Blog Post #1: FEMINISTE

14 Oct

“ Weak & Dispicable”

http://feministe.us/blog/

I chose the Web blog- Feministe which is one of the oldest feminist blogs online designed by and run by women from the ground up. Not only is this a blog dedicated to feminist issues, it also covers other current topical issues of the day. I was particularly interested in the blog post “Weak and Despicable” an article by one of the blogs contributing writers Jill, a 20-something Seattle native turned New Yorker. The article covers the Homophobic speech made by Tea Party endorsed republican candidate for governor of New York Carl Paladino last weekend addressing Orthodox Jewish Leaders and the outrage that followed. The article also brings up previous acts of offensive behavior including racially offensive emails sent to coworkers (including jokes characterizing black people as monkeys), images of Barack and Michelle Obama dressed up like a pimp and a ho, and a picture of a woman having sex with a horse. From there segueing  to quote the entire speech, including this statement:

“I just think my children and your children would be much better off and much more successful getting married and raising a family, and I don’t want them brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option — it isn’t”

And the later recanted statement made in defence of his comments:

“..Exposing them (children) to homosexuality, especially at a gay pride parade — and I don’t know if you have ever been to one, but they wear these little Speedos and they grind against each other and it’s just a terrible thing”

What makes this so unfortunate is this extremely offensive speech came in the wake of the recent teens suicides, the attacks on gay New Yorkers in The Bronx, in Manhattan’s Historic Stonewall Inn, my hometown of Staten Island this past summer & most recently on a school bus in Long Island, it’s hard to fathom such insensitivity, especially from a candidate up for elction to represent the state of New York, which holds a huge LGBT population.  Statements such children should not be “brainwashed” into thinking that homosexuality was acceptable, it goes without saying that it was a very unwise move on his part too single out & alienate such a large a group of potential voters in such a despicable manner.

Overall, I agree with tone of article & particularly enjoyed the humorous way it pointed out the laughable justification for his comments and bring up Mayor Bloomberg’s response to the latest brutal attacks in the Bronx, the same weekend Carl Paladino made his speech. The mayor condemned such acts of intolerance & violence towards homosexuals, saying:

“How can one human being be so inhuman to another simply on the basis of who they are? What kind of twisted logic spurs a large group of men to show off their toughness by ganging up on helpless individuals?

The article ends with the writer asking Mr. Paladino the same question. I myself am hoping his comments will resonate in the mind of voters coming election day, showing that this kind of blatant discrimination will not be tolerated or justified in any way. I certainly do not want someone like him representing the state of  New York. I applaud the Blog for bringing such issues to light & altough the editorial like article may appear to be one-sided, given the nature of our previous class discussions, it is right on point. Showing that such comments not only offended the LGBT community but all New Yorkers alike.

By: Chantell Walton

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