commented on I, Anonymous
I would think one of the few privileges of being transgender is being able to pick and choose how much of the gender norms you wish to follow on a given day. OP needs to mind her business.
commented on "The Most Transphobic Article Ever Written"
So some blogger thinks he's qualified to determine what is/isn't mental illness? Stone him and move on.
@5 Cherry picking evidence is also for fools. You don't notice good plastic surgery results because they're good.
All body modifications have people who take things to extremes.
commented on SL Letter of the Day: Tough Choice
I'm not sure if I should be jealous of their ample free time and energy or happy I'm so busy with job and family I don't have the time to get into so much trouble.
commented on I, Anonymous
Looks like the artist punted this week and just decided to draw a couple of penises talking with some big person in the back flexing.
commented on I Saw Three Black People in Vienna Today...
A little US Citizenship brush up:
There are many kinds of speech in the USA which are punishable offenses.
One famous example of a criminal speech is yelling "fire" in a theater (or "bomb" in an airport). Similar examples would be inciting a riot, egging on someone to commit a crime or straight up coercion.
There is also libel, slander and other types of defamation.
Freedom of speech won't keep you from losing your job if you say something that goes against your employer's code of conduct.
commented on Why Are Conservatives Fighting Contraception?
The argument that beats the typical conservative's religious belief is money (and possibly guns). Explain to them (very slowly) how much less money society would spend on contraceptives than unwanted babies. It lowers both welfare and insurance costs.
commented on Someone Needs to Get This Guy a DVD Box Set of Oz
Did the author watch season 2?
There were two main plot lines devoted to non-stereotypical men who work at the prison. The disabled prison guard who got an inmate pregnant and the disillusioned manager who tries to get back to what he liked about the job originally.
Sure, they're not actual prisoners but they're imprisoned by the same institutional system as the women.
Both men are treated realistically. They're good but make poor decisions and often end up being influenced by the system to behave cruel or indifferent.
We even see some of their out-of-prison life, which is akin to the women's flashbacks in purpose.
I don't think the purpose of OITNB is to be a critique the US criminal justice system. The prison is simply a device which allows for focusing on stories and conflicts involving an interesting and diverse set of female characters.