rape and domestic violence are hate crimes against women. i'm not saying women are the only victims of these types of violence but when this type of violence is perpetrated by men against women (as is constantly happening) it IS a hate crime. often men will even use misogynist slurs (slut, bitch) while they are perpetrating this violence. yet this violence is never tried and convicted under hate crime legislation.
if they (the team of doctors who assign gender in ever hospital) deem you “too small” to be a boy, but “too big” to be a girl, they cut off part of the phallus to make you a “real girl” which is basically genital mutilation. they cut off lots of nerve endings and these girls can never achieve an orgasm in some cases. Some of these babies are just plain intersexed and grow up with an understandable amount of gender dysphoria because they weren’t born just a girl. they had a phallus.
another aspect of this is that the thought is “it’s easy to be a girl” but you have to meet certain expectations to be a boy. there’s a great essay on the whole sordid ordeal called Hermaphrodites with Attitude. it’s the best thing since sliced fuckin bread.
That’s the FIRST thing that went through my head when I looked at that; I know I’ve heard multiple stories saying exactly what you’re saying so I’ve been looking up some because I want to make a post about it. We medically sex-police and socially gender-police….. This western world is so appalling so often. Thank you so much for the essay title; I really look forward to reading it.
My mind is reeling… what horrible boxes we’ve created for ourselves.
President Obama believes that advancing the human rights of minorities and the marginalized is a fundamental American value. The President was pleased to announce during his trip to Brazil that he and President Rousseff agreed to promote respect for the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals through the establishment of a special rapporteur on LGBT issues at the Organization of American States. This special rapporteur will be the first of its kind in the international system.
I know! They should be talking about makeup or clothes or something.
Oh don’t worry, you don’t sound a little sexist.
Women are such a drag.
Status 1: I’m not sexist … but hearing girls talk about football is just plain weird.
Status 2: I’m sorry to sound a little sexist, but unless they were very very very very very scripted, women should not cut promos in wrestling … every other word I just heard was either skank, slut, bitches, or whore. I’ll take David Arquette as world champion over Jersey Shore skanks on my wrestling show.
Status 3: Not being sexist but WARNING WARNING: Women close your eyes and throw on your ear muffs cause some of you may hate on this and or your boyfriends … GENTLEMEN, ASSEMBLLLLLEEEE! IT’S FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT TIME!!!! AAAAAHH!!
“They should have fired them all - and then one lil old woman gets up and has to protect her? No, they all need to pay. The people, McDonalds… nah, nah, nah! I’m saying, I can’t even eat without ending up in an ambulance because you don’t like something about me? And no one is going to help? Nah, You’re GOING to pay me! They all need to pay. Poor girl.”— My mother, while we’re chatting about the transgender woman who was beaten at McDonalds. (via peecharrific)
Neutral Milk Hotel - “In The Aeroplane Over The Sea”
What a beautiful face I have found in this place that is circling all round the sun what a beautiful dream that could flash on the screen in a blink of an eye and be gone from me soft and sweet let me hold it close and keep it here with me and one day we will die and our ashes will fly from the aeroplane over the sea
Some days are ones where you have to listen to this song 10 times in a row. Dont judge me.
Carol Burnett’s parents were alcoholics, and her earliest memories are of their screaming, drunken fights. Her father abandoned the family when she was eight, and she and her mother moved in with Burnett’s loving but eccentric maternal grandmother, a hypochondriac subject to “hissy fits.” Burnett’s mother soon faded from the family into the bottle, leaving Burnett to be raised by her grandmother. They became very close, and Burnett’s famous “ear-tug” gesture, offered at the end of all her live performances and on her famous TV series, began as a silent signal to her grandmother, meaning “Everything is OK.”
She started in show business as an occasional stage actress, sometimes nightclub singer, and more often a hatcheck girl. After a few years barely making ends meet, 22-year-old Burnett first appeared on television in 1955, playing the dummy’s romantic interest in 13 episodes of The Paul Winchell and Jerry Mahoney Show, a kids’ program that aired on Saturday mornings (Winchell was a ventriloquist, Mahoney was his dummy). At 23, she was cast as Buddy Hackett’s girlfriend on Stanley, a NBC prime time sitcom set among workers at a hotel’s newsstand, and written by Neil Simon and Woody Allen, among others. At 23½, she found herself unemployed when the program was cancelled, and for a time she worked as an usher at a Hollywood movie theater.
Burnett bounced back with a parody pop song, “I Made a Fool of Myself Over John Foster Dulles,” confessing her love for the utterly unsexy, 68-year-old Secretary of State who is now best remembered as the namesake for Dulles Airport outside Washington DC. The song became a minor pop hit after Burnett sang it on Jack Paar’s Tonight Show in 1957.
After that, she was a frequent panelist on the game show Pantomime Quiz. In 1959, she joined the ensemble cast of The Garry Moore Show, a popular comedy-variety hour, while concurrently starring on Broadway in the musical-comedy Once Upon a Mattress, based on the children’s story The Princess and the Pea. In a memorable Twilight Zone, she played a klutzy but contented single woman offered a life of glamour by her guardian angel. She had a recurring role as a tough female Marine inGomer Pyle U.S.M.C., becoming good friends with its star Jim Nabors, who was later her traditional first guest every season on her variety show. Burnett appeared in several episodes of her friend Lucille Ball’s The Lucy Show, and she was a regular on the mid-1960s variety show The Entertainers with Art Buchwald and Bob Newhart. After that show ended, Ball offered to produce a sitcom for her, but Burnett declined, fearing she might feel stifled playing the same character week after week.
Instead, Burnett and her husband, producer Joe Hamilton, crafted a variety hour around her talents.The Carol Burnett Show premiered in 1967, ran for eleven years and won 22 Emmys. Recurring sketches included the tight-skirted secretary Mrs. Wiggins, the Southern-fried bitch Eunice of Mama’s Family (later spun off to its own sitcom), and the bad actress star of the soap opera parody As the Stomach Turns. There were also spoofs of classic movies, most memorably Burnett as Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind, wearing a dress made from the drapes — complete with curtain rod (the dress was maniacally designed by Bob Mackie). For no particular reason, she would occasionally belt out a Tarzan yell, and at some point in every show Burnett would take questions from the audience, usually coming up with an answer that was either heartwarming or hilarious.
Burnett had perfect chemistry with her supporting cast, Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, and Lyle Waggoner, and through the show’s first seven seasons there were no cast changes. When Waggoner left he was replaced with Tim Conway for the eighth and subsequent seasons. The show was always funny but never mean or risqué, and in an era with only three channels, audiences of all ages tuned in to see what wacky skits Burnett would perform each week. On video, The Carol Burnett Show has been repackaged as Carol Burnett & Friends, and unlike some alleged comedy classics, no-one who rents the videos could possibly be disappointed.
She worked occasionally in feature films, including Noises Off with Michael Caine, Robert Altman’s A Wedding, and The Four Seasons with Alan Alda. Her best TV films include the Vietnam survivors’ drama Friendly Fire, Eunice (the pilot for Mama’s Family), and three separate TV adaptations of her Broadway hit Once Upon a Mattress in 1964, 1972, and 2005.
In 1986 she starred in Fresno, a six-hour mini-series spoofing Dallas and Dynasty, with Burnett as Fresno’s hard-drinking raisin matriarch Charlotte Kensington. With Charles Grodin, Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman, and Gregory Harrison, it was funny to the finish, but has never been released on video in America.
In 1990 she starred in Carol & Company with Jeremy Piven and Peter Krause, an anthology series with a half-hour comedy skit each week, but it was quickly cancelled. In 1991 she revived her Carol Burnett Show in name and format but with a new supporting cast. It was funny, but drew poor ratings and was cancelled after less than two months. Later in the 1990s, she played Helen Hunt’s mother onMad About You.
Her second husband, Joe Hamilton, had been a jazz musician, but after marrying Burnett he produced most of her starring projects. Their daughter, Carrie Hamilton, had highly-publicized drug problems, and became an actress, starring in the TV movie Hostage with Burnett and in touring productions ofRent, before dying of lung cancer in 2002. Another daughter, Erin Hamilton, has had several hits on the dance charts, including covers of “Dream Weaver” and Cheap Trick’s “The Flame.” Erin Hamilton is an out lesbian.
Burnett sued the National Enquirer in 1981, after the tabloid falsely reported that she had been in a drunken argument with Henry Kissinger in a Washington restaurant. Burnett won the case, and was awarded several hundred thousand dollars. She donated the money to charity.
By virtually all accounts, the good-natured wise-cracking Burnett seen on her variety show was the real Carol Burnett. Her beloved grandmother, Mae Eudora Jones White, died in 1967 at the age of 82, but Burnett never stopped tugging her ear at the end of every episode. In the show’s third season, Burnett received a résumé from a 10-year-old fan who wanted a career in comedy —Jim Carrey, who received a long, personal letter of encouragement from Burnett. When she received her star on Hollywood Boulevard, Burnett had it placed in front of the theater where she had been an usher. And in 1989, when Burnett’s friend Lucille Ball died suddenly on Burnett’s birthday, Burnett received a bouquet from Ball several hours after hearing the sad news — Ball had ordered the flowers in advance for Burnett’s birthday.
Hamilton, her husband, wrote the theme song for The Carol Burnett Show, which she sang at the end of every episode. “I’m so glad we had this time together, just to have a laugh or sing a song, seems we just get started and before you know it, comes the time we have to say, ‘So long.’” And then Burnett would wave and shout, “Good night, everybody.”
“I am learning to understand rather than immediately judge or to be judged. I cannot blindly follow the crowd and accept their approach. I will not allow myself to indulge in the usual manipulating game of role creation. Fortunately for me, my self-knowledge has transcended that and I have come to understand that life is best to be lived and not to be conceptualized. I am happy because I am growing daily and I am honestly not knowing where the limit lies. To be certain, every day there can be a revelation or a new discovery. I treasure the memory of the past misfortunes. It has added more to my bank of fortitude.”—Bruce Lee (via oceanofmind)
“Sometimes, struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If we were to go through our life without any obstacles, we would be crippled. We would not be as strong as what we could have been. Give every opportunity a chance, leave no room for regrets.”—(via starrlitlove)
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle.”—Frederick Douglass (via brandibates)