Who’s to say that love needs to be soft and gentle?Secretary (2002)
their willingness to put themselves in harm's way somehow isn't enough?
Before any American points a finger at President Putin and calls him nasty names, they should recognize that a lot of Americans agree with Putin on his stance against homosexual and transgender people.Henry Rollins
It turns out the statement by Henry Rollins, a long-time human rights activist, was prescient.
There are indeed a lot of people whose beliefs are similar to Vladimir Putin when it comes to transgender and homosexual individuals.
Sadly, one of them is our own President.
Reacting to Trump’s Transgender Twitterstorm
I’m sure you’ve already heard about Donald Trump’s twitterstorm…
OK. Considering the frequency with which “the Donald” tweets, I should probably be more specific.
I’m referring to the three tweets from July 26th, 2017. The tweets where he announced a ban on transgendered individuals serving in the armed forces.
It’s pretty clear, from all indications, that this is a political move on Trump’s part.
This is an issue that was already settled for our armed forces. Transgendered people are currently serving in the military.
As many as 15,000 patriotic transgendered citizens currently serve in the military. The sky hasn’t fallen. National defense has not been compromised.
no reason… none
Trump’s tweets seemingly jumped the gun on this issue too, catching military leadership unprepared.
Only a month ago, Defense Secretary James Mattis called for a six-month study of armed services policies regarding transgendered persons. Action on the issue was to be deferred until the study’s completion.
For those who believe the real reason was cost, check again. The US military spends more on Viagra/Cialis alone than it costs to support their transgendered population.
After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow……
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
….Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
….victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
There are already 15,000 patriotic, transgender Americans serving in our military, and this ban will cause a huge disruption. Furthermore, this puts the careers of patriotic transgender Americans on the line who want nothing more than to serve their country.Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
Our armed forces are 100% volunteer.
That means the brave transgendered who are in the military stepped forward for duty. They chose to serve in defense of their country.
There is no good reason to deny them that opportunity.
The counter reaction to Trump’s tweets was swift and vigorous.
Chelsea Manning (perhaps a catalyst for Trump’s move) replied quickly. So did Caitlyn Jenner (who had been a vocal Trump supporter.)
The United States armed forces even pushed back.
I know there are questions about yesterday’s announcement on the transgender policy by the President. There will be no modifications to the current policy until the President’s direction has been received by the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary has issued implementation guidance.Marine General Joseph Dunford
Admittedly, the President does have his defenders.
They are the people referred to by Henry Rollins. They are the people who voted for Trump.
Because of their religious beliefs and/or conservative values, they refuse to accept the transgendered.
Not in their schools. Not in their churches. And certainly not in their military.
It’s that political constituency the twitterstorm plays towards.
But it’s not what it seems.
so, biggest baddest most $$ military on earth cries about a few trans people 😩 but funds the F-35? 😑 sounds like cowardice 😎💕🌈 #WeGotThis
— Chelsea E. Manning (@xychelsea) July 26, 2017
There are 15,000 patriotic transgender Americans in the US military fighting for all of us. What happened to your promise to fight for them? https://t.co/WzjypVC8Sr
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) July 26, 2017
— Moola (@MooPersists) July 27, 2017
Trump’s tweets are not meant to give our country a better military. No, they are meant to paint the Democrats into a corner in the rust-belt states. Places where supporters of transgender rights are not the majority.
The whole thing is designed to put Trump’s opponents on the defensive. It’s all political…
As a veteran, Senator Ernst served alongside fellow service members from all different backgrounds and parts of the country. While she believes taxpayers shouldn’t cover the costs associated with a gender reassignment surgery, Americans who are qualified and can meet the standards to serve in the military should be afforded that opportunity.Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa)
I never imagined I’d feel a great need to write about our armed forces.
Perhaps a special greeting on Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day. But, that’s about it.
It’s not a topic that generally jives well with a sexuality blog.
I want to say up front, that it absolutely sucks to have to put anything dealing with politics here on my blog.
I didn’t want to do it.
And, I still don’t want to get political. Life, however, doesn’t always present easy choices. This is one of those times.
I’ve been inside politics.
Worked as a press secretary, campaign manager, a Chief of Staff. Even managed to get myself elected once. Before that, I spent close to a decade as a community organizer.
Then, close to ten years ago, I walked away from it all. Left in disgust.
All too often, politics these days involves betrayal. I was having none of that. It was all making me ill.
Wanting no part of that circus anymore, politics was dead to me. And, I swore not to drag that carcass here.
Whether you’re transgender or not, most of us get to a point in our lives where we can no longer lie to ourselves.Laverne Cox
Then the realization hit. Sometimes staying silent would be a greater injustice than sullying my blog with politics.
In this case, the topic intersects with the blog’s mission anyway.
I’m here to write about kink. Fetish. BDSM. Exploring paganism. Tantra.
I want to explore all things sexual. Revel in the exotic and the erotic.
I’d like to pass on some of what I’ve learned about kink. And, share a little bit of the history of sexuality that I’ve studied. Perhaps pass along relevant news from time to time.
I want my words to paint pictures in your mind. I hope my illustrations and pictures can speak to you like words.
In order to explore these topics, I need to work from a place of sexual freedom. I have to strive for an atmosphere of tolerance and acceptance.
I loathe the thought of making politics a regular part of Michael’s Way. But, there’s no escaping the topic.
Political issues and decisions affect the atmosphere I work in. They impact my sexual freedoms. Ultimately, the laws of the land even determine my ability to be a sex blogger.
With that in mind, I cannot afford to be silent. None of us can…
You know, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender – people are people.Judith Light
Someone told me the delightful story of the crusader who put a chastity belt on his wife and gave the key to his best friend for safekeeping, in case of his death. He had ridden only a few miles away when his friend, riding hard, caught up with him, saying ‘You gave me the wrong key!’Anaïs Nin
"Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded."-- Yogi Berra
It was my six year Facebook anniversary last week. The so called Faceversary.
Have you lived under a rock the last decade? Then, I don’t need to tell you – Everyone who’s anyone is on Facebook.
Along with many of us who aren’t really anyone. You know, folks like me.
I have my share of kinky friends on Facebook. But, they tend to be people that have their own following. Not ones that follow.
There’s no group of adoring fans waiting to comment on things added to my timeline. I don’t get re-posted. My posts rarely even receive ‘likes’.
In the end, I have no one to blame for any of that but myself.
I have my own particular sensibilities. It seems beneath the dignity of a good dominant to act in a self-aggrandizing manner. I’ve never been comfortable with self-promotion.
I’ve always believed in the ‘hard slog’, as Dyson calls it. The kind of ethic that good work has its own merit. Not to mention that hard work always wins out in the end.
If life were only so simple? Right?
You can observe a lot by just watching.Yogi Berra
observe by listening
I should also point out, it really is my true nature to be introverted.
People who have witnessed me giving a demo, or leading a discussion might doubt that fact. But, it’s the absolute truth.
Public speaking is simply a skill I’ve learned. Presenting was something I did to give back to the community. Neither was inherently within my comfort zone.
In life, I find that listening is a more valuable skill than speaking. Mr. Berra’s quote is about observing by watching. But, I’ve always found that actively listening to others gives me the best observations of all.
That’s not necessarily true on social media.
Think about what people are doing on Facebook today. They’re keeping up with their friends and family, but they’re also building an image and identity for themselves, which in a sense is their brand. They’re connecting with the audience that they want to connect to. It’s almost a disadvantage if you’re not on it now.Mark Zuckerberg
I certainly enjoy the time I spend on social media these days.
But, I’m not the kind of person who thinks to post the location of the restaurants where I eat. I’m not going to send off a notification every time I visit a sick friend in the hospital.
When it comes to social media, I’m maladapted. It’s not my natural habitat. I’ll never be “somebody’. I’ll only ever be myself.
However, I’ve learned by listening to others, that’s not such a bad place to be.
I know who I am. How many can truly say that?
Can someone get Betty White a Snickers? Thanks!
So what is transgressive in the practice of this secret Tantra is the gesture not to elide the difference that women present. What does this mean? That women represent not merely objects, property, or the possibility of sexual gratification, but an opening point to the possibility of difference as the subjectivity of the other.Loriliai Biernacki