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‘You lie’

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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.


Written by Lissette

September 10, 2009 at 10:09 am

Sex & the City review

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I went to watch Sex and the City Sunday, and I’ve needed a couple of days to absorb this. The movie is great, as far as entertainment value goes, but I had some issues. Firstly, the movie is incredibly stereotypical. The Latin boy in the movie was the typical hot, sexy, Latino, and I have serious issues with how they totally objectified this guy. It was about the pieces of him, not the whole of him that they were focusing on and I feel that if it shouldn’t be done to women, than why do that to men? Equal treatment is just that and neither side should complain about being objectified. I understand that this characters main focus was his sex appeal and it was all about Samantha wanting him, but lusting after him and “wanting” him the way they portrayed him was just not copacetic.

On to another topic…The only black girl on this film had a strong resemblance to your typical “Mammy” persona, but not as asexual as a Mammy would be. It seems to me that when it came to typical race roles, those were all in place in this movie. The Latino was over-sexualized, the black girl played a “Mammy” role taking care of Carrie and getting her life in order as her “assistant”, which that term to me on it’s own speaks of being a servant -I should be one to talk since my job title holds the same term in it and I swear I’m treated like a servant on a daily basis with just as little pay.

What I found seriously flawed in the movie was how they portrayed the “victims” in the movie. I’m going to try really hard not to give anything away while I explain this, but I don’t know that I’ll be able to. The roles that took place in the movie where forgiveness had to be rationed I though was completely biased. In true life people would not be as forgiving, and it almost seemed as if they had this “you have to forgive me because I’m the man” attitude about the whole thing that I just didn’t appreciate. Even after everything that had been done to the girls it seems as if the “make-up” was a little too much like Snow White where her Prince had finally come to rescue her.

At the end of the movie, I knew what was going to happen but I was hoping that Carrie would stick to her independent guns and tell him to fuck off. She’d been burned by Big so many times that it was about time she told him to go screw himself and yet she didn’t and he came and swept her off her feet again without much effort on his part and they lived “happily ever after”.

Ring a bell?

These girls are supposed to portray the strong, independent, I-don’t-need-shit-from-guys New York Girls, and yet they all get swept off their feet by these Prince Charming personas where the men themselves were really flawed in what they did to them from the get go that it really just didn’t seem right to me that they should even come close to playing a Prince Charming role or that this role even existed at all in this movie. If it had been the women that had wronged these guys the men wouldn’t have been as forgiving. One good example was from the HBO episodes where Carrie cheated on Aiden with Big and he never forgave her for it. That was basically the downfall of that relationship. Why then does Miranda have to forgive Steve for doing the same thing? Why is she pushed by all her friends to forgive him and go back to him? Was there really more at stake in that relationship than with Carrie’s?

In the end though, it honestly was a pretty entertaining movie. I just wish that women weren’t always victims and weren’t always expected to forgive men of their indiscretions and mistakes when the same wouldn’t be true if it were the other way around.

Any thoughts??

Written by Lissette

June 5, 2008 at 4:13 am

Jena 6

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I just found out about some serious racial issues going on in Jena, LA.  Here’s the story from Color of Change:

Last fall in Jena, Louisiana, the day after two Black high school students sat beneath the “white tree” on their campus, nooses were hung from the tree. When the superintendent dismissed the nooses as a “prank,” more Black students sat under the tree in protest. The District Attorney then came to the school accompanied by the town’s police and demanded that the students end their protest, telling them, “I can be your best friend or your worst enemy… I can take away your lives with a stroke of my pen.”1 
A series of white-on-black incidents of violence followed, and the DA did nothing. But when a white student was beaten up in a schoolyard fight, the DA responded by charging six black students with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder.


The noose-hanging incident and the DA’s visit to the school set the stage for everything that followed. Racial tension escalated over the next couple of months, and on November 30, the main academic building of Jena High School was burned down in an unsolved fire. Later the same weekend, a black student was beaten up by white students at a party. The next day, black students at a convenience store were threatened by a young white man with a shotgun. They wrestled the gun from him and ran away. While no charges were filed against the white man, the students were arrested for the theft of the gun.2

That Monday at school, a white student, who had been a vocal supporter of the students who hung the nooses, taunted the black student who was beaten up at the off-campus party and allegedly called several black students “nigger.” After lunch, he was knocked down, punched and kicked by black students. He was taken to the hospital but was released and was well enough to go to a social event that evening.3

I know things are bad in “The South” having lived in Tallahassee for a couple of years and feeling the racism myself, but this is insane!  In this case the politicians are “trying to make and example of them” in a way that says “don’t step out of line n*”-not to say that word because it’s a truly hateful and disgusting word.  I think the word needs to be spread about this and these people need to be held accountable for the way they have treated these kids.  Here’s some more stuff on NPR on this same issue.

H/T: Feministing

Written by Lissette

May 28, 2008 at 9:09 pm

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Until You’ve Walked in Their Shoes…

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I read a great post concerning what happened with Hillary last Friday and the remarks she made about Senator Kennedy’s assassination in 1968.  In truth, I admire this woman greatly, and I don’t mean for this comment.  She has accomplished a lot in her life and all she ever gets for anything she does is a lot of negativity from everyone.  Comments range from her looks to her intellectual capacity to things about her relationship with her husband and things that really should not be of anyones concern.  I can’t imagine how hard it must be to be her.  I can’t imagine what it must be like to pave the way for other women to be able to make it as far as she has.  She is on the forefront of something big, just like Obama is, and I find all the racist and sexist remarks pretty appalling.  

We’re living in a day and age where we claim that we are a free nation that everyone has supposedly been given equal rights, yet daily we see comments from people in the media and on the streets bashing both of these Senators simply because one is a woman and the other is black.  We see segregation in how we live, where we send our kids to school.  It’s like an invisible, unspoken rule of how things are supposed to be.  When we hear remarks like the one that Trotta made the other day after a “slip of the tongue” this is really what should be big news in the papers, not some misunderstood statement that Hillary made.  There was no misunderstanding Trotta’s remarks.  She made herself perfectly clear when she said, 

what some are reading as a suggestion that somebody knock off Os–Osama–um, uh–Obama. Well, both, if we could…

There is no misconstruing that statement, and that is the true tragedy of these campaigns.  The off-handed remarks made by the media meant to cripple the proponent or that persons party is unnecessary.  I can understand if you’re a republican and you don’t have the same views as the democrats do, I can understand that, but certain comments really just should not be made.  It goes back to what you’re taught as children, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”  I think we’ve forgotten this very good and wise philosophy of life, and I think some people in the media would be wise to remember it. 

What I feel people seem to forget is that these political figures are still, in fact, human.  They make mistakes, they may not word things the way they wanted to, and most importantly, they still have feelings.  I’m sure Hillary is not the only one who’s gone back to her hotel/bus/what-have-you and cried over comments that have been made towards her or attacking her, yet when she does display any kind of emotion whether it be anger or sadness she is considered the weaker candidate and comments like, “See?!  That’s why a woman could never be president!” are made by men all over who would have no idea what a day in her shoes is like.

She is far from perfect, and I know this, but so am I and so are the people who are making comments against her, and most importantly, so are the other candidates who are running for office.  Nobody is perfect and everyone on this campaign has made some off-handed remark, or in the case of McCain, have flat out avoided any of the more serious concerns (I may be wrong here as I haven’t really followed McCain all that closely, but when I have read or seen things about him, everything just seems scripted by the Republican party).

What I feel is most important at the end of the day is that Democrats stay united.  Let me pose this question to all the Democrats out there, if the person you don’t like is voted in during the Democratic National Convention in June, will you still vote democratically?  If not, what do you think will happen to our nation if there were another Republican president?

Please, think about the issues first.  This may seem like a popularity contest, and in many ways it is, but the truth of the matter is that you need to take into consideration the facts and what these people stand for.  Personally I’m very afraid of having another Republican Conservative president in office because I’m afraid of what’s going to happen to our already crippled economy, the war that I feel we should never have gotten involved in in the first place, and most importantly my reproductive rights which are slowly being chipped away by old white men in office who would have no clue what it’s like to get pregnant or the issues surrounding that.

Think these things over and lets discuss.


Written by Lissette

May 27, 2008 at 4:07 pm

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Not all Cuban Women are Prostitutes

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I want you all to watch this video first, before I say anything.

Done? Good. Now this is an ad campaign that Iberia airlines started (and eventually pulled) to promote a giveaway to win tickets to Cuba. Can anybody tell me what is the problem with this video?

First of all, not only do all cuban women NOT look like these women, they don’t go around half naked the way these two did, they don’t all have these oversized lips, and they don’t coddle guys the way these two do to this baby. What they are promoting in this little ad campaign are the jineteras in Cuba, which are basically women who have been forced into prostitution in order to survive. This is an insult to women, an insult to Cuban women, and it makes me mad as hell that a company like Iberia saw fit to start this ad campaign.

So what do Cuban women look like, you may ask. Well, here, this is one of my favorite divas:

and for a more real cuban woman, there’s this one…

That me, and these are my grandparents

If you want to see more images of real Cubans you can also head over to My Big Fat Cuban Family and see for yourselves, or even to Babalu Blog. But what I feel they’re promoting in this ad is not the reality of the Cuban female population that is still in Cuba, but the ones that are forced to be sex-workers in order to survive and make a living and are taunting it as something men can look forward to when they arrive in Cuba. It’s a damn shame that these women fell they need to resort to this way of life in order to survive in the first place, but for a big corporation like Iberia Airlines to be promoting this is horrific. Read the article from the Miami Herald below, and leave me your opinions.

Airline yanks ad called ‘insult’ to Cubans


Iberia Airlines yanked a promotional cartoon video off its website, featuring an infant who wins a trip to Havana and gets babied by voluptuous black beauties, after a consumer group complained the ad denigrates Cuban women.

The video posted earlier this month on the company’s website showed the baby being coddled by two black women with exaggerated full lips and wide hips squeezed into hot pants.

The women fed, massaged, fanned and danced with the infant as he sang, in an adult male voice, “Mulattas, feed me. Come on mulattas, take me to the crib.”

”It used the imagery of two sexy women of color, not nurses or home attendants . . . and the image of Cuba as the place for the male Spaniard to go and be pampered like a baby,” said Ileana Fuentes, executive director of the Miami-based Cuban Feminist Network. “If that’s not a sexual tourism ad, then I’d like to see a sexual tourism ad.”

The ad played on the stereotype that Cuba is a hotspot for single European men to find dark-skinned ”girlfriends” know as jineteras. The cartoon, part of a series of videos promoting an Iberia.com contest, was yanked from Iberia’s website but has found a new life on YouTube. Other ads featured a sheep rapping in New York and a vacuum cleaner doing the tango in Buenos Aires.

It was the Cuba cartoon that drew fire from a consumer action group, which said it was a sexist insult to Cuban tourism workers.

”Cuban tourism workers do not massage you, fan you and dance with you,” Ruben Sánchez, spokesman for the Consumers in Action Federation, said by phone from Madrid. “This ad denigrates people who work in tourism.”

He said the ad violates a 1988 Spanish law that prohibits advertising that is denigrating to groups of people. In this case, Sánchez said, the video was demeaning not only to tourism workers, but Cuban women and Cubans.

The organization complained about the ad last week and Iberia pulled it four days later, he said. Advertising professors are requesting copies so they can show them to students as an illustration of what not to do, he added.

Originally found on God is a Dyke.

Written by Lissette

May 26, 2008 at 5:07 pm

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She Said What???

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I know this has been talked about on a couple blogs, but I’m just completely appalled that this woman would say this.

From The Raw Story

“For years, the media has told us that Hillary Clinton is the smartest person in the world,” Trotta said, “and that’s up for grabs now. And the media’s catching on to that, as well. The ‘vast right-wing conspiracy’ blame has been undermined by her evasions, by her outright lies, if I may say; by her pandering, by her race-baiting–and now we have what some are reading as a suggestion that somebody knock off Os–Osama–um, uh–Obama. Well, both, if we could…

To joke about something like assassinating anyone is appalling. I understand the issue with the statement Hillary made, yes it was taken totally wrong and she’s a bonehead for not clarifying what it is that she meant, but for this woman to run with it the way she did and basically suggest that we should “off” Obama is scary, and to compare him with someone like Osama… I have no words. How can you compare Osama with Obama? Osama is responsible for thousands upon thousands of deaths, and what did Obama do to be compared with this terrorist?

What did she really think she would accomplish by making this backwards, racist comment? What is really just a slip of the tongue, I mean what the hell is wrong with her?!

Written by Lissette

May 26, 2008 at 3:34 am

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