Systemic Oppression Versus Racism: Get Your Definitions Straight

Check yourself before you wreck yourself. If it would sound racist if you changed the word "white" to "black"...it's still racist.

Check yourself before you wreck yourself.
If it would sound racist if you changed the word “white” to “black”…it’s still racist.

“You can’t be racist toward white people. Racism is based in systemic/institutional oppression and since there is no sociopolitical infrastructure working  against white people, white people can’t be affected by racism!”*

Ah, Social Justice bloggers.

This type of comment usually appears on tumblr (or from the mouth of some professor in an ivory tower) and it is totally lacking any understanding of what systemic and institutional oppression is, as well as misunderstanding (usually intentionally) what racism is. They conflate the two, but they fail to realize there is are differences between the two things and pretending they are interchangeable terms is just dishonest.

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Homosexual is a Slur…and I’m the Queen of England

 

The master of goalpost shifting. (via TV Tropes)

The master of goalpost shifting. (via TV Tropes)

It’s not as if I go around referring to myself as a “homosexual” all the time, but it’s not a slur. It’s basically a scientific classification. I don’t call myself a homo sapiens either, not because it’s pejorative, but because it’s so gosh darn technical and boring.

Homosexual is literally the combination of the Greek word for same (Homos) and sexual. Same sex…as in “Same Sex Marriage” or “attracted to the same sex”. It’s  a literal explanation of the sexual orientation of gays and lesbians. They are sexually attracted to the same gender.

Heterosexual is a combination of the Greek for different or other (Heteros) and sexual. Different/Other sex, once again a literal explanation of a straight person’s sexual orientation, they are sexually attracted to the other gender.

Bisexual also comes from a combination of the Latin root for two (Bi) combined with sexual. Two sex, a (nearly) literally explanation of a bisexual’s orientation, they are sexually attracted to two genders.

It’s not a slur, as Media Matters has now somehow come to believe.

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Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Actual Disney Princess

At least that better be her excuse, otherwise this complete disregard for human safety, out of deference to fuzzy woodland creatures, is really backwards.

For more than three decades the predominantly Aleut fishing community of King Cove has been fighting to build a one-lane, [11mile], gravel track connecting the Cove to the nearby hamlet of Cold Bay. What they have gotten is 30 years of flat-out federal refusals or stall tactics.

Cove residents say a road is necessary so they can reach an all-weather airport in Cold Bay that will transport them to Anchorage, about 625 miles away, for medical treatment. They say that in emergency situations, it’s a matter of life and death.

Late last year, though, the Department of Interior announced it was rejecting plans for a proposed land swap that would allow the road to be built. The Dec. 23 decision cited the negative environmental impact on grizzly bears, caribou and water fowl like the Pacific black brant.

During an August visit to Alaska,[Sally] Jewell [Interior Secretary] was told that building a road that connects King Cove and Cold Bay was vital. But in December, Jewell rejected the road saying it would jeopardize waterfowl in the refuge.

“She stood up in the gymnasium and told those kids, ‘I’ve listened to your stories, now I have to listen to the animals,” Democratic state Rep. Bob Herron told a local television station. “You could have heard a pin drop in that gymnasium.”

- Fox News

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Don’t Call Attention to Your Success, It’s Too Intimidating

(Another entry from DSP that’s now been removed, enjoy!)

The stupidest thing I've ever seen in a gym...and I used to work out at the Y.

The stupidest thing I’ve ever seen in a gym…and I used to work out at the Y.

Last week I listened to the radio on the way home from work and the show hosts were discussing the book that the movie Divergent is based on. The book came out in 2011 and 3 years later it has a movie coming out. As a writer of fiction I was mildly jealous and then I swept that feeling aside and said ‘dammit I’m going to finish my current novel, publish it, and get MY OWN movie deal!’

Divergent‘s success didn’t intimidate me, it inspired me to be just as successful, if not more.

Unfortunately not everyone shares that particular character trait apparently, since an entire chain of gym’s has sprung up to cater to those that can’t deal with the “intimidation” of people more fit or more motivated than them in their gym.

Which is, quite frankly, the most pathetic gym I can even imagine.

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Tea Party, Please Look Up Compromise in the Dictionary

Me: *voices dissenting or unpopular view of a Tea Party view*
TP member: That’s stupid.
Me: Okay….why is that?
TP member: What are you a liberal plant or something?

That is a summary of a conversation I had last night, just in case anyone wonders why I’m starting to get tetchy about the Tea Party these days. If these next two elections cycles end in snatching defeat from the jaws of victory thanks to “ideologicaly purity” zealots (libertarian or Tea Party, tbh) I may actually give up politics, switch back to writing fantasy novels and awkwardly wooing pretty girls. We need a few wins under our belt before we have leeway for irrational debates on who is more ideologically pure. Grow the fuck up and realize that the long game, the game where we actually win and make a difference (because I don’t care who you are, you can’t tell me that an executive and legislative branch of liberals is more realityappealing to you than one full of moderate Republicans), takes some form of adult compromise. If you can’t produce a real argument when you disagree with someone, then shut the fuck up. I don’t have time for your crap, neither does the current election cycle.

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Clarification on SB 1062: Veto it and rewrite the damn thing

I think it should be vetoed because I disagree with the language of the law. I don’t disagree with it because it’s “anti-gay” (it’s not) or because it’s “like Jim Crow all over again” (it’s not), but because setting it up as only protecting those with a legitimate religious reason is kind of a stupid move which turns the whole thing into a “religious bigotry” issue…which it shouldn’t be.

This is where 90% of the hate is coming from, the idea that it’s legalizing “bigotry” from religious people. The law should be rewritten to protect something that, while it’s not codified in the exact wording of the First Amendment, has been verified as being part of it by the Supreme Court.

Freedom of Association.

If I don’t want to be associated with you, I shouldn’t have to be whether I have a religious reason or not. My business is not your business, you are not an investor, a stockholder, and my business is not run by the government/taxes, therefore you should have no right to have a say in how I practice business…aside from the obvious free market controls of boycott and bad press.

The fact that it was written the way it was, was stupid beyond the telling of it. It was written that way for an obvious reason, that it was push back against lawsuits towards religious business owners, but writing a law should not just be in reaction to dick moves by gay people. You have to examine the issue closely and understand WHY those protections for business owners should exist and pass a law that reflects that reasoning.

Veto it, go back, and rewrite it as protection for private business and freedom of association the way it should be.

Otherwise you are just feeding the flames of idiotic protesters in a way that will hurt the GOP overall.

 

Some Businesses Have Dress Codes and This Is Discriminatory

While I’m not the biggest fan of the language used in the Arizona SB-1062 bill that was passed in our state legislature (for one thing, why should only religious people get protection?) but the fact is that discrimination in clientele is nothing new (or wrong) for businesses.

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The Anti-Common Core Crowd Want to Take You on a Guilt Trip

Screenshot 2014-02-13 at 2.30.52 PMNo thanks, please unpack my bags and refund my ticket, I have no interest in going down that path with you.

Maybe it’s because my plaintive cries of “You are ruining my life” failed to appropriately guilt trip my parents when I was a kid and therefore I became a sociopath that stopped caring about the emotions of others.

Or maybe it’s just because blaming Common Core for a child being frustrated with a couple of math problems is so insane that it barely takes scrutiny to dismiss.

Sure, I feel terrible for the girl in the picture. I have an abundance of empathy because I was a high achieving child in my K-12 years (let’s just not discuss that college thing ‘kay?), this was long before Common Core by the way, and I remember having some very vocal and tearful breakdowns at the kitchen table over my homework, whether I was in public school, private, or home school at the time. Math was always an especially difficult subject for me (still is, I never really had a good math teacher) and I got frustrated easily. I could solve every problem but one and that one would give me a breakdown.

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Successful Women Fall in Love All the Time (AKA: Sounds like a personal problem Amy Glass)

“Successful Women Don’t Fall in Love” by Amy Glass.

I knew the article was link bait when I clicked it, that didn’t stop me from clicking it though.

So then, why isn’t this piece titled “Successful PEOPLE Don’t Fall In Love?”

Because, when men fall in love, they get a wife. When women fall in love they get a husband. Despite idealism, the reality of these two paths is very disparate. For men, falling in love is an asset, for women it is a sentence to hard labor. I have no interest in marrying a woman, but I would love to have a wife. They cook and clean for you, remind you when it’s your mother’s birthday, and shoulder all the biggest burdens when it comes to raising kids. Hell, my ideal relationship would be if my husband and I could have a wife so we could both be supported without having to deal with all that minutiae ourselves.

 

Women respond to me when I talk like this saying, “oh, my boyfriend is progressive, he’s not like THAT.” I don’t mean stating my personal preference to be an insult, but it’s not the truth they relay during any other conversation about their relationship, even if they don’t use those words. We’re kind of brainwashed to take care of other people, and make them happy and for me, being single is kind of an armor guarding against whatever cultural or biological intuitions are telling me, as a woman, to be self-sacrificial.

Let’s say you want to have a husband and kids and a job that pays enough for you to be comfortable. That’s an achievable dream for most of my peers, the upkeep of a relationship with an easy to moderate job can work for a woman. You can balance. However, there’s people like me who don’t like middle ground, it’s not for everyone. I don’t want to be a latte, I want to be an espresso. I want all of something, or I don’t want it at all.

I want success. I want to be truly great at something. Being great at something requires sacrifice and focus. Like, when you close your eyes and your hearing improves. Obviously it’s possible, and for the vast majority of people, preferable to see and hear at the same time. But when it’s truly important, you’ll sacrifice one for the other. I caught a reality show the other day where a guy was asking his girlfriend to start a rule where three nights a week she would be done with work for the night by 5pm. THREE times a week. 5pm. That’s insane for people who are trying to build something big.

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It’s Always Okay For Someone to Not Like You – A Rant

I find myself at odds, once again, with another gay Republican. I wrote an article a few months ago on why I don’t make politics personal and what triggered it was an article written by Jimmy LaSalvia, recently of GOProud.

Now I find myself writing a response to something he’s said once again…and steadily getting annoyed at myself that I feel the need to continue doing so.

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