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Month: February 2008

Rainbow Stickers = Gang Affiliations? Right

Yeah, I hear there’s a real prob­lem with queer street gangs the­se days, tag­ging every­thing in sight with those damned rain­bows.

ACLU sues Flori­da school for bar­ring Pride gear

Admin­is­tra­tors at Pon­ce de Leon High School stat­ed that stu­dents’ wear­ing rain­bow stick­ers could mean that they are mem­bers of an ille­gal orga­ni­za­tion.…
An uniden­ti­fied stu­dent was sus­pend­ed for five days for express­ing her sup­port for gay rights, the ACLU said. Stu­dents said a les­bian peer was harassed and tried to report the sit­u­a­tion to admin­is­tra­tors. She was instead greet­ed with cen­sor­ship of sup­port­ing stu­dents writ­ing “gay pride” on their arms and note­books.

This sto­ry def­i­nite­ly goes in the “glad to be home­school­ing” file, but it also gives me cause to won­der if the school admin­is­tra­tor train­ing process sur­gi­cal­ly removes all com­mon sense. Or do they just prefer to recruit those who don’t have much of it in the first place?

So What’s Different?

I saw the top­ic and thought, “Gosh, may­be I’ve missed some­thing obvi­ous. I’ve nev­er been so good at this Girly-Girl thing. I should watch that.”

I watched it. I don’t feel enlight­ened.

May­be it’s just been too long since I thought about this stuff, but what’s so dif­fer­ent about apply­ing make-up for 40-year-olds than it is for 20-year-olds? I get that people’s skin type might change, but that’s an indi­vid­u­al thing. Where did this “no mas­cara on the bot­tom lash­es” thing come from, and why?

May­be some­one who reads women’s mag­a­zi­nes or watch­es TV can give me a clue here.

(Yep, this is a very shal­low entry.)