February 6, 2012
APE IN A CAPE: Someone Asked...


…so here we go.

One of my big problems with Watchmen is how stupidly the near-rape is handled. And it’s EPIC stupid.

It’s full of every dumbass cliche there is, and unfortunately, this was common in work of the time.

We have:

Slut Shaming, check.

Woman falls in love with her rapist, check.

This is basically why I have a knee-jerk response to the issue of how great Alan Moore is.

January 29, 2012


As a person, i think our president is a pretty cool dude. 

"It is for this reason that I took three years and numerous firings of gay soldiers to get rid of DADT, and why I still oppose same-sex marriage and instruct my justice department to continue defending DOMA."

President Obama is not a friend to people who care about LGBTQ issues, period.

(via unlessitsomehowmissesyou-deacti)

January 22, 2012
"The problem is that last night’s 30 Rock appeared to be a defense of a good, but dimwitted guy, who sometimes says stupid things. The message seemed not just a defense of the Tracy Jordan character, but the real-life actor who plays him. The problem is that Tracy Morgan didn’t just perpetrate some thoughtless microaggression against gay people a la Jordan. (In the show, Jordan says if he were “turned into a gay” he would spend the day looking at his own “junk.”) Tracy Morgan said God didn’t make gay people because “God don’t make mistakes;” that gay people need to stop being such “pussies” and whining about bullying and violence against them; and that if his own son were to come out to him, he would “stab that little nigga to death.”"

EXACTLY. This is exactly what sucked about that episode.

May 1, 2011

Dear Barack Obama,

Christina and I were watching one of our favorite TV shows, Parks and Recreation, last night. Two of the characters, Andy and April, were hastily married in a recent episode. Before the vows were exchanged, the main character, Leslie, tried to dissuade the two young lovers from into rushing into matrimony because she feared they were making a rash decision.

After making an impassioned speech, Leslie concluded by telling April she didn’t want to marry Andy.

“Yes, I do!” April exclaimed. “Then I’m gonna divorce him. Then I’m gonna marry him again.”

Christina and I laughed about this because we’ve wondered if we’re too young to be married. She also recently expressed a similar desire: to have distance from one another right now, only to discover we’re really meant to be together later. And there’s really not much you can do about that but laugh or cry, and laughing’s more fun.

In this most recent episode of the show, Andy and April found themselves unable to pay for their bills or keep their house clean–so they decide to take on their co-worker, Ben, as a roommate.

“Are you guys frying marbles?” the older, more mature fellow asks upon discovering evidence to suggest this on the stove.

“Yeah,” Andy explains in all earnestness. “To see if the fire alarm works.” As an afterthought, he adds: “It doesn’t.”

Ben tries to reform them, by telling him he’s going to teach them how to balance a budget and sending them out for some basic household necessities. Andy and April are instructed to get a set of oven mitts–handy items we recently acquired ourselves–and, instead, they get a pair of marshmallow shooters.

In the checkout lane, Andy begins reconsidering the items in their shopping cart, pointing out that they haven’t gotten anything on their list. “Sure we have,” April says. “We got the marshmallow shooters.”

“Those aren’t on the list,” he says.

April sighs in consternation, with an air of feeling trapped and defeated. Her new husband asks her what’s wrong.

“Adults are boring,” she confesses. “And I hate them. And I don’t want to buy all this stupid adult stuff and become boring adults.”

“Hey, listen to me,” Andy says, to lift her spirits. “Yes, we’re gonna get a dish rack and shower curtains and a cutting board, but if you think for one second I’m not gonna also get that marshmallow shooter so that I can shoot you in the face while you’re asleep, then you’re the dumbest woman I know.”

April smiles. relieved to know they’ll still do fun things together even though they have to start acting like grownups.

You don’t see that on TV much, and it was comforting. Christina’s a lot like April: quiet, quirky, and afraid of growing up. And I’m a lot like Andy: exuberant, goofy, and confident that, while growing up is hard, there’s still a lot of fun to be had. (I’m also told I dress like him.)

It’s not clear how long Andy and April, or Christina and I, will be together. But, in the meantime, the marriage is real and the characters are learning a lot about each other.



— Been a while since we’ve mentioned that Crystal Alburger wants to get married, and that the charming and self-effacing president we saw on youtube today (or TV last night, but probably not) doesn’t want her to. There’s one letter like this per day over at Crystal’s site. She sends them to Obama. No action yet, other than a bullshit “I’m your best friend” form letter.

October 17, 2010
"To my colleagues, I say this: it is not possible to abstain from choosing. Either stand with the more than 170 Orthodox rabbis who have openly and proudly condemned homophobia and bigotry, while at the same time maintaining a traditionalist reading of the halacha regarding homosexuality, or stand with the Rosh Yeshiva who told me that teenage suicide is a mitzvah."

— A must-read for Jews, or for all religious people who do not think faith demands bigotry. Or for people who need convincing. For everybody, okay?

June 17, 2010

It’s difficult for a few of us lefties to admit this, but I appreciate Sam Seder’s candor here: Barack Obama is a homophobe. Every single policy decision he’s made about queer Americans suggests a complete discomfort - if not antipathy - toward them. Of course a politician should not be beholden to the voters; that’s the whole point of representative democracy. But it’s ridiculous to pretend that Obama’s victory wasn’t due in large part to the nearly unanimous support of LGBT voters. So maybe give us a single policy that we wouldn’t get under John McCain.

AND INCIDENTALLY: if anyone wants to rebut this by claiming DADT has been repealed, I would remind you that it hasn’t been yet, and that almost no substantial forward motion has been made.

March 17, 2010
"Still, the election followed a fierce, if brief, campaign in which a debate over same-sex marriage, which Mr. Peralta favors and Mr. Monserrate opposes, often overshadowed discussions on issues that are vital to many of the largely Hispanic district’s working-class and immigrant residents, like affordable health care and school overcrowding."

— Hey assholes at the New York Times: same-sex marriage is an issue that is vital to Hispanic people, too.

February 22, 2010
Poll Suggests America Has Turned A Corner On Homophobia

HOORAY! “For the first time, the CNN/Time poll shows more Americans don’t think homosexuality is morally repugnant than do. For more than 30 years, since 1978, a majority of respondents to the poll have said ‘homosexual relationships between consenting adults is morally wrong,’ while a minority have said homosexuality ‘not a moral issue.’”

February 2, 2010
Bigotry: Uniting Us All

Well, not “us all.” More like “them all.” They are Catholics and disaffected conservative Anglicans. If you are an Anglican upset at your church for admitting ladies and gay-types to the clergy, congratulations! Pope Benedict XVI would like to invite you to convert to Catholicism, AND you can keep your conservative Anglican minister, your Anglican prayer book, and… your Anglican beliefs? Maybe? I dunno; I read this in a hurry.

I love this story and here is why: it seems to imply a prioritization of Catholic doctrine. As far as I can make out, said priorities are:

1. A belief in Jesus Christ as the son of God.

2. Hating women and homosexuals.

3. Everything else—transubstantiation, all the Mary stuff, fuckin’ everything else.


January 6, 2010
"Call me anything you want, but when you start calling my friends names, it’s over - it’s war!"

Lady Gaga is so great, you guys.

(H/t Ms. O)

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