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Katie Cannon once wrote that one of the major problems with being radical is that moral values that do not center the status quo are not disputed, but simply not recognized as such.

There is no such thing, in the American imagination, as a leftist morality. By definition, we are amoral. We can talk all day long about the value of inclusion, for instance, but Ricky Santorum can still get cultural traction for discussing man on dog sex.

Values which oppose the mainstream are not values, they are lawlessness.

Which is the only way i could possibly explain the following quote.

“Fashion statements may seem insignificant, but when they lead to the mainstreaming of violence – unintentionally or not – they matter,” Ms Malkin has written.

Intention doesn’t matter. She’s right on that. But how else can one read that line from the author of In Defense of Interment?

Her words, intentionally or not, have helped mainstream violence against Arab Americans. And, for that matter, against Palestinians, Iraqis, Afganis, and may God forbid it from coming to pass…Iranians.

Values not supportive of the ancien regime are not simply rejected.

-sly

*twitch*

*twitch*

In the last 72 hours, we’ve had the following.

Mysogynist criticism of Shillary for “crying.”

Sexist response from Edwards.

Sexist followup from Obama’s camp.

Racist comebacks from the Clinton campaign.

And as icing, a race denying masterpiece from Gloria Steinem.

A pox on all houses, everywhere….for America has successfully made g!n*ack*m@rism it’s official public policy.

Excuse me all, while i go to my happy place.

-sly

So, the bruhaha of the day seems to be Bill Richardson failing to state in uninterrupted prose that being gay isn’t a choice. We have the eager interviewing skills of Melissa Ethridge, Lifer Extraordinare, to thank for this shocking revelation.

His campaign is in full back spin mode, stating the Holy Manta of Gay Orthodoxy.

We believe in one orientation, begotten and not made of culturally based choices…

I’m sorry…they actually said:

“I misunderstood the question. Let me be clear- I do not believe that sexual orientation or gender identity happen by choice. But I’m not a scientist, and the point I was trying to make is that no matter how it happens, we are all equal and should be treated that way under the law. That is what I believe, that is what I have spent my career fighting for. I ask that people look at my record and my actions and they will see I have been a true supporter of the LGBT community.”

Uh. Who gives a crap? Who gives a flying fuck if a presidential candidate thinks we were born that way so we have a right to be who we are?

How about we care if they are going to work to repeal DOMA? Or if they think that since there is nothing wrong with being queer it doesn’t matter why we are what we are?

I have decided to file LOGO, Bill Richardson, Melissa Etheridge, and HRC under the category: Idiots, Un-useful.

-sly

Dear VH1, Blender Magazine, and the Unholy Alliance of Viacom;

Kiss off.

43. Non-fake Lesbians
Don’t get us wrong — we love lesbians. Just so long as they’re not playing music. From Melissa Etheridge to the Indigo Girls, real-live sapphic rock stars are to blame for some truly awful trends: earnest coffeehouse confessionalism, the Lilith Fair, flannel. Now t.A.T.u., on the other hand …

This is not an advertisement for a show. This is a public display of stupidity.

Anyways, since Viacom itself was not the number one item on that list, we all know it’s a fix.

Choke on your lies,

-Sly Civilian

L&O has, as a series, tended to rely pretty heavily on tropes of mental illness. There have been a few surprising moments, but mostly the stories are uncomplicated. Mental illness is scary, the only way to deal with it is forced medication or confinement. Good crazy people take their pills to make the people around them safe.

So…when the episode last night is the season finale, we ought to be ready for some sensationalism.

Season 7 Episode 07020
INFLUENCE – SEASON FINALE 10/9pm 5/16/06

ARE PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS NECESSARY? – In SVU’s season seven finale, former rock star Derek Lord (guest star Norman Reedus) goes on a national talk show and lectures about the abuse of psychiatric drugs. Meanwhile, an unstable young woman Jamie Hoskins (guest star Brittany Snow), who loses her virginity, goes off her prescribed medication, gets behind the wheel of a car, and mows down 10 people. As these events are played out in a highly charged way, the argument about prescribed “meds” is challenged. Mariska Hargitay, Chris Meloni, Tamara Tuni, B.D. Wong, Richard Belzer, Ice-T and Dianne Neal also star. TV-14

What they don’t tell you in that clip there is that to cap this all off, Ms. Lilly White Girl of Promise makes a false rape accusation.

She’s shown several times as a totally “reliable” witness, but when she talks about the rape, she’s in a unstable period, and goes crazy. First of all, as we all know, “reliable” witness is a hugely perspectival characteristic. See any of the recent commentary on the Duke case for details. Ever narrowing down this category of believable rape survivors down to the mythical Napoli hypothesis…this kind of portrayal serves the rape culture by maintaining the seeds of doubt that allow patriarchal types to stay in denial.

The other part that i really worry about here, and this just happens to be my interest, is the way that mental illness is seen as precluding agency, especially as it relates to sexual assault. Given that rape and abuse is not uncommon in these populations, this matters a great deal. The way it gets shown and seen is that a “real” mentally ill person will be completely helpless and totally disconnected from reality. Playing in to the “good” victim stereotypes, the catatonic cases are infantilized, and dealt with as if they aren’t there. They exist as a crime scene, not a person. “Bad” crazy people refuse to take their medications, and worse still, show some signs of function or agency while unmedicated. Showing the audacity to try to make their own choices in a difficult situation, they are shown as scary and victimized. Unreliable as witnesses, they still try to talk and claim that something is wrong, and since we find it hard to understand them, we start to attack them instead.

As the ADA crossed Jamie on the stand, she dismantled her entire humanity, calling her a slut who cried rape before baiting her into saying hateful things about her parents. We see her next in a private room in what’s supposed to be a ward but is clearly a regular hospital room…and she tearfully confesses to Benson and proclaims her eternal sorrow that she had ever not trusted her parents, who wanted her medicated.

Crazy people of the world, may I have your attention. If you refuse your medication, you cannot be raped. You may be a slut who asks for it, but if someone has non-consensual sex with you, it is not rape. It’s punishment because you don’t do what Mommy and Daddy say you should.

Law and Order SVU: Convicting the victim for your primetime viewing pleasure for seven seasons.

-sly