On Wednesday, March 1, 2006, at a hearing on the proposed Constitutional Amendment to prohibit gay marriage, Jamie Raskin, professor of law at AU, was requested to testify.
At the end of his testimony, Republican Senator Nancy Jacobs said: “Mr. Raskin, my Bible says marriage is only between a man and a woman. What do you have to say about that?”
Raskin replied: “Senator, when you took your oath of office, you placed your hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution. You did not place your hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible.”
The room erupted into applause.” —snopes.com: Jamie Raskin (via jiffysquid)
Poor babies. Women don’t get to be anything but “longed for”; even in those occasional instances where men “get to” be objectified, it is for the benefit of other (gay) men—never for women. I’m well and truly sick of having to couch every feminist complaint in terms that imply men are the “real victims” in order for said complaint to get taken seriously.
No wonder some women are unconsciously passive aggressive when expressing anger, sadness, or frustration. For years, they have been subjected to so much gaslighting that they can no longer express themselves in a way that feels authentic to them.
They say, “I’m sorry” before giving their opinion. In an email or text message, they place a smiley face next to a serious question or concern, thereby reducing the impact of having to express their true feelings.
You know how it looks: “You’re late :D ”
These are the same women who stay in relationships they don’t belong in, who don’t follow their dreams, who withdraw from the kind of life they want to live.” —
I hate when people claim that women are crazy or complicated or don’t know what they want because fuck you. When a woman is vocal about her opinions, desires, feelings, you call her a bitch or crazy or hysterical. Women have been taught that the only way to communicate while maintaining their physical and emotional safety is to be indirect.
One of the best things a woman can do is stop apologizing. It’s hard, though. I’m still working on it.
GOD ALL OF THIS. It’s one of the things I want to work on most for myself. Aaron has no problem being direct and blunt with people—I want to be able to do the same. I’m too fucking nice.