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Court Grants ‘Pregnant Man’ Divorce Amid Argument Whether Woman was Man When ‘Married’

A tangled case of ‘gay marriage’, a ‘he’-‘female’, and divorce…

PHOENIX – An appeals court in Arizona has ruled that a woman who began converting her appearance into a man over a decade ago may be granted a divorce, overturning a lower court ruling that denied the proceedings over confusion whether the woman was a man when she married.

As previously reported, in 1997, Tracy Lehuanani Lagondino began undergoing testosterone treatments and changed her name to Thomas Beatie. In 2002, she underwent a double mastectomy and chest reconstruction, but decided to keep her female reproductive organs and womb.

In 2003, Lagondino tied the knot with her partner Nancy in Hawaii, and as Nancy was unable to conceive, Lagondino underwent in vitro fertilization. The two now have three children, ages 4, 3 and 2, and live in Arizona.

During the time that Lagondino was pregnant, she became known across America as “the pregnant man,” appearing on national broadcasts such as The Oprah Winfrey Show and Larry King Live. She also released a book entitled Labor Of Love: The Story of One Man’s Extraordinary Pregnancy, which displayed the pregnant woman with a beard.

However, in 2012, Lagondino began seeking a divorce from her partner, but found that difficulty finding a judge that would recognize the relationship as valid. Arizona law prohibits homosexual unions, and as Langondino “married” while still having female reproductive parts, her relationship is considered homosexual and not heterosexual. She disagrees.

In March of last year, Maricopa County Family Judge Douglas Gerlach ruled that the divorce cannot be granted because the nuptials were not valid in the first place. He explained that in the eyes of the law, Langondino is perceived as still being a woman at the time of the “wedding,” unless she can prove otherwise.

“The decision here is not based on the conclusion that this case involves a same-sex marriage merely because one of the parties is a transsexual male, but instead, the decision is compelled by the fact that the parties failed to prove that [Lagondino] was a transsexual male when they were issued their marriage license,” Gerlach wrote.

He also took issue with considering Lagondino as being a man as childbirth is only possible for females.

But on Wednesday, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled that Lagondino may proceed with the divorce, stating the case was not about same-sex nuptials in Arizona, but rather “whether the laws of the state of Arizona allow a marriage, lawfully entered into in another state, between two persons the foreign state formally recognized at the time of the marriage as male and female, to be dissolved.”

“As the Beaties’ Hawaii marriage was lawfully entered in Hawaii and is not deemed void by Arizona law, the marriage is valid within this state,” wrote Judge Kenton D. Jones, appointed to the bench by Gov. Jan Brewer.

The court also found that although Lagondino completed paperwork to change her gender in Hawaii, whether or not her subsequent pregnancies posed an issue as to the legality of being considered male was irrelevant to the case.

“Therefore, the possibility of Thomas giving birth to children did not preclude him from legally amending his birth certificate under the plain language of the Hawaii statute,” Jones stated. “Further, there is no apparent basis in law or fact for the proposition that in the event Thomas gave birth after having modified his gender designation, it would have abrogated his ‘maleness,’ as reflected upon the amended birth certificate.”

Lagondino appeared on Anderson Cooper Live with her new girlfriend Amber last November to discuss the situation after a previous judge had also denied the divorce.

“It’s very frustrating,” she said, “I mean, how would you feel if the judge told you that you’re not a man? I live my life. I know who I am … [and] someone’s opinion is not going to change that.”

But others have found the situation to be disturbing.

“These people are turning America into Sodom and Gomorrah. What will these poor children be like? Our world is getting sicker every day,” one commenter lamented. “The last chapter of the Bible is unfolding before our very eyes.”

Indeed…

 

You can eat a meal with Richard Dawkins if you contribute $500,000 to his fan club

Will S.:

Amusing.
c.f. the Lord’s Supper, with Christ; and meeting Him in His Word, and in the next life, in the flesh: cost: $0 (simply must believe in Him, repent of your sins, and follow Him).
Not that there won’t be costs, but they’re worth it.
Unlike a dinner with Dawkins…

Originally posted on Wintery Knight:

I wanted to post on this yesterday at 2 PM, but somehow, the post was never published. I blame Jonathan M., because I was Skyping with him while writing it, and must have forgotten to click “Publish”.

Nancy Pearcey and Jay Richards tweeted this story from the UK Spectator.

Excerpt:

[T]he Richard Dawkins website offers followers the chance to join the ‘Reason Circle’, which, like Dante’s Hell, is arranged in concentric circles. For $85 a month, you get discounts on his merchandise, and the chance to meet ‘Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science personalities’. Obviously that’s not enough to meet the man himself. For that you pay $210 a month — or $5,000 a year — for the chance to attend an event where he will speak.

When you compare this to the going rate for other charismatic preachers, it does seem on the high side. The Pentecostal evangelist…

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‘Pheromone parties': the latest dating trend, apparently

So sez this (and the two source articles, here and here):

Pheromone parties are the latest trend to hit the international dating scene. These parties allow young men and women to literally sniff out prospective partners. Instead of meeting each other face-to-face, people at these parties just go around sniffing bags of discarded clothing worn by a potential mate. When the smell seems right, it’s time to meet.

Speed dating sounds more sensible to me than this…

To attend a pheromone party, you’ll have to first agree to wear the same cotton T-shirt three nights in a row, without using any deodorant or perfume. You then have to bring your odor-infused clothing to the party in a numbered transparent plastic bag.

And, how do they enforce the agreement? Yes, deodorant and perfume are easy enough to notice if applied, but how will you know the T-shirt has been worn three times, instead of, say, only once?

Then, you randomly pick up bags belonging to the opposite sex – pink labels for women and blue for men – until you find one that you really seem to like. You click a picture of yourself holding the bag – all the images are projected on the wall and then you get to meet the person of your, well, smelly dreams!

Some men are known to cheat –

Oh, and no women are known to?

they randomly pick up bags and pose with them just to improve their chances of meeting someone.

Again, no women have done so? How do they know?

But according to British organizer Judy Nadel, the concept is a huge ice-breaker because you’re smelling a stranger’s T-shirt. It doesn’t give anyone much room to be cool or pretentious.

Yeah, but cheating is easy; e.g. lay off garlic, hot sauce, fish and pickles for a few days before, and you’ll smell differently (and much better) than if you regularly eat such things; conversely, eat more bananas, and you’ll smell sweeter… (Of course, maybe it’s better to smell a bit musky if you’re a man, and sweeter if you’re a woman.) But here’s the thing: if you normally wear deodorant, why would you want a test without such a baseline, when those are the normal conditions for you? A test requiring you to abstain from deodorant skews the results from what they would have otherwise been, and will be usually… So how useful is such?

The idea of pheromone parties was first introduced in the US, but is now spreading to other major cities around the world. The concept of finding a partner based solely on smell was inspired by an experiment conducted in 1995 by Swiss scientist Claus Wedekind. The basic theory behind the concept is that chemicals are fundamental to the sexual behavior of animals. Someone apparently thought this applies to humans as well.

Well, yes; no doubt it plays a role. But (a) our sense of smell is nowhere near as developed as that of many other animals, and (b) the rest of what inspires attraction between humans is definitely a lot more complicated than that of other animals, and such things are factored into human attraction…

Pheromone parties are the brainchild of American artist Judith Prays, who established a connection between human pheromones (chemicals secreted by the body) and partner selection in 2010. The USP of these parties is that you are undeniably attracted to the person whose T-shirt you choose. “With online dating we provide you with everything but the spark,” said Australian organizer Lou Compagnone. “But this is almost the complete opposite because it starts with chemistry.”

And what of looks, charisma, etc.? As if such factors are minimal…

According to scientists though, RSVP’ing to a pheromone party might get you sex, but definitely not true love. “It is a sensible or plausible way to identify a partner if the only important criteria is how this partner smells when your eyes are closed, and the sole purpose is sexual,” said Australian professor Phillipp Kirsch of the University of Queensland.

Exactly!

He even went on to warn that the role played by pheromones in partner selection might actually be insignificant. Other senses like sound tend to overpower our sense of smell, so the tempting whiff might only end up to be a temporary attraction. “If the goal is to find a partner for a broader range of activities, it would seem important to consider the more dominant senses that we use in making choices, such as sight and hearing,” he said.

“I think that any role that pheromones play would be significantly minor,” he added. “Animals orient in the environment by sensing a wide range of stimuli – light, sound, smell, touch and taste.”

Hear, hear! Smart guy.

Well, we don’t know if the theory works or not, but pheromone parties are a huge hit. In London, for instance, over 140 people attended each of the two events conducted so far. The first one was in March – six couples got together then. There are plenty of names on the waiting list as well, for future parties. You need to book your ticket really early, and pay an entrance fee of up to $25. The parties include added attractions at times, like aromatherapy to stimulate romantic feelings.

Although they’re popular, the parties have brought on mixed reactions from guests. 48-year-old Bob, who attended one of the London pheromone parties, said: “Funnily enough I was scared that someone would smell my shirt and throw it down,” he said. Fortunately, nothing of the sort happened.

23-year-old law trainee Steven Lucas thought all the shirts smelled the same: “It’s like sweat and a tiny bit of perfume, or just, like clean.” His friend, on the other hand, found one that he thought was ‘worn for a few days’.

33-year-old Marta Montserrat, who attended the event with her sister, couldn’t seem to spot her ‘type’ among the crowd. “It doesn’t matter what I smell, if I don’t like what I see,” she admitted.

Exactly. We humans are not dogs; at least, most of us aren’t… :)

 

Richard Dawkins versus Jizzabellers / Twitterfems

He’s right in this, as in ‘Elevatorgate‘, but still: pass the popcorn; it’s fun to see progs’ internecine squabbles. :)

 

Zionazis

Will S.:

Zionazis…

They needed more ‘Lebensraum‘, you see; hence their ‘Drang nach Osten‘ into the West Bank and Gaza…

Now, they preach genocide, and call for placing the Arabs into gas chambers…

The JDL is tone-deaf to irony, it seems…

(Hat-tip: oogenhand)

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Japanese woman 3D-prints a kayak made from a model of her vulva; gets arrested for obscenity

Will S.:

You really can’t make this shit up…

BTW, why are people so sloppy today they can’t tell the difference between a vagina and a vulva, and use the former name for the latter? Talk about a civilizational decline…

Originally posted on Will S.' Random Weirdness Blog:

LOL! :)

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Tokyo-based artist Megumi Igarashi, 42, was arrested on Saturday for sending data that could be used to create 3D models of her vagina.

She had sent it to people who had donated money for a project to make a vagina-shaped kayak using a 3D printer.

The arrest made headlines in national media and triggered discussion on Japan’s obscenity laws.

Ms Igarashi also goes by the moniker Rokudenashiko, which means “no-good girl” in Japanese.

A police spokesman told AFP news agency she had distributed data that could “create an obscene shape”.

On her website, Ms Igarashi says she has made several pieces of art based on her genitals using a silicone mould, saying she wants to make vaginas “more casual and pop”.

The vagina “has been such a taboo in Japanese society… (it) has been thought to be obscene”, while penises are regarded as “part of pop culture”, she…

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American claims African land for daughter to become princess

Originally posted on Will S.' Random Weirdness Blog:

Daddy’s Little ‘Princess’!

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A man from America has claimed a small patch of Africa, because his daughter wants to be a princess.

Jeremy Heaton told BBC Radio 5 live that he had travelled from Virginia with his flag to proclaim the area the “Kingdom of North Sudan”.

The area lies between Egypt and Sudan, is 800 square miles of arid desert and doesn’t belong to any country.

He says he has put official requests in with both nations but, as yet, neither has responded.

Mr Heaton told 5 live his daughter, Emily, took a “serious tone” and asked “if one day she would be a princess”.

“Being a father, I knew she was serious in her request,” he said. “I researched pieces of land that were unclaimed and was fortunate to discover it.”

To celebrate her seventh birthday he made the journey to what locals call Bir Tawil to make…

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‘Sugar Daddy University’ opens in New York City

Or ‘U Ho’, as I would abbreviate it. ;)

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A new course is offering to teach women how to be the ideal ‘sugar baby’ in order to land a wealthy man.

Professional sugar baby Carla Abonia, 37, has been flown across the world and had wildly lavish gifts bought for her by rich men who can’t resist her company.

But she admits the relationships aren’t always straight forward, so has joined forces with her mentor, sugar daddy Alan Schneider, to form their Sugar Daddy University in New York.

The pair teach five key elements of being a successful sugar daddy or sugar baby through the curriculum – Sexuality, Understanding, Generosity, Attraction and Reciprocity.

They even have plastic surgeons – as well as relationship and financial experts – on hand to advise women how to look better as they or their sugar daddy invest in their appearance.

Carla turned to the sugar baby lifestyle after getting fed up with cheap blokes – one in particular would bring a KFC bucket to her house for dinner and leave her the leftovers.

She said: “He’d want to give me a kiss and would leave crumbs all over my mouth. As soon as I got rid of him I went straight on the internet and started researching.

“I think a lot of women can relate to each other in that way. We want to be treated well and that is where the sugar way of life comes from.

Yeah, that guy sounds horrible, buying more food than both of you can eat and letting you have the rest. And KFC; oh, the inhumanity! Better to whore yourself out so some rich guy instead. {/sarcasm}

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Alan “Action” Schneider says there’s no shame in being a Sugar Daddy.

“Sugar Daddy relationships are ongoing, and they are as monogamous as other relationships, often more so,” he claims, “Many Sugar Daddy relationships evolve into marriage or long term committed relationships. They are based on spoiling and pampering… and what’s wrong with that?”

Considered one of New York’s biggest promoters of the trend that sees rich, older men hooking up with young women who want to be spoiled and supported, Schneider is renowned for throwing lavish Sugar Daddy parties.

And next month, he’s inviting wealthy bachelors to learn how to live the Sugar Daddy lifestyle at “the first-ever Sugar Daddy Symposium at newly launched Sugar Daddy University.”

It’s not really a bricks-and-mortar university, but a one-night event at 230 Fifth, a popular Manhattan nightclub.

”We will teach Sugar Daddies the secret to attracting, meeting, and creating long-term relationships with Sugar Babies.”

The event will feature a panel of relationship experts, TV and radio personalities, actual Sugar Babies and Sugar Daddies, and representatives from the plastic surgery and real estate business, according to a media release.

Neither article reveals how much they’re charging…

I guess if you have to ask, you can’t afford it…

 

Teenager Takes His Great Grandmother to Prom

Because she didn’t get to go to her own.

Well, when some evangelical fathers and daughters dance together at ‘purity balls’, perhaps this isn’t completely surprising…

But it’s still weird and way beta.

I went to my high school prom by myself, as did some others; I wasn’t alone. No shame in that; better than taking an ancestor…

And I’m sorry (pardon my non-apology apology Canadianism), but ‘sweet’ as it may be to think of Great-Granny, it’s not her night; it’s yours…

Imagine if this were to catch on?

Sheesh!

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison establishes post-doc in feminist biology

This is not satire, apparently.

Feminist biology — which attempts to uncover and reverse gender bias in biology — will be the focus of a new, endowed fellowship in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“The program is the first in the nation — and probably the world,” says Janet Hyde, director of the campus Center for Research on Gender & Women.

The first post-doctoral fellow, Caroline VanSickle, is now completing her Ph.D. in biological anthropology at the University of Michigan. When her two-year fellowship begins in September, she plans to continue her research on female human ancestors by investigating changes in pelvis shape — and therefore childbirth anatomy — during the course of human evolution.

Her focus will be South African australopithecine species dating from 1.5 million to 3 million years ago. VanSickle will also teach gender and biology and develop a new course in the area.

Feminist biology aims to develop new theory and methods in biology that reflect feminist approaches, and “is raising new questions and suggesting novel solutions,” says Hyde.

“Feminist analysis in science has already revealed and challenged scientific errors resulting from gender bias on the part of scientists, including ways in which observer bias distorted our understanding of primate behavior,” Hyde adds. “Even on the cellular level, the biology of sex determination in the embryo was initially misunderstood because scientists assumed that the Y chromosome would have a leadership role.”

Hyde notes that the late Dr. Ruth Bleier of UW-Madison, a physician and neuroscientist, was a founder of feminist biology who wrote two essential books in women’s studies, including, in 1984, “Science and Gender: A Critique of Biology and Its Theories on Women.”

The Wittig Postdoctoral Fellowship in Feminist Biology is funded by a generous bequest from the estate of Gertraude Wittig. Born in Germany, Wittig earned her doctorate in zoology and botany from the University of Marburg in 1955. She came to the U.S. on a Fulbright Scholarship and later worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a researcher in insect pathology and electron microscopy.

At the USDA, and later on the biology faculty at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Witting worked tirelessly to encourage women to participate in the sciences. Although Wittig had no previous connection to UW-Madison, Hyde says, “She directed her gift to this university in recognition of the strength of the Department of Gender & Women’s Studies in focusing on the intersection of gender and science.”

Lysenkoism lives…

 
 
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