eumelia: (queer rage)
I just worked though my feelings regarding President Obama's statement of marriage equality in the United States by creating fanfic with another non-American fan.

I'm gay and she's straight and we were both... unimpressed. Probably for different reasons. Her country has had marriage equality for over a decade. I live in a country that has no civil marriage for anyone.

Look at that quote.

This is what President Obama said (Via The Atlantic Wire):
"I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don't Ask Don't Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married,”


Now look at me.

President Obama has laid out in those few sentences what his opinion about marriage equality is about.

An opinion, that should have no bearing on the law.

No one's opinion should have any bearing on the nature of people's relationship.

Beyond that, he's making it a personal issue, as opposed to a social issue, reiterating the false dichotomy that what matters, is what matters to the people he knows and that the rest will have to find different solution.

When he says - "when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together," - he is giving us the baseline of decent gay people, of worthy gay people. Long term and monogamous who are productive members of society by being reproductive members of society.

And if they're not reproducing, they're out there killing people in far away lands - "when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don't Ask Don't Tell is gone," - because now gay people can go out into the world, openly, and kill anyone in the name of Freedom, Liberty and Democracy.

That was sarcasm.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell was a cruel decree, and its repeal is a good thing (This is not sarcasm).

That doesn't make the draft a tool of progress for gay people. Being able to be visible is a necessary thing, and I don't begrudge that. However, the fact that the fight was focused on this repeal as though it would change the culture of homophobia inherent to an institution based on hierarchy and conservative notions of masculinity, kind of boggles me.

Taking the above into account and once again, marriage equality is placed out there as a prize the second class citizens of America need to aspire to.

I find that notion absolutely abhorrent.

People sexuality, their relationship style, their loyalty to the government and reproductive choices should not be a standard for their humanity.

And their humanity should not be equated with a state contract.

"I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married"

The President's personal opinion has no bearing, whatsoever, on the inherent humanity of gay people, who may or may not be in a relationship.

The fact that his personal opinion is favourable, but he states at the same time that it should be remain a state issue is extremely telling.

Ironically, Obama has been the best President with regards to Trans issues, which is saying something, considering the majority of marriage equality advocates shuffle trans people under the bus when it comes to pushing an agenda. I see it in the States and I see it in my own locale.

And that's why I've been saying gay people throughout.

There is no discussion of the humanity and dignity of bisexual people, or men and women and other genders I couldn't name who are in a relationship that may or may not be romantic. Or who aren't in a relationship at all. There is no discussion of kinship without marriage. There is no discussion of healthcare plans without a spouse. Why is there a moral imperative when it comes to children?

Bottom line.

Obama expressed his personal opinion that marriage is something gay people have to earn. By fighting, tooth and nail.

This is progress?
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Congratulations to President Obama.

As per request of a friend on my f-list I'm adding the word "premature".

Happy D?

It is a very prestigious award to be won indeed. Personally, I think the Nobel Peace Prize is a bit of a crock.
Too many people who shouldn't have touched it, got it.

The award is largely about vision, which Obama certainly has, but it's also about action taken. While what he's done so far appears good, a lot of it has been raising awareness; now, I'm all about raising awareness, it is a very important part when it comes to activism and social change.

The notion of a black man as President should not be taken lightly. My dad keeps telling me that this is one of the reasons America is great; only in America could a minority be voted as leader.
I mentioned Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir of Iceland and Tarja Halonen of Finland.
Those of you not in the know, both are Lesbian Women and are the Prime Ministers of their countries.

They don't count of course. Because America is great, those Scandinavian countries don't even speak English.

Whatever.

Obama's policy of dialouge still needs a lot of time to work and needs time to saturate into our minds, because the past eight years have mainly been *bam bam bam* and it takes a long time to get used to quiet.
If it even happens.

All that is to say; I like Obama, but other than do a lot on the conciousness level (which is of the good), I want to see him implement something תחלס - that is... there has to be a bottom line somewhere.
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On November 5ht (Never Forget *Solidarity Fist*), which is the day I found out about Obama's election since I didn't stay up all night in order to view the process, I was talking to a bunch of friends and we were all recounting what a great speaker he is and what a great sense of humour he has.
"His father send him from Krypton!"
Peels of laughter from the politically aware comic books geeks of the Literary Studies department of Tel-Aviv University.
Me?
Disconnected from reality?
Pfft.

In any event, Sinfest continue to make that narrative fun and appealing: Today's Sinfest )

Also, since I feel the need to continue being the dork; it's been a while since I posted a Just Some Random Guy Marve/DC theater video.
Enjoy the latest installment in I'm a Marvel... I'm a DC... Happy Hour:
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Dear Uncle Sam,

Thank you for taking the risk.
Let's all hope it was worth it.
Great luck and success to the incoming Obama administration.

Bush... If I believe in any kind of Law of Return I'd say that the Karma coming your way would be disastrous.
But it won't, because people in your position get to get away with destruction, just like murder.
So if you could do your best to do nothing until January it'd be much appreciated.
Same goes to the Congress and Senate that allowed the past eight years worth of world affecting policy to come into being.

Sincerely,
A Citizen of The World.
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I love The Daily Show, I find Jon to be one the funniest men in television today.
Here's a small portion of Mr. Stewart handing the asses of McCain, Obama and Clinton back to them in the shape of brisket.



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V and Justice

V: Ah, I was forgetting that we are not properly introduced. I do not have a name. You can call me V. Madam Justice...this is V. V... this is Madam Justice. hello, Madam Justice.

Justice: Good evening, V.

V: There. Now we know each other. Actually, I've been a fan of yours for quite some time. Oh, I know what you're thinking...

Justice: The poor boy has a crush on me...an adolescent fatuation.

V: I beg your pardon, Madam. It isn't like that at all. I've long admired you...albeit only from a distance. I used to stare at you from the streets below when I was a child. I'd say to my father, "Who is that lady?" And he'd say "That's Madam Justice." And I'd say "Isn't she pretty."

V: Please don't think it was merely physical. I know you're not that sort of girl. No, I loved you as a person. As an ideal.

Justice: What? V! For shame! You have betrayed me for some harlot, some vain and pouting hussy with painted lips and a knowing smile!

V: I, Madam? I beg to differ! It was your infidelity that drove me to her arms!

V: Ah-ha! That surprised you, didn't it? You thought I didn't know about your little fling. But I do. I know everything! Frankly, I wasn't surprised when I found out. You always did have an eye for a man in uniform.

Justice: Uniform? Why I'm sure I don't know what you're talking about. It was always you, V. You were the only one...

V: Liar! Slut! Whore! Deny that you let him have his way with you, him with his armbands and jackboots!

V: Well? Cat got your tongue? I though as much.

V: Very well. So you stand revealed at last. you are no longer my justice. You are his justice now. You have bedded another.

Justice: Sob! Choke! Wh-who is she, V? What is her name?

V: Her name is Anarchy. And she has taught me more as a mistress than you ever did! She has taught me that justice is meaningless without freedom. She is honest. She makes no promises and breaks none. Unlike you, Jezebel. I used to wonder why you could never look me in the eye. Now I know. So good bye, dear lady. I would be saddened by our parting even now, save that you are no longer the woman I once loved.

*KABOOM!*

-"V for Vendetta"

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