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That’s What She Said

This blog post is in response to the Purdue Exponent’s recent “Sex Position” cartoon.  The cartoon, entitled “The Prestige,” depicted two men sexually tag-teaming a woman without consent or knowledge.  Yeah, Exponent, that’s called rape.  The public response to this has only just begun although the newspaper has yet to address the issue as of September 18.

Michaela Null, creator of the Facebook group “Tell Purdue Exponent Advocating Rape is NOT OKAY,” posted this hilarious response to a misogynistic comic.

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India Facebook users urged to ‘appear whiter’ – BBC News

Facebook users in India are being urged to make themselves appear whiter online, as part of a marketing campaign by a skincare company.

Vaseline has launched software to promote its new skin-whitening cream, which promises to reduce five types of dark face spots.

Facebook users are asked to download a programme or app, which will then similarly adjust their photographs.

Having lighter skin is considered an asset in parts of India.

It is being called “Snow White syndrome” in India, a market where sales of whitening creams are far outstripping those of Coca-Cola and tea.

Pankaj Parihar of Omnicom, the advertising firm behind the campaign, told the AFP news agency the response to its “Vaseline Men” cream “has been pretty phenomenal”.

The Vaseline Men Facebook page has more than 500 fans, who also receive grooming tips such as this:

“Don’t shave for a day or two and let the stubble grow in rakishly. Combine this with sunglasses to look utterly mysterious, rakish and thoroughly attractive.”

But not all users approve. Ember Rayne Hulett from Virginia in the US writes that “Black is Beautiful. You don’t need a cream to be cool”.

As with the Indian economy as a whole, the skin-whitening industry is growing like never before, and is now worth billions of dollars.

Most products, such as Fair and Lovely are aimed at women, but men are being targeted as well by lotions like Fair and Handsome.

Ravi Raj Narula, the owner of a cosmetics shop in central Delhi, said his customers include men from the villages surrounding the Indian capital.

“Earlier it was only the ladies who were interested, but now many young boys and men also want to have a fairer complexion,” he said.

“Maybe it is because of the impact of the Indian film industry because traditionally the heroes and heroines have been shown as white-skinned people.

“Or maybe it is a legacy we inherited from the Britishers when they left India?”

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Elderly Gay Couple Forcibly Separated, Abused, Robbed By County Officials in California

Sonoma County, CA: Clay Greene and Harold Scull, an elderly couple, were partners of 20 years, when the County separated them, terminated their lease, and auctioned off all of their belongings. Harold died without Clay.

Photo taken from their Facebook support group.  Go there for information on how to help.

Text taken from a Slog article.

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Clay and his partner of 20 years, Harold, lived in California. Clay and Harold made diligent efforts to protect their legal rights, and had their legal paperwork in place—wills, powers of attorney, and medical directives, all naming each other. Harold was 88 years old and in frail medical condition, but still living at home with Clay, 77, who was in good health.

One evening, Harold fell down the front steps of their home and was taken to the hospital. Based on their medical directives alone, Clay should have been consulted in Harold’s care from the first moment. Tragically, county and health care workers instead refused to allow Clay to see Harold in the hospital. The county then ultimately went one step further by isolating the couple from each other,placing the men in separate nursing homes. Ignoring Clay’s significant role in Harold’s life, the county continued to treat Harold like he had no family and went to court seeking the power to make financial decisions on his behalf. Outrageously, the county represented to the judge that Clay was merely Harold’s “roommate.” The court denied their efforts, but did grant the county limited access to one of Harold’s bank accounts to pay for his care.

What happened next is even more chilling: without authority, without determining the value of Clay and Harold’s possessions accumulated over the course of their 20 years together or making any effort to determine which items belonged to whom, the county took everything Harold and Clay owned and auctioned off all of their belongings. Adding further insult to grave injury, the county removed Clay from his home and confined him to a nursing home against his will. The county workers then terminated Clay and Harold’s lease and surrendered the home they had shared for many years to the landlord.

Three months after he was hospitalized, Harold died in the nursing home. Because of the county’s actions, Clay missed the final months he should have had with his partner of 20 years. Compounding this tragedy, Clay has literally nothing left of the home he had shared with Harold or the life he was living up until the day that Harold fell, because he has been unable to recover any of his property.

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Do I Look Illegal?

I haven’t posted anything yet about the new immigration bill because I’m still at a loss for words.  I’ve got some words for Arizona now.

May 1 to May 8 Facebook members can participate by posting the question “Do I look illegal?” as their status to protest Arizona’s new immigration bill.  The law requires the police “when practicable” to detain people they reasonably suspected were in the country without authorization.  It also allows the police to charge immigrants with a state crime for not carrying immigration documents and allows residents to sue cities if they believe the law is not being enforced.  And most importantly, the law sanctions racial profiling.  When Governor Jan Brewer was asked what an illegal immigrant looked like, she replied, “I don’t know.” (See video below)

The Facebook event encourages participants to, “wear shirts, buttons or hold signs saying, “Do I look ‘illegal’? and take pictures to send to Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona.”

Her mailing address is:
Jan Brewer
Governor of Arizona
1700 West Washington
Phoenix, Arizona 85007

I know what I’m going to be doing next week.

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