Monday, January 26

Post a Secret

Because I'm a professional IT person, electronic stores give me comfort because I can ask stupid questions without embarrassment.

Saturday, January 24

Jesus Makeover



This video demonstrates what I have noticed for some time - the femininty of all our current depictions of Jesus. Even though Christians aren't aware of it, our collective unconscious tells us that the gender of Jesus, as the one we are all women and men called to emulate, must be androgynous. That androgyny is reflected in our art. Remove the beard, and suddenly Jesus looks very feminine.

The video also points out how much difference a beard makes. As transmen know, facial hair overrides any amount of other feminine appearance or behavior. Our minds are inclined to assign manhood much stronger than womanhood. We are basically looking for an excuse to believe someone is a man. A mathematical equivalent would be that for every gender cue we assign a number and the total of cues assign gender. Man is, say, 10 and woman is -10 and we start at zero. The genders are equal though as every man cue is worth 5 and women cues are worth only -1. Reaching womanhood requires perfection; reaching manhood requires only one or two cues. That's why it's so much easier for transmen to pass than transwomen.

Friday, January 16

Al Sharpton and Righteous Indignation

Proof that you don't need to be pro-gay to be pissed with heterosexist politics.

“It amazes me when I looked at California and saw churches that had nothing to say about police brutality, nothing to say when a young black boy was shot while he was wearing police handcuffs, nothing to say when the they overturned affirmative action, nothing to say when people were being delegated into poverty, yet they were organizing and mobilizing to stop consenting adults from choosing their life partners,” Sharpton told a packed audience on Jan. 11.

“There is something immoral and sick about using all of that power to not end brutality and poverty, but to break into people’s bedrooms and claim that God sent you,” Sharpton added.

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“I am tired of seeing ministers who will preach homophobia by day, and then after they’re preaching, when the lights are off they go cruising for trade,” Sharpton said, his words generating a roar of response from the crowd.

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“We know you’re not preaching the Bible, because if you were preaching the Bible we would have heard from you,” Sharpton said. “We would have heard from you when people were starving in California, when they deregulated the economy and crashed Wall Street you had nothing to say. When [alleged Ponzi schemer Bernie] Madoff made off with the money, you had nothing to say. When Bush took us to war chasing weapons of mass destruction that weren’t there you had nothing to say. … But all of a sudden when Proposi
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Hat tip, Box Turtle.