Chinese LGBTs

referenced from slapupsidethehead.com

referenced from slapupsidethehead.com

I would like to point out that if you read the title out loud, it kind of rhymes.  I’m pretty proud of that.

I had no idea that electroshock therapy was still a prevalent conversion therapy technique.  Apparently, however, in China it’s still considered a viable method of “curing” homosexuality.  I won’t bother to point out all of the evidence pointing to conversion/reparative therapy being ineffective, and the antiquated nature of viewing homosexuality as a mental illness.  I’ll let you read that for yourself.  The article from alternet.com states that China didn’t decriminalize homosexuality until 1997, and didn’t remove it from lists of mental illnesses until 2001.  The timeline is sort of amazing, but the fact that they are already considering banning reparative therapy is really quite a quick jump.  However, apparently the district court essentially ignored the case.  I would love to see this move forward, but again.  It’s pretty soon for a ruling like that considering they’ve only recently decided that homosexuality is something they’ll “allow.”

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by Randy Glasbergen

by Randy Glasbergen

I’ve talked about this a lot.  Now, we have a professional article from a legitimate source talking about the handling of sexual assault and rape in universities and colleges.  Honestly it just needs to be talked about in general.  This is serious, this is way more common than it should be, and it’s not slowing down.  Educate yourself, and force the schools to as well.

Taking Control of the Future

From the film: Mean Girls reference from vegasseven.com

From the film: Mean Girls
reference from vegasseven.com

Sex education has been a big topic for years now.  Some states have better curriculum than others, but the bad ones tend to be absolutely awful.  While this seems to be an easy topic for adults to throw around ideas relating to, you rarely hear opinions from those actually in the programs.  I was pleasantly surprised to hear that in Nevada, groups of students are letting their school district know exactly what they think about the sex ed. program currently in place.  Apparently, a comprehensive sex ed program was suggested (shocking!), and parents began to object.  This article from alternet explains some of the *incredibly controversial* (insert sarcasm) things the comprehensive program plans to educate students on.  Surprisingly, only 22 states require sexual education programs, and only 19 require any provided programs to be medically accurate.  If you ask me (which no one did), the kids who are currently receiving and evaluating these programs in person should have a little bit more pull than the parents.  We’re talking about a primarily high school program.  There’s even a student talking about how the abstinence-based program made her, as a rape survivor, feel as though she was worthless.  That’s worth listening to.

The Issues with Personhood

referenced from politicsplus.org

referenced from politicsplus.org

I came across this article while browsing alternet.org today.  These are obviously extreme examples, but these display what happens when the “personhood” mentality becomes legally enforceable.  It’s not healthy to treat pregnant women as nothing more than a container.  It’s certainly not lawful.  Everyone has personal rights except women who have a something developing in their uterus?  I don’t know how you could possibly agree with that.