NOW Conference Opens with Feminist Fireworks on the Agenda

Statement of NOW President Terry O’Neill

July 2, 2010

Today the National Organization for Women opens its 2010 National NOW Conference at a critical time for women’s rights. Hundreds of feminist leaders and activists have gathered in Boston, Mass., to share information, ideas and strategies for addressing the huge challenges before us.

These hurdles include a rash of state restrictions on women’s legal right to abortion — laws that threaten women’s health, violate their bodily integrity and relegate them to second-class status. With the mid-term elections just four months away, this conference offers NOW an opportunity to motivate its grassroots to get out the vote for candidates who promise to champion women’s rights. Sending the Tea Party and faux feminist candidates packing is high on our supporters’ to-do list for November, and we aim to help them with that mission.

This year’s conference carries the optimistic theme of “Loving Our Bodies, Changing the World.” In this spirit, a number of sessions will address a wide range of women’s health issues, the still-pressing need for single-payer health insurance, recovering from domestic violence, the media’s negative impact on women’s body image, and much more.

What else does NOW have on the agenda? A number of incredible speakers, including local favorites, such as: Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Boston Mayor Tom Menino, State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, Wellesley College President Kim Bottomly, and Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea Cabral. We will hear from a host of progressive leaders, policy experts, medical professionals and media figures, like Democacy Now! Host Amy Goodman and celebrated author Susan Douglas. We will honor the founders of the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, creators of the groundbreaking book Our Bodies, Ourselves, with our first-ever Victoria J. Mastrobuono Women’s Health Award. And, in addition to health, our impressive line-up of speakers will tackle the topics of the state of the feminist movement, women of color and empowerment, expanding abortion access, and electoral politics. With this exciting program, there’s sure to be a moving message and an inspiring individual for everyone.

In fact, this year’s festivities even include a wedding ceremony and reception. What could be more fitting, with Massachusetts one of the few states to acknowledge the constitutional right of same-sex marriage, than for longtime partners and NOW activists Shirley and Joan to tie the knot right at the national conference?

That’s what makes NOW’s annual assembly a unique event. Women’s rights supporters come from across the country looking for camaraderie, solidarity and inspiration. And NOW delivers it — in as many methods and flavors as possible. After all the feminist fireworks are done, our participants will return home fired up and prepared to press forward on the long and often bumpy road toward women’s full equality.

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Homophobia Is So Gay

Why does it seem like every single right wing homophobe preaching hatred of queers turns out to secretly be homosexual?

Years ago there was a documentary film by Arthur Dong (Licensed to Kill) that focused on men who murdered gay people in acts of homophobic outrage.  The world would have been a better place if they had committed suicide instead because the most common feature of these hate murder preps was that they were gay themselves.

I look at so many of those Bible thumpers preaching anti-LGBT/T and I wonder how come they look like tea room queens and truck stop marys.

The answer is because many of them are.

So many are hiding their being on the down low by ranting and raving about how gays and lesbians are bring about the end of the world as we know it that virulent homophobia is turning into a dead certain read that the spewer of it himself a homosexual.

Yesterday during the Supreme Court nominee  hearings for Elaina Kagen, we were subjected that questionable peddler of Fascist Family Values Tony Perkins spewing his bigoted bullshit.  Now there’s a voice of “authority” for you.  It should be noted for the record that he left his sheets at home.

Transcript of his bullshit from: Good As You

Chairman Leahy, Ranking Member Sessions, and members of the Committee,

Thank you for the invitation to testify.

As one who has spent a number of years in uniform, as a Marine and a police officer, my remarks will focus primarily on Ms Kagan’s treatment of military recruiters at Harvard Law School.

As has been pointed out while Dean of the law school she defied the requirements of a federal law, known as the Solomon Amendment. Her violation of this federal law was motivated by her vehement opposition to the military’s prohibition against open homosexuality.

This protracted incident, combined with the just made public report of her re- writing of the medical findings of ACOG on partial birth abortion as advisor in the Clinton White House, raises doubts as to whether she possesses the requisite judicial temperament and impartial nature required of a Supreme Court justice.

On the former topic, when Ms. Kagan did comply with the law she wrote to the campus making clear just how grudging her cooperation with the military was in light of the military’s “repugnant” policy.1 She declared, “I abhor the military’s discriminatory recruitment policy,” and she added that the policy was “a profound wrong—a moral injustice of the first order.”

“A moral injustice of the first order?” Of all the moral injustices throughout history that man has inflicted on man, she equates them to a military policy enacted by Congress?

Mr. Chairman, the purpose of our military is to fight and win this country’s wars. War is the most difficult human activity, bar none. It requires organized groups of men and women to act with strategic and tactical lethality while its members are simultaneously being wounded and killed.

In war, the normal ways of living are completely sacrificed in the harsh, punishing environment of combat. Even in peacetime settings and in units not engaged in combat, great sacrifices are required. Military life, by its nature, must be characterized by a regular lack of privacy and repeated situations of forced intimacy.

As military experts have testified and this Congress has affirmed, in such an environment it is not “a moral injustice of the first order” to minimize the sexual exposure that such conditions forces on soldiers, sailors, Marines, and airmen. It is the only sensible and effective way to run a military organization.

It should be noted that the current law on homosexuality in the military has been repeatedly challenged—and upheld—by the federal courts. And the Supreme Court unanimously upheld the Solomon Amendment.

Some have defended Ms. Kagan’s actions regarding the military, claiming they do not demonstrate that she is “anti-military.” There is truth in that, only in that she does not oppose the military simply because they are the military. However, she clearly does oppose the military because they have not yet bowed to the demands of the sexual counter-culture. Her record would suggest that it is not that Ms. Kagan does not want the military to defend our nation against terrorism; it’s just that she wants to use the military to advance radical social policies more.

This becomes very clear when one examines the amicus brief that Ms Kagan signed on to in the Solomon case. This brief began with a sweeping declaration that is startling in its implications. “We are deeply committed to a fundamental moral principle: ‘A society that discriminates based on sexual orientation – or that tolerates discrimination by its members-is not a just society’.”

Note that Kagan and the professors condemn not only a society that “discriminates,” but a society “that tolerates discrimination by its members.” I abhor discrimination based on race and other immutable characteristics, but the implications of this are chilling for the freedom of speech and the freedom of religion. It should alarm those who live in the 45 states that define marriage as the union of a man and a woman, and to the tens of millions of Americans who affirm biblical moral teaching.

Her own statements make obvious that Elena Kagan would strike down any marital statute – including the federal Defense of Marriage Act – which defines marriage as being between one man and one woman.

At question is not whether Ms Kagan is a good person or even skilled in the law. What is in question is her ability to be an impartial jurist. Her record makes clear she is an impassioned activist that only sees laws and in some cases science as mere obstacles to overcome in pursuit of a far left agenda.

We do not need a justice on the Supreme Court who sees it as her life mission to write the homosexual version of Roe v. Wade by striking down one-man, one- woman marriage across America. These positions and the temperament accompanying them make her unfit to sit as an associate justice on the Supreme Court. I urge the Senate to reject her nomination.

But the real window of insight into the thinking processes of this Fascist Family Values Fanatic can be found over in the comments section of Joe My God”s Blog piece on the same subject.

From the Family Research Council”s own literature:

‘Untrammeled homosexuality can take over and destroy a social system. If… all you want is the most satisfying orgasm you can get – and that is what homosexuality seems to be – then homosexuality seems too powerful to resist. The evidence is that men do a better job on men and women on women, if all you are looking for is orgasm …. It’s pure sexuality. It’s almost like pure heroin. It’s such a rush. . . . Marital sex tends toward the boring end. Generally, it doesn’t deliver the kind of sheer sexual pleasure that homosexual sex does.’” [Michigan Journal of Gender & Law, Chaos, Law, and God: The Religious Meanings of Homosexuality2008]

So many of the Christo-Fascist arguments regarding LGBT/T folks having equal rights seem centered upon the idea that if LGBT/T people had equality and were not forced to deal with hatred and bigotry every day then everyone would want to be part of our rainbow flag waving alphabet soup.

Same-sex  sexual relationships are hotter than straight ones so we have to punish people who engage in same-sex sexual relationships isn’t a very compelling argument unless you are a repressed homosexual making it to yourself.

The argument of: “God doesn’t want people to do this…”  Leaving aside the questionable existence of an invisible all powerful sky daddy whose management style seems strictly hands off.  Well that argument parses out to “I pray every night that I won’t give in and get caught soliciting a vice cop in a major airport.”

Even more hypocritical are the ones who get caught and continue to deny.

Instead of treating these neo-Nazis sex lives as though they are “private matter” I think we should not only out all of them but perhaps even run sting operations on a bunch of them of the sort that are regularly run on the left.

Because in the end homophobia is the darken closet the last refuge of all those right wing gay closet cases.

Homophobia is soooooo gay!!!!

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