“To protest a bill that would require women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion, Virginia State Sen. Janet Howell (D-Fairfax) on Monday attached an amendment that would require men to have a rectal exam and a cardiac stress test before obtaining a prescription for erectile dysfunction medication.”—
And I’ll take a base ball bat to their history book.
Do people never do any research? Do people not look into his March and see that the rumors and myths the Southern people came up with have nothing to do with how he really was?
Uh. That statement alone shows you didn’t do enough research. Whether you like him or not is up to you—but read before you speak.
She clearly said she’d hit a book with bat. You took her way too seriously and took it as a threat to you.
Don’t state what he would or would not approve—You’re not him and it’s clear you don’t know his personality very well.
So bite your tongue.
And I said ‘Just because I don’t like someone you idealize and worship doesn’t mean you get to threaten violence to my body or my books." Because I was talking to BOTH her and to the person after her who DID threaten to take bats to heads.
You’re right, I don’t know his personality well enough to state whether or not he would approve of random threats made on his behalf, and I shouldn’t have said that.
Now I am biting my tongue like I should have done in the first place.
“Even at age 16, Saint-Just was surprisingly charming. His chestnut hair lay in thick curls on his shoulders; his lips were full, purple, and bright; he still had a round, child-like face but already his blue eyes sparkled, already he had his beautiful blue eyes that would later be filled with the pathetic shadow of a gentle dreamer. He was a cherub, a scholarly cherub and secret admirer of Brutus and Lafayette.
Despite [these features], it was difficult to paint an accurate portrait of Saint-Just. Proudhon painted him with thick and cruel lips, David portrayed him with a smiling, coy mouth, and Greuze drew [his lips] as delicate and distinguished. Some portraits made him look stern and direct, some sweet and lost, and some as having a straight and fleshy nose like a teenager, or slightly arched with a regal profile. Michelet described him in a singular manner – with feminine features on a slightly broad face, but with a low forehead and eyebrows that met in the middle, all of which earned him the title “Archangel of Terror.”—
The shit hit the fan in the trans blogosphere last night, when it came to light that there is a disturbing new section in the Identity Screening Regulations used in airports throughout Canada. Simply put, Transgender People are Completely Banned From Boarding Airplanes in Canada.
The offending section of the regulations reads:
5.2 (1) An air carrier shall not transport a passenger if … (c) the passenger does not appear to be of the gender indicated on the identification he or she presents;
Although this obviously discriminatory smear of regulation did not come to significant public attention until very recently, it apparently came into effect on July 27th, 2011.
It is important to note that these regulations are not actually a piece of legislation, which would have had to pass through readings and votes in the House and Senate (which is probably why it went unnoticed until now). Rather, the Identity Screening Regulations are a set of rules implemented unilaterally by the Ministry of Transportation, as part of Canada’s so-called Passenger Protect, which is essentially the Canadian Federal Government’s equivalent to the U.S.’s “no-fly” list.
Minister of Transportation Denis Lebel is, of course, a federal Conservative MP appointed to the cabinet position by Stephen Harper.
In the eyes of the honourable Minister of Transportation, that makes trans people unfit to fly in Canada.
It is interesting to note that this regulatory adjustment occurred immediately following the federal election in 2011. In the previous parliament, Bill C-389, a bill to amend the Human Rights Code to explicitly enshrine protections against discrimination for transgender people, had successfully passed in the House of Commons, only to die on the Senate floor when Harper declared a Federal Election (thereby dissolving parliament).
Is the timing of this disturbing and blatantly discriminatory regulatory adjustment merely a coincidence? That is up to you to decide. However, the negative impact on trans people is crystal clear, and we need to take action now.
“People speak sometimes about the “bestial” cruelty of man, but that is terribly unjust and offensive to beasts, no animal could ever be so cruel as a man, so artfully, so artistically cruel.”—Fyodor Dostoyevsky (via funeral)