The plan is to get a Harold and the Purple Crayon tattoo. Yes, it means that much to me.
I couldn’t remember the name of this book until tonight. (Thank God for google) I could remember the story and coverart but not the name. I’m glad I can put the pieces together now.
Harold and the Purple Crayon and Tikki Tikki Tembo are my favorite two childhood books. Well these two, along with everything Dr. Seuss wrote and later came Shel Silverstein. I feel in love with written words at a young age because my reality at the time wasn’t as magical. My kids are going to have so many books to choose from. That’s the one thing I want I’m sure of.
Pansexual means that I have the capacity to fall inlove with the person regardless of their gender. It doesnt mean i will have a boyfriend, a girlfriend and everything inbetween. It means it doesnt matter if i have a boyfriend, a girlfriend, a girlfriend that used to be a boy or a boyfriend who was formerly a girl, it …only means I could have a Very Important Person to love.
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The rape of a transgender woman in the north-central province of Quang Binh has sparked a serious debate among legal professionals after judicial authorities declined to prosecute the three perpetrators.
The German Press Agency dpa quoted officials in the province as saying the victim had not reclassified her legal gender from male to female on Wednesday, August 25. Because Vietnamese law only applies to the rape of women by men, the case could not be prosecuted, they said.
“The laws don’t regulate how to deal with this case, so even if the group raped her ten times, we would not be able to sentence them,” Nguyen Van Thin, chief judge of the provincial People’s Court, told dpa.
According to Ho Chi Minh City Law newspaper, the unidentified woman was gang-raped by the three men on April 4. She reported the crime to local police the following day. After the men were arrested, they confessed to the crime in custody.
The province ran into problems when the authorities found that all of the victim’s identification documents indicated her gender as male.
She said she had undergone a sex change operation overseas four years ago and now, as a woman, she insisted the rapists be punished, the newspaper said.
Some experts said, legally speaking, the victim is still a man and the case is thus not covered under the law. They said that Vietnamese law does not recognize the grievances of transgender rape victims.
Other legal professionals did not agree. They said the law only stipulates that “those who use force, threaten to use force, or abuse the defenselessness of their victims, or use other tricks in order to have sexual intercourse with the victims against their will” are guilty of rape.
Because the regulation makes no reference to the genders of either the offender or the victim, anyone who commits the crime can be prosecuted under current law.
Judge Pham Cong Hung, from the HCMC People’s Supreme Court, said that what the three men did to the victim was enough to hold them guilty of rape and there should be no question about it.
So Vietnamese men have no legal protections if they’re the victims of rape. Backwards.
Holy fuck. That’s a whole lot of ridiculous bullshit. And cissexism
@queerwatch: I’m just going to focus on the commentary - the awfulness of the article stands by itself. One single word of your commentary is problematic. “Backwards” is an extremely loaded word. It comes across as the condition of being “backwards” hinges on being Vietnamese, and it heavily implies that there is a benchmark to which Vietnamese law is being compared - probably a Euroamerican one. It fits into the narrative of “Oriental” countries being in decline or a stasis - they cannot progress and fulfil their telos as well as “Western/Occidental” nations.
Genderbitch’s description of it as “ridiculous bullshit” is extremely accurate and has no such disparaging connotations. It forcefully describes the core of the issue without implying that oh, goodness, it’s those decadent, backwards Asians at it again…
It’s especially galling as most places don’t account for male rape, if not legally, certainly socially. There is - with reason - a huge focus on women getting raped everywhere, but think back over any anti-rape ad you’ve ever seen, how many of them feature men? Men rape clinics are few and far between, and facilities are lacking. Thailand isn’t backwards, just slightly more honest than most.
Backward is also an entirely subjective term. A work colleague of mine had his drink spiked at a gay bar and was raped. He went to the police and didn’t seem to have any complaints about the way he was treated, he told a few of his close friends in work and we were all loving and kind to him. However, as he’s gay, he couldn’t visit his (hypothetical) boyfriend in hospital. Which country is more ass backwards? Thailand or Ireland?
By terming “backwards” as subjective, a denial of systemic racism and the effects of imperialism takes place. There is a specific discourse used to describe “Oriental” countries as “backwards”. Using loaded language supports this and contributes to the hostile view of The Orient as Other and inferior. Edward Said writes about this in Orientalism, it’s an idea much discussed - not just my subjective fancy.
Calling racist phrasing “subjective” is also ridiculous bullshit. That phrase has so many uses. XD
An English professor wrote the words: “A woman without her man is nothing” on the chalkboard and asked his students to punctuate it correctly. All of the males in the class wrote: “A woman, without her man, is nothing.” All the females in the class wrote: “A woman: without her, man is nothing.” Punctuation is powerful