Kat's Corner: The blog's official position on stuff
Because sometimes things I think should be perfectly clear to anyone paying attention are not.
Some of this is also me venting about stuff that annoys me.
No one is required to agree with me on any of this in order to use the blog/forums, but you sure as hell are going to have to put up with the fact that these are my opinions and by extension the official positions of the blog. In some cases these are things that you don't even want to come here and argue with me about because they are not "agree to disagree" propositions.
It is the official position of this blog that the recent statements of 45 referring to immigrants as "animals" is racist and is contributing to the general atmosphere of hostility against anyone perceived as "not belonging here" and is encouraging public harassment and physical violence.
The asshole running for Georgia governor driving around a "deportation bus"? It's really fucking racist and we're against it.
This blog is pro-teacher, pro-fair pay for teachers, pro-not asking teachers to do more with less, pro-public school, anti-using tax money for schools that are not public.
If you are considering making a blanket statement about teachers, be warned--you'll be talking about my friends and family.
It is the official position of this blog that "more guns" is not the answer. We support common sense gun control measures. We believe students, teachers, and staff have the right to a safe learning/working environment and parents have a right to get through the day without worrying that their children might not come home.
Border Patrol questioning people for speaking Spanish...I don't even have to say I think that's bullshit, it's against the frickin' law!
It is the official position of this blog that women don't owe men anything. Not sex, not time, not effort, not deference. Women are not responsible for the behavior of men and to expect them to give men sex, time, effort, deference, etc., so those men won't use rejection as an excuse for homicide is a great big stinking load of BS. And it's victim-blaming.
Victim-blaming is definitely an area where I can't just agree to disagree. If someone just can't live without asking questions like "Was it really rape?" or "Shouldn't she have done something different?" or making judgments about whether something "counts" as harassment/assault/rape, this is NOT going to be a comfortable place for them to hang out. Those questions/statements add nothing of value to the conversation and only serve to perpetuate rape culture. It might be a discussion about a fictional character, but it affects real people. I am not open to discussion on this.
Do not use the word "illegal" to refer to a person in any way. This is not only incorrect gramatically and legally, but also morally. To clarify:
Can I call someone an illegal? NO
Can I call a group of people illegals? NO
Can I call them illegal aliens because that's how the government refers to them? NO, and NO they don't, do some research.
Can I call them illegal immigrants? NO, you are still talking about a person!
But what about free speech?! Oh, sorry, you're right. What business do I have telling you what words to use and not use? I take it back, yes you can say any or all of those things. You just won't be welcome here. How's that? There are plenty of other places you can use this terminology and nobody's going to care, but THIS IS NOT ONE OF THEM!
This is kind of a minor peeve, but I really dislike using the word "karma" in place of "punishment." I also dislike "karma's a bitch" because I have issues with "bitch" for being sexist and not having a very objective definition.
ETA: No, actually it doesn't have a stable, objective definition at all.
There is no official language in the United States. That's a fact.
Don't use sexual nicknames or sex referential nicknames for women. Including female characters. Just don't.
It is the official position of this blog that having arguably the oldest, most well-known, largest telenovela blog on the internet be described by one of its contributors as a "gringo" blog and having no one challenge that assertion is racist, exclusionary, and puts that blog in the position of engaging in cultural appropriation, not appreciation. There is no excuse for this whatsoever and being told that I'm misinterpreting the use of the word "gringo" is laughable.
El Cohete is not a blog by or for only one demographic. We want to welcome everyone who has an interest in the Spanish language. If my attempt to make sure that this blog is as welcoming as possible to as many people as possible alienates those who would rather discriminate, so be it.
ETA: I don't know why I'm tiptoeing around this. I'm talking about Caray, Caray! I'm talking about Kirby saying it's a "gringo" blog and no one correcting him. The current management (which isn't Jane, since she's too busy for the blog) has told me it's not an appropriate place to share my feelings or I sure as hell would have asked what he meant by that. Apparently the lack of anyone disagreeing out loud with him has been taken as approval by said management. Because it couldn't possibly be that they know they'll get shouted down and there's no point! I'll make you an offer--if you have a problem with something he says, I'll make sure that complaint gets into the right hands. Use the contact form on the blog and he'll never find out it was you.
Everything does not have to be "the Latino version of" something else. That's frickin' racist, dude.
Wait, though, when I first started listening to music in Spanish and first heard Mana I thought of them as kind of like U2 only Mexican. So I actually referred to them as the Mexican U2 when I tried to explain to people who'd never heard of them what they were like. (I'm pretty sure I've also said once that U2 was the Irish Beatles) I also told family members that Jesse y Joy were like the Mexican version of The Carpenters, when I was trying to turn them on to their music. We tend to think of unfamiliar things in terms of what they're similar to that we already feel familiar with. And when we describe things to people who don't know anything about it we try to liken them to something they know. So maybe its not intentional racism, its just unfamiliarity or trying to simplify things and make them more familiar.
On the other hand, I have no idea what the original comment was or the context you were responding to, so maybe none of what I said applies.