I like Phyllis Diller’s housewife persona. I like how she used comedy as a tool to give insight into that particular experience of being a woman, since then it’s been an effective tool in dissecting gender norms. Vale Phyllis Diller and thanks for paving the way for funny women everywhere to be brave enough to say their jokes out loud :)
your poly is only politicaly relevant to me if…
- you center respect and love for women and femmes in how you do relationships.
- you understand and care about how your actions in relationships are directly connected to the well being of your communities. (y’all know that this shit breaks up…
life is full of disappointments
this is just the beginning of them
i’m not the first to feel it
and I certainly won’t be the last
Media Watch Tip Off- How SMH is ridiculing trans* people and issues in their reporting of Laura Jane Grace
I would like to draw attention to the reporting in the Sydney Morning Herald of Tom Gabel/Laura Grace, from the band Against Me!, coming out as a transwoman. The insistent use of male pronouns in this reporting shows the lack of respect, understanding and etiquette in the Australian Media’s reporting of trans* people. Rolling Stone is the first publication to feature this story and has rightfully referred to Tom Gabel/Laura Grace using female pronouns (consistent with her identity). In spite of Rolling Stone leading this way on the story, SMH has insisted on the inappropriate use of male pronouns. This language is unacceptable and it is high time that media regulators drew up guidelines on the appropriate pronouns for trans* identified people. Ignorance in this instance is no excuse and only further perpetuates transphobia.
I would like to draw attention to the title of an Australian article today “Bob Brown quits as Greens leader” (http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/bob-brown-quits-as-greens-leader-setting-challenge-for-party-and-new-leader-christine-milne/story-fn59niix-1226325838511). I don’t wish to go too heavily into the semantics of this, however I do think it’s interesting that The Australian has used ‘quit’ as opposed to ‘retire’, which is more reflective of the reality. To impose the notion of quitting is to suggest that Bob Brown has ‘given up’, which I’m sure they would love to convey to their readership base.
being a spinster means that when i kiss someone for the first time in a long, long time… coupled with elation is a sadness and emptiness. i quietly get depressed about how few and far between those moments in my life are.
The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy it less.
—Dr. Bob Moorehead (via jarrodis)