Archive | April 9, 2015

The New Yorker asks “What is a woman?”

Gender Is War

Michelle Goldberg writes:

What is a woman? The dispute between radical feminism and transgenderism

“This moment where we’re losing the ability to say the word ‘woman’ or to acknowledge the fact that being born female has lived consequences and meaning is kind of intense to me.”

Of course, we can still use the word “woman” and work specifically for women’s liberation. If we can deal with the death threats and other abuse from trans advocates.

This is what it looks like:

Abusive posts proliferated on Twitter and, especially, Tumblr. One read, “/kill/terfs 2K14.” [The slur “TERF” stands for “Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminist.”] Another suggested, “how about ‘slowly and horrendously murder terfs in saw-like torture machines and contraptions’ 2K14.” A young blogger holding a knife posted a selfie with the caption “Fetch me a terf.” Such threats have become so common that radical-feminist Web sites have taken to…

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on the road again

I got paid part of my check this am. (I split my paycheck between my credit union and my bank and the credit union pays a day earlier than the bank.) Anywho, I bought the plane tickets for my next trip to Portland and this time I lucked out because it was on sale even if it wasn’t for the price in the email. Yay! Nonstop both ways for a change.

Di is flying up the same time but from a different airport and then we are going to camp out in PDX until we can catch the am train to Hillsboro which is the closest train station to D and M’s place near Gaston, OR. It will be an adventure! PDX is a fun airport to wait in even if we don’t sleep. They have a Powell’s bookstore and lots of restaurants and places to sit and a Starbucks or two or three. I get in at 11 and Di gets in after me.

When I get the rest of my check tomorrow, I’m getting this:

If I have to check it I think I’ll be able to see it in the baggage claim among all those lovely black suitcases. LOL!

M has had a trach now and is learning to deal with it but with a lot of anxiety. It’s hard to bypass a lifetime of breathing through your mouth and nose and then to not be able to feel it is a bit of a freak out. She is now basically a quadriplegic and needs 24 hour care but there is a big problem finding qualified care givers. So M has agreed to try a foster home for people in her situation.

ALS is a vicious thieving disease.