You were *that* close to nailing it for once, but Salon still managed a bit of a fuckup.
@Salon: Two words that no man should ever (ever, ever) say to a woman http://t.co/GBPwvGvP5s via @schemaly #SalonArchives
From the article: The problem with street harassment isn’t the demand that a woman smile or perform fellatio, the problem is the answer to the question, “What if a woman doesn’t want to?
— Seriously, wtf? Most of the rest of the article is fine and dandy… But seriously. How is asking a woman to ‘perform’ in EITHER of those ways not creeeepy as FUCK? Maybe just me. Reminds me a little of the days when people would say “IH, you’ve got a problem with one of your eyes? Cover your good one! How much do you see?” Before you ask - no, I don’t believe it’s even close to women being asked at random to do this shit.
Shit happened at least once a week when I was younger. Fine when an ophthalmologist or optometrist does it - they have a reason for what they’re doing. And no, it
It’d be better to say while it’s bad to approach a woman and expect her to continue to perform like this, the responses to rejection often defy belief.
Disclaimer: I’m a pre-everything trans woman who isn’t yet identifying in public or dressing femme or even to family, so my perception of what’s creepy is likely going to differ from a cis woman because right now I’m fronting as a guy in public. Other than that it seems a good article, but knowing Salon, there’s probably something horrible lurking in three Mess. Good to see Jamie Nesbitt Golden (sp? She’s @thewayoftheheid on twitter), an getting a mention (follow her and @,karynithia. Aside from being awesome women, and standouts on issues that affect people of colour, they are AWESOMELY FUNNY when theyre just commenting on life in general.
TLDR: I seriously doubt girls want to be randomly approached and chatted up or worse, asked to provide sexual favours. Seriously - BOTH are sexual harassment. You wouldn’t do it to a random man so don’t do it to a woman
Again, though, definite improvement on the usual Salon screeds, just pointing this out. Otherwise a good piece.
TIL milk is in, like, everything. Seriously. Next time you do your shopping, see how many of the things you buy have ‘milk’ or ‘milk solids’ listed as an ingredient. You’ll be fucking surprised, unless of course you’re a vegan. Was definitely an eye opener for me.
So, about last Friday's Citizen Radio best of... I need help with something. I don't Wanna be a douchebag that eats animals anymore. Resources in Sydney?
So I keep listening to last week’s Citizen Radio best of shows. I keep listening to Friday’s episode in particular. The animal stuff is REALLY starting to echo around in my head, and it’s really starting to make me feel like a huge fucking douchebag for eating meat., and I really think it’s time I start actually going down the path of this Veganism thing.
I have No fucking idea how I’m going to a) afford it, b) prepare Vegan meals using only a microwave and a toaster oven, and c) where to look for resources and affordable Vegan produce.
I’m unemployed. I don’t have a job, I live on the outskirts of Sydney without a car, and there seems to be SFA Vegan produce out here aside from salads and shit like that. Things do seem to be starting to change in that front.
I know there are probably at least a few Aussie maniacs out there who can point me in the right direction. I want to do this, and I’m going to ask the maniacs to hold me accountable to this. I’m going to transition slowly, mostly because I want it to stick, with any luck within a couple of years, though hopefully sooner.
I still live at home, and I really do only have a microwave and a toaster oven for meals. Also, good tasting Vegan cheeses that are actually available in grocery stores. I only have Coles, Woolworths and Aldi convenient (Costco is around but not practical because I have to be able to *carry* what I buy, though I suppose mum could help out with that.
Anyway, I’d love any links to good resources anyone’s found. *Especially* anything in the way of resources to help me catch any foods that would seem safe, but in actuality have animal products in them.
Again, I have no fucking idea how I’m going to pull this off, but gosh darn it, I’m going to. Somehow.
I have already made a start, switching milk for soy milk (always preferred the latter anyway) and once I finish the current tub of butter I have, I’m going to use a vegan substitute (turned out a brand I like is actually okay in that regard.)
And seriously, any advice, stories, things to avoid… All of it. Gonna need help to get this done, but get done it’s gonna be.
My story isn’t so extravagant, because most of my journey toward leftist politics followed observing the process of the crash of 2008 and the capitalist machine’s obsessive pursuit of wealth in the aftermath at the expense of all else. I’ve pretty much always followed politics, whether here in Australia or in the US, but really, it’s thank to Citizen Radio that i’ve become more aware of how terrible some of the atheist community are.
I was never particularly closely entwined into that community anyway, so dissociating from them wasn’t a hard decision (though it has to be said, I still quite like PZ Myers). Other sources radicalised my politics pretty well.
It *is* however, thanks to Citizen Radio that I’ve really started to see the importance of intersectionality, the continuing need for feminism, and it’s thanks to them and the maniacs that’s I’ve begun to call out this shit more strongly online. It’s also thanks to CR that I discovered the awesomeness of @Karnythia and @thewayoftheheid on Twitter (seriously, follow them on Twitter if you aren’t already. SO WORTH IT.
It’s also thanks to Citizen Radio and the Maniacs that I’m seriously pondering going vegan or at least vegetarian (just have to work out how the fuck I’m going to afford it. Veg stuff here in Australia is still a premium price thing, though I’ve made a start by switching to soy milk and a vegan butter/margarine alternative (I don’t use much butter/marg anyway).
I have to confess, I’m not yet active and out there involved in protests, but most protests here take place on the weekend, and I really don’t have easy transport on a weekend, which constrains my ability to take part quite heavily. Which is why for now, I’m making my stand online (if you’re in Sydney and have options I could look into… please let me know! It’s hard to find info online.
It’s also nice to know that #CitizenRadio is a great safe space for me. I’m a pre-everything transgendered woman (still living publicly as male and will have to deal with that for a few years due to a couple of family assholes.
Wondering what this Citizen Radio thing is? It’s a podcast, and you can check it out at http://www.wearecitizenradio.com/ If you like it and if you’re not on unemployment like me, you should subscribe to it. It’s entirely listener supported and they actually pay their employees well, so they’re nothypocrites like many others in leftist media (not to lessen their work).
I’d also like to give a shoutout for those in Australia (or those interested in finding out what shit’s going down here - spoiler: right now there’s a lot) for Progressive Podcast Australia, which can be found at http://www.progressivepodcastaustralia.com/ They’re fans of Citizen Radio, too, so you KNOW it’s going to be good.
Any Aussies should check that one out in particular, because our media, frankly, is the propaganda wing of the coalition and the miners at this point. While I’m at it: FUCK THE MURDOCH AND FAIRFAX PRESS.
I hate to maybe bring up more issues, but I just wanted to say stuff from my POV. As a person of color (I’m Asian) I NEED representation in media so people like these men can stop thinking I am some wilting asian lotus flower ready to jump on them at…
Not a POC, but as an ally, I’m reblogging this because it’s awesome.
Anyway, in case anyone was wondering where I got it from, why I became such a fire breather on this issue, it’s because of this show. I’ve always known that rape was awful, that’s not news (except to people who are assholes; I’m looking at you The Amazing Atheist), and I always was aware that there was an issue with victim blaming in the press and among the media. But I had no idea how bad it really was until they started talking about it on CR. No, the CR from To Boldly Flee, I mean Citizen Radio. ;)
I also went vegan because of them. Jamie and Allison are great people, and I cannot promote their show enough.
Even if Jamie called me a monster because I like Garden State.
Oh man. I remember when I found out The “Amazing (sic) Atheist was an MRA douchebag. I don’t think I’ve stopped following somebody’s stuff quicker in my life. Pretty sure I haven’t watched even one of his vids since. Fucking douchenozzle. I don’t think I was even listening to CR yet at that point, but… yeah. Never been fond of the MRA crowd.
Meant to put this on this blog. Oh well, fuck it. there are a few folks who follow that other blog that don’t follow this one anyway (it’s just a random bullshit blog, don’t bother following that if you want actual content. But yeah, long story short TAA is an MRA douchebag. Unfollow if you weren’t aware.
One of these days, I am actually going to get out there and get involved politically. For me of course there are unique challenges to that - it’s rather more difficult to get to protests when they’re usually on weekends - especially when you live in a part of a city like Sydney that is best termed a publicly transport desert of a weekend.
Partly, of course, it is understandable. There’s not much out where I am. But I do also wonder how much of that is a cultural thing: we don’t think so much about the public transport need of anyone other than 9-5 workers in this city, it seems. And that’s a problem.
But I’ve talked about all if that before. The thoughts about just what I want my contribution to the social movements for change to be. What areas do I feel called to? What communities should I seek to join? What cause cries out to me the most?
Actually, that last one is something I’ve been struggling on. I know a few things about myself:
- I love to encourage people, even when I myself am feeling down. I love to come alongside somebody and help them to hopefully see the greatness within them. (I’m a weird one in this way: I feel like everyone has some shred of awesome in them somewhere, and it positively makes me beam when someone lets that shine.)
- Intersectionality is something I see as being reeally really important and find myself wanting to encourage amongst activists.
- I love actually helping people, though I only feel confident doing so with small things.
- I KNOW I’m very capable with words. Read my poems, and I really love writing, though I like just letting it spill out and then tweak later.
- I love MANY causes. At various times I’ve felt a pull to feminism, LGBTQI causes (especially trans* issues), worker struggles, anti-capitalism concerns, environmental concerns, addressing the rich/poor divide, immigration issues, anti-racist and anti-war stuff, opposition to tape culture… And the list goes on. So basically, I like everything, and almost don’t want to specialise, but I know if I don’t, I’ll probably burn out. And yet each of these causes is a PASSIONATE thing for me.
I suppose what I’m asking my handful of readers (please share and reblog!) Is this: how do I pin down what I should get into? And more importantly, does anyone know what orgs exist in Australia (especially Sydney) that I should get involved with? Also, as a person of words, how can I best wield them to engender a positive attitude?
Okay, I’ll leave it there, I think, I don’t want to flood this thing with questions
Feminism, ultimately, is egalitarianism. Since women were, and still are, far more oppressed than men. This is not to say there aren’t cases where men are worse off; the stereotypes perpetuated by misogyny - for example, the idea that only the mother is ever the best person to raise the children - actually affect men too (if you don’t believe mme on this, ask any single father who has taken their child to the playground how many times they’ve been accused of being a potential child rapist).
The reasoning for this is simple; if it is stated that women should be equal to men in all things, the reverse, that men should be equal to women is implied by the same logic.
Now, before I get a torrent of hate, let me make this clear: I have strong, very bitter disagreements with many of the arguments put forward by MRAs. In fact, I would agree that most of their claims are utterly bullshit.
Supremacy is hierarchy! Don’t buy into it! Reject it with every ounce of energy you have, and in whatever form it takes!
But where a claim isn’t bullshit, we should still, ultimately fight for the wrong to be addressed. It’s the same reason we shouldn’t support msandry (even if it is, given the way women are often treated, understandable). Because supporting bullshit is bullshit, whoever’s spewing it. Not that it should be ranked anywhere as high on the pecking order as something like rape culture. THAT SHIT HAS TO FUCKING STOP. it’s wrong, it’s immoral, and It’s just plain nasty.
Ultimately, class struggle is one struggle, but it is one struggle that asserts itself through many small struggles. This is why solidarity is so important, because the strength we gain over time from each victory can be used to help fuel the next battle.
TLDR: Most of the problems highlighted in identity politics can be identified as a form of social, as opposed to economic class (though they often overlap) . Meaning struggling for gender equality IS STILL A PART OF CLASS STRUGGLE BY DEFINITION!
Finally, I’m human. If I’m wrong, **tell me.** Fuck egos, I’m here to ultimately improve humankind and the world I live in. If it means being repeatedly called out on my shit, So fucking be it. My only request is that you might do it kindly and civilly if you can; I will be quite happy to respond in kind.
That is, unless you’re a misogynistic, racist, or xenophobic asshole. In that case, FUCK YOU.
Just want to be clear with everyone: anything posted here that’s my workis free to use, modify, and perform or redistrubute. Those written works, if you want to adapt them within a work of your own, it’s allowed. These are mostly just rants anyway, the ravings of a probable lunatic, but if they’re of value to you, and you think they’re worth being spread, whether in print, online, or elsewhere, as long as you cite me (just affirmedatheist or affath is fine, though a link to the tumblr would be appreciated) I’m good. I don’t care about anything like royalties, even if I’m fucking poor. That’s not what I’m about.
I’m about stopping this cancerous economic system called capitalism from royally fucking up our world (which it seems disturbingly adept at doing).
The comedian on his evening at the GQ awards, from which he was ejected after cracking a joke about sponsor Hugo Boss
I thanked John, said “the oracle award” sounds like a made-up prize you’d give a fat kid on sports day – I should know, I used to get them – then that it’s barmy that Hugo Boss can trade under the same name they flogged uniforms to the Nazis under and the ludicrous necessity for an event such as this one to banish such a lurid piece of information from our collective consciousness.
I could see the room dividing as I spoke. I could hear the laughter of some and louder still silence of others. I realised that for some people this was regarded as an event with import. The magazine, the sponsors and some of those in attendance saw it as a kind of ceremony that warranted respect. In effect it is a corporate ritual, an alliance between a media organisation, GQ and a commercial entity, Hugo Boss. What dawned on me as the night went on is that even in apparently frivolous conditions the establishment asserts control and won’t tolerate having that assertion challenged, even flippantly, by that most beautifully adept tool, comedy.
I’m not a fan of his comedy, but I had no idea he could write like this. This was both hilarious and saddening.
The Coalition’s new policy on asylum will degrade administrative decision-making, undermine accountability of public power, and leave refugees in a permanent state of psychological and legal limbo. Like the Howard government policies it mimics, it will create enormous and expensive bureaucratic inefficiencies by flooding the courts with claims for judicial review, and forcing immigration officials to remake decisions about refugee status every few years.
There are, IMHO far wider problems with this insane policy. Not that we didn’t know that the Coalition weren’t shitbags already.
This policy of Abbott’s, by forcing an entire group of people - refugees arriving by boat, to never be able to choose to settle down, to never be able to leave a lasting contribution to society here, has potential to cause some pretty radical shifts in how our society functions over here in the antipodes.
For one, it has the potential create something we’ve never quite had here in Australia: a large, permanent, underclass, who would never really be able to claw their way up in life. It would also act as a wedge to force unrealistic expectations on many other poor and jobseeking persons - in many cases, the work just isn’t there.
Not that there isn’t an underclass here, as the indigenous people will tell you. But immigrants would be a far larger group that could be used as wedge (due to equally shitbag policies of the past, there are relatvely few remaining indigenous persons remaining in Australa).
It goes without saying that I’m ashamed an appalled at what Australia has become. Instead of choosing the higher ground, instead of deciding that we as a people would set aside our differences… Instead, we chose to fully embrace racism and xenophobia.
I envision it as a kangaroo and emu, kitted out with full military regalia, bulletproof vests, each holding a rocket launcher aimed at a rickety boat. While that isn’t exactly what they’re proposing (would love someone to draw this by the way)… I wouldn’t put it past some of Abbott’s supporters to support the idea of shooting down these boats, for all they preach not wanting people to be killed.
We are thankfully making some ground on LGBT issues… but I wouldn’t be surprised to see that begin to recede if Abbott gets in. I mean, the guy is best mates with that vulture, Pell, a man for whom I have nought but contempt.
Whatever happened to looking after our fellow man woman, son daughter, brother, sister, father, mother, fuckers? Sacrified on the altar of allegiace Just like our conscience… Stand together now fight the tide Band together, this fight’s for our rights Band together
[Miscellaneous news clips, including “turn back the boats”, “Protect the border” “we have a right to determine who does and does not enter this country”] Racists! Thugs! Anti-humanists! I have no tolerance… I have no patience for you! Smash the bordergates, smash the fucking state
Xenophobia now Xenophobia now Xenophobia now
Smash the state Fuck the norm Keep the rage Fuck ‘the Law!
(Spoken: Sometimes, when the law is unjust, it should be abolished!)
The latest policy from the (non-)Liberal Party in the never ending race to the bottom on the ‘stop the boats!!!!1111 issue.
I’m sick and tired of the racism and xenophobia that seems to be so easily provoked in our country. Can’t we have something new?
NB: I hereby release these lyrics for use provided: - Credit is given (a link here is sufficient) - Others are free to modify your modified version.
I’m more interested in getting action on these issues than any personal benefit.
The Dividing Hand of the Market, Manifested by Our Own Hands
Humankind needs to dump its ego, its sense of self importance. For too long, we have felt we are more important than anything else which covers this earth. We have felt that we are more important or more right than the other man. Or than that woman around the corner. Or by that young kid who calls you out when you err.
It is human to err. It’s part of our nature. We only know so much. But at the same time, in some ways, we expect too little of ourselves. We let these hatreds divide us. We let our bitterness, our enmity, control our emotions. the thing I hate most of all is hatred. I do my best not to hate others, but occasionally, I falter.
I am an anarchist for that reason. I don’t want to be a leader. But at the same time, I sure as hell don’t want to be a follower in a society that sees a metaphorical cliff and instead of asking whether we should slam on the brakes or abandon the vehicle, actually floors the pedal. “It’s because you’re x. It’s because you’re y… It’s because you’re white. Because you’re black, because you’re an atheist. Because you’re different!
NO IT ISN’T! It’s because you’ve been so downtrodden and stepped on that you want to cling on to that last piece of control, even if it means trampling on those weaker than yourself! LET IT GO! The weak are not trying to bring you down; Their oppressors are the same as yours; the rich, governments, capitalism, and the cult of money. LET IT GO! Our world is being killed because we refuse to set down our egos!
FOR GOODNESS SAKE, Let it go! We are capable of so much more if we work together! Fighting amongst ourselves is wasted energy! Yes, debate of ideas is healthy, but let’s not tear each other’s heads off in the process!
We are in this situation for several reasons; Because those with power seek to exploit us, and because we, instead of turning against them, turned against ourselves instead, strengthening our arm.
We haven’t much time left. They’re closing the net now. They’re pulling up the ladder.
But of course, there are political reasons as well; capitalism inherently divides us by design. You have those with - capitalists, who have most of the wealth, and those without, the workers, or as I prefer to call them, the people.
Because not everyone works, and in my opinion, not everyone even needs to in our age of high technology. I don’t think that’s a bad thing; there’s a whole lot of energy and resources wasted in pointless work, in needless commutes. But also our social networks are shattered, because those of us that do work are working such long hours that there’s no time for anything.
How is this even remotely sensible? The nature of the Market furthers this; it divides us again into buyer and seller. And that hierarchy propagates throughout society as different people rise to the top because of who they know.
Capitalism has served its purpose. It proved useful enough in getting us to here technologically (and even this is slightly debatable, it’s quite plausible that other methods would have got us here), but with the technology we now have, collaboration will better see us forward than blind pursuit of profit. What incentive is there for war when all it does is result in the destruction of fellow humans?
I am increasingly convinced that musicians are the prophets of our time; They are our canaries in the coal mine. They have been screaming that we need to push back for decades now. What does that say about our present situation?
They have been saying we have to lay down our anger. And we do not. They have been saying we should consider each other. Yet we do not.
Seriously though, I hate those anti-Kindle hipsters
Because they’re the same kind of people who will buy every Apple product and every “indie rock” record that comes out
What you’re saying is “I’ve never met an actual information lover who used the internet”
And 200 years ago you would have thought public libraries were absurd
I still prefer physical books, but these e-books definitely have their uses. I’m not a hater, I just want to make sure we don’t do something stupid again as a species and put all of our eggs into the technological basket. Because if we do that, and then we lose the ability to power all these devices (such as running out of oil and being unable to transport the raw resources that power our cities and chargers, well fuck. That’s a shitload of information that could be used to rebuild society gone.
Physical books are prone to fire and censors of course, but so are these datacentres and electronic books (in fact, they’re probably more prone to censors in some ways, less in others), and the systems of libraries we’ve invented act as an effective distributed backup facility.
“A BBC reporter has infiltrated a meeting of Golden Dawn members and made a recording which implicates Chryafgites in the assault on SYRIZA MP Dimitris Stratoulis. Digital Journal reported Dimitris Stratoulis claimed three members of Golden Dawn (Chrysi Avgi) launched a murderous assault on him last Sunday, a claim vigorously denied by Golden Dawn.”
It has been, is, and always be a refuge for me when I need solace. It will always be a comfort when even friends might turn against me.
Perhaps I turn to that refuge too much, but I can’t help but be thankful for it in my current, somewhat melancholic mood. (Chopin is wonderful soup for the “soul” in such a mood, as well as being hauntingly beautiful). As the audio replays, I’m reminded of friends I don’t hear from any more, of my naivete. Of my former incredulity. And then my mind turns again to the smouldering shell that is the world we live in.
And I weep internally. I mourn deeply the great losses and setbacks, at the myriad hatreds that set us apart, at the empty arguments and grudges we hold against each other, often for no reason at all.
It sounds awful, but I have come to appreciate these moments. For me, it should be experienced, it should be embraced. Emotion is not a weakness of our species, but one of its greatest strengths. Yes, it must be tempered and treated with caution at times and we should always be mindful that it does not cause us to lose sight of our mental faculties, but we should not ever deny it in all of its beauty and terror. I consider it a part of the human experience, and that we should all be so lucky.
Sadness for me is a form of joy; it is a reminder that I am indeed human. For me it is deep, it is profound, it sometimes borders on depression (though it rarely shows - I know well when I need help and when I can stare down those demons with my own strength), but I would not change it for the world. In these moments, at least, I feel, I am nearly free. I am nearly certain this illusion is one I will be disabused from in short order, but we must all experience it to feel the fullness of human experience.
I have much to do. I have much to learn. I have many new faces to meet, ideas to expound, people to encourage, hope to instil, even when the world seems hopeless.
And I turn back to the music as the last note rings out, as it echoes across the stage of my mind. Such a beautiful melody.
Originally posted on my WordPress blog, but has been slightly modified.
It’s not that I hate doing work. I like doing stuff that makes me feel fulfilled and that benefits others. I love to read. I love to learn. I do some stuff refurbishing and repairing PCs. Yes, it’s with a religious charity (and I do somewhat detest religion), but this group actually seem to care, viewing it as more than just their religious duty, but also as simply a good thing that needs doing, so they do it. I am quite happy to work with such people; we may disagree bitterly on matters of religion, and almost certainly on politics (I’ve never really asked, but I’m quite certain none of them are fascists, at least), but for the greater good, I’ll quite happily set such things aside in the here and now.
We do charge for the work we do (power bills don’t pay themselves, sadly), but it’s often waived for hard luck cases, and there’s pretty much an “ask and you can have it” policy with regard to things like keyboards and stuff (which is how I got the keyboard I’m typing with). You can see the effort they put in. The person who’s effectively in charge of the place works tirelessly.
But, you know, the constant job hunt takes its toll. I suppose it’s a reflection of the modern world when in order to get work, you basically have to sell yourself.
I hate selling myself. I’m not a product! I’m not for sale! Maybe for now I might do labour in exchange for that terrible stuff we call money because I wish to survive, but I am not yours to be dictated to in thought, and I won’t do more than I have to. Ever as I work away, I would quietly resent you profiting from my effort.
I hate money! I hate that so many of our interactions are arbitrated through the exchange of note and coin! It cheapens us, and sells us short of our true value, the social value we have that is more than any note or coin can express.
More, I hate the modern world. It has become the very opposite of what it promised: full of greed and profit taking for the rich where it promised equality; exploitative where it promised fairness; destructive where it promised to improve the world.
It is also ultimately part of the root of sexism, racism, and general bigotry. When society pushes you to compete against your fellow-person, with it being either your or your comrade, it’s quite natural that you seek out ready labels and easy things which you can use to socially reduce your competitor’s standing in the race for that elusive job/status/social credit/etc. that you so crave because the system has taught you to crave it and the products that said system is trying to sell you.
Yes, the world we have been sold by our politicians, by our religious leaders, by our bureaucrats and by our capitalist class (aka business leaders, CEOs etc.) is a lie. It never existed. Using the means it has, it never *could* exist, because its very basis was fraud from the beginning; it is only now we are beginning to see that what we were actually being sold was a road back to our own servanthood.
Note I do not include scientists here; most of the chemicals and such that have had detrimental effect have been designed and produced at the behest of these charlatans and liars. Science is merely a blind tool, one that requires people to wield it.
Yes, I’m angry. I’m angry for two reasons: one because we have been mislead by these crooks and liars, two that we have been so eager to hand them the keys, and so willing to destroy our own emergency copies in the vain hope for some scraps, which of course will not be forthcoming.
Yes, I am an anarchist. I’m not ashamed of that fact, either. And I am more than willing to bite the hand that currently feeds me as well, because ultimately, that hand - government - must surely pass into the annals of history if humankind is to progress, along with the shackles of capital and money.