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Archive for July 17th, 2007

“Too sexy for my bus, woman told”

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on July 17, 2007


 

Too sexy for my bus, woman told

 

“Suddenly he stopped the bus,” the woman named Debora C. told Bild newspaper. “He opened the door and shouted at me ‘Your cleavage is distracting me every time I look into my mirror and I can’t concentrate on the traffic. If you don’t sit somewhere else, I’m going to have to throw you off the bus.’”

After you stop laughing at the absurdity of this story, you might realize that this reaction bears more than passing resemblance to the Islamic “uncovered meat” analogy.

 

Instead of placing the responsibility for desire and arousal on the male, where it belongs, such statements essentially demand women cover themselves to compensate for the lack of male self-control. When we allow people to get away with this type of thinking, we are prolonging the implicit patriarchy and repression of women. We are telling women that their bodies are shameful in some way.

 

A spokesman for the bus company defended the driver. “The bus driver is allowed to do that and he did the right thing,” the spokesman said. “A bus driver cannot be distracted because it’s a danger to the safety of all the passengers.”

This guy should have been instantly fired. How juvenile and insulting can you be to a customer? If you have a job (such as bus driving) where you interact with the public, you need to be prepared for a wide range of imagery which may on occasion include sexual temptation. Welcome to planet Earth. If you can’t do the job, then quit.

 

It might also help to get laid.


For crying out loud…what planet did this bus driver come from? If I had said something like that to anyone, I would have had my cujones pulled of and stuffed down my throat…

I have to agree with my fellow blogger here –  “Instead of placing the responsibility for desire and arousal on the male, where it belongs, such statements essentially demand women cover themselves to compensate for the lack of male self-control.”

Males like this makes me feel like an alien.

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Color Me Speechless…

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on July 17, 2007


Below is a video depicting several racist people ganging up on one Latina – because she’s Latina…

Did you get through the 3:18 minutes of this Minutemen Abuse Video? I didn’t – half way through I had to shut it off. It simply became to painful to watch.

A perfect example of pure, unadulterated racism. I am so glad I do not live in the US.

Yes, color me speechless.

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People, rats, cats and dogs…

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on July 17, 2007


BEIJING, China (Reuters) — Live rats are being trucked from central China, suffering a plague of a reported 2 billion rodents displaced by a flooded lake, to the south to end up in restaurant dishes, Chinese media reported. Rat vendors had been doing a roaring trade thanks to strong supply over the last two weeks, the China News Service quoted vendors as saying.”Recently there have been a lot of rats… Guangzhou people are rich and like to eat exotic things, so business is very good,” it quoted a vendor as saying, referring to the capital of Guangdong province, where people are reputed to eat anything that moves.”


Needless to say this article caused all kinds of reactions when posted in a Public Forum’s News Section. The Chinese are BAD people, because they eat rats, cats and dogs…

What people seem to forget is that cultural differences not only vary from country to country – but from time to time, and is very much dependent on circumstance and opportunity. Humans are basically opportunistic omnivores, and very versatile in terms of adaptation to their environment and available resources. We will scavenges for survival.

There is nothing to indicate that this in any way is a matter of morals, ethics or “development”.

There really is nothing that says that “our” way of doing things is the better way – just imagine how many poor and destitute would/could get a meal if rat was accepted as a food source in the West…or cats, dogs or pigeons, that would be caught and euthanized anyway, because we do not want them in our cities…

It seems to me that the Chinese have a good idea here – and though it seems repulsive to us – it seems to work for them, so why be morally self-righteous about it and show how culturally imperialistic we in the West are?

Feeding their poor on rat is a small issue, compared to the violations of human rights and civil rights going on in China. Nuh?


Now, this article should actually cause more ruckus, funny enough it didn’t…

Olympics highlight human rights in China

By JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press Writer

“Child labor. Forced abortions. Religious persecution. Jailed dissidents. Cultural cleansing in Tibet and ethnic cleansing in Africa. For China, the run-up to next summer’s Olympics in Beijing is looking like a marathon through a human-rights minefield.

It’s been decades since the games focused on which athletes were faster or stronger. But the Olympics have not been this politicized since the U.S.-Soviet boycotts of the 1980s.

China sees a chance to wow the world as it hosts its first event watched by billions of people. The increasingly image-conscious country will measure success both with medals and whether the 2008 Olympics burnish its rising star. That gives activists, governments and celebrities with a cause an opportunity to influence policies they’ve long assailed.


It’s tragic – rats, cats and dogs take precedence over humans and their rights not to be violated. I am not saying that we shouldn’t care about animals and their conditions. I truly think we should. But to me a news item about China, human rights violations and the Olympics is heavy-weight news in comparison to an article about how a Chinese Province tries to solve a problem that is a result of a natural disaster.

But then, what do I know, perhaps those rats, cats and dogs were humans in a former life…

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