Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Kos and Pie

I never had a problem with the pie ad. I think the reason  is that I've become so used to living in a society that equates women with their bodies that I literally didn't see it.


I also had the experience of posting on CultureKitchen about issues of choice and having an anti-choice company place banner ads with my diary. Liza Sabater figured out very quickly that the more people who clicked through to the site, the more CultureKitchen made, which would allow her to continue to pay for the space that allowed she and I to post our views on the very issue of abortion, among others. So, sometimes, you wind up making money off people in this world who are doing their damndest to defeat you. I kinda liked that.


But, the response from Kos to the pie ad has caused me to opt out of the DailyKos community. As someone who writes primarily about the connection between the personal and the political, I have no choice but to be a feminist. I care about gender issues, sexuality issues, surveillance issues, sex education issues, marriage issues, etc., etc., etc. And what bothers me more than anything about the tone of the debate is that CERTAIN (not all) heterosexual males don't seem to get that what they deem women's issues or gay issues are one step away from being their issues. Anyone rememeber Neimoller's famous quotation?


I have also been called a whore for writing about sexual issues as explicitly as I do, so I can hardly be considered a sexless harridan. I love certain men. I want to live in a world where no one has to contest their rights as human beings because of gender or sexuality.


I know that some people don't understand why some of us are so fucking angry at Kos right now that we can't see straight.


It's not about the fucking ad. It's about the fact that those of us who think that there will be no politics to fight about if we don't protect the right to privacy have been told repeatedly that our issues don't matter. That we should be patient, get in line, wait our turn.


HOW MANY MORE YEARS ARE WE SUPPOSED TO WAIT?

8 comments:

Formerly Sherman, Maybe said...

Amen Lorraine. I have to say, I love your diaries and the way you do link the personal with political, or just do the personal... And female sexuality is daily becoming more important to me as a political issue, as I see it daily getting stomped on... And I fully believe discussion is good... We're all whores, in their eyes... we're women, therefore whores by definition... Yes, discussion is good...

I'm still on kos, but will be visiting elsewhere much more...

Thanks for your words...

Formerly Sherman, Maybe said...

Oh... AND you quote the Postal Service... Nice.

1138 said...

I don't give a damn how may times I hear the B.S. 'this isn't personal', it sears my senses each time.
It's all personal, every last bit of it, if anyone ever says it's not then what they really mean is that are murdering a part of their soul and expect you to murder part of yours as well.

just us said...

I hope you don't leave forever. I have read most of your diaries, and you are one of the best...a teacher. Please keep educating us through your vision. Being angry is just one emotional perspective...being compassionate is another. The first is normal when dealing with someone who doesn't see as we do, but getting to the second is the way of enlightenment. Is there a chance that Kos traveled a road that has hindered developing a better perspective? I hope you will continue to strive to see the even bigger picture. dKos needs your beauty. Thanks.

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