Yes, I’m Still Pissed At Robin Thicke

In case you’ve forgotten…the rapey-ist song ever is still at the top of the charts. Oh, and the douche that sings it was recently pictured putting his hand so far up a girl’s dress, while being photographed with her, that it looked like a proctology exam–I don’t think he asked before he did that.

But Mr. Thicke can get away with anything. He can get away with demeaning women and tweeting about it. He can say this song is a “feminist movement in itself” (yeah he said that), he can man handle women, he can blow smoke in their faces, he can parade them around naked and no one says “boo” because women are objects. Women are to be treated as toys. Women are to be demeaned. Women are to be tortured. Women are made to be taken advantage of. Right? Because that is what we are saying when we turn up “Blurred Lines” and allow Robin Thicke to make millions by turning what rapist tell their victims into “catchy lyrics”.

On the left side of this photo are the lyrics to “Blurred Lines” on the right are photos of rape victims holding up the words their rapists said to them as they violated them. Nice work Mr. Thicke…great job people of America for putting this at #1 with a bullet.

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Stand With Wendy

If you get your news from, well, major news outlets, chances are that you have no idea who Wendy Davis is. She is a state senator from Texas who, on Tuesday, spent thirteen hours filibustering a piece of anti-choice legislation. SB5 aims to not only ban abortion after twenty weeks of gestation, but to raise the requirements for clinics where abortions can be performed to such a level that the law would effectively shut down all but a handful of the state’s clinics.

Texas has over twenty-six million residents. This is a big deal for millions of American women. With a Republican majority in the Texas senate and Governor Yosemite Sam Rick Perry unlikely to veto any anti-choice measures, the only way to stop SB5 from being passed was with a filibuster.

Each state has its own specific regulations for its state legislature. On a federal level, filibusters can go wildly off-topic (we have all heard stories of entries from a phone book being read) and can even be performed without anyone actually standing and speaking. In Texas, filibustering means speaking on-topic without sitting, leaning against your podium, or taking a break.

So that is what Wendy Davis did. For thirteen hours. She received three “warnings,” being accused of going off-topic (in once case by discussing Roe v. Wade, because, you know, that’s so unrelated to a bill that restricts a woman’s right to choose?).

She was then prevented from filibustering further, but her allies in the senate then began asking questions on procedure and arguing against Wendy being silenced (to stall for time). When the questions failed, crowds of onlookers began chanting so loudly that the senate was unable to call a vote until after midnight (the deadline).

Now, just to clarify, this was not followed by major news outlets. But this was livestreamed. It was all over Twitter. If you don’t take Twitter news seriously, you should know that it’s not just for gossip or Arab Springs or hearing about earthquakes before everyone else. #StandWithWendy was trending, worldwide, above almost everything else.

While there are millions of wonderful, pro-equality, and tech-savvy baby-boomers in the world, this image best represents my thoughts on the livestream:

This is really, truly important. My dashboard on Tumblr is usually full of fandom images, funny images, and occasionally beautiful people in various stages of undress. Tonight, it was all about Wendy Davis, Texas, and the filibuster—from images or a few words of support to my friend’s wonderful thoughts on the filibuster and how people view Southern politics. Twitter was no different. It was beautiful.

We followed the filibuster, we followed the debate on procedures, we followed the protest as the senate Republicans desperately raced against time.

To the collective outrage of hundreds of thousands of people who were viewing this live (I listened to the livestream for hours, like a radio show, while doing other things), the senate “passed” SB5, though it was after midnight. Which is illegal. And they stamped the official time as 11:59. As some people phrased it, they “mansplained time to a clock.”

As if no one would notice.

It was only while I was already writing this post that the closed-door session announced that, despite their best efforts, they could not get away with “passing” SB5. Because, officially, they were determining if it had been passed, but they were actually determining whether or not they could get away with their time-altering shenanigans (time-travel irritates me in science fiction, so you can imagine that I was not delighted to see it used by politicians to break their own rules—rules that had been so important to them when a female senator was breaking them).

But SB5 failed. Thanks, in large part, to Wendy Davis.

The reaction of the crowd of Texans who had gathered was thunderous applause.

Guys, this was a great example. We’re all excited and nervous about today, when we’ll find out how the SCOTUS has ruled on issues of marriage equality. But it is important that we also remember that tonight was a victory for Texas women. Which means that it was a victory for people.

Finally, this post would not be complete without me adapting a Star Wars quote to this situation:

PS: It is 4AM and “Wendy” and “Texas” are both still trending. Worldwide.

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Women’s Rights?

Do you remember a long, long time ago when women had no rights? They couldn’t decide what they should do with their bodies, they really shouldn’t work and if they did no man wanted them and the whole point of living was so a man would want you…do you remember that? Of course you do because it was freaking yesterday.

Fox News went on a tirade about how women should stay home. This was after a PEW report came out saying females are the primary breadwinner. So Erick Erickson, in all his wisdom, had this response, “I’m so used to liberals telling conservatives that they’re anti-science. But liberals who defend this and say it is not a bad thing are very anti-science. When you look at biology, when you look at the natural world, the roles of a male and a female in society and in other animals, the male typically is the dominant role. The female, it’s not antithesis, or it’s not competing, it’s a complimentary role.” Tell that to lions, elephants, penguins, and ALL THE OTHER SPECIES THAT ARE FEMALE DOMINATED. What an idiot. Someone should gag him.

Next up: Representative Franks of Arizona. He banned abortions after 20 weeks, fine—that’s five months. That’s a bit late in the game—but then, at a House Judiciary Committee he added that his bill didn’t need an exception for rape and incest. Um, yes it does. It certainly does. His explanation, “The incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low.” NO IT IS NOT LOW. Sorry that needed all caps. This douche is not a doctor—I’m not even sure he’s human. When did it become okay for idiot men to run around spouting fake facts and getting away with it?

Why are they not held accountable? Why are writers and Rachel Maddow the only people standing up and saying, “Excuse me, Asshole. That’s not true and here’s proof. Or let me put it this way—I showed you mine you show me yours you infant!”

I’m sick of this. I’m really sick of it. If you don’t have a vagina, a uterus, or boobs then you don’t get to have an opinion or vote on them.

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Women’s History Month…Exists

Everyone in America knows when Black History month is. It’s taught in schools and all major networks run a graphic that says “Happy Black History Month” or “In Honor of Black History Month”. In short, Black History Month gets a ton of air time. It should. It’s important. Did you know there is a Women’s History Month?

I didn’t either. I learned that March is celebrated as Women’s History Month from Twitter, since the 80’s March has been recognized throughout America, Canada and the UK. I had no clue. It’s not taught in schools, no one runs a graphic on NBC it just goes by silently. There’s not even an influx in female programming or documentaries. Nothing is done to recognize this month. It bothers me—but not as much as it should.

I don’t think we should have separate months celebrating “women” I think it should just be part of history. The women’s rights movement is amazing; it’s inspiring and not just for women. Learning about people standing up to injustice and fighting for equal rights is what this country was founded on. It’s part of our collective history so why separate it?

There’s still a long way to go in the women’s rights movement. There’s a lot of ground to cover but I’m very confident we’ll get there. Maybe on the road we’ll all realize that to be equal means to be together as one. I don’t need a month to celebrate the trials and successes of these amazing women. I do it every day.

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