David Letterman’s Frack You To Fracking

Fracking is, by now, old, terrifying news.

Grassroots efforts to combat fracking have been struggling mightily and losing frequently, but when a mainstream media legend like David Letterman takes a stand on his show, watched by millions, perhaps the tide is turning.

Thanks, Dave!

And folks, please consider clicking on the “Stop Fracking Now” graphic below and adding your name to this nationwide petition.

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What Part Of Equality Don’t You Understand?

LoveSeriously, I don’t get it.

The Supreme Court of the United States started to hear arguments today concerning the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and California’s Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriages until the proposition was deemed unconstitutional by both the Federal District Court in San Francisco and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Consequently, the social interwebs are abuzz with activity on the subject, and many of my Facebook friends and I have temporarily changed our profile photos to the marriage equality symbol you see above, as sign of solidarity with our LGBTQ friends.

Still, one of my “friends” posted on Facebook that he disagrees, accompanied by this graphic:

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And you know, I find that absolutely stunning.

I mean, what kind of people come right out and say that they are in favor of discriminating against a certain other group of people and believe that said group of people do not deserve the same rights as everyone else?

Exactly! And so, I wonder how my “friend” feels about being in that company.

Whenever I think about this issue, I always think of that document that means so much to so many Americans across the entire political spectrum, irregardless of party affiliation, the Declaration of Independence, which famously states:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Now, I’ve researched this, and I’ve been totally unsuccessful locating that other draft of the Declaration, where that quote continues, “…except for gays and lesbians.”

Video Fridays: A Tooth For An Eye

20130322-120449.jpgThis week’s Video Fridays installment is not your average music video.

Thanks to yet another wonderful find at Vimeo, I’ve discovered musical artists I’d been unfamiliar with: The Knife, a Swedish electronica brother and sister duo.

And, the video for their song A Tooth For An Eye, is a moving and fun experience, thanks to an ambitious and powerful theme: gender inequality.

From the description of the video at Vimeo:

“A Tooth For An Eye” deconstructs images of maleness. Who are the people we trust as our leaders and why? What do we have to learn from those we consider inferior?

In a sport setting, where one would traditionally consider a group of men as powerful and in charge, an unexpected leader emerges. A child enters and allows the men to let go of their hierarchies, machismo, and fear of intimacy, as they follow her into a dance.

Their lack of experience and vulnerability shines through, as they perform the choreography. Amateurs and skilled dancers alike express joy and a sense of freedom. There is no prestige in their performance. The child is powerful, tough, and sweet all at once, roaring, “I’m telling you stories, trust me.” There is no shame in her girliness. Rather, she possesses knowledge that the men lost a long time ago.

I know. Wow.

There are few things more pressing, in my mind, than for humans to be examining the state of boys and men. They are in crisis, continuing to exert a level of dominance over and violence toward women and each other that is tragic and not at all sustainable.

Boys are not born this way! They have simply, as The Knife put it, lost the knowledge, by having been raised as warriors in a dog-eat-dog, survival of the fittest culture.

As someone who has worked with men on these issues, helping myself and them to regain the knowledge that we can be just as sensitive and compassionate as females, I’ve seen amazing successes and I know that a different paradigm is possible.

Happy Weekend, everyone!