Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Protecting Children

So as we all are aware Vermont and Iowa recently passed legislation allowing same sex marriage. I was recently listening to an interview with Maggie Gallagher who, unless I am mistaken the president for The National Organization For Marriage. The one thing that jumped out at me from her interview was the same thing that I have heard time and time again. We are doing this to protect the children. She states that through marriage children can be "know and be known by and love and be loved by their mother and father." While I agree this is one way children can know the love of family what about all those children in the world that don't have that opportunity? The children whose mothers or fathers have lost their lives fighting overseas, or the children whose other lost her life in child birth or any of the other countless reasons that children can be separated from their parents.

If I had the oppertunity to tell Maggie what I think about her protecting of children I would probably say something along the lines of:

Stop using children as your shield of morality. You raise your children to be fearful of the unknown and judgmental. I will raise mine to see the beauty and merit in all living things and even to respect the beliefs of those who oppose them. Gay and lesbian people are no more a threat to your children than you are to mine. I vow as a gay parent to teach my children about love, compassion and charity. If I am not mistaken those or the fundamental beliefs of the Christian church. It is sad that I the destroyer of families and normalcy in America is willing to teach my children these simple virtues but you, the moral back bone of society seems incapable of doing the same.

Please, as an open invitation to those who oppose sam sex marriage, do not use children against us. Say what you truly believe and be honest about it. You dislike what you don't understand. Please stop telling us that you love us and have compassion for us because that is a lie. I know that lie is a harsh word but if you truly loves and had compassion for us you would want us to have the same equality as you. Instead you prefer to judge and oppress.

Live your life in accordance to your moral compass and allow me to do the same. Even if that means the government allows the same benefits to extend to my partner and I. Heaven knows I have not tried to prevent you in your pursuit towards equality and happiness, please do not deny me mine.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Homophobia and violence in advertising

OK, First of all when I first heard about this commercial I was offended. Then I watched the commercial and laughed. So now I am kind of at odds with myself. On the one hand it is a pretty damn funny commercial and I kinda feel the same way about speed walkers... Just effing run already GEEZE. But I don't feel the need to violently assault them telling them to "Get Some Nuts". Also the line in which the oh so FABULOUSLY manly Mr. T (I mean the man has more bling than a drag queen) tells the speed walker that he is a disgrace to the man race is a bit over the top for me. I mean ok so the guy is a little femmy. SO WHAT?!?!? You aren't exactly the epitome of MANLY either T. With all your jewelry and fabulosity. Not to mention the fact that you made a name for yourself riding around having adventures with a bunch of MENSES!!!! Why is it that to be a man you have to be violent? Moreover I have seen some damn vicious and violent drag queens in my day, does that make these men is dresses even MORE manly than the A-Team? I mean they not only can impale an assailant with a stiletto but they can also endure having their man bits all squished and flattened out. NOW THAT IS TOUGH. So what is it really that makes you a man? I would love to hear thoughts.