Thursday, April 7, 2016

Ellen Degeneres Speaks Out About Mississippi "Religious Freedom" Bill

I have to admit, it makes me kind of sad knowing this will be my last blog post for this semester! I hope that even after this class is finished we have the ability to post, because lord knows we will always have something to write about! As much as I'm sad for this being the last post, it makes me a little bit happier knowing I'm going out with a bang--all thanks to Ellen DeGeneres!

For those of you who don't know, Mississippi just passed a "Religious Freedom Bill" in which the state of Mississippi promises that they, "will not punish people who refuse to provide services to people because of a religious opposition to same-sex marriage, extramarital sex or transgender people."

I know, I know, my jaw was just as far down to the floor as yours probably is at this time! Can you believe in todays society something like this passed?!?

Luckily the world has people like Ellen, herself gay, to speak out on the public stage for what's right! Ellen closes her monologue by saying that ,"we all need to remember that we are more similar then we are different, and we all want the same things--love, acceptance, and kindness." She even mentions many of the struggles we have talked about in our class recently dealing with the gender pay gap, women's rights, and racism.

Ellen takes her ability to speak in front of a large audience and runs with it...ITS A MUST SEE!!!!!!

Thanks for a great semester of blogging!!!

1 comment:

  1. I'm so happy that you posted this! I'm obviously extremely upset by this law. As we attempt to break down the heteronormative mindset of society, we have to acknowledge how inherently flawed and heteronormative this law is. The law normalizes the idea that someone can believe solely and exclusively in marriage between a man and a woman. This normalizes the idea that it's okay to be heteronormative and literally puts it into law. Another part of this law that is actually so upsetting is how it defines man and woman. It defines man and woman by "an individual's immutable biological sex as objectively determined by anatomy and genetics at the time of birth." This definition completely undermines anyone that identifies as trans and encourages the idea that the reality of being trans is not valid. This definition is also just an example of pure ignorance. I feel completely taken aback that in 2016 we still do not understand the difference in language and meaning between man and woman, and male and female. As a queer woman in the south, I'm watching more and more bills like those in north carolina and mississippi and wondering what this means for the future. I cannot believe that bills legalizing discrimination are actually being passed.