#todayin: misogyny: on their back: Tyson Fury, sex and violence (from @jembloomfield)

feminism - breath of violence (art piece)

Here’s a post from Jem Bloomfield on Tyson Fury’s recent comments. You’ve all heard them: the devil and abortion, homosexuality and pedophilia (and the crossovers therein, apparently), and a woman’s place on her back, in the kitchen, and wherever else he thinks she should be. Fury’s certainly vile and make no mistake but Bloomfield argues that his misogynistic and homophobic views are […]

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Many Russias: Sochi’s Absurdist Olympics

Many Russias: Sochi’s Absurdist Olympics On 7 February, the world will witness one of the most absurdist events in its history: the Winter Olympic Games will be hosted in notoriously cold Russia, but in its warmest geographic point – the summer resort area in subtropical Sochi. This absurdity, however, is part of the everyday lives of the Russian citizens. Imagine Russian […]

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Girls’: Lesbians in Russia

‘Girls’: Lesbians in Russia (feministtimes.com) The photo series ’Girls’ was made in response to the Russian federal law banning ‘propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations’. Since the legislative ban on gay propaganda, the attitude of Russian society has worsened towards lesbians. An assertion that lesbianism is dangerous to children, anti-Russian, and a Western influence is imposed widely. It leads to an increase […]

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Crisis in South Africa: The shocking practice of ‘corrective rape’ – aimed at ‘curing’ lesbians

The prevalence is unknown though “one support group in Cape Town told ActionAid researchers in 2009 they deal with 10 new cases every week.” On the independent: Mvuleni Fana was walking down a quiet alleyway in Springs – 30 miles east of Johannesburg – on her way home from football practice one evening when four men surrounded her and dragged […]

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California Outlaws Therapy To “Cure” Homosexuality In Kids

California is now the first state to outlaw “conversion therapy” — treatments intended to “cure” homosexuality — when practiced on minors. (You can read the bill here). The future of the bill is up in the air, since several right-wing groups are saying they will sue to have the law overturned. [Read more: amptoons] Related: California bans ‘conversion’ therapy for gay teens (todayonline.com) Calif. […]

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The New Gay Marriage Map (US)

Gay rights advocates won five major victories across the United States yesterday. Wisconsin elected America’s first openly gay Senator, Democrat Tammy Baldwin. Maryland voted to affirm a same-sex marriage act the state legislature approved earlier this year. Ballots are still coming in, but Washington is expected to approve a similar measure. In Maine, voters approved gay marriage by popular vote, making it […]

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Same-Sex Marriage Support Up Among Basically Everyone

Republicans have been trying to use same-sex marriage as a wedge issue to secure more votes from Latino Americans — a group that the GOP has actively marginalized because of the GOP’s general racism and anti-immigrant policies — assuming that Latinos tend to be more religious and socially conservative than many other voting blocs. Well, whoops: It turns out that […]

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Nick Griffin’s tweets and the limits of free speech

[…] Regardless of whether people visit this house or not, this controversy will unfold in a particularly frustrating manner. Griffin has already begun to complain that he is a free speech martyr, the victim of hypocrisy, denied free speech yet again. But that is not what is going on here. The tweets are unacceptable not because he is a misguided […]

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NoHomophobes.com – tracking homophobic language on twitter

NoHomophobes.com Look at how quickly those trackers rise.  And, beautifully, the tweeters are being named and shamed. Related: NoHomophobes Site Exposes Homophobic Tweets in Real-Time (mashable.com) Counting casual homophobia real-time #NoHomophobes (osocio.org) Twitter Homophobes, You’re on Watch. Not That You Care. [Homophobia] (jezebel.com) The Alarming Use Of Homophobic Language On Twitter (buzzfeed.com) ‘Faggot’ Used on Twitter More Than 15 Million […]

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How My Church Tried to Make Me Hate Gay People

[Trigger warning] The following post contains frank descriptions of the hate speech against LGBTQ people that my church used to inculcate fear and contempt in its youth. It’s probably not something you want to read if you’re already having a bad day. I have decided to write about homophobia for two reasons: first, to demonstrate the falsity of fundamentalist rhetoric […]

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Homophobia is still rife in UK prisons

Despite moves in recent years towards eradicating discrimination against prisoners on the grounds of race or religion, the challenges facing gay men in prison have still not been addressed sufficiently by the prison service. A letter in this month’s edition of Inside Time, the national newspaper for prisoners, highlights their plight. “I am gay and very ‘camp’ and due to my sexual orientation […]

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Athy (Ireland) councillor, supporting gay marriage, is called on to resign from school board by Catholic group

Dear Old Ireland. Athy town councillor Aoife Breslin (pictured) has been called on to resign her position on the board of management of a local school by an Athy resident who represents a right wing Catholic group called Catholics United for the Faith. Mr Anthony Murphy, who along with this wife Kim, publish The Catholic Voicenewspaper, said Cllr Breslin, who is […]

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This is how to end gay cures

 An email this morning from Allout.org: They’re coming to the UK. This Sunday, an extremist religious group is holding workshops for gays and lesbians on how to hate themselves for who they are. These types of “therapy sessions” collect cash for one purpose only: to sell the idea that people who are not straight should stifle it. And it’s not a small […]

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Why is Michael Gove so close to Christian extremists from LoveWise?

More evidence (as if we needed it) that this government is vehemently anti-choice. A government backed Christian charity called Lovewise teaches school children that most rape victims ‘regret abortion’. According to Dina Rickman, the charity also teaches children that abortion causes holes in the womb, depression and infection. LoveWise also describes homosexuality as “damaging to mind, body and spirit” in its code of practice. According to its accounts […]

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