cereus: Ringtail Cat climbing tree (Gender)
Project runway can be fun to watch, just for the colors and fabric and 1337 sewing skillz , but for a show full of self-professed gay guys it's so normative it's full of fail.
There are only two options, or roles to design for - Manly Men and Womanly Women.
And their idea of manly and womanly is so narrow it's like walking on a razor. :(
A dress that no one could walk in won over a elegant origami looking one because it didn't make the model look like she had a narrow waist and Huge BOOBZ.
I knew a femmey guy who wore a lot of skirts and came in one day with a black jean skit and caution tape for a tie.
He's worth more than all the judges put together >: (
<end rant>
NOTE: No spoilers were divulged in this rant - this is from seasons past.
cereus: Ringtail Cat climbing tree (NightCereus)
The Minutemen are an extremist "militia" group that has taken upon itself to patrol the border and apprehend illegal aliens.
Three Minutemen entered a family home and fatally shot a girl.
www.nytimes.com/2009/06/27/us/27arizona.html

Sadly, this doesn't  suprise me at all, considering the reports of abuse of illegals by their hands.
It's mixed out here, most people are at the LEAST extremely ambivalent about this kid of "protection".  I'm just tired of all the hate-mongering around people who are just here to get some sort of job.

It seems when we concentrate evil into one place - and then pin all that evil onto one group of Humans or living creatures.  It gives license to crush those people.  This seems to unleash and nurture the worst parts of human nature.
cereus: Ringtail Cat climbing tree (FailCafe)
So,

Obama, in the middle of a speech castigating the Bush presidency for their attitudes towards the Guantanamo detainees introduced the idea of "Prolonged Detention". So now people can be detained for years "even though they might not be convicted of any crimes" just to protect us from the crimes they may commit.
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WTF???

I'm reminded of the movie "Minority Report" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minority_Report_(film)
And apparently I'm not the only one.

www.youtube.com/watch

Liberty is a basic human right!  Our constitution contains guarantees against inprisonment without conviction.

This is unacceptable.

No on 102

Dec. 2nd, 2008 04:41 pm
cereus: Ringtail Cat climbing tree (FailCafe)
Posted from my private blog.

My views have mellowed a bit since I wrote this though.  At the time I was still in shock and angry.

Marriage may be a religious institution that our government should have no say in, but prop 102 is still a nasty and foolish piece of work. Not only does it potentially restrict access to hospital visitation rights, but it also might send a nasty message about the equal worth of relationships.

It seems to me that the whole "procreation" issue is a red herring. Because when I see anybody who's married (even the fundie christian types) when they talk about their spouse and why they married them it's never about how they wanted to fill the Earth with their children. It's about LOVE. They LOVE each other. Ok, not always. My best friend was perfectly willing to cohabitate until his lover got into a serious accident and the hospital paperwork got messy.

This simple fact is at the heart of why I'm suspicious of anything that restricts marriage, even if I'm not really sure how it would fit into my life if I did get married. The ritual aspect always struck me as cool, but being neither monogamous nor possessive, and being annoyed by empty social rituals, I can't see any reason to tie the Knot.

Love is too rare and precious to worry too much over who other people choose to love. That should be a non-issue. Having believed for a long time that I was flat out "incapable of love" (and all the trouble that caused) it baffles me when people pull this kind of shit and assume that others are unfit to be in a relationship.

EDIT: I'm no longer sure how important this is. Mixing up personal lives and politics is often a bad combination. Basing your arguments on what people "might think" is no way to prioritize.
cereus: Ringtail Cat climbing tree (Default)
I'm Saddened by this.

Prop 102, which disallows gay marriage in AZ passed.

I'm not always sure about the usefulness of marriage.  I'm not even sure what marriage means, aka which are the important parts.  Is it the devotion to the other person, the "till death do us part", the fidelity, the social status of "being married"?  I do understand the ability to visit your lover in the hospital and to retain custody of your kids in case something happens to your beloved.

But being married to the person you love is a human right, and it is bigoted to deny some people that right.

I'm sorry.



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