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Because this is America, dammit.

And in America when someone comes for your neighbor, or his Bible, or his Torah, or his atheist manifesto, or his Koran, you and I do what our fathers did and our grandmothers did and our founders did, you and I speak up. - Keith Olbermann

full transcript should be out soon; I'll post it when it is. ETA: Thanks to [personal profile] silveradept the full transcript is now under the cut.

Special Comment )
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This recent rash of people treating me like shit needs to end NOW!
epporsimuove: Bisexual and Brilliant on a Rainbow (bisexual and brilliant)
I heard most of this interview driving to church last week. The interview is with John Waters (dir. Pink Flamingos and Hairspray).

GROSS: In writing about pornography and pornographers in this chapter, you write: "I know that true love is supposed to be companionship, growing old together, blah, blah, blah. I thought that's what friends were for, not sexual partners. Some of us want hot, lunatic, porn sex and we want it forever."

Mr. WATERS: Yeah, that's true. I have great friends that I grow old with, that know everything about me, that I'm intimate with, intellectually and everything, but if I'm going to go to the trouble of living with somebody, sharing my life with them, I want great sex. I don't understand not doing that. I understand both things, but to me they're separate - that I have friends that supply all that, and if I'm going to have a partner I want to have great sex with them.

Still, not give that up. And that doesn't always happen, but a lot of times it does. I'm not criticizing that either. Every person is different. I'm a healthy neurotic. I know I'm neurotic. I don't want what everybody else has. I don't need another person to make me feel whole.

GROSS: But...

Mr. WATERS: I feel crowded.

GROSS: So you've stayed single.

Mr. WATERS: Yes. Oh yes. I've had - yeah, certainly I've had - I've lived with people but I'm not good with living with people - as roommates, boyfriends, anything; family, anybody. I'm better to live alone because I don't want somebody that would allow them to live in my house that is so decorated that it's obviously I live there.

There is something in this that I really identify with.

This part too:

Tennessee Williams wasn't a gay cliche. So I had the confidence to try to not be one myself. Gay was not enough. It was a good start, however.

(Soundbite of laughter)

GROSS: So he gave you confidence to be gay but not fit a stereotype of gay. What were some of the other...

Mr. WATERS: He gave me the confidence to be a beatnik, really, to be a gay beatnik or to be - not even to be a beatnik who is gay. That's very different. You know, you went into a field of all different kinds of rebels, and their sexuality was always - still, my friends are, it doesn't matter if they're gay or straight. If I'm friendly with somebody, that has literally no interest to me whether I like the person or not. And I'm always amazed by people that say, oh, you should go with this agent. He has all gay people. Well, why would I go with him? It's like saying he has all black people. But are they good? Are they bad? I mean, that's what counts.

So I always liked the gay people that had trouble even fitting in the gay stereotype, because I don't like rules of any kind, and I seek people that break them with happiness and not bringing pain to themselves.

GROSS: So what were some of the cliches you did not want to be, as a teenager?

Mr. WATERS: I wanted to be an outlaw. You know, that's why I have trouble now. You know, I understand wanting gay marriage. I would never vote for somebody that was against gay marriage. I purposely have no desire to imitate a rather corny tradition of heterosexuals, to me. I would owe three alimonies.

Emphasis mine
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"SING OUT, LOUISE!!" - Gypsy (directed towards everyone in the cast of the show I am stage managing)


"Kids! Be free, be whatever you are, do whatever you want to do, just so long as you don't hurt anybody." - Hair (directed at everyone in rl and on the interwebs)

My New OTP

Jun. 20th, 2010 11:26 pm
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Spoilers for Doctor Who 5x10: Vincent and The Doctor )

The speech in the art gallery is my new favorite quote I think.
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Female Genital Mutilation at Cornell University


Why exactly would any one think this is okay? And how did it get by the Cornell IRB?
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So I pretty much disappeared for a few days, but I did post daily for a week so...go me! I also have a whole slew of posts to comment on, but it probably won't happen until tomorrow when I am procrastinating my work. :)

What does everyone think about how the solution for the biggest leak in the Gulf oil pipeline is currently not working? My thoughts range between fuck!, resigned exhaustion, and anger at the arrogant S.O.B's who thought drilling in an area where they could not ensure safety (human and environmental) was a great idea.

In happier news, I am now completely obsessed with In Plain Sight. I have to admit, I am really happy about geeking about about the show; it is the first show since Farscape last year that I have really geeked out about (including the bouncing, babbling, and running through the seasons at a breakneck pace). Anyone else watch Mary and Marshall against the world?

/completely pointless post

Time for bed.
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If you haven't yet, go read [personal profile] synecdochic's post the ghost in the room, or, why modesty is a dirty word.

I need to go to bed, and I don't really have much to say today except, I got a new job this morning working for a non-profit run by the woman I nanny for. I officially start at naptime tomorrow, and I am pretty excited!
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So I just got done watching Doctor Who 5x03 - "The Victory of the Daleks", and all I have to say is...

Amy Pond is awesome!!!!

I'm totally running away with her.

Plus, just saw the preview for next weeks episode and I saw casting spoiler ) WIN! This is going to be the best episode ever.

I am so happy I'm getting back into Doctor Who. Anyone else wanna squee with me?
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Last night I had a conversation about the future.

Now, anyone who knows me offline knows that I often talk about my future professional life: what I want to do, where I want to be, what I want to study. While I am still unsure of the specifics, I have come a long way in my year off towards discovering what is important to me.

However, I rarely talk about my personal future. Children, marriage, partnership, etc, are concepts with which I have an strained relationship.

In which I discuss my feelings on marriage and partnership )

And in order to keep this post from being completely depressing, have a super cute picture.

A small white kitten batting the ear of a baby bunny
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Did you know April is National Poetry Month?

And I, self-proclaimed poetry geek, have not posted a single poem. In recognition of the hour and a half left in April, here are five of my current favorites.

Curiosity by Alastair Reid )

My Easy God is Gone by James Kavanaugh )

For a Five-Year-Old by Fleur Adcock )

At the Arraignment by Debra Spencer )

All That Time by May Swenson )
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I really don’t have anything to say today. I have been having an exciting and civil discussion about abortion all day on Facebook (weird, right?). I am going to copy a bit of what I wrote here so I can remember this because I think it is something I am going to be talking about a bit more.

The question was whether a fetus was a human and therefore watching an ultrasound before an abortion would be traumatic, or whether it was just an object in which case an ultrasound should not be traumatic at all.

My reply:
It is not one or the other. It is not a binary; not a baby or an inanimate object. Until birth (or the third trimester, second by some states) the fetus exists as Schrodinger's cat, neither a person nor inanimate. Some religious and spiritual beliefs have a different view of when the mass of cells becomes a person, that's fine. But it is not a fact, it is a belief. Therefore, the government should not be making decisions based on said belief.

The issue of personhood is the crux. Not when is a fetus alive or human, but when is it a person? I have heard all different types of rationales. The instant of conception (which is kinda odd because most fertilized eggs don't embed and are thus ejected from the body), when the heart beats, when there are brainwaves, when it is can survive outside of the womb, at birth, or (my personal belief) when the mother forms a relationship with it. It is unprovable in quantifiable terms and therefore should not be influencing our legislation.

So, now I am thinking of doing a post on my absolute hatred of binaries.

I would also like to say that my journal is usually not so abortion heavy, but the recent Oklahoma law has me up in arms.
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Every time I think about female characters that need a fuck yeah, she’s awesome post, two characters always pop into my head right away: Jenny Shepard from NCIS and Elizabeth Weir from Stargate: Atlantis. I’m finally going to taken these two and show the world why I love them (and you should too!), starting with Jenny Shepard.

I take it walking in my heels has presented a challenge )
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A second post today.

It's been decided. I will be attending NYU next semester to receive my MA in the Draper Interdisciplinary Program.

So I'm moving to to New York City!!!

Now to find an apartment, a job, friends, a social life, etc.
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So I went to yoga, ate dinner (eggs in spicy tomato sauce…mmm), and watched an episode of Farscape and Glee. I think I have finally calmed down enough to talk about Oklahoma.

Last Friday (23 April 2010), Governor Brad Henry vetoed two anti-abortion bills passed by the Oklahoma congress. He signed a third bill mandating new signed in the offices of abortion providers.

Today, the Oklahoma State Senate voted 36-12 to overturn the governor’s veto.

Descriptions of the two bills and commentary )

BTW: The title is from the song "Oklahoma" from the ridiculously funny musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
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I am going to try to post everyday for [community profile] three_weeks_for_dw. So...What kind of topics/entries would you like to see me posting about? Any particular questions you've always wanted to ask me but have resisted because the answer would be a huge essay? Ever want to wind me up and watch me go on a particular topic? Anything you've heard me say "I should write that entry about $foo I've been meaning to write" and have been patiently waiting for?

All posts for [community profile] three_weeks_for_dw will be hosted only on dreamwidth for three weeks.


Mar. 24th, 2010 04:29 pm
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Saved here for posterity. Via a conversation I am having on Facebook.

healthcare. anyone surprised? )

On an entirely separate note. I signed up to participate in the
at [livejournal.com profile] het_reccers for John/Aeryn. Anyone got any recs they really enjoy?
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Fuck this shit.

According to DC (and NYC and SF), if you are a woman carrying three condoms or more you are obviously a prostitute. Seriously, this makes me want to buy a box of condoms and carry it around on my trip to NYC this week. As many have pointed out, this policy not only demonizes women who are having sex, but it will likely lead to an upswing in unprotected sex among both sex workers and non-sex workers. It is hard enough getting some women to feel comfortable buying condoms because of social perceptions about sexual women, but lets make it so those condoms could get women arrested too! Sometimes, I wonder who makes these policies and what exactly they are thinking when they do. There is a petition to the mayors of NYC, DC, and San Fransisco urging them to end this policy.


Pregnant women ordered to bed rest against wishes. This is where the slippery slope abortion argument becomes detrimental. By saying that a fetus is more important than the woman carrying it, pro-lifers are setting the stage for sickening cases like this.
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According to a new study out of the University of Minnesota, there is "no higher level of psychological distress among young men and women who engage in casual sexual relationships."

I don't want to talk to much about the results of the study, they don't surprise me much, but the author of this article found it necessary to include this gem:

The takeaway message isn't that casual sex is OK — not with the risks of sexually transmitted disease, unintended pregnancy and even sexual violence that can occur, [the lead researcher] said.

What the fuck? You have just found that casual sex does not lead to higher rates of psychological distress, but BEWARE!!! casual sex is still bad for you? Ummm...no. First of all, comprehensive sexual education and birth control (condoms, chemical birth control, etc) dramatically reduce the risk of STDs and unintended pregnancy. Use protection and the risks are few. Secondly, CASUAL SEX =/= SEXUAL VIOLENCE. There is no correlation. That this level of victim blaming comes from the lead researcher of this study, and that the reporter felt the need to include this shit, is offensive and pisses me the hell off.

Really, anyone else tired of this form of fear-mongering and victim blaming arising again and again even as the data shows it to be baseless?