Daily Archives: October 3, 2019

When Gays Wanted to Liberate Children…

Date: October 03, 2019

01) When Gays Wanted to Liberate Children

“In 1972 members of Boston’s Gay Men’s Liberation, one of the most significant Gay Liberation groups formed after the 1969 Stonewall riots, drove to Miami to hand out a ten-point list of demands at the Democratic National Convention. Emerging from a crucible of new queer political consciousness, feminism, and rage, the manifesto (reproduced at the bottom of this article) articulated a utopian political vision that was broad—today, we might say intersectional—extending far beyond what we would now conceptualize as LGBT politics. Its first demand, for example, was for “an end to any discrimination based on biology. Neither skin color, age nor gender should be recorded by any government agency. Biology should never be the basis for any special legal handicap or privilege.”

Gay Liberation repudiated child paternalism, the idea that children need the protection of adults and, in exchange, are eligible for fewer basic rights.

If many of Gay Men’s Liberation’s demands remain controversial forty-five years later, most are also still legible in today’s political discourse: the group sought to end U.S. imperialism, prevent discrimination based on sexual identity, and abolish the police. These all remain live demands of many radicals on the left. Demand six, however, is likely to strike even many of today’s activists as irresponsible, bizarre, and dangerous:

Rearing children should be the common responsibility of the whole community. Any legal rights parents have over ‘their’ children should be dissolved and each child should be free to choose its own destiny. Free twenty-four hour child care centers should be established where faggots and lesbians can share the responsibility of child rearing.

Collective child rearing? Legally emancipated children? Queers helping to raise other people’s children and, by extension, serving as role models and moral exemplars? Isn’t this exactly what conservatives fear when they warn of the red flag of liberal “social engineering,” a queer version of Soviet indoctrination daycares?

Or is it a utopia that would finally liberate women from the burdens of reproduction, while also creating a social structure in which children could safely function as independent beings who are not frightened or shamed out of exploring their sexuality?”

This is a great article.

Paedophilia a ‘sexual orientation – like being straight or gay’…

Date: October 03, 2019

01) Paedophilia a ‘sexual orientation – like being straight or gay’

“A paedophile has the ‘same ingrained attraction that a heterosexual female may feel towards a male’, psychologist says…

Paedophilia is a “sexual orientation” like being straight or gay, according to a criminal psychologist.

The idea that sexual attraction to children is an “orientation” is highly controversial as it suggests that offenders cannot change.

But, writing on the Reddit networking website, the psychologist said it was possible to treat child sex abusers on “the understanding that the attraction may always remain”…

…Asked “can paedophiles actually change?”, the expert wrote: “I believe Paedophilic Disorder is a sexual orientation with individual that are attracted to child features. In other words, an individual with paedophilia has the same ingrained attraction that a heterosexual female may feel towards a male, or a homosexual feels towards their same gender.”

Economic Update: Capitalism and Mental Health…

Date: October 03, 2019

01) Economic Update: Capitalism and Mental Health

“THIS WEEK’S TOPICS (w/timestamps):
00:42 – Updates on the ICE raid in Mississippi;
04:24 – global comparisons of gun violence
06:56 – conservatives’ reactions to Democrats’ proposed wealth tax ideas;
13:50 – announcements;
14:57 – SPECIAL GUEST: Prof. Wolff interviews Dr. Harriet Fraad on how capitalism is affecting mental health in the U.S.”

Sanders Hospitalized – Hill.TV talks with a retired interventional cardiologist…

Date: October 03, 2019

01) Sanders Hospitalized – Hill.TV talks with a retired interventional cardiologist

“BREAKING NEWS: Bernie Sanders hospitalized – Hill.TV talks with a retired interventional cardiologist

Sen. Bernie Sanders was hospitalized after experiencing chest discomfort during a campaign event in Las Vegas on Tuesday. He underwent a procedure to have two stents inserted to address a blockage in one artery.

Jeff Weaver, a senior adviser to Sanders’s campaign, said in a statement, “During a campaign event yesterday evening, Sen. Sanders experienced some chest discomfort. Following medical evaluation and testing he was found to have a blockage in one artery and two stents were successfully inserted. Sen. Sanders is conversing and in good spirits. He will be resting up over the next few days. We are canceling his events and appearances until further notice, and we will continue to provide appropriate updates.”