Two small changes have men up in arms. The first is language changes for certain Marine positions, changing infantryman to infantry marine, for example. The second change to offend their sensibilities is in the Miss Teen USA pageant, which will be replacing the swimsuit competition with an athletic talent portion, in athletic clothes. These whine tastings reveal a perverted, weak, insecure, and above all sexist way of being a man.
June has been pretty depressing for me (Pulse, busted phone, Facebook ban) but at last this month brings some good news. The United States Supreme Court has struck down Texas House Bill 2 as unconstitutional. This is a tremendous victory for reproductive rights, both in Texas and in other states.
One time when I was a young girl, my mother discovered me hiding in the hallway closet. When my mother asked why I was sitting in the dark all alone, I told her “No one is enjoying my existence.” She laughed at me for being so melodramatic, and told the story to my aunts and grandma, who agreed it was a hoot.
So you’re cis gender and heterosexual but you want to attend Pride. What should you know?
1. We probably don’t want you there.
Unless a queer friend invites you personally to go with them, don’t go. Yes, I really mean that. No, I don’t care about your ally credentials. It’s not a straight ally parade. It’s for the rest of us.
CW Discussion of size, weight, fat, fat phobia, diet and exercise culture, weight loss culture, eating disorders, body hate/dysmorphia, food, mental health, depression, stress, Suicide, intrusive thoughts, self harm, and doctors/medical talk, abusive family member
The following guest post is published anonymously at the request of the author.
For most of English history, germs were not understood. Bathing was relatively infrequent. Horse and human waste lay in the streets. Plagues abounded. Infant mortality was high and child deaths not uncommon. The generally accepted belief was that God chose who lived or died, and that there was nothing much parents could do.
One of the most important inventions of the Victorian age was indoor plumbing. Middle and upper class homes began to be built with dedicated rooms for bathing and toileting, and chamber pots were gradually replaced with toilets. The early versions contained risks of their own; sewer gasses could travel up the commode, mix with the leaking fumes from the gas power lines, and explode on some occasions.