Monthly Archives: May 2014

#ViolenceIsViolence, and double standards are no excuse

Pay close attention to people’s reactions. ’nuff said.

From the YouTube description

40% of domestic violence is against men in the UK. Violence is violence, no matter who it’s aimed at.

Our helpline costs just £35,000 per year to run, by donating you will help us to support men suffering in this way get the support they need. Please donate here: https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/mankindinitiative

Find out more about the ManKind Invitiative, Support for Male Victims of Domestic Abuse and Domestic Violence : http://www.mankind.org.uk/

From The ManKind Initiative’s page:

Our confidential helpline is available for all men across the UK suffering from domestic violence or domestic abuse by their current or former wife or partner (including same-sex partner).

This can range from actual violence or object throwing to mental abuse such as constant bullying or constant insults.

We provide both emotional support and practical information.

We receive calls from male victims across all age ranges and professions:

•    From dustmen and doctors to bankers and builders,
•    From men in their 20s to men in their 80s,
•    From men across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

We welcome calls from mothers, sisters and friends of male victims seeking information.

We also receive calls from support organisations, charities and statutory agencies such as local authorities and police forces.

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The Inside Story: Man speaks out about decades of spousal abuse

I can’t link to this video directly, but it’s worth the listen. This is precisely the kind of discussion that needs to be taking place.

This CityTV news video features the individual that CAFE connected with their producers to describe a struggle that two-million Canadians experience, “many in silence.” 
 
 

Over two-million Canadians have experienced it, many in silence, but one man is speaking out about the two decades of abuse he faced at the hands of his wife.“I don’t know what’s worse – the pain or the shame,” he explained.

 

CAFE is doing an excellent job. Find out more about them here, become a member, you need not live in Toronto. http://equalitycanada.com/

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Lesbians eat WHAT?!

Lesbians eat what?!

Scaredy cat

Silliness :)

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Overpopulation: does it lower birth rates?

An author claimed “Birth rates are falling everywhere.” I find that this seems true in wealthier, more educated environments. For a brilliant satirical representation, see the movie “Ideocracy.”

I often wonder if this isn’t just an emergent property of overpopulation, some form of instinctive behaviour, an off-switch built into us. With some 7 billion people on the planet or so, is it possible that it is the simply a reaction to the measure of people in proximity plus the effort required for a life-style that isn’t instinctual that flips the switch? Just as the quest for safe, warm and full is an instinctive drive, is it possible that genetically we don’t have the circuitry to deal with having it en masse? Is this one possible reason for why when one reaches a certain level of wealth, as perceived by our instinctive filters that we stop reproducing? I’ve often wondered if the gay population, world-wide has always been roughly 15% of the population, or if there’s something at the species level that triggers our genes to say “OK, there’s enough of us now…”

Just some thoughts. I’d be curious to know yours.

 

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This is what Feminism looks like in Canada

The hypocrisy is blatant, but quite unsurprising. When an invited speaker speaks out against Feminism, the speaker “has no right” to expect the floor to express their ideas, and being shut down is “debate”, yet, should a Feminist receive the same treatment, the cry arises of “silencing women’s voices.”

 

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It’s time to regender

I finally found this lovely tool that I thought I’d lost: Regender. Regender is a lovely tool that swaps male or female words. Enter your favourite webpage and Roberta’s your aunt.

Welcome to a little experiment in webpage translation. Have you ever wondered…

  • What would the world look like if the two sexes switched places?
  • What would it look like if English had genderless pronouns?
  • What would it look like if English identified races the way it identifies gender?

Language has power.

http://regender.com

Here’s a well-known bag of bigotry.
Guest Blogger Starling: Schrödinger’s Rapist: or a guy’s guide to approaching strange women without being maced

Guest Blogger Starling: Schrödinger’s Rapist: or a gals’s guide to approaching strange men without being maced Try not to laugh!

 

This one is pretty funny :)

If I Admit That ‘Hating Men’ Is a Thing, Will You Stop Turning It Into a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy?

 

I welcome your suggestions for good regendered reading.

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Domestic Abuse Against Men is Gaining Recognition

It’s a sad thing that there is something to report, but I’m glad that it is being reported. People are starting to open their eyes and men are starting to speak out. This is a good thing, a first step to resolving the problem. People are people, regardless of their sex.

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Things I’d like to know: humming bird sound

Why do humming birds hum? I’m told it’s because they don’t know the words…

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Epic Rap Battles. Who won?

Epic Rap Battles. Who won?

I hate rap, but I love this. They’re pretty much all worth listening to.

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