Femmostroppo Reader – February 19, 2010

Items of interest found recently in my RSS feed. What did I miss? Please share what you've been reading (and writing!) in the comments.

  • Johnny Depp: Rape Defender
  • – “It must be nice to live in the fantasy world that Johnny Depp lives in. In fact, I remember when I had similar beliefs. Men with children are safe, I would think to myself, in large part because that’s what my mother taught me. It wasn’t until I was raped that I finally realized how wrong I had been. But it shouldn’t take something like that to “wake us up.” We shouldn’t have to wake up in the first place.”

  • "It has nothing to do with me"
  • – “So says Ewan MacGregor about Roman Polanski’s ‘legal problems’. You see that? Right there? That’s the sight of a man saying he doesn’t give a shit about women. “

  • Act like a lady, pee like a man
  • – “So dire warnings about exposing one’s naked privates in a public restroom seem to be far more useful to manufacturers of disinfectant wipes, seat covers and urine funnels than they are to the average woman — and they smack of a certain “Ew, but the unwashed masses have been there!” classism, to boot.”

  • Some people
  • – “If there’s anything more astounding than a candidate for high office blandly declaring that “the poor will always be with us” as an excuse for government not bothering to try to reduce homelessness, it’s people trying to defend it:”

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  1. I don’t know how it works in other countries but in the US it is extremely difficult for people with chemical dependency and mental health issues to get housing assistance. Somehow they’re supposed to resolve all these issues first and then maybe they can get some help with housing. Eventually. There’s a waiting list, you see. It’s kind of long, and if you don’t have young children you’re at a low priority. So say you did manage to get sober. But you’re still homeless. You still don’t have a job and can’t get one. The side effects on the psych meds you were taking to try to qualify to get into housing are really very unpleasant but the doctor at the clinic is swamped and doesn’t have time to talk to you about it so you stop taking them.
    No one wants to have a shelter in their neighborhood. Even when the neighbors are all light industrial and there aren’t actual residences for a long way, business owners don’t want shelters around either. Residents complain loudly about shelters and transitional housing and group homes.
    And people like those in the comments thread are always on about personal responsibility and have to make so sure that nobody’s getting anything they didn’t earn (oh. the. irony.). Because they know: the world is perfectly fair. The people who have stuff (them) have it because they are deserving and the people who do not have stuff do not have it because they are undeserving.
    Dude who was sneering about homeless people’s presence on the internet? There are places called libraries. Many of them have computers, which are available for anyone — even homeless people! — to use.
    .-= kaninchenzero´s last blog ..[Trigger Warning] I Don’t Need Anyone to Blame Me =-.

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