Gender Prison: On Monstering

I have hesitated to write about the Lucy Meadows case in the UK. Part of that hesitation has been because many of the reports of her "unsuspicious death" on March 20 labeled it as a suicide before it had been declared to be so. It has now become apparent, with the convening of an inquest and its subsequent adjournment, that may not happen.

My own relationship with the press upon transitioning…as a teacher…in Arkansas in 1992 contributes to that hesitation.

I have written about it. I am not sure if I ever shared the entire event.

Here's a snip:

"Hello. I'm [name forgotten] and I am a reporter for the Log Cabin Democrat [the small local daily] and I wondered if I could ask you some questions?"

"To what purpose?" I asked.

"Well, we received a copy of the letter you sent to your colleagues and we are planning an article about you."

After a long silence, as I contemplated which one of my "colleagues" had exhibited his collegiality in such a nice way, I replied, "And what is it you want from me?"

"I would like to interview you for the article."

This was another one of those occasions when one has to make a decision that can have momentous consequences...and one gets about a minute or less to think about it. I agreed to be interviewed by the woman on Thursday morning. I figured that at least this way I might have some input into the article.

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Hellraisers Journal: Teamster Nation Honors Boston Police

You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Wednesday April 22, 1903
From the Appeal to Reason: "A Letter from an Enthusiastic Woman"

Earlier this year, Naomi McDonald Phelps sent this letter to the Appeal:

I would like to answer Comrade Wells' suggestion in regard to women, where he says he thinks women ought to be coaxed into the Socialist clubs, as they would talk the old parties to death in no time. He says he knows, because he has lived with one for thirty-five years. The very idea that HE had lived with one thirty-five years, and she was still alive, ought to have prevented him from slurring his wife in such a silly manner. The fact is, men have that principle so engrafted in their natures, i.e., speaking of women in regard to public affairs much as they would of imbeciles and children...that their invitations to women to join their clubs are couched in such a manner, and their treatment of "the talking sex" is so contemptuous that the self-respecting women resent it. We're not babies; we're not fools. If you had been our servants as long as we have been yours...I believe with all my heart that you would have been a sex of blubbering idiots. By what twist of fortune's wheel men became so wise in their own conceits, fell so completely in love with their own preponderance of brains, is past the finding out of the wisest women...

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Hellraisers Journal: Wage Theft? In Portland Direct Action Gets the Goods

You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Tuesday April 21, 1903
Chicago, Illinois - Henry Demarest Lloyd, friend of Mother Jones

Mr. Lloyd continues to live in Chicago where we hear that he is not in the best of health. Mr. Lloyd is the author of several books in favor of progressive reform including A Strike of Millionaires Against Miners (1890), Wealth Against Commonwealth(1894), Labor Co-Partnerships (1898) and A Country Without Strikes (1900). Besides Mother Jones, he is a close friend of Jane Addams, founder of the Hull House Settlement in Chicago. He has greatly influenced other progressive reformers, such as John Peter Altgeld and Clarence Darrow. Hellraisers sends our best wishes to Mr. Lloyd, and honors him for a lifetime of work on behalf of working people.

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Sunday April 21, 2013: Up with Steve Kornacki Tweets

As you know MSNBC deicded to do disaster porn instead of #Uppers yesterday for whatever stupid reason after everything was over. Just for fun since the #Uppers stream was as pissed as I was, I am going to share some of my tweets about that in addition to today's tweets. Yesterday's tweets first.

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Hellraisers Journal: We stand in Solidarity with UE Local 506 of Erie, PA

You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Monday April 20, 1903
West Virginia - Mother Jones Not Leaving in Spite of Injunctions, Prosecutors, or Fires

The Injunctions issued by Judge John J Jackson against the United Mine Workers have not caused Mother Jones to leave the state. She has not followed the advice of the Judge to become a charity worker, but remains an official organizer for the UMWA. She has ignored the prosecutor who called her the "most dangerous woman in the country today." He offered to recommend mercy if she would "leave the state and never return." She replied to that prosecutor:

I didn't come into the court asking mercy, but I came here looking for justice. And I will not leave this state so long as there is a single little child that asks me to stay and fight his battle for bread.

She continues to stay in the hotels of Montgomery in spite of three attempts to burn her out, one of which nearly killed her.

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Daily Kos is a Hate Site

Daily Kos is a hate site.  It pretends to be a liberal and/or progressive democratic party website with a mission of electing Democratic party politicians.   It’s liberalness is fake and gives real liberals a bad name.  The only progressive nature of the site is it clings to a corrupted plutocratic political party that is progressively going downhill. 

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