Massachusetts lawmakers have approved legislation to crack down on those who secretly take photographs of “the sexual or other intimate parts” of women or children in public.
Thursday’s vote came a day after the state’s highest court ruled that a man who took cellphone photos up the skirts of female passengers riding the Boston subway didn’t violate state law.
The new law passed both houses of the Massachusetts legislature in startling quick fashion Thursday, and now goes to the desk of Gov. Deval Patrick, who is expected to sign it Friday.
(Photo: David Kamerman/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
THANK YOU HUB
thank goodness cause that fucking “ruling” had me feeling so gross and not wanting to go anywhere. didn’t violate rights taking photos upskirts? i fucking hate the law bc it’s so stupid you have to literally do this to make shit relevant.
You cannot buy electronics with food stamps. You cannot buy cigarettes with food stamps. You cannot buy pet food with food stamps. You cannot withdraw money with an EBT card (food stamps).
Do you know what else you can’t buy with food stamps? Shampoo, soap, laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, tinfoil, plastic sandwich bags, toothpaste, cleaning products, tampons, pads, over the counter medications (such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc.), and anything else you can think of that you cannot physically ingest for nutritional purposes.
Do you know what you can buy with food stamps? Food.
Do you know what it’s like to scrounge for change to buy non-edible necessities, use a credit card and EBT card (food stamps) during the same transaction, and then have the person in line behind you judge you for buying the ingredients to make a birthday cake?
People who disseminate false information about food stamps have never had to use food stamps.
I don’t know why Frank insisted on bringing me to this dinner party, I don’t even know what to talk about and everyone’s already having a conversation, it’d be awkward to butt in. A steakhouse? Really? I’m a pescetarian, Frank. We’ve known each other ten years. Nobody’s even bothered to comment on my coat or offered a tummy rub. Your friends are shit, Frank.
my favorite post of 2013
You’re the second person in two days to say this. You may not realize this and may feel you are offering me a well-intentioned compliment, but it is not flattering because it marginalizes other people.
I’m able to engage on the topic of trans representation in the way that I do because of my privilege as a cis person. I can talk about this issue at very little emotional cost or personal risk to myself based on my gender identity, and that is a privilege and luxury. Unfortunately, this is also a terrible side effect of allyship. Allies are applauded for being intelligent, respectful, and agreeable while the people who actually have to live with the consequences of being marginalized are stereotyped as angry, unintelligent, and not worth respecting.
I can’t accept your respect because by praising me you are dismissing the frustration (which you’ve handily labeled “anger”) expressed by members of the trans community.
I’ll take a raving bigot any day over an insidious purveyor of backhanded compliment-slinging “You’re not like those OTHER [marginalized group of people], you’re admirable and use facts and keep cool and caaaaalm.”
The main information conveyed to me by this message is:
1. That you have said or done things that have caused harm to marginalized people or witnessed such an incident
2. and instead of listening, being respectful, and starting to consider other people’s well-being, mental health, and physical survival and how you (yes, you!) can positively or negative affect that
3. You decided that [other advocates] are…angry, unfocused, not-calm, do not explain, do not use facts, are unworthy of admiration, and these things cause you to close your tender ears to their “ideas”….
If you really think that I’m so starved for approval that I would accept and become implicit in the dehumanizing insult you’ve just levied at countless other bloggers who you deem “social justice types”, you’ve got an entirely other thing coming.
As I’ve just said, diversity of perspectives is important to show, and now you’ve shown yours: that marginalized people are only worthy of your precious openness to their “ideas” if they behave toward you in the manner you feel entitled to.
If what I wrote helped you reconsider or think more deeply on the issue of trans representation in the media, that is wonderful, but I don’t want to hear that it came at the expense of your respect for other people.
“It’s a form of silencing to call people from a non-dominant group “angry”. It’s a way of dismissing them as irrational… Yes, we are angry, and that anger should be empathized with, not dismissed.”
My father sincerely believes that science is a political plot, Christians are America’s most persecuted minority and Barack Obama is a full-blown communist. He supports the use of force without question, as long as it’s aimed at foreigners. He thinks liberals are all stupid, ignorant fucks who hate America.
I don’t recall my father being so hostile when I was growing up. He was conservative, to be sure, but conventionally and thoughtfully so. He is a kind and generous man and a good father, but over the past five or 10 years, he’s become so conservative that I can’t even find a label for it.
What has changed? He consumes a daily diet of nothing except Fox News. He has for a decade or more. He has no email account and doesn’t watch sports. He refuses to so much as touch a keyboard and has never been on the Internet, ever. He thinks higher education destroys people, not only because of Fox News, but also because I drifted left during and after graduate school.
I do not blame or condemn my father for his opinions. If you consumed a daily diet of right-wing fury, erroneously labeled “news,” you could very likely end up in the same place. Again, this is all by design. Let’s call it the Fox News effect. Take sweet, kindly senior citizens and feed them a steady stream of demagoguery and repetition, all wrapped in the laughable slogan of “fair and balanced.” Even watching the commercials on Fox, one is treated to sales pitches for gold and emergency food rations, the product cornerstones of the paranoid. To some people the idea of retirees yelling at the television all day may seem funny, but this isn’t a joke. We’re losing the nation’s grandparents, and it’s an American tragedy.
at my wedding, I want 9 people dressed up as the members of the fellowship of the ring to attend and halfway through the vows they stand up and start arguing until the one dressed up as Frodo shouts “I will do it, I will take the ring to the bride!”
then it just falls silent as he slowly brings me the Ring of Power
angry social justice kirk
You people are so fucking insane wtf is this shit like okay good points but of all of the mascots you chose it’s mr ‘fuck every alien with boobies’ and sprinkle leaves on his head yall need a professional helping you live
You do realize that a good number of these are direct quotes from TOS, right?
Or were you just basing the idea of Kirk fucking every alien with “boobies” off pop culture knowledge without ever seeing the source material? Because that’s like never having seen Romeo & Juliet and saying that Romeo never loved anyone before Juliet.
Her name was Rosaline.
The thing is though, as you said, these are all good points, so why should it matter how much fictional consensual sex a character has before the non-fictional good points made are to be disregarded?
Oh, and another thing: Those aren’t “sprinkle leaves,” they’re laurels. It’s a historical reference which you would know from the context of the episode, provided you’ve actually seen it.
Mmmhmm, look like it’s time to spread this around again for those unaware
Oscar nominees Best Animated Feature 2014
Earlier today this article was brought to my attention, in which it becomes clear that some of the Academy voters have little to no respect for the animation industry. They openly admit not having watched the nominated films and/or claiming that animated films are for kids, so they didn’t vote. Even the ones shown in the article that did vote barely motivated their choice.
I find this extremely disrespectful of the animators who poured their heart and soul into making these movies, only to have their work be pushed aside without a second glance by the judges of one of the most prominent and well known film awards out there. As an aspiring animator, I am deeply insulted.
Please note that in this post I am expressing no opinion on whether Frozen should have won or not. I think it’s a wonderful film, just as all the other nominees. I am simply saying that we deserve better.
What they did is disrespectful to the creators of every single one of these films, even Frozen. By barely motivating their choice, they make it look like they voted for Frozen simply because of Disney’s status in the industry. Because it’s Disney, and it made a lot of money, so it had to be at least somewhat good. To me it seems like some of the voters just defaulted to voting for the Disney film, and nobody likes to win by default.
Don’t get me wrong, I too have been guilty of loving Disney simply because it’s Disney, but there is so much more beautiful animation out there and it deserves to be taken into consideration. And if Frozen won, it should have won because the majority of the voters thought it was the best film, not because part of the voters was too lazy to even watch the nominated films.
And the thing is, I don’t feel very strongly about the fact that Cate Blanchett mentioned Woody Allen in her speech. She did what was expected—almost required—of her. I wish she would have taken a stand. I wish that someone—multiple people, but it’s got to start with someone—would break with the Hollywood code and say “To hell with how it’s done, this is wrong and I’m not doing it.”
She didn’t. She wasn’t the one. But Hollywood is full of people who won’t do that, and the fact that she was the one in the position where it was most obvious on a night when millions were watching doesn’t mean much to me.
I’m not defending her, I’m just saying: I don’t attach a lot of significance to what she did.
But here’s the thing: that wasn’t superheroic. It wasn’t what Wonder Woman would have done. It wasn’t brave. It wasn’t courageous.
Diana, Princess of Themyscira, once killed a man on national TV, without a thought about what it would mean for her career as a superhero. She said, “This is what we do with monsters.” and she snapped his neck.
Don’t dress somebody up like Wonder Woman and call her a “real superhero” right after she chooses polite industry politics over slaying a monster.
Cate Blanchett isn’t the villain of the Woody Allen story. She’s also not a hero.
'US Troops Out Now': Philippine Protesters Push Against Base Expansion
- Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of the Philippine capital on Tuesday to demand U.S. troops leave their country, just days after Philippine President Noynoy Aquino announced he is “close" to a deal that would open the Philippines to an expanded U.S. military presence.
“Aquino is desperately trying to outdo previous Philippine presidents when it comes to puppetry to the US,” said Elmer “Bong” Labog, spokesperson for labor organization Kilusang Mayo Uno (May First Movement), which organized the demonstration.
Riot police clashed with approximately 300 demonstrators, who carried signs and banners that read “Obama Not Welcome” and “US Troops Out Now,” near the U.S. embassy in Manila. At one point police attacked the crowd with truncheons, but no one was seriously injured, the Associated Press reports.
The protest comes ahead of a planned visit by U.S. President Barack Obama in April, which will be aimed at making progress towards an agreement over sustained U.S. military presence in the Philippines, including in the Subic Bay, which overlooks the South China Sea.
Social movements in the Philippines have long opposed U.S. power over their country, which includes more than five decades of direct colonial rule and the backing of brutal dictator Ferdinand Marcos — who was president from 1965 to 1986 until he was overthrown by a popular movement. Even after Philippine independence, the U.S. maintained a heavy presence of bases and troops, despite widespread opposition to the environmental and social harm they spread, including numerous incidents of #sexual assaults and #rape of the local population.
While the last U.S. base in the country was shut down in 1992, the U.S. currently sends 500 troops to the southern Philippines annually for so-called counter-terrorism purposes, while 6,500 come each year for training, according to the Philippine military.
With the cooperation of Aquino, Obama is aggressively pushing to expand this military presence as part of the U.S. military’s pivot to Asia to hedge against China. The U.S. and Philippine governments have levied U.S. humanitarian response to Typhoon Haiyan to build support for a deal.
According to Labong, Aquino “tries to make it appear that the return of US military bases to the Philippines is part of efforts to help the country when it is part of the U.S. geopolitical strategy.”
American newspapers just seizing the opportunity to have a little fun with slavery. Totally accidental and/or harmless.
In other news: microaggressions are common verbal, behavioral, and environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile or negative slights to marginalized groups. (via Donovon X Ramsey)
What do you think? Catchy headlines or microaggressions?
this is some Grade A racist bullshit
microgressions for sure, some clearly deliberate racism.