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Andy Serkis reading Trump tweets as Gollum is pure genius.

https://twitter.com/tombutler/status/885065844564393984

Randy Rainbow is a national treasure

He's one of the most physically repulsive human being I've ever seen

He's not exactly ugly. And what people generally consider ugly usually has its own charm. No. He exudes overindulgence like too-strong cologne, his face falls into petulant lines automatically. His voice has the sing-song overlay of the school yard bully in first or second grade, disgusting in a man who should be present himself as an elder statesman. He has no dignity, no charm, not when measured by usual metrics. I am unable to see what the RW sees--they like this man, love what he stands for.

But physically repulsiveness is just the beginning, and I think you've outlined much of what makes him abhorrent from the inside well.

It's like he's a deadly childhood cancer, or other, necrotizing diseases made sentient.

I am unable to hate, but I am able to abhor and shun. I think I would experience nausea if he came to my city---that's far too close.

Whitesplaining decoded

Time to revisit..."Whitesplaining decoded"

American Gods Delivers a Powerful Black Lives Matter Message

American Gods is one of my favorite novels. I don't watch much TV--this adaptation is so far simply incredible.

It begins on a slave ship, in the cramped, fire-lit hull where stolen men sit chained by the hundreds. One man, face beaded with sweat and desperation, cries out to African spider god Anansi, the trickster: “These strange men have tied my hands,” he quivers. “…Help me from this place and I will sing to you all my life.”

The god appears, anachronistically dapper in a fresh-pressed purple suit and fedora. He laughs. Anansi, or Mr. Nancy as he’s called in America—one of the old-world mythological gods competing for worship in the fantastical universe of Starz’s American Gods—agrees to help. But first, he tells a story.

“Once upon a time, a man got fucked,” he begins. “Now how is that for a story? ‘Cause that the story of black people in America.”

He grins impishly at the men’s blank expressions, then remembers: “Shit!” he says. “You all don’t know you black yet. You think you just people. Let me be the first to tell you that you are all black. The moment these Dutch motherfuckers set foot here and decided that they white and you all get to be black—and that’s the nice name they call you? Let me paint a picture of what’s waiting for you on the shore…”


http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/05/08/american-gods-delivers-a-powerful-black-lives-matter-message

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.
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