Powerful words for Dark Times

I have to post this again because it is so relevant. Use your ears, we have the sense of hearing for a reason it is time to use it dammit! There is not excuse for ignorance now. We must listen to each other and we must pay attention to the events around us.

We are better than the hate and lies some are spreading. We are stronger than they are give us credit for and we deserve better than this! We deserve the truth, equal rights for all, and the highest kind of knowledge and education. We are not going to give up and we are not going quietly!

Challenge the authority that tries to steal your rights and silences it’s people! It is not normal and it is not okay for a man to threaten and silence the people he is sworn to protect.  It is not acceptable for a man to censor journalist, or to shut down communications with branches of government that were put in place to get information out to the public. Alternative facts are not facts they are lies! We do not accept the altering of facts we deserve the truth!

Don’t be fooled he is not a President he is a Dictator!

 

Lesbianism!?

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“lesbianism” clinical diagnosis

I am so mad about this right now! What the Actual Fuck! Why do we still have to participate in this stupid selfish Song and dance! Sexuality is not contagious, we were not turned by someone, we are not sick, we don’t have a disease. We are no different than you, you can’t catch “this”. We are born this way it’s time to move on past this Bullshit!!!

Credit to whomever made the gif it’s one of my favorites.

 

America first?

America First? I guess I just miss understood what that meant. I thought it meant to help the American People and honor what they want, but guess I was wrong. It actually means let me help my billion dollar big oil buddies make a profit while going directly against what most of the American people want. Completely disrespecting the Standing Rock Sioux and the people that support them(Myself included). Not to mention the Extreme impact this will have on our environment because who gives a shit about that when there are Dollar signs to think about right? This man is a monster and every minute it becomes more and more clear to me that we are in serious trouble… Open your eyes everyone we need to be worried!

Why I March & Why I fight.

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(BTW credit to who ever made this stupid ass meme. I don’t know who you are but you made it and I am absolutely not meaning to take credit for it)

I keep seeing this picture floating around. I saw it directly after the election posted by people I consider to be friends, and today a person from my own family has posted it. I feel like there is a deep misunderstanding of why people (myself included) are protesting and I have to try and explain my reasoning.

The day of the election I, like most of the world, thought that Hillary had the election in the bag. I arrogantly thought she was going to walk away with it. I was completely brokenhearted over the fact that she did not win the election. I have literally never cried so much in a single day in my entire adult life. I went to bed that night feeling as if my country had turned it’s back on me. I felt as though I didn’t belong in the country that I had spent my entire life. The country I had respected and was happy in for nearly 28 years didn’t want or respect me. It wasn’t so much that Donald Trump had won as much as that so many people could look past all the terrible things he has said and done and still support him.

I honestly still can not wrap my head around the fact that so many people are up in arms about Hillary’s Emails. Calling her crooked, and nasty. But are totally fine with a man accused numerous times of sexual harassment. They don’t mind that this man now in charge of our country has no problems profiling people based on the color of their skin, religion, sexual orientation or identity. They just want “someone different”; I understand that, but you can’t ignore all the horrible things he has said and done.

I personally think it is a war on women. Many Americans don’t believe a woman can run the country because we are to”soft” and not “strong” or “demanding” enough to lead. So he and his campaign undermine everything Hillary has done or said to keep that fire lit. He interrupted her during the debates. He creates lies to make her seem less informed and less trustworthy. He continually disrespects her to try and get a lead. And it all worked.

Yes, I am upset that this man “won” the election. (I will get into my opinions on the Electoral college in a different post because that’s a whole conversation in and of itself.) But it isn’t just because of how he ran his campaign. The things he has promised and supports go against EVERYTHING I stand for and I find valuable in this country.

He promises to build a wall and have Mexico pay for it…  For one thing the whole idea is completely illogical to me. Why would Mexico pay for a wall they don’t want made specifically to keep them out of our country? He denies science and thinks that Climate Change is a ruse made up by the China… Why would China make something like Climate Change up, and why would 97% of scientists lie about it? He and other Republicans want to be rid of the Affordable healthcare act without and kind of transition or plans for something to replace it. Just get rid of it. He says he has all these great plans and it’s gonna be amazing! Yet hasn’t said or given any details for what his plans are. I understand a lot of people don’t necessarily like the way affordable healthcare is set up but many people need it and now they are just going to rip it away. To hell with you and your family who use it.

But now we get into the meat and potatoes of my issues with this administration. The War on Women. I am 100% Pro Choice! I personally know that I never want to become a mother, EVER! That should be my right as an adult American woman to make that decision myself. Now if by some miraculous conception (I’m talking almost like virgin Mary status) I became pregnant it should be my choice. Not a bunch of old white guys that don’t know me or my circumstances, because in my case if I became pregnant it would be from non consensual relations. But the republican party doesn’t care about me. They care about an unborn fetus that I don’t want, and that I know would completely ruin me mentally.

Now, I and most Pro Choice people are not saying that we all have to make the same choice. I’m not saying that if I was put in a situation where I felt I needed an abortion that that’s what all women want, would, or should choose. That’s the whole point I don’t get to tell you what to do with your life. So why should you be aloud to tell me how to live mine? Yes there are other options like adoption. I am completely behind adoption. My mother was adopted and it’s a great alternative to those who choose that. But I would not be able to bear caring around something for 9 months I never wanted and was forced upon me.

“Almost like Virgin Mary Status” brings me to my next issue with the new administration. I am an out and proud lesbian, I have no shame in this because that’s who I am. Always have been always will be. Mr Trump wants to repeal same sex marriages. Now I don’t think that marriage is right for me specifically. Of course it’s easy to say that when you’re single but I also don’t see why I can’t marry the person I may fall in love with someday. Just because some people find it appalling. I think heterosexual relations are appalling but you don’t see me telling you can’t have them. The difference is that I understand that is who some people are. We can’t always help who we are attracted to because it isn’t just a choice it is deeper than that and almost more animalistic than that. If your argument is the bible then I suggest you reevaluate the bible. Jesus accepts everyone no matter who they are! Jesus was a kind, accepting, and believe it or not a rather progressive man. To hate someone for who they are is going completely against what he preaches.

Mike Pence believes that conversion therapy is a good way to”Fix” someone’s sexual preference. He sees us as having a disease that needs to be treated. I don’t need to be fixed or treated for anything. I need to feel love and support from my friends and family to live a life of honesty without fear of others.

So, for the people who claim protests are only acceptable when Human rights are being violated. You have to understand some peoples Human rights are being violated. We are threatened by an administration that doesn’t recognize the majority of the country it is suppose to represent. We fear extreme prejudice against who we are by the people who are suppose to protect us. We face a future filled with lies and deception to protect the wealthy while most are made to suffer in fear and poverty with no healthcare and no rights to their own bodies or choices.

We fear oppression. We witness small, yet scary, things slowly starting to change around us. We see warning signs of an unfit leader blindly luring us to our demise. We won’t sit idly by as the things we hold dear are torn away from us. We won’t be quiet to injustice. We stand together because we are, in fact, stronger together.

I marched for my sisters, cousins, aunts, friends and fellow women’s futures. I want to see a world where women can live a life without fear. I march for equality because we are no less than any man. I march because bullies do not dictate our future. I march because I am tired of being seen as someone who barks but doesn’t bite. Yesterday, I felt more love and acceptance from millions of strangers across the globe than I have felt today from members of my own family.

If you think we are out marching because we are sore losers you are miss informed.  We are doing the right thing by not just turning a blind eye. If you think that we are being “whiny little bitches” consider yourself lucky. That means you have not had to overcome others undermining your feelings, struggles, or your own being, day in and day out.

We are not going to wait for our Human Rights to be Violated before we Protest. We Protest so that our Human Rights do not get Violated!

What’s in a name?

I figured I should give a little background on why I’ve decided to name my Blog “Jane is no ignorant slut” If you are like me you may have never seen the Point Counterpoint segment of Weekend Update in the early days of Saturday Night Live.

Point Counterpoint was a two sided debate on many controversial issues during weekend update. One side taking the liberal view argued by Jane Curtin. The other taking the conservative side by Dan Aykroyd.  Always a funny interaction made more hilarious by the dry and steady performance from both Jane and Dan. The co-anchors would poke fun of each other. Often calling out many flaws of the other person. In this segment Jane Curtin would start with her argument supporting the liberal view and insulting Dan for being a failure and a pompous ass who no one loves. Then switching to Dan to give his Counterpoint he would almost always start by saying “Jane you ignorant slut”. Which would get a big laugh. He then proceeds to accuse Jane of being loose and easy.

Now I thoroughly enjoy the Point Counterpoint segments. But I think it is mostly funny because I agree with Jane on every level. She always gives a smart, educated, and understandable argument to Dan’s outrageous points that are completely illogical. It’s because of this comradery I feel with Jane that I wanted to name my Blog after the segment simply because Jane is not ignorant at all.

In the late 70’s when these segments were aired they seemed to be trying to shed a light on the outrageous steps men take to make a woman seem unqualified to have her own opinions. Now weather they were doing it to show how idiotic it is or if they did it because it was acceptable back then to insult a women’s intelligence it’s hard to say. But for me it can still be funny  if you take it with a grain of salt. I can laugh because I separate it as that’s the way things were in the 70’s. Times have mostly changed and think in my head they were poking fun at how outlandish the whole idea actually is.

Weather they were doing it to be funny or not is neither here nor there at this point. But what’s disturbing is this still happens today. You can simply look at the 2016 election as an example. Donald Trump has been nothing but disrespectful to all women. None more than Hilary Clinton. Instead of going toe to toe with her on the actual issues, or being well educated towards the subjects at hand, and preforming a comprehensive debate. He results to calling her names like “Nasty Women” and fabricating lies to make her seem corrupt and distrustful. Simply to take the spotlight off of himself, and the obnoxious thing is that it worked! He’s like some street magician who tricks you into looking the other way as his picks your pocket, And even though you know he’s doing it you don’t call him out because you like magic. It’s absurd but here we are!

I wanted to use the name  “Jane is no ignorant slut” Because it’s something that can make you laugh but also makes you think. Women are not ignorant, and we will not be bullied or shamed by being called sluts just for using our brain. We have opinions and we have the right to do what we please.

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#Notallmen

I Just felt like I had to share this article at the beginning of this blogs life. This article articulates my feelings on many mens misconception of the feminist movement. It is so important and accurate. Please everyone read!

#notallmen

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Dear man on the internet keen on defending his fellow bro,

You win.

Because as a country, we sit petrified thinking about what it must have taken for a mob of men to actually molest women for “fun” on New Year’s Eve in Bangalore, there is a more pertinent issue that we must address – #NotAllMen.

We get it. You are angry to get lumped with those type of men. It only makes sense that when we start having to discuss the safety of women, you have to sit up indignant and tell us – “Sorry yaar, but you are going too far talking about how unsafe you feel in this city. Not all men, ok? Not all men

And we, the ‘politically correct feminists’ heard you raging on Twitter. We heard you complain about it during lunch hour at work. We could sense your indignation through Facebook as you mounted an impassioned defence. We get it. We were wrong to think that more important problem was the rape culture that had enabled and emboldened that mob to sexually harass and terrorise women. No. The problem is that we dared to prioritise our safety over your ego and we were really selfish and unfair. Our collective bad.

You are right. You are not culpable. You are one of the good guys and it’s not your problem that no woman in this country feels safe. And yes, we know that since you personally wouldn’t rape anybody, you are right to dress down those mean feminazis who only want to talk about how thousands of women are raped in this country every single day! Really. How dare they?  Those narcissistic b***** are as bad those Nazis in the 1940s who orchestrated the genocide of an entire race.

And you are right.

Not all men are molesters and abusers (not that we ever said that they were).

And you are right.

Not all men rape women (again, not a single person has ever made that claim).

You are right.

And you win.

#NotAllMen

Bask in the glory of your victory oh righteous one! You have earned it.

So, now that we have established that you are very decidedly right (yay for you!) and are one of the “nice guys”, we suppose it is only fair you are held to your own standards.

Hence, the next time you see a girl harassed anywhere in your proximity we suppose it will be fair for us to assume that you shall intervene and help her. We know that you will accompany her to the police station, so she can lodge a complaint and you will you stand as her witness when the police try to track down her attacker. Because as a nice guy that you claim to be, this is the least you can do, right?

And the next time one of your bros decides to make a lewd comment about women (we know you will never do such a thing), we know you will call them out publicly and explain to them that every woman deserves to be respected for her agency.

And the next time one of your old college classmates decides to post one of those ridiculous sexist memes in your WhatsApp group, you will most definitely stand up against such atrocious behaviour that contributes to the oppressive rape culture, seeps and thrives through our very existence.

This one is really simple. Next time one of your football buddies cracks a joke about how their team raped another team, we know that not only will you stop them but you will also call out on their bullshit for comparing a sporting event to a horrific and monstrous crime.

This is the least you could do as a “good guy”, right?

Can we tell you a secret? We women are exhausted from being afraid all the time. We live in fear every waking second. When we leave our homes, we double-check to see if we are carrying our pepper-sprays even though we know that more often than not it is useless. When we walk down an empty street, we constantly look over our shoulders to see if a man is following us because we are scared he might rape us. When a man sits next to us in a bus or a train, our bodies automatically tense up because we have been groped and felt up by strange men since before we even hit puberty.

We are fucking terrified for our lives.

So, we concede because we officially have no bandwidth to argue with you and take care of ourselves. We are tired of verbalising that when we say all women live in fear of being attacked, we don’t mean all men are going to attack us, we mean that we are scared of running into the one man who just might. We have run out of words to explain that when we say that we scan every party, every club, every public space for a potential threat, we don’t think every guy in vicinity is a threat but that just one guy might. And that one guy could be the difference between whether we live or whether we die.

So, even though we never contested it, we will say #NotAllMen as long as you promise to stop hijacking conversations about our safety and making it into discussions about your butthurt ego. We will say #NotAllMen, if you promise to never guilt us or shame us for prioritising our lives.

So, there. We said it.

#NotAllMen.

Now bugger off.

Love,

#YesAllWomen

Thank you Alexis C. Silverman for writing a very important article. It really has done so much for me. You did a beautiful job and I hope that it gets out to as many people as it possible. Heaven knows I’ve shared it at least 4 times now and do not plan on stopping there. Keep  up the great work!

The original posting that I found was http://feminisminindia.com/2017/01/04/18385/ No Copy-write infringement intended Just simply want to get the work across to everyone I possibly can.

Alright here we go.

I have decided to create this blog because I find myself looking for a place to address current events, entertainment, and just plain life. I feel like we live in a time where it’s so easy to reach out and get your thoughts and feelings across to a broader audience. Yet I feel like my voice is not heard. And even if no one ever reads this blog that’s no big deal because I’m thinking of this as more of an electronic journal.

It’s no secret my thoughts and opinions on many topics (as you may come to find out) but because so many times as I’m trying to express myself I find I’m being ignored. Even by my closest friends and family sometimes. I notice that when I am trying to have a conversation with someone about anything… Current events or issues, movies, TV shows (which are my vices and where most of my knowledge lies) I can tell that the people I am talking to seem to be tuning me out. To quote Fight Club “just waiting for their turn to speak”.

It feels like rarely people actually listen to what I’m saying. I may not be the most knowledgeable person. And sure sometimes I say stuff that doesn’t need to be acknowledged but sometimes I do have opinions and emotions that need to be expressed and heard and that is what this blog is for.

Things to expect from this blog:

  • I am a very serious, proud and passionate feminist. A very big theme on this blog is going to be addressing women’s issues.
  • I am a Lesbian. I find no shame or reason to hide this because this is who I am and always have been. In turn I will not cater to a homophobic audience. I will write and share the things that are relevant to my life as a lesbian and in the LGBTQ+ community.
  • I am a major environmentalist. I love the Earth because it’s home. We need to take care of our planet and know the facts about what is going on in the environment. None of this ignorant passive nonsense. I will be sharing a lot of articles featuring Science, Space, The Environment, Clean Energy , and so on.
  • I am a Tiny House enthusiast. This Kind of goes hand in hand with my environmentalist side. I will be sharing a lot of cool Tiny homes, Earth ships, off Grid, low carbon foot print living themed stuff.
  • I am a Vegetarian and Animal Rights Activist. I love animals and want to help protect them. As well as help educate other on animal rights and ways to help. Also you will probably see a lot of my cat Bellatrix on here. She is the love of my life!
  • I am a Television and Movie junkie. I love TV and movies so much! This topic will probably dominate the blog in all honesty. As well as keep it from getting to heavy.

There you have it. These are a few of the major topics I’ve been wanting to write about. I figure if you have read this far you have probably been able to gather that I am a serious Liberal and could guess that I am no fan of Donald Trump. (You know because I believe in science, basic human rights and logic in general.)

So here is a quick little disclaimer. If you are pro Trump or Republican that is your choice, your life and your right. But don’t come onto my blog and expect me to be some sucker who isn’t going to stand up for myself or drop some REAL FACTS to support my views. None of this bogus uneducated bullshit. I will not let fake news rule this blog and intend to only post facts. If you notice that something I post is incorrect please let me know in a polite and reasonable way . Oh yeah and site your sources! I will probably be a bit biased because lets face it Donald Trump does not represent or respect me so it’s gonna take a lot  more than some archaic law for me to respect him.

Well I guess that’s it for tonight. I will be posting a little bit tomorrow on why I have chosen to name my Blog “Jane is no Ignorant Slut” and a little story/response to some lame ass sexist foolishness I had to deal with today.

Goodnight everyone I’ll type to you tomorrow!