Rape Culture, Again

Good news: I got my computer back from the repair shop!  Bad news: it has to go back tomorrow.  Since I have it for one day, though, I wanted to write something for you all.  Today, I wanted to write about the fashion industry, because despite being in the headlines more for severely damaging behavior, it’s still seen as a glamorous profession.  However, recent news has pushed that one temporarily to the back burner.  Apparently, we still need to talk about rape culture.

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Love to you all!  Thank you for reading!  I’ll be watching Game of Thrones tonight and will give you my thoughts tomorrow!

Trans Acceptance in America

Hello again!  I missed you!  It’s really hard to keep on top of all things internet when I can only use my phone and my office computer and I apologize.  Also, if you are reading this in Boston or have loved ones there, stay strong.  The hearts of the whole world are with you right now.

Earlier this month, we heard many arguments against marriage equality.  Primarily these arguments break down into three major categories:  the Bible says it’s wrong (which only matters in a theocracy), what about the children (they seem fine), and “it’s a slippery slope to bestiality and pedophilia.”  Many have pointed out that these are the exact same arguments used in the 1960s against interracial marriage.  Now, hardly anyone would say that interracial marriage is immoral and harmful.  How did that change come about?  Did people suddenly open their eyes and realize that racism is wrong?  No.  The older generation died out and the younger generations had a very different mindset. Continue reading

Sending Love to Boston

I spent most of yesterday and today so saddened, confused, and disgusted by what happened at the Boston Marathon that I could barely think about anything else.  I can’t bring myself to sift through the photos and videos, so I know I’m not knowledgeable enough to write a thought-provoking post, but simply ignoring this tragedy seems equally wrong.  I am so heartened by the number of people helping by offering their homes, their clothing, their food, and their blood to people in need.  It warms my soul to know that the rest of the world is thinking of us, too.  I’m not going to make any predictions about who did it or discuss the inappropriate political responses on twitter.

Many people have been posting that wonderful Fred Rogers quote about the helpers.  Two of my biggest childhood icons were Fred Rogers and Bob Ross.  They always looked at the world with such beauty, sympathy, and understanding.  We could use a little more of that.  Til next time.

Death by Slut Shaming: The American Honor Killing

Today, the headline that kept showing up in my newsfeed was Jordan Honor Killing: Pregnant Woman’s Throat Slit In Ruseife.  While this is obviously one of the most horrifying things I could read first thing in the morning, what frightened me the most was my complete lack of surprise.  Honor killings, rape, and other murders committed in the name of religion are all too common.  What is frequently ignored in the political rhetoric is how often they occur in the Western world and how in North America we have made them our own.

Sitting at my allergist’s office in 2011, I picked up a copy of Time and was shocked to read about the murder of Noor-al-Maleki and the attempted murder of Amal Khalaf in Arizona.  Not Jordan, not Syria, not Afghanistan, but the United States.  Later on, I was surprised to read that similar cases had occurred in England and Canada.  I was disappointed that the only news sites apparently keeping track of these outrageous murders are conservative watchdog sites, which are easily dismissed due to their rabid anti-Islamic rhetoric.  Honor killings are not sanctioned in Islam.  They are less a part of Islam than witch hunting is a part of Christianity.  They are a socially permissible way to dispose of difficult women in a theocracy. Continue reading