I’ve got two unrelated news items for you: one on strippers and one on marriage.
Let’s start with the strippers. If I had a nickel for every time I said that…
The city of Louisville’s new regulations on adult entertainment establishments are way harsh. For example, the ordinance prohibits the sale of alcohol and, I shit you not, nudity. If it is the city’s goal to force all strip clubs out of business by fall, then they will probably be successful. Read Jonathan Meador’s fascinating feature story for the Louisville Eccentric Observer (LEO) Weekly.
I presided (yes, I) over the wedding of my best friend yesterday. I am awesome and am very cheap ($10 per parental tear drop), for all you pre-nuptial couples out there ;) And today was the first day that gay couples could get married in New York. Be sure to listen to NPR’s coverage; it made my eyes leak.
To the hundreds that were married today in New York, and to my wonderful best friend and her wonderful husband, I say, Congrats, you crazy kids! Happy ever after!
A Forbes’ survey reveals the jobs with the highest gender wage gap.
Hey America! Have I got a news flash for you: in this country, we don’t convict people of any crime, no matter how heinous, unless they are proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. It’s kinda like one of the guiding principles of our legal system. And by ‘kinda like’ I mean it really, really is and we were all taught this in our middle school civics’ class—is your memory / school attendance that poor?
How brave you Twittiots are! What courage you demonstrate in your Tweets and Facebook status updates compared to those cowardly jurors who bore the burden of judging this woman, of listening to every argument and every piece of evidence made available to them and still were not willing to convict a woman of murder when the evidence didn’t prove her conclusively guilty. You bore none of the burden, yet express all of the outrage!
This is a prime example of our idiotic obsession with things that don’t really matter; it takes a whole lot of privilege to be this frivolous. After all, if we pretend to care about something that we have absolutely zero control over, then we don’t feel so bad for ignoring the myriad injustices that we do have control over—that we could change, if we weren’t such suckers for the circus. If you need a few solid examples, I’d say 99% of the stuff on this blog would suffice.
Thank you to those who appreciate the true meaning of justice. That it is “better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer.” You keep us safe from the mob.
Here are a few stories that are vastly more important than the Casey Anthony trial:
- Trust Law compares women’s rights in Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa.
- Congresswoman Louise Slaughter and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduce legislation that would grant women in the military the same reproductive rights as civilians.
- Senator Gillibrand (I sense a pattern…) forms the “Off the Sidelines” campaign to increase the participation of women in politics.
- Katha Pollitt talks SlutWalks for The Nation.
Today was Eli Capilouto’s first day in office as the University of Kentucky’s new president. In celebration, we’d like to highlight part of his legacy at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, where he was provost before replacing retiring UK president Lee Todd Jr.
Her name is Dr. Rosalia Scripa. Here is her story, as told in The Lexington Herald-Leader:
Rosalia Scripa came to UAB in 1976 as its first female engineering professor, eventually becoming an associate provost. Working on a National Science Foundation grant, she found that some female professors were being paid less than their male counterparts. After she told Capilouto about her findings, according to her lawsuit, Capilouto and the director of human resources asked her to look at different data to see whether it would show the salaries “in a more favorable light.”
Soon afterward, according to the lawsuit, Capilouto demoted Scripa, saying she was “not well-suited” for her job. She was asked to sign a letter saying she was stepping down for personal reasons.
The lawsuit was settled out of court. Scripa declined to comment about the lawsuit, saying only that she stands by the allegations.
Capilouto won’t discuss the lawsuit, either. (Wild)Cat got your tongue, Mr. President? You can view the lawsuit here.
Also, this guy has donated to winners like George W. Bush and Mitch McConnell.
At least we still have Calipari…
A 25-year-old Louisvillian named Tony Crawford was arrested at 3:30 am today after police found him in a vehicle with a fourteen-year-old. Crawford was charged with third-degree sodomy and first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor.
The headline for the Louisville Courier-Journal story reads, “Man charged with having oral sex with teen.”
Fuck that. That’s sugar coating it. It should read, “25-year-old accused of raping child.” That’s what happened. I don’t care what kind of sex it was or whether it is not technically incorrect to call the victim a teen because she is four-teen. A child is a child.
When an adult becomes sexual with a child (or anyone who cannot /will not give consent), it is rape. Rape is rape. This is the language we must use when we talk about it with our friends and family, in the courtroom and in the media, everywhere.
At approximately 10:30 pm, Friday, June 24, 2011, New York became the sixth and most populous state in the union to extend marriage rights to all.
MOTHER FN A.
Six down. Forty-four to go. The momentum is ours.
As for tonight, there’s beer to be drunk and equality to be toasted.
We leave you with this:
Oh yeah, and you should watch Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s speech, too:
The livestream video of the New York State Senate definitely works. They’re now debating S4BOR, sponsored by Sen. Berry Boring, which establishes the NYAWN2011 act.
The NY Senate tweeted that there are four bills currently on the agenda (none including the equal marriage bill), and that “It could be several hours” till the big vote.
Yeehaw! Great news, y’all: Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos has confirmed that the Senate will vote on the equal marriage bill tonight! Kudos to the Senate majority conference for doing the right thing and allowing this bill to come to a vote. It’s been a long time coming.
Now, the only hurdle is to pass the damn thing. Rumors have circulated for the past few days that the one vote still needed to pass the equal marriage bill has been secured. What is certain is that all will be reveled tonight.
You have two options for watching LIVE coverage of the proceedings:
- Read the New York Senate’s Twitter feed, which you’ll find here. They’ve been live-tweeting any and all activity on the Senate floor, sending hundreds of Tweets each day.
- Watch live streaming video of the Senate right here:
We can’t attest to how well the livestream video works, since the Senate hasn’t been in session whenever we’ve tried it out. They do play some durned sexy standby music, though. You can be bet we’ll have it streaming tonight, so why not watch history happen right here on HerLinked?
Also, read Skelos’ statement from just a moment ago here.
In reaction to Monday’s Supreme Court dismissal of the class action lawsuit against Wal-Mart, two Democratic lawmakers announced today that they will reintroduce the Equal Rights Amendment.
“Making women’s equality a constitutional right — after Congress passes and 38 states ratify the ERA — would place the United States on record, albeit more than 200 years late, that women are fully equal in the eyes of the law,” according to Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), who is sponsoring the amendment along with Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.).
The ERA was first introduced in 1923 as the “Lucretia Mott Amendment.” Every year since its introduction, Congress has either failed to pass the ERA or the requisite number of states (38) have failed to ratify the amendment.
Read more here.
As I impatiently wait for New York to become the sixth state in the country to legalize gay marriage, I figure I may as well do something besides refresh the Advocate’s main page every five minutes. It’s getting late in the day, anyway.
So here’s a round-up of what everyone’s been saying about yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling on Wal-Mart v. Dukes. Continue reading