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You know, I was all ready to take advantage of the open topic and write a nice little slice of life piece....you know....here's a week in the life of a Hollywood actress when you're not famous (yet). it's not as glamorous as you might think. Then, the Supreme Court of this fine country decided to put us all in a time-machine to the 1950s this morning with the Hobby Lobby decision.

It got me mad.....really mad & since I haven't found a way to punch a corporation in their fugly face despite their new-found "individual" status, it's probably just better that I vent here. Plus the state of California still considers such violence this little thing called "assault & battery".

It also made me grateful, but we'll get to that later

I'm mad because i feel the highest court in the land has basically implied that women are second-class citizens. I'm mad at the hypocrisy that is Hobby Lobby....denying women birth control yet covering vasectomies for men. They're against birth control, but the company's retirement plan invests in contraception manufacturers. They do business with China (the biggest abortion country in the world). There's also the whole opening a store in a predominantly Jewish neighborhood and then not carrying Jewish holiday items "we don't cater to you people" (hmmmm, isn't Love Thy Neighbor one of those Christian Commandment thingies? I guess it means love thy neighbor....but only if they are Christian. It's so hard to get the fine print right on stone tablets all those years ago.)

Hobby Lobby accused of anti-Semitism over lack of menorahs, Chanukah decorations

God, don't you just love hypocrites? (though I'm sure they have no problem taking money from their female shoppers who are on birth control....ah, the hypocrisy. it's maddening.)

I'm livid because it brings us back to the importance of the #YesAllWomen. I think my friend, Caileigh, said it best when she said: "it's not about contraception, it's about denying women the ownership of their sexuality."

The pill isn't just about birth control either. Personally, it's kept my miniscule fibroids from escalating into a painful debilitating condition and reduced my risk of certain cancers that have run in my bloodline. And there were times I had to go off it because I didn't have insurance or I couldn't pay for it out of pocket (sometimes at $50+ a month) because I didn't have a job or my job paid so little that rent, food and gas in the car had to be more of a priority. (pretty sure that most Hobby Lobby employees make minimum wage).

I'm angry because of the slippery slope that this ruling creates. Again, Caileigh brought up a valid point on twitter: "The danger is that now any company can employ "religious objections" to deny its employees, male or female, basic rights or health care."

What's next? denying kids' vaccinations or someone's cancer treatments because that's "against god's will"?

Of course, i'm trying to be more positive in life (that was my goal for this year. Not to be so bitter, cynical & negative at times)....finding the silver lining, stuff like that, attract positive energy. therefore, i'm grateful.

I'm grateful that my parents did not shove a bible down my throat and allowed me to make my own decisions about my body (both physically & mentally) once I turned 18. They do not always approve, but they respected that I was a responsible adult to make those decisions.

And, after judging by some of the Facebook comments I received about talking about picketing a Hobby Lobby, I'm grateful that the universe allowed me the opportunities to get the hell out of the closed-minded area of Ohio that I grew up in. i don't think that everyone there is closed-minded. It just that some things are ingrained since birth there and they pass from generation to generation to generation. There is no way I could ever live there on a full-time basis again. I'd lose my damn mind. I'm too much a free thinking. Too open-minded. it's not my place to thrust my beliefs on you and vice versa. I find myself often "agreeing to disagree" with a lot of people who I went to high school with. At times, however, I've just had to say "enough" and delete people I went to high school with off my Facebook....especially with some racial comments (thank you for the invite to the KKK-esque rally, but I think I'll take a pass and we're done!). A few more had to say goodbye with (as they call it) the "gay agenda" and gay marriage....I just couldn't be friends even on the social media or associate myself with homophobes considering that I work in the modeling/acting business where I work with homosexual people on almost a daily basis....they're my wardrobe people, makeup artists, photographers, etc. I certainly can't preach the hypocrisy of a corporation and then be a hypocrite myself by associating myself and my "brand" with people basically spewing intolerance.

I'm grateful that not every judge on the SCOTUS wants to rule over my uterus. I have an even greater love and respect for the intelligence of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (just tell me you're an immortal and live forever). She dropped some serious shade in her dissenting statements. I love it.

I guess I should be going now....I mean, what am I even doing writing this? I should probably be in my kitchen preparing dinner & a pie to have it ready when the man of the house comes home from work at 5pm. Have to make sure there is enough ice in the freezer so that I can prepare his martini as he pulls his car into the drive.

Yeah, right.....fuck that shit! I'm going to baseball game tonight & drinking a beer! (and shopping at Michael's for all my crafty needs....oh wait, I already do!)

And I just noticed how political my blog is becoming based on this entry and the previous one. (non-contest entry). I promise I'll step down from my soapbox and get back to being a funny sporty smart ass shortly.

Comments

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mallorys_camera
Jul. 1st, 2014 12:36 am (UTC)
Amen, Sister.
aimercat
Jul. 3rd, 2014 08:19 pm (UTC)
thank you
roina_arwen
Jul. 1st, 2014 03:48 am (UTC)
Word, yo. :)
aimercat
Jul. 3rd, 2014 08:19 pm (UTC)
love that icon of yours. who doesn't love a clapping bear? bears with clap, though....another story.
kickthehobbit
Jul. 1st, 2014 03:54 am (UTC)
Hey now, there's nothing wrong with being on a soapbox as long as you have something worthwhile to say—and you clearly do. :)
aimercat
Jul. 3rd, 2014 08:20 pm (UTC)
woooo! I feel all sudsy
halfshellvenus
Jul. 1st, 2014 07:05 pm (UTC)
My three years in the Midwest, after growing up on the West Coast, were a culture shock. The provincialism about even other ways of thinking was just rampant.

I had not heard about Hobby Lobby's refusal to acknowledge other religious holidays, though it doesn't surprise me. I don't think they should be required to stock decorations for other faiths... but I also don't feel at all obligated to shop there. Ever.
aimercat
Jul. 3rd, 2014 08:21 pm (UTC)
Not a requirement, but one should consider their demographic when opening a store. I mean, don't companies spend thousands on researching how to maximize profit and also use that to determine where to open a store location?
az_starshine
Jul. 2nd, 2014 03:02 am (UTC)
Ugh. This Hobby Lobby thing has made me absolutely furious. My husband and I are on totally different sides of this. We're both Christians, but he's a lot more conservative than I am, and I'm the rare pro-choice, feminist, liberal Christian. We're about as common as blue moons, but there are a few of us out there who do actually exist. This is a war against women, and it's bullshit. They have no right to hide behind their faith while treating corporations like people and women like third class citizens. SCOTUS should be ashamed of themselves. That being said, I'm sure that Hobby Lobby is the Chic-Fil-A of craft stores.
kagomeshuko
Jul. 2nd, 2014 04:49 am (UTC)
I read some and debated some on this. I'm not siding with Hobby Lobby. Just that they do set their own minimum wage and it is much higher than the national minimum wage. I think the article said something like on average, it is 93% higher.

They are against birth control that they see as abortion. There are about four of those. It's not all birth control.

However, they still invest in those companies. That's definite hypocrisy. I had no idea about the Jewish thing. That's awful. A good Christian knows that Christian heritage came from Judaism and that the Jews were God's original chosen people. Just because Christians believe Jesus came, why would God not keep His promise to the Jews?

I can't believe they do that. I'm liking them less and less.
aimercat
Jul. 3rd, 2014 08:24 pm (UTC)
the hypocrisy on so many levels blows my mind.
eternal_ot
Jul. 2nd, 2014 07:13 am (UTC)
A good rant...and hope there is some protest and they change back the rules..agree on most of the things you said here..Hope you had an awesome weekend..:D it does sound awesome by the look of it..;)
aimercat
Jul. 3rd, 2014 08:24 pm (UTC)
thanx
catwomon
Jul. 2nd, 2014 08:19 pm (UTC)
I love the way you think and the way you wrote this. It had to be said, and I'm so on the same page as you, but you put it out there for people to see and agree with or not. Keep saying things that need to be said!this
mistearyusdiva2
Jul. 3rd, 2014 05:02 am (UTC)
Ok that was some heavy read .... I hate it too when women are treated as second class citizens or like in this situation denied the opportunity to make decisions regarding their own body ... Hmmm I hate it when people think we are incapable of making the right decision ... Sigh !!!
aimercat
Jul. 3rd, 2014 08:25 pm (UTC)
the same women who are the primary spenders in their stores.
redqueenofevil
Jul. 3rd, 2014 08:12 pm (UTC)
I didn't know about the anti-Semitic ordeal with Hobby Lobby. That really sucks. Even In-N-Out extends the olive branch during the holidays.

You are totally right about this decision paving the way for more lawsuits asking for breaks due to religious beliefs. Yesterday, lawsuits cropped up claiming that hiring LGBT people violated their religious freedom. Honestly, I can't help but wonder how these judges sleep at night.


Luckily we don't have Hobby Lobbies in Southern California. They will never see a dollar from me.
aimercat
Jul. 3rd, 2014 08:17 pm (UTC)
oh to the contrary...they are attempting to open one in Burbank (along with Walmart trying to open there as well)...that oughta go over really well there.
aimercat
Jul. 3rd, 2014 08:18 pm (UTC)
did you see the guy in SC who said it's against his religion for his restaurant to serve black people? yep...slippery slope has begun.
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