It’s generally understood that Donald Trump intends to “delegate” much of the grunt work of the presidency to his vice president, Mike Pence. This will be especially true on cultural issues, which Trump doesn’t care about but half of the Republican base does. In terms of social policy, a Trump administration will be a Pence administration.

And that should be terrifying.

In a famous interview on ABC News, Pence refused to say whether his “religious liberty” law, one of the worst in the nation, would or wouldn’t allow businesses to discriminate against gays, despite being prompted six times by George Stephanopoulos. Pence refused to say whether it’s OK to fire gay people for being gay. He has endorsed the horrifying and ineffective practice of ‘gay conversion therapy.’

But those specific examples really are just the superficial symptoms of a much deeper, and sincere, religious conservatism. This isn’t meant to demean Pence’s views; it’s not about homophobia, or some kind of pathology. These positions reflect what Pence, like 30 percent of Americans, sincerely believe is the right way forward for America: a return to traditional “Judeo-Christian” values and morality.

And that is the foundation for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of policies. A Trump-Pence administration will promote creationism and “traditional” sexual/gender norms in schools, end funding for HIV prevention and research, return us to the Reagan-Bush days of abstinence-only education, increase faith-based initiatives and funding to conservative religious organizations, and undertake a thousand tiny actions that won’t make the headlines but will gradually turn back the clock of America’s moral progress. Pence doesn’t think it’s been progress; he thinks that our new freedoms are a sign of moral decay.

—  A Trump-Pence Presidency Would Be a Disaster for LGBT People | Jay Michaelson for the Daily Beast 
What do you, as a lady, need to feel more welcome in LARP?

I was curious about what our gender breakdown was in Dagorhir, so I polled the national Facebook page. It looks like we’re currently at 2:1, dudes to ladies. About 33% of our participants seem to be girls. 

I suspect that is a lot higher than when I started fighting in 2007, but it still seems low. Larp Guide’s poll suggests the numbers are similarly low across games. 

A friend then asked what we could do to retain more female participants. I’ve got some of my own ideas (harassment policies! being willing to actually ban creeps! not calling our opponents “pussies” whom we “rape”!), but I’m curious if any of y’all have your own thoughts.

Lady-folk, what do you need? What actions should I (as a random player, veteran in my unit, or event organizer) take? Has your game implemented any changes to make it more welcoming? If you’re new and want to play but are hestitating, what would make you more likely to give these games a try?

My experience is entirely in foam-fighting/battle-gaming, but if you’re from a different side of the LARP spectrum, chime in anyway. It’s a big tent, and there’s room for everyone.

First Black Anthropologist in the world 🌴🇭🇹

Anténor Firmin’s major work, De l’égalité des races humaines (The Equality of Human Race) was published in Paris in 1885 and while a foundational text in anthropology was largely ignored or dismissed (Fluehr-Lobban 2000). Recovered only recently, the manuscript was translated and introduced into English by Asselin Charles as The Equality of the Human Races (Positivist Anthropology) (2000), one hundred and fifteen years after its original publication. From 1884 to 1888, during his years in France as a Haitian emissary, Firmin was one of the three Haitian members of the Paris Anthropology Society, whose name remained on the roster until after his death in 19113. Although a member of the Société who attended many of its meetings, his voice was effectively silenced by racialist physical anthropology dominant at the time, and by his race. In the Mémoires that provide a transcript of the Société’s deliberations are recorded the two occurrences in which Firmin rose to speak. At one point he stood his ground to challenge the biological determination of race that pervaded the prevailing physical anthropology of Broca and others when he was confronted by Clémence Royer (a pioneering woman of science who translated Darwin’s Origin of Species into French) who asked Firmin if his intellectual ability and presence in the Société were not the result of some white ancestry he might possess. Firmin tells us in his own words in the Preface to The Equality of the Human Races that he wanted to debate with those who «divide the human species into superior and inferior races» but he feared his request would be rejected. «Common sense told me that I was right to hesitate. It was then that I conceived the idea of writing this book» (Firmin 2000: liv). We now know that a signed copy conveying «Hommage respectueux à la Société d’anthropologie de Paris, A. Firmin» was presented to the Paris Anthropological Society in 1885, and that no review or further mention of the book, beyond it having been received, was made in the Mémoires d’anthropologie, the periodical of the Society.

Anténor Firmin was an anthropologist who pioneered a critical study of race and physical anthropology and developed in his major work, De L’égalité des races humaines…, a vision of anthropology as an integrated study of humanity. The publication date of 1885 of De L’égalité des races humaines marks it as a pioneering text in anthropology and it is perhaps the first major work of anthropology written by a person of African descent. Although Firmin’s tome was lost to Francophone anthropology, it was recognized not only in Haiti but also among Pan-Africanist scholars as an early work of négritude. Anténor Firmin also had a seminal impact on Jean Price-Mars, the 20th century founder of Haitian ethnology, and these ties extend further to the American founder of African and Afro-American anthropology, Melville Herskovits.

More: https://gradhiva.revues.org/302

“Let me put our situation this way.  The two unavoidable facts of life are mortality and inequality.  We’re going to die.  And — here I’m committing a primal American heresy — we’re not created “equal” in the secular meaning of that word.  We’re obviously not equal in dozens of ways:  health, intellect, athletic ability, opportunity, education, income, social status, economic resources, wisdom, social skills character, holiness, beauty or anything else.  And we never will be.  Wise social policy can ease our material inequalities and improve the lives of the poor.  But as Tocqueville warned, the more we try to enforce a radical, unnatural, egalitarian equality, the more “totalitarian” democracy becomes.

… For all of its greatness, democratic culture proceeds from the idea that we’re born as autonomous, self-creating individuals who need to be protected from, and made equal with, each other.  It’s simply not true.  And it leads to the peculiar progressive impulse to master and realign reality to conform to human desire, whereas the Christian masters and realigns his desires to conform to and improve reality.”

- Archbishop Charles Chaput, Remembering who we are and the story we belong to

I hate how white people are always trying to compare ther experiences to those of non-white people. They’re like “oh well you know, people appropriate white culture too, what about princesses and Italian and German culture and people make costumes of that so I know how you feel” and I understand your concern there, but when you talk about this yore likely just trying to silence the Native American people who are concerned about cultural appropriation of their cultural things by telling them it happens to you too. Like why can’t we just make it not happen to anyone. And by the way it’s way different when you do it to white people because of this little thing called racism. No, it’s not okay either way. But we both know white people have never been oppressed. Therefore dressing as a German or a white person for Halloween is just a harmless joke. But dressing as a “Native American” has real consequences for Native American folk. Because they’ve been oppressed because of their Native American heritage. White people haven’t been oppressed for being white.

Same with the crowd that thinks calling a black person the n word is the same as calling a white person cracker. It’s not that same. Cracker is just a silly joke people made up a couple years ago. The n word was used to describe black people when they were kidnapped and forced into slavery, beaten, whipped, killed, tortured, raped. It was used to oppress those people. It had hundreds of years of history that make it not okay. Like do I really have to still be explaining this shit just calm the fuck down and accept that racism exists and no you don’t have it as hard as POC do. Im white, but I understand this shit or Atleast im trying my best. Just be lucky that you CAN choose to be ignorant and blind to racism because non white people aren’t so fucking lucky.

It’s called equity. Equality is giving everyone the same thing and expecting them to be good with that. But equity accounts for the societal disadvantages that different people have based on different aspects of themselves and provides for those disadvantages. Equality is like a less informed version of equity.

Jordanians charged with killing sisters for 'honour'
Murder is punishable by death by hanging in Jordan, but courts usually commute or reduce sentences in so-called cases of "honour killings"

Two Jordanian brothers were charged with murdering their two sisters in apparent “honour killings”, a court official said Sunday.

The men, aged 22 and 24, were charged with murdering their sisters on Thursday evening in Naur, 20 kilometres (12 miles) southwest of Jordan’s capital Amman.

The official, who asked to remain anonymous, said the brothers claimed they had killed the women, aged 20 and 34, “to defend the family’s honour”.

“The two brothers were looking for their older sister, who had been away from the family home,” he said.

“They found her in the house of the younger sister, who had married without the knowledge or consent of the family.”

They shot the younger sister twice and the older one five times, including once to the head, the official said.

The younger sister’s husband, who informed the brothers where the women were, was also arrested.

“The public prosecutor charged all three of the arrested men with murder,” said the official.

Another source familiar with the investigation said the two brothers had “claimed during questioning that they had carried out the crime for honour”.

Murder is punishable by death by hanging in Jordan, but courts usually commute or reduce sentences in so-called cases of “honour killings,” particularly if the victim’s family urges leniency.

Jordan sees around 15-20 cases of so-called honour killings a year.

After Habitat III: a stronger urban future must be based on the right to the city
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