White Shame

A thought-provoking peice from Alex Forshaw….

My Autistic Dance

My culture is one
Where people
Who look like me
Can stand fearlessly
And express hatred
Of people who look different.

My culture is one
Where terrorists
Are always “them”
And never “us”.

My culture is one
Where freedom
Means the freedom
To oppress and abuse
Anyone different.

My culture is one
Where laws pay lip service
To illusory equality
While turning a blind eye
To casual prejudice.

My culture is one
Where my membership
By virtue of my skin
Brings me shame
Of association.

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Is the Media Brave?

Challenging Journeys (Phase 2)

So, Hadley Freeman wrote this piece.

Yesterday I submitted my first piece to the Guardian’s Comment is Free section – no idea whether they’ll publish it or not. It was ostensibly about Julie Burchill’s latest rant against trans women based on the media portrayal of Caitlyn Jenner, but actually, it was about how the media decides which voices to broadcast and which narratives are acceptable.

Hadley’s piece will attract opprobrium from the usual quarters too, largely because it will be read in terms of “why should we treat trans women as women?”, probably because the headline frames it that way. I’m not sure if Hadley’s piece actually says that, but she does repeat the standard cry that trans identities should be open to debate.

The issue I have is with the terms of that debate. Those societies which have been shaped by the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam)…

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Shhhh, She might be there…

I paid a visit to Cathy Brennan’s site tonight. It was somewhat quiet. It used to be noisy. people popping in and out.  I shouted at her on Twitter. No response. Yet when I insulted her two years ago, she was there and I had call on some friends to help defend me. (You know who you are and I  love you all).

Yet, tonight, it felt like a bad nightclub. Even the look of the site made me feel like I’d stumbled on a Two-for-One on-lone special.

Her previous site was a bit intimidating. I don’t mind admitting. Dark from the top to a light bottom. I have to admit to using TOR to visit it. Now? I would not give it the time of day.

Sorry Cathy.