March 24, 2009

the haters get ready - will justice succeed over tired stereotypes?

As I was walking through the state house today, I saw a piece of litter on the floor and, do-gooder that I am, I leaned over and picked it up.

Okay, you all know that's not true. I accidentally kicked a piece of paper on the floor and when it landed, I thought I had dropped myself, so I leaned to pick it up. It turned out to be a flier from the opponents to the gender identity and expression equality bill. Here it is below.

It smacks of desperation, trying to use stereotypes and bizarre phobias to manipulate people to oppose the bill. Quenchistas, what do you think about the flier? Help respond to this nonsense. Explain in the comments what you think is wrong with it, how you would make a counter-argument, and how you would help more middle-of-the-road people who aren't quite as far out to the right as the people who made this flier what's wrong with this flier and why to support trans rights.

March 20, 2009

I admit it, I still wanna quench

Hey quenchistas,

I have a question for you all. Do you still want to quench? Do you still want to read quench? If you're a writer, do you still want to write for quench?

I've been looking for some more interactive itching of my queer antiracist, well basically anti--bad things and pro-good things (like "people should be allowed to choose their own identities") itch, and quench was always one of those best places to scratch it.

I know posts have been down recently, but our stats say people are still visiting, and I'm wondering if people are still interested. Perhaps we can use the comments of this post to discuss why we are still/no longer interested?

I for one am interested in using this space to keep learning, growing, and being pushed in new directions. Plus, I like all of you. (Except for icarus - for her, I reserve only hate.) But I admit that I haven't been making the effort recently, and starting today, I will try to make the effort.

What do others think? (Even if it's something short - boy will I be bummed if there is so little interested that no one even comments about whether there is interest).

March 13, 2009

Free Pie for Pi.

If you're not dating a hot math nerd, you may want to reconsider before tomorrow...

Free pie at Petsi Pies in Somerville, MA tomorrow on National Pi Day!

You get 10% off for every 10 digits of pi that you know - and 100 digits gets you an entire free pie.

Sadly, I can only get to 3.1459 and then I get overwhelmed.


March 06, 2009

Rage-inducing story of the day

This is really upsetting and horrifying:

A Brazilian archbishop says all those who helped a child rape victim secure an abortion are to be excommunicated from the Catholic Church.

The girl, aged nine, who lives in the north-eastern state of Pernambuco, became pregnant with twins.

It is alleged that she had been sexually assaulted over a number of years by her stepfather.

The full story here. The archbishop told press that "the law of God was above any human law."

Is it also the law of God to force a child to suffer? I really don't understand how someone could blindly impose religious doctrine in a situation like this. I would be interested to hear other people's thoughts.

March 03, 2009

Hey! Free stuff! - Updated

So, as y'all probably know by now, I love free stuff.

Recently, I embarked on an experiment to see how many free samples of stuff I could get mailed to me by requesting it on the internet. I was really surprised by how many samples people will mail to you. There are a few good sites. I especially like Hey, It's Free! because they try to screen out any spammy/scam links.

I am going to keep y'all updated on what I actually receive in the mail.

So far, I have received:

Yay for free stuff! Stay tuned for what else comes in mail.

GLAD challenges the Defense of Marriage Act in federal court

GLAD has filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court in Boston on behalf of eight married couples and three surviving spouses from Massachusetts who have been denied federal legal protections available to spouses because of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

Very exciting. You can learn more and get updates here.