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10/31/2009

Video: Treating transgender humans like animals in a Kalama-zoo

by Jeremy Hooper

Brace yourself, for we're about to show you one of the most disgusting political ads we've ever had the misfortune of viewing (which is saying a lot). Our opposition in Kalamazoo is literally targeting specific individuals to scare voters into voting against a simple nondiscrimination ordinance:

Don't you just feel so sorry for Ms. Stark, possibly losing her right to not dignify certain kinds of people? And perhaps relinquishing her ability to discriminate in areas of public accommodation, so that maybe next Halloween she will have to scare you with something other than actual humans who simply want to live in peace? You're totally worried for her, right?

No? You totally realize that this is a cold, callous, unbelievably targeted tactic? And you'll be proudly supporting the "yes" side, because you know that all people deserve protection? And you can see right through these attempts to use a figurehead of science to discredit certain biological realities?

Oh. You're a wise one, dear reader. Hopefully the clear difference between these two sides will be as Stark to Kalamazoo voters as it is to the fair-minded people who understand these nonstop "culture war" games for exactly what they are!

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Your thoughts

So, Dr. Mary Ann Stark, PhD, RN isn't an MD, she's a registered-nurse that they are hoping that people will assume to be an MD by virtue of the fact that she has a PhD, and is wearing a lab coat. They probably tried to find an MD who would spout their hateful drivel, but had to settle for an angry white (probably religiot) nurse.. that (fortunately for their lying liar ways) happens to have a PhD... probably in theology from a mail order diploma mill! But, hey, angry white female religiocrats are equally free to spout their hatred as any other supremacist.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Oct 31, 2009 8:26:06 PM

You know, they could have made that commercial much shorter.

'Transgendered people - ew!'

It would take less than five seconds, and be much more honest.

Posted by: Baron Scarpia | Nov 1, 2009 5:50:40 AM

She should be ashamed of herself.

Posted by: Em | Nov 1, 2009 12:14:41 PM

Dick - you're right. A simple search shows that her PhD is in philosophy. She is a member of the "Kalamazoo Citizens Voting No to Special Rights Discrimination" campaign advisory board (whatever that is) along with the expected gaggle of religiocrats.

Posted by: dave b | Nov 1, 2009 12:37:46 PM

Yeah any man can just wander into a girls bathroom, its not like transsexuals have to go through a gauntlet of doctors and psychologists to get a 'bathroom letter' *my doctor actuallly called it that* explaining their situation, and that they only risk getting their asses kicked by going into the bathroom with bigots like her because they're LEGALLY REQUIRED to spend a year living as the other sex.

Nope all those 'facts' were just made up by those evil sodomites and their propaganda from the APA. All True Christian Morons know that anyone who puts on a dress is covered under these laws and theirs an epidemic of cross dressers peaking at people in the bathroom, its not like you can google 'chicks on the toilet' and find dozens of websites devoted to that were you can watch women who arent ugly as hell take a crap without getting beat up.

Posted by: penguinsaur | Nov 1, 2009 1:54:31 PM

Once again, we're using the "women and children" defense against transpeople just looking for equal, non judgmental treatment under the law. This ad actually layers in 'abused women' to up the ante.

Let's have a test- compare the number of TG/TS women who peep around the stalls versus the number of TG/TS women or men who get their butts kicked in by some bigot in the wrong gendered bathroom. I'll bet more TS folks get roughed up by phobic, closed minded people who this nurse would call her friends.

Did I actually see a TG clergy member used as an example of peeping Thomasina??

Posted by: Julie Kristine | Nov 1, 2009 8:53:51 PM

Just to clarify, her PhD is from the University of Michigan (hardly a diploma mill) and is probably in nursing or a related discipline (PhD is a type of degree, not an indication of Philosophy as a major.) She has a strong educational background, and she's an associate professor, so she's been tenured at a good, accredited university.

That scares me a lot more than if she were a hack with a mail order diploma teaching at Liberty University.

Posted by: Kat | Nov 2, 2009 9:19:44 AM

i hope this woman never goes to any other country in the world. she'll have to "hold it" until she gets back to the US. a bathroom's a bathroom in the rest of the world.

and education has nothing to do with ignorance. she's just too stupid to know that she is ignorant - you know, an idiot...

Posted by: mike/ | Nov 2, 2009 12:29:45 PM

Are there rules about using someone's likeness in a political ad? If there are, I hope the person they're trying to humiliate nails them to the legal wall.

Posted by: DN | Nov 2, 2009 2:03:04 PM

As a Nurse she should be ashamed of herself. I would now question her ability to provide unbiased care for any non-heterosexual women. Part of being a nurse is taking a non-judgmental and objective view. She has compromised her integrity as a Nurse by appearing in this ad. There should be calls for her resignation.

Posted by: Tom | Nov 2, 2009 5:12:42 PM

This ad will be quite effective at rousing the deep homophobia in the hearts of "good people" who "aren't really homophobes" but think "men in women's bathrooms" is icky and secretly believe that gay/non-gender normative "men" are all sexual predators hoping to gain access to pure, straight children who they can attack and "turn to the dark side."
Here's hoping for compassion and clear thinking on the part of the targeted audience.

Posted by: Leda | Nov 2, 2009 6:42:46 PM

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