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October 5th, 2006

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01:38 pm - The deeply sorry state of the nation
Starting off this disturbing list is one of the most blatant cases of political repression I've run across (I particularly like the part where the DA said the charges were dropped in part because "the vice president did not wish to prosecute", it sort of makes you wonder what would have happened if he had wished to make an example of the guy.

Meanwhile, we have rampant paranoia in Minneapolis, where faux zombies are arrested as would-be terrorists and in Seattle's Sea-Tac Airport, where a man is detained and caused to miss his flight because he spoke Tamil on his cellphone.

While certainly not as dire as the three incidents above, this trend creeps the hell out of me, I had hoped that the old mixture of internalized misogyny and body-shame was fading a bit, but clearly it's alive and well. It's not my place to tell these women to dress differently, but dear gods this is disturbing.
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Date:October 5th, 2006 09:36 pm (UTC)
For the first few thing. yeah, its wackiness.

As for head covering, it sounds more like a religious choice than body-shame. My understanding of the jewish tradition of wearing the kippah/kipa is that it reminds one of god. In this context, I don't see anything disturbing about Christians who choose to cover.

I can certainly see the potential for covering to be used as a tool of judgement or divisiveness. What would be more disturbing is if through popularity, someone tried to legislate the use (as in an echo of Sharia Law).
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Date:October 6th, 2006 12:53 am (UTC)
I don't think the head covering is necessarily disturbing at all. It could be disturbing if they're feeling pressured into it, but it could also be a really liberating decision on their part that they're tired of having to compete to look more like Barbie than all the billions of other American women trying to look like Barbie. Head coverings are a whole lot quicker and easier to put on in the morning than three hours of makeup, which is the repressive dress code currently a lot more common for American women. Not trying to totter around in three-inch heels all day is probably also a welcome relief for them.
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Date:October 6th, 2006 01:28 am (UTC)

that goddamned modesty trend...

...makes me want to get naked and sit on an altar. Oh, wait! That's what I do in Mass anyway :D
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Date:October 6th, 2006 03:10 am (UTC)
Howards eventually was charged with harassment, a misdemeanor crime, which Eagle County District Attorney Mark Hurlbert dropped on July 6.

"We filed a motion to dismiss the charge because we didn't think we could prove it beyond a reasonable doubt because we had gotten word that the vice president did not wish to prosecute Howards," Hurlbert said Monday. "Originally, he was going to be charged with assault because the information we got from Secret Service was that he had pushed the vice president. We learned later that it had been only verbal."

Sounds like it's not Cheney's fault. Maybe there's something to the initial accusation of assault from the Secret Service, but with no details about how that happened but that one statement, it's hard to point fingers.
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Date:October 6th, 2006 05:52 am (UTC)
Oh you think head covering is bad? Check these out.

I guess I don't care how people dress. I also think the "apostle" Paul was a plant intented to bring the christian church back into check by the fundie establishment of day (incedentally, the jews.) Paul's that intolerant guy every fundie quotes. The real christians quote... well, Christ, who never really was quoted as saying anything terribly offensive that I can think of offhand. I can totally see it now... Paul: "OH wow!!! I was STRUCK BLIND and... er Jesus healed me on the road to Damascus!......... can I join? ((heh heh, suckers. I'm totally in.))"
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Date:October 6th, 2006 11:41 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure what the disturbing part of wearing a kerchief is.
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Date:October 7th, 2006 12:39 am (UTC)
Nothing in and of itself, but the reasons for it are somewhat distrubing.
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Date:October 7th, 2006 12:53 am (UTC)
Adopting subculturally distinct modes of dress to distinguish oneself from everyone else?

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