Saturday, April 2, 2011

Drop It Like It's Hot

Hello folks, thanks for another great week of comments and engagement.  If you would like the opportunity to guest post here at Womanist Musings please send in either an original post or a link to your blog.  Please include an image that represents you and a three line bio.

As usual, below you will find a few posts that I found interesting this week.  Please show these bloggers some love and check them out.  When you are done, don't forget to drop it like it's hot and leave your link behind in the comment section.


DSHS Get as 'F' For Service
Bill Maher: Feminist Troll
On Being an Outcast
Teaching Boys Feminism 
Princess Ka'iulani 
Octavia Butler: Celebrating the Writer who Changed my World 
How to Successfully Derail Any Conversation About Race
Colored News Network: Why can't CNN seem to get black news right?
We Support SlutWalk Toronto
Memo to White America: No, You Can't Say The Word Nigger. And Here's Why
Uterus? You Hardly Know Us
More Black Men Now in the Prison System than Were Enslaved
Breaking the cis filter  
What if Reconciliation? Jack Layton and Gilles Duceppe's response to the residential school apology
Final Public Comment for New Standards to Address Prisoner Rape Ends Soon

César Chávez and Migrant Farmworker Rights
Dispatch From El Salvador: Obama's Drug War Feels Eerily familiar
Bernie Sanders' Guide to Corporate Fee Loaders
Indiana GOP Rep: Women will claim rape or incest to get abortions
Racebending And Other Asian-American Groups Speaks Up Against akira Whitewashing
Ain't You Over It Yet?
The Poverty of Privilege
"Happy" kids or "productive" kids? The question is flawed.

Friday, April 1, 2011

It's Friday and The Question Is.........


I am a huge fan of the show The Big Bang Theory.  For those who are not familiar, it is a comedy about four scientists who are into video games, and comic books.  They are socially awkward and are absolutely a disaster with women.  At any rate, last night I had a small epiphany.  The show is essentially about 4 male geeks, who with the exception of one person, all have a PhD.  Well it turns out, that the only real scientist on the show is Mayim Bialik, who plays Amy Farrah Fowler. Dr. Balik earned her PhD in neuroscience.  

For this week's question, I think it would be great to highlight women who are doing great work that do not get the attention or the  recognition they deserve.  Pick someone from any field and share why you think what she is doing is important.

Hollywood Is As Important To Trans People As Washington DC

This is a guest post from the ever fabulous Monica of TransGriot

One of the recurring things I gripe about on TransGriot is the fact that United States based trans people do not get to portray ourselves in film and television roles similarly to what has happened for over a decade in cinematic productions in other parts of the world.

While we've had the occasional film such as Stealth and Bella Maddo pop up for discussion on these electronic pages that has either a trans lead actor or actress or in Bella Maddo's case its all trans cast flipped the script and were playing cis people, the fact remains that many of the films I have talked about in the five years I've compiled TransGriot with trans leads actors are foreign films.

I've discussed films such as the Brazilian one Paulista and the Indian Tamil language film Paal that had transwomen playing transwomen.    In the States, it seems as though the pattern has been anyone except a transwoman should play a transwoman. 

Why Environmentalists Hate Native Americans


Dan Waters is a snarky 22 year old queer biracial wonderment who is part White, Portuguese, and Native American (Wampanoag-Kiowa). He currently lives in Massachusetts, and plans to become a Lawyer. That is, if he can survive Algonquin language classes and polyamorous dating right now! He also identifies as Two Spirit, and prefers male pronouns, but cherishes his female body that he was given graciously by the Creator. He blogs at Identity Exposure.

Jessica Yee brought up an interesting fact (see point 2, bolded). Within the Green movement, there is a lot of contention and condemnation that happens. Hell, people want to discredit us all the time. I think one of the most teeth-grinding things that bother me is that environmentalists, basically big-shot scientists who are majority white and upper class, feel it’s necessary to tell us we should ‘care’, ‘do more’, etc. It’s not our fucking fault white people brought over factories in the first place, noooo. A lot of what the Green Movement proposes (minimalism, less consumption, be aware of what you are eating, etc) is basically common sense, at least to most Natives.

A local (like, real local. It’s right next to me) issue that sparked a lot of contention was the Cape Wind Project. Basically, many animal rights activists felt the life and habitat of many wildlife would be in jeopardy, the Wampanoag felt it would hinder their religious ceremonies of greeting the sun (we are, after all, people of the Dawn Light), and fishermen valued the spot due to the quahogs and other fish gains.

The biggest reason, I feel, that Cape Wind did get approved was this: none of the groups could fucking stand each other. So instead of a unified voice, it was separate, “bothersome” tufts of people.

Why do animal rights people hate Native Americans? Well, I am not sure, because I myself am Native American and animal rights. However, in Native lifestyle and tradition, humans are considered part of the food chain. I will not disagree that factory farming is indeed a threat and not conducive to Native tradition, but many animal rights folks disagree with hunting and whatnot. Many arguments about how the Arctic Circle is affecting Inuit/Aleut people went unspoken because, in reality, it’s a “lot easier to sell fluffy polar bears than it is to sell a people that eat whale blubber.” (Quote taken from real-life conversation).

Change of Political Postion

Once a year I like to actively think about where I stand politically.  I have come to realize that as a Womanist, I am not doing enough to move the project forward of women's equality and I have decided to take on the feminist label.  For the longest time, I took issue with the racism, transphobia, etc., that I have seen in mainstream feminism, but if swallowing a little bit of oppression to help women finally achieve equality is necessary, then I am prepared to do this.

I am going to have to change the name of the blog.  Interested parties can leave suggestions in the comment section.  It might even be worth it to get some business cards with the new name. I know that there is no such thing as a good oppression, but I have been wondering if the blog has been watering down the role of women by focusing on so many side issues.  After all, gender effects all women, and isn't that what we should all be focusing on?  There really are other spaces that deal specifically with race, or sexuality etc., and Womanist Musings is wasting its time tackling all of these issues.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Eating on The Subway Means That you are an Animal

Urban areas are cramped and we spend a great deal of time negotiating these spaces and tolerating behaviour that we find unacceptable. Not everyone is going to have the same view about what is considered rude, but when we take offense at behaviour that is not harming anyone or directed at us, the potential to open up a can of worms can be huge.

The following video apparently was taken in New York City.  Two Black women are seated together and one is eating pasta.  A white woman is clearly offended that someone would dare to eat on the subway, and calls the woman an animal.  Clearly the reduction of a Black woman's humanity by a woman who at the very least has White passing privilege is based in racism. 



This incident quickly escalated, and what bothers me about it is that the Black women were clearly viewed as the aggressors and told to sit down.  How would this have changed if even one person had taken this woman to task for her racist language?  Why is it always left to Black people to speak out against racist treatment publicly?  I know that in urban areas there is a tendency not to get involved in issues that we see as not our business, but this mode of thought also allows for the public abuse of marginalized bodies.  How is it that the U.S. is supposedly post racial, when not even one person will see it as their responsibility to intervene in an obviously racially based attack? Perhaps she would prefer if Black people went back to eating in the slave cabins. No matter how you feel about someone eating in a public space, it is not your place to reduce anyone in this fashion.

Here is a little thing that racists often forget, in the U.S., they may have a right to free speech, but people of colour have the right to respond in kind.  The moment the Black women made it clear to her that they were offended, she immediately threatened them with jail. It seems that today, even a non-violent response to racist treatment is enough for White people to feel threatened.  It really is quite simple, don't start none, won't be none.

Bigots like this woman seem to forget that they are accountable for their actions and language.  It is not safe to assume that just because you have something rude and racist to say, that a Black person will be willing to turn the other cheek.  We are not all docile Uncle Toms. Racists would certainly be better off remembering that many of people of colour have run out of cheeks to turn, and the expression of their racist ideas might find them on the receiving end of a lot more than they had planned.

   

Tell Us How Your Really Feel

As a mother, I am no stranger to kids cussing (and by cuss I don't mean swearing).  Mayhem in particular, is no stranger to letting us know exactly what is on his mind at any given time.  I know that we are meant to take these rants seriously, but sometimes they are just so hilarious, it is tough not to turn your head and giggle.  Check out this fabulous kiddie cuss out.


It really is a wonder that the child did not pop a vein. LOL I bet her auntie won't be messing with her anytime soon.

Don't Abort Obama


The above billboard was released in Chicago on March 29th by the anti-abortion group Life Always. This is the same group responsible for the billboard campaign which stated that "The Most Dangerous Place for an African-American is in the Womb."

Life Always board member Rev. Derek McCoy justified the groups actions by saying:

“Our future leaders are being aborted at an alarming rate … These are babies who could grow to be the future Presidents of the United States, or the next Oprah Winfrey, Denzel Washington or Maya Angelou.”

This is yet another underhanded approach to dealing with the high rate of abortion in the African American community. Eliminating choice and attempting to make women guilty, will not stop abortion.  I certainly agree that every single child symbolizes potential, but the U.S. hardly does its best to make success a possibility for children of colour.  Oprah and Barack are not the the standard, they are the exception to the rule, and that is something that needs to be remembered. 

Happy Birthday Daniel

Daniel is our newest contributor to Womanist Musings and today is his birthday.  He turned the ripe old age of 22, (which is younger than Sparky, who is the very old age of 4_ ) this morning at 5:30 AM.  I would normally post a picture of a pretty cake for the purposes of celebration, but Daniel seems to be unable to hold his ice cream.  He continually denies himself for fear of going on an ice cream bender, and since I believe in the tradition known as pigging out, I thought that for his birthday, we would offer him enough ice cream to force him over the edge.


 Come on Daniel, enter the ice cream oblivion.  I promise I won't tell everyone, just a few thousand of my readers.  LOL.  Have a happy Birthday Dan, and may you have hazy ice cream fueled memories of the day.

The Muslim Meat Market

WoodTurtle is a Canadian Muslim feminist currently using her extended maternity leave to explore developments of Islamic feminism in the Western and Muslim world.  As a woman who wears the hijab (owns several abayas and a niqab monogrammed with her initials in pink, sparkly sequins), she writes frequently on genderized Islamophobia. She also works toward dispelling myths and stereotypes about women in Islam for both Muslims and non.  

I love doughnuts. And pizza. I dream of pizza. I also love French fries, all-dressed Ruffles chips, marshmallows in hot chocolate, creamy Havarti cheese, garlic shrimp, and chocolate chunk fudge cake with hot caramel topping. Mmm... caramel.

People have told me that these are forbidden foods.

One time on a trip to Montréal, the Hubby and I stood in line for 15 minutes waiting to order fries at a local chip shop. I got bored and left to get a closer look at a dancing street performer. The Hubby met me a few minutes later without fries in hand. Imagining he forgot his wallet, I asked what happened:

"They wouldn't sell them to me."
Seething. Islamophobia? "What.do.you.mean. they wouldn't sell them to you?"
"She said they weren't halal."
Incredulous, "And..? So? I want my fries! What exactly wasn't halal about them? Lard in the crispy coating? They deep-fry meat with the potatoes? Each French fry is injected with beef flavouring?"
"She didn't say"
[insert halal expletive]

The server was a fellow Muslim who was looking out for our well being. Seeing the goatee-bearded Hubby and me in hijab, she made a value judgment and decided to save us from possible sin. Afterward, when I had calmed down and bought an ice cream instead, I recognized that her intentions were good. And we did appreciate her honesty. Normally we ask certain establishments if their food is halal, or permissible, and go by their word.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

How can you hurt someone you love?

I am a 36 year old disabled woman who has been variously labeled "fat", "crazy", and "a hippie weirdo." I now try to embrace labels that others use in an attempt to "shame" me into being someone more "acceptable". I am passionate about issues of race/racism, criminal (in)justice, fat acceptance, and mental health advocacy. I blog at My Name Is JuJuBe and I am on the team at The Intersection of Madness and Reality
 
Trigger warning for discussion of violence against children
I always cherished dinner time with my family. My parents, my sisters and I would all gather around the table for a home cooked meal, discuss our day, play games and laugh. But once or twice a month we would go out to dinner. And I DREADED it! Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed a nice restaurant meal with a fun family atmosphere. But the part I hated was that my aunt and uncle used to always accompany us, along with their two children. And inevitably, whenever I spent time with my cousins, the younger one, would always get beaten for some infraction. My aunt would even drive with one hand on the steering wheel and use the other to reach into the back seat deliver the blows.

While at home, a wooden spoon was her weapon of choice (I think that must be an Italian thing) She used that spoon on a regular basis until my cousin got wise and hid it from her. Of course, that didn't stop the beatings... she knew how to improvise.  When we used to go to their house to play board games, it was almost guaranteed that my cousin would first "be given something to cry about" and THEN be told to "wait until your father gets home" When his father walked in the door, he would pull my cousin into his bedroom and we would hear banging on the walls, yelling and crying. And I always would have an almost  suffocating feeling of anxiety.

The New York Times and The Pay Per Use Model

I don't know how it developed, but it has become a common belief that access to information online should be free.  This means that to earn money, one must depend on advertising, which can be particularly problematic if you work in a social justice field.  With the print model quickly being shifted to digital,  a lot of traditional media outlets are having difficulty competing. The capitalist mode of exchange, means that people and or businesses, cannot afford to produce a product free of payment. The New York Times has chosen to challenge the common free access website, and has switch to a subscriber based model. 
As you may know, on March 17, we introduced digital subscriptions in Canada. The Canadian launching allowed us to test our systems and fine-tune the user interface and customer experience. On Monday, we launched globally. 
If you are a home delivery subscriber of The Times, you will continue to have full and free access to our news, information, opinion and other features on your computer, smartphone and tablet. International Herald Tribune subscribers will also receive free access to NYTimes.com

If you are not a home delivery subscriber, you will have free access to 20 articles (including slide shows, videos and other features) each month. If you exceed that limit, you will be asked to become a digital subscriber. On our smartphone and tablet apps, the Top News section will remain free of charge. For access to the other sections within the apps, we will ask you to become a digital subscriber. 
The part of me that believes that access to information freely is vital to social progress does not like this idea at all.  There are already plenty of people who cannot access the internet in their home and if there is a switch to a pay per use model, poor people will have difficulty accessing information.  Simply because of the power of the internet, it is absolutely vital that all people and in particularly marginalized people have access to information unfettered by the bonds of exchange and yet this has a cost.

Hump Day Giggles

Okay...it is officially noon on a Wednesday which means that at exactly 12:01 the rest of the work week is downhill if you work a traditional 9-5, Mon-Fri.  I have always believed that it is a shame that this moment passes without even the smallest celebration as though the time we spend away from work is not equal to the time we spend earning a living wage.  At any rate, if you are need of a little giggle to help you finish out the work week, check out the video below.

Madame Noire and Looking for Evidence of Homosexuality

Madame Noir occasionally does the advice column routine.  I was flipping through the blog when I came across this:
Dear China,
I think my friend’s boyfriend might be gay. He has a lot of female friends (not booty call friends but shopping friends), he’s VERY well kept, and he’s overly sexual to prove his “manhood.” My other friend also saw him in a gay club. Should I tell her?
Don't Ask Don't Tell
 I hope this woman does not work as a private detective, because clearly her skills on reading people need work. The man likes to shop and he has female friends therefore he MUST be gay.  I mean, how can a man and woman possibly be friends with no sex involved?  Men and women certainly cannot relate in a platonic way, in fact, if left alone in a room  together for too long, genitals will suddenly become engorged and the desire to play human jenga will become overwhelming.  It's a wonder how men and women work side by side everyday without trying to porn hump each other.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Still Appropriating


Dan Waters is a snarky 22 year old queer biracial wonderment who is part White, Portuguese, and Native American (Wampanoag-Kiowa). He currently lives in Massachusetts, and plans to become a Lawyer. That is, if he can survive Algonquin language classes and polyamorous dating right now! He also identifies as Two Spirit, and prefers male pronouns, but cherishes his female body that he was given graciously by the Creator. He blogs at Identity Exposure.

So here’s a breakdown on things I think still appropriate Native American culture or the race itself. I will warn you this is a link heavy post, only because I think you guys need to drop your jaws as much as I do throughout the day. You need to see it to believe it.

Currency
Every time I pull a Buffalo nickel out of my pocket when digging for change I nearly want to scream. The image that is seared into my head whenever I see one is that giant stack of buffalo skulls during (what I call) the Buffalo Raids in order to try and weaken Native American food supplies to the Plains people. If America wanted the fucking buffalo so bad, WHY KILL THEM?

Another is the Sacagawea coin, oh and a priceless find of the “Wampanoag Treaty” (even though it was a verbal agreement…), state coins brandish Indian depictions on some of them, and Canada is no exclusion with their collector’s edition sets. Oh, and here’s a link to the kicker of them all. If you really want to honor us with coins, how about just giving us the fucking money, really? (No, really, give me some money. I can buy a book or two and maybe pay off college.)

Sparky Owes Me: The Great Gross Food A-Thon

Last night, Sparky and I were chatting and discussing food.  Since we both love food and to eat, we are constantly breaking down recipes and judging their fitfulness for consumption. I mentioned that I found a seasoning packet for shepard's pie in the grocery store, and not being content to allow me to marvel at the ridiculousness of my discovery (after all, who needs a seasoning packet for shepard's pie), Sparky decided that he simply had to torture me and do one better.

Do you know what that is?


It's chicken in a can.  That's right, chicken in a can. Apparently, the disgusting gunk around it is "delicious broth."

My disgust with this product was not enough for him.  He decided to suggest that I have some beautiful chicken for breakfast, and then promised to be around to taunt me at lunch time.  Look, there are some things, and chicken is certainly one of them, that does not belong in a can. When I told him that I planned to share his abuse of me with others, he giggled with glee. He is absolutely shameless and so I ask you dear readers, is this not a shameful abuse of friendship?  Some things do not need to be shared.

Okay, since I have started a gross a thon, please share whatever unique or ridiculous food products that you have come across recently. 

Do The Marginalized Have A Responsibility To Teach

Photo Credit luigi diamanti


Yesterday's discussion about White female privilege was quite heated.  Once commenter raised the issue of teaching others about their privilege and since it did not receive a lot of commentary I thought that we could explore the issue today.  The comment from @AdiosBarbie is as follows:
Absolutely agree, but as we all know the white women who are unaware or hide behind their white privilege are the last one's to seek to get enlightened on the subject. This dilemma is what has stopped progress, no? When white folks like tim wise take responsibility for educating whites on white privilege he gets criticism for making a name and money for himself around it. As a light skinned Latina I was forced to learn throughout my childhood family dynamics. I was favored by adults then beaten by my darker sister because of my lighter skin.

I find the attitude of "you should fuckin know this"...but "I sure as hell am not gonna teach you" problematic. Is it my role as a lighter latina to bridge the gap.
As someone who is disabled I've "had" to educated those who are able-bodied on my chronic pain condition. It's just how it is if I want them to get it. The same holds true about white female privilege. 

The LGBT Community is Not Required to Earn Their Humanity

This is a guest post from Sparky, of Spark in Darkness.  Many of you are  familiar with him from Livejournal, as well as from his insightful and often hilarious commentary here. Each Tuesday, Womanist Musings will be featuring a post from Sparky.
 
Sometimes the same theme drags itself across my threshold several times in a month. Eventually I snap and have top rant about it. Well this has been dragging itself around for a hellaciously long time and is getting on my very last nerve. Actually it's been kind of a rough few weeks with a large series of cluelessness dragging across those last nerves. Including repeated annoying incidents of people demanding I do/say/think/be something in order to encourage people to accept GBLT equality.

I have spoken before about Equality and Justice being things that are owed - not things that are given. When straightness concedes our humanity and our deserving of equality and safety that is not a gift or grant - it refraining from maintaining a wrong. You don't thank someone when they stop hurting you.

So, I say again, if you fight for GBLT rights or even make pretty speeches for GBLT rights - you are not giving us gifts and presents. No, really.   

Monday, March 28, 2011

Gabrielle Union Talks Planned Parenthood

I came across the piece on the importance of Planned Parenthood and I really think it deserves as much attention as possible.


With all of the recent controversy about Planned Parenthood being disproportionately placed in minority communities - and allegedly being the cause of many African-American babies being aborted - actress Gabrielle Union has decided to speak up.

For Union, the Planned Parenthood controversy hits a personal note: Her best friend, who lacked health care, was able to receive both screening and treatment for cancer. Even though Union's friend recently died from the disease, Union contends that Planned Parenthood still gave her friend a fighting chance.


At the age of 32, my girlfriend Kristen Martinez was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer. She fought incredibly hard for five years but ultimately lost her battle with breast cancer on June 16, 2010.

We knew she wasn't going to make it this past summer, so I asked her, What's the one thing that you want young girls to take away, what do you want your legacy to be?

She said just to remind people and women, especially, that you are your own best advocate, and if you don't put you first, no one else will.

With all that's going on in the media about Planned Parenthood and abortions, I think the media is doing the public a great disservice. The fact that only 3 percent of the services that Planned Parenthood provides are abortions makes you wonder what's happening with the other 97 percent of what Planned Parenthood is doing.

The vast majority of the work that they do is preventative. Planned Parenthood provides low-cost reproductive information and care, which goes into providing contraception. For women who choose to keep their babies, they offer low-cost pregnancy services as well.

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Stop Denying White Female Privilege

Before we get into this, I am going to give the poor fainting White women, who are not up to a critical conversation the chance to grab a kleenex to dry their White woman tears.

Racialicious posted a piece by AJ Plaid last Thursday, about White female Privilege and sexism as a result of the fall out from Andrea Wallace's anti Asian rant.  Rather than focusing on the sexism faced by Wallace, I would like to examine the list of White female privilege that Plaid created, as well as the reaction to said list on Feministe.
  •     Can benefit from their association with white men as a wife, daughter, sibling, and mother.
  •     Have all their faults and flaws into perfect imperfections.
  •     Easily buy posters, post-cards, picture books, greeting cards, dolls, toys and children’s magazines featuring women like them.
  •     Can swear, or dress in second-hand clothes, or not answer any communications without having people attribute these choices to the bad morals, the poverty, or the illiteracy of their race.
  •     When told about our national language or about “civilization,” they are shown the people of their color made it what it was.
  •     Can turn on the television, open a newspaper, or go online and see people of their race widely represented.
  •     Can remain oblivious of the language and of persons of color who constitute the world’s majority without feeling in their culture any penalty.
  •     Are feel free to exhibit a wide range of emotions, from tears to genuine belly laughter, without being told to shut up.
  •     Can use the “sheer fear of tears” to their advantage. (Sarah Jaffe calls this “White Lady Tears.”)
  •     Are not compelled by the rules of their gender to wear emotional armor in interactions with most people.
  •     Are allowed to be vulnerable, playful, and “soft” without calling their worthiness as a member of their race being called into question.
  •     Are seen as the embodiments of value and purity and, due to their phenotypes (especially if it’s close(r) to the blonde-and-blue-eyed ideal), be considered worthy of protection—including having nations go to war over this purity and piety–and instantly become the objects of universal desire.
  •     They are seen as the default and the ideal embodiment of physical beauty and sexual attractiveness.  This idea(l) is replicated, despite the efforts of visual diversity, in all form of media, from paintings to plays to porn.
Clearly the list is not exhaustive, but it is a very good starting to place to discuss the privileges that are attached to a White female body, that is often ignored or hotly denied in feminist spaces. If we simply rely on the term White privilege, we ignore the way that it is experienced differently by gender, thus giving White women a chance to blame patriarchy for the White supremacist world in which we live.  Using the term White female privilege means accountability, and therefore; it is no surprise to me, that many would stand on their head to deny its very existence.

GOProud, what do you have to be proud of?

Matt Kailey is a transman living in Denver, Colorado, and an author, public speaker, and trainer on transgender issues. He blogs at Tranifesto. In his ideal world, no one would be equal to anyone else – everyone would just be equal.

On March 21, GOProud, the proudly gay conservative Republican (GOP) organization that supports “limited government, individual liberty, free markets and a confident foreign policy,” issued a press release patting themselves on the back for joining with more than two dozen other fiscally conservative groups to call on Congress to defund Planned Parenthood.

These groups claim that their argument has to do with a fiscal, rather than a social, agenda – they don’t want government money being spent to support a program that they say is “controversial.”

Maybe they prefer that government money be spent on the foster care system and assistance programs for those who will be unable to receive family planning help if Planned Parenthood is defunded. But my guess is that they don’t want government money spent on much of anything, because it might mean they would have to shell out some of their abundant wealth to actually help someone else who is not so fortunate.

Regardless, GOProud, I’m completely amazed at what actually makes you proud.

Pixar's Cars and Ableist Language

My boys, like most other kids love to watch movies repeatedly.  They go through stages where they find a series and watch it until they can virtually quote the whole movie, before switching to yet another movie.  Last night as we lay cuddled on the couch, they were feeling nostalgic, or as nostalgic as a five year old and a nine year old can feel, and decided that they wanted to watch Cars.

Having not actually watched the movie in awhile, I had forgotten all of the references to class. The role of Mater was played by comedian Larry the Cable Guy (Daniel Lawrence Whitney). He is a member of the Blue Collar Comedy group aka a group of rednecks who do stand up comedy together.  As I was asking myself what it meant that Whitney played a beat up old deuteragonist tow truck, my oldest was hearing something I had completely overlooked.

He said, "Mommy, I think this movie is ableist." When I asked why, he answered, "because they are always calling people morons and idiots. It's really not nice mom, you're disabled and you deserve better." 

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sunday Shame: Lilo and Stitch Edition

I have not done one of these in awhile, but old habits die hard.  I was chatting with Daniel, our newest contributor, when he inspired me to write this post. I know some of you are thinking that I should go easy on him, because he is after all new to Womanist Musings, but I just could not help myself.

I was whining to Daniel about once again being subjected to Lilo and Stitch by the boys, when Daniel decided to extoll the virtues of Stitch. When I asked him what he liked about Stitch he said, "His voice, he's blue, and small.He's fiendish".  Okay, this is a creature that has four arms and licks things.  Um, yeah, GROSS.  Smurfs are small and blue, Stitch on the other hand is GROSS.  He then went on to say, " You know, six2six would make a sweet band name."  I thought things were bad with Ohfilthygrandeur and her weird spongebob obsession, but this one really takes the cake. 

I get the love of cartoons, but I think there should be limits.  Apparently, Daniel does not think so and is contemplating the following tattoo.
No I didn't ask where he plans to put it (mind out of the gutter people). When I pointed out that this, shall we call it "fascination", had perhaps gone to far, Daniel offered to make myself, Sparky and Tami, of WhatTamiSaid a Stitch card for our respective birthdays.  Okay Daniel, put the grass skirt down and step back slowly.  I am starting to be thankful that I have a border to protect me, which means Tami had better hide. 


Alright, I suppose I have shamed Daniel enough.  Don't leave him hanging out there by himself. What cartoon character is your fave and why?  Would you go as far as to have said character tattooed on you and why? 


Oh Daniel...consider this your official welcome to Womanist Musings. You my friend have been Sunday Shamed.