A Nicer Spin on It

I just finished watching a documentary on pit bull breed bans called Beyond the Myth, and it touched frequently enough on how people see pit bulls as related to drug dealers and “”“thugs!!”“” and that’s part of the reason they’re so vehemently targed by breed discrimination and like

it’s so obviously related to which social classes tend to own what breeds, especially since “pit bull” isn’t actually a breed in the sense of an exact kennel club breed standard but is a term that covers a few breeds plus mixes of them, so hey guess what social class usually winds up with super friendly mixed breed rescues and not $1500+ designer breeds mixed with poodles? AND enacting blanket legislation against the breed is even worse for lower class families who can’t fight in court for their rights even when their dog ISN’T a pit bull, or they don’t have the time and resources to claim and relocate and prove it was relocated within the brief span of time before it’ll be put down. Breed bans are just so convenient for the government to be able to claim they’re solving a dog violence issue while just causing trouble for many innocent citizens without the power to fight back all while not actually statistically speaking helping at all

The documentary also touched on service dogs, and how pit bulls are a good breed because they’re compact and yet quite strong which I’d never thought about, plus generally v friendly and motivated. An interviewed veteran with a pit bull service dog recounted how they refused to register his service dog in the first place when they found out it was a pit bull, and the person told him to his face that he wasn’t disabled if he wasn’t deaf or blind. (I believe he got legal representation and won.) 

Obviously I also agree that breed bans are stupid on account of dangerous dogs/poorly trained dogs, not dangerous breeds, but also sociologically speaking it’s clearly related to social class and race and the media’s portrayal of who owns the dogs and the history of linkage with dog fighting rings and who was/is involved with those.

I was actually rather dissatisfied with how the documentary only interviewed pleasant, primarily middle class, suburban, primarily white dog owners. I think sometimes there’s a desire to rebrand negatively viewed breeds, like “Pit bulls aren’t just fighting ring dogs, they’re loving family members of Normal, Civilized families just your Your Neightbors!” And while that might solve some breed ban issues, it doesn’t address the fact that the negative stereotypes came from human-based social inequalities, nor does it fairly address the fact that many inner city, lower class, or just general /people/ that make the nice suburban rebranders uncomfortable should be allowed to own whatever the hell kind of dog breed they want because the percentage of people actually with dangerous dogs and in fighting rings? has got to be tiny. 

Anyway, that was just your weekly helping of random thoughts on animal rights and social justice crossover.

October 22 2014, 01:49 AM

October 22 2014, 01:04 AM

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I had a huge midterm report due for the research capstone project I’m leading today, only it turns out she didn’t want a midterm progress report, she actually wanted a rough draft of the technical paper that will be written about this research. Not a single one of us picked up even a hint of that. So that was a really fun hour of being told we need more diagrams, more precise writeups, more organized sections, in fact this doesn’t look at all like a technical paper. 8)  The funniest part is that we would’ve been scheduled to start rough drafts of some sections this week if she hadn’t suddenly asked for a midterm report.

I just want to sleep until I don’t feel like I keep fucking up at basic human communication or until my comp parts come which looks like tomorrow

Anytway though I had an interesteing dream where the new Pokemon generation allowed customization of Pokemon colors within a subset of markings and colors for each species, and there were aspects including travel to all regions of the world (our world, or our map anyway) unlocking differen tthings per region, and it was just really cool. Ideal game: Pokemon with breeding genetics that affects appearance too

October 21 2014, 11:32 PM

damnitfeelsgoodtobeafangirl:

"Next time, I’m learning that telekinesis spell.."
I wanted to draw a cute witch girl so yeah

damnitfeelsgoodtobeafangirl:

"Next time, I’m learning that telekinesis spell.."

I wanted to draw a cute witch girl so yeah

October 21 2014, 04:00 PM

  • Classmate: So, how far along are you in this project?
  • Me: LAUGHS NERVOUSLY AND LOUDLY
  • Classmate: OH GOOD, I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE.

October 21 2014, 02:25 PM

October 21 2014, 12:52 PM

beezeeart:

Due to popular demand, two new galaxy bats are up in my store. One is made of anti-pill fleece and the other of minky. The galaxy fabric is a printed cotton sateen.

You can find them in my Etsy store.

October 21 2014, 12:36 PM

Okay I’m finally doing it

opens a doc to start FE:A shippy fanfics

October 21 2014, 12:44 AM

October 19 2014, 10:16 PM

leareth-svraiel:

jedavu:

Table Topography: Wood Furniture Embedded with Glass Rivers and Lakes by Greg Klassen

I want one for my apartment

October 19 2014, 04:00 PM

embersownmatt:

Omg, my professor from my Gender and Sexuality in World Film seminar just emailed me about how I got salty last class about Cloud Atlus not having any lesbian relationships. With his points about why that’s okay for this movie. 

"But the book didn’t have lesbians!" I’m sorry I can’t hear you over how you already told us the directors drastically changed messages from the book. And how this is the discussion we should be having in class, in GENDER AND SEXUALITY IN WORLD FILM class, not discussions about how changing the ethnicity of the cast with makeup wasn’t racist.

And I’ve still been really salty all week about he dismissed me immediatly in class for bringing that up. Hahahaha now I get to email back a long arguement without being the overzealous asshole who brought it up first  8D Cuz it’s not the specific movie not having lesbians that bothered me, it’s our entire damn class not having anything other than homosexual men and heterosexual people. Our gender and sexuality in world film class. No lesbians or bisexuals. At all.

okaaY I MISSED THIS PARAGRAPH MY FIRST READTHROUGH

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October 19 2014, 12:15 PM

Omg, my professor from my Gender and Sexuality in World Film seminar just emailed me about how I got salty last class about Cloud Atlus not having any lesbian relationships. With his points about why that’s okay for this movie. 

"But the book didn’t have lesbians!" I’m sorry I can’t hear you over how you already told us the directors drastically changed messages from the book. And how this is the discussion we should be having in class, in GENDER AND SEXUALITY IN WORLD FILM class, not discussions about how changing the ethnicity of the cast with makeup wasn’t racist.

And I’ve still been really salty all week about he dismissed me immediatly in class for bringing that up. Hahahaha now I get to email back a long arguement without being the overzealous asshole who brought it up first  8D Cuz it’s not the specific movie not having lesbians that bothered me, it’s our entire damn class not having anything other than homosexual men and heterosexual people. Our gender and sexuality in world film class. No lesbians or bisexuals. At all.

October 19 2014, 12:09 PM

aesthic blog for long posts reblogged as links

October 19 2014, 02:25 AM