Tampons Confiscated, Guns Still Allowed At Texas Capitol Ahead Of Abortion Vote [UPDATE] July 12, 2013
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Ramblings July 8, 2013
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Initial reaction: what the fuck am I watching?
I am so so SO not a rap person. I mean occasionally I’ll hear something I might listen to (Missy Elliot “Get Ur Freak On“, “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” theme) but for the most part, if I hear a rap song I start to tune out and turn it off, because frankly I can’t understand it or the culture (pull your pants up, whippersnappers!!). So imagine rap from a South African group (Die Antwoord) I probably wouldn’t understand ?! Totally not my thing.
So why am I bringing this to the blog? Because you know I tend to find all sorts of oddly interesting/infuriating/perverse things out there on the interwebz and I just love to share/inform. I was reading this article about 30 young men dying due to complications in ritual circumcisions in South Africa. These circumcision aren’t performed in nice relatively safe hospitals, mind you. A group of men are taken out in the forest for a period of time and the procedure is performed with unsterilized instruments by elders with no surgical training.
It had a link to this video called “Evil Boy”. In South African culture if a young man is not circumcised he is considered an “evil boy”. Even if you can’t understand the words, this song is clearly about keeping the foreskin intact. (And, of course, it’s full of the typical rap attributes – gyrating bimbos in skimpy outfits, oversized bravado, boasting, etc. It’s also kinda filthy. Also, I thought it was a touch homophobic until I read this piece from blogger Tia Marie that delves into the issue a lot deeper. )
In the U.S. (male) circumcision seems to be one of those things that’s always been with us, that people are now reevaluating. There’s a whole anti-circumcision movement going on, that is effectively labeling it as “mutilation” with no real benefits. I don’t really have an opinion on it. I’ve never even seen an uncircumcised wiener in person, just in porn. Yes, I’ve watched porn. I know. You’re shocked, right? What? Not so much. Fine, I’m a pervert. But you already knew that. ;-)
Anyway, I was reading the comments (I should know better by now) and a lot of people were saying that they don’t see why female circumcision is considered so much worse because it’s the exact same thing. Uh … no. The consequences and aftereffects are obviously not as radical for a man. A little less sensation and a more majestic looking member? Boo-hoo – suck, it up dude. For a woman, well, it can lead to loss of sexual function, difficulty with menstruation and lifelong excruciating pain. Not to mention the emotional trauma of the procedure. All for something that’s only designed to control female sexuality. I just found an article about it being done in Japan (!). A mother took her 5-year old daughter in. After the procedure she said:
“I’m happy… My daughter is now clean” … “Many girls are getting pregnant out of wedlock these days,” she noted. “Circumcision hopefully will prevent my daughter from becoming oversexed, and will make her less amorous when she grows up.”
For some reason this male circumcision kerfuffle has me thinking of this men’s rights movement (or the whole War on Women thing), or a situation when a women’s issued or racial issue is raised and without a doubt they’ll be a ton of people saying “Well, men get raped/harassed too” or “white people get discriminated against too” or “That’s misandry!” or whatever.
Here’s my favorite part of the wikipedia entry for men’s rights movement:
“Warren Farrell (men’s rights activist) states that men in the United States pay more into social security …”
Gosh, maybe that’s because, oh, I don’t know … THEY TEND TO MAKE LESS MONEY FOR DOING THE SAME WORK!?!?!
Whaaaa-whaaaa-whaaaa. Want some cheese to go with that whine?
Texas Lawmakers Too Busy Targeting Abortion Providers to Deal With Exploding Fertilizer Plants | Mother Jones July 7, 2013
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Nothing more to say July 5, 2013
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That’s the night that the clock ran out in Texas June 26, 2013
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in a crowded rotunda
in the hall of lies
a warrior fights for us all
From my tumblr feed June 25, 2013
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