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A Brief History of Sodomy
An extract from the whole posting (worth your while) at AndrewSullivan.com:
What the George-Bradley brief shows is how the principled stand against all sodomy - however implausible - has now essentially been abandoned as a basis for law in modern society, even by its most fervent defenders. What's left is a residue of hostility toward homosexuals, animus by any other name. Logically, of course, heterosexual sodomy should be more stigmatized than homosexual sodomy. A man and a woman, after all, have a choice to procreate or not procreate; two women or two men do not. If you're trying to frame the law to encourage procreation, why only apply it to those who cannot procreate at all, while removing such an incentive for the only group for whom such an incentive makes sense? Just as the intense prohibition of sodomy seems to have emerged in part from a fear and incomprehension of homosexuals, so it has ended up centuries later in exactly the same place: as a means not of upholding a universal morality, but of maintaining a stigma against a single class of persons.
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In other news, liliane was mentioned in another online comic today which was cool. I do NOT encourage people however to forgo spending money when they see my books in stores... please buy them and thus encourage comics and bookstores to carry my stuff. Think of it as a gift to yourself that supports both the bookstore, and me. If I don't sell books, I can't print new ones! (and if they don't sell in bookstores, then the bookstores refuse to carry them!! urk) Thanks to reader arbitrary ardvaark!!
And Spain makes FOUR!!
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"So When Ya Gonna Tie the Knot?"
But symbolic or not, it makes Canada the third country to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples. 158 to 133. I am proud to be in a country that is in the forefront of equal rights. Yay. Let's say that again. Yay.
Here is a chronology of the gay rights issue in Canada. And here is a whole rundown of the issue, including ads pro and anti, which ran previous to the vote,, at Canadians for Equal Marriage.
Liliane Struts in Shameless
I just got my copy, since I am one of five female cartoonists profiled in it (woohoo a whole page!)... and I like it so much I am going to subscribe, and get a gift subscription for a 16 yr old girl I know. Do check it out!!
End of the World!!
(I am so ignorant about racism... I always thought Jewish people WERE white, except for the ones who aren't... kind of like well, Christian people are white, except for the huge proportion of them who aren't... what the heck is the conflation of religion and race? Wasn't Christ and his mother semitic? And all the disciples? So then how can white Christians and white Jewish people be different races?? Is it some strange Northern European insecurity that God sent his sperm to impregnate a woman in Palestine and not to France or England?).
I find it fascinating how there can be so many prominent Jewish scientists, including Einstein, but if Jews take over, it will be the end of science. It is incredible how much those with no capacity for rational thought can write.
Though it is reassuring that I don't actually exaggerate the rightwing / white / christian extremist worldview of jew/homo/other races being free from attack= them taking over= the end of civilisation. wow.
Well, back to googling!
Ps, found this excellently fun Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese page!!0 comments so far
Diversity Crayons Banned!!
Their satires are so spot-on that they are often mistaken for actual reporting. Apparently they were the ones behind a Laura Bush scandal as well. Who knew!!
Fencesitters Ball's Tenth Anniversary on SF Pride Friday!
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Dykes in Comics in Curve!
The article is by Lori Selke, and gives a brief history of lesbians in comics, including zines, manga and webcomics and is worth checking out.
The Intelligent Guide To Brighton & Hove
Yes, you can buy that book from me from the website.
Sequential Tart Interview is Up!!!
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Editorial Cartoons in Turkey
In the meantime, I offer you the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists which is a fun cool site. It has information, educational uses of cartoons (Cartoons in the Classroom), news... Check it out!
And while we are speaking of news, it seems that Turkey's Prime Minister, who claims to be pro-free speech, and who was once jailed himself for reciting an "unpatriotic" poem, doesn't have much of a sense of humour. He has cracked down on portrayals of himself by editorial cartoonists in Turkey. Strangely because they are only being fined and jailed, instead of beaten and disappeared, one cartoonist said "all is done within the framework of the law". How extremely encouraging.
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