Taylor Swift Rocks, But I Still Think Lady Gaga Was Robbed

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“Transgender” New Yorker, Angelina Mavilia Claims NFL player Eric Green Forcibly Sodomized Her

From the New York Daily News

BY Leo Standora and Alison Gendar
New York DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS

Originally Published:Thursday, January 28th 2010, 3:03 AM
Updated: Thursday, January 28th 2010, 3:03 AM
A transgender New Yorker has filed a $10 million sex assault suit against an NFL player – and in a separate action is also suing the city, saying she was abused and humiliated by cops.

Angelina Mavilia‘s legal action against cornerback Eric Green alleges he forcibly sodomized her.

The two met in a Scottsdale, Ariz., casino in early 2009 when Green still played for the Arizona Cardinals, the 38-year-old East Side woman says in papers filed in federal court in Florida, where Green was born and lives.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2010/01/28/2010-01-28_nfl_player_city_sued_by_transgender.html#ixzz0eC4lTDNY

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Pro-Life Activist Scott Roeder Convicted of First Degree Murder

You know there are so many murder cases where convictions are based on dubious evidence that people can have qualms about.  But when someone is busted in the act there can be no doubts.

Scott Roeders murder of Dr George Tiller was a Christo-Fascist terrorist act of cold blooded murder.  Not only was it planned but it was carried out as methodically as the attack of 9/11.

He should be shown absolutely no mercy.  Execute him or sentence him to life without parole.

It is time to serve notice on the misogynistic anti-abortion mob that their acts of Christo-Fascist trerrorism will no longer be tolerated by civilized people.  The message is that they are un-American and more akin to the Saudis in their abhorent treatment of women’s rights.

Time to get rid of the Hyde Amendment too.

The inhumanity of “protecting marriage”

Box Turtle Bulletin has a story that just illustrates why same sex couples,  as well as post-SRS women and men who think their situation is secure since surgery and “legal recognition of our post-op status, need the legal protection offered by marriage equality.

It isn’t “gay marriage”.  That is what bigots call it. It is ending the tyranny of religious bigotry.

Actually if I had my druthers simply living together and stating your relationship should be enough to legally validate your relationship but I will settle for the simply making civil marriage a legal right and require that civil document of every one.  Then if theists want some magic word said over them they can.

From Box Turtle Bulletin:

Timothy Kincaid

January 30th, 2010

In 1995 Hootie and The Blowfish were on the radio, Waterworld was stinking up the movie theaters, and Tommy Lee married Pamela Anderson. It may not have been the best of years, but it was a good year for Kelly Glossip; that’s the year he met Dennis Engelhard.

Over the next 15 years the two men built a life together. They bought and decorated a house, joined a church, and helped raise Kelly’s son from a previous relationship.

And Dennis established a career in law enforcement, earning respect as a Missouri State Highway Patrolman. Even though Missouri is not a liberal state, the two lived openly, even attending social functions with Dennis’ coworkers.

But in 2004 the residents of Missouri decided that they needed to amend the state constitution to protect marriage from people like Kelly and Dennis. And in the process, they provided justification for treating them with contempt.

On Christmas Day, Dennis Engelhard was assisting at a minor accident when he was struck by a car which had lost control in the snow. He was killed. And at Glossip’s time of grief, his state did everything they could to make his life more miserable.

Continue reading at: http://www.boxturtlebulletin.com/2010/01/30/19967

Howard Zinn is Dead

I cried when I heard of Howard Zinn’s dying of a heart attack on Wednesday night.

I was going to write something on Thursday but I was called into work.

For a formal obituary I suggest The New York Times.

How our history is written shapes how we we think of ourselves in the present.  Here in Texas there is a major struggle in the State Board of Education regarding what is stressed and what is to be omitted from the history taught to the children of Texas.  The conservatives want to teach the importance of wealth and religion, the powerful white men while omitting the struggles for the abolition of slavery, racial equality and the rights of women.  Naturally the progressives are more inclined to include more of the history of the un-named people who struggled to make Texas and the nation a better place for people of color, women as well as LGBT/T folks.

In high school during the early 1960s, I was a history punk before I went to college and joined SDS.  I had a teacher who taught the text but who let me add information from works I read outside of school.  She even suggested I read certain books.

As a radical I saw how the new papers under counted those demonstrating against the war in Vietnam and over counted the few counter demonstrators, a practice that continues to this day with the most notorious recent examples being the huge over counting of the numbers of Tea Baggers vs the incredible under counting of the number of anti-war demonstrators at the protest in New York City prior to George W. Bush’s criminal invasion of Iraq.

I have seen how corporate media has distorted the views of feminists as well as the demands for equality on the part of LGBT/T people.

Before I read Howard Zinn’s People’s History of the United States 1492-Present I read James Loewen’s Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong.   I don’t think I needed a book to tell me that something was rotten and that I was being programmed to forget what actually happened at some events I was  physically a part of.  I knew something was wrong when the official histories and media accounts of those events were so different from the events I was part of that I had to question if I were actually there.

Howard Zinn never gave in to the vast right wing media propaganda machine.  Even when it would have been easier and far more rewarding for him to do so.  Others on the left did and were rewarded handsomely with guaranteed best sellers and large grants from right wing foundations.  Some of these former progressives are almost convincing in their role as Judas Goats others are simply pathetic.

In the 1990s I read a fictional work by Felice Picano titled Like People in History which caused me to start thinking about all the events I had been a part of from the anti-war movement to the early days of DIY transsexual self help/support groups.

Later Jacob Hale introduced me to Susan Stryker, who collected an oral history from me which was in turn referenced by Joanne Meyerowitz in her book, How Sex Changed: A History of Transsexuality in the United States.

Eventually so many right wingers bad mouthed Zinn and Chomsky so harshly and often I felt I had to read them.

Because of Howard Zinn I came to realize how much real history is left out of the history they teach in schools, the history they want us to know because if we knew the real history of the common people then we might know that our present struggles are part of a long history of struggles against a wide assortment of oppressions.

What started for me with Susan Stryker collecting my oral history was magnified by Zinn into a recognition that so much of real history is found in memoirs rather than over arching historical texts emphasizing the actions of kings, presidents and generals.

My most recent memory of that importance was a staged reading of Voices of A People’s History on the History Channel.

History belongs to each and every one of us.  It becomes ours when we take a stand against oppression and speak truth to power.  I do not automatically dismiss our personal stories with a sneer of contempt as, “just another trannie biography” when as a whole they tell about who we are as a people far better than any work by any Ph.D. who studies us including Dr Benjamin, who some think we should rename transsexualism for.

But Dr. Benjamin had nothing to do with making us who we are or for that matter with the condition we were born with.  The power lies in the narrative we tell of our lives, the reclaiming of our own personal histories.

Howard Zinn and others have taught us that the stories of our lives count.

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The Difference Between Being LGBT/T and “The Lifestyle”

Obviously gay closet cases like Ted Haggard blither on and on about the “gay lifestyle” and choosing to live or not live the “lifestyle”.

There is a “gay lifestyle” but it isn’t what people like Haggard are talking about.  It really has nothing to do with what LGBT/T people do in bed although it might have a lot to do with how we meet and form relationships.

By the same token there is a Christo-Fascist lifestyle that revolves around lining the pockets of superstition peddlers so they can live the lifestyles of the rich and famous.

Gay, bisexual or lesbian, transsexual, transgender or straight is something you are.  Something most reasoned people would think you are born.  It isn’t a lifestyle choice.

The reason bigots like Maggie Gallegher and her hate group the National Organization For Marriage (a name that disguises its bigotry behind a title that sounds as though it would support marriage equality) are so anti-marriage equality is that it gives lie to the idea that LGBT/T folks are so alien to the rest of humanity as to be a pariah race destined to wander the earth as outcasts.

The battle for equality often revolves around the control of semantics and semiotics including something cognitive linguist, George Lakoff calls framing.

In order to deny LGBT/T people their rights and equality it is necessary to make their being a choice rather than something innate and then further to trivialize it by calling it a lifestyle choice.

Oddly the invoking of the invisible and undetectable bully in the sky and gathering around to worship this fanciful imaginary being truly is a lifestyle choice. As is selecting the career of being a scam artist for any one of the multitude of sky beings.

As I said this does not mean there aren’t LGBT/T lifestyles. Hell we have parades and festivals, commonly shared tastes and even fashions. In fact were our “lifestyles” associated with an ethnic group they would be called a culture and not a lifestyle.

However, removed from the social and taken as individuals or as part of family units we are culturally more like the class and ethnic groups we grew up in. We may love members of the same sex or change sex but we are still part of the vast geography of humanity and share the same wants and needs as straight people.

One of those needs is to not be used by closet case gay men like Haggard or bigots like Maggie Gallegar as scapegoats and pawns to con the rube into supporting the private jet set lifestyles of the rich and famous con artists for Jesus.

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Friday Night Fun and Culture

A copy of a 1966 Buffalo Springfield CD titled simply Buffalo Springfield that I ordered from Amazon came in today’s mail. It features Stephan Stills and Neil Young.

The You Tube version I chose id from the Monterrey Pop Festival

Gayle Haggard’s New Book “Why I Stayed Married to a Lying Closet Homosexual on the Down Low”

The have a book section in the Big Box where I work. When I want to feel really shitty and depressed I go and look at the ghost written crappy right wing and quasi religious bullshit they peddle.

Ever wonder how the Palins, Becks, Coulters and Twilight virgin vampire books wind up on the best seller lists? Look no further than the major warehouse department stores.

Anyhow this week I was wading through the tables because they occasionally do have really good books at very good prices and I came across Why I Stayed: The Choices I Made In My Darkest Hour by Gayle Haggard and Angela Elwell Hunt.  I can pretty well guess who did the telling and who did the writing.

I thought, “How fucking pathetic is this?”  Your superstition peddling huckster of a husband is a self loathing closet homosexual.

Teddy boy wants back in on the Jesus Hustle and momma misses the big bucks.

As Upton Sinclar wrote many years ago  in a very obscure book titled The Profits of Religion the main purpose of religion is not the glorification of some invisible sky daddy but rather the amassing of wealth and power.

As a closeted gay man on the down low Ted Haggard had to hide the fact he was a meth snorting cock sucker because it conflicted with the praise Jesus and pass the collection plate lifestyle of the con game he was running.

The  main pillar of the religion hustle these days is homophobia.  The con artists for Jesus use it to get the flock to lay the tithe on them or if not an actual tithe then as much as they can give to fight the homosexual agenda.

The main tenet in Christo-Fascist ideology regarding LGBT/T people is that it is a “lifestyle choice” and that homosexuality can be cured by prayer. So naturally if Teddy wants to resume raking in the big bucks scamming the flock he has to “pray away the gay”.  And if Gayle wants to continue benefiting from the con game she has to stand by her miraculously cured hubby.

Pathetic, absolutely fucking pathetic.

I never had any respect for Haggard, just looking at him and listening to him I could tell he was a sick self loathing closet case.

I would have had vastly more respect for him if he had come out, admitted he had preached homophobia as part of the con game to fleece the flock and repented for that ethical sin.

Then if Gayle had said we have reasons for staying together that include my accepting he is gay I would have some respect for her.  Or if like the wife of James McGreavy, former governor of New Jersey she had screamed, “I want a fucking divorce and a huge settlement”,  I could have also respected that.

I have nothing but contempt for the both of them and I hope all the people he conned in the past preaching Anti-LGBT/T hate to look at him and call him every single filthy name the Christo-Fascists have encouraged them to use for LGBT/T people.

Random Musings on being the out Liberal Feminist

Some times it is tough being an out Liberal Feminist.

Like when people expect me to think Obama represents me or that I think the Democrats are doing a good job.

When I in fact think that there really isn’t much difference between Democrats and Republican when it comes to representing the common people.  Tonight Obama is expected to announce a freeze on spending for all programs except the War Machine.  Is that any different than the Bush approach of tax cuts and borrowing money to feed the Moloch of the war Machine?

Here is Obama, the first African American President and he is more right wing than Eisenhower.  Hell Ike was a flaming liberal in comparison.

I know, I know I listen to Keith and Rachel as well as  XM Radio Thom Hartman, Ed Schultz and Stephanie Miller.  I hear all about all the good things Obama has done, supposedly.

Except even with an overwhelming majority in both the House and Senate our party of the so called left, our party that is supposed to represent progressive values hasn’t done shit.  The Republicans got more of their agenda through a Democratic majority Congress for the last 40 years than Obama has.

Two years ago I said “Hope is for dopes. I want programs not platitudes.”  I was a Hillary supporter.  I’m tired of the presidency requiring a dick as a major qualification.  As far as I am concerned having a dick and being a platitude spouting smooth talker was the only qualifications Obama had.  We rightly label Sarah Palin as unqualified because she is just a media creation and we should have done the same to Obama.

But more over this guy kissed up to Rick Warren and The Family, a bunch of religious zealots who are test marketing capital punishment for gays in Uganda.  He professed an admiration for Ronald Reagan, the President who started us on the road to out sourced Free Market hell.

So tonight Obama is planning on announcing he will adopt another part of the Republican agenda of shrinking funding for programs that actually benefit the American people.  But not the military.  After World War I General Smeadly Butler wrote a book titled “War is a Racket“,  As President, General Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us to “Beware of the military industrial complex.

We were supposed to believe Obama was different and would end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  But we are still there, still murdering people with our outrageously expensive war toys, still torturing, still maiming in the name of freedom.

and I’m not really a liberal because liberals are way to complacent and wishy washy to say, “Not In My Name!”

Pope Beat Self With a Belt

I swear some times the most delicious dirt just falls in to my ample lap.  The current homophobic/transphobic Pope wears red Prada pumps with his satin dress and drag queen rings as well as being a former Hitler Youth, full blown Nazi.  Oh and Miss Thang has a blond Austrian boyfriend.

Last night I came across the story that Pope John Paul II should be canonized as a saint for because he used to beat himself with a belt and sleep on the floor.  Sources:  God is for Suckers and Joe, My God .  From God is for Suckers there is a link that takes me to the MSM source story on MSNBC,  because I realize that the superstitious sky daddy believers would accuse us of making this shit up if just cross referenced other queers and atheists.

But this dirt does not come from the National Enquirer or some other super market tabloid but rather straight from a book by a Polish Prelate leading the push to make JP a saint.

The MSNBC money quote:

At a news conference Tuesday, Oder defended John Paul’s practice of self-mortification, which some faithful use to remind them of the suffering of Jesus on the cross.

“It’s an instrument of Christian perfection,” Oder said, responding to questions about how such a practice could be condoned considering Catholic teaching holds that the human body is a gift from God.

In the book, Oder wrote that John Paul frequently denied himself food — especially during the holy season of Lent — and “frequently spent the night on the bare floor,” messing up his bed in the morning so he wouldn’t draw attention to his act of penitence. “But it wasn’t limited to this. As some members of his close entourage in Poland and in the Vatican were able to hear with their own ears, John Paul flagellated himself. In his armoire, amid all the vestments and hanging on a hanger, was a belt which he used as a whip and which he always brought to Castel Gandolfo,” the papal retreat where John Paul vacationed each summer.

While there had long been rumors that John Paul practiced self-mortification, the book provides the first confirmation and concludes John Paul did so as an example of his faith.

It just slays me how much shit these religious fucks get away with. LGBT/T and even straight folks into kink get treated like they are mentally ill if their consenting adult sex practices include kink like BD/SM but for members of Opus Dei and other “religious leaders” self flagellation is a sign of holiness.

The best comment I saw was on Joe, My God from someone with the screen name of Tallulah, “How long did he have to do it before he came?”

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From Pre-Op to Property or How SRS Changes Relationships

Like many transkids who come out young I had a boyfriend, a man I loved deeply and who I leaned on for emotional support during a couple of years prior to my getting SRS and a year after while I was recovering.

We broke up about a year after I had SRS.

It seems as though just about every single younger sister I knew who was in a committed relationship with a man saw that relationship end after SRS.

Now conventional wisdom was that our partners were secretly gay and they couldn’t handle our having pussies.

I think part of this thinking bleeds over into the profile of “trannie chasers”.  But, I don’t think it is necessarily the case because most of our boyfriends weren’t trannie chasers and tended to wind up with WBW girlfriends..

Now some may have exoticized us (Not eroticized as Julia Serano would have it but rather a different issue) in the same sort of model placed on women from non-white, non-Christian, non-American women.  The idea that we tried harder in our femininity.  Maybe we did in our insecurity regarding what we thought was expected of us by the gate keepers.  Or maybe it was simply a phase we were going through…

But anyhow the way things went down many of us broke up.  Perhaps it was the working together that had been part of the glue that held us together.

But I suspect there may well have been something else.  You see I have the perspective of the years and the good fortune to have watched a number of people go through the surgery.

Second Wave feminism may have attacked the idea of women as property but the ephemeral idea still lives.  After SRS we are new people, whole for the first time in our lives and many if not most of us aren’t ready to become property.  So along with getting rid of the physical parts we shed our partners of before and try to find someone or something new in life that doesn’t have the baggage of having been with us before.

All too often the thought in our minds say, “They were with us when they must be gay.”

Or perhaps we are thinking about trying our new wings and flying instead of settling in to the role of wife and becoming the exclusive property of someone we knew before.

Whatever…  We are most often the ones that do the things that end the relationship.

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Feminist Majority Foundation - Equality around the world

Dear Suzanne,

Tell CBS That This Is No Time to Feed the Hatred of Anti-Abortion Extremists!

Send an email to CBS to stop the stread of anti-abortion hatred.

Tell Friend(s) that CBS is planning to air an anti-abortion ad during the Super Bowl game.

Even as the trial continues for the murder of Dr. George Tiller, CBS is planning to air an anti-abortion ad during this weekend’s Super Bowl game.

Tell CBS that this is no time to feed the anger and hatred of anti-abortion extremists.

CBS has a stated policy to reject all ads it deems controversial, including ads from MoveOn.org, PETA, and even the United Church of Christ, which dared to suggest that their church would model tolerance (“Jesus Didn’t Turn People Away. Neither Do We”).

In fact, CBS execs told the United Church of Christ that CBS rejects any ad that “touches on and/or takes a position on one side of a current controversial issue of public importance.”

Although the ad itself is secret, Focus on the Family’s own publicity indicates that it will “take a position on one side of a current controversial issue.”  The ad reportedly focuses on quarterback Tim Tebow and his mother, alleging that Tebow’s mother was urged to have an abortion for medical reasons but did not. The implicit suggestion that pregnant women whose health is at risk shouldn’t worry because nothing bad will happen is downright dangerous, even if the story is true.

The Super Bowl audience, one of the largest of any event, spans all ages and political positions, and should not be used to promote an anti-abortion message.

And why would CBS promote a clearly controversial message from Focus on the Family? That organization uses their millions to promote discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs – they even ran a campaign before the 2008 elections equating the U.S. with Nazi Germany!

Tell CBS that using the public airwaves to promote an anti-abortion message will lose the network both respect and business.

For Equality,

Ellie Smeal

Kim Gandy
Vice President

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Coalition of Progressive Organizations Demand CBS Pull Divisive Anti-Choice Super Bowl Ad

January 26, 2010 (New York, NY) – The Women’s Media Center and united organizations dedicated to reproductive rights, tolerance, and social justice have launched a campaign calling CBS to immediately pull an anti-choice advertisement sponsored by Focus on the Family to air during Super Bowl XLIV.

CBS has a well-documented history of prohibiting advocacy ads it deems controversial, rejecting ads from organizations such as PETA, MoveOn.org, United Church of Christ, and even ones that carry only an “implicit” endorsement for a side in a public debate. Last year, NBC made the prudent decision to not air anti-choice messages during the Super Bowl. CBS executives have indicated in the past that they would not air Super Bowl ads where “substantial elements of the community (are) in opposition to one another.”

Focus on the Family is an organization well-known for opposing the equality of Americans based on gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, and reproductive freedom. This ad uses one story to subtly dictate morality to the American public, and encourages women to disregard medical advice, potentially putting their lives at risk. Abortion is a controversial issue and anti-abortion vitriol has resulted in escalated violence against reproductive health service providers and their patients.

“An ad that uses sports to divide rather than to unite has no place in the biggest national sports event of the year – an event designed to bring Americans together regardless of background, faith, ideology or political affiliation,” says Jehmu Greene, President of the Women’s Media Center.

The ad goes against the approximately 70 percent majority American view that reproductive decisions should be left up to a woman and her physician; against the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that such decisions are protected by a constitutionally guaranteed right to privacy; and against the health needs of the 1 in 3 American women who will need an abortion at sometime in her life.

American values of privacy and freedom should be respected, not undermined during the Super Bowl. CBS must take action now, by canceling the airing of Focus on the Family’s anti-choice ad.

To speak with WMC President Jehmu Greene, or to book other experts on health reform, health care politics, or women’s reproductive rights, please contact Rebekah Spicuglia, (212) 563-0680, rebekah@womensmediacenter.com.

Coalition partners signed onto the letter to CBS include: Abortion Access Project, ACCESS/Women’s Health Rights Coalition, Women, Action & the Media, Advocates for Youth, Alternet, By Any Media Necessary, California Council of Churches IMPACT, CAMI project, Choice USA, Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP)/Hampshire College, Equality Now, Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), Feminist Press,

HollabackNYC, Ibis Reproductive Health, Law Students for Reproductive Justice, MAMAPALOOZA!, Media Equity Collaborative, Medical Students for Choice!, Ms. Foundation, New Prospect Family Praise and Worship Center, National Organization for Women (NOW), NOW-NYC, OpEd Project, Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health, Religious Institute, RH Reality Check, Sisterhood is Global, Inc, The White House Project, Third Wave Foundation, Women, Action & the Media (WAM!), Women In Media & News, Women’s Information Network (WIN).

About the Women’s Media Center: The Women’s Media Center is a non-profit organization making women visible and powerful in the media. Its women’s health care campaign NotUnderTheBus.com is working to ensure that health care is fair, safe, and accessible to all.

Please visit WomensMediaCenter.com to learn more about our work.

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Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” Movement Organizing in Newark, NJ

From Alternet

http://www.alternet.org/bloggers/www.alternet.org/145362

By Bruce Wilson, AlterNet
Posted on January 23, 2010, Printed on January 23, 2010
http://www.alternet.org/bloggers/www.alternet.org/145362/

As my new report, Movement Behind Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” Bill Organizing in Newark begins,

Street by street, block by block, organized by city ward, PrayforNewark’s squads of church members are walking their city, praying for residents and businesses… its leaders claim their effort now fields enough volunteers to pray for almost every street in the New Jersey city… the effort is directly tied to an international movement that, as detailed in my new video documentary Transforming Uganda, played a significant role in organizing and inspiring Ugandan politicians who have backed the internationally notorious “kill the gays” bill, the Anti-Homosexuality Bill currently before Uganda’s parliament.

As a preface, let me start with this:

The movement in question in not synonymous with The Family, as covered by journalist Jeff Sharlet. That entity has played a major role (in both promoting the bill, it would seem, and later opposing it after a world outcry over the proposed legislation) in Uganda’s Anti Homosexuality bill, before Uganda’s parliament, which would mandate that HIV positive Ugandan citizens convicted for the crime of “aggravated homosexuality” be executed by hanging and would also require Ugandans to turn in to the Ugandan police, or face a three year prison sentence, family, friends, and acquaintances who might be gay.

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http://www.alternet.org/bloggers/www.alternet.org/145362

The Family: The Christo-Fascist Mob That Rules the United States

I Trust Women and That Is Why I am Pro-Choice

We are celebrating the 37th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that placed the control over women’s reproductive decisions in the hands of women and their doctors.

Now it seems that a lot of men out there, especially those who believe in faith based misogyny do not think that the most personal of decisions belongs in the hands of those most affected.

As far as I am concerned life does not begin at conception but rather at birth.  But let’s say it does.  As long as that life can’t not live outside the woman’s body it is not an independent life.

The woman will be responsible for all the care and support of any child born should the father or for that matter the non-biological spouse decide to walk away.  Child support payments are all too often a joke.

This was true a hundred and fifty years ago when the Suffrage Movement was active and it is true today. But choice and trusting women should extend far beyond abortion access that is both safe and easily available.

Trusting women means offering advice with the understanding that an individual woman may weigh that advice and reject it.  It doesn’t mean guilt tripping her if she chooses a different path from the one you may think is the correct path.

As a woman born transsexual I too have experience people guilt tripping me for taking the path I have take.  Some feminists seem wedded to the idea that my body and life are not my own, that I owe my being to an ideology that would have required me to not change my sex but rather to fight sex or gender oppression by “transgressing gender”.  In essence this is not trusting me to determine what I wish to do with my life and demanding the same sort of enslavement to an ideology as the denial of any other form of control over one’s reproductivity.

At the heart of the abortion and by extension birth control debate for they are in fact one and the same is the right to control one’s own sexuality, something that goes to the heart of the questions of freedom and autonomy.  It is the right to say what happens to my own body and not the right to impose my beliefs upon the bodies of others.

Just as no one has the right to demand sex with out consent no one should have the right to proscribe matters such as abortion, birth control, sterilization or sex reassignment surgery.

The idea of personal freedom as long as one does not harm others is challenged by the anti-abortion people and the anti-SRS people alike, often the groups putting forth that challenge are one and the same and most often they claim the authority to do so based on some sort of mysterious voice emanating from some invisible and undetectable being in the sky who coincidentally belives in male supremacy, rich elites and the hatred of LGBT/T people.

Friday Night Fun and Culture

It is hard to sustain outrage and anger on such a perfectly gorgeous January day that is filled with sunshine and is in the lower 70 degrees F.  So before I head off to work I thought I’d put up the weekly fun post.

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Celebrating 37 Years of Roe v. Wade: NOW Asserts that Abortion Care is a Human Right

Statement of NOW President Terry O’Neill

January 22, 2010

Today we celebrate the 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, which recognized a woman’s constitutional right to legal abortion. However, we recognize that in 2010 women’s ability to exercise this basic right is under attack as never before, not only by domestic terrorism but also in the halls of Congress. Just last summer, Wichita physician Dr. George Tiller was murdered as he attended church services, and today his admitted killer is being allowed to make the novel argument that his heinous act was not murder because he was driven by religious zeal. In Washington, after months of debate over health care reform, we find ourselves wondering whether the leadership in Congress and the president we worked so hard to elect in 2008 will ultimately stand up to the Catholic Bishops and other extremists bent on dismantling Roe and reject their demands for sweeping anti-abortion provisions in the reform bill. More than ever, we must fight for women’s fundamental human right to have access to safe and legal abortion.

The names Bart Stupak and Joe Pitts will forever be infamous for their closed-door collusion with the Catholic Bishops to push through an amendment to the House health care reform bill that would effectively choke off all private as well as public insurance coverage for abortion care. If enacted, this provision would deprive tens of millions of women of health insurance they currently have, as nearly 90 percent of today’s private health insurance policies cover abortion. NOW and its allies beat back an attempt to put a nearly identical provision into the Senate health reform bill, only to see a so-called “compromise” inserted at the insistence of Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.). The Nelson language is better termed a capitulation, as it produces the same end result as Stupak-Pitts.

To those who tell us we should be willing to give up abortion rights in order to get other health care reforms, we respond with a resounding NO. We will not trade off the rights and needs of some women for the benefit of others. What kind of government has the temerity to even suggest that women do so?

On this anniversary, we mourn the beloved Dr. Tiller, who for 33 years courageously defended women’s constitutional right to access safe abortion care. And we express our profound gratitude to other abortion providers, like Dr. LeRoy Carhart, who has vowed to honor Dr. Tiller’s legacy by expanding the services available to women in his own practice and opening another clinic that will treat women in need of late-term abortions. NOW’s leaders and activists around the country will continue to support that mission.

Abortion has once again taken center stage in the current volatile political landscape. This year we pledge to fiercely resist every effort to negotiate, manipulate or hold up for sale our reproductive rights. Neither the bullying of the Catholic Bishops nor the threats of domestic terrorism will force us to turn back. As Dr. Tiller said, “Abortion is about women’s hopes and dreams. Abortion is a matter of survival for women.” Safe, legal and accessible abortion is a basic human right of every woman in this country. We claim it, and we will never give it up.

Things That Make Me Sigh and Say, “I Don’t Fucking Think So.”

Today I received this story from Brenda Lana Smith’s news feed.
Canada – Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General off the hook in M2F gender-variant rapist convict Shauna Taylor (nee Vance Egglestone)’s sex change… [2010-01-22 Toronto Star]

http://www.thestar.com/news/ontario/article/754295–ministry-off-the-hook-in-rapist-s-sex-change?bn=1

Ministry off the hook in rapist’s sex-change
Court rejects decision ordering attorney general to pick up cost of rapist’s psychiatric assessment

Tracey Tyler
Legal Affairs Reporter

Fri Jan 22 2010

Seven lawyers, four judges and two testicles. They’ve been at the centre of an important legal case and dispute over an Ontario psychiatric patient’s request for a sex change.

Now, Ontario’s highest court has ruled on who should pay for a pre-surgical psychiatric assessment of Vance Egglestone, a multiple rapist now known as Shauna Taylor.

Taylor, 53, who began attacking women in bars in the 1970s and has spent nearly 35 years locked up in psychiatric hospitals, has been trying to become a woman. The next step is an operation to remove both testicles, a procedure known as a double orchidectomy.

But what began as a patient’s request sparked broader legal issues that tested the scope of the Ontario Review Board’s power.

Although the board, which has jurisdiction over about 1,000 mentally disordered inmates, ordered the Ministry of the Attorney General to pick up the cost of having Taylor assessed by a Toronto gender identity clinic, the ministry objected. The board’s decision was reversed last year by a Superior Court judge.

When the case reached the Ontario Court of Appeal last week, a group known as the Empowerment Council, representing people with mental health issues, had joined the fray as an intervenor.

The council, along with Taylor, backed the review board in the dispute, arguing the board’s independence could be compromised if it were forced to pay for the psychiatric evaluations of patients. This is especially true when the board essentially controls a patient’s destiny, making decisions about whether he or she can be released, they argued.

There might even be a perception that if the board refused to send a patient for an assessment, it was because it did not have the money in its budget, the court was told.

In writing for the unanimous appeals court Thursday, however, Ontario Chief Justice Warren Winkler rejected these arguments.

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has indicated it is prepared to pay for any assessment ordered by the Ontario Review Board, he said.

The review board’s powers are set out in the Criminal Code.

In Thursday’s decision, Winkler said Justice Clair Marchand, who heard the case last year, was correct in finding that since there was no provision specifically authorizing the board to order another branch of government to pay for psychiatric assessments, it had no power to do so.

The board had been told by forensic psychiatrist Ron Langevin in 2007 that Taylor suffers from “gender identity disorder” and surgery would not only improve his sense of well-being, but reduce his risk of reoffending.

However, some staff at the Oak Ridge division of the Penetanguishene Mental Health Centre have expressed doubts he has the condition.

© Copyright Toronto Star 1996-2009

My opinion is this:

There are few pieces of human feces lower than rapists.  As far as I am concerned they should confined forever with no medical care what so ever.  I say that as someone who has been the victim of one of these pieces of shit.  I barely escaped being murdered.

If this prick wants a sex change operation I say “Strap the rapist prick down and let me at him with a Bowie knife.  I’ll gladly cut his dick and balls off.”

If you think I am angry ask his victims if they think he should be rewarded with serious consideration for sex reassignment.

There are some crimes just so far beyond the pale that those committing them should be deemed as having forfeited the right to ask for favors.  It is favor enough that he is still treated as human.

Cuba – Mariela Castro Confirms Cuba Carries Out Sex Change Operations…

Submitted by Andrea Brown

[2010-01-20 Havana Times]

http://www.havanatimes.org/?p=18459

Cuba Carries Out Sex Change Operations

January 20, 2010

HAVANA TIMES Jan. 19 – The director of the National Centre for Sex Education (CENESEX), Mariela Castro, confirmed today to the press that sex change operations are being done in the country. Around half of the persons waiting for the procedure have already had it.

Without specifying figures, Castro affirmed that some 120 persons have approached the CENESEX, but up to now only 30 transsexuals have been identified and 26 have requested the operation, reported IPS.

© 2010 Havana Times.org

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