Friday Night Fun and Culture: Eliza Gilkyson

One of my New Years resolutions was that I would make an effort to try and find at least one new (to me) woman musical artist each month and feature her on Friday Night Fun and Culture.

I later amended that to stretching myself by reading new authors, etc.  Not just women or LGBT/T folks but new to me artists in general as well as some old and familiar favorites.

I first heard Eliza Gilkyson on the Village XM.  The first couple of times I heard her I liked her music but only caught that she was from Austin, then I searched on a lyric from one of her songs and became a Facebook Fan.

Rape is Rape!

There are a couple of positive signs regarding the up-dating of the FBI’s definition of forcible rape.  Some actually affect how the rape of TG people or male people is handled.  In years past rape of male bodied people was defined as sexual assault and police would try to label vaginal rape of post-SRS women the same way.

I’ve never understood the focus on the vagina in rape.  To me forced oral copulation or anal penetration is rape.  Rape if anything is the forced, or coerced non-consensual penetration of another persons body with penis or object used as a substitute for a penis.

From Ms. Magazine

Finally, Finally! FBI’s “Forcible Rape” Definition Is Officially History

January 6, 2012

Last month we were reported that victory was in sight in our months-long Rape is Rape campaign. At a December Senate hearing, FBI Director Robert Mueller let slip that “sometime this spring” the agency would update its archaic definition of “forcible rape.”

Mueller’s prediction gave us reason for optimism, but an official announcement today from the Obama administration gave us reason to celebrate!

The AP reports:

In a press briefing, senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett called the change a “very, very important step” because it counts men and because it includes rapes of women other than by physical force.

In the FBI’s official statement, CJIS Assistant Director David Cuthbertson says that the update ensures that “the number of victims of this heinous crime will be more accurately reflected in national crime statistics.”

“This is a major policy change and will dramatically impact the way rape is tracked and reported nationwide,” says Katherine Spillar, executive editor of Ms. “With a modern, broader definition, FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics will finally show the true breadth of this violence that affects so many women’s lives.”

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From The Advocate:

FBI Changes Its Definition of Rape to Include Male Victims

By Neal Broverman
January 6, 2012

The FBI recently c
hanged its longstanding policy that only recognized rape as a crime affecting women, a change that will bring more accurate counts of male rape and provide better resources to victims.

In their crime reports and tallys, the FBI will now include men among rape victims. Their new provision describes rape as any kind of forced penetration against a person. Along with advocates for sexual crime victims, vice president Joseph Biden pushed for the change. He said that the new policy will reverse 80 years of not accounting for male rape victims.

The change has practical merit as well as symbolic — millions in federal aid goes to sexual abuse victims and the new accounting for male rape will help assist those victims.

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‘Wild Old Women’ shut down Bank of America branch in Calif.

From Raw Story:

By Stephen C. Webster
Friday, January 6, 2012

A group of senior citizen activists calling themselves “Wild Old Women” staged a protest at a San Francisco Bank of America branch this week and succeeded in causing the business to close its doors, albeit temporarily.

The Bank of America in Bernal Heights, a San Francisco suburb, was confronted by the activists on Thursday afternoon, according to KCBS radio reporter Doug Sovern, who was on the scene.

The women were ages 69 to 82, and they stood on a sidewalk holding signs that demanded lower fees, higher taxes for the wealthy and a freeze on foreclosures. The bank locked its doors as soon as they arrived, Sovern noted.

“We’re upset about what the banks are doing, particularly in our neighborhood and neighboring areas, in evicting people and foreclosing on their homes,” one of the activists was quoted as saying. “We’re upset because the banks are raising their rates because it really affects seniors who are on a fixed income.”

The protest is just the latest in a growing number of direct actions targeting major American financial institutions, which have become the target of the public’s ire since the 2008 financial collapse, triggered by predatory loan practices and the widespread selling of debt-backed securities.

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Press Conference Launches “March-4-Jobs & Justice Day”

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Medical marijuana works miracles, says smoking granny

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What to do when a transgender man needs his pap smear? More OB/GYNs become transgender friendly as awareness grows

From The Daily Mail UK:

  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists published paper urging OB/GYNs to be more transgender friendly
  • Nearly 30 per cent of transgender community fears treatment

By Beth Stebner
6th January 2012

Transgendered men have been in a limbo of sorts for years, identifying with males and looking like them, but having the sexual organs of – and needing treatment for – the female reproductive system.

Because of these dilemmas, many female-to-male transgender have postponed going to the doctor to avoid being the subject of belittling, unprofessional conduct from both doctors and nurses, and in two per cent of cases, violence and physical harassment from staff.

But a board focusing on female health is hoping to change all that by advising OB/GYNs across the country to create a more accepting environment for the community.

The Sun-Sentinel has reported at the case of transgender couple S.F. Makalani-MaHee, who was born as a female but lives as a male, and his partner Rajee Narinesingh, a transgendered woman.

Mr Makalani-MaHee told the paper that he always felt a sense of dread when going to the gynaecologist, he still has a woman’s sexual organs, which brings a slew of uncomfortable emotions from many doctors.

‘The ignorance runs its course,’ he said. ‘A lot of us have avoided these types of experiences.’

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Go Away, Daddy! The Revolting Bob Parsons and His Toxic Internet Empire

I initially used Go Daddy for domain registration but I refuse to support a corporation that is most commonly known for its totally disgusting misogynistic advertising.

They weren’t any cheaper than alternatives such as Net Solutions or others.

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If unbridled capitalism is the plague, Go Daddy Founder Bob Parsons and his horrible company are the infected boils on the body politic.

By Lynn Parramore
January 3, 2012

 In late December, domain registrar Go Daddy spat on the notion of the open society by announcing support for the widely-denounced Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Technology firms and human rights activists quickly cried foul, revealing that the “copyright-enforcing” bill, with its overly broad definitions, was less about stopping piracy and more about restricting the flow of information to citizens. The firm caved to public pressure and withdrew support for the bill, which the US House Judiciary Committee will be voting on soon. The furore caused many Web sites (including AlterNet) to decide to pull their registrations from Go Daddy. And it shined a light on the notorious Go Daddy founder, cheekily and rather fondly profiled just days ago in the New York Times Magazine.

I refer to the Big Daddy himself, Bob Parsons.

Recently, Parsons sold 65 percent of Go Daddy to a private group led by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (well-known GOP supporters) for $2.25 billion – a move that will expand Go Daddy’s resources, products and global growth. Parsons will now step down as CEO, but states that his job “will pretty much continue as it has been” with a focus on the company’s marketing strategy.

Parsons is one part P.T. Barnum and one part Howard Stern, so vulgar he makes Donald Trump seem refined by comparison. He first achieved notoriety with his Hooters approach to the erstwhile boring business of selling domain names. He threw taste to the wind and hired a porn actress as the first “Go Daddy Girl,” running ads featuring her “wardrobe malfunction” during the Super Bowl. Feminists howled; Parsons crowed. His business went gangbusters.

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