- Chrissy Lee Polis (YouTube)
INDICTMENT IN TRANS BEATING: "The grand jury for Baltimore County indicted Teonna Brown, 18, with five charges on Monday, May 16, including that of a hate crime, for the physical attack on Chrissy Polis, a transgender woman, at the Rosedale, Md., McDonald's on Monday, April 18," Metro Weekly reports. "According to information obtained from the Baltimore County State's Attorney's Office, Brown was charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault and a hate crime for the attack on Polis. Brown also was charged with second-degree assault charges regarding Vicki Thoms, who tried to intervene during the attack, and Darrick Jones."
AFTER THE JUMP: On the IMF head sexual assault allegations; gay feminism 101; what Barack Obama can learn from Dominique Strauss-Kahn:
ROBERT KUTTNER, co-editor of the American Prospect, draws an offensive comparison between IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn's sexual assault charges and Barack Obama's economic failings. "You still see Obama bumper stickers in Paris, where the U.S. president remains highly popular. Barack Obama not only still stands for hope, but he represents a striking contrast to both Sarkozy and Strauss-Kahn in his irreproachable personal behavior. But with the world still in financial crisis, that's also a low bar. By itself, personal rectitude does little to rally public support of to solve deep national ills," Kuttner writes. "I suppose we Americans can take pride that our president has never been accused of assaulting a chamber maid in a luxury hotel. Now, if he would just assault the financial barons."
IF ONLY Barack Obama would step up and "rape" people—financially, that is! Kuttner also floats this phrasing: "Strauss-Kahn's reckless and grandiose personal behavior is symptomatic of a deeper sickness afflicting the European left." How about that "reckless and grandiose" sexual assault charge, everybody? Honestly, it was a little ostentatious and ill-considered for my taste. And then there's this: "The pity is that the French electorate remains left of center." And that a hotel employee is now allegedly a survivor of sexual assault. What a news peg. (Via GLAA Forum).
GAY FEMINISM 101: "Consider the commonly held notion that female homosexuality is less threatening than male homosexuality. How many times have we heard or thought 'It’s easier for girls?' The most obvious and visible element of patriarchal society is the empowerment of the male over the female, masculine over feminine," Gella Solomon writes for The New Gay. "The assumed sexual roles of men and women in relation to each other are of dominance and submission. When viewing a same-sex relationship in this light, the patriarchal heterosexual mind will see a female dominating a female, and a male dominating a male, respectively. A female dominating another female may be somewhat problematic, a usurpation of power that she should not have, but ultimately manageable since one might assume that were a man to come along he could put either in their place (insert reference to male heterosexual lesbian porn fantasies). When a male is dominated by another male, however, you have a man placing himself in the role of a woman, choosing to give up the power that is rightfully his. That, I would argue, is the 'perversion' which is so feared: that God forbid, a man should make himself like a woman."