“We won’t go back”—it’s an inadequate rallying cry, prompted only by events that belie its message. But it is true in at least one sense. The future that we now inhabit will not resemble the past before Roe, when women sought out illegal abortions and not infrequently found death. The principal danger now lies elsewhere, and arguably reaches further. We have entered an era not of unsafe abortion but of widespread state surveillance and criminalization—of pregnant women, certainly, but also of doctors and pharmacists and clinic staffers and volunteers and friends and family members, of anyone who comes into meaningful contact with a pregnancy that does not end in a healthy birth. Those who argue that this decision won’t actually change things much—an instinct you’ll find on both sides of the political divide—are blind to the ways in which state-level anti-abortion crusades have already turned pregnancy into punishment, and the ways in which the situation is poised to become much worse.

On the post-Roe world.

2022-09-26T21:45:06+10:0026th September, 2022|Tags: , |

The new rifle association.

There was a rising movement for gun owners who wanted to have guns for personal protection in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It was, like our own era, a time of social disruption and the feeling that maybe people were insecure. And there were very high crime rates at the time as well.

The leadership of the NRA [National Rifle Association] at the time was pretty moderate. They were opposed to a lot of gun control laws, but the leadership hatched a plan to move to Colorado Springs to refocus the organization away from political activity and toward recreational sports, hunting, and conservation.

This really angered a group of hardliners in the membership. And at the annual membership meeting in 1977 in Cincinnati, these hardliners staged a coup of the NRA, where they used the rules of order to elect a whole new board of directors.

Literally when the sun rose the next day, the NRA had been transformed. And the new directors were all committed to political advocacy, fighting gun control, and being much more politically assertive. And that group became an active part of the coalition that led to Ronald Reagan being elected president in 1980, and has since become an even stronger part of the Republican conservative coalition.

On gun history.

2022-09-26T03:45:04+10:0026th September, 2022|Tags: |

Recruiting hate.

The rhetoric that the Nazis used to denounce gay men in the 1930s and 1940s mirrors that coming from the right in the United States today. The words have changed: where the Nazis spoke of seduction, Republicans talk of grooming. But both interpret homosexuality and other forms of queerness as a social contagion. And the history of this animus suggests we must take Republicans’ rhetoric seriously. Theirs is the language of persecution. Make no mistake: the legislators passing laws to ban LGBTQ speech in the classroom and gender-affirming care will not hesitate to criminalize homosexuality or gender nonconformity. [. . .]

Now animus against queer people—especially trans people—is back with a vengeance. From the conspiracy-addled world of QAnon, in which a shadowy cabal of pedophiles, juiced on the blood of children, runs the world, to the mendacity of trans-exclusionary radical feminists (or TERFs), a growing segment of the population seems willing to entertain the notion that lesbians, gay men, and trans people are “recruiting” children. The bestseller Irreversible Damage, published in 2020 and reaching audiences well beyond the fringe right, insisted that girls were being seduced by a “transgender craze” that it termed a “contagion.” Just before Pride month, U.S. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has embraced the rhetoric of “grooming,” predicted that in “four or five generations, no one will be straight anymore.”

On queer persecution.

Looking at you and all your nonsense, fandom puriteens . . .

2022-09-25T09:44:27+10:0025th September, 2022|Tags: |

Wednesday @ 6:45 am

So SUN HAVEN has kind of been consuming all my free time recently, huh?

It's basically STARDEW VALLEY but with, like, furries and elves and magic and shit.

2022-09-21T06:54:05+10:0021st September, 2022|

Friday @ 8:47 am

MY BRAIN AT 1:30AM: Hey. Hey, wake up. Let's think about things!

ME: Wtf no we have work tomorrow. Go back to sleep.

BRAIN: But what about this plan of re-doing the floor, huh?

ME: *No.*

BRAIN: New way of organising things in the pantry?

ME: Look. If you have to think about something, think about these blorbos to the tune of this music while we drift off to sleep.

BRAIN: Counter-offer, an itemized list of everything you did wrong at work last week!

ME: . . .I hate you.

2022-09-16T08:53:51+10:0016th September, 2022|

Wednesday @ 7:37 pm

Deleting stuff from my Photos and . . . I'm sure whatever I made this for it was a fully sick burn to all involved.

2022-09-14T19:44:41+10:0014th September, 2022|

Wednesday @ 6:37 pm

Given that we've only got pot plants on a balcony, how did spring gardening take me all afternoon and result in three giant trash bags of green waste?

Also, bamboo? In *this* climate?

(It so nice when it's green, though, but . . . yeah. So messy. And so not the climate for it . . .)

2022-09-14T18:44:25+10:0014th September, 2022|

Monday @ 1:43 pm

So the implication of Spelljammer on DnD lore is that Druids can't Wild Shape as hamsters (because all hamsters are actually miniature giant space hamsters, which are monstrosities, not beasts).

Which, like. You would assume someone had, like. Noticed?

DnD hamster truthers.

2022-09-12T13:53:56+10:0012th September, 2022|
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