(via BBC News - South Africa’s Nelson Mandela dies)
I read a headline today:
“Preferred” Pronouns Gain Traction at US Colleges.
and I couldn’t help but think
even when we get a victory
we’re still prisoners of punctuation.
Trapped in quotations, like the air-quotes
that mocked me in seventh grade
when I wore boy’s clothes to school
and no one said I wore “boy” clothes to school.
No one mocked the gendered shoes.
No air-quotes around my flannel button-down shirt
marketed for males only. The quotes go around
things like “normal” instead. Punctuation trapped
words I chose for myself. Like normal.
Like my name.
Quotes around words like “intersectionality”
and “genderqueer” and “pansexual” in the newspaper
because even when they concede to using our words
they have to make sure we know
they don’t really believe it.
The little red line on my computer screen reminds me
they’re just humoring “us”
and our made-up “words”
highlighted with quotations
that point and laugh so everyone knows we aren’t real
and fenced in on either side by punctuation
so we can’t escape.
I want my words to be like everyone else’s.
I want feminism in a sentence like your morning coffee
and genderqueer in the spellcheck dictionary like lamp and courage.
I want my words to be no different than the ones you already use
and I want you to stop putting air quotes around normal. — "Quotation" by Mik Everett (via mikeverett)
As white people, we are used to representations of ourselves crowding the covers of magazines, crowning the posters of newly released films. The good guys are white, we have learned, after eons of our faces being plastered under cowboy hats and in impeccable Bond suits. White men are Superman, we have learned. White men are Ethan Hunt and Neo and white men are hobbits. Bad men, we have learned, are black. They’re gang bangers and thugs and talk loud and sometimes deliver funny lines where we laugh at their Otherness. Black men aren’t heroes, we learn. Our imagination and subconscious are so saturated with white supremacist notions of goodness, beauty, and heroism, that when confronted head-on with an image of a black man who is brilliant and kind and normal and who saves the day, we transform into robotic versions of ourselves: Does… not… compute. Hero… must be… white. It’s this line of thinking that turned Disney’s Princess Tiana into an animal for 95 percent of the movie. The collective white imagination had difficulty imagining a black girl as a princess… and so she became a frog. — Olivia Cole - “Hunger Games and the Limits of White Imagination” (via newwavefeminism)
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Does everybody know about this? because it’s really sweet. You only have until tomorrow to get it done, but that’s long enough really and it seems totally worth it.
“The federal government made enough money on student loans over the last year that, if it wanted, it could provide maximum-level Pell Grants of $5,645 to 7.3 million college students. The $41.3-billion profit for the 2013 fiscal year is down $3.6 billion from the previous year but still enough to pay for one year of tuition at the University of Michigan for 2,955,426 Michigan residents. It’s a higher profit level than all but two companies in the world: Exxon Mobil cleared $44.9 billion in 2012, and Apple cleared $41.7 billion.”
— Detroit Free Press, Federal government books $41.3 billion in profits on student loans. (via futurejournalismproject)
Is that the same student loan program President Obama restructured, taking them from middleman banks raking in huge profits for doing nothing more than shuffling papers? And aren’t those the loans that were under threat of doubling interest rates just last year? Didn’t Congress tie the rates to Treasury notes with the intention of using the profits for deficit reduction? Yes, yes. That’s the one.
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Finally! Don’t forget that nuns and other catholics are under threat of excommunication as well as firing for failure to follow Catholic Doctrine.
The mother’s water broke at 18 weeks. They didn’t even suggest letting nature take its course, they intentionally stopped her labour and sent her home, apparently without antibiotics. That’s privileging the foetus over the parent. I’m not a scholar of doctrine but while they may not have been able to accelerate the miscarriage, I have a hard time believing they were required to prevent it.
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Get Your Fake Conscience Objections Off My Lawn | Lee's Bookshelf -
As a Quaker, I believe in Conscience Protection. I believe people should have the right to refuse work that violates their principles. If a draft were called tomorrow, I would wholeheartedly support people’s right not to serve.
But if someone serving in the military came to me and said they wanted me to defend their right to refuse military service, but that they also wanted to keep their job and be paid as if they were actually serving in combat, I would laugh in their face.
A pharmacist demanding the right to keep their job even if they refuse to dispense legal medication is like a Marine demanding to keep their job even if they refuse to follow lawful orders. That’s not “conscience protection,” that’s a handout to someone who wants to be paid not to work.
(via Governor Tells Supporters To Forgo Buying Children Presents, Give Money To His Campaign Instead | ThinkProgress)