rawstory.com
Kim Davis will be jailed on contempt charges until she agrees to issue same-sex marriage licenses

BREAKING NEWS!

“Kim Davis, the defiant Kentucky county clerk, was found in contempt of court and taken into federal custody.

U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning ordered Davis, the Rowan County clerk, to be jailed on the contempt charges until she agrees to comply with multiple court orders to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The judge ordered her held indefinitely because he did not believe fines would be enough to compel her to follow the law.

Her office refused to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple as recently as Thursday morning, before Davis and her staff closed the office made the half-hour trip from Morehead to Ashland.

Davis, an elected official and Democrat, has argued that she should be exempt from following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges because she objects to same-sex marriage for religious beliefs.

Four couples have sued Davis, and they asked the federal judge to punish the county clerk by imposing fines against her, saying that she continues to draw a taxpayer-funded salary “for duties she fails to perform.”

“Government officials are free to disagree with the law, but not disobey it,” said U.S. Attorney Kerry Harvey in a statement.”

Read the full piece here

ABOUT F’ING TIME!!!! 

CURRENT MOOD: 

gma.yahoo.com
Kim Davis is in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples
A Kentucky county clerk, Kim Davis, was jailed today after a judge found her in contempt of court for her refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses, but five of her deputies said under oath they would comply with the court's order to issue the licenses.

Kim Davis, the county clerk for Rowan County, Kentucky, has been jailed after refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, even after a district court ruled that she had to obey the law and do her job. 

Davis refused on the basis of her religious beliefs. Unfortunately, her religious beliefs do not dictate how the government works. 

U.S. District Judge David Bunning ruled against the Rowan County clerk before deputy marshals removed her from the courtroom this morning, and later said he expected the deputies to comply despite Davis’ refusal to authorize them to do so.

Bunning said Davis could be released from federal custody if she complies with the order to resume issuing licenses in the county. She has refused to issue marriage licenses to anyone, arguing that such a move was a way around discriminating against same-sex couples.

Whoaaaaa. #DoYourJob next time, Kim. 

Straight pride

A couple of months ago, a friend of mine put a thing up on Facebook about being proud to be a heterosexual. I don’t think she meant it in a homophobic way, I think she just hadn’t thought it through and is ignorant to the whole minority thing. It made me angry but I didn’t say anything because I didn’t know how to word it in a way that wouldn’t come off as a “how dare you be proud of yourself, queer people are the ONLY ones who can be proud” kind of way to her. But I think I’ve finally come up with an answer. Instead of scrolling all the way back through her facebook to find that post like a stalker, I’m going to post it here instead: 

You have plenty of things to be proud of. But a post like this comes off the wrong way. It would be like telling a person in a wheelchair that you are proud to be able bodied. Yeah, being able bodied is cool and not something you should feel ashamed of. But it is also something that you could easily just take for granted and not point out to those around you. You can easily see that a wheelchair bound person is different from you. You can see ramps on buildings and cars with hydraulic attachments. Homosexuality/bisexuality etc is not so visible. Bullying, harassment, lack of rights, risk of being fired etc are also something you probably don’t think about. You have never had to come out to your family and friends, risk losing financial security or being disowned or forced into silence to remain at your school or on your sporting team or stay out of prison. Strangers have never threatened violence against you for being straight. So when we say that we are proud to be gay, lesbian, bisexual etc, it is not just a fun little reminder to our loved ones. It is not advertising our sexuality or pissing off religious people who hate us. It is an act of courage. It is a sign of support for those who are not yet out of the closest. It is a way to visualize a minority group that has been pushed away for too long. Please do not undermine out attempts to show the world that we exist. We matter and we will continue to fight for equal rights. 

The Anderson Effect

feminismˈfɛmɪnɪz(ə)m/

noun

  1. the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.

Okay so first of all I would just like to say that as a feminist, I believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinions and as a believer of equal privilege and rights I respect the fact that we live in a world where one has freedom of speech, that’s absolutely fine. Even if those viewpoints and opinions happen to oppose all that I believe in and stand for, I accept that others have the right to stick by their own morals however that being said, I by no means have to agree with the actual opinions themselves.

I decided to write this post to discuss not only the positive elements of feminism, but to also point out the influential presence that Gillian Anderson has had within the industry, on a worldwide scale. Below is an article that outlines what The Scully Effect entails, it’s well worth a read so I suggest before continuing to read my post further, you should check it out. It basically sums up how due to Dana Scully’s introduction to mainstream television, it resulted in a lot of women becoming inspired by her strength and capabilities which resulted in them going into what once was perceived as male dominated environments such as law, science and education. Not only did Scully help primarily women in this way, but The X-Files as a whole redefined gender roles and broke away from preconceived stereotypes of masculinity and femininity. 

(An article which discusses The Scully Effect in more detail)

http://all-that-is-interesting.com/scully-effect

I completely understand that Dana Scully is not Gillian Anderson and vice versa, but here is where The Anderson Effect comes into play. If it wasn’t for Gillian’s portrayal and dedication to the show, Dana Scully would not have been the person that we know today. Yes of course the character was already written and yes I suppose anyone could have played her, but that being said if it had not been for Gillian’s personality and direction in which she took the role, would Dana Scully have been all that earnest and believable as the icon we know today? The answer, no. It was Gillian that brought her to life, aspects of her personality radiate within Scully’s persona and are the core reason as to why people from all around the world not only connect to Scully’s character and struggles in some way, but also feel empowered and inspired. Dana Scully also had a larger impact on television as we know it, many female characters that we see today are based on Chris Carter’s creation and Gillian’s portrayal, which is astounding when you think of how one woman helped to change the representation of women for a whole new generation of people and a completely new age of media.

Also I would like to bring up the issues of objectification, as I have read a lot of posts recently discussing how fans objectify her. First of all I would like to personally point out that although I believe that Gillian is physically very beautiful and attractive, as one would say. Her beauty happens to be internal as well as external. Her honesty and passion for the arts and social issues is what adds to the reasoning behind why most fans are captivated by her, it’s amazing to see a strong, independent woman succeed in not only doing what she loves but by using her platform to inspire others and to help those in need.

Here you can find the charities that Gillian openly supports; 

http://www.gilliananderson.ws/charities/

As we are still on the topic of ‘objectification’, I would just like to highlight that the majority of her fanbase do recognise that Gillian is a human being, we respect her decisions and understand that she has her flaws just as we all do, but in my eyes it as our imperfections as such that really define our souls and help us to grow and advance as people. I admire Gillian for who she is, not for who I want her to be or for who others believe she is but for her true authentic self and I can’t stress enough how much of a kind, classy and determined person I’ve become because of the self acceptance in which I underwent due to Gillian’s open declarations of her own past struggles and insecurities.

Feminism is equality. I believe that many people seem to forget that which is why the word has such negative connotations. The world needs feminism because sadly we still live in a world full of repression and inequality. Gender, race, background and religion are all factors that in today’s society determine the worth of a person and that really needs to change. I want everybody’s children to be able to embrace their true selves, to be proud of their authenticity, ethnicity and beliefs etc. without causing harm or hateful offence to others, just as others should reciprocate the behaviours and attitudes and help to bring us all into a more equal and diverse society. 

Don’t fight feminism, fight the injustice instead!

I hope I’ve gotten all my points across in a direct, respectful and truthful manner. If you guys know of any other (positive) articles which discuss any of the issues above, then please feel free to reblog and add them to the post!

Kind regards,

@danakmulders 

I was scrolling throughout Instagram and I saw a post that said “Black Lives Matter” and of course once you go into the comments , about ½ of them are going to be a bunch of people saying “ALL lives matter.” And someone commented this back and I think it gives a really good portrayal of what posts like this mean.

Guys you know what bothers me about the Bee Movie… It’s misrepresentation, especially of female bees. You see in the movie the worker bees or “pollen jocks” are male buff guys, whereas irl it’s strong proud independent female bees, risking their lives for the hive and don’t need no man. In the movie its just not buff guy proving he is just as strong as the other males. THEY COULD HAVE TURNED IT INTO SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL AND REVOLUTIONARY!! Where it s strong tough woman who don’t believe a guy can be as tough as them. Using reverse psychology it would have shown kids everywhere that all genders are equal and woman are tough!!!!

Okay I just want to get this out,
This is me, obviously I’m really little.
I’m 20 yrs old, 5'0, and 85 pounds.
no, I don’t starve myself.
no, I don’t make myself puke every time I eat.
no, I don’t have any disorder, I’m not dying.

While I was at work, and elderly man took time out of his day to walk up to me and say, “You need to eat more”.

That’s not the only time either and I know that shocks the hell out of you that this has happened more than once because who the hell would tell someone that they need to eat more?
How fucking rude can you be!?

People say the most ridiculous shit to me all because of my body type, I get told I look sick and that I need to go to the doctor. People tell me I’m not healthy and to go eat a cheeseburger. Sometimes you’ll have those people that tell you how lucky you are and how they wish they could look like that. They wonder how you could be insecure since you’re so skinny.

Well what if I told every heavy set person I see that they needed to stop eating burgers or to stop eating at all? If I said they needed to see a doctor because they look over weight? I told them they were not healthy and they looked sick?
THEY WOULD BE FUCKING OFFENDED.

And just so they know,
YES, I realize I look this way.
YES, I go to the doctor every 3 months
YES, everything’s fine, I’m not dying
YES, I eat all day, probably more than you.

And YES, I’ve tried to gain weight. It didn’t work, I’ve tried a lot of things that didn’t work, but then I stopped trying because I realized
MAYBE I WAS JUST BORN THIS WAY

I’ve just had ignorant people like you filling my head with unnecessary bullshit because a young woman’s mind isn’t fucked enough right now, you just thought it would be okay to dump all of these negative thoughts in my head when all along I knew my body was fine.

Just because a woman is skinny, doesn’t mean she isn’t insecure. So be gentle when you decide to make comments.