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Queer in the San Fernando Valley

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Gay Marriage: What the FUCK!? by Sue-Ann Post

Let me say up front that as someone who has been ‘out’ as a lesbian for 27 years, I just don’t get this push for gay marriage. I don’t understand why it has become a headline issue in the push for equal human rights, especially when our rights in other areas are being slowly eroded by some state governments. In the ‘80s we fought for the right to be different. Now it seems that we’re fighting for the right to be the same. I don’t get it.

Having our relationships recognised as valid and legal is one thing, but why on earth go as far as wanting to get married? I’m not the only one who thinks this way. One of the saddest things I’ve seen at a Pride March was two years ago where a lone, brave man carried a sign saying, ‘I don’t want to get married. Do I still belong?’ I have two major problems with marriage, gay or straight. For starters, marriage is the ultimate symbol of monogamy and I’m not monogamous. Even if my brain suddenly exploded and I decided that I wanted to get married, which of my girlfriends should I marry and which should I leave swinging in the wind? More importantly, I think of marriage as a pitiful, mediaeval relic of an institution with a 50% failure rate that requires people to make completely unrealistic promises. When the marriage vows were written, average life expectancy was 35. Even with the best of intentions, the framers of marriage could never have expected that a bond of lifelong monogamy could end up lasting for 30, 40 or 50 years. Even they might have baulked at that prospect.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Gavin Newsom does not understand Patents.

Today Lt.Gov. Gavin Newsom released a report titled "AN ECONOMIC GROWTH AND COMPETITIVENESS AGENDA FOR CALIFORNIA." In it he outlines a plan that will get rid of redundant regulations and other obstacles for new business.

I liked the idea, but looking at the actual report I was stunned by the 6th page. He is using the huge amount of patents as an example of the innovation in our state. I'm willing to bet that most of those patents are practical duplicates of another. There is a huge problem with patents at the moment. Most concern software and programming. None of them actually have code attached to them. If he thinks those patents can create more jobs if we lessen regulations he is dead wrong. Those patents were filed for the sole reason of making money through litigation. Shell companies have been set up just so they can milk startups with bogus patent lawsuits. Nothing in his report mentions the number of fraudulent patents being filed today.


Friday, July 22, 2011

Obama on Religious Hiring practices

Today at a town hall meeting at the Uni. of Maryland Obama dogged a question about tax-payer funding of religious organizations. The question was 'What would you say to a woman who has been denied employment because of her religion or lack of religious beliefs by a taxpayer-funded organization?' Instead of addressing tax payer funding of religious organizations he focused on the privilege of religious organizations to choose who they hire, regardless of their funding sources. He only said he 'worked closely' with these organizations to influence their hiring practices and what that means I really have no idea.

via Friendly Atheist

Sunday, June 26, 2011

"One does not get better but different and older and that is always a pleasure." -Gertrude Stein (in a letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Recent Against Equality Radio Interviews

Here are some good radio interviews this month from Yasmin Nair and Ryan Conrad, co-founders of Against Equality:

Ryan Conrad on "Justice or Just Us" talking about the "Against Equality: A Queer Critic of Gay Marriage" book. As well a good discussion about queer politics, touching on many issues. http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/635/against_equality.mp3

Yasmin Nair on WBEZ91.5 (Chicago Public Media) discussing her opinions about marriage equality and how it distracts from real change. http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-01/critique-same-sex-marriage-within-gay-community-87269

Jok Church: A circle of caring

Beautiful message. (The bow tie is a nice touch. And that's definitely a Jolly Roger handkerchief.)

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