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Bookworm BobSo below is what my cartoon sockpuppet Bookworm Bob & I have been looking at so far this week.

Feministe‘s Jos wrote a piece last month entitled Suicide ends transgender lives too:

The focus of Transgender Day of Remembrance is on those killed by others because of anti-trans fear and hatred. However, it is worth noting that too many trans folks lose their lives to suicide as well. The number of trans folks who have attempted suicide ranges from about 30 percent to over 50 percent in studies. One study found that 83 percent of trans folks have considered suicide. According to another study:

the risk factors associated with attempted suicide among transgender people were younger age (under 25), depression or a history of substance abuse, forced sex, and gender-based victimization and discrimination (Clements-Nolle, Marx, & Katz, 2006).

LGBT youth are up to four times more likely to commit suicide than their straight peers, and that number balloons to nine times more likely if they are rejected by their family…

…I’ve had a lot of conversations with other trans and gender non-conforming folks about our histories with suicide. It’s proved a surprisingly easy conversation to enter into with trans folks I hardly know. We have our own unique experiences, but what we share makes having a history with suicide easily understandable…

This is a piece I reread after Mike Penner’s (f.k.a. Christine Daniels’) apparent suicide this past weekend. The numbers regarding trans people who suicide are something I’m kept in mind as I’ve been contemplating Mike’s death.

• The Boing Boing‘s Gay-bashing woman humiliated for wearing hideous skirt:

An angry loser (right) came to Syracuse University to make a fool of herself by spreading pathetic hatred and was treated to a happy mutant style stunt by this smiling student, named Chris Pesto (left).

Gay-bashing woman humiliated for wearing hideous skirtI decided that because this woman thought it was okay to make me feel uncomfortable in my home, I would retaliate and make her feel just as uncomfortable, if not more.

This woman was wearing a ankle-length corduroy skirt, which, as we all know, is a fashion nono. So, in order to make her feel uncomfortable, I stood next to her and held a sign that said Corduroy skirts are a sin! I don’t think I have ever drawn so much attention in my life…


Mediaite‘s O’Reilly Absolves Huckabee For Commuting Sentence Of Alleged Cop Killer:

While serving as Arkansas governor, current Fox News Host Mike Huckabee commuted the sentence of Maurice Clemmons, the man who had been held as the primary suspect in the killing four police officers until his shooting this morning. The parallels to Willie Horton, and the similar effect on Huckabee’s plans to run for president have not been lost on many.

But not so fast – fellow Fox Host Bill O’Reilly had Huckabee on as guest last night, and quickly absolved him of any wrong doing, saying “Well, it’s not your fault, Governor.”

O’Reilly has historically been very tough on both judges and elected officials who are “soft on crime,” those who he feels provide parole or pardon too early in a criminal’s penance. He has frequently focused on “Jessica’s Law,” a Florida Law passed in 2005 designed to punish sex offenders and reduce their ability to re-offend…

Oh, the hypocrisy!!! I can’t tell who’s got the more of it!

San Francisco Chronicle‘s Mass. woman sees image of Jesus on her iron:

A Massachusetts woman who recently separated from her husband and had her hours cut at work says an image of Jesus Christ she sees on her iron has reassured her that “life is going to be good.”

Mary Jo Coady first noticed the image Sunday when she walked into her daughter’s room.

The brownish residue on the bottom of the iron looks like the face of a man with long hair…

Jesus is everywhere!

• Our Wiener Story Of The Day: Asylum‘s Makes Big Hot Dogs:

Mustard On A WienerLike us, you probably die a little inside every time you see a regular hot dog and realize it can’t feed 49 other people.

The good people at (otherwise known as share our indignation over the sad state of phallic meat and created the aptly named Big Hot Dog, a $40 wiener that weighs in at 7 lbs. and is 16 inches long and 4 inches in diameter.

If you can handle being horribly emasculated by your food, you can have one made to order on Tuesdays right in Chicago and invite over a group of friends presumably to slice of chunks of wiener sandwich, as it contains 50 servings…


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!  

Autumn Sandeen

Autumn Sandeen