This isn't so much a punchline. Rall is a favorite target of righty hate - if you're unfamiliar (and interested in becoming familiar), wikipedia has a bit of a history lesson and lots of links. Via Raznor.
Joe came home around 5 pm to find a handwritten note left on a wall shelf in our bathroom. Conspicuously displayed across from the toilet, the piece of scrap cardboard from a tile box read "REPENT! For His sake please." The words "repent for His sake" were underlined in pencil.
If you've been waiting for that thoughtful, non-fawning Brokeback backlash analysis, Jill just posted it on Feministe. Go read now.
Here, we see the connection that the right wing makes between gay men
and women. Gay men are problematic because they’re woman-like, and
women are problematic because they’re women. Homosexuality in and of
itself isn’t really the issue. The problem is with men choosing to be,
in this view, “feminized.” I’ve long believed that homosexuality
wouldn’t be an issue if we lived in a sexually egalitarian society — if
men and women have equal rights, equal value and equal standing in
society, why would it be better for a man to be with a woman and a
woman to be with a man?
But haven't we all? This hegemony hack courtesy of protesters at the "Love Won Out" ex-gay circle jerk in St. Louis this weekend. (Come on homo-hating homos, don't you read Andy Sullivan? Homosex=love). Lots more coverage at towleroad.
I'm among the lucky minority of Brooklynites who live within a reasonable distance from a park (a very lovely park just a block away in fact). Brooklyn is (of course) the best place to live in NYC, but I think I'd have a very different take on that cliche if I were living with the tree-starved majority. Which makes the rendering above so much more maddening. In a city with so little green space - and a borough with nearly no access to its miles and miles of water front - can there be anything more asinine than a waterfront parking lot?! Lots of coverage on Curbed, if less outrage...
Queer Arabs reports that gay porn is the latest trend in torture at Guantanamo:
Last evening I went to observe an interview of __ with __. The
adjoining room, observable from the monitoring booth, was occupied by 2
DHS investigators showing a detainee homosexual porn movies and using a
strobe light in the room. We moved our interview to a different room!
We've heard that DHS interrogators routinely identify themselves as FBI
Agents and then interrogate a detainee for 16-18 hours using tactics as
described above and others (wrapping in Israeli flag, constant loud
music, cranking the A/C down, etc). The next time a real Agent tries to
talk to that guy, you can imagine the result.
With odds showing Felicity Huffman in the race to win an oscar for her role in Transamerica it seems like as good a time as any to pull out this dead horse and beat it with some great quotes from Feministe. (it's a great thread that you should check out in it's entirety - I'm just pulling quotes relevant to Transamerica for easy digestion). I know it breaks taboo to be down on the latest queer film - we're supposed to pile on support to keep these thing coming, but I can't help it that Jesus made me so damned critical. First, new Feministe blogger Piny:
It was like watching a madcap romantic comedy about a transman’s
hilariously ill-starred attempts to get to the post office and retrieve
his mail-order penis in time for his wedding...
You introduce a tranny in the first act, there’s gotta be a vicious assault by the third.
It was disheartening to see a movie that accepted totally uncritically
the idea that a transperson’s life can–or should–be divided in a
straightforward way between Before and After. Bree deserved better
treatment than that.
Duncan Tucker made a lot of concessions to the contrivance of dramatic arch that trivialize the trans experience in this film. Commenter StacyM articulates another stereotype the film relied on that I missed entirely:
There is a stereotype that pops up now and again that portrays
transsexuals as dishonest, deceptive people. (I suppose that this stems
from the prejudicial notion that we are not truly the gender/sex that
we claim to be.) I worry that this movie, on some level, will play into
this stereotype. While the movie resolves this issue in a fairly humane
fashion, I still worry about it.
Really just saddens me. The more I think and read about this film - which is being hailed as some kind of monumental leap forward in trans representation - the less I like it. It might be a sympathetic representation, but it carries so much hegemonic baggage that I wonder if it really matters? Is it laughing at or with it's trans protagonist? Is it trying to play the audience so that you could either laugh at or with, depending on your point of view? Again, this is asking a lot of one film, but with so few images out there, I think this film has more responsibility than the makers want it to...