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Shit that Pissed me Off – 8/26

French Burkini Ban

I’m not going to pretend I don’t have issues with any religion (or interpretation of religion) that tells women they must keep their bodies covered.  It is an act of body shaming and subtle oppression meant to make women feel ashamed of their own identity.

However, women also get to make their own choices regarding what they want to wear.  And if they want to wear a head scarf at the beach, that ought to be completely fine.  It’s their fucking head and their fucking scarf.  You shouldn’t be handing out tickets (she was given a fucking ticket) based on the fact they have put on too much clothing.

That this is being done in the name of secularism (her ticket was for failing to wear “an outfit respecting good morals and secularism”) is equally disgusting.  There is nothing about secularism that suggests anyone should be judged for what they choose to wear.

Even if they want to wear this.

Even if they want to wear this.

French courts seem to agree so far as they have struck down the ban on burkinis in the last few days.

You can understand the concern about terrorism in France given recent horrific attacks.  It makes a lot more sense than the concern in other countries like, say, the United States.

However, swimwear is not a sign of terroristic intent.  It is a sign of someone who believes that they have a right to cover their bodies because it is their fucking body.

It is ironic that France has many topless (and even nude) beaches implying that you can’t wear too little at the beach, you can only wear too much.

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Shit that Pissed me off – 6/24

Britain Votes to Exit the European Union

The people have spoken.  Democracy is a strange and wonderful thing. I guess.

Except I don’t think a lot of the people speaking really knew what they were saying.  The majority of the concerns with membership in the European Union have to do with immigration and it’s pretty clear many English have developed some level of xenophobia.

Although the Brexit vote doesn’t necessarily mean that England is going to close its borders, it would seem that a whole lot of people were convinced that was exactly what it meant.  They were convinced, of course, because that is basically what the pro Brexit camp was telling them.

Goddamn French people want your job!

Goddamn French people want your job!

Also, this week’s vote could result in Scotland finally severing ties with the UK.  I imagine most English don’t care about that either because they have a hard time understanding what the Scots are saying.

I mean, I do too.  But they sound damned sexy saying it.  Maybe the Brits are just jealous.

The result of this vote calls to mind the England of Children of Men.  And that isn’t a good thing.

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Shit that Pissed me Off – 6/17

A Senseless Massacre in Orlando

I pretty much have to lead with this, don’t I?  There’s no way to avoid talking about a killing spree in which almost fifty people were gunned down in the largest mass shooting in US history.  Although that depends on how you define mass shooting, as the internet has been careful to remind me.

As if arguing over the how extreme the slaughter was actually matters in the least.  Would it matter less if the gunman had only managed to kill five people?

The only thing that now seems to matter is that he was a Muslim.  Even though there is enough evidence to suggest that he was a homophobic man who was also likely dealing with a lot of self loathing because he was secretly gay, the narrative is all about his religion.

He may have wanted it to be that way because he pledged allegiance to ISIS during the attack. But that is the narrative he wanted.

Not a picture of the actual shooter because fuck him.

Not a picture of the actual shooter because fuck him.

He wanted to be known as radical Islamist.  Is that because he didn’t want to be known as gay?  I have no idea.  What I do know is that the narrative revolves around radical Islam and that narrative originated with the man who did the killing.

No matter what, we haven’t spent enough time recognizing that whatever he used to justify his act, he deliberately targeted the GLBT community.  This act of violence was done specifically to harm a community he found objectionable.  The reasons he found the community objectonable are irrelevant because there is hate speak coming from everywhere.  Not just Islam.  I’ll get to that later.

We’ll talk about all of this for a few weeks.  And then we will forget about it until the next mass shooting takes place.

At which point, we will only talk about the killer’s religion if they are a Muslim.

One note though: if you want to talk about gun control, or not gun control, or Islamic fundamentalism, or whatever else you want to talk about, that’s great.  And it is important.  But please do something tangible as well. there is a Gofundme campaign that has raised over 5 million for the victims.  I know it seems like $5 won’t make a difference.  But it will.  If you want to make a difference, please do more than talk. Contribute to the campaign or donate blood or do something to support your local GLBT community.  Do something.

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Shit that Pissed me off – 5/6

Fox News Commenters Make Racist Statements in a Story about Malia Obama’s Choice of College

I know.  Reading comments is always a bad idea.  In this case, Fox turned them off after a whole lot of racist assholes turned up to share their thoughts regarding what was basically a harmless story about a young woman’s college choice.  Unfortunately for her, she is young black woman.

Being black in this “post-racial” society means that you are going to have racist epithets thrown at you by a bunch of internet ignoramuses for having the temerity to exist.

Fox was smart to turn off the comments.  However, they need to recognize that they invite this kind of commentary.  It is their own personality that helps encourage people to be racist fucks on the internet.

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Malia Obama will be fine.  She has been the target for this kind of language since her father became a legitimate Presidential candidate and while I’m certain her parents have protected her from the worst of it, there is no way they could protect her from all of it.

There’s just too much.

Thing is, as long as Fox news keeps insisting we live in a post racial society but has to shut down comments on an article about a young black woman, I will continue to wonder why anyone takes them seriously.

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Shit that Pissed me Off – 4/29

Oklahoma House Moves to Ban All Abortions

In another move meant to remind us how important control of the Supreme Court has become, Oklahoma appears poised to test exactly how far you can go in the control of women’s health decisions.

The state governor has not yet decided whether or not to sign this bill, which goes so far as to tell the state medical board which doctors they can certify.

Rather than targeting the mothers, this law rewards doctors who perform abortions with felony charges.  Even if the abortion is required to save the life of the mother.

Bad things happen when you put doctors in handcuffs.

Bad things happen when you put doctors in handcuffs.

More and more, it becomes clear that lawmakers on one side of the issue are far more concerned about the next generation than the current one.  Unless we are talking about global climate change.  Or overpopulation.  Or pollution.

Then the needs (or wants) of this generation are far more important.

Unless, of course, they need to go to the bathroom.

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Shit that Pissed me Off – 3/25

Microsoft Hired a Bunch of Models in Skimpy Schoolgirl Outfits for an Industry Party

Before I go on my traditional mini rant, let me begin by saying the head of Xbox games, who sponsored the party, and the head of Microsoft both came out saying, in effect, “holy shit was that a horrible decision and we feel like complete assholes and while we can’t actually say we are going to fire whoever put this party together, we are totally going to fire whoever put this party together.”

So I don’t want to pile too much abuse on a company that seems to recognize how stupid it was to host a women in gaming panel on the same day they hired some sexy Catholic schoolgirls to encourage gamer nerds to dance.

I will, however, heap abuse on whoever actually decided to hire the sexy Catholic schoolgirls.

Because what in the hell were they thinking?  In a time when their industry is under heavy fire for not really giving a shit about women gamers, they decided it’d be a good time to blatantly not give a shit about women gamers.

I did a Google search for "woman gamer" and found this image. The internet is a strange and wonderful place.

I did a Google search for “woman gamer” and found this image. The internet is a strange and wonderful place.

They could have hired ripped dudes to dress up as Italian plumbers for a little gender balance and it still would have been a dumb PR move but probably wouldn’t have resulted in quite the uproar they are currently experiencing.

I realize the return on investment may have seemed lower given gaming is still very much a male dominated industry but when you are throwing thousands of dollars at a dance party for gamers, you may have already been making poor investment choices.

Maybe if it had been a Dance Dance Revolution party for gamers…

PS: After reading this article, I do think it’s important to address the dancers.  They were doing a job for which they were hired.  There is nothing wrong with that.

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Shit that Pissed me off – 3/11

Donald Trump Thinks Islam Hates Us

Trump is like an improvisational comedian who isn’t funny.  Any time he says something outrageous, he gets called on it.  Instead of clarifying his statement, he simply says “Yes, I totally meant that, AND…”

Then he says something even worse.  It would be hilarious were it not for the thousands of people who hang on his every word and totally believe everything he says.

Today, I'm going to say that Barak Obama is a martian!

Today, I’m going to say that Barak Obama is a martian!

Does Islam hate us? No.  But I guarantee you that the fact Trump has said exactly that and has stood behind the statement is all some of his supporters need to believe something that stupid.

Why, this week a man punched a protester being escorted out of a Trump rally and later said “the next time we see him, we may have to kill him.”  He assumed that since the guy was black, he was also probably Muslim and, therefore, ISIS. Was this a by-product of Trump having said he’d like to punch a protestor in the face?

Maybe.

What is truly insane is the idea that people think Trump will make America great again.  He’s already made America worse.

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