ladymirth: (godless liberal)
Guys, guys, guys you gotta read this: Sam Schulman's views on gay marriage.

The entity known as "gay marriage" only aspires to replicate a very limited, very modern, and very culture-bound version of marriage. Gay advocates have chosen wisely in this. They are replicating what we might call the "romantic marriage," a kind of marriage that is chosen, determined, and defined by the couple that enters into it. Romantic marriage is now dominant in the West and is becoming slightly more frequent in other parts of the world. But it is a luxury and even here has only existed (except among a few elites) for a couple of centuries--and in only a few countries. The fact is that marriage is part of a much larger institution, which defines the particular shape and character of marriage: the kinship system.

Marriage as an affirmation of love? What an idea!

...marriage is concerned above all with female sexuality. The very existence of kinship depends on the protection of females from rape, degradation, and concubinage. This is why marriage between men and women has been necessary in virtually every society ever known. Marriage, whatever its particular manifestation in a particular culture or epoch, is essentially about who may and who may not have sexual access to a woman when she becomes an adult, and is also about how her adulthood--and sexual accessibility--is defined.

Nowadays we define it with a set of brass knuckles, a well aimed stilletto heel to the essentials and a can of pepper spray. 


This most profound aspect of marriage--protecting and controlling the sexuality of the child-bearing sex--is its only true reason for being, and it has no equivalent in same-sex marriage. Virginity until marriage, arranged marriages, the special status of the sexuality of one partner but not the other (and her protection from the other sex)--these motivating forces for marriage do not apply to same-sex lovers.

Because gay people are all polygamous commitment-phobes or because they like and respect women enough not to enslave them with chastity belts? YOU decide. 

Now to live in such a system, in which sexual intercourse can be illicit, is a great nuisance. Many of us feel that licit sexuality loses, moreover, a bit of its oomph. Gay lovers live merrily free of this system. Can we imagine Frank's family and friends warning him that "If Joe were serious, he would put a ring on your finger"? Do we ask Vera to stop stringing Sally along?

No, I can't imagine Frank's family telling him something like that because they aren't conservative fucktards who want to  impose their misguided moral values on other people. Also - ARE YOU FUCKING SERIOUS?!

Even in modern romantic marriages, a groom becomes the hunting or business partner of his father-in-law and a member of his clubs; a bride becomes an ally of her mother-in-law in controlling her husband.


marriage is a part of the kinship system, and kinship depends on the protection, organization, and often the exploitation of female sexuality vis-à-vis males.

So, what  he's ultimately saying is that marriage is an outmoded  concept created by the cult of the patriarchy to oppress and control women, which gay people should be denied for their own good so they can continue with their merrily polygamous, promiscous, non-women hating, non-controlling lifestyle? 

I...think I can actually get behind that. If I fry my braincells a bit. 

I thank [ profile] anti_feminism for linking this and bringing such joy into my life. 
ladymirth: (contained excitement)
Those of you who follow the world news know that there's a lot happening in Sri Lanka right now. The terrorist leader Vellupilai Prabhakaran, who has terrorized the nation for the past 26 years with his LTTE guerrilla organization, has reportedly been killed and all the land that has been annexed by them for 20 years been retaken by the Sri Lankan Army. It's purported to be a final end to the years of atrocities and fear that has stunted this country's economic and infrastructural development since the 80s. There are celebrations in the streets, fireworks from all sides and Friday has been declared a national holiday. The Commander in Cheif of the Army, His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksha has been declared the nation's favourite son, and they are carrying poster slogans of him which proclaims him to be "King Mahinda". It's suuposed to be a pretty damn big day for the Singhalese. 

For me? Not so much. I'm glad that that monster is dead, and I hope he died painfully. I'm thankful to our boys on the front lines for having unified the entire island for the first time in a quarter of a century. 

But despite claims that the LTTE was merely Prabhakran's personality cult, to me, his death is merely the cutting of a head of Medusa - another one will grow back in its place. This country has been riddled with violence and insecurity ever since 1972, first with the JVP revolts and the ensuing political unrest and constantly with religious and ethnic unrest. This entire war was a result of the 1983 riots, which were incited when 13 Singhalese soldiers were killed by the LTTE (which was at the time little more than a  gang of thugs hated by their own). Singhalese hot-heads retaliated by  hunting down and lynching innocent Tamil civilians by the hundreds while the Singhalese settled in Tamil areas were run out of their homes. Droves of Tamils migrated to other countries as politcal refugees  with  the enduring image  the Singhalese as murderers in their hearts (to this day those Tamils call the Singhalese "Sinha-ban", as in Taliban) and the persecuted Tamils ran into the arms of the LTTE, who promised to protect and avenge them. Overnight, we had ourselves created a monster that would  take the lives of hundreds of thousands of our soldiers and civilians in the name of that blood debt. 

There are those who see the beginning of Independence on this day. I see a dangerously powerful government headed by a leader who himself is becoming a cult personality. Every single time we've had a political leader that was this powerful, their ego ballooned tosuch a degree that it pressed on their brain cells and they ended up making decisions that screwed the country for the rest of time. I see the voices of caution and much-needed checks and balances becoming weaker and weaker. I foresee the rise of nationalism, and with it rampant fundamentalism and racism taking root amongst our people. I see my people refusing to acknowledge or learn from past mistakes. I see growing hostilities between ourselves and the international community, culminating in devastating trade bans and the refusal of the IMF loan that we so desperately need (btw, fuck you very much, Hillary Clinton). I see war refugees being interned and mistreated, festering more inter-racial hatred until a new wave of terrorists are begot within their ranks. I see pro-LTTE factions rising up and retaliating all over the world. I see terrorist witch-hunts that eventually lead to pogroms against the minorities until rioting once again breaks out and the vicious cycle starts again...

Maybe I'm being as skeptical and jaded as only the young can be. But how can you blame me? My entire generation grew up with this war. We learned to live knowing that each day might be our last. And now, are we supposed to rearrange our mindset and suddenly learn to trust our leaders justbecause they flipped a switch and said, "ding-dong, the witch is dead"? It's a known fact that Prabhakaran's son escaped to Malaysia, not to mention the untold numbers of LTTE sleepers scattered all over the world and in the suburbs of Colombo. How long before they form splinter factions and regroup to avenge their fallen leader? Ten years? Twenty? Just in time to draft our own children into another war? 

For me, one of the most horrifying scenes in Greek Literature is the one in Euripides' Women of Troy where Hector's baby son Astyanax is wrenched from his imploring mother Andromache's arms and thrown off the battlements to his death, because the Greeks are afriad the boy will grow up to avenge his father. I've always thanked any gods that were still around that that sort of thing wouldn't happen today - and then I realized that actually, it would, only it would be done quietly and without alerting the press. What guarantee do we have that  our politicians would not have quietly disposed of Prabhakaran and his lieutenants children, whether they were full-grown rebels or babies? And yet, wouldn't it be inevitable that these children would grow up with hate in their hearts for their fathers' killers? 

Medusa, in the end, could only be defeated and killed by being made to see the reflection of her own horrible face. And until the Sri Lankan people, Tamil, Singhala or Muslim, realize their vengeful, righteous chest-thumping for the evil that it is, peace and prosperity will only ever continue to be a dream for this country. 

As for you, "King Mahinda"...beware the Ides of March!
ladymirth: (nerd kitty)
When a country obtains great power,
it becomes like the sea:
all streams run downward into it.
The more powerful it grows,
the greater the need for humility.
Humility means trusting the Tao,
thus never needing to be defensive.

A great nation is like a great man:
When he makes a mistake, he realizes it.
Having realized it, he admits it.
Having admitted it, he corrects it.
He considers those who point out his faults
as his most benevolent teachers.
He thinks of his enemy
as the shadow that he himself casts.

If a nation is centered in the Tao,
if it nourishes its own people
and doesn't meddle in the affairs of others,
it will be a light to all nations in the world

- Tao Te Ching.
ladymirth: (godless liberal)

Although, you know, I'm not sure I can agree with everything he says. I mean, being a POW does count for a lot, especially when the country is facing a war situation. It means a lot when you can relate directly with soldiers in the line of fire, and you are going to be in command of the one of the most powerful defence forces in the world. And Pastor Wright's remarks were a lot more inflammatory than what the author makes it out to be. 

But it still sort of pwns all. XD
ladymirth: (godless liberal)
"Alaska Women Reject Palin" rally is HUGE.  

God I love those signs. Another socialist, baby-killing maggot for free speech! Not all Republicans want Sarah in the White House! Keep your church outta my state! Eddie Burke convinced me to be here(haha!) Think! It's not illegal yet! Don't insult my pitbull (priceless!). The Alaska Disasta! 

That is one angry-lookin' dude, yo!

Things like this, they give me hope. *sigh* Don't disturb me now. I'm in my happy place.

Dear U.S,
You dare elect those neanderthal fuckwits to office right on the heels of eight years of Bush Embarrassment, and I will lose any and all respect I have for you. You have got a great Constitution going for you, except for that dodgy electoral college thing. Your women have come a long way. Don't let those self-righteous little turds and the puppet Supreme Court judges they've got lined up try and push women back to the days of coat-hanger abortions and pro-abstinence bullshit. I am counting on you against my better judgment, even though you actually let Dubya sit in the White House for not one but two terms. 

Don't let your country become like mine.

Still holding out hope,
A jaded woman. 

ladymirth: (god)
Bart for VP!

 Of course, he is not without his detractors. Voter [ profile] lxbean points out: But how do I know Bart isn't just riding a cynical wave of pseudo-dog-liberation, disguising himself as a "dogist," as it were, while advocating for an anti-dog reversion to the days of dog catchers for the mixed breeds and cold kennels for the working breeds while he and his fellow East Coast Elites sit around swilling lattes and eating hotdogs dipped in peanut butter?

How do I know Bart's not just selling me a fantasy in the tradition of movies like "A Dog's Life in the White House" and "Puppy Goes to Washington"?

However, [ profile] abnormalsanon soon puts these fears to rest:  Because he has experience and he was a POW in the pound. Isn't that enough for you? Are you un-American or what??

Frankly, he is the best choice I've seen so far. I hope you do your duty, America!

(Thanks be to [ profile] kemidra for linking me.) 
ladymirth: (damn)
Found on a post on LnCMBs:

Since the United States is the world's only real superpower, whose military arsenal is many times greater than the rest of the world's put together, the President of the United States becomes, in some ways, the President of the whole world. The General Secretary of the United Nations is nothing in comparison with the President of the United States.

So when the people of the United States elect their President, the rest of the world gets that President too, only we didn't get the chance to vote for him (or her?).

Um, what? 

The President of the United States becomes the President of the whole world? The General Secretary of the United Nations is nothing compared to the President of the United States? 

What drivel. The U.S has always had a tremendous cultural and economic impact on the world, but this is nonsense. It's the sort of self-congratulatory, hyperbolic egocentricsm that led the Bush Administration to believe that they could ride rough-shod over the U.N if they so pleased and invade Iraq without any sort of international backlash. 

As far as I know, Clinton was all talk and little action during his term, but Bush was a rank idiot who made his entire country into a laughing stock, and his administration is a by-word in terms of corruption and isolationism for the internationational public at large, whatever the sentiments of his own electorate. As a citizen of a country who has also been electing equally rank idiots for quite some time now, I sympathise with the people who never wanted another Bush in the White House after the Gulf War. I am rather satisfied with the President we have now, and I can only hope that the U.S also elects a President better qualified to represent its best interests and repair its image. 

But if the American President is indeed the single most influential person in the world, and if history does indeed repeat itself, it should mean either or both of the following:

a) there is a serious flaw in world politics that means the United Nations has failed worse than it's predecessor The League of Nations, and should be dissolved immediately in favour of a better balanced system.

b)We're looking at World War III on the horizon. 

The day I accept this sort of colonial mindset wherein I'm supposed to let someone who represents less than 300 million people out of six billion, and who I never had the choice to vote for in the first place, declare his prominence over the leaders of 185 other countries, is when I personally vote to re-elect our stooge ex-Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe as President. As in, never. 

Btw, the world's most efficient military belongs to Switzerland, the world's most populous country and fastest-growing economy is China, the most technologically advanced is Japan, the one that enjoys the best standard of living is Iceland, and the richest in terms of per capita is probably Saudi Arabia (must check). The country which has contributes the most manpower to the International Peace Corps is Canada. 

Just saying, is all.
P.S: I trust the Americans on my flist will not be offended by this particular rant, unless they are gunning for world domination. Which I doubt. ;-)

ETA: [profile] elluxioninforms me that India has narrowly beaten China as the current fastest-growing economy.

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