“What does it say about the college coed Susan [sic] Fluke, who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex? What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex. What does that make us? We’re the pimps. The johns, that’s right. We would be the johns — no! We’re not the johns. Well — yeah, that’s right. Pimp’s not the right word.”—
Rush Limbaugh, on law student Sandra Fluke, who was denied the ability to testify before the all-male panel considering contraceptive coverage.
As ThinkProgress states: “While it’s probably not even worth engaging with Limbaugh on the facts, Fluke’s testimony was about a friend who is a lesbian and needed birth control for non-sexual medical reasons, so he’s only wrong about three times over, and offensive many more times over than that.”
Bill O and Monica Crowley just finished hollering about reverse racism because Barack Obama is encouraging African-American supporters to talk to people at their churches, and if Rick Santorum was to encourage white people to vote and talk to church members, then he’d supposedly be called a bigoted racist for encouraging white people to vote.
Alan Colmes just about shit a brick but pointed out that “there’s no association for the advancement of white people” because white people are the empowered political group. We went downhill from there.
O’Reilly: “Oh, so then you have more leeway, then, to appeal to a minority group to help you than the majority? Is that written down anywhere?”
Colmes: “No, that’s accepted.”
Crowley: “So since it’s a double standard but it’s accepted, it’s okay?”
O’Reilly: “As far as politically correct acceptibility in this country, if you’re a minority group you can rally around anybody, but if you’re a white guy, you can’t. And that’s basically true.”
Crowley: “It’s this huge double standard, and a huge hypocrisy, but this is the way it is, and unless we call them out on it, they’ll continue to get away with it.”
Poor Alan Colmes. You can’t convince a couple of bigots that reverse racism doesn’t exist. You just can’t.
This makes me giggle. Part of it is Rick Santorum’s doing, too. His campaign sent out a robocall to Democrats encouraging them to vote for Santorum because of Mitt Romney’s desire to see Detroit’s auto industry go bankrupt.
This is nothing new for Michigan, as ABC News points out:
Michigan has a long history of crossover voting and other electoral shenanigans because of their open primary where both Republicans and Democrats can participate.
Joseph Williams moved more than 30 times as a child, living in homeless shelters, church basements, and the homes of family friends. Now Williams, a junior safety on the University of Virginia football team, is taking up a cause supporting university workers who are barely making enough to get by.
Williams is one of 18 Virginia students participating in a hunger strike — now more than a week long — to protest the poor wages paid to many of the university’s service employees. The strike, organized by the school’s Living Wage Campaign, began on February 17 with the goal of getting a living wage for underpaid employees. “I know first-hand what the economic struggle is like for many of these underpaid workers,” Williams wrote in an essay explaining his participation.
This is a marvelous display of solidarity. Good on the UVA students and Joseph Williams both.
Eve Hobsbawm is a London-based life counsellor. Make contact through her website – EveProblemSolver.com – and for a small fee she will send you helpful advice.
Two weeks ago, I got in touch: I had lost my keys, and was panicking about what to cook my friends. But I also couldn’t work out how Eve manages to run a business while attending school – since she is just eight years old.
It all started in December, when Eve was seven. “The first person I exchanged business cards with said her husband was really annoying. So I said: ‘It all cancels out. You might do stuff to him that’s also really annoying.’ She was really impressed.”
Eve has consulted on roughly 40 dilemmas, with payments ranging from 10p to £5. She hopes in time to build the problem-solving equivalent of a walk-in doctor’s surgery.
Is she any good? I’d say so. Eve suggested my keys were in the hall – and they were – and recommended spaghetti as a quick and easy meal, which it was. All for £2.
Wyoming Monologues was a blast. Everyone’s monologue was amazing and performed wonderfully.
As promised, here’s the text of mine:
Going Hungry Meg Lanker-Simons
My stomach growls, but it does not distract. I’m used to it. Sometimes, I’m hungry because I don’t have enough money to buy lunch on campus. Occasionally, my hunger is intentional.
I fear eating in front of others. I am afraid I will be judged for fulfilling a human need to consume food. I judge myself for this need. I did not used to question my body’s need to eat. Not until I became an advocate for social justice.
As an outspoken, progressive female activist, I am a warrior on the patriarchal red state battlefield dominated by Judeo-Christian concern trolling. I am continually judged for my appearance by those who disagree with my ideas. It is relentless. It is ever-present. I’m told it’s part of being female, as if I’m supposed to accept it, because it’s okay, dearie. Comes with the territory, y’know?
But why? Why should we accept this?
We’ve all doubted ourselves and been a target by bullies for something – these taunts occupy space in our heads, nagging us with whispers about our worth, whispering that if we were somehow not ourselves, it would all be okay.
Well, I refuse to acquiesce and be shamed into silence simply because I am sexually unappealing to them. My IQ does not drop because I am overweight. I would not be more right in a debate if I were a size two. I am not a non-person because I am not attractive to some segment of the population.
It’s as if the causes I champion would be legitimate if only I were thinner, quieter, prettier, something more or less than what I am.
Part of my advocacy is a website of progressive news and commentary with several thousand subscribers. It has a feature for people to send me anonymous messages. I leave this on because people can message me without signing up for an account on my site – its ideal use. However, it also provides a window into the gutter-dwellers of humanity. A sampling from just a few months:
“Fat fatty fat stupid McFat pants. Too ugly to rape, too ugly to live. Kill yourself.
You wanna fuck with Texas? We’ll fuck right back, you raging bitch. Stick a dick or a shotgun in your mouth and shut your fucking mouth somehow.
Your a cunt.
Hey, if your career in the middle of bum-fuck nowhere doesn’t pay off you can always become a fat porn star.
Progressives are monsters trying to destroy the USA and you know it arrogant [sic] dyke.
We own this state bitch… you godless, bottomfeeding, scum.”
Unfortunately – or fortunately, this kind of vitriol doesn’t faze me. I became used to it roughly two years ago. I learned first-hand that if a woman is willing to put herself in the public eye, her face and her body become objects to be judged. In 2010, I sued my university for violating the right to free speech by banning a speaker from setting foot on campus. I won.
Defense of the US Constitution should be a popular item – unless you’re a female progressive and the other plaintiff in William Ayers v. University of Wyoming. Then you become a target of rage.
One of Wyoming’s homegrown right-wing, pseudo militia men surmised, “Someone should forcibly fuck some manners” into me — now that’s how we all learn manners — because I was a “piggy pig pig.”
I get it, OK?
I totally get it.
The insult of fatness is illogical. It goes like this: I make a reasoned case for a topic and they say it’s stupid because I am fat. So? I know I am overweight. It’s like saying my arguments are wrong because my eyes are brown.
My partner, family, friends, readers, etc. praise me for taking the high road and never firing back in the same vein. This apparently shows it doesn’t get to me. It usually doesn’t. However, it does wear me down some days. It makes me question myself when I look in the mirror. Those days, I let my stomach growl.
But no more.
I want to climb to the tallest building I can find and take the loudest bullhorn in existence, and read these comments to a crowd of women important to these men. Their grandmothers, sisters, mothers, wives, girlfriends, kindergarten teachers – I want them all to know what these men think is a legitimate debate tactic. I want these women to know that if they step out of line, they too could be labeled cunts, bitches, dykes, fat ugly cows. I want those women to turn to these men and shame them for their misogyny. I want them to feel pain, not sharp, but an aching hollowness – much like a hungry stomach.
I want to scream as loud as I have to for every single one of the inhabitants of the gutter to hear me: "This is a coup d’état, motherfuckers!"
Logically, I cannot do this, but I can continue to speak. We can continue to speak. And yes, I am angry, but we have every right to be angry when just one of us is subject to cruelty.
So to you, furiously typing away anonymously into the digital unknown, to you hoping that just the right combination of slurs will unlock such devastation in a woman’s being that you no longer have to tell her to shut the fuck up: I want you to listen.
Your opinions do not define and delegitimize us women.
In order to extinguish our humanity, you disregard your own.
And yes, I am frequently hungry. I consume every filling salvo of fiery hatred and it forges my spine, motivates me to keep fighting fiercely. It makes me unbreakable. Every word is filling. It is gratifying to know that my very existence — and the collective existence of others like me — is enough for them to make complete fools of themselves both publicly and privately. It is enough for me to occupy space in their heads.
Finally, I want to know why the go-to insult for women is that we’re fat, ugly, crazy, and lesbians. And why, by that extension, non-persons. We’re non-persons deserving of violence and rape. I have been told I am too ugly to rape. As if rape is some kind of a compliment I’m missing out on daily. What gives them the right to say the absolute worst thing in the world is to be fat, a lesbian, otherwise outside their chosen standard?
The worst thing in the world is not to be a woman, to be a lesbian, to be fat.
He’s trying hard to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, isn’t he?
Mitt Romney went to the Daytona 500 NASCAR race Sunday for what should have been a chance to show he’s one of the guys. Instead, in casual conversation with an Associated Press reporter at the Florida track, he reminded people once again that he is not exactly a regular Joe.
Asked by the AP reporter if he follows NASCAR, Romney responded, “Not as closely as some of the most ardent fans. But I have some great friends who are NASCAR team owners.”
Democrats and liberals quickly ridiculed the remark on Twitter. “I don’t know people who fish but I know people who own yachts,” tweeted Brad Woodhouse, communications director of the Democratic National Committee. Ari Melber, a writer for the liberal Nation magazine who apparently was watching the Oscars, tweeted: “Do I like movies? Well I have some friends who own movie companies.”
No, really. Is he just fucking with us at this point? I imagine you make so much money that eventually, you run out of things on which to spend said money. So troll-rific presidential run?
I’m sharing this for two reasons: It’s awesome, and I HAVE A FEATURED MONOLOGUE! It was one of ten chosen. My monologue, “Going Hungry,” is fifth on the list.
I’m wicked excited and would like to invite my followers to attend. It’s at the University of Wyoming Education Auditorium. You can view a campus map here or a Google map here. The other monologues are incredible. Several deal with GLBTQ issues and body image. I encourage those who can to attend. If you have a question or are attending, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll post my monologue after the production.
Please, if you can, come attend The Vagina Monologues at 7 PM and The Wyoming Monologues at 10 PM. It’s going to be spectacular. If you can’t, please share. The proceeds from this event will benefit 93.5 KOCA FM in Laramie (a bilingual, community station - and the one that houses my radio show) and Albany County SAFE Project.
House Bill 85 passed on first reading by a voice vote. It would create a task force to research and prepare Wyoming for potential catastrophes, from disruptions in food and energy supplies to a complete meltdown of the federal government.
It would look at the feasibility of Wyoming issuing its own alternative currency, if needed. And House members approved an amendment on Friday to have the task force also examine conditions under which Wyoming would need to implement its own military draft, raise a standing army, and acquire strike aircraft and an aircraft carrier.
“When you have 40 percent of kids being born out of wedlock, and among certain ethnic groups the vast majority being born out of wedlock, you ask yourself, how are we going to have a society in the future? Because these kids are raised in poverty in many cases, they’re in abusive settings. The likelihood of them being able to finish high school or college drops dramatically in single-family homes. And we haven’t been willing to talk about this.”—
Mitt Romney, at Wednesday’s CNN debate in Arizona.
Hey, you know what prevents unwanted pregnancy? This.
Love the insinuation that poverty IS child abuse. And the racism. That throwaway remark is quite possibly one of the worst things to come out of last night’s debate.
Santourm’s decision to rely on Charles Murray is no less distressing. Murray co-authored The Bell Curve, which argues that black people score lower on IQ tests because they are genetically inferior to whites. To reach this conclusion, Murray relied on studies backed by the Pioneer Fund, whose original mission was to pursue “race betterment” for people “deemed to be descended predominantly from white persons who settled in the original thirteen states prior to the adoption of the Constitution.”
Murray’s latest book, Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010, is a similarly rigorous work of scholarship.
Let me remind you, Rick Santorum — previously an also-ran afterthought in the GOP nomination race — is now the front-runner for the GOP nod.
I don’t care for Obama, but damn GOP — it’s like you want him re-elected.
If they get Obama re-elected, they don’t have to try to unbreak shit. They can keep blocking everything and blame Obama for doing nothing.
I see what you did there, GOP. Run the birth control-hating, slightly racist stooge, lose, bitch about everything. Bravo.
“He is rigid and a homophobic. He said, ‘I want a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage,’ and they said, ‘Well, what about the people who are already married?’ And he said, ‘Well, they would be nullified.’ I mean what is, what’s human, what’s kind about that? We’re all human beings, we all know or love somebody who’s gay or lesbian so what the hell is that about? To me it’s startling and borders on disgust.”—
"I can’t imagine anything more inhuman, insensitive and unfair. Wyoming people believe in getting the government out of their lives. We cherish the precious right of privacy, and the precious right to be left alone. Why can’t we extend that to all our other fellow human beings?"
If the GOP adopted that line of thinking nationally, it would be a radical step forward.
Oh yes. It’s the maybe-last GOP debate, and the final debate before Super Tuesday. And I’m live tweeting it. The fuckery starts at 8 PM EST, 6 PM MST. Want to watch it online? Here’s the livestream link.
I will bet money Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich wear ashes tonight. Maybe $10k? Any takers?
War on uteri, criminal defense, and government-mandated prostate poking
Rick Santorum thinks Woodstock and the Democratic Party are pretty much the same thing, thereby proving he has no idea what either entails.
"Woodstock is the great American orgy. This is who the Democratic Party has become. They have become the party of Woodstock. The prey upon our most basic primal lusts, and that’s sex. And the whole abortion culture, it’s not about life. It’s about sexual freedom. That’s what it’s about. Homosexuality. It’s about sexual freedom."
And I’m not shocked by this statement, particularly in the context of current politics.
I’m sure folks have heard of the “Hey, now the state can rape you” bill, a.k.a. the Virginia ultrasound bill. Essentially, this bill mandates an ultrasound before an abortion, and if it is too early in pregnancy, a trans-vaginal ultrasound must be performed. A picture is worth a thousand words. This procedure is medically unnecessary and is being demanded under the guise of those seeking abortions having “all the information” about what they’re about to undergo.
Apparently, medical professionals are no longer the best sources of said information and must be ordered by the state to provide invasive medical procedures BECAUSE THAT’S NOT BIG GOVERNMENT AT ALL. This is only small government if the definition has switched to government small enough to fit in my uterus.
Justifications provided by the bill’s defenders include women had already made the decision to be “vaginally penetrated when they got pregnant.” Therefore, Del. Kathy J. Byron, is justified in insisting, “if we want to talk about invasiveness, there’s nothing more invasive than the procedure that she is about to have.”
"That’s the big thing that progressives are trying to say, that it’s rape and so on and so forth. […] There were individuals saying, "Oh what about the Virginia rape? The rapes that, the forced rapes of women who are pregnant?" What? Wait a minute, they had no problem having similar to a trans-vaginal procedure when they engaged in the act that resulted in their pregnancy."
Really? You determined that yourself? No one in the history of ever was coerced into sex? And then got pregnant?
Yeah… no. And guess what? Consenting to sex does not equal consenting to pregnancy and your vagina becoming property of the state to be poked and prodded. Ever heard the “Well, she IS a slut…” - or something similar - justification for rape? This is pretty goddamn close. Once you’ve consented to someone probing your vagina once, you’ve clearly consented to all penises and objects.
I propose a new criminal defense strategy. Let’s call it the Loesch-Virginia defense. It works like this:
Defendant: “Your honor, I could not have possibly raped the woman in question. Clearly, she has consented to a pseudo trans-vaginal procedure and is a notorious whore. It’s HER fault for carrying that baby around town and advertising her own promiscuity. It’s not my fault for acting on HER signals and assuming she wouldn’t mind being penetrated against her will. Therefore, I’m using the Loesch-Virginia defense.”
Judge: “I’ll allow it.”
All sarcasm aside, I’m proposing an amendment to the bill. Erectile dysfunction impacts millions of men each year. While its cause can be psychosomatic, it can also be a symptom of a much more serious medical problem. Millions of prescriptions for Viagra are written each year, often after little medical consultation. Now, I want men to have all the information before making such a significant decision — ingesting this drug can lead to irreversible vision loss and cardiac arrest.
Before prescribing this drug, I propose the state mandate doctors performing a digital rectal exam. This can check for an enlarged prostate, a common cause of erectile dysfunction, even if the physician has ruled out that cause or the patient wishes to not undergo the procedure. Basically, if men want this:
They can deal with this:
Besides, I’m sure some men seeking this prescription have engaged in consensual anal play before, right? So it’s not a big deal, right? Riiiight… because it’s not actually about sex itself.
It’s about moralistic preaching from a party of no ideas and a fractured base. It’s ginning up a war on the wimmenfolk to try to win an election. From Politico:
"I feel like the world is spinning backwards," said former Rep. Patricia Schroeder, who has often related the troubles she has as a young married law student getting her birth control prescriptions filled in the early 1960s. "If you had told me when I was in law school that this would be a debate in 2012, I would have thought you were nuts. And everyone I talk to thinks so, too."
Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women and Politics Institute at American University, also sees the chance of a huge female backlash if the Republicans overreach. “If women feel they are being targeted again, that women’s health is on the line — that’s not an argument you want to make in an election year,” she said.
Make no mistake - the war on contraception and abortion has nothing to do with religious liberty and information. It is about distraction - the policies put forth by the GOP in 2012 tanked the economy in 2008. The Democratic Party is not comprised of saints either. But really? A war on birth control?
Wow, I just noticed that. That sucks because you and some of the other editors that have been removed were doing a great job and don't deserve to be ousted because of this. It's good to see you're not letting it get you down though and I look forward to reading your awesome posts and insight in the future :)
Thanks! I can understand why Tumblr did that though. It was probably to try to quell the controversy without necessarily continuing it between those in the Tumblrverse. I’m confident the new editors will do well, but I’m disappointed to see the clean sweep approach.
“One of the things I will talk about that no president has talked about before is the dangers of contraception in this country, the whole sexual libertine idea… It’s not okay because it’s a license to do things in the sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be. They’re supposed to be within marriage, for purposes that are, yes, conjugal… but also procreative.
That’s the perfect way that a sexual union should happen. We take any part of that out, we diminish the act… And all of a sudden, it becomes deconstructed to the point where it’s simply pleasure. And that’s certainly a part of it—and it’s an important part of it, don’t get me wrong—but there’s a lot of things we do for pleasure, and this is special, and it needs to be seen as special. Again, I know most presidents don’t talk about those things, and maybe people don’t want us to talk about those things, but I think it’s important that you are who you are… I’m not running for pastor, but these are important public policy issues.”—
I can call you Rick, right? You seem to want to get to know me on an awfully personal level. Well, I have something to say about that: Please get the hell out of my vagina. I did not invite you up in there. Nor did I invite you to poke around my uterus and ovaries, or anywhere else in my bathing suit area.
I think it’s important that people “are who they are” too, which is why I don’t care what two (or more) consenting adults want to do to get freaky. I don’t care if you and Karen do it twice a year with the lights out, socks on, and magic sweater vest flung on the floor. I don’t care if you have a secret furry fetish involving My Little Pony and jars of marshmallow fluff.
I. DON’T. CARE. ABOUT. YOUR. SEX. LIFE. Is that clear?
In exchange, it would be super cool if you stopped giving a fuck about mine. It’s getting creepy. You look out from the TV screen like we’re just pals, chatting about “intimacy” and making sure I’m barefoot, pregnant, and making men sandwiches because Jesus said reasons.
Let’s get one thing straight, mmmkay?
Go have some sex for pleasure, Rick. I bet you’ll have fun, Karen will be shocked, and your litter o’ kidlets will wonder if daddy and mommy are demonically possessed because they’ve NEVER heard those kinds of noises.
It would be fun to propose a bill: The Spunk Act … codifying the fact that life begins at ejaculation. Every sperm is sacred! One up the fundamentalists, and out them as pussies for not criminalizing masturbation. Parody is the propadeutic
The first bill of the session passed by the Oklahoma Senate was an anti-abortion statement that life begins at the moment of conception, approved by senators Wednesday after two hours of debate.
The practical effect of the bill is open to question. Its author, Sen. Brian Crain, R-Tulsa, said it’s merely a statement that Oklahoma is “pro-life.” He labeled as fear mongering contentions by opponents that it could lead to restrictions on abortions, birth control, in vitro fertilization and stem cell research.
One question: If corporations and fetuses (fetii?) get personhood, when is it my turn for personhood? I have a wallet and a uterus.
Time for some perspective. Oklahoma, you’ve got more important things to worry about. For example, unemployment has risen a titch:
The poverty rate also rose last year:
And the majority party IS in a position to do something. Oklahoma’s Republicans began gaining the majority in 2006. Observe:
S = Senate, H = House
But alas, the Oklahoma State Senate must debate the protection of blastocysts versus post-natal people. Instead of focusing on rising unemployment and poverty, the first bill passed by the Republican-dominated Oklahoma State Senate is a personhood bill.
I’m so goddamn shocked! </sarcasm>
Basically, the Oklahoma GOP gave the finger to already-born citizens of Oklahoma in favor of prioritizing the “welfare” of maybe babies.