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My Feminism

28 Mar

When I was a kid my mom had a friend that always wanted “Better”. His microwave broke? Time to get the next size up. More features, more perks, more digital, more fancy. You know; “Better.”

At my house our oven broke and we got one the same size because a bigger one is actually an inconvenience. The iron broke and we got a smaller one because it was better at sleeves. But we had specific priorities. The oven had to be a specific height so dad didn’t have to lean over. We didn’t need the newest model, just the one that was wall mountable and the right width.

We got one that fit our lives. We were setting our own standards. What is important to me? What am I looking for from this? What are my priorities? Self-cleaning? Portable? Wireless?

It’s like how you don’t just go to the store and buy the biggest vibrator you can find. You figure out if what you want first. Is it a vibrator or a dildo? then you figure out what you’re looking for from it; intense rumbles or a big enough handle to rock it back and forth? Does the handle need to be comfortable from your vantage point or your partners? That’s why there are so freaking many options.

When I tell people I write a feminist blog sometimes they tell me something crazy; that some women just want to be mothers and I’m a big meanie for trying to dissuade them.

Hilarious. Quite the contrary. I don’t want everyone to run out and try to get the same life I want. That would be entirely too much competition. I want people to use their own standards and figure out their priorities and then go after the things they want. If that’s kids then great, if it’s presidency then great.

My feminism is about all people having access to the careers and options that make them happy regardless of their sex, gender, race, class, etc.

That’s why mandatory maternity leave for CEO’s is just as important as respecting the rights of caregivers.

I believe in a feminism that encourages all people to make the decisions and chase the dreams they find within themselves. We need to remember that housework is just as important as bread winning. As long as we consider child rearing petty ‘women’s work’, the patriarchy is winning. And we can’t have that now can we?

Sit Down, We’re Singing At Ya

30 Nov

I love a good takedown.  Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard attacks Misogynist Tony Abbott for 15 straight minutes after he calls for the resignation of the Australian Weiner of the day Peter Slipper.

As Maddow said on her blog ‘For everyone Stateside who’s fed up with “legitimate rape,” Governor Ultrasound and the seemingly nonstop assault on women’s rights, it wasn’t nearly long enough.’

Also, if she is any kind of witch at all, Gillard is Glinda at her absolute finest.

P.S. This.

How Obama Kept His Promise

12 Nov

In the wake of the election I keep hearing and saying the following: “It’s not that I’m excited Obama won, it’s that I’m relieved.”

In 2008 Barack Obama ran on the promise of Hope and Change.  And while he got the ball rolling on health insurance he hasn’t been able to keep all his promises.

In Anne Helen Petersen’s hilarious recounting of Reagan’s acting career she says this about the President.

Obama rode the energy of his star machine into office, but failed to manifest the central tenant of that image — hope — on a daily basis. He concerned himself with governing: with the long-term, thoroughly unsexy reforms that would engender hope as opposed to simply paying lip service to it. It’s been a disappointment to a lot of people — many of whom got off the Bush Star Train to hop on Obama’s. Obama may always be a mediocre star, but he might yet be a great president.

When Obama won in 2008 I was excited, but excitement wears off.  This time around I’m not excited.  This time around all I can think of is “Good, maybe I won’t have to live in the most embarrassing country on earth.  Good, maybe I won’t be ashamed.  Good, there might still be hope.”

I don’t think this is how he expected to come through on that promise but when you tally up his promises fulfilled and promises broken today we can check that one off.

Rock The Vote

6 Nov

Happy election day everyone!  Happy voting!

I’ll Keep My British Half-Crown

29 Sep

Mitt Romney says Americans who don’t pay income tax will never vote for him. But, eight of the top 10 states with the highest number of non-payers tend to vote Republican.

I like show tunes.  I grew up watching and listening to and singing along with musicals.  Mom and I used to sing 1776 in the car on trips and there was a line on the cast recording that always made us laugh.

John Dickinson: Mr. Hancock, you’re a man of property, one of us. Why don’t you join us in our minuet? Why do you persist on dancing with John Adams? Good Lord, sir, you don’t even like him!
Hancock: That is true, he annoys me quite a lot, but still I’d rather trot to Mr. Adams’ new gavotte
John Dickinson: But why? For personal glory, for a place in history? Be careful, sir, history will brand him and his followers as traitors.
Hancock: Traitors, Mr. Dickinson? To what? The British crown, or the British half-crown? Fortunately there are not enough men of property in America to dictate policy
John Dickinson: Perhaps not. But don’t forget that most men without property would rather protect the possibility of becoming rich, than face the reality of being poor. [x]

Seriously, please take a minute right now and imagine 10-year-old me speaking along with the recording in my best fake british accent.

To be honest I still don’t entirely know what’s going on in the first part but that last line always made me smirk.

I think it’s less about hypocrisy so much as a complete lack of self-awareness.  Sometimes people are stupid.

Naked Honesty

26 Aug

The latest new blog on my radar is which just ran a fantastic post about the coming election in November.

Delightfully honest porn star political opinions

The morals to be garnered here are that

  1. Porn stars aren’t running for office so they have no reason to coat their opinions in diplomacy lies.
  2. Porn stars are smarter than most people give them credit for.
  3. Maybe we should just elect a porn star?

Jenna Jameson (probably not my first pick for office but at least she’s got the honesty thing.  That’s already better than Romney):

Jameson was a democrat earlier in her porn career, but said now that she has more money, her political attitudes have changed.

“When you’re rich, you want a Republican in office,” she told a reporter from a CBS affiliate, according to a report from The Daily Beast.

The New Yorker reported on the press conference she held to further explain her endorsement. After researching Romney’s career at Bain Capital, she said,“There’s nothing more American, I think, than screwing people you don’t know for money.”

The innuendos continued with Jameson saying, “I respect someone who opens their mouth without thinking.” [x]

Kayden Kross (who even A Dude and I think are nifty):

“I’m voting for Obama because he inhales when he smokes, he supports gay marriage, because he follows me on Twitter, because he has managed to push a lot through despite being mostly hogtied by partisan bullshit, because his agendas are good for the majority of people and not just the majority of a voting base—which is also being hogtied—and because when I voted for him the first time I didn’t expect him to wave a magic wand and fix everything overnight. We all know that is impossible, like Republican empathy and Romney’s tax records.” [x]

Kimberly Kane (who wins the paying-attention-to-women’s-issues award):

“I am a supporter of Obama all the way. His views on women’s issues, health care, and gay rights are totally in line with mine. Not to mention he killed Osama bin Laden!” [x]

Jessica Drake (easily my favorite.  Maybe she should have this scrolling at the bottom of all her videos.  That’s one way to exact change):

“I don’t often volunteer my political opinion, but in the past few days I’ve been asked many times, so I’ll say this—there are many reasons to support President Obama’s campaign for reelection. When he first took office, one of his first acts as commander in chief was to sign the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law. This important bill has served to break down wage-discrimination barriers for women and eradicate workplace inequality on many levels. Economically, he has pushed for New Deal-style initiatives geared to create jobs and get Americans working. He has eliminated “don’t ask, don’t tell,” defended LGBT rights and officially supported the rights of same-sex couples to marry. I am pleased with what he has done so far, and I think it’s important to remember that our nation did not arrive at its current condition overnight—it will take some time to truly mend and heal, and I am proud to endorse Obama as the best person to facilitate the necessary changes.” [x]

Joanna Angel (who simply wins at life because she’s dating our beloved James Deen)(Also, who knew that was a thing?):

“I always vote Democratic, regardless of whether I think the candidates suck or not. This doesn’t necessarily mean I’m endorsing anyone. This particular election is a little depressing. I don’t have much faith in either candidate at this point. I am going to vote Democratic regardless. It’s the lesser of two evils, and I can’t believe I am saying that because I used to hate when people said that!” [x]

Dana DeArmond (priorities):

“I voted for Barack last time. I still have a crush on Barack and on Michelle. I actually think I have romantic feelings for Michelle. I wish they wanted to take me on a date.” [x]

Penny Pax (I love smart people!  Can she replace Paul Ryan?):

“I’ll be voting for Obama again this election. I believe in national health care and he is the one guy to finally get that on track. I am also a firm believer that no one should have to pay for any preventive care, like mammograms or other cancer screening services. So many other countries are striving with the same healthcare system, so why not America, too?” [x]

 Through Porn? 

Culturally Relevant Comics

28 Jul

Some awesome lady-comics (and I’m sure some man-comics too) can see the difference between victim-blaming jokes about rape and jokes that critique rape culture.  I think that’s a lot funnier than “Wouldn’t it be funny if she got raped right now?”

Sarah Silverman: We need more rape jokes. We really do. I love that some people applauded that. Needless to say, rape, the most heinous crime imaginable. Seems it’s a comic’s dream, though. Because it seems that when you do rape jokes that like the material is so dangerous and edgy. But the truth is it’s like the safest area to talk about in comedy. Cause who’s going to complain about a rape joke? Rape victims? They don’t even report rape. I mean, they’re traditionally not complainers. Like the worst maybe thing that could happen, and I would feel terrible, is like after a show maybe somebody comes up to you and is like, “Look I’m a victim of rape, and as a victim of rape I just want to say I thought that joke was inappropriate and insensitive and totally my fault and I am so sorry.” That’s right, let’s take them down a notch! They’ve had it too good for too long, am I right? Let’s take back the night back! Obviously not that I need to back track and qualify this, I think you know me by now. Obviously no woman is asking to be raped. I do think there are some women who are asking to be motor boated.[x]

And Sarah can make jokes about rape culture as well as politics with a fresh perspective and in good humor.

Smoke On Your Pipe And Put That In!

6 Jun

My mom asked me today if I was going to write about marriage equality and I told her that I had nothing new to say about it.

Contrary to myth, Christianity’s concept of marriage has not been set in stone since the days of Christ, but has constantly evolved as a concept and ritual. Prof. John Boswell, the late Chairman of Yale University’s history department, discovered that in addition to heterosexual marriage ceremonies in ancient Christian church liturgical documents, there were also ceremonies called the “Office of Same-Sex Union” (10th and 11th century), and the “Order for Uniting Two Men” (11th and 12th century).

These church rites had all the symbols of a heterosexual marriage: the whole community gathered in a church, a blessing of the couple before the altar was conducted with their right hands joined, holy vows were exchanged, a priest officiated in the taking of the Eucharist and a wedding feast for the guests was celebrated afterwards. These elements all appear in contemporary illustrations of the holy union of the Byzantine Warrior-Emperor, Basil the First (867-886 CE) and his companion John.

Suck on that, Bristol Palin. (via sherlockable)

Marriage has been a moving target for it’s entire existence.  It has been evolving to suit the needs of citizens (read…men) forever.

Homosexuality is found in over 450 species.  Homophobia is found in only one.  Which sounds unnatural now?

Additionally the entire birth of marriage was basically about selling daughters off like chattel.  I’m all for moving into a new era where marriage isn’t “defined as one man and one woman”.  I think we can come up with a better definition than that.

Republicans In My Vagina!

21 May

Click the image above to see some terribly funny ladies (because ladies are funny!) and I don’t really need Mitt Romney in my vagina.

Santorum For #Fail

14 Apr

What I imagine Rick Santorum does when confronted with things that are:

a) true.

b) not in line with what is in his heart (see ‘a’).

c) actual claims supported by actual facts.

d) gays.

e) vaginas.

I just imagine him getting very confused.  About life, about how to do mundane things.

Rick Santorum doesn’t always answer the telephone, but when he does, he even does that wrong.


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