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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I was tempted to write something about Wendi Deng Murdoch kicking some serious ass yesterday at the parliamentary hearings in London, when that poor schnook protester tried to throw a pie in her hubby’s face...booya! As that boy learned the very hard way, Wendi is not about to let her man get punked! Hell no, son.
Apparently, Wendi used to play volleyball, which is pretty obvious when you watch her power slam the would-be attacker. Oh, snap! (Notice how I’m not saying anything bad about the lovely Mrs. Murdoch? I am 5’6”…she is 5’10: you do the math.)

So instead, I’m just going to make note of that fact that recently California’s Gov. Jerry Brown made history by signing a law, making California the first state to mandate that public schoolchildren learn about the contributions of people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered in social studies classes. (California law already mandates that schools teach about the contributions of women, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, African Americans and entrepreneurs, just to name a few.) I’m sure quite a few people are rolling their eyes at this, thinking how pathetically politically correct this is, blah blah blah. I'm also sure that quite a few kids are now going to be home-schooled because of this, but they'll probably all end up as some weird visionaries, rapping in Elvish, starting multi-million dollar corporations and winning MacArthur Genius Grants when they're like 23, so I'm not really worried about them. (My college roommate was home-schooled and she quilted, and had taught herself complicated mathematics and ancient Greek when she was oh, 5.)

Well, I don’t think I’m politically correct, but I am all about children being taught from an early age that there are many ways to live. I am all for anything that helps people start accepting themselves, and others, and saving themselves from years of unhappiness. It takes tremendous courage to accept yourself when you are in any way whatsoever different from the rigidly-defined mainstream…and if these social studies classes start some kids thinking differently about themselves and others, then right on. It will be a much better world when people are treated as simply people, and we are frankly indifferent to their sexuality, religion, ethnicity, horrible fashion etc.; when there aren’t still morons who think that a marriage between two people of the same gender somehow defiles the sanctity of marriage. (Do not even get me started. Two men or two women, in love, is somehow going to corrode your marriage, but child abuse, or spousal abuse or the fact that you watch "Nancy Grace," that doesn’t defile your marriage? That doesn’t make you equally angry? STFU! For reals, yo.) That will be a much better day for all of us, but we’re not there…yet.

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