Friday, October 5, 2012
It is my least favorite thing about working so close to the hospital (which is the only place that has abortion services in my city, which means it is the only place to put these signs to shame the women who need to access abortion services).
I just want to say, at 26 weeks, it is not an infant, but a fetus (or, if born at this age, a neo-natal preemie that may or may not be old enough to survive). The language and photo are problematic for many many reasons. Less than 1% of abortions in Canada take place after 20 weeks, and when they do, it is usually because the baby has no chance of surviving and the mother doesn't want to put her body through carrying a baby that is going to die to term.
Also, a fetus in the womb is probably not smiling. But it looks cuter in the photo if there is a small smile on the baby, I guess.
Also, I keep planning on bringing a sign that I can fold up into my backpack that just says PRO-CHOICE in big letters and then I can hold it up while I walk past them, so I can at least feel like I am doing something. I started trying to organize a protest, but they are usually gone by 10am and most of us have to work.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The minister for the status of women actually votes for a bill that will lead to the criminalization of abortion! This is clearly who Harper chose in charge of my rights...
Also on the attack against women, I just found out that the university is no longer going to fund a coordinator for the women's centre. Because we don't have issues like sexual assault, sexual harassment, or any other form of sexism on campus anymore.
Friday, September 21, 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
The idea that men's bodies might not ALWAYS be innately superior to women's bodies at EVERY task deemed important by athletics organizers appears to be a threat to every man.
In both of the situations from the previous links, there is also a huge element of racism involved in the accusations... if a "pretty" North American or Western European woman had a score on par with that of men in her field, there is a better chance that it might be seen as being due to athleticism and hard work, as opposed to "doping" and "tricking" us about their "real" gender.
My new olympic cheer... "Go Patriarchy! Yay!" Now where did I put my pompoms?
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Saturday, June 23, 2012
The main reason I haven't posted is because blogspot changed the settings on me a few months ago. I logged on and all of the buttons were different. It wasn't so different as to be impossible to navigate my way through the new look, but I really don't like when things change without notice. It is disorienting and by the time I have sorted out where the "New Post" button is, I have forgotten what it is I want to say. ;At least facebook makes big announcements so I have time to prepare for these changes.
I use my Aspergers diagnosis to explain why I don't like certain changes and it is also why I am writing this particular post. I have been looking at aspie characters in pop culture and am very annoyed by the limited portrayal of these characters. Aspie characters are usually male (but then, statistically speaking, males are more likely to be diagnosed with Aspergers than women, so this kind of makes sense). They are also almost always brilliant in some ways, usually in math and physics. Think Sheldon from Big Bang Theory and you will have the general idea. Now, don't get me wrong, I am quite fond of Sheldon (despite my annoyance at some of the ways his particular aspie traits are made to be funny when they actually create serious difficulties in people's lives) but we really need a more diverse portrayal of what Aspergers actually looks like.
I have looked at lists of people in pop culture who have Aspergers or aspie-like traits, which I am using to look at how these characters are depicted and there is one thing in particular that really annoys me about many of these lists. Robots do not have aspie traits; they are robots. There is a huge difference, and to write that Data from Star Trek or the robot played by Robin Williams in Bicentennial man has Aspergers is very insulting to those of us with that diagnosis (especially considering that I have been described as somewhat robotic at times).
I think I know more people with Aspergers who are NOT particularly interested in math and science than people with Aspergers who are. My "special interest" (if we are going to call it that - I have a lot of interests and am not nearly as one dimensional as most of the depictions I have looked at would have one believe) has to do with tracing out networks of social relations between people to see how their actions and decisions are influenced by broader social structures (I don't usually use the term structure, but I'm not going to get into that here, and structure is a rather easy way to describe it that can be easily understood, so I will keep it for now). I don't expect the average sitcom to reflect these subtleties, and I haven't exhausted the list of aspie characters in books and film as of yet, but what I have seen and read thus far is quite limited.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Friday, March 2, 2012
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Terrorist action occurs when an extremist ideological group plans to carry out a violent attack that reasonably can be expected to kill people or destroy property,” Michael Patton, Mr. Toews’s director of communication, said in an e-mail Friday.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Saturday, January 28, 2012
“Four arrested after Toronto budget-cuts protest turns violent”
“Police crack heads as major budget cuts reversed”
More than 100 demonstrators
“Approximately two hundred people were in chambers for the vote; almost ten times that number remained outside, prevented from entering by a line of police officers mixed with City Hall security.”
“officers clad in yellow rain jackets and black bicycle helmets”
“horse mounted riot squad”
“demonstrators surged against the line of police”
”Attempts to enter the building for the vote were met with violence”
“three male protesters had been handcuffed and lined up against the wall of the building — one bleeding from his head.”
“Several arrests were made, people were beaten and choked, and an elderly man was thrown to the ground. At least one person was taken to St. Michael's hospital.”
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Monday, January 16, 2012
you must be gay!!! thats a gay woman's answer!!!
Am I wrong?????? If so I apologize. But I bet I'm right.
it's ok really, i like pussy too.
Are you??? and i'm surprised you never spelled it " WOMYN"