Sunday Reads: Draft dodgers don’t get to salute!

This is such an important statement.

With that in mind…

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So overwhelmed with grief who is in the fucking mood? Reposted from @ashleighchubbybunny @jacenopenny ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ [Image description: Tweet saying, “Everybody’s different, but personally, I’d be EMBARRASSED to celebrate America two days after the body of a US soldier was found dismembered and bludgeoned for speaking up about being sexually assaulted & not to mention the literal other human remains found in the process????”]

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“L.A. Liberty” (1992) by Pacita Abad. Abad's ‘Immigrant Experience’ series was produced in the early 1990s when the artist was living in Washington D.C. These works combined Abad's Social Realist inclinations with a new trapunto technique that she was developing – presenting complex and kaleidoscopic depictions of the immigrant experience. Every stitch and painted surface evokes the overwhelming strangeness of a new place. Within Abad's paintings are narratives of personal aspiration, shared suffering and common humanity that have gained renewed poignancy. Presented by @SilverlensGalleries as part of the Woven section at Frieze London 2019. #PacitaAbad #FriezeLondon

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Today we’re reflecting on what true reproductive freedom means. It means committing to addressing systemic racism. It means dismantling oppressive systems. And it means eradicating racial disparities in healthcare. We won’t have freedom for 𝘢𝘯𝘺 body until there’s freedom for 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 body. None of us can be free until all of us are free.

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If You Know You Know… Art by #AyandaMabulu #BlackMadonna #art #artistsoninstagram #blm #blacklivesmatter

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Damn it. Now I want bagels of truth.

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At the same time that the United States declared “liberty” as an inalienable right, hundreds of thousands of enslaved people were being denied that right. Racial hierarchy (e.g. white supremacy) has existed in this country since before its inception and remains deeply ingrained in our society. Today, take the time to realize the depth of this racial oppression. Instead of celebrating our history, learn about it and reflect on actions you can take to dismantle systemic racism

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Did y’all see Shaun King try and take credit for that image…

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Today we remember the mission that piqued our curiosities and drove our perseverance to pursue further exploration of the Red Planet. 🚀 Our Sojourner rover landed on July 4, 1997, after hitching a ride aboard the Mars Pathfinder mission. Its innovative design became the template for future missions. The rover, named after civil rights pioneer Sojourner Truth, outlived its design life 12 times. This panoramic view of Pathfinder's Ares Vallis landing site shows Sojourner rover in the distance. Credit: NASA/JPL #CountdownToMars #Perseverance #Pathfinder #CuriosityRover #OpportunityRover #MarsRover #TheRedPlanet #NASA

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And, this draft dodging bone spurs asshole needs to stop acting like he’s a war hero or some other kind of tiny prick wannabe big shot:

What an insult to service men and women…the same military he allows Putin to put a bounty on…it is disgusting.

11 Comments on “Sunday Reads: Draft dodgers don’t get to salute!”

  1. dakinikat says:

  2. NW Luna says:

    Has Meena Harris bothered to read anything which Rowling wrote? Then she should shut up. Insults don’t make a coherent response.

    We’re living through the most misogynistic period I’ve experienced. Back in the 80s, I imagined that my future daughters, should I have any, would have it far better than I ever did, but between the backlash against feminism and a porn-saturated online culture, I believe things have got significantly worse for girls. Never have I seen women denigrated and dehumanised to the extent they are now. From the leader of the free world’s long history of sexual assault accusations and his proud boast of ‘grabbing them by the pussy’, to the incel (‘involuntarily celibate’) movement that rages against women who won’t give them sex, to the trans activists who declare that TERFs need punching and re-educating, men across the political spectrum seem to agree: women are asking for trouble. Everywhere, women are being told to shut up and sit down, or else.

    • quixote says:

      Thank you, Luna! I saw that and was almost too sick to respond.

      Every other group gets to define themselves. So women get to define themselves.

      Any other group which undergoes the levels of violence from one group would not be sneered at if they tried to protect themselves. (I mean, hello?, the whole country is still taking off its shoes at airports. It’s been over a decade.) Women should not be sneered at for trying to avoid male violence.

      Which is another point being willfully missed: women are *for* trans rights. Those don’t come at the cost of having to be even more terrified of male violence. Which is a thing. Which is why there are background checks for Scout masters.

      Rights are indeed for everyone. Anyone who demands “rights” that take away the same protections from other people is not looking for rights. They’re trying to get privileges.

      A million thanks to JKRowling for saying it all so loud and clear, and so much better!

      • bostonboomer says:

        I have to agree. I’ve been at a loss to understand this controversy.

        • Minkoff Minx says:

          You may want to look into the hashtag #Istandwithmaya

          Which goes back to December of 2019…

          The latest spew is regarding mental health and medication.

          I’m with Meena Harris in this one.

          • quixote says:

            JJ, I know you see this differently so I’d leave it alone, but I’m a bit irate about the term “spew.” That really doesn’t feel fair. Here’s JKR’s tweet thread without Steiner’s sometimes-loaded comments interspersed. One thing that really annoyed me was her saying there was nothing experimental or dangerous about hormone therapy for children. Excuse me? They worry about hormone replacement therapy for menopausal women because of the cancer risk! Likewise the million health effects for athletes who take steroids (=testosterone and similar). Hormones don’t magically become harmless in kids. It’s one thing to say the risks or consequences are worth the goal you want. It’s another to pretend they don’t exist.

            Anyway. Sorry to be contradicting you. Those articles tweaked my anti-science-denial reflexes. Science denial does not end well. Nor is it *at all* necessary for trans people to live their lives in whatever way works for them!

          • NW Luna says:

            Go to the original source. Read Rowling’s article. I note the marysue links have little of Rowling’s longer writing. That 2nd marysue post also never admits that by the very tweets of Rowling which they post she is clearly not anti-medication for depression and other mental illness.

            Hormones are indeed being prescribed nonchalantly by unwise clinicians, and without counseling, informed consent, and watchful waiting. Most teens/children with ‘gender dysphoria’ will no longer have that dysphoria in a few years without treatment other than counseling. What teen likes their body?

            Trans-sex hormones and puberty blockers often produce sterility, heart disease, bone loss, and more.

            Aside from all that, for Maya to lose her position for saying that biological sex is real is crazy.

  3. dakinikat says:

    • Pat Johnson says:

      Trump has given every nut job permission to behave like total racist assholes!

      • dakinikat says:

        Including this one that belongs in jail

        • quixote says:

          I saw somewhere that the “oath to the Constitution” he’s reciting is some QAnon invention. If that’s right, not only is this weird in a maudlin kind of way, it’s also weird in an unhinged nutcase kind of way. But I guess we knew that.