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secularhumanist2:

Stewart nails it again #TDS

This right here is what is bringing down the country, not welfare, not food stamps, not civil & voting rights, and not equal rights for LGBT folks. It’s the selling of our future to the highest bidder.
GREED, my friends, is what will bring down this great country of ours. Plain and simple.

(Source: sandandglass)

Mississippi Governor Signs Anti-LGBT ‘License To Discriminate’ Bill Into Law

bspolitics:

I can’t believe someone actually went through with it. This is absolutely disgusting.

I’m sure this is going to end up in a higher court …

Let’s hear it for state sanctioned religion.

Better vote, kids. There’s a whole lot at stake. Local politics is just as important as, if not more than, the national.

"How is Ms. Marvel Changing Media for the Better?" - PBS Idea Channel

Published on Apr 2, 2014

“Popular media generally has a problem with representation. Fictional worlds are often designed by and for straight white males, and this can subtly affect how audiences view the real world. Comics are no exception, portraying muscular white males, or exaggerated expressions of the female form. But those traditions are being broken. One of the most exciting new characters breaking this mold is the new Ms. Marvel: Kamala Khan. Kamala is a teenage Pakistani-American muslim girl, a far cry from the comic pantheon of Captain Americas and Supermans. So is Kamala a step in the right direction for media representation? Watch the episode and find out!" - Mike Rugnetta

  • Another reason I love PBS Idea Channel so much.

So why is Ms. Marvel: Kamala Khan not getting the attention it (she?) deserves? Admittedly, I don’t follow a lot of fan posts but still, why is this not being promoted as the positive step forward that it is?

Anyone?

You can lecture people about not getting upset about “out-of-context tweets,” or you can lecture comedians and others about using Twitter effectively. Which group you choose to lecture says something about your priorities.

Disagreeing Without Delegitimizing: On That Racist Colbert Tweet and Reactions Thereto » Brute Reason (via brutereason)

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I’m not here to lecture anyone about anything but I do wish people would do a little more research before getting all worked up about things.
No one reads past the headlines anymore. I see it all the time on Twitter, Tumblr, and especially Huffington Post. People read an inflammatory headline and just go off!
My favorite is when people repeat stories without checking to see if what they’re repeating is indeed fact, and not just some regurgitated piece of rhetoric.

I can’t tell you whether or not Stephen Colbert is a racist or not, I’ve never met the man, but I do know he uses satire to make a point. He very often holds a mirror up to show us just how ugly we behave towards one another.
I think this latest stunt was quite effective at doing just that. If nothing else, it is keeping the much needed conversation about race in the foreground.

One of the most important things we can do as a society is learn how to consider intent. Did that person intend harm in any way? …or was (s)he just unaware?

We also need to learn to laugh at ourselves.
As a gay man, I question what I see hundreds of times a day. I hear kids on the bus who don’t know any better calling each other gay, as if gay was a bad thing. I see gay men depicted as feminine stereotypes akin to the clownish black step-n-fetch it types of days gone by. I’m not saying things don’t need to change. But we do need to learn how to weed out the good natured ribbing from the downright mean spirited BS.


But what the hell do I know?

detrea:

The premise of minimum wage, when it was introduced, was that a single wage earner should be able to own a home and support a family.  That was what it was based on; a full time job, any job, should be able to accomplish this.

The fact people scoff at this idea if presented nowadays, as though the people that ring up your groceries or hand you your burgers don’t deserve the luxury of a home and a family, is disgusting.

President Barack Obama has done more to advance LGBTQ rights and marriage equality than all previous U.S. presidents combined.

odinsblog:

ednaisdrowning:

theskaldspeaks:

odinsblog:

Period.

And yet so much could have been done.

You expect me to give him kudos for doing almost nothing for LGBTQ rights simply because everyone before him did actually nothing? Yeah, naw.

How. typical.

People just can’t seem to admit that PBO ended DADT, successfully fought against & ended DOMA during a hotly contested election, made assaults against LGBTQ people a federal hate crime, is fighting for ENDA, was and still is a vocal advocate for marriage equality, spoke out against the discrimination of the Boyscouts of America, has tried to put the most number of *openly* lgbtq people into positions of political power…but somehow none of that counts because…? Why exactly?

Hmpf. I wonder

And claiming that the presidents before PBO have “done nothing” is highly disingenuous…because many of them actively fought AGAINST marriage equality and other LGBTQ rights

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FWIW, HERE’S what Obama doing “almost nothing” looks like

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Here’s the deal: PBO is not a king. There is a House of Representatives, a U.S. Senate and a Supreme Court of the United States who also get some say in the matter —unfortunately even when that means unprecedented obstruction

Just to recap: we now have one of the most partisan Republican congresses in recent American history, and the previous 43 presidents have either dragged their feet or outright fought against lgbtq rights…so no, I do not even remotely agree that we should somehow just go on about how it’s Barack Obama, and Obama alone, who “hasn’t done anything” or it’s only he who could have “done so much more”

"Here’s the deal: PBO is not a king.”

Preach!

fuckyeahsexpositivity:

plannedparenthood:

Joycelyn Elders was the first African American and second woman appointed as Surgeon General of the United States. She was removed from her position because she was an outspoken advocate for contraception and sex ed and believed that masturbation should be promoted as an alternative to sex.

Petition to elect her queen of everything.
—BB




How rediculous is it that, during the height of the AIDS epidemic when people were literally dropping like flies from the disease, Dr Elders was removed from office for reccomending masturbation as a viable form of safe sex?

fuckyeahsexpositivity:

plannedparenthood:

Joycelyn Elders was the first African American and second woman appointed as Surgeon General of the United States. She was removed from her position because she was an outspoken advocate for contraception and sex ed and believed that masturbation should be promoted as an alternative to sex.

Petition to elect her queen of everything.

—BB

How rediculous is it that, during the height of the AIDS epidemic when people were literally dropping like flies from the disease, Dr Elders was removed from office for reccomending masturbation as a viable form of safe sex?

aboriginalnewswire:

It’s Ugly (by Bernie Sanders) — Paul Ryan QUIVERS As Bernie Sanders Outs the DIRTY SECRET Behind His Poverty Propaganda - Democratic Underground - Sen. Sanders said, “You have folks out there now who have virtually no income coming in. They have families. They have kids. How are they going to eat? We have veterans out there trying to get into the food stamp program. To me, what you’re looking at is an ugly kind of class warfare where the people on top want more and more and more, and they’re pushing down in an incredibly terrible way the most vulnerable people in our country.” Rev. Al showed this graphic that illustrates who food stamp recipients really are: