Their Tiny Desk Concert is pretty cool.
How about you?
[Content Note: Homophobia.]
Michael Kinsley: "LGBT PC: Being against marriage equality doesn't make you a monster." I believe this article once had another, equally amazing title, since its URL is "Ben Carson and Gay Marriage Police." Neat!
The article—a critical entry into the annals of journalism, which are otherwise devoid of pieces making the totally trenchant argument that privileged people who want to deny marginalized people the rights they enjoy aren't the MONSTERS that legions of straw-people accuse them of being—starts thus:
One reason the idea of gay marriage, or "marriage equality," spread so fast is that it seems obvious once you think about it. It was a genuinely new idea when it first appeared in this publication in 1989. As was not the case with civil rights for African Americans, feminism, or for that matter gay rights themselves, there was no long history of opposition to be overcome. The challenge was simply getting people to think about it a bit.Perfect. That is just a perfect argument. There was no long history of denying same-sex couples the right to marry, because Michael Kinsey had never heard of same-sex marriage before it was shoved in front of his face in the course of his employment in the year 1989.
The first known mention of gay marriage is an article ("Here Comes the Groom" by Andrew Sullivan) commissioned by me and published in this magazine in 1989. And I would bet that there is no one born before 1989, gay or straight, who didn't, when he or she first heard the idea, go, whaaa?I am not making that up. I AM NOT MAKING THAT UP!
You know how you've been saying for years how you would totally love The Hangover if only the guys in it weren't so young? Like that time you sent me that email where you were all, "Why can't The Hangover be grandpa-ier?" Or the other time you tweeted: "Sry, Todd Phillips, call me when ur ready 2 get ur fogey on. #nothx" Or that time your Facebook status was: "When will HOLLYWEIRD get serious and give me some raunchy dudebro comedy with mature gentlemen who have won Oscars? THE TIME IS NOW."
Well, your day has finally arrived, my friend.
Below, the trailer for the upcoming Universal Pictures picture Last Vegas (see what they did there?), starring Academy Award winners Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Robert DeNiro, and Kevin Kline:
[Content note: Homophobia, misogyny]
Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens said that he's come to the realization that the rationale behind the courts Bush v. Gore "was really quite unacceptable." No Doy.
Legalized abortions cause school shootings. It's a fact!
More than 1.5 million people have fled Syria as conditions there deteriorate rapidly.
The case for raising the minimum wage.
Uma Thurman has been cast as anti-gay activist Anita Bryant. Neat!
Is there a term for when you can't tell if a website is a real Guy Fieri site or a satire Guy Fieri site?
Predatory lenders continue to take advantage of American service men and women.
George Michael has been involved in a car crash on Britain's M1. He's okay.
The Post-Punk/New Wave Super Friends. No comment!
As he lay bleeding in his boat hideout, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wrote "Fuck America" on the side panel of the boat.
[Content note: misogyny, rape, rape culture, military sexual trauma.]
[Image description: A bumper sticker with the eagle, globe, and anchor emblem of the U.S. Marines bearing the text "U.S. Marine Corps is part of the Navy--the Men's Department."]
What a great bumper sticker! What a hilarious joke! I think I will order eleventy-six million right away!
It's not that I don't "get" this particular joke (HAHAHAHA NAVY MEN ARE GIRLY and therefore second best AMIRITE?!) Nor that I don't appreciate the Marine-Navy rivalry, or know jokes about it. Yes, most of the cracks are old enough to have sailed with Stephen Decatur, but they are generally harmless.(Example: "What does 'Marine' stand for?" "Moving Around Riding In Navy Equipment." Sad trombone.)
But this "joke" isn't harmless. Because this helps drive the rape problem in the United States military: the casual misogyny that says only "real men" have "real" military status.
Which means that women are outsiders. Women can never, ever be real Marines, real soldiers, real sailors, real airmen. We're in the military on suffrance, having to constantly earn our status. It's "jokes" like this that confirm our second-class status. It's every bit of horseshit that "insults" male personnel by feminizing them, while simultaneously shutting out every woman in uniform. It's attitudes like this that drum out women for reporting rapes, while protecting rapists.
It's why it's considered more dishonorable to report a rape, than to rape a fellow soldier.
And I am so tried of this shit, because really, what else do we have to do? The Army and Navy Nurse Corps have been around since 1901 and 1908, respectively. The first enlisted female Marines, sailors, and Coast Guard personnel served in the First World War, alongside my grandfather. U.S. uniformed women have served in combat zones, survived POW camps, evaded capture after being shot down behind enemy lines--and that's just World War II, folks. That's just a tiny a fraction of U.S. women's service in World War II. And women have decades and decades of ever-expanding military service in the U.S. forces since then.
When women's services were re-organized during the Second World War, the Marines didn't give their female members a catchy, cutesy nickname like WAVES or SPARS. In 1944, Marine Commandant Thomas Holcomb explained to Life magazine: "They are Marines. They don't have a nickname and they don't need one. They get their basic training in a Marine atmosphere at a Marine post. They inherit the traditions of the Marines. They are Marines."*
"They are Marines." That was 1944. It's 2013. Yet somehow women are still second class personnel? NOPE! We are on the team, no more and no less. Anyone who doesn't like it---well, I'd say "Tell it to the Marines," but that doesn't seem to be working. So take it up with the U.S. government and 100+ years of history. And get the hell over it.
*Quoted in Emily Yellin, "Our Mother's War," (New York: Free Press, 2004).
This blogaround brought to you by my love for Candice Glover.
Brian: "So, I Guess You Only Want to Talk to People Who Agree with You!"
Chris: Autumn Sandeen Is Recognized as First Transgender Veteran
Trudy: When Male Privilege and White Privilege Shape "Progressive" Conversations [Content Note: The post at this link includes discussion of racism; misogyny; colorism; privilege; appropriation.]
Katie: Dr. Tiller's Killer Accused of Threatening Another Abortion Provider [Content Note: The post at this link includes discussion of anti-choice terrorism.]
Imara: New Report Looks at How Foreclosure Undermined Black and Brown Wealth
AP via The Grio: Suspect Faces 20 Charges in Mother's Day Shooting at New Orleans Parade [Content Note: The post at this link contains discussion of gun violence.]
Anon at First Do No Harm: Doctor Suggests Gastric Bypass for Sleep Trouble [Content Note: The post at this link includes discussion of fat bias and medical malfeasance, as well as diet talk.]
eeshap: The Unending Heartbreak of Great Expectations: Why I Can't Watch The Mindy Project Anymore [Content Note: The post at this link includes discussion of racism; misogyny; fat bias; conformity to white supremacist beauty standards.]
NWLC: Women and the Health Care Law in the United States
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[Content Note: Domestic violence; rape culture.]
So far this month: An Air Force sexual assault prevention chief was charged with a sexual assault; an Air Force brochure on sexual assault was found to engage in victim-blaming and advise potential victims to submit to attackers; the Air Force's top commander blamed "the hookup mentality" for the US military's pervasive rape problem; and Fort Hood's sexual assault prevention chief was relieved of his duties pending an investigation for "abusive sexual contact, pandering, assault and maltreatment of subordinates."
And now it's happened again: The head of Fort Campbell's sexual assault response program has been arrested in a "domestic dispute" and relieved of his post.
Lt. Col. Darin Haas turned himself in to police in Clarksville, Tenn., late Wednesday on charges of violating an order of protection, and stalking. Master Sgt. Pete Mayes, a spokesman for the Army post on the Tennessee-Kentucky line, said Haas was immediately removed as manager of a program meant to prevent sexual harassment and assault and encourage equal opportunity.No one with an order of protection against him should ever have been allowed to hold that post in the first place. Not everyone who has an order of protection taken out by an ex-partner is dangerous, but orders of protection are not handed out as a matter of course. The Army's failure to regard an order of protection as a red flag, as a disqualifying event for a chief of sexual assault response, is a perfect indication of how (un)seriously they're taking the US military's sexual assault crisis.
Haas and his ex-wife have orders of protection against each other, Mayes said. The two are involved in a child custody fight, Clarksville Police Sgt. Chuck Gill said.
Haas was held for a required 12 hours and released.
His ex-wife told police he repeatedly contacted her Wednesday night despite the protective order, Gill said.
[Content note: transphobia]
Vivian Taylor has a piece up on Autostraddle about transphobia (both from within and outside trans* communities) and the perils of being a "good tranny." You should really read the whole thing (although mind the comments).
Vivian makes SO MANY good points:
Here's the thing: People fucking despise trans women. Often the nicest thing they can thing of to say to trans woman is "gosh, you are so little like a trans woman!" Being trans is something to avoid, to exclude, to escape, at worst to nobly bare up under.If only I had a vagina for every time I heard that bullshit.
[Content Note: Homophobic slur; misogynist slur; rape culture.]
"He didn't use that word in that sort of context. It's a misunderstanding. If people are uneducated, that's not my [expletive] fault. It's slang for being a little bitch."—Mike Kogan, UFC fighter Nate Diaz's manager, explaining to FOXSports.com that his client didn't call fellow fighter Bryan Caraway a "fag" in a homophobic way; he called Caraway a "fag" because he's a little bitch. Geez, people.
[Note: The "expletive" was redacted by FOXSports, who also used "b****" in their original story.]
Diaz has been suspended, pending an internal investigation by the UFC.
Everything about this quote is fucking amazing. Slurs ripped from their historical context? Check. Slurs defended as though they exist in a void? Check. People who don't understand this magical new context are the ones with the problem? Check. Traditional masculinity treated as inherently ethical? Check. Homophobia and misogyny set up in juxtaposition to traditional masculinity and thus ethical behavior? Check. Conflation of "bitch" with "raped man"? Check. Conflation of homosexuality with male rape? Check.
And that's not even a comprehensive list. That's a lot of fuckery to pack into less than 30 words.
[H/T to Shaker koach.]
In news that will shock absolutely no one, it turns out the actual emails regarding Benghazi released by the White House do not contain the quotes that Republican shit-stirrers claim they did. Instead, the "quotes" were actually misleading summaries. [Note: Video begins to play automatically at link.] CBS' Major Garrett:
The Benghazi attack is a political controversy. Republicans claim the administration watered down the facts in talking points given to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice for television appearances while Obama was running for re-election. Republicans on Capitol Hill claimed they found proof in White House emails that they leaked to reporters last week. It turns out some of the quotes were wrong.Josh Marshall notes: "Generally, once partisan, tendentious sources leak information that turns out to be wrong, nothing's ever done about it. ...But on CBS Evening News [last night], Major Garrett did something I don't feel like I've seen in a really long time or maybe ever on a network news cast. He basically said straight out: Republicans told us these were the quotes, that wasn't true."
Republicans have charged that the State Department under Hillary Clinton was trying to protect itself from criticism. The White House released the real emails late Wednesday. Here's what we found when we compared them to the quotes that had been provided by Republicans.
One email was written by deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes.
On Friday, Republicans leaked what they said was a quote from Rhodes: "We must make sure that the talking points reflect all agency equities, including those of the State Department, and we don't want to undermine the FBI investigation."
But it turns out that in the actual email, Rhodes did not mention the State Department.
It read: "We need to resolve this in a way that respects all of the relevant equities, particularly the investigation."
Republicans also provided what they said was a quote from an email written by State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland.
The Republican version quotes Nuland discussing, "The penultimate point is a paragraph talking about all the previous warnings provided by the Agency (CIA) about al-Qaeda's presence and activities of al-Qaeda."
The actual email from Nuland says: "The penultimate point could be abused by members to beat the State Department for not paying attention to Agency warnings."
The CIA agreed with the concerns raised by the State Department and revised the talking points to make them less specific than the CIA's original version, eliminating references to al Qaeda and affiliates and earlier security warnings. There is no evidence that the White House orchestrated the changes.
You are given unlimited funds and total control over casting to make the TV series of your dreams: What's your concept?
Doesn't have to be a scripted series. If you'd prefer to create a reality show or a game show or a chat show, go for it! Also, for the purposes of this question, assume you are also able to secure the rights to any source material you might be interested in reimagining or bringing to the small screen for the first time.
[Content Note: Reference to slavery.]
WHUT. Below, the trailer for Fox's "thrilling new action-adventure" Sleepy Hollow, which "is a modern-day retelling of Washington Irving's classic" in which Ichabod Crane "is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to find that the world is on the brink of destruction and that he is humanity's last hope, forcing him to team up with a contemporary police officer to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the founding fathers."
I can only presume some executive at Fox ordered the series by requesting "just a real jumbled garbage mess that renders Sleepy Hollow unrecognizable by mashing it into a supernatural police procedural with elements of National Treasure, minus the charm of Nicolas Cage. Oh, and let's try to replicate that whole ethnic lady sidekick thing they're doing on Elementary. Make it Sherlock Holmesy, too, but not TOO Sherlock Holmesy, if you know what I mean."