Getting ready to watch the State of the Union. Let’s see what our fearless leader has to say…
I saw most of the speech last night, but not all. I did catch Rep. Joe Wilson completely berate our President by shouting out “You Lie!” while he was explaining that illegal immigrants would not receive free healthcare under this reform.
Now, I have to wonder how much of this might be racially based. Coming from South Carolina – and excuse me for generalizing an entire state here – but South Carolina is known for being a hot bed of racial tension. A white man from the south just called our black president a liar, in public, on camera while he was addressing Congress, and this is an outburst that has never been done before.
“CNN: Never has any member of Congress shown such disrespect for the president during a speech,” Fowler wrote. “One would think that as a member of the military, Joe Wilson would have more respect and patriotism than he displayed tonight. When Congressman Wilson insulted President Obama, he also insulted the American public. Joe Wilson is a poor example of a statesman and an American. He owes an apology to the president and the American people.”
This to me screams “White Privilege”. Of course, I could be making a big deal out of nothing, but I have to wonder…
Quick Hit: Please read this great article on why the term “illegal alien” brings images of very bad things to the more conservative minded Americans and those whose families have been in America for so long that they forgot their families actually came from other places of the world (unless you’re Native). Here’s a quick quote of why it’s actually a very negative term:
If you can classify a whole group of people with a pejorative –alien –and then group them as “illegal,” you have carried out a neat trick: you have stripped a whole group of people of their humanity. Once dehumanized, any ill-treatment is judged by lesser standards, perhaps less moral than ones we apply to animals.
Just a quick something to think about.
There has been way to much media hype, and in all honesty, a whole ‘lotta crap going around about healthcare reformation and how it’s going to lead to everyone’s ultimate demise — which I think is a ploy by the insurance industry to try to salvage their ass and continue making big money of the back, sweat, and labor of poor, sick people, who just happen to be the ones that need them the most. So, while scanning through my Facebook today, I saw that Jaclyn Friedman – of “Yes Means Yes” fame – posted this amazing You Tube video explaining why the “Public health” option is a good idea, in easy to follow language.
I am so completely disgusted with this man’s murder because I can not understand the mindset of the deranged lunatics who say that having an abortion is murder, yet actually murdering a life that has been sustained for years is a-ok. As I was at the gym today, C-SPAN was on the t.v. and they were discussing the murder, along with Judge Sotomayor’s nomination (and her stance on abortion) and the comments that were coming in from the public were mostly on the side of “this guy was murdered and the murderer should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law”, but of course there were the typical Fundamentalist wack jobs who fully supported this man’s murder. One woman in particular came out and said that she felt sorry for his family, not him but his family, and that if we look at the statistics, there’s only been 7 abortion providers murdered as opposed to the millions of babies that have been killed by them.
Are you seriously telling me, that as a Christian, you support someone going out and murdering others? I thought it wasn’t our job to judge nor seek vengence because God’s vengence is mightier than mans? Seriously, what is wrong with people? Would they be ok with the woman who was getting the abortion to die along with the baby she was trying to abort because she could not obtain the abortion and her life was at risk? Oh wait, she might just be martyred.
Would you like to pay more money in taxes because that woman who can’t afford to have children got preganat (becuase we all know that abstinance only education works so well) and was forced to have it, forcing her to go on welfare to provide for herself and her newborn? What about helping this woman out with any financial, mental, emotion, and child care support instead of just forcing her to have a child?
In my opinion, forced pregnancy is just as bad as forced sterilization. There is no difference between the two, because in the end it is not the woman’s choice about what she wants for her future, instead the choice is placed with the religious minority wing-nuts who believe it is their right to force their morality on a woman who may not share the same views.
Here’s a good article regarding all this regarding Francis Kissling.
This text reads:
“Women initiate most domestic violence, yet out of a thousand cases of domestic violence, maybe one is involving a man. And this has made a victim of culture out of women.”
Nice! Stay Class Dov!
Here’s what Womanist Musings has to say about this:
Charney is using his position as a male of privilege to reinforce this destructive message. There has been ample evidence of his hatred of women and the only question that remains is what we are going to do about it. Obviously we cannot hope to change his mind, such misogynists men rarely come to an understanding of the ways in which their behaviour is not only reductive but dangerous. If he cannot be taught to respect women, he can still be brought to heel by a boycott of his stores. What human decency he did not learn in socialization can be force fed through economic sanctions.
We often see something sexist, rail against it and then move on. It is time as women that we begin to recognize that even though we earn so much less than men, we are still responsible for a great deal of the economy. We need not spend our hard earned dollars to enrich a man that clearly hates women. Often times when we are confronted by sexism, negative reprisals forestall any form of active protest however in cases like this, it is well within our power to let this asshat know that there is a penalty for displaying such naked hatred of women. He should not profit from our labour and demean us with his MRA style misogynist lies. So now that you know, spread the word and remind people that sometimes refusing to purchase something can also be a positive form of protest.
I have exactly two items from American Apparel, and those are these last two I will ever own. I hope you will all join me, Womanist Musings, and Rage Against the Man-Chine in boycotting this company. As a woman, buying from them is the equivalent of paying someone to spit on you.
Edit: Here are other places where this appears:
Now, there is some discussion regarding whether or not this ad is real or a fake, but I have to ask, does it really matter? Dov Charney really did make this statement and the picture in and of itself is a real image, so someone took the image and put over it a statement he really said, does that negate the fact that he said it?
Bitch magazine received a letter from a Ryan Holiday from American Apparel regarding their blog post on this same issue. It reads like this:
I thought I would email you this morning after seeing your post. First, it
might be weird but thank you for correcting that the ad isn’t real. Some
writers know that but are saying otherwise. American Apparel would never,
ever run an ad like that.
As for the quote, it’s not exactly genuine either. It’s sourced to an
interview that was done by the McGill Daily, a student newspaper in Canada.
Dov and the interviewer were discussing the book, Not Guilty: The Case in
Defense of Men. Not even the merits of the book…because there probably
aren’t any…but what the book said. The kid attributed that to Dov,
wrongly. The reason it wasn’t corrected is because it all happened 5 years
ago in another country.
I totally get that Dov Charney and American Apparel have a controversial
reputation. I also get that it’s your job to hold people responsible for
sexism and stupid quotes like the one above. But nobody at American Apparel
agrees with what that says. It’s just wrong. The assumption there is that a
ceo of a company that employes thousands of women went on record, on
purpose, to accuse them of causing the majority of domestic violence.
Jumping to conclusions is one thing, but this happens to be completely
Again, that’s where this all comes from and we wanted to explain. You
don’t have to print our side of the story but I thought you should know it.
Now let me explain what I find interesting about this letter. Firstly, who is the Mr. Holiday that he didn’t write his title to make it “official sounding”? Who gave him the authority to write it? Why was it written so matter of factly? Why didn’t he out right debunk the quote, except to mention that it was a mis-quote?
Seems a bit fishy and uncaring if you ask me. I’m still sticking by my position though: I’m not shopping there ever again.
So I found this interesting video by Peta, that was aparently supposed to run during the Super Bowl and was not allowed, for obvious reasons. These people will walk all over whomever to get their point across, and it’s really pathetic. Let’s objectify women to promote our cause. Nice work guys! Women the world over thank you for not being able to walk down the street without experiencing the male gaze because of commercials like this that do nothing but portray women as sexual objects to be possessed.
This is not the first time Peta has done this, and I’m sure it won’t be the last.
I understand what they’re trying to do – really I do – but where do you draw the line between trying to end the inhumane killing of animals for the food and clothing (and whatever else) industries, and exploiting women to get the message across? Is this really their best option? I really think they need to rethink their advertising campaigns, because what they’re doing is parading women around as if they’re the meat and not the animals they’re purporting to protect.
It’s Official! Here’s what Choice USA says:
When the ban was in place, no U.S. government funding for family planning services could be given to clinics or groups that offer abortion services or counseling in other countries even if the funds for those activities come from non-U.S. government sources.
In the time I have been involved in the reproductive justice movement I have never before known what a major victory feels like. I know this is an experience shared by many in my generation of reproductive justice organizers and activists. I am so excited to be involved in this movement at a time when we can make real positive change.