A political campaign by San Francisco’s well-heeled “property owners” was launched to influence police and politicians to aggressively demobilize Occupy SF and to dismantle their encampments. And, there are documents to prove it.
The cause of men’s very real unhappiness isn’t a biased family court system, or feminist college professors, or the perceived injustices of Title IX athletic funding. The source of men’s anguish and uncertainty is the straitjacket of traditional American manhood. Men are suffering because their emotional, psychological, intellectual, and sexual potential is stunted by their own efforts to live up to an impossible masculine ideal….
…. Being a man, in other words, is defined by divesting oneself of anything remotely associated with femininity (like kindness, sensitivity, intuition, empathy). When heterosexual masculinity is defined by violent obtuseness, these “guy rules” rob boys of their chance to develop emotional skills to thrive in relationships with others. This frantic effort to shut down a whole aspect of one’s potential isn’t caused by testosterone or Y chromosomes. It’s caused by the longing to live by the “man code.”
Tumblr doesn’t have a “follow Friday” like twitter does, but you should all check out 3liza’s tumblr. I plug her a lot, but there is a reason for that. She’s not only very talented, she’s also very accessible. She’s on here, twitter, and she’s the center of a fairly cool group of individuals in sweatshop.
I don’t have the capability to be a patron of the arts, so ill pimp the people I really respect whenever I can. Plus a lot of the people I really love, like Beskinski, Whelan, and Grey are either dead or living within the confines of fame. Its refreshing to be exposed to, and have feedback from, someone like Eliza Gauger.
There’s a whole long rant about my fascination with fame/exposure/perception here, but im typing this on a phone in the back of a car on the way to a club so ill save that for a better time.
Many Occupy L.A. protesters arrested during demonstrations in recent months are being offered a unique chance to avoid court trials: pay $355 to a private company for a lesson in free speech.
Los Angeles Chief Deputy City Atty. William Carter said the city won’t press charges against protesters who complete the educational program offered by American Justice Associates.
He said the program, which may include lectures by attorneys and retired judges, is being offered to people with no other criminal history and who were arrested on low-level misdemeanor offenses, such as failure to disperse.
Carter said the free-speech class will save the city money and teach protesters the nuances of the law.
“The 1st Amendment is not absolute,” he said, noting that theU.S. Supreme Court has ruled government can regulate when, where and how free speech can be exercised.
But a civil rights attorney who has worked closely with the protesters called the class “patronizing,” and said the demonstrators who were arrested are the last people needing free-speech training.
“There they were exercising their 1st Amendment, their lawful right to protest nonviolently,” said attorney Cynthia Anderson-Barker.
Several Occupy protesters, many of whom are fueled by anger at what they perceive as corporate greed and the increased privatization of public services, have noted the irony of being asked to pay a private contractor for the program. The tuition will go to the company, not the city, officials say.