A new public awareness campaign by the Basque advocacy group Chrysallis Euskal Herria, an association of families with transgender children, has hit the bus shelters and subway stations of the Basque Country and Navarre, in northern Spain.
The campaign was funded by an anonymous donor from New York with Basque family roots, who donated €28,000 in exchange for assurances that his or her identity would remain under wraps, the association said.
The 150 posters distributed across mass transit networks show drawings of four nude children holding hands: a boy and a girl with vulvas, and another boy and girl with penises. The goal is “to raise social awareness about transgender children and for these children to feel represented,” explains Beatriz Sever, the group’s press officer.
The campaign was made possible thanks to the enormous repercussion of an earlier drive to raise awareness about transgender children. That campaign, carried out in April 2016, handed out educational material in eight different languages.
That earlier effort reached the ears of a New York financier with Basque roots, who got in touch with Chrysallis Euskal Herria and offered to put up the €28,000 required to put together this latest awareness drive.
The association expressed its gratitude to the sponsor, and said it will ask the Basque regional government to create a specific department to assist the families of transgender children.
The US Mint and Treasury will for the first time issue a commemorative coin depicting Lady Liberty as a black woman.
The coin commemorates the Mint’s 225th anniversary and shows Liberty with a crown of stars and a toga-like dress.
The 24-carat coin will weigh 28g (1oz) and have a face value of $100 (£80).
The US Mint says it plans to issue further coins depicting Liberty as women from ethnic minorities, such as Asian, Hispanic or Indian Americans.
But such cisheteronormativity; when will Lady Liberty be Ladyboy Liberty? 😉
If buttercups buzz’d after the bee,
If boats were on land, churches on sea,
If ponies rode men and if grass ate the cows,
And cats should be chased into holes by the mouse,
If the mamas sold their babies
To the gypsies for half a crown;
If summer were spring and the other way round,
Then all the world would be upside down.
The student union at the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies made headlines with their proposal to “de-colonize” their institution. In the brash headlines of the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph, it was students demanding to remove Plato and Kant “because they are white.”
The English tabloids aren’t wrong.
After demanding that at least the majority of the philosophers studied come from the Global South, the student manifesto says, “If white philosophers are required, then teach their work from a critical standpoint. For example, acknowledging the colonial context in which so called ‘Enlightenment’ philosophers wrote.” School is much easier for students when they teach the professors and not vice versa.
Unfortunately, the students don’t seem to know anything.
Perhaps it is the students themselves who should have their views “interrogated” and their discourse of power deconstructed. The activist-student is engaged in a power grab. He wishes to delegitimize the power of professors and even the school itself. That is why the activist student defines knowledge itself as a form of malicious participation in an unjust power system. And he does so because this is the only way of dignifying his own ignorance. It is also the only way that he might shame an academic institution into creating a new administrative role for his kind of sloganeering.
In a real sense, the modern student activist is a kind of shallow theologian. He learns a political catechism, he identifies a scapegoat, and he enacts a ritualized sacrifice of a victim-group, in order to redeem himself and give some dint of credibility to his priestcraft.
Schools put up with this for the money. But why do we?
A bill to decriminalise some forms of domestic violence has passed its first reading in Russia’s Duma, sparking anger among women’s rights advocates.
The legislation would define first assaults which cause less serious injuries as administrative – rather than criminal – offences.
MP Yelena Mizulina, who introduced the bill, says people should not be jailed and labelled a criminal “for a slap”.
The proposed legislation concerns both parents’ treatment of their children, and husbands and wives treatment of each other.
It applies to violent actions causing injuries which do not require hospital treatment or cause the victim to require sick leave from work, according to Olga Batalina, one of its authors.
Under the proposal, the first offence would not be considered criminal, and punishment would be limited to a fine or community service, but subsequent incidents could still be considered criminal and carry potential jail terms.
Ms Mizulina, a highly conservative lawmaker, began promoting the bill in July, in the wake of amendments to the criminal code which made beating a family member a criminal offence.
Penalties for offences should not “contradict the system of social values that society holds on to”, the Moscow Times quoted her as saying.
“In Russian traditional family culture parent-child relationships are built on the authority of the parents’ power… The laws should support that family tradition.”
Good for her! And good for Russia! Let’s pray the bill passes its final reading.