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Florida Government Adds Fuel to Anti-LGBT fire.

It was only a month ago that 49 people were killed in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. Forty-nine people shot dead by a hate-filled man seeking to terrorize the LGBT community. Thoughts and Prayers While the reactions to this have been as varied as the different groups responding, Florida’s governor, Rick Scott, and attorney general, Pam Bondi, were right out front with heartfelt pleas for the country to pay attention to them. Bondi said that anyone who attacks anyone in our state will be “gone after” to the fullest extent of the law. Meanwhile Scott prayed to God and…



Transgender, Feminism, & Caitlyn Jenner

The public transformation of Bruce Jenner into Caitlyn Jenner has exposed a divisiveness within the feminist community that echoes repressive rhetoric from decades ago. It brings female misogyny to the forefront and is dividing a community that needs cohesion. It’s not like Caitlyn’s debut revived long-dead sentiments. Even in 2014 this was a hot topic. Then, the New Yorker published an article in which Michelle Goldberg included an example of this bigotry from feminists in 1973, during the time in which Bruce was a rising star in Track & Field. In the article Goldberg includes the following quote from Robin Morgan, giving the keynote speech at the West Coast Lesbian Conference. “I…


Your anti-Caitlyn Jenner argument is probably bullshit.

If you’re talking shit about Caitlyn Jenner and it has nothing to do with materialism gone awry and the horrors of reality television, chances are you’re being a bigot. Most of the arguments are not merely bullshit, they’re flailing, awkward attempts to belittle her without simply having the intellectual courage to say, “I don’t like him because he’s different.” I want to get personal for a second. For me this isn’t about Bruce or Caitlyn Jenner. I hate bigotry. More than that, I hate when people want all of the perks of acting like a bigot but refuse to accept they’re being a…


A typical facebook conversation about bigotry

Social Justice Warrior to the rescue!! Someone posted another one of those comparisons between a soldier and Caitlyn Jenner to make the whole, “she’s not a hero argument. Then someone replied. I became irritated with their response and the scintillating follow-ups and I rode it hard and long: Guy: Bruce Jenner is delusional Daniel Valencia: A truly empathic and informed contribution Guy: The chromosomes don’t lie. Daniel Valencia: What do you actually know about chromosomes? Or delusion? Or empathy? Or sexuality, gender, gender spectrum, gender norms, etc, etc, etc, etc. What do you know besides you think it’s weird so…


Why the Anti-PC Censorship Argument is Bullshit.

The use of political correctness as a busy-body boogeymen is certainly not a new thing, but it seems in the last few years outcries against political correctness as some sort of enemy of freedom have outgrown PC itself. People confuse censorship and free speech and want to blame political correctness when their free speech intersects with the free speech of a critic. TL:DR: That’s how free speech works and how PC functions. The real problem is this idea that political correctness is somehow responsible for the loss of free speech. The real antagonists to freedom is this battle cry of “pc run amok,” and…




Corporations Fleece Women and They Think We Don’t Know

When we talk about feminism and inequality, we tend to forget that it can hide in more subtle ways within our society. Some of the worst culprits of inequality are the corporations who market products “designed for women.” They charge the female consumer more money for equal or lesser-cost goods than they would sell to men. So, not only are women getting paid less than men… According to the Institute for Women’s Policy and research, “In 2013, female, full-time workers made only 78 cents for every dollar earned by men, a gender wage gap of 22 percent.” (http://www.iwpr.org/initiatives/pay-equity-and-discrimination) The Pew Research Center says, “according to…


John Oliver can even make an important discussion about food waste funny.

The other night John Oliver tackled food waste. He talked about wasteful eating habits and the culture that makes food seem like a status symbol, and the ability to shower ourselves with a mountain of french fries a sign of affluence. Americans throw away enough food to fill 730 football stadiums. We throw away a third of our food, 50%  more than fifty years ago. In 2013, more than 49 million people didn’t have enough food. John Oliver is maybe THE best person to take scary, painful, depressing, and downright disgusting but VERY IMPORTANT DISCUSSIONS THAT NEED TO BE HAD and…