Django Unchained: House Slaves Like Stephan and the “Girls” of HBS

Tina and I watched Django Unchained over the weekend.

My take on it is that it is much closer to the reality of slavery in America than Gone With the Fucking Wind.

The acting was brilliant. Samuel L. Jackson played the slimmest simmering stereotype of a house slave ever shown in a movie.  A Black person, a sycophant simpering ass kissing black man who hates other black people and has nothing positive to say about other black people.  Stephan in the movie bears a strong resemblance to Aaron McGruder’s character Uncle Ruckus, a self hating black man who first appeared in the comic strip, Boondocks.

Boondocks later became a somewhat controversial TV show of the same name.  There was a spin-off of Boondocks called The Uncle Ruckus Reality Show.

I’m not sure if it was actually shown here in the US.  I seem to recall having seen this character on SWIM.

Wikipedia describes the show as follows:

The episode begins inside of the BET headquarters with fictional president of Entertainment Wedgie Rudlin holding the Monday staff meeting on Thursday where he states he is the “new, super-duper smart, Harvard University-educated president of entertainment.” After asking staff members why he was hired, Rudlin says it’s time to take BET in a new direction. After firing a board member, Rudlin tells his staff to make “The Uncle Ruckus Reality Show” happen.

Following the opening credits, Uncle Ruckus is shown chronicling his life where his day typically starts at 4:45am and begins saying a prayer to “The White Man” & for blacks. Ruckus denies being black and states he suffers from “Re-vitiligo“, (the opposite of what Michael Jackson had), and applies an ointment composed of bleach and sulfur.

Ruckus then goes on talk about his shrines to his white heroes including John Wayne and George H W Bush. He also mentions he works 32 jobs, including bus driver (where he is ignored and insulted by the suburban kids. Uncle says that “these kids are pure human race”). Ruckus stops the Freeman brothers as they arrive to get on the bus, they’re the only kids that show him a shred of respect, from boarding and tells them, “This bus is for kids with a future!”

On arriving at J. Edgar Hoover Elementary, Ruckus is seen working as a janitor mopping the hall, bemoaning desegregation and ranting about black people in education and films. After school, Ruckus approaches Jazmine and asks if she is waiting for her father Tom, about whom Ruckus remarks to the camera, “He married to a white woman, lucky son of a bitch”. Tom arrives in a kilt and tells Ruckus of his Scottish heritage and how he took a test that revealed he was 32.5% Scottish.

Ruckus then visits a scientist and receives the results of his ethnic makeup. Midway through the scene, the action pans back to BET where Rudlin tells Deborah Leevil of his plan to start BET animation in order to destroy the minds of black kids at a younger age. A board member shows Leevil his creation: “Super Cyborg Mandigo Man”, with the script in flipbook form, showing a stick figure throwing a spear.

Leevil, unimpressed with the show not being evil enough, summons her associates, “Big Nigga” and “Crazy Bitch” to beat up the board member. The board member screams for Rudlin to save him, but his pleas fall on deaf ears. Leevil then asks about the Uncle Ruckus show and Rudlin tells her it is. Leevil issues a threat of killing, or at least serious injury.

On the show, Ruckus receives his DNA test results, which reveal that he is 102% African with a 2% margin of error. Following this, Ruckus retreats in a bed-bound depression and quits all his jobs and contemplates selling “crack” and doubts he has re-vitiligo and calls on the Freemans for advice on how to be black. Robert points out there’s nothing wrong with being black. In a sports store (probably Foot Locker), Ruckus complains about no shoes named after white men. Afterward, while getting his hair cut, Ruckus jumps to the defense of U.S. president George W. Bush.

I don’t know if self hating begins to describe this sort of pathology.

I do know I have a couple of people who make slamming me and a number of other TS/TG folks the main focus of their blogs.  Jennifer Usher and Ben Girl to name names.

I tend to view my being transsexual as sort of like having been born half Polish American, working class from a small rural town.  It’s part of my history more than my present.  For a while I got sucked into a variation on the game of self hating people who prefer the transgender label to the transsexual one.  Some of the Transgender Borg ideologues make that one really easy.

But then I realized that one was easy to ignore.  All I had to do was focus on equality and the right to dignity.

I put scare quotes on the word “Girls” in the title deliberately.  I’ve always found it a little strange to think of oneself as the creation or possession of a doctor who treated you.  It’s one thing to like a doctor, be grateful, have a rapport with a doctor and another sort of creepy Replicant like mode of thinking to describe yourself as the  one of X-Doctor’s “girls”.

It’s even more bizarre to have a history of describing yourself as “more than a transvestite and less than a transsexual” yet go on to claim a level of purity based on regurgitating every neo-Nazi, Christo-Fascist Rad Fem bit of anti-transsexual/anti-transgender filth one reads on the internet.

It is truly disconnected from the real world to think you aren’t part of the transsexual/transgender class that hatred is directed at.

No matter how far up the bigots assholes you have your tongue in the end you are still a transsexual/transgender person.  You can play the role of an extermination camp Sonder Commando, but all it does is postpone the inevitable.

You may think you can hide behind aliases yet we are all visible now from before birth to long after death.  Particularly if we are on-line.

I’ve pissed off the HBS holes because I don’t buy their purity crap. I also don’t buy their hatred of every transsexual/transgender person who stands up for their rights and by extension for the rights of all.

Like Stephan in Django Unchained they are tools of the oppressor and when the shit comes down we know which side they are on.

Four Minutes of Hate: The Naked Bigotry Of The AFA’s Bryan Fischer

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Richie Havens (January 21, 1941 – April 22, 2013)

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The Tangle of the Sexes

From The New York Times:  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/21/opinion/sunday/the-tangle-of-the-sexes.html?ref=global

By BOBBI CAROTHERS and HARRY REIS
Published: April 20, 2013

MEN and women are so different they might as well be from separate planets, so says the theory of the sexes famously explicated in John Gray’s 1992 best seller, “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus.”

Indeed, sex differences are a perennially popular topic in behavioral science; since 2000, scientific journals have published more than 30,000 articles on them.

That men and women differ in certain respects is unassailable. Unfortunately, the continuing belief in “categorical differences” — men are aggressive, women are caring — reinforces traditional stereotypes by treating certain behaviors as immutable. And, it turns out, this belief is based on a scientifically indefensible model of human behavior.

As the psychologist Cordelia Fine explains in her book “Delusions of Gender,” the influence of one kind of categorical thinking, neurosexism — justifying differential treatment by citing differences in neural anatomy or function — spills over to educational and employment disparities, family relations and arguments about same-sex institutions.

Consider a marital spat in which she accuses him of being emotionally withdrawn while he indicts her for being demanding. In a gender-categorical world, the argument can quickly devolve to “You’re acting like a typical (man/woman)!” Asking a partner to change, in this binary world, is expecting him or her to go against the natural tendency of his or her category — a very tall order.

The alternative, a dimensional perspective, ascribes behavior to individuals, as one of their various personal qualities. It is much easier to imagine how change might take place.

But what of all those published studies, many of which claim to find differences between the sexes? In our research, published recently in The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, we shed an empirical light on this question by using a method called taxometric analysis.

This method asks whether data from two groups are likely to be taxonic — a classification that distinguishes one group from another in a nonarbitrary, fundamental manner, called a “taxon” — or whether they are more likely to be dimensional, with individuals’ scores dispersed along a single continuum.

The existence of a taxon implies a fundamental distinction, akin to the difference between species. As the clinical psychologist Paul Meehl famously put it, “There are gophers, there are chipmunks, but there are no gophmunks.”

A dimensional model, in contrast, indicates that men and women come from the same general pool, differing relatively, trait by trait, much as any two individuals from the same group might differ.

Continue reading at:  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/21/opinion/sunday/the-tangle-of-the-sexes.html?ref=global

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Article Review: Long-Term Evaluation of Donor-Site Morbidity after Radial Forearm Flap Phalloplasty for Transsexual Men

From Open Minded Health:  http://openmindedhealth.com/2013/04/article-review-long-term-evaluation-of-donor-site-morbidity-after-radial-forearm-flap-phalloplasty-for-transsexual-men/

April 18, 2013

The first study of long-term effects of radial forearm flap phalloplasty was published just this month. The aesthetics, functionality, and health status of the donor site on the forearm was examined. This study was reported by researchers at the Center for Sexology and Gender Problems at Ghent University Hospital in Belgium.

Does “radial forearm flap phalloplasty” sound like gibberish? Let’s break it down. Phalloplasty is one of the genital procedures available for trans men (the other is metoidioplastywhich we’ve previously covered). In a phalloplasty, tissue from elsewhere on the body is used to make a penis. ”Radial forearm” refers to the part of the body used: a section of forearm, including blood vessels and nerves. “Flap” means the tissue from the forearm is removed completely from the body then put on in another location. “Flap” is in contrast to “pedicle”, where the tissue remains connected in one spot. So a radial forearm flap phalloplasty, essentially, is where tissue from the forearm is used to make a penis. At the same time, hysterectomy and bilateral oophorectomy are done.

As with any surgery involving a graft, both the donor and receiver tissues are damaged. This procedure leaves a scar on the forearm where The researchers report that scarring, reduced bone density, limited range of motion, decreased finger/hand strength, loss of graft, delayed healing, and sensory changes have all been reported. But how common are they? Enter the current research.

Who participated in this research? 44 trans men who had had the procedure. They were an average of 9 years post-surgery, with a range from 9 months to 22 years. Six had a metoidioplasty before their phalloplasty. The median age at surgery was 28. All participants were on hormone therapy, and had been for an average of 10 years; most on a mix of testosterone esters delivered intramuscularly (which is fairly standard practice). The trans male participants were compared to a control group of cis women. There was no weight difference (BMI) between the two groups, but there were more tobacco smokers in the experimental (trans men) group than in the control group (cis women). The control group was not on any metabolic or hormonal altering treatment. In addition to general questions (e.g., tobacco use, medications, medical conditions), the forearm scars of participants were assessed. Questions relating to scar pain, stiffness, and sensation were included. Bone density and body mass were also measured.

Continue reading at:  http://openmindedhealth.com/2013/04/article-review-long-term-evaluation-of-donor-site-morbidity-after-radial-forearm-flap-phalloplasty-for-transsexual-men/

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Jason Somerville: The fairness of Fallon Fox

From Out Sports:  http://www.outsports.com/2013/4/19/4244406/jason-somerville-fallon-fox-mma

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Over the past few weeks, we’ve heard a lot about Fallon Fox, the first transgender woman tocompete professionally in mixed martial arts. In May 2012, Fox made her pro fighting debut inthe 145-pound women’s division, winning via technical knockout. She fought again in March 2013,knocking out her opponent in 39 seconds. After her second bout Fox revealed publicly that shehad underwent gender reassignment surgery in 2006. In the month since her coming out, theissue of whether Fox should be allowed to compete against women has been widely discussed.

This is an issue that necessitates thoughtful study and research, so we’re sure to hear theworthless, uninformed opinions of those who have done neither. On this week’s edition of “TheMMA Hour” with Ariel Helwani, former NFL player and current UFC heavyweight fighter MattMitrione spoke his mind on Fox and her fighting career. Repeatedly referring to Fox as “he” andcomparing her to Buffalo Bill from “Silence of the Lambs”, Mitrione went on to call Fox a “lying,sick, sociopathic, disgusting freak.” Mitrione’s comments were quickly and strongly rebuffed bythe UFC as they suspended Mitrione five hours later.

Despite the many obstacles in front of them, transgender athletes have seen increased supportfrom major organizations in the past decade. In 2004, the International Olympic Committee setrules for transgender participation which, while perhaps imperfect, represented a major step fortransgender athletes. In 2012, the Association of Boxing Commissions, which also overseesmixed martial arts, enacted a similar policy as the IOC’s on transgender fighters.

In combat sports, the safety of the two athletes must be paramount. In an interview with mixedmartial arts news site Bloody Elbow, Dr. Marci Bowers, an expert in the field of transgenderreassignment, was asked if Fox had an inherent advantage in mixed martial arts competitiondue to her being born male. “Most measures of physical strength minimize, muscle massdecreases, bone density decreases, and they become fairly comparable to women in theirmusculature. After as much time as has passed in her case, if tested, she would probably endup in the same muscle mass category as her biologically born female counterpart.”

Additionally, Bloody Elbow spoke with Dr. Sherman Leis, founder of the Philadelphia Center forTransgender Surgery, who concurred with Dr. Bowers:

Continue reading at:  http://www.outsports.com/2013/4/19/4244406/jason-somerville-fallon-fox-mma

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45 Failed Alex Jones Predictions

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