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calendar   Saturday - December 07, 2013

A lefty loon speaks …. to be read if in need of a laff …

What you see here is NOT all there is to read.  The whole things is impossibly stupid and reading all of it may take a bit of patience.
However, that said. 
The writer is an extreme lefty who teaches. I think she is actually a professor no less.  Which you’ll agree says very bad things about the culture and education.

oh btw ... I haven’tworked out entirely why Movember is correct in this case. OK, I get the mustache part but anyway .....

Movember, the annual moustache-growing event for a men’s health charity, has been condemned as ‘divisive, gender normative, racist and ineffective against some very real health issues’.

In the New Statesman, a writer called Arianne Shahvisi complains hilariously that it is an insult to everyone from Mexicans to ‘members of the LBGT community’.

It ‘marginalises groups of men who struggle to grow facial hair, such as trans-men’.

It is also an affront to the very ‘hypogonadal’ men — testicular cancer sufferers — it is designed to help.


Why Movember isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

One of the Movember mantras is: “Real men, growing real moustaches, talking about real issues”. The slogan is as misguided as its campaign: Movember is divisive, gender normative, racist and ineffective against some very real health issues.
By Arianne Shahvisi and Neil Singh

The last few weeks have seen our Facebook newsfeeds littered with selfies, as the otherwise banal and natural (yet for the female amongst us: totally unacceptable) process of hair growth is eagerly tracked with tongue-in-cheek insults pertaining to the thinness, style or “gingerness” of the emerging whiskers. Precious few of the posts, or the resulting comments, focus on men’s health issues, and virtually none recognise the pernicious gendered and racial connotations carried by the practice.

For the most part, sponsored activities (day-long silences, sponge-throwing, public waxing) depend on the extreme, the outrageous, the ridiculous. Friends and family are, apparently, only willing to part with money to witness something odd, humorous or downright unpleasant. So what message does Movember convey to those whose moustaches are more-or-less permanent features? With large numbers of minority-ethnic men—for instance Kurds, Indians, Mexicans—sporting moustaches as a cultural or religious signifier, Movember reinforces the “othering” of “foreigners” by the generally clean-shaven, white majority. Imagine a charity event that required its participants to wear dreadlocks or a sari for one month to raise funds—it would rightly be seen as unforgivably racist. What is the difference here? We are not simply considering an arbitrary configuration of facial hair, but one that had particular, imperial connotation to British men of our grandfathers’ generation and currently has a separate cultural valence for men from certain ethnic groups. Moustaches, whether or not “mo-bros” mean theirs to be, are loaded with symbolism. We often wonder how our fathers (both life-long moustached men) must feel each November, when their colleagues’ faces temporarily resemble theirs, and are summarily met with giggles and sponsor-money. No doubt they draw the obvious conclusion, that dovetails with many other experiences of life as an immigrant: there are different rules for white faces.

Further, the inclusivity of Movember deserves examination. For one, only men (and even then, only some men) can grow a moustache. The decision to focus on the moustache to raise awareness of men’s health issues might seem like an apposite one (though there’s no obvious relationship between moustaches and cancers), but it reinforces the regressive idea that masculinity is about body chemistry rather than gender identity, and marginalises groups of men who may struggle to grow facial hair, such as trans-men. Ironically, Movember also excludes the very men it is supposed to uplift; many men who have undergone radiotherapy or surgery to treat testicular cancer are rendered “hypogonadal” and are therefore unable to grow facial hair.

And that is NOT all there is. Whew.
Tell ya what though. Go to the link just to read the comments. Those may be worth the effort.

Where in the world do they find these fruit loops?

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