Tootsie and Bosom Buddies were in the stone age before there really was a Transgender Community or Transgender Activist. They were at a time when no one really thought about non-discrimination laws or how hard it was for transgender and newly transitioning transsexual people to find a job or keep a job.
What was insensitive in those days could be written off as comedy because of lack of social consciousness regarding the treatment of transgender people and to a lesser extent transsexual people.
Further when Tootsie and Bosom Buddies were released transsexual and transgender people were not the focus of organized “Christian” hate groups who are now scapegoating TS/TG folks.
The corporate suits behind this should sensitivity test their concept for this show using say white people in blackface since another right wing talking point is that affirmative action has made it so much harder for white men to get hired or get ahead. Really?
The core premise of this is pushing a very misogynistic right wing talking point: White men are being left behind due to affirmative action and feminism.
Never mind that for TS/TG people passability equals survival without having to prostitute.
With the controversial upcoming ABC series about men passing as women in the workplace, it’s both viewers and trans people who lose.
By Diane Anderson-MInshall
December 21, 2011
If any major television network can be said to be advancing the visibility of transgender people on TV, it would surely be ABC. After all, it’s the first major network to cast an actual transgender actress in a recurring role (Candis Cayne as Carmelita on Dirty Sexy Money) and the first to feature a regular starring character that is trans (Ugly Betty‘s Alexis Meade, played by nontrans actress Rebecca Romijn). Earlier this year, the network came under fire by religious conservatives as it gallantly stood behind its first transgender competition-show contestant, Dancing With the Stars‘ Chaz Bono.
All of this explains, in part, why it’s so disappointing — for producers, network presidents, LGBT viewers, and nearly every transgender woman in America who reads the blogs — that ABC’s new mid-season sitcom Work It is the subject of so much conflict over its perceived anti-trans bias. I say that because in this current scenario, not a single person wins.
First, the basics: Work It could have been a hilarious social commentary on the collective male fear of workplace emasculation, the thesis bandied about by some academics and men’s rights groups that men are losing ground to women in the workplace, that men have become the new minority when it comes to career trajectories that have us all achieving the quintessential American dream. It’s a theme that’s likely got a tiny basis in reality. Though women still don’t earn as much as men overall, and women — and sometimes gay men — are still vastly overrepresented in pink-collar jobs, universities are seeing emerging achievement gaps in some fields, in which women are now at least enrolling in programs at much greater numbers than men, for example.
But Work It is not a hilarious social commentary. It’s not a hilarious anything. The premise is simple, albeit ripped from the 1980s hit Bosom Buddies (a show that would seem delightfully dated in a post–Chaz Bono world, in which we all know much more about the existence, if not the reality, of transgender people). The show stars two very capable actors — Benjamin Koldyke (who played Alby’s gay Mormon lover on Big Love and Robin’s boyfriend Don on How I Met Your Mother) and Amaury Nolasco (who played Fernando on Prison Break) — who both deserve much better material.
Continue reading at: http://www.advocate.com/Arts_and_Entertainment/Television/Work_It_Just_Doesnt_Work/
By Agence France-Presse
Monday, December 26, 2011
Extra Israeli police patrolled the streets of a small town nearJerusalem on Monday after a campaign by ultra-Orthodox Jews to segregate men and women erupted into violence.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that a man from the town ofBeit Shemesh was arrested on Monday over an assault on Sunday on a TV crew filming a sign instructing women to cross the street to avoid walking past a synagogue.
Other signs were posted in an ultra-Orthodox neighbourhood telling women to dress “modestly”, meaning long sleeves and calf-length skirts.
The Haaretz newspaper said that the cameraman from commercial station Channel Two was thrown to the ground and his sound recordist grabbed by the throat in the attack by ultra-Orthodox men.
The violence in the town west of Jerusalem came after a wave of incidents elsewhere in Israel in which women have been compelled to sit at the back of segregated buses serving ultra-Orthodox areas or get off, despite court rulings that women may sit where they please.
Women’s rights activists say that the ultra-Orthodox, who constitute around 10 percent of Israel’s population, have become increasingly “radical” on the issue of gender segregation and are winning concessions that harm women.
“Discrimination and violence against women, purportedly motivated by religious sensibilities, have spiralled out of control,” the liberal Haaretz said in an editorial on Monday.
“In recent weeks, we have been witness to women attacked for refusing to move to the back of the bus to uphold a policy of gender segregation; women forced out of a venue where elections in a Jerusalem neighbourhood were being held,” it said.
From The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/23/opinion/krugman-the-post-truth-campaign.html?_r=2&ref=opinion
By PAUL KRUGMAN
Published: December 22, 2011
Suppose that President Obama were to say the following: “Mitt Romney believes that corporations are people, and he believes that only corporations and the wealthy should have any rights. He wants to reduce middle-class Americans to serfs, forced to accept whatever wages corporations choose to pay, no matter how low.”
How would this statement be received? I believe, and hope, that it would be almost universally condemned, by liberals as well as conservatives. Mr. Romney did once say that corporations are people, but he didn’t mean it literally; he supports policies that would be good for corporations and the wealthy and bad for the middle class, but that’s a long way from saying that he wants to introduce feudalism.
But now consider what Mr. Romney actually said on Tuesday: “President Obama believes that government should create equal outcomes. In an entitlement society, everyone receives the same or similar rewards, regardless of education, effort, and willingness to take risk. That which is earned by some is redistributed to the others.”
And in an interview the same day, Mr. Romney declared that the president “is going to put free enterprise on trial.”
This is every bit as bad as my imaginary Obama statement. Mr. Obama has never said anything suggesting that he holds such views, and, in fact, he goes out of his way to praise free enterprise and say that there’s nothing wrong with getting rich. His actual policy proposals do involve a rise in taxes on high-income Americans, but only back to their levels of the 1990s. And no matter how much the former Massachusetts governor may deny it, the Affordable Care Act established a national health system essentially identical to the one he himself established at a state level in 2006.
From Scientific American: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=the-unleashed-mind
Highly creative people often seem weirder than the rest of us. Now researchers know why
By Shelley Carson
April 14, 2011
He is one of the world’s best known and most successful entrepreneurs, with hundreds of patents to his name—including the Segway scooter. But you will never see Dean Kamen in a suit and tie: the eccentric inventor dresses almost exclusively in denim. He spent five years in college before dropping out, does not take vacations and has never married. Kamen presides (along with his Ministers of Ice Cream, Brunch and Nepotism) over the Connecticut island kingdom of North Dumpling, which has “seceded” from the U.S. and dispenses its own currency in units of pi. Visitors are issued a visa form that includes spaces on which to note identifying marks on both their face and buttocks.
Kamen, who works tirelessly at inspiring kids to pursue careers in science and engineering, is one of many highly creative people whose personal behavior sometimes strikes others as odd. Albert Einstein picked up cigarette butts off the street to get tobacco for his pipe; Howard Hughes spent entire days on a chair in the middle of the supposedly germ-free zone of his Beverly Hills Hotel suite; the composer Robert Schumann believed that his musical compositions were dictated to him by Beethoven and other deceased luminaries from their tombs; and Charles Dickens is said to have fended off imaginary urchins with his umbrella as he walked the streets of London. More recently, we have seen Michael Jackson’s preoccupation with rhinoplasty, Salvador Dalí’s affection for dangerous pets and the Icelandic singer Björk dressed for the Oscars as a swan.
It isn’t just average Joes who perceive highly creative individuals as eccentric. These individuals often see themselves as different and unable to fit in. The latest findings in brain imaging, creativity research and molecular biology suggest that these perceptions are not just based on a few anecdotal accounts of “weird” scientists and artists. In fact, creativity and eccentricity often go hand in hand, and researchers now believe that both traits may be a result of how the brain filters incoming information. Even in the business world, there is a growing appreciation of the link between creative thinking and unconventional behavior, with increased acceptance of the latter.
Making the Connection
The incidence of strange behavior by highly creative individuals seems too extensive to be the result of mere coincidence. As far back as ancient Greece, both Plato and Aristotle made comments about the peculiar behavior of poets and playwrights. (Aristotle was also the first to note the relation between creativity and depression, an association that has been substantiated by modern research.) More than a century ago Italian criminologist Cesare Lombroso catalogued the bizarre behavior of creative luminaries in his book The Man of Genius and attributed this behavior to the same hereditary “degeneration” that marked violent criminals.
Continue reading at: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=the-unleashed-mind
So Christo-Nazi Cindy Jacobs is going around claim magic powers. Perhaps she is one of those witches. Maybe we should drop her in the ocean and see if she floats, witches float you know?
Mike and Cindy Jacobs recount an episode where Cindy’s miraculous healing prayers “completely replaced everything” for a woman who had had a full hysterectomy and she became pregnant.
From The Guardian UK: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/dec/25/anonymous-security-thinktank-stratfor
Hacking movement boasts of stealing confidential client list and mining it for credit card numbers
The loose-knit hacking movement Anonymous claims to have stolen thousands of credit card numbers and other personal information belonging to clients of US-based security thinktank Stratfor. One hacker said the goal was to pilfer funds from individuals’ accounts to give away as Christmas donations, and some victims confirmed unauthorised transactions linked to their credit cards.
Anonymous boasted of stealing Stratfor’s confidential client list – which includes entities including Apple, the US air force and the Miami police department – and mining it for more than 4,000 credit card numbers, passwords and home addresses.
Stratfor – based in Austin, Texas – provides political, economic and military analysis to help clients reduce risk, according to a description on its YouTube page. It charges subscribers for its reports and analysis, delivered through the web, emails and videos. The company’s main website was down on Sunday, with a banner saying the “site is currently undergoing maintenance”.
Proprietary information about the companies and government agencies that subscribe to Stratfor’s newsletters did not appear to be at any significant risk, however, with the main threat posed to individual employees who had subscribed.
“Not so private and secret anymore?” Anonymous taunted in a message on Twitter, promising that the attack on Stratfor was just the beginning of a Christmas-inspired assault on a long list of targets.
From Common Dreams: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/12/21-3
Published on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 by RT
Law enforcement can already beat protesters with batons, spray subversive chemicals into their eyeballs, shoot rubber bullets at a speed of around 100 yards-per-second and blast deafening sound bursts.
Why, then, shouldn’t they be stop a person from breathing?
That’s the very question that Raytheon, the defense contractor and missile manufacturer that’s long-time pals with the Pentagon, seems to think it can answer with one new piece of protester-proof riot gear. They are calling it a man-portable non-lethal pressure shield, and its effects could have you contesting to catch your breath.
Move over, LRAD, the new pressure shield in the works from the DoD allies that brought you such classics as the BGM-109 Tomahawk subsonic cruiser and the Phalanx CIWS anti-ship missile defense system stands to be the next step in crowd control and could give your local policeman a whole new way to deal with those pesky Occupy hippies and their silly pleas of ending corrupt Wall Street corporate personhood. This upcoming addition to the arsenal brings with it a whole new way of beating down protesters. The shield, by sending out a series of pulsed pressure beams, resonates the upper respiratory tract of the victim and, depending on which setting is chosen by the officer, can render them warned, stunned or incapacitated.
Continue reading at: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/12/21-3
Submitted by Brian Tashman
December 23, 2011
Yesterday, Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta won a raffle to have the first kiss with her girlfriend, Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell, after the USS Oak Hill landed in Virginia as part of Navy tradition. In a message sent to Tea Party Nation members, the group’s resident bigot Alan Caruba wrote that the kiss proves the military is being “used by gay and lesbian advocacy groups as a petri dish to force social change” to help people who have an orientation that is a “sexual aberration”:
For generations of Americans, the most famous kiss between a Navy sailor and a nurse occurred during the celebration of V-J Day in New York’s Times Square on August 14, 1945.
The photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt was published in Life magazine a week later. It said everything you needed to know about the joy with which the nation responded to the end of World War Two and everything about the shared values of the nation.
So, when a photo of a homecoming kiss between Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta kissing her “partner”, Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell went public on December 22, it set gay and lesbian hearts atwitter. What the predominantly heterosexual population thought of it was unreported.
But why? The answer is the way the U.S. military has been used by gay and lesbian advocacy groups as a petri dish to force social change. The other location for influencing such change is in our nation’s schools and manifests itself in charges of massive bullying and questionable sex education curriculums, many of which evoke outrage among today’s parents.
First Posted: 12/25/11
PARIS (Reuters) – The head of the International Monetary Fund said the world economy was in danger and urged Europeans to speak with one voice on a debt crisis that has rattled the global financial system.
In Nigeria last week, IMF Christine Lagarde said the IMF’s 4 percent growth forecast for the world economy in 2012 could be revised downward, but gave no new figure.
“The world economy is in a dangerous situation,” she told France’s Journal du Dimanche in an interview published on Sunday.
The debt crisis, which continues into 2012 after a European Union summit on December 9 only temporarily calmed markets, “is a crisis of confidence in public debt and in the solidity of the financial system,” she said.
European leaders drafted a new treaty for deeper economic integration in the euro zone, but it is not certain that the accord will stem the debt crisis, which began in Greece in 2009, and now threatens France and even economic powerhouse Germany.
“The December 9 summit wasn’t detailed enough on financial terms and too complicated on fundamental principles,” said Lagarde.