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Ciel and Sebastian from Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler)

This week had been interesting… as has every weekend since 8.November.2016. However, this week has been particularly of note for me.

This is the week that the GOP’s token gay man has been ousted from his lofty position. He used to be a senior editor at Breitbart… but in all honesty, I can’t feel too bad for him. He is, after all, a racist, xenophobic, transmisogynistic douche. I’m almost 100% sure that he hated himself.  But more than anything, he’s a troll. With a video that’s been bouncing around there, he lost his book deal, speaking at a conservative convention, and his livelihood.

So, how, pray tell, did he manage this?

By simply going on a syndicated radio talk show and sounding like a spokesperson for NAMBLA spokesman.

So, how did this all come about?

Well he said that every 13-year-old boy should be allowed to have a sexual relationship with older men. Now, keep in mind, this conversation happened on national, syndicated radio. When he was pressed to explain, he doubled down on his pedophilia comment. He didn’t roll it back, or qualify it.

So, what does this have to do with yours truly?

He engaged in an oral sex relationship at the age of thirteen (as many of you know, that’s how I was raped at the age of thirteen).

So, I might just be a wee bit sensitive about that. Because of that one moment, I was repeatedly sexually assaulted by the same person until I was sixteen and intentionally fell off his radar. (For those playing along, that would be until just about my senior year of high school.)

So, before I continue this conversation, I feel like I should explain the differences between my situation and why that matters.

I was raped. After I was raped, my rapist decided that he would use his leverage to get laid whenever he wanted because I wasn’t sure if he would kill me or hurt me again. This persisted for almost 4 years.

This is different because there was no consent (legally or otherwise) … and it persisted, much to my personal shame and emotional pain. While he was older than me, I don’t think it would have been considered pedophilia until he finally turned 18, and I was 15/16-years-old… and even then, it’s iffy. It becomes more like statutory rape…

Regardless, this is important to what happened and how we can watch as the mighty garrote themselves.

So, why does this matter now, especially with Komrad Pussygrabber in office?

Simply this, we now know how low the GOP had fallen. There are any number of things that this person is guilty of, all which progressives are willing to call them out on. But for conservatives, pedophilia is a bridge too far.

We live in a topsy-turvy world these days. Things that should be beyond the pale are now ok (neo-Nazis, anti-Semitism, transmisogyny). Where do we draw that line? We know where the GOP does. What about the rest of us?

NAMBLA

Milo might have also approved of this poster… no really, enjoy the irony of this poster.

 

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Here we are again… another weekly round-up.

Life is getting busier now. I got me a press pass for the San Francisco International Film Festival. Now it’s about setting up interviews with people. This is both exciting and scary. I feel like things are actually starting to move forward for me. This is an incredibly scary thought. It’s continuing in to the unknown. If I want it bad enough, I’ll keep going. I really would like to write and not being in an office job.

More importantly, I’ve got plenty of writing that I’ve done over the last week. I will get some more writing up on Thursday.

Enjoy!

There are somethings that politicians say that make me think WTF.
Square Enix takes some sexy away.
Who can forget Torchwood?
This is a reassuring story.
Remember the “what gender is Sheik” question?
More politician WTF.
Business world scandals can be equally be interesting too.
If you hadn’t heard, Hillary Clinton is running.

That’s it for this week’s round-up. I hope you enjoy the articles. I’m pretty proud of all of them.

‘Til Thursday!

Here we are, once again. It’s time for our weekly round-up.

LIfe is still pretty busy. I’m working out how best to make some time for some personal writing. I have a feeling I’m going to need to be better at it. One thing I’m really hoping to get more work on is my screenplay. I also want to work on a new story as well as continuing to work on the old one that I posted a new part for here. I’m hoping to he able to post again on Friday.

So, what did I write last week, that wasn’t here…
An article about Fred Phelps’ granddaughter who left the WBC
The backlash of Indiana’s “Religious Freedom” bill
Arkansas makes their “Religious Freedom” bill better
This op-ed piece that I’m *really* quite proud of. Seriously, reaxd it.
A study about sex and the modern Millennial
Some stuff happening at the San Francisco International Film Festival
Conventions are safe spaces for the genderfluid

So, there you have it. I hope you enjoy reading them Especially read the op-ed piece. I’m very proud of it. I think I did a good job.

I hope you enjoy it!

Until then!

Life certainly likes to keep me on my toes. This is a very good thing.

I’m still doing my internship. I’m going to be covering the San Francisco International Film Festival. This is huge and incredibly exciting for me. I’m hoping to be able to get an interview with some of the people. This is exciting on so many levels.

I’m still enjoying writing a lot. It still doesn’t feel like work. I wasn’t really sure if I would be OK with writing in volume. I wasn’t sure if it was going to feel like work. It doesn’t. This is a lot of fun. It’s something that I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy. Now I know this is something I love doing. It’s something that I would love to keep doing. Here’s to hoping.

It’s also that time. It’s time to go over my writing for the last week… so, here we go. Feel free to go and read my pieces I have written in the last week.

Talking about the LGBT points of “Empire”.
Rand Paul’s Moral Crisis (I just love that title).
A recap of the winners from the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles
Tokyo is trying to make itself LGBT-inclusive by the 2020 Olympics.
A snarky look at the bill called the “Sodomite Suppression Act”.
Mika’s latest single
Gencon makes decides to stand by their LGBT attendees.
Looking is canceled after 2 seasons.

Feel free to go, read and enjoy! I’m still pretty proud about these pieces.

I may or may not be able to get another piece up here this week. I’m going to try to see if I can’t manage to make that happen. I would like to write about other things. So, I’m going to see if I can make that happen.

Until then!

Here we are, back again with the daily round-up. This week has been busy, busy,busy. I’m taking a day to do things like get tax papers together, set-up auto-payments on my health care and  the laundry. I live large on my days off.

Does that mean that I haven’t been doing anything?

Of course not. I have a whole slew of articles that came out in the last week.
Chipotle’s environmental conscience is grounds for discrimination?
Barney Frank is quite outspoken when it comes to Aaron Schock
Bi-sexual Make-Up Tutorial
An interview that I really enjoyed with an interesting person

There is one more article that I could add, but it seems to not be working currently. I hope to be able to add it soon, but I have to wait in the mean time. What’s more… I think I’m going to try to get in another article this week (what?!?). I’ll see if I can squeeze that in there for you… and a “short story” post. At some point, I think I’m going to have to change that designation as I think that I’m stretching the meaning beyond… well… reason.

So, things to look forward to this week. Huzzah!

Until then!

Here we are again, time for the round-up of other writing stuff I have done. This time it’s 2 weeks. This is longer than what I was planning. I’m still recovering from a respiratory virus. I apparently got worse than a cold, but better than bronchitis. On the plus side, I am on the mend. I still get moments of feeling pretty draggy and tired. Thankfully, I have today off. I can sleep and rest and relax. That is the plan.

So, what have I done in that time… I have a lot of stuff for you to read. I seem to be quite prolific. So, here we are.

A review of the memoir “My Avant-Garde Education”
Dr. Ben Carson Op-Ed
The embracing skeleton video
Skeleton Twins movie review
St. Patrick’s Day and the LGBT community
Elton John vs. Dolce & Gabbana
Planet Fitness really is a Judgment-Free Zone
LGBT offerings at Tribeca Film Festival
Another Op-Ed, this time about the staffer who sexually assualted 17 children
TBT: Ellen
Terry Pratchett’s death
Frank Underwood’s sexuality in “House of Cards”
Moar the Wicked + the Divine
LGBT characters represent on TV

I know, it’s a lot. It’s been a couple of weeks. I hope you enjoy reading more of my stuff. It’s been fun getting to write like this. I hope that I get to keep doing this. I wake-up every morning excited to go to work.

Huzzah to that!

I’m pretty sure that I mentioned before that I was a Civil War nerd. I get all excited about most things Civil War. I certainly got an opportunity that I never thought I was going to have last year when I visited Gettysburg. One of the few battles that have been called the turning point of the Civil War. I also love seeing Civil War movies. I saw “Glory” when it came out. My dad and I made the trip to see it in the pouring rain. I love those movies.

Lincoln statue outside of the visitors’ center in Gettysburg, PA.

So, when I saw that there was a bio pic coming out about Abraham Lincoln, I was thrilled. I was all over it. And Daniel Day-Lewis in the lead role… yeah, I had to go and see it.

So, of course I’ve already seen it.

Wow. Seriously, wow.

The movie takes place after the Gettysburg Address and through the passing of the thirteenth amendment to the US Constitution, the amendment that effectively ended slavery.

I truly appreciated this movie. It didn’t glamorize or deify Lincoln. He was portrayed like a man who was determined to end the war and end slavery. Some of his actions wouldn’t be surprising, even by today’s standards. It played like politics as usual.

One of the things I did appreciate was something that I learned while I was taking film classes. That movies can have more impact without a soundtrack. Most of the movie’s dialogue didn’t have a soundtrack behind it. It gave the gravity of what was being said to the words alone. There was no music behind to help set the tone. It helped give the dialogue the proper gravity it should. There was no music to help manipulate the emotions to get people to feel that way.

Image from ropeofsilicon.com

The movie also made me think. Lincoln was the first Republican president. I wonder, if Lincoln was alive today, would he even recognize the Republican party that stands today?

It’s an interesting thought to look at what the Republican party was at its inception and how much it’s changed. How far they’ve come from their original ideals to what exits now.

Of course, my fear for this movie is that it will be overshadowed by a lot of what Hollywood is putting out. Lincoln’s general release was the same weekend as “Twilight: New Moon pt. 2”. Of course, Twilight dominated the box office. That makes me sad. “Lincoln” is a movie of substance and importance. The fact that movies like “Skyfall” and “Twilight” easily tromp on it is saddening.

Perhaps there is something that can be said for advertising. Both “Twilight” and “Skyfall” have had so many more ads than “Lincoln” did. I only remember seeing on ad for “Lincoln” on television while we are still bombarded with ads for both “Skyfall” and “Twilight”. Jenn from Reappropriate also had an interesting discussion on her blog about Lincoln in the time of vampires. It is an interesting write-up… and seems that it might also be the case.

Honestly, I can’t say this enough. Go see “Lincoln”. There are so few movies that remind you how wonderful the movie craft can be. There are so few movies that have acting that’s so amazing and refined. It’s a beautiful movie that is superbly acted. I would be disappointed if it didn’t receive at least a few nominations. It is a movie of high-caliber and reminded me of the reason that I wanted to get in to the film industry. Yes, it’s really that good.

Website for Lincoln: http://www.thelincolnmovie.com/

As of late I’ve read some Feminist articles when I’ve been able to find the time to. After all, I’ve needed to find some place that makes me feel less crazy for thinking that women are completely capable of being strong, self-sufficient woman. Being a woman who doesn’t always require men.

In this day and age it seems that women are constantly being barrage with the statement you can’t. That’s a shame. Women are completely capable of doing so many things. It feels as though American society wants to force women back in the kitchen.

This is no more painfully obvious as it is in this year’s presidential election. Between the attack on women’s health care and rape being so casually accepted as “a means of conception”, it’s a very scary time to be a woman.

And nowhere is there a great lack of female power as there is in both comics and video games.

Image from Joystiq.com

I read a few articles talking about how women are handled in video games.

The most hilarious and simultaneously sad example is Team Ninja. Team Ninja are the same folks who brought us DOA, DOA Extreme Volleyball and Ninja Gaiden. They have spent so much time on breast physics, it’s scary. They’re so focused on one part of the female anatomy. They claim that it’s a cultural fixation. It does seem that Japan has a large amount of breast related objects, I don’t believe that the per-occupation is largely cultural. Of course, the physics have gotten to such that the boobs seem to have a gravity and thought process of their own. I have yet to see a women who has breasts that move as independently as Team Ninja seems to think they do. It’s so comedic that web-comic Ctrl+Alt+Dlt even wrote a humorous comic about it. You can see it here.

It’s also interesting to think about how women are drawn in more sexualized form than men in comic books. Women are typically put in slinkier, sexier costumes complete with large breasts and high heels. Now, while I acknowledge that it’s a talent to be able to run in high heels, I have to wonder if the male writers and artists have ever tried to do some of the things they’re expecting women to. They also have women pose in more seductive poses as opposed to the strong, powerful and dynamic poses the men generally have. The article actually showed pictures of athletic women and how they dress as opposed to how they’re drawn in comics. It was really an enlightening (and slightly long) article.

Then there was the most telling article about a man who was in a tabletop RPG. He decided to play a female character instead of a male character. He learned first hand what we women go through on a daily basis. How if a woman is secure and open about her sexuality, she must surely be a slut and willing to sleep with any one. In many ways, it brings up how we have this double standard between men and women. It’s the age-old argument about how is men are sexually open they’re considered studs. If the shoe is on the other foot, women are considered sluts. If women are ambivalent about sex they’re considered frigid. It’s a frightening and very sad development in our collective psyche.

It was reaffirming to see others voicing the same frustrations that I’ve had. It’s even more reassuring when I see an article about a man who feels the same way a lot of us women have. It’s helping me feel better in a time where women are largely discounted… At least there’s something for us out there.
Team Ninja breast physics: http://hikikomoiegaku.wordpress.com/2012/09/01/feminist-writings-sex-lies-and-videogames/
A man’s response to the double standard from the point of view as a woman: http://hikikomoiegaku.wordpress.com/2011/11/11/feminist-writings-a-man-on-the-other-side-of-the-double-standard/
Drawing double standards in comics and video games (more emphasis on comics): http://www.stormtiger.com/collie/bestiary/2006/06/what-dont-we-see/

Triggered

It’s been no secret that I’ve been working on trying to reduce my anger that lingers from abuse. It’s something that I constantly struggle with. It’s something that I’ve tried to handle for some time. Most days I can do it.

Recently I’ve been feeling triggered more. I feel more agitated and…well… angry.

I’ve had some bad relationships… abusive relationships. The longest one I was in was 2, almost 3 years long. I was completely devalued and treated like I was insane. He would intentionally goad me in public and then call me crazy.

While I can talk about it with little emotional reaction, I still have the emotional triggers. While I largely try to keep them under control and tell myself that I’m not in that situation, I find myself being triggered. Largely it seems to be a lot of issues brought up in this election. As much as it pains me to say this, we live in a time where women are overtly being minimized.

I have a hard time taking anyone seriously who thinks that women can’t get pregnant if they’re raped… or that most women aren’t legitimately raped. On the other hand, the vice presidential candidate has been recorded saying that being raped is another method of conception.

The jokes about women only being good in the kitchen…

And then there’s the fact that people think that women should be coveted and watched over. That women can’t be strong enough or self-assured enough to look after themselves. That women need entourages or chaperones.

All of these contribute to hitting the same big, red, shiny button that has a huge neon sign that says, “Do not touch!”

So, I have to pull away from those things. I have to try to control this anger. I can’t just be angry. It makes me an awful person. It doesn’t help anyone or anything. It just makes me an angry person.

I hate that women are being led to believe that they’re somehow second-class citizens again.

I’ll probably be covering more feminist issues in this week.

If anything, I want to figure out a more sustainable way to handle my anger. People aren’t going to just stop minimizing the role of women. Women can be strong, self-empowered and capable of many of the same things men are. While working on this, maybe I can exorcise some personal demons.