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Nice job if you can get it…(?)…promulgating myths and prejudices, that is.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 14, 2013 by Paul Timms

Sometimes its a wonder if someone makes this kind of thing up just so a whole bunch of people, particularly the media can create prejudice in order to exploit and make money from it. When the hell did bisexuals suddenly become the newly chastised and abominable ‘thou shalt not speak of ‘sexuals’ of the naughties? Sorry I meant noughties. Now, apparently according to this ridiculous article, there is a ‘coming out’ process for bisexuals. The main issue is why do these people really feel the need to reveal or promote their sexuality at work as some given human rights issue: that it has become a necessity for everyone to push their sexual orientation in someone’s face? “I’d love to accept this job Mr Rogers but first you must understand I’m bisexual”. What happened to privacy and keeping it to yourself? There is no law that says you have to state your sexual preference when taking on a job is there? Am I still living on planet earth? Let’s all go shouting about our private sexual lives and preferences in the workplace, thereby forcefully creating an equal and opposite reaction, which is almost always malformed in the guise of prejudice. Then society will have to create laws to protect bisexual rights, defend bisexuals against the crude language of prejudices such as “this no place for a …em…..lover of more than one sex confusing orientated…person….thingy…..”.  But most of all, let’s just give ‘them’ a space where they can safely discuss and promote their sexuality, which of course should be anywhere, including the workplace. Its the right of a bisexual after all to tell everybody what is happening with their sex life. Let’s just off the workplace and call it the sex place and be done with it. I don’t meet someone or go somewhere for the first time and say “Hello every[body], I’m Mr Rogers, and I’m a heterosexual!”

http://careers.guardian.co.uk/careers-blog/busting-myths-bisexuals-in-the-workplace

Boycott Workfare – What Cyprus can learn from the actions of UK protesters

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2013 by Paul Timms

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There is all kind of action going on around the world in opposition to government exploitation, mismanagement and corruption. Workfare, which has seen the government put in new legislation in England, which attempts to criminalize and deprive the unemployed and disabled of welfare benefits (which in effect many of them have earned the right to receive through paying national insurance and numerous different types of taxes – you can’t even die gracefully without paying an Inheritance Tax!) – and forces them to do so-called ‘volunteer work’. What it amounts to is another dirty trick by the government in the UK to get people to work for far less than a minimum wage. The same government that also imposed the new Bedroom Tax, which prevents, let’s say, someone offering a cheap room for somebody who is struggling to get by – this is now considered under this new regime, an unlawful act).
As has been witnessed, even the minority of protesters in England have the power. They have promised that if any of the charities or companies that take on this scheme which exploits the poor, and those unable to work (not forgetting that even if every job in England was filled there would still be around two million unemployed), those same organizations will be boycotted by the public, and effectively ‘shut down’. This kind of action would be even easier in Cyprus to ensure that the decisions that are made are of concern of the people, and not the soul interests of the EU, the Cypriot government, and what they think is good for the people. By joining the EU, colluding financially with the EU, and Greece over the past five years Cyprus has taken on a huge economic deficit and mounting debts, which will no doubt triple again in the next 5-8 years in the form of continued hyperinflation. Just in time for the EU or other dominant foreign power to step in and demand as payment our oil and gas reserves. This government has shown that it is incapable of leading the people and has REVOKED ITS RIGHT TO LEAD THEM!
Cyprus, like England and many countries in Europe (and this includes Trade Unions protesting in Brussels the home of the EU!), must fight even the most superficial decisions, which lead to any kind of dictatorial agendas and jeopardize so-called democracy –  a vague term whenever and wherever it has appeared as an event in history. Is it even relevant anymore and completely lost it context? I believe we need a new word, but perhaps I’ll leave this for now.
It is apparent by now if the reader has followed the events of the last five years in detail, that there is a bigger agenda. We must break that agenda, we must not be broken down piecemeal for the powers to take, and we must certainly not allow our own governments to do it. We must take action. We must SHUT IT DOWN!

Femen: Why the Nudity?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 27, 2013 by Paul Timms

Why the Nudity

The issue here is more than women being treated as mere objects, as the popular imagination seems to assume on first inspection. It is about who controls the objects and defines them. This is fundamentally what democracy addresses. Freedom of the object. Historically, control has been the domain of men (patriarchy), who have in the long run, controlled the woman’s place in society and through this has played a major role in defining female sexuality.

The point of the nudity is this.The women decide when and where they expose themselves – and of course they get attention. Here, Femen are exposing the Ukraine government that is exploiting the availability of beautiful women in the Ukraine to attract tourists. The government are defining who and what owns the body-object. This is exploitation. The point of democracy is fair and equal access to control of the object and of oneself by oneself. Femen (and feminism) demand democratization of the object, their bodies, in the form of equal rights, which brings us back to the nudity: the purpose of the display is that Femen are a group of women who want to have democratic control over the availability of their bodies, the defining of their sexuality, and the exposing of their bodies, something which should not be decided by the government or any other kind of authority based on their values or for their profit and gain.

I salute Femen! I believe that the violent and negative reactions against their activism and protests are abhorrent, and expose the blatant presence and signs of the oppressive, ideological mechanisms embedded within the public conscience of the ‘herd mentality’; of physical and ideological regimes in place to ensure that the body-object is not democratized. It is indeed a shameful sight to see that so many people fail to see this while invoking violence and negativity towards Femen, and really, women in general – that violence against women is still acceptable if it is somehow validated by the sponsorship of authority. For even if it is about being just naked, what is so bad about being naked after all?

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