Todd Clayton: The Queer Community Has to Stop Being Transphobic: Realizing My Cisgender Privilege

Todd Clayton: The Queer Community Has to Stop Being Transphobic: Realizing My Cisgender Privilege.

In her essay “Crossing Gender Borders,” Virginia Ramey Mollenkott says that “it is vital for gay men, lesbians and bisexuals to recognize our movement as basically a transgender movement,” something that I would argue that we’ve deplorably failed to do. She continues: “The fact that the most effeminate gay men and the butchest lesbians are the most endangered among us should alert us to the fact that society cares less about what we do in private than it cares about a challenge to its longstanding gender assumptions.”

 

Disaster Capitalism, Chicago-style | Jacobin

Disaster Capitalism, Chicago-style | Jacobin.

The Chicago Board of Education announced that it must close “underutilized” schools and consolidate students into “receiving schools” to save the district from the projected deficit. The Board argues that some schools simply do not enroll enough students to stay open. A local teacher and parent published ten questions to Chicago Public Schools regarding how much can actually be saved by closing these schools. The Board’s responses revolved around the idea that previous administrations have let the problem get so bad they must act fast and close these schools or else the district will fall over a fiscal cliff – sorry wrong manufactured crisis – but you get the idea.

A Doctor Talks About ObamaCare Issues — US Health Crisis

A Doctor Talks About ObamaCare Issues — US Health Crisis.

 

The outcome of this is going to be a multi-tiered system, similar to what goes on now but even more stratified. The rich will be able to pay for the type of care they want and they will find many physicians that are more than happy to provide that. This is the type of care that most people would want and the way most doctors would want to practice.

The poor will at least have some healthcare and anything is better than nothing. They will get the type of population based healthcare incentivized by our government. The rest of us will do the best we can and put up with increased costs, decreased quality, increased hassles, longer wait times, and difficulty accessing the system. We will learn what it means to be a “covered life” rather than an individual patient. Under this new paradigm our healthcare system will become a few islands of excellence in an ocean of mediocrity.

Muse

Muse was playing Seattle last night and i attended the show.  the first concert that i’ve been too since Rush’s Vapor Trails tour nearly 10 years ago.  R didn’t like to go to live music with me even though she did before she met me.  i couldn’t really understand it.  it was an amazing show and a really memorable night.  So many things have changed…  life…what i even really want in this game…what it even means and why i bother playing.

i miss my son so much that i can hardly bear it.  i recall every moment of the day he was born, i raised him nearly by myself for the first 4 years and then the ex came and took it all away and reduced me to being, in her eyes, another loser without a job.  of course she dismisses the severe physical disability which prevents me from working.

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