Right Wing Racism, Sexism and Gender Abuse and the Olympics

I’ve been sort of watching the Olympics, more Women’s Football (Soccer) and the running events than most of the others.

I’m thrilled by the performance of women athletes. We have come a long way, baby, in the years since Title IX leveled the playing field.

We are still having to fight racism, as witness by the racist right wing Republi-Nazi attacks on President Obama and his family.

The gender fascism on the part of the über Reich wing Christo-Fascists is still with us.

They still live in a world of manly macho men and ultra dainty submissive girls who grow up to provide quiver fulls of white Christian baby warriors.

All the bullshit about who is a real woman or how some women Olympians aren’t feminine enough.  Enough for what?

The sexist pigs made all sorts of disparaging dickish comments about  British Olympic weightlifter Zoe Smith. See (Olympic Weightlifter Responds To Sexist Tweets: ‘We Don’t Lift Weights…For The Likes Of Men Like That’)

Zoe Smith responded on her own blog with: Thanks (but no thanks…)

“The obvious choice of slander when talking about female weightlifting is “how unfeminine, girls shouldn’t be strong or have muscles, this is wrong”. And maybe they’re right… in the Victorian era. To think people still think like this is laughable, we’re in 2012! This may sound like a sweeping generalisation, but most of the people that do think like this seem to be chauvinistic, pigheaded blokes who feel emasculated by the fact that we, three small, fairly feminine girls, are stronger than them. Simple as that. I confronted one guy that said “we’re probably all lesbians and look like blokes”, purely to explain the fact that his opinion is invalid cause he’s a moron. And wrong. He came up with the original comeback that I should get back in the kitchen. I laughed.

As Hannah pointed out earlier, we don’t lift weights in order to look hot, especially for the likes of men like that. What makes them think that we even WANT them to find us attractive? If you do, thanks very much, we’re flattered. But if you don’t, why do you really need to voice this opinion in the first place, and what makes you think we actually give a toss that you, personally, do not find us attractive? What do you want us to do? Shall we stop weightlifting, amend our diet in order to completely get rid of our ‘manly’ muscles, and become housewives in the sheer hope that one day you will look more favourably upon us and we might actually have a shot with you?! Cause you are clearly the kindest, most attractive type of man to grace the earth with your presence.

Oh but wait, you aren’t. This may be shocking to you, but we actually would rather be attractive to people who aren’t closed-minded and ignorant. Crazy, eh?! We, as any women with an ounce of self-confidence would, prefer our men to be confident enough in themselves to not feel emasculated by the fact that we aren’t weak and feeble.
And here’s some food for thought – maybe you should broaden your criteria for what you consider ‘attractive’ anyway, because these perfect, feminine women you speak of probably have no interest in you either.”

Then Think Progress had an article: NBC’s Bizarre Attempt to Turn Female Olympians Into Eye Candy

Forget the tape delay. Forget the weird cutting of certain events. Forget the obsessive focus on American athletes at the expense of covering the whole games. Forget the substanceless pool- and track-side interviews. From a sheer editorial judgement perspective, the biggest question about NBC’s coverage of the 2012 London Olympics has got to be how this video, “Bodies in Motion,” (NBC has, perhaps wisely, declined to make it embeddable), which features slow-motion shots of female athletes’ bodies set to music so cheesily porn-like it’s hard to believe that this isn’t a video someone made to parody the focus on female Olympians’ bodies.

The cluelessness of it even extends to the written description for the video: “Check out these bodies in motion during the Olympic Games,” as if the women it’s portraying, none of whom are identified by name, or country, which might have been a petty distraction from ogling, are inanimate objects rather than people. This utterly contentless video, which communicates nothing about the events these women are participating in or what it takes to perform them, might meet the editorial standards at Maxim, though the video quality isn’t even particularly impressive. There is no way it should pass the editorial standards for a news organization.

But sexist dickwaddery isn’t the only coin of the realm for the misogynists of the insane world of Conservatism, oh no they also love to deal in naked as well as coded racism.

First the right wing trolls attacked Serena Williams, calling her a disgrace to the US because of her impromptu victory celebration after defeating Maria Sharapova for the gold medal.  Serena Williams is one of the most awesome women tennis players ever, definitely has to be one of the top ten women tennis players of all time and these right wing racist assholes describe her little victory celebration as the “Crip Walk” reducing her to the level of a Los Angeles black gang member.

Even more shamefully it is as though no one dares call this naked racism for what it is.

Then there is sweet little Gabby Douglas.  She’s only a child and yet she is also an extremely talented athlete, an African American in a sport where one sees very few African Americans and it seems like some people have nothing better to do than criticize her hair.

“Nappy hair” has a nasty history as a racist slur, one that many African American women have internalized to the point of using as an insult against each other.

So we were treated to people making nasty comments, bullying almost about Gabby’s hair instead of what an incredible performance this sweet young athlete was giving the world. See (Gabby Douglas Hair Comments Confuse The Olympic Gymnast)

Then we have Faux News, propaganda arm of the racist right wing loony Republican Party weighing in:  Fox Complains Gabby Douglas And Other American Olympians Not Showing Enough Patriotism

The duty of calling out the racists and misogynists should be one accepted by all progressive people of every race.  Progressive people should also call out the misogynists on their sexism

The duty should never fall just on the shoulders of the oppressed.  People of good will should unite and raise their voices saying, “This is wrong and we do not want this sort of bigotry in our world.”

From The Root see: Gabby Douglas: Impact Far Beyond Sports

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Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan: Back to the Failed Top-Down Policies

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Palenville’s pagans lose religious tax exemption case

I’m an atheist not a pagan, nonetheless I have a warmer feeling towards pagans and gods/goddess and earth based religions than I have towards the patriarchal big three.

That said if you are going to give a religious based tax exemption to one religion you damn well have to give it to all religions.

Cathy Platine and I disagree about a lot of stuff but their screwing with her on this one sucks big time.

They are screwing her over because her religion is pagan and because she is transsexual and her religion involves others who are TS as wel as lesbian.

From Watershed Post: http://www.watershedpost.com/2012/palenville’s-pagans-lose-religious-tax-exemption-case

By Julia Reischel

A group of self-described pagans in Palenville has lost its bid for a religious exemption from property taxes.

Last Thursday, a New York State Supreme Court judge issued a decision in the trial of a case filed by the Maetreum of Cybele against the town of Catskill. (You can read the decision below.)

Catskill’s assessor has repeatedly denied requests by the group to take its property, a three-story former inn on a three-acre parcel in Palenville, off the tax rolls. (For an in-depth look at the controversy behind the lawsuit, see our 2010 feature story, “The Pagan Exemption.“)

The Maetreum, led by Reverend Mother Battakes Cathryn Platine, argued that the property is the worldwide religious headquarters of the Cybeline Revival, a pagan faith. The town of Catskill contends that the property is mainly used for non-religious residential purposes.

In his ruling, Judge Richard M. Platkin sided squarely with the town of Catskill.

Platine wrote to the Watershed Post with her reaction.

“The judge ruled against our exemptions while upholding our legitimacy as a religion,” she wrote. “I am devastated … Despite Catskill granting full exemption to over a dozen parsonages and even a Catholic picnic ground, they ruled against us.”

Daniel Vincelette, the lawyer who represented the town of Catskill (and who took some heat from another judge about his tactics in the case), said that the town officials were pleased.

Continue reading at:  http://www.watershedpost.com/2012/palenville’s-pagans-lose-religious-tax-exemption-case

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Prominent Deaf Civil Rights Organization Thumbs Its Nose at LGBT People a Second Time

From Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/courtney-odonnell/national-association-of-the-deaf-dennis-daugaard_b_1749798.html


The surprise thumbing of the nose at us by the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) during their national conference last month amounts to yet another slap in the face for LGBT people. This time, however, we’ve learned three crucial lessons that can be used to reverse these conditions.

Earlier this year I wrote on The Huffington Post about the NAD’s announcement that an anti-LGBT-rights governor would speak at their national conference. During the ensuing uproar on social media, the governor, Dennis Daugaard, of South Dakota, notified the NAD that he wouldn’t be able to attend the conference after all. As a result, the NAD never had to make a final decision on whether or not to pull the invitation. The governor, of course, likely made a purely political decision not to attend because, as a sitting governor, there was no upside for him. So a victory for us? As it turned out, our end-zone celebration was a bit premature.

Catching LGBT advocates by surprise, delegates at the following NAD conference moved to extend another invitation to Gov. Daugaard to speak at the next conference. The second surprise: This motion passed unanimously! Any progress made in educating the NAD on LGBT-equality needs amounted only to an elaborate illusion of our own making. The supposed support for gay marriage by the NAD revealed itself to be a ruse to distract us. When it comes to action, the NAD have shown that they’re going in a different direction.

Lesson 1: Being reactive is not enough. While the response from the LGBT community was sufficient to pressure the governor into cancelling his trip, we’ve made no actual progress within the NAD. The NAD remains a solid, archaic block of concrete when it comes to all things LGBT. Not one single delegate gave consideration to LGBT people during the vote on the Daugaard re-invitation. Not one. We’ve got to be proactive and get inside the NAD ourselves.

Continue reading at:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/courtney-odonnell/national-association-of-the-deaf-dennis-daugaard_b_1749798.html

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Illinois City Settles Historic Transgender Lawsuit

From The Advocate:  http://www.advocate.com/politics/transgender/2012/08/08/illinois-city-settles-historic-transgender-lawsuit

BY Diane Anderson-Minshall
August 08 2012

The city of Cicero, Ill. has settled a civil rights lawsuit brought by a transgender Latino woman who had been illegally searched and harassed by the city’s police offers. Bianca Feliciano alleged in her suit, according to ChicagoPride, that Cicero police officers verbally abused, harassed, and taunted her on the basis of her gender-identity on February 6, 2011, when she and another trans woman were walking down a street in Cicero. She says officers wrongfully accused them of engaging in sex work and after seeing her identification with her female gender and name, the officers “claimed that if Feliciano was properly disciplined and punished she would not be the way she is right now. The officers also insulted her by denying her gender-identity, stating ‘You are not female, you have a dick between your legs,’ and threatened her with jail claiming she was committing an act of fraud because her ID said she was female.”

Continue reading at:  http://www.advocate.com/politics/transgender/2012/08/08/illinois-city-settles-historic-transgender-lawsuit

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LGBT Youth Struggle to Survive Detroit Winters

From The Advocate:  http://www.advocate.com/youth/2012/08/08/op-ed-lgbt-youth-struggle-survive-detroit-winters

Just because the summer is upon us doesn’t mean we can leave homeless LGBT youth out in the cold.

BY Laura Hughes
August 08 2012

Jessica, a 21-year-old African American transgender woman in Detroit, has lived a hard life.  At the age of 13, she became homeless when her family kicked her out for not conforming to gender norms. Instead of a warm home, she had to find shelter in one unsafe and abandoned building after another. In one building, filled with drug users and located in a high-crime area, Jessica had to sleep on top of the stairs. But after increased security made using that building far too risky, she moved to an abandoned house on Arizona Street, sharing it with other homeless LGBTQ youth. The house has no running water or electricity. It is filthy; the house is strewn with garbage, and the second floor is covered in dog feces, yet many of the youth are forced to sleep there after a recent fire on the first floor. In a cruel irony, the local humane society came for the dogs, yet made no attempt to refer Jessica or her friends to any kind of services for them.

Continue reading at:  http://www.advocate.com/youth/2012/08/08/op-ed-lgbt-youth-struggle-survive-detroit-winters

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