Weekend This & That: Open Thread

Posted on 08 Aug 2010 at 2:44am

It’s an open thread! Pleeeeease feel free to chat, blogwhore, and link-share in the comment thread… Emoticon: Autumn Sandeen, snarkily shifting her eyes right-to-left-to-right

Image: Bookworm Bob, the cartoon 'sockpuppet' of Autumn Sandeen'sSo, this is what my cartoon sockpuppet Bookworm Bob have been looking at since our last This & That post on Wednesday.

Atlanta Journal Constitution‘s Transgender employee rehired but won’t be working:

Vandy Beth Glenn has her job back — with salary, benefits and seniority — but she won’t be returning to work.

An agreement reached Friday mandates the reinstatement of the transgender legislative editor for the Georgia General Assembly, fired nearly thee years ago after disclosing she was transitioning from a man. But Glenn’s employer preferred she earn her paycheck from home, arguing that her presence in the office would be disruptive. Though she won’t be working, Glenn will be fully compensated.

“There are a lot of factors going on,” said Glenn’s attorney, Greg Nevins. “At the end of the day, it was an offer worth taking.”

Attorneys for Sewell Brumby, who fired Glenn, requested the arrangement in lieu of their appeal of Judge Richard Story’s ruling last month that the transgender editor was a victim of sexual discrimination. Brumby is once again her boss, technically.

So how long will this go on?

The arrangement stands until there’s a ruling on that appeal, which could be years away, Nevins said.

Well, if Vandy Beth is okay with this, I guess I am…she needs to eat and pay the rent. She shouldn’t have to work from home though just because the supervisor wants to discriminate against her for being transgender.

And again, this case highlights that we need a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

• From a thumb’s up/thumb’s down opinion column at theSalt Lake City Tribune, entitled The Thumb:

THUMB UP: Tracking a trend ? Taylorsville became the seventh Utah city or county to adopt anti-bias ordinances that prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation in housing and employment. Salt Lake City, Park City, West Valley City, Logan and Salt Lake and Summit counties have also accorded these most basic rights to their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents. State lawmakers should take note of the trend, and the support of the LDS Church for such ordinances, and extend these rights to all residents of the Beehive State. No one should be denied a home or a job just for being themselves.

Thank you, SLTrib, for the thumb’s up to non-discrimination ordinances! Emoticon: Cheering Cheerleader And yes, even some applauding for the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints (The Mormons) too for supporting workplace non-discrimination legislation, even if that applause is tempered by that church’s stand on marriage equality and Prop 8. Emoticon: Clapping

•  A Kerry Kelly Novick column from AnnArbor.com, entitled Little girls and their pretty dresses: Teaching modesty without inducing guilt :

Q>: My little girl Frances is 4 and she loves to wear dresses, but she also loves to pull them up. I’ve been having a hard time wording why we keep our dresses down in a way that makes sense to her, while at the same time trying to preserve the very comfortable feeling she has with her own body. I’m also unsure how often to bring it up, because it seems to happen a lot. Recently I just started having her wear shorts underneath, so I’m wondering if I should just drop it altogether. Do you have any suggestions?

NA, Ann Arbor

Excerpts from the answer:

…Your practical solution of the shorts sounds very sensible, as it deals with the underpants part of the problem for now. But most little girls I know also like to pull up their dresses to show their tummies. “Look, I have a tummy just like Mommy does. She can carry a baby in her tummy and I want to too!”

…Preschoolers are very good at differences. They are busy all the time figuring out categories, working out what goes with what and comparing. Body differences are particularly fascinating, as they try to understand about boys and girls, men and women, children and grownups. The first question people ask about new babies is whether it’s a girl or a boy; this is a very important difference in most cultures. Children pick this up and take it in. They identify themselves as boys or girls, owning a male or female self.

Kids also want to be like grownups, especially in the realm of being in charge of themselves. Most little kids’ play involves imitating adult roles. Just as most moms nowadays often wear pants, most modern parents dress their little girls in pants and shorts, as much or more than in dresses. And yet most 3- and 4-year-old girls want to wear dresses! I think this impulse is connected to establishing good feelings about their femininity, demonstrating that they are happy to be a girl. This is when the strands of ownership of the body and gender identity come together in the minds of most kids…

Seriously, the only line in the answer that seems to directly answer the question is “Your practical solution of the shorts sounds very sensible…” Where do I get a gig that let’s me wax elegant without saying anything — but still get paid for waxing elegant? Emoticon: Snarky Tongue Out (And no, I don’t get paid by Pam for blogging.)

San Francisco Chronicle‘s Apology after girl’s lemonade stand shut down:

After a county inspector squeezed out a kid’s lemonade business, so many Oregonians puckered up in disgust that the county chairman had to pour on a little sugar.

Link To Pam's House Blend Tag 'Wieners'; Image: Smiling, waving hot dog saying 'I'm a wiener!'The apology sweetened up some sour feelings and made 7-year-old Julie Murphy eligible to resume selling her Kool-Aid and water concoction for 50 cents a cup.

Last week at a local arts fair, Julie and her mother were surprised when a county inspector asked to see their restaurant license.

One component of bureaucracy is the rules become more important then the reason one made the rules in the first place. This seems to me rule enforcement gone amok.

So, I’m with those who believe the original county inspector is a wiener for shutting down a 7-year-old’s Kool-Aid stand.

• Our Wiener Story Of The Day: OregonLive.com‘s opinion piece, entitled Partisan-Free Hot Dogs Denied:

A recent story in The Oregonian reports that Democratic lawmakers aren’t warming up to Republican Chris Dudley’s invitation to barbecue together at his Lake Oswego home on Aug. 8.  House Speaker Dave Hunt, D-Gladstone, said of the invite, “Come on, it’s a campaign event,” adding that he didn’t have time “to be eating hot dogs in Lake Oswego.”

Image: Wiener World, a restaurant in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; Link To Pam's House Blend Tag 'Wieners'Really? How much time does eating a hot dog in Lake Oswego take in the grand scheme of the summer? If such a small task is insurmountable, no wonder state Democrats can’t seem to pass a sensible budget, better reform the state’s retirement system or find a way to create stable funding for education.

Perhaps the Dudley family barbecue is a campaign stunt. Maybe Dudley sent out the invitation hoping Dems wouldn’t show or that they would make comments similar to Hunt’s. But I tend to think Dudley really does see himself as a gubernatorial candidate who looks forward to becoming governor and getting off on the right foot with his future colleagues. After all, Dudley’s a moderate. He also hasn’t been a politician before and like most non-politicians, he is probably used to eating hot dogs with people of various political stripes — and even enjoying it.

Partisan-free hot dogs sound good to me. It’s too bad some Democrats don’t see them as the olive branches that Dudley likely intended them to be.

I hope Chris Dudley has some 97% fat free hot dogs on hand to symbolize cutting the fat our of governement, and some turkey dogs on hand to send the message of “no pork” government is coming if he’s elected. Emoticon: Clown

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Okay, he’s a Republican. I couldn’t help myself by delving into partisan rhetoric. Emoticon: Toothy Smile

So anywho…It’s an open thread! What are you thinking about today, or what books or articles have you been reading the past few days? Wanna share?

And again, please feel free to chat, blogwhore, and link-share in the comment thread because…it’s an open thread! Woo-hoo! Emoticon: Dancing happy face character
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