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Linkspam #67

  • This quote from @snarkadelia's Tumblr:

    "But here’s the most notable thing about this whole debate: The people trying to put Planned Parenthood out of business do not seem concerned about what would happen to the 1.85 million low-income women who get family-planning help and medical care at the clinics each year. It just doesn’t come up. There’s not even a vague contingency plan."
    --The Siege of Planned Parenthood - NYTimes.com

  • From warenellis.com, GUEST INFORMANT: Carolyn Turgeon. Mermaids. "Fishtits." GO read it. XD

  • From lovefromgirl, Ugandan Who Spoke Up for Gays Is Beaten to Death (nytimes.com) and Bigotry haunts David Kato's funeral (maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com). Such an awful tragedy. Why must people be so awful?

  • Also from lovefromgirl, The Al Jazeera English Live Stream! And it's by Al Jazeera so it's totally legal!

  • Also from lovefromgirl, Why is it wrong to protect gay children? by Johann Hari at independent.co.uk. Especially notable:

    Is it “political correctness” and “McCarthyism” to try to ensure these kids can feel safe in their own schools – or is it basic decency? A few very mild proposals were made this week for how to change the attitudes behind this. They came from an excellent organization called Schools Out, which is run with a small grant from the tax-payer. They gave out a voluntary information pack in which they suggested that, to mark LGBT History Month, teachers acknowledge the existence of gay people in their lessons. They could teach in history about how Alan Turing played a vital role in saving the world from the Nazis and paved the way for the invention of the computer, only to be hounded to death for being gay. They could learn in science that homosexuality occurs in hundreds of species of animals. They could – yes! – maybe even look in maths lessons at the census data, figuring out how prevalent gay people are.

    We know that these lessons work in making gay kids much safer. The Schools Health Education Unit found that homophobic violence was dramatically lower in schools that taught about homosexuality. Good schools like Stoke Newington Secondary that followed this program were assessed to have “virtually eliminated homophobic bullying.” That has a very powerful educational purpose: when gay kids feel safe, they can learn.

    Yet these pragmatic policies to make kids safe were presented as a wicked plot to endanger children. We can’t stop the endemic intimidation and violence if every time there is a policy to do it, it is grossly distorted and demonized in this way. The critics even whispered that gays want to “impose” sexuality on kids – with hints of the ugliest and oldest lie about gay men, that they are paedophiles.

    and

    Don’t demand the right to spit in the face of gay people, and claim you’re being picked on when you’re asked to stop.

    Yes, I know your religious texts mandate bigotry against gay people. They also mandate slavery and stoning adulterers, and they laud a God who feeds small children to bears (see II Kings ii, 23-24). As secular morality has evolved, you have managed to overcome those beliefs. Here’s another that has to catch up. If you are really going to defend Biblical or Koranic literalism, you’ll end up as Stephen Green, head of the tiny Christian Voice sect, who argues that there is biblical authority for the legalisation of rape by husbands.

  • From antitheism, Sunday Sermonette: Mounting a Sermon.

    Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
    Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
    Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

    These are platitudes, such as have been taught by parents since the dawn of civilization. Don’t get me wrong: Mercy, peace, and purity are excellent things. I commend them to you. But are you the sort of person who would practice these virtues because they’re good, or because you hope to get rewarded for it later? Do you have any moral character of your own, or are you just sucking up to an authority figure? I read these lines as, “If you play nicely with your sister and share your toys, there’ll be ice-cream tonight.”

  • Via teleens_journal, mystickeeper's 101 Primer regarding privilege. Excellent links!

  • I love this! From exceptindreams, the poem pick-up lines for feminists by Lesley Kartali. My favorite part:

    if the personal is political
    then our getting together
    has the potential
    to subvert the patriarchy.

  • From the Huffington Post, Baghdad: U.S. Apology, $1 Billion Owed For Blast Walls. They do have a point, yanno.

  • Also from HuffPo, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Faces Backlash For Threatening Public Workers With National Guard. Good on the WI workers for demonstrating! And good on at least some of the media for drawing attention to this.


Also, clicky: the animal rescue site, the child health site, the literacy site, the rainforest site, the breast cancer site, the hunger site, and











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