WordPress.com / Automattic censors Lesbian and Feminist Blogs

14 Apr

Miep:

Not again.

Originally posted on The Cotton Ceiling:

If you are a blogger with multiple million readership, do take notice that Automattic who hosts WordPress.Com will censor you and freeze your blog, suddenly preventing you from moderating and approving comments, with no explanation, and no reply to your inquiry. You will be locked out of your own blog, prevented from posting, editing, or updating, with no explanation or prior notice whatsoever. Do take notice of this if you are interested in choosing a platform for your blog, especially if you are a lesbian or feminist blogger, who seem most effected. To repeat: Automattic who host WordPress.com practices censorship of feminist and lesbian blogs at random, without notice, and you will have no response from administration when they do so.

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An MRA makes a feeble attempt at a counter-argument…

11 Apr

Originally posted on The Prime Directive:

As you may remember, I published two debunkings of commonly circulated list of “proofs” by MRAs. This pissed them off, because they are whiny little bitches who cannot deal with any level of disagreement without believing that it’s all part of some great conspiracy against them.

I have not received any semi-serious rebuttals (I don’t expect any serious rebuttals because MRAs do not have that much intelligence), but some moron MRA called “Eye of Woden” tried to rebut another debunking by Owen Lloyd. Here is my examination of that post. I will not link to Eye of Woden’s entry here so I don’t give him any more hits, but I’m sure you can find it anyway if you search.

Here is the entry where I give my responses to the same list.

The first point is about men’s suicide rate being 4.6 times higher than women’s. In response, it…

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Water Updates Up and Down the Rio Grande

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Originally posted on La Jicarita:

By KAY MATTHEWS

On February 27 the federal government filed a motion to intervene in the U.S. Supreme Court Case No. 141, State of Texas v. State of New Mexico and State of Colorado by asking the court to restrict groundwater pumping in the Mesilla and Hatch valleys, essentially taking the side of Texas. The Solicitor General alleges that New Mexico is taking shallow groundwater that if left in place would flow back into the Rio Grande and into Texas. The motion states that the only entity in New Mexico that is permitted, under the Rio Grande Compact, to receive delivery of Rio Grande Project water is Elephant Butte Irrigation District (EBID), which through the Bureau of Reclamation is owned by the federal government, whose interest is in ensuring that those delivery requirements are met.

LowerRioGrande-450In reality, delivery requirements cannot be met because of drought (and climate change over the…

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Can you please….. I just need to get through.

19 Mar

Originally posted on I Am Begging My Mother Not To Read This Blog:

I’m out shopping this afternoon. It’s rainy, and cold, and I’m in a hurry. My winter boots are cheap, and worn almost through — my socks are starting to absorb the moisture that has leaked through the cracks in the sole.

I’m in a busy part of the city at a busy time of the day, but it’s quiet in the beauty supply store when I get there. The security guard smiles, makes a joke about the weather as I try to shake the water from my shoes and coat. I’m helped at the wig counter by a woman who has helped me before. She smiles and rolls her eyes as I walk in – what is this crazy costume design lady gonna ask for this time? 

I have the wig in my hand, and I’m headed up the stretch of long aisles towards the front of the store, where…

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QotD: “not all guys are like that”

17 Mar

Miep:

Especially good one.

Originally posted on Anti-Porn Feminists:

When I was seventeen and preparing to leave for university, my mother’s only brother saw fit to give me some advice.
“Just don’t be an idiot, kid,” he told me, “and don’t ever forget that boys and girls can never just be friends.”
I laughed and answered, “I’m not too worried. And I don’t really think all guys are like that.”

When I was eighteen and the third annual advent of the common cold was rolling through residence like a pestilent fog, a friend texted me asking if there was anything he could do to help.
I told him that if he could bring me up some vitamin water that would be great, if it wasn’t too much trouble.
That semester I learned that human skin cells replace themselves every three to five weeks. I hoped that in a month, maybe I’d stop feeling the echoes of his touch; maybe…

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The depravity of the concept of “implied consent.”

12 Mar

Miep:

Excellent.

Originally posted on The Prime Directive:

Hang on, I got it… women who drink give their “implicit consent” to having sex with anyone. There, problem solved!

Consent is the absolute bare minimum criterion for social interactions. Therefore, any concept that tries to dilute or trivialize consent is coercive by definition. The concept of “implied consent” is one I’ve recently discovered. I’ve never heard of such a concept, but it is an actual legal concept used to prosecute individuals.

It seems to be mostly used to prosecute drivers who refuse to take alcohol tests. Here is one example:

Section 724.011 of the Texas State Transportation Code states that anyone who is arrested for Texas DWI “is deemed to have consented, subject to this chapter, to submit to the taking of one or more specimens of the person’s breath or blood for analysis to determine the alcohol concentration or the presence in the person’s body of a controlled…

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For Damien

12 Mar

Haiku For Damien

You with your dog hat
Your kind support at times
I always liked you.

Then I went away
And you moved on, dear old friend
Though not all that old

I guess. I don’t know.
It became too difficult
I had to get out.

Then I came around
Again, because I missed you
And all our dear friends.

And here we are now
Alienation city
It sucks a whole lot.

I’ll always remember
How you were there saying you
Understood about us.

How you got it when
Women got run off by men
But the part you lost

The part you don’t see
Is how women get run off
By women, at times.

I hope you learn some
I don’t know much what to say
Except thanks for once

Being an awesome friend
One I missed so much that I
Came back to this place

This dumb Facebook place
I’ve found friends back again now
That’s good. I like it.

So Damien? What about
The dog with the nice earflaps
What happened to him?

I guess I could have
Written more about the dog
Turning robotic.

But it seemed a tad
Overkill, I was trying
To just say it’s sad.

And it is, it’s sad
As things are so frequently
When we flail at them.

cliffhanger

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