Last week I started a petition requesting that Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert (or anyone, really) stop making transphobic jokes on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. You can read all about it here and here.
Today, with the help of my friends (Thank you for being a friend, Ryan!) and despite my inferior spelling skills (No Thank you for being a fiend, Autocorrect!), we flew past our initial goal of 100 signatures.
Onward and upward. Tomorrow’s goal is the front page of change.org, so I’m thinking 50,000-100,000 signatures would be fine. Seriously though, 100K signatures would be awesome but it will probably take more than a day or two, so let’s say 1000 is next. In the meantime, please continue to share the petition far and wide. I will continue to work on making sure that your voices reach the decision makers. Also, I have no idea what I am doing. If you’ve run a successful petition or similar project and have some protips, I will listen.
Jon, Stephen, Sumner, I know you read my blog so please allow me to share just a few of the many excellent, relevant, perspective-inducing, comments on the petition:
I’m a veteran, a liberal, and a transsexual woman. It bothers me that Mr Stewart and Mr. Colbert are so willing to respect me for my term of military service while simultaneously thoughtless enough to disrespect me and other trans people on a regular basis. I don’t believe they do this out of malice, but I think this kind of humor is beneath them and inconsistent with their politics.
Jokes made at the expense of marginalized and vulnerable people, and which reinforce pernicious myths about them, are cheap, easy jokes. The proper targets of satire–as you should know, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert–are the complacent, comfortable and powerful, not the vulnerable and disenfranchised. Please don’t resort to lazy humour which devalues and endangers the lives of those who are its targets.
Several people I love and hold in greatest esteem have been physically and emotionally assaulted because of their gender orientation. I strongly believe that everyone has the responsibility to end transphobia.
These are such intelligent guys that are doing a whole lot of good- I’m sure they only need to be aware of this to change it for the better. I respect them immensely and doubt they’re being intentionally hateful, but this is important to be aware of.
“Satire” should punch up, not further hurt and marginalized people who are already treated as less-than-human by much of society. Telling transphobic jokes is not progressive, it’s not cool, it’s not funny.
I’m a transwoman. I watch your shows. I like your shows. But these things make me feel bad about being who i am. And i just want you to realize that what you are saying isn’t funny, just hurtful.
I’m a trans woman and frequent Colbert Report and Daily Show viewer. I love the commentary and humor but hate never knowing if I’m going to be dehumanized for a cheap laugh.
I’m a transgender person who regularly views both shows, although I honestly watch Colbert less now because of his frequent use of transphobic humor. I’d like to see more of Stewart’s segments mocking transphobic bigots, rather than more segments where we’re the punchline for a cheap joke. Remember, there’s a lot of scared, closeted trans teenagers watching your shows, and those little jokes can do more damage than someone who hasn’t gone through it can possibly imagine.
Good comedy punches up. Bullies punch down.
Yo guys if you could help spread this around and sign it, it’s kind of a big deal. These guys are sort of held as the epitome of what being a good “progressive” is in this country, and if they can get away with throwing tr*nny out as often as they do, then they’re setting an example that says casual transphobia is not just A-OK, but cute and funny.
So for those of you who have been following me for a while, you probably remember that I regularly help a family of six (four girls in elementary and high school, their mom, and grandmother) out with school supplies, groceries, and holiday gifts. For those of you who are new, I help out a needy family that I know with the aforementioned expenses. Christmas is coming up very soon (and like how did the year go by so quickly?????) and I will be buying gifts for them soon.
Last year, because of the help from you guys, we were able to get the girls some wonderful gifts that they really loved. This year my mom and I are getting some groceries and household stuff for the mother and grandmother, in addition to Christmas gifts for the girls.
If you have some extra money, please consider helping me to help out this family. If you don’t, please consider reblogging this to spread the word.
Donations can be sent via paypal to email@example.com (please let me know if you’ve donated, esp if your email address is different from your username, if you want me to thank you, otherwise I won’t know who you are!)
Thank you so much and happy holidays ♥
Turns out there is a price to pay for protecting your rainforests.
This is fucking important! Sign and reblog.
wow this is outrageous, why isn’t this going around? from the link:
Infinito Gold, a Canadian mining company, just slapped Costa Rica with a $1 billion lawsuit simply because the country decided its rainforests were more important than an open-pit gold mine.
Lauded as one of the countries with the most beautiful rainforests, it’s no wonder Costa Rica rejected Infinito’s mine. Costa Rica’s rainforest is home to many endangered species such the green macaw. Gold mining also uses toxic chemicals such as cyanide, which often leaks into and pollutes nearby lakes and rivers.
A subsidiary of Infinito Gold has announced that a massive lawsuit is “imminent”, so we need to act now. If thousands of us stand together, we can show Infinito that countries such as Costa Rica should have the right to protect their rainforests without being persecuted by corporations.
please sign and reblog!
if anyone wants to donate tothe cause of me getting a new #binder for a wedding i have to attend next week i would be over the moon in delight and gratitude ((quick shipping is not cheap and i wish my dysphoria wasn’t being so persistent so this wouldny be an issue))
Ok Dr. Phil’s wife, Robin, (yes groan, but listen up) has this new app out (iPhone and Android) that’s for people in abusive relationships. It’s called Aspire News and it’s disguised as a regular news app, but when you go to the “Help” section of the app, it leads you to domestic violence resources and also has a “Go Button” that when you press it, if you’re in a compromising situation, alerts local authorities as well as local shelters and starts recording everything that is going on.
Now, if you’re looking up resources on the app and your abuser is near, simply press the X button and it brings you to a random news page. Same goes for the actual foundation site.
ITS COMPLETELY FREE
SPREAD THIS, DONT JUST “LIKE IT”
be nice to retail and service industry workers on a regular basis, but be extra nice during the holidays.
you have absolutely no idea how stressful it is to get through a holiday season in retail.
go out of your way to show service workers you appreciate them.
if you eat out, tip even better than usual. i know the holidays are expensive and money is tight, but the person bringing you your meal is managing a lot of stress.
seek out managers to let them know how wonderful their employees are. sometimes a long, harrowing day can be brightened just a little by having your manager write you a positive review saying customers were impressed by your service.
don’t stay in stores past closing time, especially stores that are on holiday hours. some of those employees might only get to sleep for six hours before having to get up and come back in again the next morning. the faster they can get out, the better their night can be.
and always, always keep an eye out for other customers who harass employees, and put in a word to defend them. sometimes having a customer’s support can make a whole lot of difference. even if your support doesn’t make a difference to management, it will make the employee feel better knowing someone is on their side.
This is so, so, so important. Especially that one about don’t stay in stores past closing time. That’s irritating through the rest of the year, but at the holidays? When stores are open to 10 pm, 11 pm, even midnight? Employees are not robots, people. They - we - need to sleep.
Please, on behalf of retail and service workers everywhere, we want to give you the best service that we can. Your kindness and patience and compassion will go a long way toward making that possible.
And before people are like “lololol North Dakota who lives there anyway?”
You know what particular population North Dakota is higher than most in?
And Native women have astronomical rates of violence and rape against them.
So basically people who dismiss North Dakota don’t give a fuck about these women.
The lawmakers voted to pass it, but it will be up to the voters on the 2014 ballot before it becomes the law. North Dakotans: THIS IS THE TIME TO GET INVOLVED with your state’s pro-choice organizations. Educate, educate, educate everyone you know.
i’ll try to keep this short. i have sensory processing and anemic (collapsing/dizziness) issues so i was prescribed a service dog. my family’s fears have come true and the dog i got has just been washed out (retired) by the trainer because she has repeatedly failed her evaluations from the trainer and doesn’t have any capacity to be a service dog. my family is applying to paals to get me a pre-trained autism service dog (which we’re going to try to get our insurance to cover) but my mom really needs help with the application fee. it’s only $30 and i need help with that. any help (a dollar or two) would be appreciated and i have an art tag if you want a doodle or something. if you can please reblog this or donate a buck that would be a lot of help.. thank you!!