Thursday Reader (12/05/13)

Excerpts from my feeds

A word…

This time of year I think about love; probably most people do. But I tend to think about it as a social construct and what “kinds” of love are considered legitimate and worthy in our culture. As someone who doesn’t pair bond in the hetero-normative manner, people think my life is “less than” or not as filled with joy and love. On the contrary. My every day is overflowing with both.

And so, a repost of Love, my take.

Shameless Plug(s)

If you missed my live chat at Tawkers “So, are Iran and the US Getting Along Now?” with Michael Brooks, click and read the transcript!

My next chat is with the badass Leah Torres on Tuesday at 5:30EST: How Much Sex Do Women Want?” We’re breaking down the bogus social constructs around female sexuality. Check out the FB event page for all the info and join us for the discussion!

My new activism segment for The Best of the Left Podcast Safe Schools Improvement Act is EXTREMELY important. LGBT students are bullied and harassed at a rate of more than 8 out of 10. Transgender kids are beaten and harassed at an even more alarming rate. Click, support and pass on from the info in the “About” tab.

My favorite three things:

No. 1:

No. 2:

So this happened:

And it was responded to via #RacismEndedWhen:

Which was follow by an attempt to fix it:

No. 3:

I love Sally Kohn more all the time. I couldn’t agree with everything in this piece for The Daily Beast any more. Read and follow her: The GOP’s Late-Term Abortion Strategy Is Backfiring. You’re welcome.


Really? Chaining yourself to the clinic in 2013?
Tension levels rising at abortion protests outside Englewood clinic

But it’s probably totally fine. Probably. The latest from DeSmog Blog:
“Just the Reality:” Pipeline Safety Official Admits He’d Avoid Buying A Home Near Pipelines Like Keystone XL

Might as well make it official…
English has a new preposition BECAUSE internet

While you weren’t looking, 23 states barred insurers from including abortion coverage in standard policies

Just stop it. Seriously.
Michigan likely to pass abortion bill Dems dub “rape insurance.”

Podcasts & clips:

More Sally Kohn!

Things are happening with LIBOR. If that sentence doesn’t mean anything to you, Lee Camp catches you up from last year:

You have to be listening to Inquiring Minds if you aren’t already. This episode has the awesome climate researcher Michael Mann discussing how he got pulled into politics kicking and screaming:


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Categories: Thoughts

2 replies

  1. I”d love to read your thoughts on Nelson Mandela. love- keith smith

    Enviado desde mi iPhone

    > El Dec 5, 2013, a las 9:50 PM, KatieSpeak escribió: > > >

    • I wish I thought I could write eloquently on such a complex life. Certainly, even if some of the persona that has been created is a construct, for people to have a figure to look up to and use as inspiration the way people in struggle have used Mandela, than it is a life that has left the world a better place than when they came into it.

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