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Willing to Fight

Posted in christianity, human rights, personal, political, religion, the personal is political, women's rights by indiegoddess on December 19, 2008

What does it really mean to be a leftist in the early part of the 21st century? What are we really talking about? And I can just be very candid with you, it means To have a certain kind of temperament, to make certain kinds of political and ethical choices, and to exercise certain kinds of analytical focuses, targeting on the catastrophic and the monstrous, the scandalous, the traumatic, that are often hidden and concealed in the deoderised, manicured discourses of the mainstream, that’s what it means to be a leftist, so let’s just be clear about it. So if you’re concerned about structural violence, if you’re concerned about exploitation at the workplace, if you’re concerned about institutionalised contempt against gay brothers and lesbian sisters, if you’re concerned about organised hatred against peoples of colour, if you’re concerned about a subordination of women: that’s not cheap PC chit-chat. That is a calling: that you’re willing to fight against and try to understand the sources of that social misery. At the structural and institutional level and at the existential and the personal level. That’s what it means in part to be a leftist. That’s why we choose to be certain kinds of human beings. That’s why it’s a calling, not a career. It’s a vocation, not a profession. That’s why you see these veterans still here year after year after year because they are convinced, they don’t want to live in a world and they don’t want to be human in such a way that they don’t exercise their intellectual and political and social and cultural resources in such a way to leave the world just a little better than it was when they entered. That’s in part what it means to be a leftist. – Cornel West, 2007

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Finding the Light

Posted in personal, religion by indiegoddess on December 19, 2008

I’m having a rough time today finding the light.

The last few days have been hectic. They usually are around this time of year. There’s no time for resting, which is something that I need very badly. Even when I spend the day in bed, it still feels like every moment is lived in anticipation of the next. Instead of reading the books I’ve checked out from the library, I’m throat-deep in political news, as usual, and the commentary about it. All of it spins around me until everything feels dark and closed in, and I close my eyes and try to find the light to hold others in, let alone myself, and cheese-and-rice, there’s nothing there. Not even a spark.

Yesterday it was the Jon Favreau issue. Today it’s Rick Warren and anti-semitism. All of these things are issues that need to be dealt with and thought about and the truth needs to be spoken. I’m a little disheartened that there seems to be such a lack of truly progressive voices in my small sphere – no, I’m a lot disheartened. I’m a lot disheartened and de-lighted that so few people are speaking out against such a cacophony of irritation at that speaking out. I decided that I was going to break away from the noise of that irritation – that I was going to look up people that inspire me and listen to them, return some of the books I have to the library and check out some that will bring that spark back when I close my eyes.

So I deleted the results of the conversations in which I was being so attacked, ignored the new ones as they came in; donated my monthly $5.00 to Shakesville, a place where people much more intelligent than me dwell and speak out and bring things to my attention that I am too cocooned to necessarily notice; downloaded some more videos of Cornel West on Democracy Now and scrolled through some old entries at one of the Quaker blogs that I read. This afternoon I’m going to go check out Race Matters, if it’s still there, and make myself a string of prayer beads and close my eyes and see if I can find the light again. Pray for me.

Boys will be boys?

Posted in human rights, political, the personal is political, women's rights by writerwriting on December 19, 2008

Jon Favreau is young, attractive, and intelligent. It’s a shame that he’s kind of a douche on top of it:

It’s even more of a shame when people (women, especially) brush that photo off with a hearty chuckle and the excuse that “it’s just a party” and “it’s not REALLY Hillary Rodham Clinton” and “zomg he’s so hot!”

Well, hot or not, what he did was wrong. He did apologize and all that good stuff, but really, what he did was WRONG. Blatantly so. To think otherwise is a little shocking to me because if you replaced that picture with one of two McCain staffers degrading a cut out of Obama, there would be high hell to pay. The staffers would likely not be employed anymore and we’d drag them through the mud because they are clearly racist.

But if someone is clearly sexist? Well, that’s okay because boys will be boys. It was a party! They’d had a few beers! Yeah, he shouldn’t have taken the picture, nor should he have posted it on his Facebook. But no one got hurt, so it’s not a big deal.

EXCEPT THAT IT IS A VERY BIG FUCKING DEAL. Let’s say that the HRC cut out was an actual woman. Everyone’s a little drunk, someone has a camera, and they all pose for ridiculously stupid pictures they will post all over Facebook. Let’s say that a couple of the guys in a few of the pictures gives the girl a few drinks, holding them up for her while another guy puts his hand on her breast. She doesn’t really mind because it’s all in fun.

But then later, it happens again, only without a camera and she is no longer feeling fun. Or maybe she is and she just doesn’t want to be touched. She rebuffs a guy. He doesn’t really back off. He reminds her about the pictures they all took earlier and he goes in for a grab or a kiss. It’s loud at the party and everyone is drunk and no one is surprised to see a couple groping on the couch.

Only it isn’t a couple groping. It’s a guy sexually assaulting a woman.

It doesn’t fucking matter that the HRC represented in that picture wasn’t real. What matters is our response to pictures like that, and in response to violence against women in general. It is not funny, it is not cute, and it isn’t something you fucking joke about.

I’m ashamed of Jon Favreau and even more of the Obama camp for blowing this off so completely.

Sit down, shut up, and do as you’re told

Posted in christianity, human rights, religion by writerwriting on December 15, 2008

Blessings be upon thee, Christian women. The answer to your prayers are here.

A group of conservative Christian women is seeking 100,000 signatures on a “True Woman Manifesto” aimed at sparking a counter-revolution to the feminist movement of the 1960s.

Introduced at a gathering of more than 6,000 women in early October, the document calls not for equal rights, but instead proclaims that men and women are created to reflect God’s image in “complementary and distinct ways.”

That includes the idea that women are called “to honor and support God-ordained male leadership in the home and in the church.”

Source.

The Best University In the World

Posted in Uncategorized by indiegoddess on December 11, 2008

Yeah, our student body president may have been brutally murdered last year, but did YOUR university flash mob rave the Undergraduate Library during exams and then sing the Alma Mater and Fight Song? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

No one comes together like Tarheels.

Jimmy Carter – A Human Rights Agenda for the Obama Administration – washingtonpost.com

Posted in africa, human rights, political, the world by writerwriting on December 10, 2008

Today marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. With a new administration and a new vision coming to the White House, we have the opportunity to move boldly to restore the moral authority behind the worldwide human rights movement. But the first steps must be taken at home.

Jimmy Carter – A Human Rights Agenda for the Obama Administration – washingtonpost.com.

Alternate Currency

Posted in Uncategorized by indiegoddess on December 8, 2008

Alternate Currency: “For the first time ever, the phrase 'I'd like to thank everyone at 4chan for making me successful and happy' is uttered.

(Via xkcd.com.)

Ana Marie Cox: Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Bloggers

Posted in funny, imagination land, personal, political, television by writerwriting on November 26, 2008

via Ana Marie Cox: Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Bloggers

Okay, so I don’t live in Nebraska and I’m not in middle school, but I wonder if they’d let me join their club? I love Keith and Rachel and Ana Marie (though they would probably not let me in based on how smitten I am over Chris Matthews because ewwww he’s old or something).

Is it 5pm yet? Whoever decided to let everyone but the employees here leave last night should be shanked, and hard, by a big spoon.

The F Scale: Final form

Posted in funny by writerwriting on November 21, 2008

via The F Scale: Final form

Good news! I’m not a fascist!

P.S.
Why does Press This KEEP EATING MY COMMENTARY ON THE THINGS I PRESS?

DIAF.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Posted in human rights by indiegoddess on November 20, 2008