Monday a.m.

I used to notice everything, and spoke
A language full of details that I’d seen,
And people were amused; but now I see
Only a little way. What can they mean,
My phrases? They come drifting like the mist
I look through if someone appears to be
Smiling in my direction. Have they been?

Clive James, Holding Court

on the way to churchAnother overcast day (although yesterday was brilliantly blue), another morning where I was not perky even though I slept until 10:30 a.m. (thus confirming my statement at yesterday’s luncheon of yoga evangelists that I would not be out of bed in time to participate), another rent run necessary (how quickly these 30-day increments slip by).

Even though I lived in Chicago for just a year, it seems to be the one locale that circulates frequently through my life.  Any number of people I’ve met in San Miguel continue to base their lives in Chicago and there seems to be an increasing number of television shows using that city as a backdrop.  Chicagoan Aaron Talley writes:

“Pride” season is upon us, and it’s no secret, except perhaps to white people, that gay pride parades are very white, hollow things. They usually take place in “gayborhoods,” which are usually affluent communities predominated by white gay men. Communities that usually contain bars that mostly white gay men frequent, and if you choose to be black and attend these establishments, it is not long before you feel sexualized, objectified, or ignored altogether if not outright discriminated against. And if these neighborhoods are anything like Boystown in Chicago, you might find yourself policed. Therefore, these neighborhoods are usually clear about their message: be gay but don’t be black, or trans*, or disabled, or Other. The living proof of this phenomenon is that mainstream pride parades are often accompanied by smaller prides that create space for other salient marginalized identities. Other prides like “Black pride,” or “trans* pride,” for instance.

Mr. Talley had other insights:

Take for instance, the marriage equality movement, that great red herring of equality. It is essentially meat with no bone. Yes, it allows for queer folks all around the nation to start getting married. But for most queer folks, marriage is not high on the priority list. For queer folks of color, who are subject to disproportionate levels of poverty, homelessness, violence, and health disparity—marriage provides us with very little resolve.

The news today also included the United States’ continued attack on women via the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case.  The decision gives the owners of privately held companies the right to impress their religious beliefs on one’s medical treatment – and probably, by extension, to other aspects of one’s personal life.  From Feministing’s  Maya:

As you’ll recall, the argument made by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood was that since the company owners–as individuals–object to some forms of birth control on religious grounds, they–as a company–have a religious conscious that would be violated by following the law like the rest of us. Nevermind that the companies’ objection to emergency contraception and IUDs is based on the patently false claim that they are a form of abortion. And nevermind that this supposedly “deeply held” objection didn’t seem to be all that deeply held at all. Oh, and nevermind that, until today, we’ve never granted religious beliefs to companies nor have we typically accepted a conception of religious freedom that encompasses a right to impose your views on others.

Finally, one photo taken by Maelis, another by Laetitia.

Patricia Kaas, It’s a Man’s World

In honor of the US Supreme Court’s Hobby decision, it’s time to revisit a James Brown classic from the ’60s.


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