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Obama Naked With Unicorns (NSFW)

Published July 31, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

Obama Naked With Unicorns (NSFW)

The article asks for a response to a number of pictures of a naked POTUS with unicorns. My view for what it is worth is that POTUS is the first US president I would freely describe as being sexy. It has little to do with the power of office, more to do with looks, persona, intellect or charisma. He is just sexy, my favourite being the one above, I think it is about king’s checkmate. My least favourite ‘Ugly Betty’, I loathe fluff and that program is all about  nothingness or fluff.

My vote is for a sexy man in the buff riding a unicorn slaying the ignorant!

Queer in the media

Published July 30, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

This post is another of my link collections highlighting LGBT representation on television and in the movies. It is an open project just make your contribution by adding a comment

GLAAD releases index of LGBT representation on television – Feministing

TV Gayed
GLAAD’s Weekly Guide to What’s LGBT on TV

Television shows

Dramatic television series

Made for television films

About Gay Movies

List of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender-related films

11 Memorable TV Guestbians

Australia

Number 96 (TV series)

Joe Hasham – Don Finlayson -Lawyer

The Box (TV series)

Paul Karo – Lee Whiteman -television producer

The Law: rainbow matters

Published July 29, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

Liberty

Landmark Gay Rights Cases (USA)

1933—O’Malley v. Amalgamated Shirtwaist Inc.: The right of gay people to sign legal documents is upheld

1947—Meyerson v. City of Boulder: The court struck down a local bylaw that required all homosexuals to shout, “Gay coming through,” while walking in public

1967—Big Faggot Dave v. United States: Won the right for gay plaintiffs to be protected from offensive epithets when court cases are titled

1973—Miller v. Williams: Reggie Williams was held responsible for $245 in damage done to the car of Scott Miller, a gay man

1972—Martin v. Alabama: Men permitted to hold hands so long as no one is looking

1973—Miles v. Baskin-Robbins: Anyone—anyone—is allowed to ask for up to two sample tastes before purchasing

1990—Marker’s Bar and Grill v. Fitzgerald: Stated that gay bars did not have to be named with a poor double entendre

2006—Oppenheimer v. Toomey: Upheld the right of closeted gays to remain trapped in miserable, loveless marriages for the rest of their lives

Sonia Sotomayor – First Hispanic US Supreme Court Associate Justice

Published July 29, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

Supreme Court nomination announced for associate justice 26/05/09

Submitted to Senate 01/95/09

Senate confirmation hearings commenced 13/07/09

Record in Constitutional Cases

Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court – Sonia Sotomayor – Questionnaire

Confirmed By Senate Judiciary Committee 29/07/09

Senate opens Sotomayor confirmation debate 05/08/09

Senate confirmes Sotomayor as the 111th justice of the
Supreme Court by a vote of 68-31. first
Hispanic and the third woman to serve on the court. 06/08/09

Sotomayor takes oath from Chief Justice Roberts  AP 08/08/09

US Supreme Court

Drowning in the Shallow End: Third Wave Feminism

Published July 28, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

Drowning in the Shallow End: Third Wave Feminism

by Heather Tirado Gilligan

In the 1990s, a new generation of women heralded the dawn of a new feminist era. But does declaring a “new wave” – particularly one that equates individual lifestyle choices with activism, consumer power with feminism, and diversity with racial equality – make for a feminist social movement?

Heather Tirado Gilligan explores this issue through interviews with feminist scholar Jane Elliott, Colorlines managing editor Daisy Hernandez, lesbian filmmaker Aishah Simmons, and Chicana feminist Cherrie Moraga. Gilligan proposes feminists drop the wave metaphor and organize around the less socially palatable but more pressing goal of addressing inequities.

This article comes to an interesting conclusion in that the author argues

“Our rights, such as they are, were won by the tireless work of earlier generations of feminists, and obligate us to correct the inequality that continues to structure women’s lives, starting right now.”

Will there ever be a ‘Post-Racial’ Society?

Published July 27, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

Will America Ever Be A ‘Post-Racial’ Society? | NEWS JUNKIE POST

By Gilbert Mercier

The article gives some commentary on race relations in the US after the arrest of an African American academic Henry Louis Gates in his home by a White police officer. What resulted from this incident were claims of racial profiling and subsequent comments by the President, which caused a political whirlwind.

Points of interest

  • Racial divide did not magically end because of Obama’s election
  • ” racial politics” in America are far from over.
  • African-American & Latino experience, racial profiling by police
  • Minority status makes people automatically potential suspects.

America has come a long way from its ugly past as far as race relations, but we still have a long way to go.

Additional Information

African-American Civil Rights Movement (1955–1968)

International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination

Commentary

In the past 40 – 50 years there have been significant advance in civil rights however the old hate has not disappeared, discrimination has just become more sophisticated. This is but one example of Institutional racism, whereby is

“the collective failure of an organization to provide an appropriate and professional service to people because of their colour, culture or ethnic origin”.

In this case, the police acted on a report that two black men were trying to break into a house, in fact they where however one was the owner of the home Mr Gates.

Further Story by Womenmusing

Black Men and Crime What’s The Story?