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No More Dred Scott Style Decisions For LGBT Marriage?

Friday, June 24th, 2011

BREAKING NEWS RE: EQUAL RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES UNDER THE LAW (14th Amendment).

The New York State Senate has tonight, on June 24th 2011, finally passed an equality in marriage act. Gratuitous sex discrimination based solely on gender or on gender orientation will hereinafter be illegal in New York State. Apparently some loopholes were carved out which would prevent bigots who cite religion as a pretense from being prosecuted for continuing acts of discrimination and hatred. Although not all church weddings will be available, officially performed and recognized marriages performed by public officials will be recognized in New York State in approximately 30 days. Governor Andrew Cuomo is set to sign the bill. New york becomes the sixth State in the country to recognize LGBT marriages.

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Right Wing Strategy: Divide And Conquer (Editorial)

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Beware! The prudes are coming and the tidbits below are just a tiny sample of the issues they hope to use to take power.

The effects of the multi-pronged election strategies by the far right wing to get a stranglehold on government have become much more visible in the wake of the primary elections held on Tuesday, September 14th, 2010. Along with the usual suppression and disenfranchisement techniques and there were also more conversions to the less transparent or verifiable computerized voting in this Primary Election - shades of things to come as history’s lessons go ignored. There were also the effects of the Supreme Court having further weakened or obliterated campaign finance regulations that were like swiss cheese to begin with. Another large factor was undoubtedly the discouragement evident nation-wide which reduced voter turnout. With all this as a backdrop the stage was set for the far right to trot out the “hot button” or “wedge issues” that it knew would energize its base and get them out to the polls. Rather than have you too focused on the fact that you are “losing your jobs, your houses and your civil rights” they pound away at the issues of “abortion, affirmative action, economy, immigration, and marriage equality” to divide the feminist movement and then conquer at the polls.

This following YouTube video titled “Framing Feminism - Hot Buttons by Lorraine Sheinberg, Written and Narrated by Susan Rubin” was uploaded by the Feminist Majority Foundation.


We can see this strategy at work in the campaign of Christine O’Donnell, who, as the president and founder of the S.A.L.T. (Saviour’s Alliance for Lifting the Truth) , argues that masturbating is committing adultery. She claims that people can’t masturbate without lust in their hearts and that lust outside of marriage is committing adultery. She also argues for a literal interpretation af the Bible’s Book of Genesis and the teaching of creationism in the schools.

Here is an embed of that YouTube video of Christine O”Donnell arguing that masturbation is adultery. It had been aired on MSNBC and uploaded by tpmtv as seen on talkingpoints memo dot com


In keeping with Orwellian tradition, the “Tea Party” claims to be the cure for the very ills they and their ilk have been bringing down on us for decades if not centuries. Be wary of authoritarians promising freedom and rich people promising empowerment.

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Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

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National Go Topless Day On August 22th 2010

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

August 22nd, 2010 is National Go Topless Day. Last year it did not seem there was much prior notice about it but there were plenty of articles posted after the fact. Most of the articles, like the one in the Daily News titled: “Topless women march in Central Park for right to bare breasts” chickened out and did not publish the photos of female nipples (men have photos of their nipples in the media all the time).
Note: Baring Breasts Is Legal Here (and Should Be Everywhere).
On July 7th of 1992 New York State’s highest Court. the Court of Appeals ruled in NY v Santorelli (80 N.Y.2d 875 600 N.E.2d 232) that laws prohibiting exposure of breasts were unconstitutional as they were based on gender and were not substantially related to any important governmental objective. All laws prohibiting the public exposure of female breasts were struck down since they contained “clear gender-based classification, triggering scrutiny under equal protection principles (see Craig v. Boren, 429 U.S. 190, 97 S. Ct. 451, 50 L.Ed.2d 397). This case is still the precedent in the State of New York. Bare Breasts are Legal.
GoTopless.org cites information provided by LegalFreedom.com as a source for its list of“10 successful cases recognizing women’s right to be topless in certain states or cities”

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DOMA Ruled Unconstitutional

Friday, July 9th, 2010

United States District Court has ruled that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. The Plaintiffs are seven same sex couples married in Massachusetts and three survivors of same sex spouses, also married in Massachusetts. The Defendents included United States Attorney General Eric Holder.

In last two sentences immediately preceding the Conclusion of the ruling, wherein the Defendent’s (Justice Department’s) Motion to Dismiss was Denied and the Plaintiffs Motion for Summary Judgement was Allowed, the ruling reads as follows:
“And, where, as here, “there is no reason to believe that the disadvantaged class is different in relevant respects from a similarly situated class, this court may conclude that it is only irrational prejudice that motivates the challenged classification. As irrational prejudice never constitutes a legitimate government interest, this court must hold that Section 3 of DOMA as applied to Plaintiffs violates the equal protection principles embodied in the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution.”

The Court’s ruling (MEMORANDUM) issued today, July 8, 2010 (PDF file) was uploaded by glad.org

The decision came to my attention both on the “crawl” at the bottom of a screen on a television station and in article at Salon.com by Alex Pareene titled: Section of Defense of Marriage Act ruled unconstitutional.

Vivienne Foley of CNN wrote an article titled: Judge rules same sex marriage ban unconstitutional. Department of Justice spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler is quoted as saying of the ruling: “We are reviewing the decision.”

In her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan had stated that as Soliciter General she supported the government’s (Defendent’s) side of the case which defended DOMA (the Defense Of Marriage Act). She could have declined to answer because it is a matter which may make its way to the Supreme Court, but she chose to answer. How does one interpret that?

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New York Post’s Slurs Against Women Mindlessly Repeated

Monday, March 29th, 2010

In an article entitled: Girls flock to trampy prom dresses Annie Karni of the New York Post used the words “stripper” “slutty” “shocking” to describe the current fashions. These slurs came to my attention reading an article by Erin Donnely in SyleList entitled
Prom Dress Trend for 2010 is ‘Slutty Chic’ citing the New York Post article. I responded irately with the following comment:
“Since when do we follow Newscorp’s slurs, i.e.: “slutty” to denigrate womens’ desires to be in style a la Lady Gaga? The New York Post is owned by Newscorp, headed by the same right wingers who would have all women be back in the kitchen baking cookies, covered up head to foot and acting as servants to their male masters.”
Shortly thereafter I noted that Jezebel had run an article entitled: Trashy Prom Dresses Remain Flash Point In Ongoing Intergenerational War With my emotions still inflamed from the other two articles and having barely gotten past the headline, I fired this email off to the articles author, jenna@jezebel.com

AN OPEN LETTER TO JENNA of Jezebel.com

Dear Jenna,
It irks me that anyone would follow the lead of the New York Post in calling women or their attire “slutty”. The New York Post is owned by Newscorp, well known for its right wing promulgation of the sexist anti-woman mindset which would have all women be barefoot, pregnant, in the kitchen, covered head to toe when in public, and subservient to their male masters. It is no surprise that the prudish right wing would be aghast at the idea of women following the latest fashion trends a la Lady Gaga.
Yours, Panty Buns
“http://www.full-brief-panties.blogspot.com/”
and “http://www.sissypantybuns.com/wordpress/”

Maybe I overreacted and maybe not. What do you think?

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May Liberty Return for the New Decade

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Wishing everyone who reads this a happy and healthy new decade. May our liberties be restored, the authoritarianism ceased, the wars ended, the Constitution and Bill of Rights respected, and the gender-biased censoring prudes be seen as the hypocrites they are. It is my understanding that tonight, December 31st, 2009, there is a second blue moon for the month. That is what is known as a blue moon. As the decade turns this once in a blue moon, may we once again see the restoration of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness among others as the inalienable rights which we were all endowed with by our creator - our individual sovereignty. Have a Happy New Year.

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Internet Spying and Internet Censorship

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Over the course of the last decade there has been a dramatic increase in Internet Spying. Some of the spying has been done for the purpose of data mining in order to sell the information or directly for marketing purposes. Much of the internet spying and marketing was done for political and ideological purposes under the feigned rubric of national security. A large proportion of this spying was instituted in an effort to silence criticism of the last presidential administration and to deliberately invade people’s privacy in furtherance of the anti-sexuality, pro-corporate interest policies and agenda of that administration. Since the bureaucracy and courts are still heavily laden with these political appointees the policies have continued. Internet Service Providers have continued to not only acquiesce to this spying by a plethora of agencies and parties, but to assist in it. Even worse, it seems that the internet service providers themselves along with a host of other big name internet based companies and social services networks have joined in both the internet spying and data mining, finding it financially advantageous. It seems liberty was never a consideration. The financial bottom line and the views of the heavyweight corporate owners has trumped freedom, and as a result the violations of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act with respect to US.Code: Title 18 Chapter 119 Wire and Electronic Communications interception and Interception of Oral Communications have become rampant. Please see
US Code Title 18 Chapter 119 Wire and Electronic Communications interception and Interception of Oral Communications and read up the Stored Communications Act. See
US Code Title 18 Chapter 121-Stored Wire and Electronic Communications and Transitional Access For updates on the situation I would recommend checking frequently at the website of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) , the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Wired News .

With respect to internet censorship: An example of alleged Facebook and Internet Censorship: According to a Dec. 19, 2008 NY Times.com article Barry Schnitt of Facebook defended the censoring (removal) of breast feeding photos claiming they are unsafe for children. He added that “the photos we act on are almost exclusively brought to our attention by other users who complain”. Apparently Facebook believes women’s bare breasts are obscene and that babies should be blindfolded while breast feeding - this despite numerous rulings to the contrary in States around the country. The Court of Appeals, New York State’s highest Court once ruled that laws prohibiting bare breasts in public were unconstitutional because that is gender discriminatory. There is little controversy about men having their nipples exposed in public.

One of the most ironic things about all of this is that the excuse of “national security” has been invoked to justify secrecy and privacy with respect to officially sanctioned wrongdoing whilst simultaneously that same “national security” is invoked to dispose of any secrecy or privacy for individual citizens.

I hope readers will feel free to share other reports of of internet spying and internet censorship in their comments.

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Internet Censorship Struck Down Time After Time

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

The fight against online censorship continues. Time after time internet censorship has been struck down as unconstitutional. Much praise and support for this seemingly endless battle is deserved by the American_Civil_Liberties_Union (ACLU) http://www.aclu.org/ along with other anti-censorship organizations like The National_Coalition_Against_Censorship at http://www.ncac.org/ and Feminists_For_Free_Expression http://www.ffeusa.org/
Here’s a bit of the background on the last decade or so of the repeated BAD FAITH attempts of authoritarian prudes and bigots to censor free expression including nudity despite the Supreme Court decisions noted below holding that the censorship violated the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. This will also be posted as a comment. Hopefully there will be more articles on this blog to follow. What will it take to get the “gatekeepers” to stop censoring us? Why can’t liberty be respected for its own sake? When is Congress going to pass some laws that put teeth in the Bill of Rights and support free expression instead of trying to chisel away at it or look the other way? Here are some of the articles and decisions which affirm the right of free expression (including nudity). So what have your experiences been with censorship?

ACLU_Defends_Free_Speech_On_Line 
http://www.aclu.org/freespeech/internet/onlinefreespeech.html    

SUPREME COURT Refuses To Revive Online Censorship Law  (01/21/2009) 
ACLU wins 10-Year Battle To Protect Free Speech  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vNwEfOrbbo   
                                                                                                                                                          
http://www.aclu.org/freespeech/internet/38428prs20090121.html                                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                                 
ACLU VICTORIOUS IN DEFENSE OF ONLINE FREE SPEECH 
ACLU v.Gonzales:  Joan Walsh of salon.com victorious, 2007  
COURT RULES THAT GOVERNMENT MAY NOT CENSOR THE INTERNET  

                                                                                                                                                
FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION: Ashcroft v. ACLU in 2004, United States v. Playboy Entertainment Group in 2000, RENO v. ACLU in 1997 http://www.aclu.org/free-speech/ashcroft-v-aclu
SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES 
Ashcroft, Attorney General v. American Civil Liberties Union et al. 
Certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit 
No. 03-218. Argued March 2,2004 - Decided June 29, 2004  
The Supreme Court held that the Third Circuit was correct to affirm the District Court’s ruling that enforcement of COPA should be enjoined because the statute likely violates the First Amendment.  
Ashcroft v. ACLU Amended Complaint For Declaratory and Injunctive Relief 
http://www.aclu.org/images/asset_upload_file246_24202.pdf   
                                                                                                                                             
SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES 
United States et al. v. Playboy Entertainment Group, Inc., (98-1682) 529 U.S. 803 (2000) 
30 F. Supp. 2d 702, affirmed 
Argued November 30, 1999-Decided May 22, 2000 
Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Delaware    
The Supreme Court Ruled that the District Court did not err in holding the Telecommunications Act of 1996 violative of the First Amendment.  
 http://supct.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/98-1682.ZS.html                                            
                                                                                                                                      
Supreme Court Rules: Cyberspace Will be Free! ACLU Hails Victory in internet Censorship Challenge (06/26/1997)      
the Supreme Court ruled in Reno v. ACLU that the Federal Communications Decency Act is an unconstitutional restriction on free speech.      
Counsel for the plaintiffs: Ann Beeson, Esq., ACLU Associate Legal Director 
                                                                                                                                               
SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES 
                           Syllabus                                                                                             
RENO, Attorney General of the United States, et al, v. American Civil Liberties Union et al. 
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania    
No. 96-511 Argued March 19, 1997 — Decided June 26, 1997  
929 F. Supp. 824, affirmed.                       
The Supreme Court Held that The Communications Decency Act’s “indecent transmission” and “patently offensive display” provisions abridge “the freedom of speech” protected by the First Amemndment. Pp. 17-40                                            
http://supct.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/96-511.ZS.html                                                                                                                                     
                                        
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Feminist and Libertarian Authors, Thinkers, Doers, and Organizations

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

Some Feminist and Libertarian Authors, Thinkers, Doers, and Organizations:
The following relatively small and far from complete list of feminist and civil libertarian authors, thinkers, doers and organizations below is being entered here both as a post and as a comment. A large proportion of them were mentioned in ‘Acknowledgments’ in the professor Nadine Strossen’s book entitled ‘Defending Pornography - Free Speech, Sex, and the Fight For Women’s Rights’. There are many other feminist pro-free expression writers many of whom I hoping. perhaps wistfully, to eventually read and to add links for on this site. Since I’m a slow reader, not have staff or do this for free, I can only hope the readers have patience. The following post, like MOST POSTS ON THIS SITE WILL MOST LIKELY CONTINUE TO BE EDITED OR ADDED TO in the future. I hope that doesn’t mess up people’s RSS feeds or bookmarks. If it does, I hope you’ll accept my apologies. To be posted in Women’s Views Wanted, comments and comments to ‘Must Read Books’

Varda Burstyn

Avadon Carol, Feminists Against Censorship

Angela Yvonne Davis

How Prosecutors Are Using Obscenity Laws To Stifle Dissent
by Marjorie Heins, executive director of the ACLU’s Arts Censorship Project
The article mentioned above is excellent and I would highly recommend reading it.

Nan Hunter

http://www.ncac.org/
National Coalition Against Censorship

the late Leanne Katz was formerly the executive director of the
National Coalition Against Censorship

http://www.ncac.org/who-we-are/
National_Coalition_Against_Censorship-Who_We_Are

The NCAC works to educate its own members and the public at large about the dangers of censorship and how to oppose them. Its membership includes 50 non-profit corporations.

It was heartening to see the following quote featured prominently on the NCAC’s ‘Who We Are’ page: “they that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” - Benjamin Franklin

http://www.ncac.org/coalition/
NCAC The Coalition

50 national not-for-profit organizations make up the National Coalition Against Censorship. Diverse organizations, representing the artistic, educational, religious, and labor communities join together in the interest of protecting First Amendment rights.

There are links to those 50 organizations on the web-page.

http://www.ncac.org/art-law/top-nude.cfm
NCAC Art Law Library: Nudity
References to a few Supreme Court cases where attempts were made at censorship of nudity under the pretext of protect children or to avoid controversy.
http://www.ncacblog.wordpress.com/
Blogging Censorship
from the National Coalition Against Censorship
Wendy Kaminer
Sylvia Law

Thelma McCormack

Carlin Meyer, professor of law, New York Law School

http://www.ffeusa.org/
Marcia Pally
president of Feminists_For_Free_Expression

Katha Pollitt

Ann Snitnow

Professor Nadine Strossen, Esquire Professor of Law at New York University and the author of ‘Defending Pornography - Free Speech, Sex, And The Fight For Women’s Rights’
This is a definitive work on the subject by the former president of the American Civil Liberties Union

Carol Vance

the late Ellen Willis founded the Feminist Anti-Censorship Taskforce

There Was a brief article about Ellen Willis written by Alix Kates Shulma on November 13th, 2006 in the Jewish Women’s Archive entitled: ‘We_Remember-Ellen_Willis,_1941-2006,‘ http://jwa.org/weremember/willis (July 27, 2009).

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Bigotry regarding sexual-orientation and marriage

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

There are many excuses people use for their own bigotry. If only it were just that people were bigoted. Unfortunately so many of them try persecute people they don’t like and take away their rights. The LGBT community has been the target of a lot of this lately. Fortunately the American Civil Liberties Union ( ACLU http://www.aclu.org/ ), The National Organization for Women ( NOW http://www.now,org/ ) have joined with many other groups to try to protect and appeal for the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender, and other minorities from legal attacks like California’s Proposition 8 and similar legislation around the country.

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The struggle for equal rights and privileges for women

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Not all slavery ended when the thirteenth amendment was passed. First nation peoples (referred to as indians) continued to be used as slaves after the Emancipation Proclamation. Women still haven’t gotten the equal rights and privileges under the law promised by the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. When the simple straight-forward constitutional amendment was proposed specifying that women should get this equal treatment the requisite number of States failed to ratify it. That denial is the epitome of gender-bias at work. See the photo of the T-shirt below having the simple wording of the Equal Rights Amendment itself printed on it, and then ask yourself: How could anyone oppose that (the E.R.A.) unless they are biased? ERA-T-shirt-equal-rights-under-law-shall-not-be-denied-or-abridged-on-account-of-sex

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