Policy of Truth

This term I have portfolio class. Currently, our assignment is to develop/finalize our logo design. I’m having kind of a hard time with this for some reason. I know that I want to have a clean and simple design. But I can’t decide if my signature and my name in Caviar Dreams is enough.

I mean, ultimately, it’s my design and my taste and adoration of it that counts. But I plan on building a brand. Sometimes I look at my signature and wonder whether one day it will be recognized around the world. Is it powerful enough to have mental staying power? Because that’s crucial.

Also, since the last presidential debates have taken place during the 30 day challenge, and I was too lazy and tired and overworked to properly comment on them, I will comment on at least this last one by saying this:

There. is. no. such. thing. as. clean. coal. or. renewable. oil. And it fundamentally bothers me that Mitt Romney continues to say that one of the things he’ll do if he gets elected is basically eliminate funding for green energy research. I will phrase my outrage by saying WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK.

I find that to be incredibly backwards thinking. I’m sorry, but I don’t want to live in a 20th century mindset run country. This is 20fucking12, guys. If you don’t invest in green energy research now, THEN WHEN? Oil and related products are scarce. Wind and solar energies are not. Where is the disconnect here?

Also, Romney has been incredibly notorious during these debates for plain out lying. Just tonight alone, in the first 15 minutes, he mentioned that he thinks killing Al-Qaeda members isn’t the way to solve the problem. THEN, just minutes later, he said that he has a plan for getting rid of Al-Qaeda and that it involves finding the perpetrators and killing them one by one. LOLOLOL WTF WTF. DOES THIS MAN HEAR WHAT COMES OUT OF HIS OWN MOUTH!? 

And the most terrifying part of it all is that people believe what he says. His vague as fuck answers are sufficient for them! And I bet a good chunk of those people only like him cause he’s fucking white. And that disgusts me. All I’m sayin’ is that I care about my vagina and the personal choices involving it, green energy, and another four years of continuing to remedy the pile of utter bull shit Bush left behind.

P.S. I’ve been obsessed with Depeche Mode’s Policy of Truth lately.

“Legitimate Rape”

A few days ago, when I read the title of an article on AOL talking about Montana Republican Representative Todd Akin‘s remark about what constitutes as “legitimate rape“, I wanted to pretty much rip my hair out. In what seems to be a completely unnecessary digging up of an old issue (birth control) it has sure spiraled out of control.

I would first like to address what Akin said: that in the case of a “legitimate rape” a woman’s body will recognize it and prevent her from becoming pregnant. Now, I don’t know about any of you, but this to me this sounds like archaic thinking. Like, this man was picked out of the dark ages and dropped onto the face of this planet in this day in age. I mean seriously. How fucking stupid can you be to think such an absurd thing and then publicly voice it in 2012 when we have science and we know how sperm and eggs work? Really? Really? And we can’t get pregnant from pre-cum either? How about we trust the pull-out method too?

I read these 2 posts (here and here) on Thought Catalog  in which the author talks about “rape culture” and how people always ask questions like “well, what were you wearing?” “how much did you have to drink?” and so on. And like her, I am infuriated by these questions. I find them to be oppressive to rape victims. Victimizing the victim and asking questions like this does not help the situation. To assume that rape happens because of the way someone is dressed or how many drinks they’ve had is wrong and ignorant.

Rape doesn’t happen for those reasons. Rape is never and has never been something that people ask for – whether by way of dress or body language or otherwise. Rape is the fault of those who do the raping, and not those who are raped. And for some reason, this concept seems to fall by the wayside. For some reason, too many people like to think that the victim is the cause of the rape – even if they won’t admit it consciously!

This is completely illogical, since as far as I know, no one ever asks for rape. No one goes out drinking or partying or having fun with the intent to get raped that night. No one gets into a relationship with someone with the intent of having non-consensual sex with that person. No one explicitly trusts a family member and expects to be raped at night.

The fact that people try to somehow blame the victim is the worst part, aside from the actual rape itself. That someone can be so cruel as to try to make it the victim’s fault is the worst thing to possibly conclude or allude to. It is never the victim’s fault. And we need to stop trying to make it out as such.

We also, apparently, need to educate people that there no such thing as like, a magical vagina, that can detect whether or not you’ve been “legitimately raped” and prevent you from getting pregnant. Because that doesn’t exist. Rape is rape, no matter how you twist it, and no matter whether you get pregnant from it or not. It is a violent crime and there is no debating about whether it is “legitimate” based on whether you became pregnant or not.

Which rolls into the whole abortion issue. As I was searching for a picture on Tumblr in regards to the Todd Akin situation, I came across a guy who put it all in a pretty good perspective, quote: “if women could shut it down, why the fuck would they be advocating for abortion in the first place?” Yes indeed, why would we? I’ve already mentioned in previous posts my opinions on the abortion issue, but let me expand them by saying that rape victims should have first priority and say in whether they get an abortion or not.

Making abortion illegal will, as my favorite abortion billboard says “make your closet space shrink as fast as her right to choose.” If abortion is made illegal, women will find alternatives – and they will not be safe. One of my favorite foreign movies, 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days is a film from Romania that deals with the tragic truth of communism and abortion in the 1980s. Due to the oppressive society and government, the main character’s best friend is forced to get an illegal, backstreet abortion.

Basically what I’m trying to say is that although the two issues are not mutually exclusive, they are related on a certain level. But perhaps the biggest picture we should look at is the oppression of women and the sudden changes and voices that are speaking up against it. I think people are beginning to wake up and smell the decaying roses. We are not happy with the way things have been for far too long – at least I know I’m not. I find it positively preposterous that women are still denied full equality, that we are still paid less for doing the same jobs as men, and that we must be subjected to men telling us what we can and cannot do with our bodies.

If you’re a woman, be proud of yourself. Speak up. Be a part of the change, even if you think it’s inconsequential and makes no difference because it does make a difference. Stand up for your rights and don’t ever, ever let anyone define your experiences for you.

WTF Is Drunk Sex Spinning?

Today has been a rather stupendous day in terms of how days go. Not only did I put my new transparent Copco coffee tumbler to use, but more importantly and excitingly, I went on the all-field-study school field trip to the Raleigh Michigan Film Studios in Pontiac and it was rather wonderful.

While there, I was reminded (rather than told for the first time, once I think about it) that the new Oz: The Great and Powerful movie starring Mila Kunis and James Franco was filmed at Raleigh first by the awesome framed piece of the yellow brick road, and secondly by our tour guide mentioning it many times.

Yeah, I totally took a picture with it.

I didn’t take photos of anything else while there, but the space is GINORMOUS and the stages are phenomenally large and brand new and built by thousands of Michiganians. Which brings me to the embarrassment that is our governor, Rick Snyder. 

As we were reminded in the end of tour chat, Rick Snyder basically put a stop to the WONDERFUL bill that former Governor Granholm put into action that brought bajillions of dollars and jobs and opportunities to the state through the film industry. Which makes absolutely ZERO sense given the fact that before he was Governor, the man was a goddamn BUSINESSMAN.

Anyone who’s got their business mind in the right place should know better than to a stop goddamn bill that brings money to their state. Like wha – HOW DOES THAT EVEN MAKE SENSE!? Hollywood was just starting to rustle the leaves of this state – who thinks that it’s a good idea to stop that in such an economy!? Goddamn Republican idiot.

On the bright side, HNI was in my tour group and  we kind of walked together the whole time. Or maybe I just followed him the whole time, I’m not sure. Probably a little bit of both.

Lastly, and completely unrelated to anything written above, I want you all to know that 1. Rita Ora is a wonderfully lovely and attractive lady 2. She was brought to my attention several months ago on Tumblr and I was like DAYUM and 3. I’m in love with her song How We Do.

I give that drunk sex spinning yeaaaah when I’m with youuu so put your arms around me babaayy…

Prudes.

It’s been, what? Three or so weeks since I last posted about the outrageousness that is this absolutely ludacris “controversy” about birth control. I just read THIS article that highlights the 10 reasons why the rest of the world thinks the US has gone bonkers. And lemme tell you guys, I totally agree. First of all, this “problem” shouldn’t even be a problem. Except that like it or not, this country is a giant melting pot of PRUDES and puritans with puritanical ideas. Do we have naked pictures in regular magazines on a normal basis? No. My point is that I think this is just a really stupid arguement that was supposed to have been solved in like the 60s or something and I don’t understand why it’s coming up again as an issue.

As I stated before on this blog, the panel that was deciding on some bill related to the whole birth control issue was entirely men and I think that’s absolutely and entirely ridiculous. Get your stupid penises out of a female issue and go home. Who are these men to decide what I can do cannot do with my body!? If I got raped and got pregnant from that atrocity, I would be absolutely livid, LIVID, if I could not have the option to get an abortion or if I were charged as a criminal for that. And you know what? The following picture is a very accurate representation of what’s ahead if shit laws like that get passed:

I don’t know if any of you have ever head of the movie 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days but it’s a fantastic Romanian movie (available on Netflix, btw) that depicts this exact issue in Communist Romania where it was illegal to get abortions, so women had to get back alley abortions. And in case you don’t know, those kinds of abortions can really fuck you up. The girl in the movie was fine after it, but that’s not the point. The point is that if a safe alternative is not offered, then unsafe alternatives will occur and how does that make life better for anyone? Now I’m not saying that you should all be pro-choice – have your own opinions, I don’t care – but what I am saying is that it is prudent, stupid, and ridiculous to have such grave and determining issues be in the hands of a select few men.

And while I’m still talking about female issues, let me just say how much it infuriates me that today, in 2012, women still get paid less than men for doing the same jobs. WHAT IS THIS, 1745? It’s disgusting and it makes me want to start a bonfire and burn bras or something.

Lastly, let me just quote Hillary Clinton here as a sum up of this post:

Why extremists always focus on women remains a mystery to me. But they all seem to. It doesn’t matter what country they’re in or what religion they claim. They all want to control women. They want to control how we dress. They want to control how we act. They even want to control the decisions we make about our own health and our own bodies. Yes, it is hard to believe but even here at home we have to stand up for women’s rights and we have to reject efforts to marginalize any one of us, because America has to set an example for the entire world.