Posts Tagged: heterosexism

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TRIGGER WARNING: Homophobia, Hate speech.

A Tennessee state lawmaker on Thursday claimed that HIV originated in the gay community by an airline pilot who had sex with monkey, and that it was “virtually impossible” to contract the disease through heterosexual sex.

Appearing on the Michelangelo Signorile Show on Sirius XM radio, State Senator Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville) — author of Tennessee’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill that would prohibit teachers from mentioning homosexuality in kindergarten through 8th grade classrooms — also asserted that the lifespan for gays and lesbians is “very short,” telling listeners to “Google it yourself.”

He is scum and I can’t even comprehend the fact that he holds a public office.

Here’s the full article, with direct quote of his comments, which if anything are worse than you think.

He’s the same guy that was kicked out of the restaurant JUST LAST WEEK for being such a giant hateful bigot.

His sponsored and co-sponsored bills read like a laundry list of racist, anti-immigrant, anti-woman, anti-poor, anti-lgbtq propaganda.

Some of my favorites:

Education, Higher - As introduced, requires public postsecondary institutions to verify that applicants are citizens of the United States or are international students with a valid visa authorizing their stay in the United States.

Abortion - As introduced, requires all physicians’ offices that perform abortions to be licensed as ambulatory surgical treatment centers.

Welfare - As introduced, requires TANF recipients to be tested for illegal drugs; restricts eligibility for benefits for one year after testing positive for an illegal drug.

Education, Curriculum - As introduced, prohibits the teaching of or furnishing of materials on human sexuality other than heterosexuality in public school grades K-8.

Domestic Violence - As introduced, requires victim of domestic violence filing for order of protection and respondent to attend one hour of domestic violence counseling prior to hearing on the order

Education - As introduced, requires students who score below proficient on TCAP test or do not demonstrate competency on end-of-course examination to attend summer school or receive tutoring in the subject tested at the expense of the student’s parent and be retested prior to being promoted or receiving credit for course.

Welfare - As introduced, requires the reduction of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) payments for parents or caretakers of TANF recipients whose children fail to maintain satisfactory progress in school.

Unemployment Compensation - As introduced, requires drug testing of persons filing new claims for unemployment benefits.

Constitutional Amendments - Requests Congress to submit to the states for ratification an amendment to the US Constitution prohibiting unfunded federal mandates and programs except during declared fiscal emergency.

Constitutional Amendments - As introduced, memorializes Congress to propose an amendment to the United States Constitution that would authorize states to rescind certain federal laws. **coughabortioncough**

Constitutional Amendments - Proposes new provision to Article I to provide that nothing in Constitution of Tennessee secures or protects right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion; states that the people retain the right through their elected state representatives and state senators to enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest or when necessary to save the life of the mother. -


In case you want to let him know what you think of his comments:

301 6th Avenue North
Suite 4 Legislative Plaza
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone (615) 741-1766

sen.stacey.campfield@capitol.tn.gov

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In other words, the more frequent type of harassment suffered by children today—and the one they report as affecting them the most negatively—is expressing hostility at children who do not fit into some preconceived notion of what “normal” sexuality is. Normality in this connection apparently means that girls must display a level of sexual activity that can go unperceived (neither too much nor too little), and that everyone should be straight.

Or to be a bit more blunt about it: sexual harassment in middle and high schools today is motivated by either misogyny or homophobia. Neither has to do with sex. And neither would be helped by treating sexual harassment between children as a result of overactive hormones to be dismissed.

In fact, the solution is just the opposite: active and broad engagement about sexuality and sex roles. Because misogyny and homophobia are fuelled by ignorance and fear. And ignorance and fear can be fought with knowledge. Unfortunately, broad knowledge-building is not generally the objective of sex education in US middle and high schools. At best, sex education deals with sexuality as a matter of biology: how do male and female bodies engage in (heterosexual and procreative) sex. At worst, the message is that all sex is bad unless you are married and want to procreate. These types of sex education do not transfer much needed tools to our children as they grapple with their evolving sexuality. Indeed, by ignoring (or vilifying) sexuality altogether, limited sex education may instead feed the fear that expresses itself as sexual harassment.

Comprehensive sex education, on the other hand, provides the broader knowledge our children need and want. At its best, comprehensives sex education engages children on their own level of comprehension in a conversation about what sexuality means, how to relate to ourselves and each other with respect, and how to make responsible and informed choices about our sexual and reproductive lives. Comprehensive sex education not only combats the fear and stereotypes that fuel sexual harassment, it also works in terms of delaying the age of sexual initiation and lowering the number of teenage pregnancies.

Full Article here. And yet another reason why I advocate so hard for comprehensive sex ed programs in schools.

Source: rhrealitycheck.org
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saminal:

penelopemars:

When a girl admits to enjoying “boy stuff”, she’s cool. 

When a boy admits to enjoying “girl stuff”, prepare for the onslaught of homophobic slurs. 

You know why this still happens? Because being a boy and being masculine is still favoured to being a girl and being feminine. And as long as we make girls playing video games or reading comic books a big deal and degrade boys that like to bake or sew, the misogyny won’t die.

This is exactly the same as it being socially acceptable for female-presenting people to wear pants and unacceptable for male-presenting people to wear skirts or dresses.

It’s “alright” to be more masculine, because masculine is considered superior.

Source: penelopemars