The Tennessee GOP has continued their assault on gay rights with the “license to bully” bill. If passed, the Tennessee “license to bully” bill would allow students to justify bullying their gay peers by pointing to a political or religious conviction.
This comes on the heels of Republican efforts to pass the infamous “Don’t Say Gay” bill in Tennessee, which would prevent public elementary and middle schools from teaching or distributing material on human sexuality that deals with homosexuality.
Tennessee has seen the heartbreaking story of Jacob Rogers, a young man who took his own life due to being bullied for being gay. We need to provide more support for gay teens, not turn our backs on them.
That’s why I signed a petition to The Tennessee State House, The Tennessee State Senate, and Governor Bill Haslam, which says:
“Say no to Tennessee’s “license to bully” bill.”
Will you sign this petition? Click here:
Another awesome girl protesting the Adelaide street preachers. In this photo you can see the kind of abhorrent things they stand for.
…Because Old Testament consistency (taken out of a New Testament context) isn’t a priority when you think that God was made in your image and thinks exactly like you.
Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe
My observations of the video:
It’s interesting how Carly is lusting over a barely clad male instead of the other way around (as per the video norm). We don’t see that much of the female gaze in mainstream pop videos anymore (if ever?). (Not that the male gaze is in and of itself bad, it’s just when it’s the only view of women shown that it gets problematic).
However, this is offset by:
1- Carly washing the car as per the typical male fantasy. Sure it’s played for laughs, but the use of irony is often employed as an excuse to keep using really problematic tropes.
2- The big reveal at the end that the guy she’s lusting after is gay ruins the good work of portraying active female desire when her intentions are thwarted. On the other hand, female desire in a patriarchal culture is constructed on male desire, so the fact that Carly’s desire is able to function independently could be seen as good?
What actually disturbs me, though, is when the band-member makes that disgusted face when he is given Mr Lust’s phone number. They really shouldn’t be perpetuating the notion that it is humiliating for a straight man to be asked out by a gay man. Aside from the obvious hypocrisy that straight men willingly inflict on women what they themselves ostensibly find insulting, so many hate-crimes against gays are blamed on the VICTIM because the MURDERER’S pride is hurt that he could be seen as desirable by another man. Anyways, the whole things dodgy.