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March 29, 2005

Good Reading

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March 18, 2005

Friday Cat Blogging

Mia curling up on my sheets.

Mia

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Friday Random Ten

The i|_uvU2 edition:
  1. Ratatat - Crips
  2. Alanis Morissette - Thank U
  3. D12 - U R The One
  4. Foo Fighters - The One
  5. The Prodigy - Breathe
  6. VAST - Dirty Hole
  7. Eminem & D12 - One Shot 2 Shot
  8. Debbie Deb - Look Out Weekend
  9. Mary J. Blige -Family Affair
  10. Gorillaz - Clint Eastwood

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March 17, 2005

You can't blame men, so blame the women

A comment by Shawn on this post at feministing says what I think too many people tend to think:
Nature is nature and you can't blame men for that. In other words, while I don't condone men leering at women and thinking of them as sex objects alone, a woman who dresses like a tramp is bound to be leered at. Explain to me why she dresses that way if she is not encouraging male (what I think for the sake of this argument we can define as "unwanted") attention?
So now men can't control themselves?? And what is a "tramp" anyway? I should be able to wear whatever the fuck I want without being referred to as a "tramp"!

How about the fact that men leer, yell, and grab at me when I walk down the street when I'm wearing a large sweater and baggy jeans? Am I asking for it? Cuz that must be what I want, right? And if women wears a short skirt on a date, are they asking to be raped? What do you propose I wear? A burka?

I'm so sick of this "boys will be boys - men can't control themselves so it's the woman's responsibility to control them" attitude!! Men need to start taking responsibility for themselves and realize that the world does not revolve around them! If I wear sexy clothing, it doesn't mean it has anything to do with YOU! Maybe I'm a lesbian and am looking for female attention! Or maybe I have a hot date with my boyfriend and am looking for his attention! Or maybe it's hot out and I got a cute new outfit I want to try out! If you can't keep your dick in your pants, stay at home and don't show your face in public.

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March 14, 2005

Majority Rule and Minority Rights

Often times conservatives arguing with liberals like to say "What are you complaining about? Majority rule, right? We won the election! Don't you believe in Democracy?!" Democracy is more complicated than just "majority rule".
All democracies are systems in which citizens freely make political decisions by majority rule. But rule by the majority is not necessarily democratic: No one, for example, would call a system fair or just that permitted 51 percent of the population to oppress the remaining 49 percent in the name of the majority. In a democratic society, majority rule must be coupled with guarantees of individual human rights that, in turn, serve to protect the rights of minorities--whether ethnic, religious, or political, or simply the losers in the debate over a piece of controversial legislation. The rights of minorities do not depend upon the goodwill of the majority and cannot be eliminated by majority vote. The rights of minorities are protected because democratic laws and institutions protect the rights of all citizens.
So just because Republicans are in control now, does not simply mean they can kill all the Democrats. Just because the majority of the population does not want gay marriage, does not mean we can simply ban gay marriage. Just because the majority of the United States is Christian, does not mean we can kick all the Jews out. We have many laws protecting minorities because history shows that majorities often repress minorities.

So please, enough with the "majority rule" argument.

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California's Ban on Gay Marriage Unconstitutional

A little bit of progress:
A judge ruled today that California's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, saying the state could no longer justify limiting marriage to a man and a woman.

In the eagerly awaited opinion likely to be appealed to the state's highest court, San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Richard Kramer said that withholding marriage licenses from gays and lesbians is unconstitutional.

"It appears that no rational purpose exists for limiting marriage in this state to opposite-sex partners," Kramer wrote.

Let's hope the California Supreme Court doesn't overturn it. Bans on gay marriage are the most sexist laws we have in this country, and everyone should have the right to the same freedoms and privileges as per the Fourteenth Amendment of our Constitution:

No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Gays and lesbians are citizens, and marriage is a privilege, so who do these people think they are, to take that privilege away from citizens no different than themselves?

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March 11, 2005

Friday Cat Blogging

This is my cat Mia when she was a kitten. She's 1 year old now. Hoping to get new pictures of her if I can borrow my boy's digicam!

Mia

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Friday Random Ten

  1. Motorcycle - As The Rush Comes
  2. Kelis - Good Stuff
  3. Jimmy Eat World - Pain
  4. Kylie Minogue - Red Blooded Woman
  5. No Doubt - Simple Kind Of Life
  6. System Of A Down - Aerials
  7. Fischerspooner - Horizon
  8. Tool - String Quartet Sober
  9. Butthole Surfers - Whatever
  10. Marilyn Manson - The Beautiful People

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March 09, 2005

Do you mean to tell me men and women are DIFFERENT??

Apparantly, the asprin therapy doctors have been perscribing to prevent heart attacks works for men but doesn't do shit for women except give them stomach bleeding. Guess what? The tests that showed asprin therapy helped prevent heart attacks were all done on men! And they expected women were just men without penises, and maybe with a uterus if it hasn't wandered off. What a shock that women react different to what works well with men! So now they say this ''clearly demonstrate[s] the importance of studying women as well as men in major cardiovascular clinical trials." And in all trials of anything that will be adminstered to both genders I hope?

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March 08, 2005

Gay Marriage in Washington

The state Supreme Court is hearing arguments starting today about same-sex marriage. I hope my state is decent enough to allow it without backing out later. The whole thing is ridiculous. Haven't we learned anything yet?? We went through all this already with interracial marriage!

From Colbert I. King:
The Georgia Supreme Court in 1869 based its interracial marriage ban on natural law, observing that "the God of nature made it otherwise, and no human law can produce it, and no human tribunal can enforce it."

Hear the 1871 Indiana Supreme Court quoting an 1867 Pennsylvania decision: Racial separation is enacted not because of "prejudice, nor caste, nor injustice of any kind, but simply to suffer men to follow the law of races established by the Creator himself, and not to compel them to intermix contrary to their instincts."

The North Carolina Supreme Court in 1869 upheld the state's anti-race mixing law, stating that "the policy of prohibiting the intermarriage of the two races is so well established, and the wishes of both races so well known."

A host of state anti-miscegenation laws -- strongly backed by white public sentiment -- were upheld in state courts well into the 20th century. The reasoning was simple and absolute: Marriage between the races defied the natural order; intermarriage bans had legitimate historical roots and were based on a "divinely ordained" scheme. Conclusion: Government had the right to define marriage as a union of two persons of the same race.
An article in the Philadelphia Inquirer says it well...
Here are some arguments against miscegenation:
  1. Would change America's social order - interracial unions foretold “race suicide”.
    “Shall America remain white?” one worried physician asked a medical conference in 1924. Interracial unions foretold “race suicide,” the eugenic nightmare that haunted white America well into the 1960s.
  2. Religion is against it.
    “Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, Malay and red,” wrote a Virginia judge in 1965, upholding the state’s so-called Racial Integrity Act. “The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix.”
And some arguments against gay marriage:
  1. Would change America's social order, but of the "family" instead of "race".
    If we abandon our taboos on gay sex, [Rick Santorum] claims, our prohibitions against other perversions—including incest and polygamy—will fall by the wayside.

    But why? Incest clearly injures children, while polygamy would raise a host of serious problems surrounding property rights, child custody, and more. Gay sex—between consenting adults, remember—wouldn’t change any of that.
  2. Most religions consider homosexuality a sin.

    Turn on so-called Christian radio, and you’ll hear the same thing about gay sex: It violates the will of the Lord. In a less sectarian vein, Santorum simply deemed them unnatural: “In every society, the definition of marriage has not ever to my knowledge included homosexuality,” he said. “It’s not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be.”

    Man on dog?

Those are the two main arguments - the slippery slope, and the religious one.

Andrew Sullivan makes a great point in Slate:
The precise challenge for morally serious people is to make rational distinctions between what is arbitrary and what is essential in important social institutions. ... If you want to argue that a lifetime of loving, faithful commitment between two women is equivalent to incest or child abuse, then please argue it. It would make for fascinating reading. But spare us this bizarre point that no new line can be drawn in access to marriage—or else everything is up for grabs and, before we know where we are, men will be marrying their dogs.
If interracial marriage didn't end up with us marrying our children and raping our dogs, then why would gay marriages? The best objection to the slippery slope argument is said by Dahlia Lithwick:
These are projections into an unknowable future. Asking proponents of gay marriage to prove that these marriages won't be bad for kids or families is asking that they prove a negative. The law cannot know the long-term future social effects of legalizing gay marriage ... We can only determine whether it is fundamentally unfair to bar one whole class of citizens from a privilege constitutionally afforded the rest of us.
Our constitution says we shall all be treated equal, thus, it is not fair at all.

The whole excuse that the Bible or God tells us it's wrong is just stupid. The Bible tells us a LOT of things are ok or not ok and our laws don't reflect this. I have no problem if your church does not allow someone to marry, but if the government does it, it's clearly discrimination. What has brought this case to the Supreme Court here in Washington, is this passage of the constitution:
No law shall be passed granting to any citizen ... privileges or immunities which upon the same terms shall not equally belong to all citizens.
From the Seattle Times:
"The privilege of civil marriage and the various privileges legally conferred by that status are not being made equally available to all citizens," King County Superior Court Judge William Downing said last August as he ruled in favor of same-sex marriage rights.

"The text is quite clear," said University of Washington constitutional law professor Hugh Spitzer, who filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting gay marriage rights.
The Bible has little to do with any of this.

Why must history always repeat itself?

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International Women's Day

Today is International Women's Day! Here are some reasons to thank feminists:

If you're female and...

...you can vote, thank a feminist.

...you get paid as much as men doing the same job, thank a feminist.

...you went to college instead of being expected to quit after high school so your brothers could go because "You'll just get married anyway", thank a feminist.

...you can apply for any job, not just "women's work", thank a feminist.

...you can get or give birth control information without going to jail, thank a feminist.

...your doctor, lawyer, pastor judge or legislator is a woman, thank a feminist.

...you play an organized sport, thank a feminist.

...you can wear slacks without being excommunicated from your church or run out of town, thank a feminist.

...your boss isn't allowed to pressure you to sleep with him, thank a feminist.

...you get raped and the trial isn't about your hemline or your previous boyfriends, thank a feminist.

...you start a small business and can get a loan using only your name and credit history, thank a feminist.

...you are on trial and are allowed to testify in your own defense, thank a feminist.

...you own property that is solely yours, thank a feminist.

...you have the right to your own salary even if you are married or have a male relative, thank a feminist.

...you get custody of your children following divorce or separation, thank a feminist.

...you get a voice in the raising and care of your children instead of them being completely controlled by the husband/father, thank a feminist.

...your husband beats you and it is illegal and the police stop him instead of lecturing you on better wifely behavior, thank a feminist.

...you are granted a degree after attending college instead of a certificate of completion, thank a feminist.

...you can breastfeed your baby discreetly in a public place and not be arrested, thank a feminist.

...you marry and your civil human rights do not disappear into your husband's rights, thank a feminist.

...you have the right to refuse sex with a diseased husband [or just "husband"], thank a feminist.

...you have the right to keep your medical records confidential from the men in your family, thank a feminist.

...you have the right to read the books you want, thank a feminist.

...you can testify in court about crimes or wrongs your husband has committed, thank a feminist.

...you can choose to be a mother or not a mother in you own time not at the dictates of a husband or rapist, thank a feminist.

...you can look forward to a lifespan of 80 years instead of dying in your 20s from unlimited childbirth, thank a feminist.

...you can see yourself as a full, adult human being instead of a minor who needs to be controlled by a man, thank a feminist.

--Author unknown

via media girl

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March 04, 2005

You're Right to Claim Bankruptcy is at Risk

Republicans again are waging war against the poor backed with money from the rich. In US, money=power and the Bushies are making sure that is reinforced even more in case those poor-folk try to gain back any of their rights.

Here's a great post about the ridiculous Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 by Maryscott O'Connor and here about Class Warfare by media girl.

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Friday Random Ten

  1. Coldplay - Beautiful World
  2. Fischerspooner - Tone Poem
  3. Afroman - Graveyard Shift
  4. Ozzy Osbourne - Dreamer
  5. D12 - American Psycho
  6. Madonna - Music
  7. Cake - Short Skirt Long Jacket
  8. VAST - Dirty Hole
  9. Finch - Letters To You
  10. Tenacious D - Rock Your Socks

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