nomoreuturns: *kick* (Inception)
Procrastinating like crazy (just over 11 hours to get this essay done ahahaha oh god FML) and I stumbled upon this article from the Huffington Post on my Facebook feed: Turning 30: 30 Things Every Woman Should Have And Should Know.

Leaving aside the "appears to be aimed only at heterosexual women" thing, I came across this item in the By 30, you should know... section:

5. How to kiss in a way that communicates perfectly what you would and wouldn’t like to happen next.

I don't know how to articulate how wrong I find this. Having never kissed anyone in a romantic way, I confess I am undereducated on this subject, but surely you're allowed to kiss someone as passionately as you like and still be able to say "Yeah, OK, that was nice, but I'd really like to not have sex with you" afterwards? By age 30 should you have become a Kissing Grandmaster, with the ability to telepathically transmit your intent through lip-on-lip contact? And if things progress beyond what you're comfortable with, does that mean it's your fault because your kiss-fu skills were subpar?

Huh. Turns out I do know how to articulate how wrong I find this.

I don't know...your mileage may vary. But I...yeah. Not impressed.
nomoreuturns: All for want of a pretty flower. (Bandaid)
Oh wait, you already are.

If y'all don't re-elect Obama, it's quite possible we're going to be completely screwed. Not that I think he's necessarily going to put a stop to this (because so far I haven't seen sh!t to say he can), but if one of those GOP assholes gets in then it'll that much easier for them to blatantly ignore your Constitution and do whatever they goddamn feel like.

I'm not American. I'd maybe like to live there one day, but right now this doesn't affect me. But it will, even if I don't move to the Land of the (ostensibly) Free. Because the thing is, the US stance on things like civil rights doesn't just affect Americans: it affects everyone. Whether you guys like it or not, a lot of other nations - not just little nations, either - look to your policies as the benchmark for their own. I'm not saying Australia's going to throw over our admittedly not-too-shabby Medicare system to follow in America's footprints (forcing people to buy insurance is just stupid, I mean come on, really), but when your stupid-ass politicians say shit like "abortion for any reason at any stage is wrong!", our stupid-ass politicians listen. And take notes.

So...yeah, IDK. I may rant a little more later...I've got FEELINGS today. But there should a post with some pictures and videos of KITTIES \o/ coming soon, just to temper the rage.
nomoreuturns: All for want of a pretty flower. (Bandaid)
Apparently it's OK to repeal equal pay because money is "more important" to men.

“You could argue that money is more important for men [...] I think a guy in their first job, maybe because they expect to be a breadwinner someday, may be a little more money-conscious. To attribute everything to a so-called bias in the workplace is just not true.”
State Senator Glenn Grothman (R-WI)

This is the very definition of bias, you TWIT. A man expects to be the breadwinner, because he is a man, and so he is given special treatment to that effect by a male-dominated legislature. You, Glenn Grothman, are a complete and utter DULLARD.

What about all the women who are breadwinners for their families? What about those women who put in the hard yards because they are the ones who have to support their families, either because they're a single parent or because their male partner cannot or does not work or because they need two workers to support their family? What about families with two mommies?

I'm the proud daughter of a single mum. I've watched her work incredibly hard over the years to support the both of us, and I am acutely aware of the injustice of different pay scales for men and women. Although Australia has had legislation regarding equal pay for equal work since the 1960s, there is still a huge gap between men and women's salaries. It's a form of casual, state-sanctioned sexism, and it is appalling.

The War on Women isn't hyperbole. It's real. It's happening. And the way things appear to be going? We're losing.

Edit: stele3@IJ raised an excellent point in the comments:

The thing that none of these male politicians (or the press) seem to realize is that they're also waging a war on men. By hobbling a woman's ability to find work and equal pay, by potentially allowing employers to fire women over contraceptives, by curtailing women's rights to make decisions about their reproduction and thus jeopardizing their careers with unwanted interruptions of pregnancy, they are FORCING men into the role of sole breadwinner, driving them out of the home, away from their children.

They are forcing men and women both into roles, and denying them a choice in the matter. It's abominable.


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October 2012



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