All posts for the day July 11th, 2009

Reproductive Health and Partner Violence

Published July 11, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

Feminists For Choice » Reproductive Health and Partner Violence

“’He Thought a Baby Would Keep Me in His Life Forever: When Partner Abuse Isn’t a Bruise But a Pregnant Belly” by Lynn Harris.

“reproductive control” is a more common facet of partner violence than most have been willing to recognise.”


Free speech or homophobia?

Published July 11, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

Free speech or homophobia? | Riazat Butt | Comment is free |

Free speech or homophobia, Free speech or sexism, free speech or racism, If the spoken, printed, or broadcast word  seeks to insight vilification of a social group based on who they are then it is discriminatory.

Critical Thinking: Impossible in Schools?

Published July 11, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

Robert Rose: Critical Thinking: Impossible in Schools?

In a world increasingly dominated by spin, the need for not only children, it is up to us all too critically question everything seems paramount. The News is not what it seems, rather a commentary infused with the belief system of its authors. Something presented as a factual account is often pitted with both explicit and implicit value statements. An example being current affair shows and some mainstream News broadcasts present station programming promotions and other service announcements as News, when in fact it is commercial advertising.  Do not accept anything as fact without questioning it, Who, What, Where, When, How and why, check and double check, do not accept any convenient truth as a fact.

The Declaration of Independence of these United State of America

Published July 11, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

The Declaration of Independence of thefe United Statef of America | Los Angeles Times

The United States’ Declaration of Independence may well be the most cited yet least read or understood document in American history.

This article speaks to the observance and celebration of July 4 on which citizens need to take the time to read this document, and reflect on its words. It implies that many cite this document however may not fully understand or appreciate it, other than in supporting a convenient truth or subjective opinion.

Go easy on equality says minister

Published July 11, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

BBC NEWS | UK | UK Politics | Go easy on equality says minister

When will the English cede Class as nothing more than a dated demographic, the Minister argues the need for a more refined definition of inequality. It seems the argument is more about political survival than any significant philosophical shift.  Inequality exists because of class distinctions certain people hold privilege over others because of some arbitrary factor due in part to circumstance or history. It will take more than semantics to both challenge and change the nature of inequality in this case the approach argued would more than likely reinforce inequality by pandering to the mythical middle class or status quo.

The State has a responsibility to address the welfare or social wellbeing of its citizens and not to perpetuate capitalist idealism.

Amnesty details Gaza ‘war crimes’

Published July 11, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Amnesty details Gaza ‘war crimes’A wounded Palestinian child is carried into the Kamal Adwan hospital after an Israeli air strike on 11 January

I choose the photo and admit my bias on this issue in my support of the Palestinian cause, having said that I recognize the need for a two state solution to resolve this issue. . These types of military responses, obviously do not work, as the only ones that suffer are civilians. Both sides need to recognise the right of the other to exist and show each other due respect. Someone needs to show real leadership, it is Israel who must take this lead in striving for reconciliation, the time for swords has well passed.  It is time for put aside the egos of old men  and both parties to engage in a meaningful dialogue in looking towards the future.

A Liberal’s Hit List: Poverty in the LGBT Community

Published July 11, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

A Liberal’s Hit List: Poverty in the LGBT Community

The article gives some limited commentary on a recent report by The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law titled

“Poverty in the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Community”.

It highlights a number of findings that question the myth of ‘the power of the pink dollar’, in that households in Our Community are at least as likely—and at times more likely—to be poor than married heterosexual couples. The rigour of this claim may need further consideration however the point here is to be mindful that our people come from a diverse socio-economic background.

CentreRight: I don’t apologize for Section 28

Published July 11, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

CentreRight: I don’t apologize for Section 28

Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 (UK)


(1) A local authority shall not—

(a) intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality;

(b)  promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship.

Having said that the author goes on to explain that those ‘Gay Liberationists” got themselves elected to public office, not that a majority of citizens elected the people.

“These activists then used their political position to force school libraries to carry literature directed at five and six year old children teaching them that it was perfectly normal to be raised in a family with homosexual parents.  The best known of these books was “Jenny lives with Eric and Martin”.

I am sure somewhere in the world Jenny may live with Eric and Martin, as her loving and caring parents. However, this seemingly incensed the powers to be who subsequently legislated to ensure the integrity of heteronormativity.

The blog is a classic of conservative ignorance in that they used or abused their power to dictate to the citizenry. Americans especially progressives would be aware of the conservative rant about the perils of government impinging on citizens rights.  This particular rant starts with a length qualifier around I have queer friends, then progresses to say this intervention was required but is unsure why other than it was an initiative of a conservative political party.  The author argues it was a measurer required to ensure those subversive queers did not pervert 5-6 yr olds into reading stories about the diversity of social relations.

My question what would this mean for Jenny, how would she understand her lived experience?

David Cameron apologises to gay people for section 28

Published July 11, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

David Cameron apologises to gay people for section 28 | Politics | The Guardian

David Cameron has embarked on another major step in the modernisation of the Conservative party by offering a public apology for section 28, the notorious legislation which banned the “promotion” of homosexuality in schools.

Admission aimed at reconciliation for past injustice or political opportunism aimed at courting a voting block? When there is an election in the air politicians seem to say some of the most unexpected things and act in very strange ways. It was a conservative government that legislated t ensure elected local officials  did not enact some subversive deviant agenda to pervert 5-6 yr olds by giving them the opportunity to read about social diversity. In this case I hold mixed feelings about the sincerity or even authenticity of his apology. Conservatives rant about big brother, however seem to readily employ him to ensure the status quo is maintained at all cost.

Jenny Sanford: “Gay marriage wrecked my family”

Published July 11, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

Jenny Sanford: “Gay marriage wrecked my family” | theDiscust

When I first read the headline, I was perplexed had the Honourable (dubious) gentleman from South Carolina had ‘jumped the fence.  However, it seems like a true Southern Belle the vapours may have overcome her or she may have taken a little too much of the recipe. The Honourable Lady claimed that

“Our marriage was perfect until these laws started passing around the country. Clearly the slow dissolution of the sanctity of marriage in America seeped into Mark’s psyche until he no longer felt compelled to abide by our vows.”

Obviously, her husband’s Adultery (Exodus 2:14 & 17 must have slipped her mind) was because of the recent recognition in some states (US) of same-sex unions. I think the term she used was moral decay.

My questions

Is your husband an adult?

Whose behaviour is it?

Did he not take the vows?

Did he not break those vows?

I am not taking any moral position here, however would like to remind the Honourable Lady of Exodus 2:16.

“Thou shall not bear false witness against your neighbour”

Do we also have to bear the sins of philandering heterosexuals as well?