2012/03/14

Feminism Tomorrow


I came across some discussion by evangelical Christians about "egalitarian marriage". This is in response to the concept of "complementarian marriage", which is all the rage in evangelical Christian circles. It's basically the latest gloss on patriarchy.

I step back and think that I'm glad that these more reasonable folks are having the argument, but to me it's astonishing there's a need for the argument at all. But this is the continuing strength of patriarchy today.

This light of feminism among evangelical Christians, while of course moderated by "I'm not a feminist" caveats, is quite encouraging. Two recent events show the core, solid character of feminist gains over the last few decades: the brouhaha over the Susan G. Komen foundation's withdrawal of funding from Planned Parenthood, and the shitstorm over the right wing's attempt to treat contraception as a truly controversial subject like abortion. Part of the outrage is over the simple fact that Congress had a discussion about contraception and "religious liberty" with several invited speakers - not one of whom was a woman. It wasn't too long ago that it would have been normal to exclude women's voices from a discussion of women's reproductive health.

One comment on the blog of an evangelical says:

I think a change is coming, and right now, the swell is far off in the ocean, and so it is barely noticed. But as it approaches land, it will rise to tidal wave uprising of people who see God, church, and Scriptures in a new, liberating light.

I agree with the imagery, except I see this as the swell of the next wave of feminism, of which the conversation among evangelicals is only one part.

There is another, deeper swell. In some ways Christians make the best communists, and life is going to get really interesting when that conversation starts among evangelicals.

2012/01/31

Remaining at the Scene of a Riot, Baby!

Astonishing that my personal information is just put right out there, but I might as well link to it.

Much more to say about this when I have more time, but for now, for the record: 400 people arrested, no dispersal order given, never read our rights. Everyone who made it inside the Y is being charged with "burglary", which is obviously bullshit, and one guy I saw in the kettle and talked with in jail was charged with assault of a police officer for getting his back repeatedly in the way of police batons while lying on the ground.

Fuck the State.

2012/01/16

Martin Luther King Jr. - "Beyond Vietnam: A Time To Break Silence"

Everybody's heard the "I Have a Dream" speech, or at least an excerpt. This is in many ways a much more profound speech.



Transcript here.

2012/01/04

Discriminatory Enforcement of the Sit/Lie Law in SF

A year ago San Francisco passed the notorious Sit/Lie law, which makes it illegal to sit or lie on a sidewalk between 7am and 11pm. As written, it forbids sitting on the curb while waiting for the bus, sitting on a chair outside your house during a yard sale, or sitting on the ground to repair a flat tire on a bicycle.

Why would such a silly law even be proposed? Why, to further harass homeless people, of course. The law is intended to be applied unevenly. And this is of course what is happening.

On December 11th I was walking through the Upper Haight. This is the neighbourhood of San Francisco that had an alleged "emergency" of assaults and harassment by homeless "thugs" that required a new, unconstitutional law to stop it. I was pleasantly surprised to find a band playing from within a recessed entranceway. Their keyboardist was outside, sitting on a chair on the sidewalk (illegal). A group of passers-by stopped and listened, and some of them sat down as well (also illegal). When I sat down we had five (5) people blatantly violating the Sit/Lie law at 1:30pm in the afternoon:

Five musicians in an entranceway, one keyboardist on the sidewalk, with an open guitar case.

A woman leans over to pet a dog in the lap of one of three audience members seated on the sidewalk.

Perhaps, you might be saying, the police weren't been discriminatory in their enforcement of this law. They just happened not to be there when this crime occurred. Not so. I saw a beat cop approach, and was able to snap a shot before he disappeared into the distance, having not even paused at the gathering on the sidewalk:


This is the "discretion" San Francisco has given its police - this is the "tool" they "need". They apply the law selectively against homeless people, in blatant violation of the US Constitution.

2012/01/03

Chris Hedges on Occupy and the End of Empire

Brace yourself! It's three hours of Chris Hedges, but he pretty much lays it all out.

I wanted to highlight one part where he addresses a question from a viewer about white supremacy and white privilege, which he seems to have a very good handle on.



At about 1:32:25 in, @MelkiJRussell asks, "Can Chris talk about the issues a Black man might face saying the same thing he says to a white audience?" to which I think Hedges gave a great answer: