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  • Texas Bill Prohibiting Male Masturbation Moves Closer To Becoming Law

    APRIL 8, 2017 BY MICHAEL STONE

    A proposed bill in Texas that would impose a fine for male masturbation is making its way through the state’s legislature.

    House Bill 4260, called the “Man’s Right to Know Act,” would punish male masturbation with a $100 fine, and require men who want Viagra to be subject to a rectal exam.

    The bill, filed earlier this year by Texas legislator Rep. Jessica Farrar (D), was referred to the House State Affairs Committee on Tuesday.

    By focusing on male masturbation, the proposed legislation is an obvious attempt to satirize and draw attention to the unreasonable and dangerous policy proposals concerning women’s reproductive freedom coming from the Republican Party.

    Commenting on her bill, Rep. Farrar told mysanantonio.com:

    A lot of people find the bill funny. What’s not funny are the obstacles that Texas women face every day, that were placed there by legislatures making it very difficult for them to access healthcare.

    Farrar is a vocal abortion rights activist, with a long record of opposing legislation in Texas hostile to women’s reproductive freedom.

    The Statesman reports the details of the new legislation prohibiting unregulated male masturbation:

    The bill calls “masturbatory emissions” an “act against an unborn child, and failing to preserve the sanctity of life.”

    The bill also contains provisions that would also put restrictions on vasectomies, Viagra prescriptions and colonoscopies, including:

    • The state must create an informational booklet called “A Man’s Right to Know” that contains information and illustrations on the benefits of and concerns about those three treatments. A man must review the booklet before going through with any of them.
    • A man must receive a rectal exam and an MRI of his rectum before any of the three treatments.
    • A man would not be able sue a doctor for refusing to provide those treatments or another procedure if the procedure violates the doctor’s “personal, moralistic, or religious beliefs.”
    • A doctor must obtain consent from the man before providing the treatment, and the man may give it only if he waits at least 24 hours after the doctor’s visit.
    • The state must establish a registry of nonprofit organizations and hospitals that provide abstinence counseling, a supervising physician for “masturbatory emissions,” and semen storage.
    • “Masturbatory emissions” must be stored for the wife for conception.

    The Statesman also notes that current state law “requires that doctors distribute to women considering an abortion the ‘A Woman’s Right to Know’ booklet, which contains illustrations of gestational periods and the risks and side effects of abortions. Women also must wait 24 hours after receiving the booklet and must undergo an ultrasound before the procedure. Abortion of a viable fetus can bring a penalty of at least five years in prison.”

    Earlier this week former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton praised Farrar for promoting the proposed new legislation.  After praising Farrar while speaking at an Annie’s List luncheon in Houston on Friday, Clinton opined:

    I don’t know. The bill may be satirical but the message sure resonated.

    Bottom line: Turnabout is fair play. By focusing on male masturbation House Bill 4260 demonstrates the absurdity and cruelty of the constant and ongoing effort by Republicans to demean and stigmatize women in their pursuit of reproductive health care.

    Texas State Capitol (Image via Wikipedia)
    Texas State Capitol (Image via Wikipedia)



  • Maryland Lawmaker Apologizes For Calling Majority-Black County A ‘N****r District

    Del. Mary Ann Lisanti (D-Harford), who is white, reportedly said “everyone has used” the slur.

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    By Hayley Miller

    Maryland Del. Mary Ann Lisanti (D-Harford) is accused of using a racial slur to describe majority-black Prince George's Count
    Maryland Del. Mary Ann Lisanti (D-Harford) is accused of using a racial slur to describe majority-black Prince George’s County. 

    A Maryland lawmaker apologized Tuesday for using a racial slur to describe a majority-black county in suburban Washington.

    Del. Mary Ann Lisanti (D-Harford), who is white, allegedly told a white colleague late last month at an Annapolis cigar bar that campaigning in Prince George’s County on behalf of another candidate amounted to door-knocking in a “nigger district,” reported The Washington Post.

    Prince George’s County, with a population that is 65 percent black, is one of the most affluent majority-black counties in the U.S., according to the Census Bureau. Harford is 80 percent white.

    Lisanti apologized for her “word choice several weeks ago.”

    “I am sickened that a word that is not in my vocabulary came out of my mouth,” she said in a statement. “It does not represent my belief system, my life’s work or what is my heart.” 

    Lisanti also apologized to the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland on Monday. She said she did not recall using the slur and offered an “inadequate” apology, the caucus said in a statement on Tuesday. 

    “It is clear Delegate Lisanti is unsuited to continue in a position of leadership in the Maryland General Assembly,” the black caucus statement said. “The use of a derogatory term exhibits that she does not hold the requisite contrition to be entrusted in a leadership role moving forward.”

    Lisanti announced Tuesday that she had also apologized to the entire House Democratic Caucus and had agreed to stepped down as chair of the unemployment insurance subcommittee on the House Economic Matters Committee after meeting with House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel).

    Busch said in a statement Monday that Lisanti must “face the consequences of her behavior.” He did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for further comment.

    The Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland also called on Lisanti to undergo racial sensitivity training, which she said she would attend.

    “I understand that the use of inappropriate and insensitive language is not acceptable under any circumstance,” she wrote in her statement. “I am sorry for the hurt I have caused and will do everything I can to help heal that pain and regain the trust of my colleagues and constituents. I pray for forgiveness.”

    The Post questioned Lisanti earlier this month about whether she used the slur, but she claimed she couldn’t “recall much of that evening.” Asked if she believes she’s ever used the word, Lisanti said she was “sure” she had.

    “I’m sure everyone has used it,” she told the Post. “I’ve used the f-word. I used the Lord’s name in vain.”

    Del. Darryl Barnes (D-Prince George’s), who chairs the Black Caucus, applauded Busch for taking swift action against Lisanti. He condemned her use of the racist slur and her comments to the Post that she was “sure” she had used the term in the past, but Barnes stopped short of calling for her resignation.

    “Racism is just as prevalent today as it was in 1950 ― it’s just a sugarcoated form,” Barnes told HuffPost.

    “This is not a one-time incident. This is a behavioral pattern ― those are her words,” he said. “She has to take a real close look in the mirror and do a judgment call … and decide whether she should stay in the General Assembly or if should she move on.”

    This article has been updated with Lisanti’s apology and Barnes’ comments. 

    Source: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/mary-ann-lisanti-racial-slur-apology_n_5c757bd4e4b03a10c232b9c5?section=politics&utm_source=main_fb&utm_medium=facebook&ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063&utm_campaign=hp_fb_pages&fbclid=IwAR0XH88Q5zznwv1Vc2h6_yMb7BrgsRrBP1pX50QLrgwz1MD9ZP0JD9dyB1E