“The myth of the slut is used to control women so they will sit down, shut up and keep their legs closed. As for men, they are seen as sexually promiscuous by nature.”—The Myth of the Slut (via feministdykeslut)
This spring, Nazlian heard popular conservative commentator Glenn Beck and a panel of teachers and parents criticizing the book “Social Studies Alive!: Our Community and Beyond,” which her daughter was using in her third-grade class in St. Charles Unit District 303.
Well, if Beck is against this textbook, I automatically want to order it for my students.
For example, she said, the book talks about how other countries have government-run health care and childcare and she feels it paints a positive picture without discussing any of the drawbacks.
Oh no! It mentions that other countries have different health-care systems! You guys, this article, I just can’t. I just can’t.
FUCKING TEXAS ILLINOIS!
Yes, god forbid our children learn that other countries have nice things that we don’t.
This just reminds me of when Texas tried to take civil rights leaders out of their textbooks, thereby removing them from all of the text books in the country, considering a majority of them are printed in Texas. Thank Athena for the Supreme Court.
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said President Obama would be a “dictator” if he raised the debt ceiling by executive order, using the 14th amendment of the U.S. Constitution as justification.
“It’s Congress that does the spending. The president is prohibited to do that. If he had the power to do that he would effectively be a dictator,” the Minnesota Congresswoman said Thursday on CNN’s “American Morning.” “There would be no reason for Congress to even come to Washington, D.C. He would be making the spending decisions … Clearly that’s unconstitutional.”
Can someone please send her a Civics book, or something?
If you want to be President, you should really familiarize yourself with the Constitution and amendments thereof …
“Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through American political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’”—Isaac Asimov (via whiporwill)
He’s concluded that I most likely have a mood disorder in the same vein as, but a few steps below, bipolar. Apparently the depression and attention issues I was being treated for in high school may have actually been a misdiagnosis of a mood disorder, which is apparently common in teenagers with mood disorders. They think I should probably get on a low level mood stabilizer, which doesn’t sound like a bad idea. Apparently the mood stabilizers typically used in these situations are anti-seizure meds which apparently also reduce anxiety, so this seems like it would solve so many of my problems. Unfortunately, they didn’t want to prescribe me anything since I’m leaving tomorrow so they wouldn’t be able to do any follow up. So I’m supposed to go to the psych clinic at Duquesne when I get back and have them get my records emailed, which should have all of this in there, and hopefully I can get something prescribed by them. Yay, hopefully some resolution to my issues soon!
Allow me to flip out. YES IT’S BAD. They get paid like NOTHING. Their tips are an expected income. *seethes*
FUCK THE OP WITH SOMETHING HARD AND SANDPAPERY
my best friend is a pizza delivery driver
YES! YES IT IS!
I am a pizza delivery driver, and when I don’t get tips, I can barely afford to pay for the gas to do my job. I’m a poor college student and I always tip delivery drivers AT LEAST three dollars. If I can manage that, so can you.
In my previous story on Michele Bachmann, one thing I neglected to mention is perhaps one of the weirdest bits about her: her connection to “heavy metal ministry” You Can Run But You Can’t Hide International, run by Bradlee Dean, who plays drums for a Christian metal band known as Junkyard Prophet and has a conservative political radio show in the Twin Cities called “Sons of Liberty.” Bachmann has helped out You Can Run But You Can’t Hide (YCRBYCH) as a keynote speaker at their 2009 fundraiser, and the group has also been supported by former Minnesota Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer (who is the reason why gays are boycotting Target and Best Buy). While it’s no surprise that Bachmann would throw money at conservative Christian ministries, she may want to sever her link with this one before the presidential race heats up. Because if you think Bachmann is crazy and full of hate, you should get to know Bradlee Dean.
Bradlee Dean is on record of saying that President Obama is no different from Osama bin Laden, and when asked to make an opening prayer for a session of the Minnesota Legislature, used it as a chance to insinuate that Obama is not a Christian: “I know this is a non-denominational prayer in this Chamber and it’s not about the Baptists and it’s not about the Catholics alone or the Lutherans or the Wesleyans. Or the Presbyterians, the evangelicals or any other denomination but rather the head of the denomination and his name is Jesus. As every president up until 2008 has acknowledged.” It was enough to cause the House to get their regular chaplain to offer a new prayer, and was condemned by both Democrats and Republicans.
Muslims are calling for the executions of homosexuals in America. This just shows you they themselves are upholding the laws that are even in the Bible of the Judeo-Christian God, but they seem to be more moral than even the American Christians do, because these people are livid about enforcing their laws. They know homosexuality is an abomination…If America won’t enforce the laws, God will raise up a foreign enemy to do just that.
Not only is Michele a raving lunatic, but so are her friends. Awesome.
I really don’t understand this kind of absolute insanity. Depraved madness on this scale is so far beyond my scope of imagination.
Dear Athena people, it’s been like three weeks. A verdict was rendered, the story is over. Why are you still focusing on that when you should be spending your attention on the on-going legal and political travesty that is our fucking Congress and the debt ceiling?
alecander asked: I just saw this commercial on tv that I thought you might be interested in. It had this guy that was supposed to be a junkie and he was saying that Washington could learn a lesson from druggies because raising the debt ceiling was similar to taking a hit of something and that the only way out was cutting spending or “rehab”. I just found it to be very perturbing as it obviously was made to scare people into supporting the only idea of cuts and pushing off the idea of raising more revenue. You’re thoughts?
Yeah we saw this too. It’s really an awful metaphor.
So okay, Washington is the drug addict and spending is the drug. So the drug is mostly defense, taking care of the elderly and poor through Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid, and foreign aid. The horrible drug of helping people. Is spending in general the drug or does each category of spending reflect a different type? If so, can the TSA budget be meth?
So how do tax rates work in this scenario? How does a drug addict decide that the most prosperous 1% of him should pay a lower percentage of the drug money than the rest of him? How do we pay for rehab? Won’t a lot of people die during detox? Isn’t the goal of rehab to completely get off the drug? We can’t exactly get clean and sober from spending. Most drug addicts aren’t going to rehab to get their habit more in line with their income.
I can go on for hours how laughably simplistic and wrong that metaphor is. It’s a scare tactic, plain and simple. Here, watch, I can do it too.
This is your Government:
This is your Government on Defense Spending and Tax Cuts for the Rich:
I live in this woman’s district so I take this flagrant disregard for human life extremely personally. As both a member of the LGBTQA community and a decent human being, I abhor Ms. Bachmann’s willful ignorance towards the issue of bullying & teen suicide.
However, I’m not surprised Ms. Bachmann is dodging questions about her husband’s anti-gay clinic AND the recent scrutiny of schools in her district by the Justice Department and the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.
She’s too busy hiding in bushes spying on those pesky gay rights rallies.
There’s so many jokes I could make… But I’ll refrain.
Also speaking as an LGBT person, I understand some concerns within the community with Obama’s advocacy (or the perceived lack thereof) for our rights. But consider this, folks: in the unlikely, unthinkable event that Bachmann becomes president, we will have gone from having a Commander-in-Chief that took time to film an It Gets Better video to one that perpetuates the very problem those videos are fighting against.
I’m sure you’re tired of me reblogging posts railing against Bachmann, but, as I said before, this is an incredibly serious issue. For anyone who has ever been the victim or (hopefully reformed) perpetrator of bullying, but especially for those of us in the LGBT community.
Could someone please inform me of the proper letters to use when referring to the non-heteronormative community? I keep hearing different things.
As I have yet to mention, I have an appointment with my old psychologist today. I saw him during my junior and senior years of high school before my parents realized that I was going to make my own decisions without regard for their opinions no matter what they did. I was a little uncomfortable with the idea of going in to see some complete stranger to say, “I think I have bipolar disorder. No, really, I’m not an idiot.” This way, there’s the benefit of him knowing me, and knowing I’m a psych student, so I probably have some idea of what I’m talking about. I’ll probably also bring up my assertion that I have mild to moderate OCD and a general anxiety disorder, so hopefully, if nothing else, I’ll get an anti-anxiety prescription out of this. Or maybe an anti-depressant. Whatever. I’d prefer not to be on anti-depressants, but if they’ll improve my issues, I suppose it would be best.
Anyway, after that, I’m having lunch with the family at Ruby Tuesday’s, so cheese fries and long-grain rice based veggie burgers. Delicious. Then, I’m going to the mall with Anev and hoping this green shirt-with-a-hood-thing is still on the clearance rack at The Gap, then to Sally’s for some dye, and maybe Target to see if they’ve restocked that grey-ish shirt yet. After that, probably some miscellaneous havoc, then tonight we’re dyeing my hair and Anev is cutting the boy-child/little one’s hair.
Staying up all night, and then tomorrow driving to Omaha and flying back to my beloved Pittsburgh.
Do I support a reevaluation of routine circumcision for non-medical and non-religious reasons? Yes, absolutely. Do I support extensive overhauls of family law, domestic violence, and sexual assault law? Entirely.
The Mens’ Rights Movement gets it all wrong, however. Allying with vocal anti-Semites is no way to make a cogent point about genital mutilation. Trying to marginalize, minimize, and intimidate female victims, and unduly make accused rapists a protected class among suspects is no way to make a fairer legal system. Implying that women are bad parents on their own is yet another problematic assertion.
If you want a fairer system, fight the mentality that men should be “strong enough to not be a victim.” Fight for MORE ability to speak out for victims. Fight for an end to history, dress, body shape/physical strength of victims as mitigating factors in favor of rapists. PROVE that men are not overwhelmingly the abusers by not abusing partners. PROVE that men are interested, committed parents by not making custody rights a forum to get back at ex-spouses for real or perceived wrongs.
We feminists (yes, us male ones who grew up in gender-determinist societies where we’re trained to be untrainable) know you can do it. We believe in you. Do you?
Can I simply state that while, yes, fighting to end routine circumcision is something I’m totally in favour of, the very fact that a “Men’s Rights Movement” exists is disgusting? Also, allying with anti-Semites makes them seem even more like the sex-based equivalent of the Ku Klux Klan.
Starting a submission-based Harry Potter theory/theories blog. For theories about things, relationships, symbolism, events after the series, anything really, that hasn’t been directly stated in the books or by Rowling herself. I tried looking around for one and didn’t come up with anything, and I know I would like to follow one.
“Curvy women are real women. Skinny women are real women. Women who have had boob jobs or lip enhancements or liposuction are still real women. Size 0 may make no sense mathematically, but a woman who wears that size is as real as the one who wears a size 16. What makes us “real” people is not the shape of our flesh but our basic humanity. And we lose our humanity when we judge – not when we lose weight, gain weight, or make the intensely personal decision to undergo cosmetic surgery.”—
Also, women who have penises, ambiguous genitals, mixed genitals, no genitals, or who identify as men sometimes are all also “real” women. Put simply, everyone is authentically that which they consider themselves, for the duration of that identification.
So, I was watching Half-Blood Prince just now, and I happened upon a thought.
Snape shows a sort of favouritism towards Draco from the beginning of the series, all the way through volume six. He is obviously aware of the relationship between Harry and Draco early on, as everyone else is. I have a theory. Is it possible that Snape sees himself in Draco? Admittedly, Harry never tortures or bullies Draco in the way James did to Snape, they obviously hate each other just as much, if not more. Could Snape express this favouritism because he sees another Slytherin prince hated and reviled by another over-privileged, entitled, dark-haired Gryffindor?