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Too Much Hate

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Cross-posted with Equalwrites.orgTrigger warning: hate crimes, bullying, and suicide.

There have been far too many hate-crime-related deaths in the past two weeks, and they are only the tip of the iceberg of those that go unreported.

On September 17, 2010, Curtis Martin, a waiter, was stabbed inside a Denny's restaurant after answering affirmatively to the perpetrator that he was gay. Fortunately, he has survived the attack. 

On September 19, 2010, Seth Walsh, a Houston 13-year-old hanged himself from a tree after enduring homophobic bullying, passing away this past Tuesday in the hospital. 

Asher Brown, another 13-year-old, shot himself in the head last week after enduring homophobic bullying at school, even after his parents had called school administration in attempts to intervene. The police will not file charges, and the school denies ever having heard complaints from the parents. 

On September 30, 2010William Lucas, a 15-year-old high school freshman in Indiana, hanged himself after being tormented about his sexual orientation. 

And this Wednesday, September 29, 2010, we learned of a Rutgers freshman who committed suicide after his roommate secretly broadcasted him having sex with another man. 


The types of repeated psychological torture that LGBTQ youth endure at the hands of bullies are terrible and tragic crimes. LGBTQ youth are more likely to commit suicide than their straight-identified counterparts. It is unfathomable to me that our society continues to condone and dismiss homophobic attacks and verbal abuse. I am speechless at the events of this past month. The hate must end.

ciarawendypost.jpgCiara recently released her new music video for "Ride" (ft. Ludacris) in which she busts out some fantastic dance moves, my favorite of which seems to be an above-ground version of Michael Phelps' Olympic breaststroke (0:34). Tracy Clark-Flory has praised the agency of Ciara's sexuality in this video and how she has appropriated the sexual aggressiveness of male rappers without necessarily making herself a trophy object to be attained or exchanged. This song illustrates her female sexual power; Ludacris plays a fairly small role in the video, he spends much of his time squatting on the ground under her stiletto and hanging out in the corner of the frame. He's more of a sideshow than a sexual agent. Ciara is large and in charge, which is confusing to those who envision a monolithic female sexuality that is characterized by passivity.

Which reminds me of the 2005 pop news obsession with her alleged "hermaphroditism". Sound like something we heard in 2009 about another female artist, the one-and-only, the ever-so-queerpopular Lady Gaga?
Hi everyone, I'm writing from Day 2 at the annual AAAS conference in Austin, TX. I will be live blogging both here and at EqualWrites to share my experience with y'all. 

This morning, I just attended an invigorating talk called "Transnational Perspectives on Beauty and Skin Color: China, Indonesia, and the Philippines." Joanne Rondilla of UC Berkeley presented on mixed-race cosmetics advertising in the Philippines. She used the GlutaMax skin-whitening line to explore and challenge the idea that a new global standard of beauty is emerging. Global beauty seems to have arisen as a challenge to White beauty, but according to Rondilla, this "new" beauty simply repackages pre-existing Eurocentric notions of beauty, because those who are considered beautiful exemplify a range of characteristics that are acceptable to Western sensibilities and allow them to pass as ambiguously non-ethnic.