Today in good news

A sea of blue balls with sad faces surrounds one yellow ball with a smiley face

  • DADT repeal bill signed into law by President Obama, and Lt. Dan Choi gets his West Point ring back.
  • The UN General Assembly has voted to restore the clause relating to sexual orientation to their resolution condemning extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions and other killings for racial, national, ethnic, religious or linguistic reasons and killings of refugees, indigenous people and other groups. [Reuters, BBC]
  • Sady Doyle has finally been able to get a good night’s sleep, because #MooreandMe moved a mountain, and Michael Moore came down from the tower to speak seriously and respectfully about rape accustions with Rachel Maddow, who introduced the segment with this precisely crafted question for her audience.

    Maddow: The timing could not be more suspicious. The man accused says he’s being pursued for political reasons. But even if you’re suspicious about the timing, there are two women who went to the police with what are essentially date-rape charges against this guy.

    This doesn’t fit on a bumper sticker.

    Can your suspicion about the forces arrayed against Julian Assange and Wikileaks — your suspicion about the timing and pursuit of these charges — coexist with respect for the women making these accusations against him and with a commitment to take rape allegations seriously, even when the person accused is someone that for other reasons you like?

    Sady cautions that while the Twitter campaign did move the rape culture discourse mountain, it’s only moved 3 inches to the left, so that to the untrained eye it hardly seems to have moved at all. There’s still so much more to do.

Categories: culture wars, ethics & philosophy, social justice, violence

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3 replies

  1. Three reasons to smile.

  2. That’s a lot of teaspoons right there.

  3. I sympathise with Autumn Sandeen’s melancholy regarding the DADT repeal: there’s still no provision for trans* personnel to serve their country.

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