Archive for September, 2011

September 7, 2011

Solidarity of Interest, Looking Outward

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Guest post by Cathy Brennan

The following is not a theoretical discussion. Rather, I propose a method of political organizing that will help move conversations forward. The ideas expressed herein are derived from my own experiences with political organizing and the limited theory I have read. I strongly encourage readers to read John Rawls’ A Theory of Justice if you are interested in learning more about my own theoretical framework.

For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in the political world around me. I blame my mother for this, as I recall her making me write a letter about how I felt when the U.S. hostages in Iran were freed under Ronald Reagan (go look it up, I am not a history teacher) in 1981. My mother – an Irish immigrant who never graduated from high school but who worked a union job to send me to a fancy-schmancy college – taught me that we need to identify common interests in order to move a political agenda forward.  That is, we must look outward and find ways of making connections with others who support a common goal.  Working in this manner – in solidarity with people who might not be exactly *like* you, but who share your goal – has been successful on issue campaigns, most notably labor organizing and, most recently, health care reform.

Enter Identity Politics.

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September 5, 2011

Mainstream News Outlet Confuses “Sex” and “Stuck His Dick Into”

by FCM

its a common error.  and they made it more than once.  liberal dickwad/mainstream news outlet huffington post reports that a man has been arrested for having “sex” with his neighbors pink inflatable swimming pool raft.  sex, you say?  yep.  later, the same publication reports that a new mexico police officer has been fired for having the “sex” with a woman on the hood of his patrol car.  a security camera that just happened to be there shows that the officer is still in his uniform, but little else has been made public.  we dont know the identity of the woman, or all of the circumstances of this encounter, although the facts we do have certainly do not rule out the possibility of sexual abuse and abuse of power by a police officer, otherwise known as rape.  but apparently, as long as a man sticks his dick into something, anything, under any circumstances, huffington post is willing to call it “sex”.  got that?  good.

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September 5, 2011

Sex, Gender, Lies & Female-Hatred

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In  “Gender as a Hate Crime” (Dianne Post, Rain and Thunder #41  ) it was noted that “When I was lobbying for the inclusion of gender in the Arizona hate crimes statute many years ago, the man who spoke before me said that crimes against women are so common that if they were included in hate crimes, it would overwhelm the system and no one else would get any attention.”

Indeed.  I guess this is why transgender folks can achieve human rights, civil rights and hate crimes legislative protections but females can’t.  Female-hatred can continue unabated without consequence or even being questioned.  It is so ‘normal’ and so widespread, that it is not seen as systemic structural oppression in its own right.

One of the most common socially approved expressions of this universal Hate, is the continuing metaphor of women as animals, (ie not-human animals), chicks, cows, dogs, bunnies, and often presented as such in advertising, along with gender minstrel performance as a put-down, just as racial minstrel performance is.  Then there are the cultural caricatures, the Political Propaganda, the enormous hatred and sexualised violence towards females in mainstream music, movies, advertising, TV sitcoms along with appalling western cultural stereotypes of the nagging fishwife, elderly mother(in-law), the ball-buster and the bimbo.  The list is endless. If such Hatred in cultural stereotypes are applied to non-white races, it would be rightly labelled hate-speech.

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