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asleep at mal 9/09
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wow - lets kick my anger into overdrive shall we? 
10/22/09 15:05
asleep at mal 9/09
i am absolutely disgusted that "the land of the free" where "all men are created equal" is this broken

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/21/insurance-companies-rape-_n_328708.html
- being raped is a pre-existing condition and more from rm here http://rm.livejournal.com/1734549.html

and i think i posted this article in a tweet, but i've been reading some of the responses too - good stuff, scary stuff, infuriating stuff
http://kateharding.net/2009/10/08/guest-blogger-starling-schrodinger%E2%80%99s-rapist-or-a-guy%E2%80%99s-guide-to-approaching-strange-women-without-being-maced/

i am sorry if any/all of this offends you, but as i said in a response to someone (white, male, burner) - just because you think you haven't seen this or experienced it personally doesn't make the discrimination, harassment, assault, etc of women (or poc, gay, trans, differently abled, or any other minority) not exist; it just shows that either you're not paying attention or you are part of the problem (at a minimum by letting your friends, family, coworkers, etc get away with telling sexist, racist, and/or ablist jokes, wolf whistling at women, calling someone a fag or a cunt or a dyke without consequence)


and i'll end with this (hey - maybe you can help make things a bit better - and please, these ideas usually apply to any type of discrimination or harassment): http://fugitivus.wordpress.com/stuff-what-boys-can-do/
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10/23/09 4:59 (UTC)
I really like the Schrodinger's Rapist piece. I know that I do not worry about being attacked as often or as seriously as a lot of women seem to (including the author) but I really do not like to be hit on when I'm just at a store trying to buy toilet paper, or 'accidentally' groped when I go to a club and it's good to see that kind of thing addressed so well. I never really thought about the casual interruptions of various mundane activities in that way (as a guy asserting that his desires trump my comfort levels), and now I probably will.

Thank you for sharing!
And happy birthday - I hope you found some pleasant things to read too!