Nine days after transgender student Maria Muniz was fined by school officials for wearing a skirt, a group of her classmates decided to stage a protest: both male and female students would all wear skirts on the same day. Soon after their demonstration an ecstatic Muniz learned that the school’s decision was overturned, reports the UK’s Orange News. The principal told Brazil’s Globo that the school will consider relaxing their dress code.
After the protest, school officials posted a picture of their male and female students wearing skirts to social media, where it became widely shared. Supporters have been expressing their support online to Muniz using the hashtag #VouDeSaia on Twitter and other sites.
"For me, wearing a skirt was about expressing my freedom over who I am inside and not how society sees me," Muniz said, "I am really happy about the way my classmates supported me and hope it serves as an example to others to feel encouraged to do the right thing," she added. "I was always taught at school to accept who you are. I am just trying to live that."
A teenager is facing 2 years in jail after simulating gay oral sex with a Jesus statue. The 14-year-old western Pennsylvanian was charged under a rarely used 1972 law that makes it a crime to desecrate a venerated object after he posted the pictures online. The teen did not damage the statue, but simply posted a picture that some find offensive. The statue of Jesus kneeling in prayer belongs to Love in the Name of Christ, a Christian organization with a branch of Everett.
Gay rights activists have expressed outrage at the decision to give a boy a criminal record for something as ridiculous as this. ‘This is a blasphemy law, pure and simple, and it is in clear violation of the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution,’ said Truth Wins Out Executive Director Wayne Besen.
‘If the kid had destroyed or damaged the statue, he would clearly deserve to face consequences. But taking a picture that offends somebody’s religious sensibilities? This is not Russia or Iran; this is the United States, where we’re supposed to value freedom of speech. Pennsylvania should be ashamed of itself for so clearly violating this kid’s constitutional rights.’
He added: ‘The Establishment Clause, part of the First Amendment, states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” ‘Nowhere does it say that religious people reserve the right never to be offended by anything.
‘This child has not committed a criminal act, and Truth Wins Out strongly believes that the family court with jurisdiction is abusing its power by prosecuting a kid and potentially marking him as a criminal simply because somebody was offended.’
As you certainly noticed the blog looks awful at the moment. The latest WordPress update broke the old theme beyond fixing and alas using the old version of WordPress is not an option for security reasons so we had to switch to the default theme for now.
I hope to have the re-launch of the site ready very soon, we’re just waiting for the new board software (should come out any day now) and I need to find some money somewhere to actually pay for the licenses for the board and blog theme. Until then things will look kinda shitty, sorry about that
Earlier this week Japan banned the possession of sexually explicit photos and videos involving any person under the age of 18. It’s worth noting that this ban only applies to real people, not drawn characters in anime, manga and video games. And this is something US news station CNN has a huge problem with apparently considering their consistent lobbying against these fictional works in Japan. They asked their audience on Twitter:
Now here are some of the answers people on Twitter had for CNN:
@cnni Cartoons aren’t people #Duh
— Tim Echols (@TimEchols1) June 18, 2014
@cnni Because police are too busy saving real victims instead of drawn fake victims.
— Allen Walker (@magnetmagician) June 18, 2014
@cnni Shooting people is illegal so why do we allow shows and games with murder in them?
— Arkana (@DestroyedArkana) June 18, 2014
wow @cnni disgracefully spreading misinformation as usual. nevermind the gross generalizations, what they blurred there wasn’t even porn!
— TJ (@blakkheim) June 18, 2014
@cnni Because the Japanese has not abandoned the common sense to distinguish between real children and fictitious material.
— 山口貴士 (@otakulawyer) June 18, 2014
This subject has been a hot topic in Japan for a couple of years now and many users of forums and blogs like Hachima agree with the sentiments expressed in the tweets above. A commenter on 2ch, a large and famous Japanese forum, made the point that these manga are neither exclusively aimed at nor mostly done by men: "There are women who draw these manga, read them, and play these games."
"These. Are. Just. Drawings," said another user in a comment. "Why don’t you guys say this after you lower your crime rate first," asked a snarky commentator looking at the Americans who have a much higher rate of crimes and rape than the Japanese. "Yanks picking fictional Lolita regulation over gun regulation." added another.
For many people involved in this discussion the argument is not necessarily about defending sexualized depiction of kids in manga and anime, but freedom of speech and art. When it comes to that freedom whether it’s sexualized comics or gory video games, where, do you draw the line?
Even after numerous warnings there’s a small number of people who insist on abusing the comment section to fight their own private wars against each other which, frankly, makes moderating comments a pain in the ass. And not the good kind. On top of that we have to deal with people leaving inappropriate & lewd comments, not to mention the ones who think it’s a great idea to publish someone’s personal information.
Trying to keep the comments clean eats up time and energy we’d rather spend working on the re-launch of the site. That’s why I’d like to get your opinion about whether you’d actually miss the comments if we’d disable them altogether.