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Your mommy issues aren't a Revolution, dude. Mansplainers+snitchtaggers blocked. She/her
22 Jun
Twitter, it's Pride Month. And I am going to share one of my absolute favorite queer poems of the 17th century. Indeed, it's a big part of my screen name.

"To the Fair Clarinda, Imagined More Than Woman" by Aphra Behn (1/)
"TO THE FAIR CLARINDA
WHO MADE LOVE TO ME,
IMAGIN’D MORE THAN WOMAN
Fair lovely Maid, or if that Title be
Too weak, too Feminine for Nobler thee,
Permit a Name that more Approaches Truth:
And let me call thee, Lovely Charming Youth." (2/)
"This last will justifie my soft complainte,
While that may serve to lessen my constraint;
And without Blushes I the Youth persue,
When so much beauteous Woman is in view
Against thy Charms we struggle but in vain
With thy deluding Form thou giv’st us pain," (3/)
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22 Jun
The Cold War never ended; the Republicans just decided to surrender.
I think a lot of Americans have forgotten, or never learned, that the Cold War, as bad as it was (and IT REALLY REALLY WAS esp in terms of US fp meddling!) was at least ostensibly about democracy, not just capitalism. The Republicans cared mainly about the capitalism part, tho.
So of course they don't mind that the Kremlin still stands, blatantly, for anti-democracy, because they've embraced anti-democracy so thoroughly themselves. Putin's corrupt, authoritarian capitalist state, supported by a white Christian church is their dream state, really.
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20 Jun
If you think civil rights are "an opportunistic anti-Bernie gambit," then you're a racist, misogynistic, queerphobic, anti-disability nightmare.

Imagine thinking that Hillary Clinton's lifelong dedication to civil rights was some kind of cynical plot. This effing guy.
"I'm going to go undercover to investigate segregation academies, fight for disabled children to go to school, register minorities to vote, and take on putting brown and black kids in prison, ALL IN MY 20s, as a cynical ploy for future gain!" --Hillary Clinton, in Matt Y's world.
Say what you will about Hillary Clinton, her dedication to civil rights was very real and manifested in very concrete action from her college days forward. Her anti-rape work, her contributions to children's legal rights, her work with the LSC--she was on the path early on.
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12 Jun
There's a lot going on in this article, but it's striking how the informal code of silence enables abuse among the (allegedly) decentralized and non-hierarchal Southern Baptists just as much as the rigid hierarchy of Roman Catholicism does: washingtonpost.com/religion/2021/…
"With no pope or hierarchy and a democratic system of voting, its system is designed to protect its own leaders and the institution by generally not publicly criticizing one another." So much for soul freedom. Image
And that's also strikingly similar to the People of Praise culture that also enables sexual abuse and punishes survivors for speaking out that the WaPo published about yesterday:
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12 Jun
For the record, I'd like to see public university education in the US become financially accessible to everyone. Free tuition would be great, though not the only way to achieve this.
That said, what is the plan to deal with the outsize cost of certain collegiate athletics?
In most countries, there is nothing like the quasi-professional football and basketball run out of major public universities in the US. As an example, football at UGA in the last pre-Covid year: dawgnation.com/football/uga-r…
For reference, the University of Georgia's president has a total compensation package of over $900,000. The head football coach has a salary (just the salary, not total compensation) of over $6,900,000. See more coaches here: bizjournals.com/atlanta/news/2…
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11 Jun
Whew. This story about the group that Amy Coney Barrett belongs to is incredibly disturbing.

washingtonpost.com/investigations…
A couple of things jump out. "Women in the Facebook group recalled childhood warnings from parents and teachers that wearing revealing clothing would tempt the opposite sex. They were responsible for warding off sexual advances from men, the women said they were told."
That right there is classic victim-blaming, and although they are different groups, is functionally identical to the philosophy of the Bill Gothard IBLP stuff that the Duggars push. It's a huge invitation to sexual abusers.
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9 Jun
So what major media outlet will be the one to figure out the astroturfing that is driving these "grassroots" anti-CRT protests at local school board meetings?
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9 Jun
I've seen a lot of accounts complaining that they weren't taught about Tulsa and other race massacres in school.

Well, if you want accurate and inclusive history in schools, you'd better get down to your local school board meeting. The racists are there, and they're organized.
And I say this particularly to white folks. Make noise. Push back against this anti-CRT nonsense in legislatures and at school board meetings. Or the problem is only going to get worse.
Conservatives are *good* at this. And they're going to set back the teaching of accurate, inclusive history by many years unless there is pushback. School boards need to know/hear there's another side.
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9 Jun
One of the tragedies of our queer history is the way so many of our elders died of violence, depression-induced suicide, AIDS, or other causes related directly to our oppression.

It would be cool if younger queers let the survivors celebrate Pride however they want.
I totally get the impulse to bash "rainbow washing" and other corporate nonsense, but even I (a Gen X-er)am old enough to recall AIDS, gay panic defense, and queer stuff being total commercial anathema.

If elders want to celebrate Pride via rainbow commercialism, let 'em.
I'm not old enough to personally remember when queers were subjected to chemical waterboarding and other tortures as part of compulsory medical "treatment" but there are people alive who do.

And if their labels/pronouns/words aren't those of a younger generation... so what?
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9 Jun
In my freaking freshman year of undergrad encountered a nonwhite male prof who did this to multiple students while his trusting fiancee/wife, was out of town. At a small Midwestern liberal arts college where people talked.
He's got a cushy full prof job in New England now.
In my next year of undergrad learned of a white male prof who did this to male students, and another white dude w/ female students. That was just undergrad. At a small school.

Then grad school, hoo boy.
Some of my followers know about this. cbc.ca/news/canada/no…
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8 Jun
Imagine thinking this is an appropriate response to stories about professors blatantly sexually harassing students under the guise of "socializing."

Imagine having that little empathy for survivors.

White male privilege is a hell of a drug.
When we talk about "rape culture," this is one of the things we mean: dynamics that enable rape and other sexual abuse are normalized and defended. White men, slightly inconvenienced by having to be considerate about others, pouting re: "a moral panic about power dynamics."
We're talking about situations that lead survivors to flunk out of classes and potentially out of college. To have to avoid professors (and therefore all the classes they teach.)

We're talking about denying education to some students, largely female.
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7 Jun
Whew, Salon is Columbusing onto what feminist bloggers were writing about New Atheism a decade ago and it is.... a LOOK.
I'm not linking to that piece at Salon which "discovers" that Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Michael Sherman et al are problems, but here's a (literally) decade-old piece from Liss McEwan about Dawkins and his Elevatorgate and "Dear Muslima" garbage: shakesville.com/2011/07/point-…
And not all of the links work, but here's a roundup from Geek Feminism at the same time about those incidents which gives a sense of the many different people talking about this: geekfeminismdotorg.wordpress.com/2011/07/12/sex…
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6 May
A lot of things would be different if Jim-Bob Duggar had been treated from the outset like the dystopian Handmaid's Tale nightmare that he is, rather than some quirky, benevolent conserva-dad. I lived in AR when he ran for Senate. This wasn't secret:
defamer.gawker.com/duggar-dads-po…

His plan for abortion was to completely outlaw it, execute the rapist, force women to have their rapists' child, ensuring a supply of babies for adoptive parents. That's not stuff you give someone a tv gig for.
And when we learned he was espousing that platform while covering up his son's sexual abuse, it should have been game over. He has NDAs for adult family members. This is not cute, heartwarming, or quirky. Nothing about his malevolent control is. It's an abuse cult.
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30 Dec 20
I had such a good time talking about Wonder Woman history with @SER1897 and @doctor_eon I scanned some panels from comics that I'm pretty sure are inspiration for the look and feel of @PattyJenks WW84. So here's a thread!
The above and subsequent panels from WW 223 are from 1976. Writer Martin Pasko, artist Jose Delbo. A great example of WW using powers that DO NOT INVOLVE AN EFFING SWORD, ahem. :)
From the same comic. It was ordinary forWW to swing in using her lasso.
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28 Dec 20
OK! I'm going to re-watch Superman 1978 for the first time in IDK, 20 years? #SUPES78
Observation: These opening credits are sooo influenced by Star Wars. Also Trevor Howard is in this--and he is directly referenced in the 70s WW comics when resurrected Steve Trevor re-names himself Trevor Howard. Hmmm! #SUPES78 #WW84
Opening close-up on icy-looking city giving way to Jor-El announcing "undeniable fact" against criminals. Which are also kinda sexist. Why is only the lady accused of "perversions"? Anyway, bad people trying to overthrow Krypton. #SUPES78
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28 Dec 20
While we're talking about white men committing terroristic violence, how about the "random act" in Illinois? google.com/amp/s/www.cbsn…
When I walk into a room and forget why I'm there and decide to read the newspaper instead, THAT is a "random" act. You don't randomly get a gun and kill people. Unless you're a white man, apparently.
It's one thing to say the motive is unclear at this time. But it's not okay to pretend that white men are just prone to occasional random malfunction that leaves people dead, like a tornado or something.
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27 Dec 20
I'm going to tweet a quick thread about the unseen villain in WW1984, who really drives the story despite never appearing onscreen. Light spoilers only. Meet the Duke of Deception, one of the first villains in Wonder Woman. Image
He was introduced in 1942. The WW II setting was important; WW's creator Marston was a psychologist using mythology and comics to get at the problems of his then-current world. So the god of War, Mars, did his work with the aid of Conquest, Greed, and Deception, each personified.
I appreciate that Jenkins picked up on this history; it's a neat follow-up to the first movie, where the spirit of War, as Ares/Mars, was the main villain. Here he is w/ the 3 henchmen in 1942 (notice Lord Conquest gloating over controlling Hitler). Deception is on the end. Image
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13 Dec 20
The NYT story about Dr. Jill Biden and Mr. Whoeverthe Fuckeheis manages to give the impression that academics appropriated the title "doctor" from physicians, when in fact it's the other way around, historically.
It's a Latin term borrowed into English (probably via French) and the root word means "teacher," so claiming it's inappropriate for a Doctor of Education to use the term is some especially rich mansplaining nonsense.
The original "doctors" as the term was used in English were learned in religion, and licensed to teach religion but it came to apply to a wider range of knowledge, including knowledge of medicine and other academic topics, by 1400.
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20 Aug 20
Scenes from a USG university this week: 1. being told there is no procedure for faculty who are informed that a student has been exposed to Covid-19 or tested positive. No procedure. (thread)
Scenes from a USG university this week: 2. Potentially infected employees are supposed to contact HR, and HR (not a physician) makes the call as to whether the employee goes back to work while test results are pending. (HR advises said employee to return. Supervisor overrules.)
Scenes from a USG university this week: 3. Sympathetic HR staffer low-key admits to a potentially infected employee that the university is not going to be forthcoming about numbers, so apply for telework if you at all can.
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12 Jul 20
Wow, @learnfreckle sure has some racist trash material in its social studies. "How much of the world was explored by 1482?" You mean, by non-white people? MOST OF IT.
More crap from @learnfreckle which is ridiculously biased. It's 1482--most of Western Europe was "dominated by the Catholic Church." The materials are ridiculously biased towards a British Protestant-centric worldview, like something from the 50s.
Then there's this little gem of a study question from @learnfreckle that makes me wonder if the United Daughters of Confederacy wrote their material.
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6 Jun 20
In case you're wondering why Bernie Sanders is mainly tweeting about the economy and has a hard time saying "black lives matter," I present you with his long love affair with police unions.
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