“Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity” resolution

24 06 2009

The General Assembly of Organization of American States (OAS) convened at the beginning of June in Honduras.  The theme was “Toward a Culture of Non-Violence”.  Via Bird of Paradox, all 35 member states unanimously approved of the “Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity” resolution that Brazil put forth.  The six points of this resolution are:

1. To condemn acts of violence and related human rights violations committed against individuals because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.

2. To urge states to ensure that acts of violence and human rights violations committed against individuals because of sexual orientation and gender identity are investigated and their perpetrators brought to justice.

3. To urge states to ensure adequate protection for human rights defenders who work on the issue of acts of violence and human rights violations committed against individuals because of sexual orientation and gender identity.

4. To request the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the other organs of the inter-American system to continue to pay sufficient attention to this issue.

5. To reiterate its request for the Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs (CAJP) to include on its agenda, before the fortieth regular session of the General Assembly, the topic of “Human rights, sexual orientation, and gender identity.”

6. To request the Permanent Council to report to the General Assembly at its fortieth regular session on the implementation of this resolution, the execution of which shall be subject to the availability of financial resources in the program-budget of the Organization and other resource.

These are all important and critical points.  Hopefully this resolution will be implemented and enforced by all the member countries and gradually we can shift from a culture of violence to a culture of peace.  The LGBTQ community throughout the world has been and continues to be marginalized and victimized by violence that often is invisible to the mainstream media.  It is high time that the LGBTQ community is recognized as deserving of human rights as well.

BK Epic Fail: Sell a sandwich by suggesting fellatio

24 06 2009

Burger King ran this ad in Singapore:


The text of the ad says:

Fill your desire for something long, juicy and flame-grilled with the NEW BK SUPER SEVEN INCHER. Yearn for more after you taste the mind-blowing burger that comes with a single beef patty, topped with American cheese, crispy onions and the A1 Thick and Hearty Steak Sauce.

“It just tastes better” and “It’ll blow your mind away”, huh?  Featuring a blonde all made up with her mouth hanging open as if she was about to give a guy a blow job is a tasteless and demeaning way to sell a stupid sandwich that will probably clog your arteries.  Degrading and devaluing women makes it taste better doesn’t it?

This is an enraging ad and hopefully many people will look at this like Um, WTF?!!! But of course there are always those who will just be like “whatever, it’s just an ad, stop making it such a big deal!”  No, it’s not just an ad, and yes it is a big deal.  You can’t just look at this ad in isolation – it’s part of the larger patriarchal culture of sexvertising that utilizes and normalizes sexist images that reduces women to mere body parts, therefore dehumanizing and objectifying them.

The ubiquity and the normalization of these bullshit, vomit-inducing images perpetuates a misogynist culture in which women are second class citizens and perceived as merely objects for public consumption.  This contributes to rape culture in which rape is pervasive and sanctioned through sexist attitudes and beliefs that make violence against women seem like a natural, normal and inevitable part of society.  Paradoxically because misogynist imagery is so normalized in society, we don’t see it because we see it everywhere. 

Burger King, way to epically fail again.

Wednesday Blogaround

24 06 2009

Keeping up with blogging during the summer isn’t an easy task. Here are some great reads on things we’ve missed:

Transgender federal employees will soon be protected from discrimination in the work place.

A piece from The New Yorker about the incompatibility of medicine and the “free market”.

The economic recession affects everyone, so “Don’t call it a ‘he-cession’“.

We can affirm the value of fathers but still support government structures that support diverse family arrangements of all kinds.

The latest on Chris Brown and Rihanna.

Trigger warning – physical assault and violence in the name of casting out the so-called homosexual demons.

Facebook and how it upholds and perpetuates the gender binary.

A very long overdue apology – Senate Apologizes for Slavery.

Check out the first part of a MoJo special on the Hidden Defense Budget.

If you ask the NYTimes, sex selection is culturally Asian.

WTF?!  No!!!  Harvard’s Office of Sexual Assault is closing for July.

Can we ever say a woman can’t choose?