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Feminists have the uncomfortable position


Of feeling a lot of "I told you so"--if not saying it.

All the arguments, here and elsewhere about patriarchy, rape culture, what it means to walk through life as a female-who in many instances is not regarded as fully human, especially when it comes to women of color. From the dismissing of terms such as "yellow fever" to the animalistic portrayals of the black female body.

To the disingenuous defense of certain words when used against women (I'm not talking censorship, I'm talking meaning) in the context of a hostile culture.

Arguments about what pornagraphy and prostitution mean, in terms of outcome--putting aside all bullshit "morality" arguments--these are situations that objectify the female body, and subjugate it to restricted economic agency.

We had warnings--4Chan, MRA's, white supremacists assholes--all that seemingly rotten structure in the backwash of the internet suddenly now has integral structure.

Has the female body ever had independent agency? Our rights have been under fire my entire life. It should come as no surprise that there are those who want to keep those rights as a salable bargaining chip. All things female are for sale in our culture.

Feminists have the uncomfortable position

Of feeling a lot of "I told you so"--if not saying it.

All the arguments, here and elsewhere about patriarchy, rape culture, what it means to walk through life as a female-who in many instances is not regarded as fully human, especially when it comes to women of color. From the dismissing of terms such as "yellow fever" to the animalistic portrayals of the black female body.

To the disingenuous defense of certain words when used against women (I'm not talking censorship, I'm talking meaning) in the context of a hostile culture.

Arguments about what pornagraphy and prostitution mean, in terms of outcome--putting aside all bullshit "morality" arguments--these are situations that objectify the female body, and subjugate it to restricted economic agency.

We had warnings--4Chan, MRA's, white supremacists assholes--all that seemingly rotten structure in the backwash of the internet suddenly now has integral structure.

Has the female body ever had independent agency? Our rights have been under fire my entire life. It should come as no surprise that there are those who want to keep those rights as a salable bargaining chip. All things female are for sale in our culture.

I am always surprised which category I get stuck in

During Bush years, it was "radical feminist". Now I am apparently the "status quo", and if I am not part of the actual west coast--Seattle in my case--elite, I support their agenda--or something.

So my story is this: raised by unstable working class racists uncomfortable with my home situation to put it mildly, I hit the street as a teenager, I have been homeless, hungry, dirty and addicted. I've been on welfare and food stamps, lived in housing projects. I managed to clean up, go to school and get my nursing degree. My beloved husband is on disability because of multiple sclerosis.

So what, I ask, makes me "elite"? Because I have an aversion to bullshit? Because I am literate and try to research to find truth? Because I care deeply about my fellow human beings? Because I abhor bigotry, and I know the open secret of white people like me is I have to guard against it, because it is part and parcel of whiteness? Because I believe women's rights are human rights and human rights are women's rights?

I love people who think, who don't get stuck because of bigotry they are too frightened too root out. Those are my peeps. Is it my fault they are all liberals and Democrats? Hell no it's not.

He's sane

I don't talk about this much but Trump reminds me of a my father. My father was hard working, completely uneducated, could be gruffly charming and had a forceful personality.

He was also a dedicated racist--whose "evolvement" on race consisted of saying things like There's blacks and then there's finger-poppin n*ggers" He used to tell my sister and myself there "weren't any real men left"--he considered himself, his type, the last of the "real men". He had no use for anyone who struggled in poverty or failed to accumulate some sort of wealth "they ain't got nothin" was one of his favorite insults. He held a grudge until he felt he was in control, or had power or whatever person or institution insulted him (he hated cops and Unions equally--long story, but he broke laws when it suited him)

While he of course failed to garner anything like the wealth of that asshole Trump, he worked hard enough in his life to break 6 figures.

I used to wonder what was wrong with him--a narcissist? Sure. A bully? Yup. Yet he moved through the world successful by American metrics, although I have never figured out how one man could cause so much damage to other people. Simply put He was the ultimate a product of a racist and sexist patriarchy--just as Trump is.

AG Bob Ferguson to file lawsuit seeking to invalidate Trumps immigration order (Washington State)

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said he will file a federal lawsuit Monday seeking to invalidate key provisions of President Trump’s executive order temporarily barring all refugees and immigration by citizens of seven majority Muslim countries.

Ferguson said the lawsuit — the first challenge of Trump’s order to be brought by a state — will be backed by declarations from Seattle-based Expedia and Amazon.com, testifying to negative business impacts of Trump’s order.

“We are a country based on the rule of law. In a courtroom, it is not the loudest voice that prevails. It’s the Constitution,” Ferguson, a Democrat, said at a news conference in Seattle.

He said his legal team worked through the weekend to prepare the complaint, which will be filed in U.S. District Court against Trump, the Department of Homeland Security and top administration officials.


http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/ag-bob-ferguson-to-make-major-announcement-in-wake-of-trump-immigration-order/

Conservative men are fat, sweaty child-porn addicts who sexually fantasize about their mothers.

Or do I over-generalize?

The BEST Republicans could come up with is fucking Donald Trump

And for all the "drinking liberal tears" shit, they know this. They know they look like assholes--and crazy, moronic assholes at that. They know this is their one shot. The big chance. Yeah it's ugly and hell yeah it sucks, --but for all the apathy and ambivalence that caused half of America not to vote, I truly believe, the world had moved on from Republican-inspired bigotry and stupidity.

Because fuck this shit. I'm not putting up with it. I have friends who are not gonna put up with it. Every Republican I know has something wrong with them--otherwise they wouldn't be Republicans-from mommy issues to personality disorders to plain old greed, whatever was once decent about being one is no more than a dirty grease and piss stain under a unrestorable '58 Edsel.

I am an RN

In a state on fire with the flu, has seen a resurgence of mumps, has had babies and elderly die of pertussis. I am on my way to work, to care for no doubt, another round "rule out'" (until they rule in) flu patients--many who are immunocompromised, some of whom will die and have no time to go through this. I can, however state with complete confidence there is nothing in those links that prove a goddamn thing about vaccines and autism. There is no there, there.

The scientific community consensus is that anti-vaxxers are mal-informed and full of shit.

My personal opinion is they are guilty of manslaughter every day.

Anti-vaxxers can go fuck themselves.


In edit--holy fuck--I just opened ONE at random and it was a "study" based on a goddamn on-line survey. Jesus.

To understand the Women's March on Washington, you need to understand intersectional feminism

The day after the upcoming inauguration, several thousand people, led by a group of four women, are planning to march in Washington, DC. Their goal, although they’re not officially pitching it as such, is to send a message about women’s rights that will provide a counterbalance to the political and personal values espoused by incoming President Donald J. Trump.

And by “women’s rights,” organizers have taken care to make it clear that they mean all women of all backgrounds: The official platform the Women’s March on Washington released Friday places the demonstration in the context of not only suffragists and abolitionists but the civil right movement, the American Indian movement, and Black Lives Matter.

Just two paragraphs into the four-page document, they note that “women have intersecting identities and are therefore impacted by a multitude of social justice and human rights issues.” Examples of this, including the especially urgent need for equal pay among women of color and the way they’re uniquely victimized by the criminal justice system, follow in the rest of the platform.

Sounds reasonable, right? But it’s that idea of “intersecting identities” that’s been at the core of criticism of the march, both by would-be participants and by conservative critics.

http://www.vox.com/identities/2017/1/17/14267766/womens-march-on-washington-inauguration-trump-feminism-intersectionaltiy-race-class

This is what happens when Donald Trump attacks a private citizen on Twitter

So here, in HOF--a backwater of the internet if there ever was one. I want to quietly say I told you so. To whom? Anyone claiming to be progressive who ever told a feminist to "lighten up" "words are just words" "Feminism is dead" or "society is post-feminist" "There is no such thing as rape culture" "you are over reacting" "The pearl clutchers are here" " (a term that always makes me think of the song "pearl necklace" by ZZ Top--completely defeating the purpose of the insult, as I laughed my ass off)--when ANY topic from equal pay to the sexualization of little girls to the State of Porn to The State of sex work, to girl power...the topics are endless. Feminists saw Donald Trump in the future. The more hard bitten and visionary predicted him. We told you so. We fucking told you so.



About a year ago, 18-year-old college student Lauren Batchelder stood up at a political forum in New Hampshire and told Donald Trump that she didn’t think he was “a friend to women.”

The next morning, Trump fired back on Twitter — calling Batchelder an “arrogant young woman” and accusing her of being a “plant” from a rival campaign. Her phone began ringing with callers leaving threatening messages that were often sexual in nature. Her Facebook and email inboxes filled with similar messages. As her addresses circulated on social media and her photo flashed on the news, she fled home to hide.
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Batchelder agreed: “Why would they ever send me out to do a pro-choice question? Guys, is pro-life, which was one of my biggest problems with the Republican Party. And so I was like: ‘Why would they ever send me to do that?’”

Logic doesn’t matter to online trolls, who rated Batchelder’s physical appearance, threatened to rape or otherwise hurt her and called her vulgar names. A photoshopped picture popped up online depicting her face covered in semen.

“I love social media, but I also saw the terrible side of social media,” she said. “I definitely tried to focus on something else because when you’re seeing your life being played out in front of you and people are judging it and people are making assumptions about you, you kind of just want to stay away.”



Batchelder turned down interview requests, ignored the nasty messages and threw herself into playing rugby. She became even more interested in women’s issues and wants to be a human rights lawyer. She voted for Hillary Clinton for president.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/this-is-what-happens-when-donald-trump-attacks-a-private-citizen-on-twitter/2016/12/08/a1380ece-bd62-11e6-91ee-1adddfe36cbe_story.html?utm_term=.2c3f5178a383
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