Thursday, October 19, 2017

Gif of the Day

*spit take*

Penn State is Siding With Nazis for Racism

I was gonna say against anti-racism but that's a double negative.

Apparently, a professor at Penn State attempted to implement a progressive system in their classroom to try and combat racial bias. It's simply a system that allows people of color and other individuals from marginalized groups to speak first in order to make sure that all perspectives are heard. Many, many classrooms are heavily dominated by white, cishet, able-bodied and neurotypical people (and some by men), and instructors that aren't careful can end up having an entire class where only a very privileged perspective is heard.

It's really not a big deal. It's not that privileged people aren't allowed to speak. They just have to wait, and one of the able-bodied, neurotypical, cishet white dudes might not get to repeat the same thing just said by one of his less privileged counterparts in a more rambling and unnecessarily flowery fashion and somehow take credit for the idea. I went to college. I've seen it happen. Again and again.

So, very unfortunately for this professor, Twitter nazis noticed her tweeting about this and have targeted them for one of their hate campaigns. The nazis, of course, openly planned their strategy to flood Penn State with messages accusing them of being racist, so the professor documented this and delivered it to the college administration. They said they'd back them, but guess what?

Her account is protected now but she's asking people to help her.

Someone made a convenient Pastebin thing allowing anyone to email these individuals with a message urging them to, you know, not do exactly what NAZIS want them to do and to instead let this professor implement basic privilege-countering techniques into their classroom. The fact that this university is literally siding with a doxxing, harassing, stalking, death-threatening hate mob of fucking nazis is beyond disgusting. The fuck is wrong with them.

Also, it took me a while to find, but the email of the university president is It might be better at this point to email him.

Quebec Bans Devout Muslim Women from Public Life

In yet another demonstration that the U.S. is definitely not the only country with an Islamophobia problem, Quebec, Canada has banned face coverings on public transit and whenever receiving any other government services.

The Canadian province of Quebec has passed a sweeping ban on face coverings – barring public workers from wearing the niqab or burqa and obliging citizens to unveil when riding public transit or receiving government services – ushering in a law believed to be the first of its kind in North America.

This is so clearly targeting Muslim women and only Muslim women, ironically forcing them into a situation like that of a very oppressive Muslim nation that doesn't let women go outside without a male escort. But so liberal, right?

Philippe Couillard, the premier of Quebec, was defensive as he addressed the new law. “We are just saying that for reasons linked to communication, identification and safety, public services should be given and received with an open face,” he told reporters. “We are in a free and democratic society. You speak to me, I should see your face, and you should see mine. It’s as simple as that.”

Oh yes, great freedom there, attacking the religious beliefs of just the female half of one religious population. Super democracy.

This is basically a Muslim women ban.

Can you imagine having to choose between following your religious beliefs and receiving basic government services? Taking the bus, going to the unemployment office, renewing your driver's license, getting a passport? All of those are inaccessible for Muslim women in Quebec unless they want to betray their beliefs. Can you imagine if someone tried to make a law saying every Christian man has to spit on a picture of Jesus before getting on the subway?

Saudi Arabia recently lifted the ban on women driving, and Quebec makes it impossible for women who wear niqabs or burqas to get a driver's licence. You suck, Quebec.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Gif of the Day

Halloween is coming.

That's Queen Bitch to You

Guess what! Remember that amazing piece I wrote on South Parks satirical failure priming our  society for the "alt-right" and general rise of white nationalism? Turns out it's so awesome that another writer interviewed me on the piece and posted that interview on Complex, a pop culture site.

South Park Provoked the Rise of White Supremacists—Here's How

Luckily, Shawn cleaned up my phone responses nicely so I don't come off as the nervous babbling mess I was. But the best part, of course, are the responses from South Park fans. This one's my favorite:

Thank you, Vinny. I've been waiting for this day. However.

I also sent that photo of myself very soon after my head shaving very deliberately. I'm not gonna tell them that I did that for a benefit show to raise money for cancer research and donated all my long, beautiful hair to be made into a wig for a child undergoing chemotherapy. I'm just gonna sit back and patiently wait for them to go to hell.

Liberals Perpetuate Rape Culture, Too

In a remarkably ill-timed and just infuriating move, California Governor Gerry Brown has tripped and fallen on his face right after getting non-binary genders officially recognized in his state.

Echoing DeVos rhetoric, CA Gov. Brown vetoes turning campus sexual violence guidelines into law

This is not a simple issue. Sexual harassment and sexual violence are serious and complicated matters for colleges to resolve. On the one side are complainants who come forward to seek justice and protection; on the other side stand accused students, who, guilty or not, must be treated fairly and with the presumption of innocence until the facts speak otherwise. Then, as we know, there are victims who never come forward, and perpetrators who walk free. Justice does not come easily in this environment.

That is Gerry's message statement on why he vetoed these frankly milquetoast guidelines. And this is why I assume all men in power are sexual predators. You don't veto putting these basic fucking guidelines into law unless you sympathize with sexual predators. And that statement says it all. You'd think the supposedly super liberal Gerry would be aware that the "both sides" argument is not going to fly when feminists have been saying for decades that A) Universities can't be counted on to act against their own interests by admitting that rape happens on their campus and B) survivors have been getting the extremely short end of the stick the entire time. They are disadvantaged in every way and by the numbers are almost always on the losing end despite false accusations being as rare or more rare than any other crime.

There's also still a very high number of people who don't report campus assaults beCAUSE HELLO. THERE IS NO FAIRNESS RIGHT NOW THAT'S WHY WE NEED SOMETHING BETTER, GERRY, FUCKING SOMETHING.

Just like people are saying about the #MeToo campaign, how many times do we have to explain this to privileged men? Including liberal men? You just took a huge step forward on one issue, but now you're going the DeVos route on rape culture? For the sake of fuck, I can't even properly express myself because I'm so pissed off and that doesn't happen much anymore. But Gerry, you've let me down that hard. Con-fucking-grats.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Gif of the Day

Omg too fucking cute.

Carrie Fisher is the Gift Who Keeps on Giving


Even after her death, Carrie Fisher continues to be an absolute treasure. A friend of hers revealed in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein horror story that this incredible woman sent a sexual harasser a cow tongue in a box. Not because this unnamed producer harassed Carrie Fisher, but because he harassed her good friend, Heather Ross.

"About two weeks later, she sent me a message online and said, 'I just saw [blank] at Sony Studios. I knew he would probably be there, so I went to his office and personally delivered a Tiffany box wrapped with a white bow.'" 
Ross continued: "I asked her what was inside and she said, 'It was a cow tongue from Jerry's Famous Deli in Westwood with a note that said, if you ever touch my darling Heather or any other woman again, the next delivery will be something of yours in a much smaller box!'"

National. Treasure.

We miss you, Carrie Fisher. Your brilliance would have been a light in all this darkness. 

Enbies Recognized in California!

Some good news for once:

California Just Became the First State in the US to Recognize a Third Gender

On Sunday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law SB179, a bill that makes the Golden State the first in the US to legally recognize a third gender. 
Known as the “Gender Recognition Act,” the measure will allow residents of California to identify as male, female, or nonbinary on state issued documentation of gender identity. These most commonly come in the form of driver's licenses and birth certificates. 
Additionally, the bill will eliminate laws requiring an in-person court appearance or statement from a doctor on behalf of individuals seeking changes to their legal gender status.

Yayayayayay!! I love all my trans and non-binary friends! You're all beautiful and you deserve to be recognized. Now I need to work on getting Washington State to follow suit. But in the meantime,

I'm Down With This


I'm glad this whole Weinstein thing is getting some real attention and even getting some promises made. Harvey has officially been expelled from the Motion Picture Academy, and the Academy released this statement:

We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of wilful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behaviour and workplace harassment in our industry is over.

There was more than that actually, but I like that part. I just hope it's for real and not just something they say to feel good about themselves and then nothing changes. Like what usually happens.

Regardless of the organization in which the problem is happening, something needs to be done about this never-ending hell. And I'm liking what Alex Press is peddling.

It’s time to weaponize the "whisper network”

Rallying cries that men need to do their part by speaking up feels insufficient, to say the least. Call me a cynic, but most men will not act upon knowledge about sexual harassment until we have weaponized these networks. Nor do I trust HR departments, loyal to the company above all else, to adequately investigate allegations against the men who hold power in that company. We need entities with teeth that can bring real consequences to bear on men who we know are abusive. 
We also cannot rely on powerful women to speak out against dangerous men. It’s no coincidence that Ashley Judd was initially one of the few women who spoke about Weinstein’s behavior on the record. Her career is stable enough to allow her space to speak out without fear of destroying her job prospects. That the stories in the Shitty Media Men document were anonymous shows that many women still believe the consequences of going public about harassment are too high. And these women in US media, as white-collar workers, have more room than, say, low-wage or undocumented workers to come forward.

I'm less concerned than Alex about the potential for false accusations. Not only are they rare, it continues to be fact that it takes a crap load of women coming forward to "ruin his career," and even then, a man like Harvey Weinstein is likely set up for life. Plus, similarly accused men only seem to need to fight allegations for their careers and reputations to remain intact. Donald Fucking Trump comes to mind. Until that changes, a few false accusations don't bother me one bit.

And honestly, if men aren't going to do shit about this culture that enables and encourages the rape and assault of women on a mass scale, then fuck it, we're fighting back. And if that means all men have to live in fear of being falsely accused, well you made that fucking bed, didn't you? I don't give one single fuck if it's "not fair." What's not fair is that women have had to navigate rape culture for centuries and it's still pervasive as all hell today. So fuck you and your notion of "fair." Fair would be every man losing any access to power in every industry AND government for equal centuries, because at best you didn't do enough to change it. If all you have to worry about is false accusations, be fucking thankful.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Gif of the Day

I wish I could do this at work.

Me Too


Over the weekend, post started popping up on Facebook either simply saying "me too" or saying that and explaining that it's meant to show how many women have experienced sexual assault and/or harassment. It's heartbreaking to see all my female friends post it, but at the same time I can't imagine that any woman out there hasn't experienced some form of sexual harassment, so I'm not surprised. I was sexually harassed by boys in school starting at age 13. I was sexually harassed at my first job right out of college. I never spoke up because I felt that nobody would do anything about it, that my concerns would be dismissed and that there was a chance I would be blamed for it, get in trouble, lose my job.

I'm hoping that this will get some men to realize how pervasive the problem is. But I feel like many will dismiss the movement because they don't understand how awful sexual harassment is. Imagine being 13 and already uncomfortable in your own skin, and then all these people are going out of their way to make you feel deeply uncomfortable about something that you don't really understand and that you've gotten intense mixed messaged about since you were old enough to watch TV or go outside. Imagine gross men way too old for you are invading your personal space on a daily and you're so afraid to rock the boat because you need your job to survive. Imagine feeling utterly trapped in an impossible situation because you know in your heart that the people in charge will not help you and nothing you do will make the harassers stop.

And it's not just feeling uncomfortable. It's feeling unsafe. Feeling dehumanized. Objectified, like you're worthless except your ability to sexually satisfy someone else. For many of us, it's terrifying and triggering. Sexual harassment was responsible for many, many miserable days and nights in my youth. It disrupted my education. It likely worsened my anxiety disorder that interferes with my career and personal growth on a daily basis.

Another thing I want to say, because I've already seen some controversy over it. I don't mind men joining in on the Me Too thing. I hate when men jump into something to try and make it all about men as much as anybody, but in this case, I don't feel like any man or masculine-aligned person  saying "me too" is making it all about them. For me, a man saying "me too" here is both telling me that he understands what I've been through and is therefore more trustworthy in that respect and reminding others that yes, men can be sexually harassed. And I hate that it takes this sometimes, but men being reminded that it can happen to them might help them want to correct the problem.

But also, there is a special problem in this society with men's experiences with sexual harassment and assault being outright dismissed. And I'll be the first to point out that men created that problem, but also I can tell the difference between someone trying to shut down a discussion about violence against women by going "BUT WHAT ABOUT THE MEN" and an actual survivor being like "hey that happened to me too, solidarity sister."

If you're a man or masculine-aligned person, and of course if you're non-binary, and you've been sexually assaulted and/or harassed, I'm here for you and I love you. Let's make sure everyone who thinks this shit is not a problem has their faces rubbed into the massiveness of it until they admit  something needs to be done.