Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act?

So if you live anywhere in the United States you have certainly heard about this bill that was passed literally in the cover of night yesterday.

At around 9pm last night North Carolina governor Pat Mcrory signed House Bill 2 into law after it passed through the House of Representatives in a special session (meaning they pretty much held a session for the sole purpose of getting this law passed). What is House Bill 2 you ask? Sit back, this is not good. (I'm quoting text from this link to the exact wording.)

The lead text of the bill states:
AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR SINGLE-SEX MULTIPLE OCCUPANCY BATHROOM AND CHANGING FACILITIES IN SCHOOLS AND PUBLIC AGENCIES AND TO CREATE STATEWIDE CONSISTENCY IN REGULATION OF EMPLOYMENT AND PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS.
 "Providing" for single-sex multiple occupancy as if they were endanger of being wiped out. Like cities, schools, and public sites were just going to start changing every bathroom in sight to co-ed bathrooms. I guess they were worried about North Carolina becoming one giant mixed gender college dorm or something.

Here is how it defines sex:
Biological sex. – The physical condition of being male or female, which is stated on a person's birth certificate.
In short your birth certificate overrides any changes you have made through personal decisions and self discovery.

In regards to schools:
Single-Sex Multiple Occupancy Bathroom and Changing Facilities. – Local boards of education shall require every multiple occupancy bathroom or changing facility that is designated for student use to be designated for and used only by students based on their biological sex.
That means that the board of education that governs any and all schools must designate every multiple occupancy bathroom and changing facility that is meant for student use as being either for males or females, based on your birth certificate.

Now there is one useful bit:
Accommodations Permitted. – Nothing in this section shall prohibit local boards of education from providing accommodations such as single occupancy bathroom or changing facilities or controlled use of faculty facilities upon a request due to special circumstances, but in no event shall that accommodation result in the local boards of education allowing a student to use a multiple occupancy bathroom or changing facility designated under subsection (b) of this section for a sex other than the student's biological sex.
Meaning that boards of education can provide single occupancy bathrooms and changing facilities, but they are explicitly not allowed for it to become a multiple occupancy. There is also similar language towards state government facilities. But probably the scariest part is this:
The provisions of this Article supersede and preempt any ordinance, regulation, resolution, or policy adopted or imposed by a unit of local government or other political subdivision of the State that regulates or imposes any requirement upon an employer pertaining to compensation of employees, such as the wage levels of employees, hours of labor, payment of earned wages, benefits, leave, or well-being of minors in the workforce.
In short even if local government has passed some measure to provide for spaces that allow transgender people to use the bathroom of the sex they identify with, this House Bill 2 overrides it. It might be worth mentioning that the city of Charlotte had such a measure coming into effect this coming April 1st. And it's also worth mentioning that governor Pat Mcrory used to be the mayor of Charlotte before becoming governor.

This is bad. Real bad.

There is genuinely no reason to put this bill through other than transphobia. Seriously what other reason is there to put this into law? To stop transgender people from using certain bathrooms. Bigotry plan and simple. No ones privacy was in danger. No ones security was in danger.

I looked up my state government site to see if my rep voted for it and thankfully she didn't, especially since she just took office barely a week ago. But in case you are from NC and are reading this here's a few links.

You can go to this link to see what district you are in and see who your representative is it.

Next you can to this link to see how your representative voted.

And if you find that your representative voted for it, then the final step is to SPEAK UP.

Call them. Write them. Email them. Let them know that they have just supported a measure that does absolutely nothing besides.

And then tell governor Mcrory about himself.

This can't stand people. This cannot be allowed to stand.


Friday, November 6, 2015

Barely felt like it was my birthday today...

So I'm sure you've noticed that it's been a good while since I last posted and even longer since I was posting regularly.

Frankly a lot has been going on.

My job has been pretty draining and I still haven't quite adjusted. And it doesn't help that my work day was suddenly changed from 6a-3p to 8a-5p. Yes its only a 2 hour shift but that 2 hours means that I now have to deal with actual traffic when go to work and come home from work. Big change.

An aunt that helped me out a lot when my mom died passed away a few months ago. Hell her funeral was the first time I've cried a tear in over ten years.

I've slowly faded away from the gender discourse and have gotten back into gaming a bit. In fact some friends of mine got me a Hyrule Edition new 3DS XL for my birthday and I'm transferring data from my original 3DS XL as we speak. Interesting thing is I'm now on my second 3DS and I didn't buy either one. First one was bought by my girl.....oh yeah.

I got fucking married last week.

Yes been dating her 3 years and been living together for 2. She's helped me in my darkest hours and I know I want her there for my brightest hours. We actually got married on Halloween last Saturday. Even have a new nervous twitch that involves twisting my wedding ring (first piece of jewelry I've worn since I stopped wearing my high school ring almost 15 years ago.

So yeah that's when I've been up to.

When will I be back to posting? I'm honestly not sure. But when I do I'll let you know.

Stay frosty people.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

So why only one charge?

I'm sure you've already seen it but in case you haven't video evidence has come up of Florida State University quarterback De'Andre Johnson getting into an argument with a woman at a bar.

After the two bumped into each other they exchanged words and those words culminated in the woman punching Johnson after which Johnson punched her back.

Now of course violence is wrong and we should avoid it when possible. But this is not a perfect world so it does happen.

With that in mind I don't support violence but at the same time I can't help but notice the resulting outcome.

Johnson has been charged with battery, indefinitely suspended from the football team and according to his attorney, "He is currently participating in community service, and faith-based programs focused on battered women, substance abuse, and the empowerment of children.". 

The woman.......yeah.......

There is no question that Johnson played a part in this and has to be held accountable and responsible for the role he played and he certainly went overboard in his response. However my questions are the same.

If "violence is wrong, no matter the gender" as people say then why is it when a man and woman are mutually violent only the man is held responsible?

If "violence is wrong, no matter the gender" as people say then why is it when a man and woman are mutually violent the story is almost always retold as "man hits woman"?

If "violence is wrong, no matter the gender" as people say then why is it when a man and woman are mutually violent the woman is treated as a totally innocent victim?

Spare me the attempts at saying I support violence against women because I don't. What I want to know is if violence is bad all about why is it that only men are held responsible for it.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Burying it deeper and deeper...

So Axe deodorant appears to be at it again.

If you've ever seen an ad for Axe then you've most likely seen a desperate appeal to traditional masculinity. You know the "you're only it for sex with women" motivation that seems to be the only reason a man would clean his body type of masculinity. Convince boys and men that if they hope to have any sort of sexual contact with women they must buy Axe products.

Well there was that one time during the 2014 Super Bowl but that is a distant memory it seems.



This time they have released an ad with a picture of a woman trying on bikinis with a guy sitting in a chair with brown hair and two blonde braids with the caption:
"If you help her choose the clothes someone else will tear, she's seeing you with braids"
At the bottom there's the line, "Stop being a friend and start being a man." and there is even a www.menwithbraids.com.mx (thankfully its not an actual site) URL.

Its 2015 and we still have companies selling products to men on the premise of it getting them sexual attention with women?

Its 2015 and we still believe that a male has to be either a man or a friend to women?

Its 2015 and we still tell a guy that if he isn't trying to get with a woman, he is a woman?
This is all wrong. This is the kind of stuff that supports that nasty mentality that if a guy acts a certain way and uses certain products he will be romantically successful and to do otherwise means to be a failure at manhood.

That kind of thinking leads to pain. Pain for everyone involved but mainly for the guys that will be led astray by it.

Methods of advertising that depends on old and dangerous gender roles need to die.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Domestic Violence Pop Quiz

1. When the video of Ray Rice knocking Janay out was made public what was your initial reaction?

Most people expressed outrage and precious few tried to say he was justified.

2. Ray J's girlfriend, Princess Love, has been arrested for allegedly beating him so badly she cracked three ribs and tore his ACL. What's your initial reaction?

Are you upset that a man was beaten up by his lover?

Are you upset that a woman committed an act of violence against her lover?

Are you wanting to know what Ray J was doing (in hopes of figuring out "what did he to do make her attack him")?

Are you ready to call for whatever company or industry she works in to kick her out on butt?

I think it goes without saying that if she did attack him she needs to be held responsible for her actions and needs to learn not to be so violent and most importantly Ray J needs whatever help he can get to make sure this doesn't happen again.

But more importantly, what was your first thought after reading about this?

Sound off in the comments!

(Also tip of my Fro to Mark Greene)