Gene Marks completely fails to understand privilege

Greg Laden and Greta Christina say everything I would have said 1000 times better than I could say it.


Rick Perry, national embarrassment

So, here is this asshole

He lies about facts

Also, Obama has increased funding to the fucking uncostitutional faith-based programs that Bush started. So..what war on religion is he talking about? The one where Obama acknowledges atheists exist? Because, as far as I can tell, that’s all he’s really done to promote atheism.

But here are some of my other favorites that are just funny

You’re not Palestinian, you’re just going through a phase

Argh. How often has this argument been used to marginalize minority groups?

Newt Gingrich calls Palistinians “invented”

You can’t be bisexual, bisexuals don’t exist.

You’re not an atheist, you really believe in a god deep down.

You’re not depressed, just a bit down. If you just think more positively, you’ll feel better in no time.

The truth of it is that there are a lot of people out there who are marginalized and suffering, and by calling them “invented” or not real (you know, liars) you are not helping. I don’t pretend to know what the solution is to the problems in the middle east, but trying to magic away all the Arabs who were displaced by the creation of Israel is not going to work.

Why President Obama is misguided about Plan B

I can see where he’s coming from here. I disagree with his principles even here, but he’s missing the main point.

President Barack Obama said Thursday it was just common sense to keep girls under the age of 17 from being able to buy a morning-after contraceptive pill off a drugstore shelf. Citing his own two daughters, Obama said: “I think most parents would probably feel the same way.”

I encountered a lot of this in California, when they were trying to pass amendments to restrict abortion access to minors. I find the idea that parents ought to control their post-pubescent daughters’ sexuality creepy and repulsive, but I don’t think it’s the main issue:

Not all girls will be safe if they tell their parents they’ve been having sex.

The under-18 access to birth control is not there to give an out to privileged girls who don’t want to talk about these things with their parents. It is there to prevent at-risk girls from being beaten, kicked out of their houses or sent off to christian prison camps.

By focusing on what “most parents” would feel, Obama is forgetting about the most vulnerable teenagers. He’s treating his own daughters as if they were less than they are, but putting whole populations at further physical risk and he ought to be called out on it.