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I am a Brit. I am a working class child of the troubles in Belfast who now lives a life of privilege. I am an anti-racist, progressive monster for truth. If I fail in being that monster, call me out....

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Florida's 'don't say gay' law may sound vague - but its purpose is clear

What does that vague wording mean, exactly? Since heterosexuality is a sexual orientation, does the new law mean a straight teacher can’t mention their spouse? Since discussing gender identity is banned, will students be prohibited from referring to anyone as ‘he’ or ‘she’? Will teachers have to drop gendered honorifics like Mr, Mrs or Miss?

No, of course not. The bill wasn’t designed to be applied with any sort of consistency. It was designed to do one thing and one thing only: terrorize LGBTQ+ people. Like Texas’s abortion bounty law, the don’t say gay bill gives parents the power to levy lawsuits against teachers or schools they believe contravene the deliberately broad law. The threat of being hit with a costly lawsuit means that it’s likely underfunded school districts will err on the side of caution and ask teachers to avoid saying or doing anything that could be possibly be construed as queer. Indeed, lawyers have already told teachers in Orange county public schools that they should be careful not to wear rainbows; avoid mentioning same-sex spouses or displaying any pictures of them; and ensure they remove safe-space stickers from their classroom doors. So there you go: the party that professes to love free speech and small government has pushed through a law that means a rainbow sticker could end a teacher’s career.

[link:https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jul/02/dont-say-gay-florida-week-in-patriarchy|]
Emphasis mine

And this is just the start right? Horrid. Just horrid.

DeSantis, a despot in the making, is playing the far-right card very well. He will continue to encroach on the rights of women, entrapping women further and endangering LGBTQI+ communities and children in the cray cray culture wars. This don’t say gay bill will inevitably negatively impact the learning experiences of Florida’s children (maybe that is the point) because intelligent, skilled teachers won't give in to his nasty homophobic oppression and will vote with their feet.

And this is the man Republicans will want to put in the most powerful position in the world. Good grief.


How many countries have tightened abortion laws?

The US is one of only four countries to impose stricter abortion laws since the 1990s. On a global level, more than 50 countries have enacted laws expanding the legality of abortion since 1994. Only El Salvador, Nicaragua, Poland and now several US states have decided to impose further restrictions.




Countries that have moved to abortion on request
Guyana, Albania, South Africa, Cambodia, Switzerland, Nepal, Portugal, Spain, Luxembourg, São Tomé and Príncipe, Uruguay, Maldives, Mozambique, Cyprus, Ireland, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Argentina, Thailand, South Korea, Benin and Colombia.

Countries that have started allowing broad social or economic grounds for abortion
Ethiopia, Fiji, Rwanda and India.

Countries that have started allowing abortions to preserve health
Burkina Faso, Guinea, Chad, Benin, Saint Lucia, Eswatini, Central African Republic, Niger, Togo, Monaco, Kenya, Argentina, Lesotho, Mauritius, Eritrea, Liechtenstein, Nauru, Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola.

Countries that have started allowing abortions to save the woman’s life
Micronesia, Mali, Bhutan, Iran, Indonesia, Brazil, Somalia, United Arab Emirates and Chile.

[link:https://www.newstatesman.com/chart-of-the-day/2022/06/how-many-countries-have-tightened-abortion-laws|]

Talk about swimming against the tide...
In the 'land of the free' women's reproductive freedoms and rights are more restrained in some states that Iran... That is how fucked up the far right cray cray that has taken hold of state governance and SCOTUS has become... IRAN people. Women in Iran have better access to reproductive health care choices than a female in one of the trigger states might be.

But Hey

Fear not my lovely sisters across the pond - it looks like they will not be satisfied until their patriarchal toxicity is spread far and wide bringing us women folk to heel.

The plan to overturn abortion rights in Europe

In total, $81.3 million worth of funding flowed from U.S. donors to help fund activism against abortion and other conservative causes between 2009 and 2018, according to a report compiled by the European Parliamentary Forum for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (EPF), a pro-abortion access network that connects members across European parliaments with a liberal stance on sexual and reproductive rights.

EPF Executive Director Neil Datta called the U.S. Supreme Court decision the result of a multidecade campaign by Christian conservatives to influence the American judicial system. Now the same is happening in Europe, said Datta.

“We're just at a much earlier stage in the process than the United States.”

[link:https://www.politico.eu/article/roe-vs-wade-us-the-european-activists-taking-inspiration-and-money-from-us-anti-abortion-groups/|

Drip. Drip. Drip.

I might be over dressed

You can say what you want about democrats, HOWEVER...



Add The Road to the list now that the horror shit show far right extremist SCOTUS has killed environmental protections, and pretty much there if the GOP get their way. They offer no nope - just destruction and regression.

Margaret Atwood ain't playing



https://twitter.com/MargaretAtwood/status/1542572384493912064

Stark but true, right?

Today I stood where Benjamin Franklin learnt his trade



The Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great, sometimes abbreviated to Great St Bart's, is a mediaeval church in the Church of England's Diocese of London located in Smithfield within the City of London. The building was founded as an Augustinian priory in 1123. During the sacking of all things Catholic in the reformation, the Lady Capel was hived off from the church and made into commercial premises. During the 18th Century this room was a printers workshop and in 1725 Benjamin Franklin was employed there while residing around the corner on Little Britain. During his time working there he wrote A Dissertation on Liberty and Necessity, Pleasure and Pain.

I stumbled across this church today cause I had a meeting in the area then had a teams in their graveyard, where the graves are older than Benjamin Franklin and even America! I just thought with the 4th July weekend happening in the immediate for all my lovely DUers across the pond that this was cool.

Lets not talk about how the people on my teams meeting were talking about how I chose a graveyard rather than a coffee shop for my teams.

Oh myyy

https://twitter.com/GeorgeTakei/status/1541699213247090693

All of the LOLS
Absolutely savage.

Really does not have the moral flex they think it does

https://twitter.com/PennyRed/status/1540990048241422337
‘A roomful of religious extremists and conservative men credibly accused of historical sexual violence found a couple of loopholes in a document written by and for white male slaveowners centuries ago’ is not, in fact, a flawless moral argument for forcing someone to give birth.


This.

Supreme retrogrades


https://cartoonmovement.com/cartoon/supreme-retrogrades

Very tidy summing up of how SCOTUS has been hijacked by a far right cult of QQQ.

The Great Regression



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