Not fitting the stereotype; What year is this anyway??; Early voting has begun


Callie has nothing to do with this except to say it took me an extra-long time to write this post because she was sleeping on my lap and I had to reach over her so as not to disturb her - and now that I'm done, she's decided she's done too...awesome.

Happy Sunday all!

I wrote in my last post about my dealings with cognitive dissonance and it seems  the news was full of it this week. Just a sampling:

Box Out: On Brittney Griner and Women Who Ball (Better Than You)

  • Brittney Griner is a leader on the Baylor University Women’s basketball that just won the NCAA championship a few weeks ago;
  • At 6-feet 8-inches tall and with such a low voice, the sports world doesn’t know what to do with her because she doesn’t quite fit their “female” box;
  • According tho the piece, Griner seems fine with being on the outside of the box, some women go the exact opposite way, a term the author calls “over-heteroing,” being too female so as to garner attention from men and thus “prove” they are A) still totally female and B) totally NOT  lesbian.

I’ve seen this done when sports magazines will have the female athletes pose naked with just the sports equipment they use covering the important parts of their bodies or by having the female athletes sell what are traditionally considered to be women’s items like like laundry soap or diapers.

I thought maybe we were past all that, then I found this article from P&G announcing their London 2012 summer Olympic sponsorships:

Procter & Gamble Announces Sponsorship of 28 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Athletes and Hopefuls for London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

  • The first three women are selling laundry soap, girly shampoo, makeup and diapers(!);
  • The men get razors, batteries and toothpaste.
  • Really P&G?

On another note, there seem to be some crazy Catholic nuns running around America that happen to be “way too lenient on gay rights, abortion, and women’s ordination” which is why the Vatican is in the process of disciplining their order.

Vatican Criticizes U.S. Nuns for Being Too Progressive

  • The Washington Post  obtained a memo that the Vatican has been investigating these nuns for two years and is ready to reprimand and discipline “the largest group and most influential group of Catholic nuns in the United States;”
  • The offenses, which included ministering to the poor, not condemning those pesky homosexuals and supporting Pres. Obama’s healthcare law, are apparently “radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith;”
  • What year is this anyway?

Lastly, in case you missed it, early voting for the May 8 primary, and Against Amendment One, started Thursday. The following piece is just good reading:

Vote Against Amendment One

  • “The notion that somehow someone else’s relationship poses a threat to the institution of marriage is nonsensical. The biggest threat to marriage these days, if you ask divorce lawyers, is Facebook. It’s not because the couple next door is gay;”
  • “The government should have no dog in this fight, particularly given that there is already a state prohibition on gay marriage. What Amendment One does is slap an exclamation point on the end of that state statute;”
  • “It has a quality of meanness about it that extends beyond exclusion into the realm of we just flat-out don’t like you.”

Two things to remember:

  • If you haven’t registered to vote, you can show up during early voting and register and vote on the same day; and
  • Come Phone Bank Against Amendment One on Wednesday night if you’re local. I created the event for Green Street, but if you want to help, come on!

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