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Media, Pop Culture and The Continued Support of Violence Against Women

I really don't want to write about Jersey Shore, MTV's new disgraceful and irreverent "reality" show documenting the lives of "Real Italian" girls and boys from Jersey, but a recent clip was emailed to me this week and I cannot stay silent.  Much has been written about this show, and to be true, I have watched 2 commercials and 20 minutes of one episode.  I assure you, this was more than enough to make me gag in horror and disgust.  The show has everything our pop culture obsessed society wants.  True to form MTV delivers: degraded women, dominating men, alcohol and a camera to show every juicy detail.

As an Italian, it disturbs me to no end that a mainstream television show is allowed to portray such a reaffirmation of dehumanizing stereotypes.  But of course, this is the point, is it not?  As an appeal to the subconscious typecasts each person in our society possesses, Jersey Shore draws upon and connects to what many people believe to be true and thus becomes appealing.  Do you think Italian-Americans are loud and rude?  Lazy and stingy?  Materialistic?  Crass, dirty, promiscuous, and dangerous?  Watch Jersey Shore , it will affirm each one of these notions to be true.

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Feminism in the News

A lot has happened in the last couple of weeks.  In order to bring it all to you, I have labored tenuously through the internets to find the most pertinent, compelling and interesting information regarding women and feminism.  Without further ado: links, stuff I missed.

From the BurntOrangeReport, a very stern warning: "hell hath no fury like a woman disenfranchised", a great letter to their congressmen on his Pro-Stupak, Anti-Woman vote.

If women and families are forced to have children that are unplanned and unwanted, then the government and society that imposes that burden on women and families must offset the burden with all of the necessary societal programs that are needed to sustain and enhance the child and the family.  If you take away choice, then you must replace it with social and economic programs to help the families be responsible, productive tax paying citizens.  When your fiscally responsible views collide with your anti-abortion stance you have to choose and fully support one or the other, which will it be?

I personally love the "you will be primaried mutherfucker if you don't make this right" part of the letter.  It is exactly what voters who despise the Stupak Amendment should be doing, calling for strong primary challengers.

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Silvio FTL (... again)

His public life has become more dramatic than a soap opera. I have written about him before. About his wife, her public displays of disdain and their highly public disputes. I have written of the irony in their relationship and how he represents his country-people.

Everytime I read of Silvio Berlusconi I am utterly disgusted.

As a man in power, he represents every negative stereotype people such as myself fight diligently against, He only hires women, unqualified at that, if they are beautiful. He invites young women, his own daughter's age, to his home to entertain him and his friends. Women are bought and sold in his own home, parties he hosts. In a shameless display of hubris, and with supreme hypocrisy, he runs an extremely conservative agenda. He is BFF's with the Vatican(way to go Pope). In every way, he reveals himself to be a misogynistic pig, with seemingly no conscience. A sociopath.

The Prime Minister of Italy.

The prime minister was in an apparently upbeat mood today, telling the press conference that he enjoyed "the admiration of 68% per cent of Italians" – though he did not cite a source. The previous evening he again joked about his reputation at a meeting of young members of his party. When a female follower got up to ask a question, he interrupted her, saying: "I'm letting off the boys, but the girls are having to give their phone numbers."

In September, for the sake of all Italians, may the opposition win at last.


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Riccardo Campa - Toward a transhumanist politics

(Posted at RePublic)

Riccardo Campa

The central transhumanist idea of self-directed evolution can be coupled with different political, philosophical and religious opinions. Accordingly, we have observed individuals and groups joining the movement from very different persuasions. On one hand such diversity may be an asset in terms of ideas and stimuli, but on the other hand it may involve a practical paralysis, especially when members give priority to their existing affiliations over their belonging to organized transhumanism.

In order to remedy this inconvenience I have produced a document – the Italian Transhumanist Manifesto [1] – which (at least in my intentions) represents a positive synthesis of different transhumanist tendencies and philosophical propensities. In this article I shall present a few ideas “extracted” from that Manifesto – those concerning politics – hoping to contaminate with these ideas other organizations that are active abroad or internationally.

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