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Musings on privilege

4 May

A few days ago, I had a conversation with a friend about politics, sexism, authoritarianism, and more. At one point, he mentioned that he despises the way privilege is often deployed to shut people up.

Which is a fair criticism, as we’ve all seen cries of “privilege” used to police what other people say and how they say it.

On the other hand, privilege exists, most people have at least some in one area or another, and it shields them from other people’s experiences and suffering.

Thing is, people rarely see their own privilege, however limited it may be, and therefore tend not to be receptive when it’s pointed out to them.

Like, say, people who have the privilege of choosing what they engage with, and how. Another form privilege manifests is in what we even see happening in the world around us.

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Making lists, checking them twice.

27 Aug

This post has existed in draft form for…well, yikes, almost two full years. Something came to light yesterday, that made me come back to it. And you, lucky readers, get to read my thoughts.

As I’ve mentioned before here and elsewhere, I do have a list of authors who, in my opinion, behave badly.¹  And, since my time, emotional labor, energy, and money, are limited, I quite simply refuse to even try their work. It’s still, at least in this small area, a free country.

By the same token, I have a much, much, much longer list of incredible people who are authors who will always get my support.

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Take action. Vote. Give a damn.

11 Jul

(Originally posted to MyPolitics)

Some of those reading may be familiar with the HBO show Newsroom. For those who aren’t, the writing is generally of the liberal bent. (Not surprise that I liked it a lot, is there?). This clip (which I cannot embed, thank you youtube users) is even more relevant today than it was six years ago.¹ Thankfully, John Oliver’s more recent video on the topic can be embedded:

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Because it does not need to be explained.

1 Sep

See edit at the bottom

I’ve been quietly fuming for weeks over the court house clerks who are refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, going against the US Supreme Court ruling, based on the clerks’ religious beliefs.

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Cops in the romance genre

18 Aug

It has been discussed elsewhere, several times, by people from different backgrounds, but it bears bringing up again.

In many romance books, even in those where a cop is not one of the protagonists, or even a secondary character with a speaking part, law enforcement officials tend to be romanticized. We tend to see them as noble human beings who do what they do out of a desire to serve their fellow human beings.

Oh yes, we occasionally have the corrupt cop character; or we may have the corrupt police department change from the inside by our hero or heroine, or brought down by bringing in outside attention from higher up the (police) food chain.

Note: here you can change corrupt to homophobic, antisemitic, racist, prejudiced, etc. and the premise holds.

The message, which is drummed into us not just by romance novels but by the media in general is that cops are, by and large, the good guys.

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Introducing the Celibacy Challenge!

21 Feb

Some of my gentle readers may remember that, for a couple of decades, the FDA had a policy banning gay men, for life, from donating blood. No matter how healthy, or how rare their blood type, if they admitted to being gay, they were banned.

There was a reason for that–then.

There is no reason for that, now, and so many people rejoiced when we heard a new policy was coming out.

Except the new policy doesn’t really change much, does it?

This is where Alan Cumming comes in. Behold, The Celibacy Challenge!

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A step forward and a mile back

23 Dec

Recently I blogged about my difficulties in finding a facility where I could donate plasma.

Today, I read that the FDA is finally going to allow gay and bisexual men to donate blood–provided they abstain from homosexual intercourse for a full year prior to donating.

I am so angry right now.

I know so many straight people who are happy to donate blood while sexually active, and honestly? dog only knows what symptomless STDs they may be carrying.

It boggles the mind that scientists today can support any policy that perpetuates the idea that transmittable diseases are linked to sexuality.

Fuck you, FDA

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