There is an Arabic paper about the concept of frivolous fatwas.

See in Egypt there was a period where there was a rising Islamic fundamentalism which was harmful to Egyptian life. Not only does Egypt have a cultural diversity it is also a major tourist destination.

And a lot of the Muslim Brotherhood were incredibly sinister. There are recent stories of mass graves and torture. But to get into the mindset of the Salafist and Islamicists in Egypt you have to look at the sort of things they wanted banned.  [Read more…]

It’s Not Divine, It’s Just Childbirth and Sometimes it goes wrong

I am an oddity in the whole “Natural/Medical” birth argument.

See, I am pro-medical birth. Staunchly so. I think the absolute BEST possible outcome of childbirth is at the hands of trained medical practitioners with the proper support structure and proximity to said support structure if things go wrong or expert help is needed.

But I train home birth midwives. These conduct deliveries for a large number of rural women who never could get to a hospital in time. At least this way they have technology and sterile equipment.

But the natural birthers and the pro-choice tell me repeatedly that the act of birth is nearly divine and designed to be perfect. That us doctors would rather slash and stab women than use the natural process.

[TW – Stillbirth]

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Trans Phobia

I rarely talk about transphobia and the hijra I used to work with. Well that’s mainly because we don’t work together any more the last I saw of them was a while ago.

But sometimes while poking around the net you do find some absolutely horrendous things.

“I would like to pass out something that shows people what is going on in the rest of the country. Massachusetts and California have passed laws relating to calling a student, irrespective of his biological gender, letting him perform as the gender he thinks he is, or she is. I just want to emphasize: not in this district. Not until the plumbing’s changed. There would have to be castration in order to pass something like that around here.”

This is from Katherine Svenson, a Colorado school board member.

Look the words we use are important too. A lot of people reported this as “Svenson wants to castrate trans people before they use the bathroom” which is simply untrue. Svenson is a bigot but her bigotry is not fixed or solved by being incorrect.

No, what she is trying to imply in her own mutliated understanding of what it is to be trans is that the only way she will accept trans utilising the loo is post-surgery. And definitely not the people who made it sound like she going to castrate trans people the way we used to castrate sheep.

Yes this was a thing and no it’s not recommended you do it this way unless you want a kick in the face.

No it’s still bigotted and part of the “won’t someone think of the children” but we should hold ourselves to the truth because the truth is stupider than the stuff we make up.

There is a train of thought of the right wing and religious fundie when it comes to the trans people and bathrooms.

They think the acceptance of transexuals into the bathrooms of “choice” will lead to a sordid world where young men pretend to be women solely to spy on women in bathrooms. To which I say that the fundies really don’t know young boys and this seems like too much work to look at naked women when we have access to the Internet and all the depths of nudity that entails to the average teenager. Doing all this seems like too much effort especially considering the level of torment the trans people face.

But trans people are all perverts! They clearly are men who like to dress as women! That’s another common fallacy. Transvestites are different. Look, some men don’t think clothes define your gender and so wear women’s clothes. Big Whoop. It takes all sorts to make the circus we live in. The fact we distinguish our clothes SOLELY based on gender is laughable! Many gay men have corrected me when I said that they are just as promiscuous as straight people by explaining to me that gay men were always ostracised for what they are and so didn’t really have any issues with promiscuity. So I will retract my old stance. Maybe trans people are like that too. But who cares. I have written safe anal sex advice here and I know I am not exactly vanilla in my tastes (More like 99 flake). To the fundie the idea of letting trans into the bathroom will turn the bathroom into their idea of what “cottaging” looks like. AKA a bathroom filled wall to wall with an orgy of sex.

If we let trans women into the women’s room they will look at women peeing. In the fundie world F2M trans people don’t exist after all. Because women are never perverts… No let us assume this is an enlightened fundie who knows about F2M. He may be a transphobe but he is no sexist! Trans people will spy on women/men peeing and get some sort of pleasure out of it. Well I don’t know about you but most men in the men’s room are rather surreptitious about peeing even at urinals. We all know what we got. We aren’t comparing lengths and we go to great effort to shield ourselves from prying eyes to the point that we have unwritten rules such as standing as far apart from each other as possible when using the urinals. And honestly? This fear is as old as time, we feared that homosexuals were going to molest us all in our bathrooms but turns out gay men generally use bathrooms for the same things we straight men do. The whole “women’s” bathrooms is even more puzzling since I know women’s rooms have stalls and I figure women lock them when they use them.

Again the fundies assume the mere presence of trans people would turn the loo into a den of iniquity. Drug dealers will move in, and people will start snorting the crushed ashes of Rush Limbaugh’s speeches or whatever it is they snort these days. There will be glory holes galore and no one will be able to use the bathroom without being peeked on  or stumbling on cottaging.

Trans people just want to go to the bathroom without having to declare to all and sundry what they are. I mean the problem here is how the fuck are you going to enforce the rule? I am a bloody doctor and even I take a few seconds to realise if a person is trans. I have a trans friend (Hola Nadia! Waves) who sounds and looks female and I wouldn’t have known she was trans unless she  bared her throat (Adams apple or the surgery to reduce it) or stood up straight (the male body has some tell tale differences. One of them is the carrying angle. When you semi-flex your arm you will notice your arm bends “outwards”. In women it is more because of women’s body shape. There are a few signs like this that surgery doesn’t change) or spoke without the voice training.

Basically? She looks like an attractive lady who is much younger than she actually is.

And you think the Bathroom police are going to catch her out? What are they going to listen while she pees? Either this person is trans or is peeing from a great height! SUMMON THE TOILET COPS! Would these be called Porcelains instead of Coppers?

Again the same issue with F2M trans.. They can simply use the stall.

No the legislation or rules to ban trans from basically using what bathrooms they like are solely designed to harass the few trans who MAY get caught out or who are reported by those who know their status.

It’s just so ridiculous. Pragmatically it’s a waste of time. Socially it’s a waste of time and it’s forcing trans people to out themselves to simply use the bathroom and economically it is a gigantic waste of time. There is absolutely no argument for this that isn’t scare mongering or just out and out stupid.

I have this expression on my face too when I hear the right wing say this

I use public restrooms to pee and maybe wash my face. Most of the time it’s a pretty harrowing experience since it’s India and people take a very lax attitude to plumbing and hygiene. Even in the UK I have the same attitude and most people I know tend to not linger around the place.

Trans people do not wish to be noticed for being trans. They spend their entire transition changing to be like the gender that they wish and need to be. It is a simple case of privacy. We owe them the basic right to not be bothered while they wish to use  the loo.

The ideas pushed by the fundies about trans people and indeed the GLBT in bathrooms boils down to the fears that are created by the dialogue. It’s simple.

Let people use the loo in peace. I don’t want to be interrupted by some stranger in a uniform (or not) demanding to check the contents of my boxers when I fly. Why do you think I would think  it’s acceptable for that to be the case when someone else uses the bathroom?

You Need A Man!

Ah Suzanne Venker!

We meet again!

Well this time she’s on Fox telling ladies how they really need a man and that not having a man is super duper bad. Now I am not saying having a boyfriend and a husband is a bad thing, I am just saying that it isn’t the philosopher’s stone and El Dorado rolled into one that people keep insisting it is. [Read more…]

Age of Kali – It’s Been a Year

It’s been nearly a year since India’s idea about women changed.

In every  feminist revolution there has been a precipitating event, a single instance that changed the way we thought about things. That made us all sit up and change.

And that event in India was the Nirbhaya rape and subsequent death.

Women and Men fought for changes, they tried to change a system of judiciary that was incredibly biased against rape victims. They tried to change the way the police thought about rape and sexual harassment and these are still ongoing struggles with some knee jerk tragedies such as the expansion of the death penalty in India.

However the fact that change is coming. You can smell it on the wind. The dialogue has changed from “It’s your fault” to “It’s not” and from “Don’t Go Out” to “Take precautions”.

[warning]TW – Rape, Torture and Murder[/warning]

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Jerry Newcombe Doesn’t Get the Atheist “Church”

Ah it’s been a while since we visited WND and this one’s from Jerry Newcombe.

The media’s been all over the Atheist Megachurch idea from the UK, never mind the fact that it isn’t a church and isn’t very mega. It’s a meeting.

There’s an old joke that says: How do you describe an atheist at his funeral? “All dressed up with no place to go.”

The mirth is astounding.  [Read more…]

News – Terror Attack In the UK

This is something Pat Condell didn’t really cover.

I know I am flogging the dead horse but really? There are still people who follow him and do so with a huge amount of respect for his “truthiness”.

He’s a staunch warrior against the Islamification of Britain, never mind that most atheists in the UK kind of dislike the fundie Islamicist irrespective of our sexual preference. [Read more…]

Donations Update

As you all know I get paid to blog. A whopping 1 to 2 quid a day. I for that reason also accept donations as at the moment I am rather poor and often use the donations to expand my income  in particular aim towards certain purchases.

A few people have asked me what “exactly” I spend my donations on. After all, vintage erotica is free and Fabergé eggs are rather hard to come by in India.

Well my current plans for the money I get from blogging and donations consist of.

1. Pay for my ticket back home for February (done)

2. Provide me some spending money when I am back home in February

3. Buy a Camera

The rationale boils down to

1. I am on holiday and I would like to go home

2. I would like to spend money on myself when I am home and on things like dates with Hera. If people haven’t realised it already I am a massive fan of food and living in India’s biggest torture is the rather singular diet of pulses and rice so I do spend a fair bit on nice food to tide me over for a year of living on rice and pulses.

3. I see a lot of unbelievable things and I meet a lot of cool people. I used to take photos of those things and those people but my Camera met with an unfortunate accident involving a ham handed copper who had never seen a DSLR up close before and the weather. Basically? Water got inside the body of a rather old camera I was given by a friend. I was not really bothered by it’s loss until I saw pictures being taken by other people here.

Today I saw a woman who was smiling because she finally got to see a doctor.

She had uncontrolled diabetes and two diabetic ulcers on her foot.

These were so deep that you could see the muscles underneath move. I spent the day teaching newer students how to present such a case and how to manage it.

Such a case would never be seen in the west. The size and the depth of this ulcer is astonishing. I can  demonstrate to naive audiences the reality of diabetes and how and why we take medication in the UK. The difference between this woman and my father is the availability of Insulin.

Her foot is healing well, they will operate on it to do a “flap” procedure. Adjacent skin will be incised and stretched over the wound and approximated to cover these massive ulcers up. We can even do skin grafts.

And here is the thing. People would not ever believe you because “holy moly? Who has 15 x 7 and 5×18 cm ulcers deep enough to see the muscle tissue and doesnt’ think it’s a medical emergency?”

We can show that we can even save a foot this badly damaged.

The idea is the camera will allow me to do something interesting in charting my first year as a doctor.

So what can you do? Well? Stay the course! Keep reading A Million Gods. Donate if you wish or go onto our ad-free membership. It’s you lot who are allowing me to travel around.

And for the Brits among you? I met a couple of people last time (Daniel and Guy Otten) but I am willing to have some sort of Million Gods night out/meal out/sit in a pub and be social with anyone who is around the Manchester or Stafford area. I do enjoy meeting new people and actually putting faces to names.

Thanks for the help!