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In what is viewed as an attack on democracy, Socialist Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said mass demonstrations planned for the weekend should be halted.
France’s Socialist government provoked outrage today by becoming the first in the world to ban protests against Israeli action in Palestine.
In what is viewed as an outrageous attack on democracy, Socialist Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said mass demonstrations planned for the weekend should be halted.
Mr Cazeneuve said there was a ‘threat to public order’, while opponents said he was ‘criminalising’ popular support of the Palestinian people.
Youssef Boussoumah, of the Party of the Indigenous of the Republic (PIR) said: ‘France is criminalising any show of solidarity with the Palestinian people.
‘This is an absolute outrage, it is a continuation of attempts to muzzle the Palestinian people and to get them and their supporters in France to surrender absolutely to Israel’s oppression.’
Sylvie Perrot, another pro-Palestine activist from Paris, said: ‘Fascist states stop people demonstrating against wars – it is beyond belief that French Socialists are following their example.’
Okay guys, I’m going to get serious for a minute.
If you’re not in Ireland at the moment, you may not know about the situation regarding the laws on abortion. It is completely illegal, even in cases of rape, incest, fatal foetal abnormality, and other such things.
Women have died in this country because inability to have an abortion put strain on their health. A woman who wasn’t even Irish begged for an abortion because her child was about to die in the womb. The complications arising from her case resulted in her contracting septicaemia, organ failure, and tragically dying.
In 1992, the X Case took place, involving a 14-year-old girl, knowns only as x, who became pregnant after being raped. Instead of offering help to the girl, who became suicidal, they prevented her from travelling out of the country for an abortion.
Any Irish woman* who needs an abortion has to travel to the UK, which means if you don’t have the money, you’re out of luck. What does the Irish Government have to say about this?
Well, recently the UN confronted the Government about our abortion laws, pointing out that we were breaking Human Rights laws, and that the Government treated Irish women* like vessels.
Joan Burton, the Tánaiste, said that there will be no referendum on abortion in this Government’s lifetime. They’re literally saying that they don’t care enough to rectify Human Rights breaches.
I am NOT a vessel, and neither are you. Make your voice heard. Come to the March for Choice on the 27th of September in Dublin.
Never give up, never stay quiet.
There’s no thesis here. I just wanted to organize a few thoughts around Fade to Black sex in mainstream media.
The Problem with Fade to Black
The funny thing about reading a metric tonne of fanfiction is the jarring disappointment you feel when mainstream movies and books fade to black as soon as we get to a sex scene. I watched Looper in a watch party the other day and noticed this in a scene between Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt. At the time I kind of joked about it, because who wouldn’t like to see that whole scene play out?
Narrative Function - Character Development
This fade-to-black convention — and the societal attitude that drives it — is problematic. We see scenes of people sitting on buses, ordering coffee, or going for a run. If they aren’t used to drive plot, those thingsaren’t particularly exciting in themselves but do provide us some insight in the character. So why is someone having sex not as revealing to that character, or more?
Fanfiction has shown me, again and again, that sex scenes can be exceptional at revealing character development. What better time to look at a character than when their defenses are down and they’re undone by their own desire? What more personal thing can there be than desire?
Fanfiction Has No Financial Bottom Line
Fanfiction is free to tell stories without the limitations of ticket sales and PR teams. I’ve learned from fanfiction that desire doesn’t begin and end with a sex scene, and desire can bleed out into the rest of the story, assisting it along the way with added tension and the satisfaction of having really SEEN the character, naked both figuratively and literally.
In the Bedroom or In Real Life, and Never the Twain Shall Meet
Okay, but aside from the narrative opportunities missed in mainstream media, there’s another problem. By excising the getting-busy part of sex out of the story with near-surgical precision, we’ve also excised it out of the collective consciousness. We understand our world through stories. We grow up with stories and learn more than what is explicitly told to us. What I’ve learned from mainstream media is that sex is somehow separate from life. It’s intensely private and shaded in silence. Sex is something to be found in pornographic situations, devoid of character and story, separate from individual identity.
I’ve heard occasional criticism about particular fanfic stories being “insert tab A into slot B”. But even the most formulaic, uninspired fanfic porn begins with characters we all (fandom) know. While some full-length porno films might touch on the identities of the participants, most videos I’ve been exposed to have been literally Tab A - Slot B kind of stuff. Not that I’m complaining of the existence of that kind of thing — it has its place. But it’s ubiquitous and for many it’s their only exposure to the nuts-and-bolts of sex outside of their own experience, and I find that worrying.
Minimum wage should be linked to the poverty level.
This is basic economic fact.
A business that claims it can’t afford to pay a living wage to its workers is admitting that by definition it fails to meet its basic operating expenses. That major multinational corporations can be “successful” while failing to meet a basic operating expense is only possible because We The People pick up their greedy/lazy slack through taxes and charity.
And yet somehow it’s everybody else who’s a moocher and a looter…
And this corrosive greed is a big part of what’s slowly poisoning the U.S. economy. Money being hoarded at the top and put in “safe” investments and bank accounts is money that does nothing for no one. It’s just an elaborate means of keeping score. Money put into the hands of the workers does what money is meant to do: it circulates. It gets spent. The same dollar will go through dozens of sets of hands, touching dozens of lives, feeding dozens of people and sparking profits for dozens of businesses. The same dollar, in the hands of the rich, will generally do… nothing. It won’t create jobs. It won’t fund innovations. It won’t start businesses.
Less than 1% of corporate revenues become wages for workers. Less than 3% of the wealthy are actually entrepreneurs (people who risk their money on business ventures that create jobs).
But 100% of the working class spends their money. That money creates jobs. That money fuels innovations. That money becomes profits. That money keeps the economy ticking.
We have been lied to about who are the parasites and who are the drivers of the economy. We have largely accepted a view of money as a means of keeping score and the economy as something that must have winners and losers, rather than money being a proxy for barter and an economy being a way to divide the labor of society and distribute the load of living
"A business that claims it can’t afford to pay a living wage to its workers is admitting that by definition it fails to meet its basic operating expenses."
"Less than 1% of corporate revenues become wages for the workers."
they love the way i walk.
cause i walk with a VENGEANCE.
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Attention Tumblr! Do you know why people don’t take you seriously? Why this site and the people on it are a punchline to the rest of the internet?
It’s because of human garbage like this person.
It’s because of the people who lack the reading comprehension to…
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