8 thoughts on “ETHS #129 The Little Engine That Couldn’t”

  1. Madge, are you sure about the hate speech legislation in Europe? Because I’m pretty sure in Germany there’s only legislation against Nazi-symbolism/iconography and denying the Holocaust, other than that, everything seems to be pretty fair game when it comes to Freedom of Speech. (But then again, I’m no lawyer…)
    I think there’s been a debate about anti-hate speech legislation, and including protection for minorities including LGBT, but I doubt that anything has been decided on yet. Maybe it has been delegated to a higher level at the EU…

  2. I’ve been really bad about commenting! I cannot tell you what a gift I consider your presence together on ETHS. Loving the insightful political, social commentary and the dialog. I really enjoyed the censorship social media convo. It baffles me that images like these: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=610702932279337&set=a.246642872018680.79788.244242748925359&type=1 don’t violate FB’s TOS. I imagine some clueless support admin thinks this is humorous.

    I fucking LOVE Tranma’s very self aware take on the world. I find it refreshing but then again maybe I’ve just been fed too much Baudrillarde or I’m just an old caustic queen myself.

    Thank you ladies!

  3. I’ve been wondering why there still is so much homophobia in eastern Europe. Russia may be the tip point with their law and homophobia and anti-gay-violence throughout (apparently) vast parts of society, but the situation for LGBT is very similar in e.g. Ukraine. The Polish government is struggling hard to finally get a civil union law passed, while western European countries (Spain of all places, France, the UK…) are moving way further with their equality legislation. Or remember the mob hunting for LGBTs after a Pride march in Split, Croatia about two years ago, or even worse in Georgia this year.
    I wonder, why is there such a divide through Europe, basically along the lines of the former Iron Curtain? Is it because LGBT-communities in Western European countries had some sort of liberation movement following Stonewall, presumably resulting in more visibility and general acceptance in society, whereas Eastern European countries did not? Or is the reason that they have different traditional role models of masculinity (and femininity), presuming that the feminist movement hasn’t been received in the same way it has been in Western Europe?

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