All I can say is, about damned time! No, that's a lie, that's not all I can say. That policy has been around since the year I was born, for Christ's sake. I've been planning on joining the Navy for a while, and I won't lie- I'm used to pretending I'm not bi. I made it months before my mom found out, I actually did what she told me for a few months and pretended to be straight at church, around her friends, at summer camp, when I was sharing a cabin with seven straight Christian girls...Finally gave it up as one of the most idiotic things I'd ever wasted my time doing. Everyone at church who knows me now knows I'm bi (dropped that bombshell on the new youth group leader the other day. I think she's in shock.) And let me tell you, I was not looking forward to entire years of pretending, not to mention a dishonorable discharge if I ever got found out. If you think about it, though, it's ridiculous how long it's lasted. People complain about it all the time, most of us agree that gay-bashing-punishing people for being who they're born to be- is a bad idea, especially in light of all the recent suicides that came as a result of intolerance. And yet we've allowed a policy like this to stand for seventeen years? It's about time we woke up and realized that we're not going to go away just because we pretend we aren't there. And sure, the Justice Department can still repeal it, the federal government can still decide Judge Phillips is overstepping her boundaries, but it's at least a step in the right direction. Personally, I'm holding out hope. Fingers crossed, everyone! (all five of you who read this, anyways)
On to the priests.
I could say a lot about religion, priests, Catholicism....but I won't. Not yet, anyways. But how's this for a laugh, folks?
"One of the more outrageous things radical pro-abortion feminists say is, "If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament."
...Has this author ever heard of "extremists"? People who say things like that are either nuts, or they hate the church without any sort of understanding what the church is about. In one sentence, that manages to cast a bad light on not only men and the church, but on women as well. By this line of thought, women are the only ones who can take abortion as seriously as it should be taken; men and the church would treat it like some kind of child-sacrifice ritual. So...only women are capable of rational thought concerning pregnancy? The author goes on to make a lot of other points- some of which are reasonable, some of which, sadly, are true, and very unflattering to some kinds of feminists, and some of which I just found downright funny. I mgith come back to this article later, but for now, I'll leave you with the part I liked best: part of his (I'm assuming the author is male, since it's on a priests' webite) theory on what life would be like if men could give birth:
"Childbirth would probably be a competitive sport. Childbirth instructors would be paid like sports coaches. A third of the evening news broadcast would be devoted to childbirth commentary. Who was in labor the longest? Who got through the quickest? Who had the biggest baby? The biggest multiple birth? We would look at local, state, regional, national, and world birthing records."
He's got a point.
And last, but not least, the Girl Scouts. I've seen a few of these sorts of videos now. Apparently, they're doing a sort of campaign about body image, and how girls want too much to be what they see on TV. And if you'r thinking, well, I won't watch this, I'll just read the summary, I say to you in all sincerity- Seth Green is in it. Watch it. If you don't like Seth Green- fuck you. With a rusty shovel.
The link, again. Essentially, a whole lot of celebrities (some of whom I actually recognized- go me!) ask if you would do anything they say to, dress like them, trust anything they said, just because they're famous. And, wow, I am impressed. Like I said, I've seen several videos like this recently. Apparently, instead of just telling girls that they don't need to try to be like the Airbrushed Ones, we're actually doing something about it now. You have no idea how freaking happy this makes me.
So there you go, a little bit of warm fuzzies and a little bit of a laugh. What more can they ask of me?