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Tel Aviv Murder Reflects Israeli Fears

Published August 5, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

Tel Aviv Murder Reflects Israeli Fears | CommonDreams.org
by Ira Chernus

Israeli–Palestinian conflict

Palestine

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Same-Sex : Union or Marriage

Published August 5, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

Marriage

Same-sex marriage

The State of the Same-Sex Union: Three-Part Series

Part One Part Two Part Three

By Joanna L. Grossman & Edward Stein


The Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench upheld the decision of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission tribunal in Nichols v. M.J. & Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, 2009 SKQB 299. (Canada 17/07/09)

If Homosexuality Is a ‘Sexual Preference,’ Is Heterosexuality a ‘Sexual Predilection’?

Published August 5, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

If Homosexuality Is a ‘Sexual Preference,’ Is Heterosexuality a ‘Sexual Predilection’? / Queerty

Words, Words, Words, these building blocks of communication can be used in many ways i.e. to express love, to incite conflict, to convey ideas, and state disrespect. The use of language is important because words have immense power they define our cultural reality within the relationships that make us human. Words are the means by which we communicate with each other in many different positive and negative ways i.e. to express love, discriminate, share ideas, show disrespect and enforce social values. In recent history, we have become more sensitive to power of words Government reflects this social shift in its dealings with cultural groups. It has established formal guidelines in the form of policy & procedures, legislation and the law. These guidelines relate to appropriate ways in undertaking a respectful dialogue with an identified cultural group. However, cultural conflicts exist in a complex society like ours we can see it playing out in everyday life, mass media, and some political commentary or more subtle in other mainstream culture.

The notion that words represent real power and as such language or the use of language be it spoken, written or otherwise transmitted is not an original idea. However, this point while relevant the source post-modernity or critical –modernity seems peripheral. Hence to be aware that with every statement made we convey some form of authority or power. Quiet often it draws on some i.e. moral authority, political ideology or something an elder relative imparted on you as wisdom. If somebody said to you, I wish you were dead or I hate you, then if you held the person in esteem like a parent, how would this make you feel. This happens when someone discloses his or her gender identity, further compounded by a society that in the main denies his or her right to exist.  However, upon this disclosure they become members of a great Rainbow nation , that often freely reaches out in support.

Neil Hicks: Criminalizing Dissent

Published August 5, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

Neil Hicks: Criminalizing Dissent

When considering dissent , it generally refers to an oppositional political position, as is queer by its very nature. The article discusses the vagaries of democracy and removal of authoritarian governments that may result in the compromising of human rights. . However, what does this mean for us when these white knights of equity are more likely our oppressors. It seems mainly in Western countries like the US, Australia and the UK with representational forms of government it is by their grace we are able to express our opposition. However, because of systemic biases these political positions maybe ignored. It comes down to numbers politicians do listen and talk with us, but the impetus to act fully is lacking. As a minority, we do not have the political muscle, which means we have to i.e. nurture allies, build networks advocate, lobby and protest loudly. We have gained much over the last 100 years however, on a political whim these rights can be revoked at any time. The key here is to know the political system, be clear on your aims and objectives, and lastly be prepared to fight.

Our galah of the week:AMA president Dr Andrew Pesce says gay people should not have IVF

Published August 5, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

AMA head Dr Andrew Pesce in IVF row | Herald Sun

by Eleni Hale August 02, 2009 12:00am

The new AMA (Australian Medical Association) President Dr Andrew Pesce decided to share his informed views on In vitro fertilisation treatment (IVF).

His view

“Fertility treatment is there to treat diseases that cause infertility, it shouldn’t be there as a lifestyle choice,”

My view

The good doctor just stuck both feet in his mother, IVF may be useful in treating infertility however, where does the lifestyle choice tag factor into this equation.The view expressed by the good doctor smacks of 1950’s patriarchy,  although I may be wrong? I have seen too many child safety cases to say that having a child is some universal right it is not. Although, I do admire women who commit themselves to undergoing this treatment because of the impact on every dimension of their being.

He went on and qualified his position

His view

“For example, single women (who choose IVF) don’t have a disease, they just don’t have a partner. Same-sex couples, they don’t have disease but they are using an option that gets around the natural order of things.”

My view

Who says it was a prerequisite for the woman to be infertile or “have a disease”?  Just in clarifying single women cannot receive treatment because they do not have a partner and same-sex couples cannot receive treatment because it is something about getting around the “natural order of things”. Who determined this natural order and what is it precisely.

The inference taken here is that

  • IVF , does not involve using a med8ical 0proceedure to get around the arbitrary acts of biology
  • eligibility the key criteria being applied here is that women can only have treatment if they have a man as a partner?
  • A Single woman and/or a woman who identifies as a Lesbian do not experience fertility issues

In conclusion, it is not only the Law that is an Ass but some in the medical profession also share this distinction.