should promote and encourage strong families," said Glen Lavy of the Alliance Defense Fund. "The voters realize that defining marriage as one man and one woman is important because the government should not, by design, deny a child both a mother and father."
Waitwaitwait... who said anything about reproduction?

(quote from here)
sff_corgi_lj: (Breast cancer Amazon)
Gender politics + honour + possessiveness... or should those plusses be 'versus'es?

From Salon's Broadsheet:

Did crying rape lead to murder? )

So here's some questions: Making the rather insubstantial assumption that the husband actually believed, instantly, that his wife was being raped, OTHER than 'all murder is wrong', how would his defence of a family member being assaulted in an unspeakable manner be wrong? Do you agree with the jury, that once the wife pretended she was being assaulted instead of adulterous (oath-breaking, disloyal, etc.) the responsibility became hers? What would your reaction be if she had said, 'Don't shoot him, I love him!' and the husband had then killed a known rival instead of an unspeakable assailant?
sff_corgi_lj: (HP/ff - Textual Sphinx)
Nicked from qadgop's link:

Because fanfiction circulates unofficially, it isn't bound by the conventions and limitations of institutionalized publishing. And that's a big deal; it allows people to stake claims over texts that they wouldn't normally be allowed to if they wanted to publish, and frees them to tell the stories they want to tell. You can do things in fanfiction that would be difficult or impossible to do in fiction intended for commercial publication, such as experiments with form and subject matter that don't fit with prevailing tastes. This freedom is especially felt in representations of romantic and sexual relationships -- and this is a major reason, I think, why women, queer folk, and young people have found fanfic so appealing, because these are all groups whose sexual expressions have been heavily policed. It's a way of asserting rights of interpretation over texts that may be patriarchal, heteronormative, and/or contain only adult-approved representations of children and teenagers.

There's quite a bit more if you have a few minutes to read.
sff_corgi_lj: (Knackered)

I feel somewhat better today.

I say that because I had a fairly lousy weekend, due to the mess I found when I got home from work Thursday (read: Friday before dawn), which turned into the scare I found. See, Annie might have separation anxiety, but that doesn't explain the... explosion in the crate. I had the girls separated because Meissa, the wench, is in heat again already and it was easier to crate them together than leave one alone and the rest of the horde loose.

(Did you know Press 'N' Seal makes pretty decent emergency cleanup handcovers when you've run out of latex gloves?)

However, after I secured them in the kitchen, started hauling dirty things outside, starting the laundry, deposited that which should go in the toilet in the toilet... that sounded wrong, didn't it? and otherwise started to sort things out, I found two puddles of blood in the kitchen. Not spots, puddles. As I started to pull soiled bedding out of the crate, that's when I saw what must have been the first spots.

Engage EEEK MODE. Vet wouldn't be open for another 2-3 hours.

Turns out he didn't notice anything outstanding, other than leftover blood when he took a sample. It could have been the plastic picture frame Gemma (probably) disassembled the other day. It could have been one of the seeming flock of dead birds showing up in my yard lately (I think the Puppy might be a stealth bird dog). One way or another, she didn't seem to be overly lethargic from the incident, and I've seen no problems since. Marmesh gave her meds, too. Still scary, though.

Related to this, and having to clean up so much (my poor carpet!) and maybe something I ate, not only was I feeling generally down, but I also found myself getting really groggy at all sorts of odd times during the weekend. I just sort of drooped sideways and napped where I sagged, to wit: living room floor, using my sort of computer seat as a pillow. I seemed to take 4-hour naps on the whole. It seemed to wear off some time Sunday night, for which I was grateful, because it kinda creeped me out.

woof horizontal rule

G. said something really nice (and amusing) to me earlier. She said, and I paraphrase poorly, I notice a lot of things people miss. I told her that was reassuring, because I feel so dense so often. She replied, 'You're not dense, just congested.'


woof horizontal rule

Finding gaming miniatures to represent female characters that are not Frazettan nudist exhibitionists can be a real trial. I happened to spot these Dark Heaven 'Reaper Miniatures' figures while looking for historical/fantasy movies with female swordfighters and was pleasantly surprised to find:
  1. Normal proportions
  2. Complete outfits of clothing
  3. Pretty nice sculpting in general
Yes, it's redundant, because it's important. They also have several handsome elven figures, females of all sorts of professions, but all the elves are together and not separated by gender. The female sea-elf is pretty neat - she looks very 'flowy'.

This reminds me of what The Patricia was saying about having 'travelling gods' not too long ago. Alas, these wouldn't suit even if they're the right size, because they're metal and therefore able to take over aircraft at a single bound - at least, that's what TSA thinks. Bah. But some of them might just hit the right note with others. There's a witch-figure in the collection for instance, Welshy pointed hat and all, who's beautifully rendered and not at all mundane-Halloweeny.

woof horizontal rule

I thought I might have had something else to post, but it's rather departed my so-called brain. I must think about mail and hemming instead.
sff_corgi_lj: (Politics - Feminism)
This is from something I heard on Air America on my way to the traffic jam that made me late for work (by 22 minutes, grr):

Apparently someone from a group called the Abstinence Clearinghouse (with a very, very slick website) was debating a new treatment for women which halts one's cycle. This is excellent for, among others, women suffering dysmenorrhea so they aren't in agony at least once a month (for a value of 'once' which can equal two weeks!).

The (female) Abstinence representative went on about how this was a conspiracy of Big Pharma and others against women and babies, how fertility is a gift and we shouldn't be playing God, etc. Yeah, maybe for people who want to exercise that option. Since when is fertility compulsory?

A second clip had a speaker for what I would call the feminist side (i.e., the reasonable one especially in this case) pointing out the medical benefits. The abstinence person interrupted the feminist and the talk host with glad little cries of 'We love babies!' 'We really love babies!' 'We want more babies!'

Uhhhh... hello... abstinence?

There's a letter from one of the Abstinence Clearinghouse members on their website - her sister has fifteen kids. Um, abstinence anybody?

This, of course, doesn't even get to ask the question of 'how many orphaned infants of colour or babies with birth defects have you fostered or adopted, ma'am, since you love babies so much?' What does she want to do with all these babies other people are supposed to pop out for her, anyway?

Maybe 'abstinence' has acquired one of those 1984-ish/Bushian definitions.
sff_corgi_lj: (Eeek!)
Quoting from NOW (and look at the date - why hasn't more notice been paid to this?):

Curves Controversy Raises Questions for Consumers Who Support Reproductive Rights

June 2, 2004

by Rachel Weisshaar, Communications Intern

Curves, a chain of health clubs targeted to women, is the world's largest fitness-center franchise and the fastest-growing franchise in the United States.... Company founder Gary Heavin has reportedly donated millions of dollarsto organizations with anti-abortion goals, including CareNet, which operates so-called "crisis" pregnancy centers that discourage women from considering abortion.... Heavin, a born-again Christian, has not hidden his anti-abortion stance from franchisees...

Though Heavin has denied media reports that he is involved with the militant anti-abortion group Operation Save America, the organization posted a statementon its web site late last year thanking Heavin for his multimilliondollar donation to CareNet and other groups. "[Heavin] stepped up tothe plate in a major way," the Operation Save America statement said.

Much of Heavin's wealth comes from selling the Curves franchises.Women's rights leaders point out that Heavin also collects a set monthly payment from each franchise, regardless of how successful (orunsuccessful) it is. There are concerns that individuals boycotting Curves will primarily hurt small business owners, many of whom are women committed to women's health issues who did not know of Heavin's views. The same concerns don't hold true for those considering new franchises; they should be aware of the company's anti-choice political affiliations.
Apparently there was a website called 'Curvers for Choice', but it's merely parked with GoDaddy right now - nothing there.

I'd swear one of my Flisties was managing a Curves just last year. Is this still true, what the article says? Gawd... it's worse than eating Domino's pizza after they tried to censor Saturday Night Live (never mind that their boss is/was a major anti-choice creature, too. Eat a pizza, suppress a woman).

ETA: Better details from Snopes. Nice how all these rich men think they know what's best for the female population.


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