30 3 / 2014
This idea that we somehow have to be “fair” about everything is how we wind up having Bill Nye getting into public discussions about climate change, a spectacle my colleague Daniel D’Addario recently noted mistakenly gives the whole fiasco attention and credibility “as an entertaining, wacky debate between two personalities.” It’s how we wind up continuing on in a nation in which three out of ten people take the Bible literally, and an alarming nearly 40% believe in intelligent design. Roughly 18% of Americans believe the sun revolves around the earth Should we have a debate about it? Should we hear out the “sun revolves around the earth” faction?
In our zeal for balance, we have allowed ignorance to be perpetuated. We send our kids to schools where the “Christian Perspective” is given weight as historical fact. We talk about the “debate” over climate change as if it’s a “debate” and not a scientifically supported serious warning. We let other people’s ignorant arrogance run roughshod over our own misguided attempts at open-mindedness.
“Cosmos” isn’t trying to pick a fight. It’s a love letter to the triumph of investigation over superstition. It’s not perpetuating an agenda, other than maybe Neil deGrasse Tyson’s perfectly sane advice that you “don’t try to use the Bible as a textbook.” Or as Carl Sagan once said, “It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.”"
25 2 / 2014
I’ll respect your opinion as long as your opinion doesn’t disrespect my existence.
25 2 / 2014
Some days I worry that no matter how much weight I lose or how well in shape I get, that I’ll be denied GRS because of the weight restrictions on the standards of care. Now, logical me knows that that’s not true, however, sometimes a girl needs comfort. So, in my darker moments, I take comfort in the words that a great individual once imparted to me, “I may never be skinny, but I’ll also never require breast augmentation.”
02 2 / 2014
"The perpetuation of the mythology that trans women deserve violence because we “deceive” straight men needs to be debunked and put to rest once and for all."
02 2 / 2014
Most upsetting thing I’ve learned this semester: African Americans took thirty years to establish Seneca Village, NYC as an autonomous village with churches, homes, organizations where they could have freedom and exert political control. The village was destroyed by white backlash culminating in the creation of Central Park on that site to, which successfully erased it from the city’s history.
The fucking tears in my eyes right now.
Sad sigh… I mean, a lot of those pretty, city parks that came about in the Gilded Age (if I remember correctly) were developed for the leisure of the upper-middle to upper classes, and, consistently, monied folks have a really sketchy relationship with the ambitions of marginalized or less monied folks… Sad sighs once more…