Aiken Area Progressive

Progressive blog for the Central Savannah River Area.

Sarah Silverman wants to #NormalizeNudity

Los Angeles — Comedienne Sarah Silverman kicked off her Hulu show I Love You, America with full frontal nudity.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Ms. Silverman said what needed to be said: We need some real-life nudity in public places.

“When someone pitched the picture-the-audience-naked concept, I went, ‘Ugh, that’s so trite. You thought of that because you’ve seen it before on television,'” explained Ms. Silverman after the taping. “So we just leaned into that trope and made it into something totally, in my opinion, original.” And after all, this is a streaming service, not some broadcast network with strict standards and practices limits. “I wanted to take advantage of the fact that we are on a network where we can see nudity, clinical nudity.”

But that’s not the only reason Ms. Silverman had for filming the pair – a man named Scott and a woman named Stella – naked. She hopes to normalize nudity and told the cameraperson to pan down to the duo’s genitals. “It’s totally nonsexual nudity and yet it’s so jarring to see because we’re not used to it, especially in America. So I just got excited about showing clinical nudity — you know, a flaccid penis and balls and pubes and a vagina and just human, fleshy, beautiful bodies,” she said. “All it takes is exposure to be used to things.”

And that is precisely what the host hopes to give viewers in the decet of episodes in I Love You, America, so that the viewers are educated and change their thinking around nudity. “So much of closed-mindedness, hatred, intolerance is just a lack of exposure.” she continues, noting that oftentimes people who are more progressive tend to move to the coasts (i.e. Los Angeles or New York.) “And that leaves all the places we come from — New Hampshire, Iowa, Colorado, Nebraska — left without being exposed to different people.”

In the episodes that aired thus far, she visited a parish in Louisiana where a conservative family had never previously met a Jewish person. Also, Ms. Silverman sat down with a former member of Westboro Baptist Church.

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Trump gets rid of Obama-era rules on birth control – meaning bosses can legally ax women for simply possessing birth control pills

Washington, DC – Women can now be legally fired from their jobs simply for possessing birth control after the Trump Administration today nixed a rule about birth control that former President Obama had enacted five years ago.

Rewire’s Christine Grimaldi shared on Twitter a piece of the new rule the Trump Administration posted at 11:00 EDT.

https://mobile.twitter.com/chgrimaldi/status/916321656095821824

The rules that the Obama administration had enacted also allowed women to get birth control for little to no cost. That too, is gone, as of today, meaning that the price of birth control is about to skyrocket.

And if Trump, Trent Franks and Lindsey Graham have their way, women would also be prosecuted and jailed for up to five years simply for possession of birth control pills.

This is not about religious liberty or the “unborn” folks. This, as well as the proposed 20-week ban on abortion that passed the House on Tuesday, is about one thing and one thing only: A government takeover of women’s bodies and lives.

Baristas sue Seattle suburb over discriminatory ordinance

Everett, Wash. — A group of baristas are filing a lawsuit against this Seattle suburb after it passed an ordinance designed to discriminate against women and force the baristas to the unemployment line.

Everett recently passed one of the most anti-woman, anti-business measures the Seattle area has ever seen when they adopted an ordinance requiring any article of clothing they wear to be a minimum of three inches below the ass. Read the rest of this entry »

Irma closings for Monday and Tuesday

Here’s the list of closings for Monday and Tuesday:

• Aiken County – government, schools (Monday only) and Aiken-Barnwell Mental Health (Main and Hartzog centers)
• Allendale County – government and schools
• Augusta University
• Bamberg County – government and schools
• Barnwell County: Polly Best Center
• Barnwell County Government
• Barnwell School District 45
• Blackville School District 19
• Williston-Elko School District 29
• Bulloch County – government and schools
• Burke County – government and schools
• Claflin University
• Columbia County – government and schools
• East Georgia State College (all campuses)
• Edgefield County School District (Monday only)
• Emanuel County – government and schools
• Georgia Southern University
• Glascock County – government and schools
• Hampton County – government and schools
• Jefferson County – government and schools
• Jenkins County – government and schools
• Lincoln County Government
• McDuffie County – government and schools
• Orangeburg County – government and schools
• Paine College
• Augusta-Richmond County – government and schools
• Screven County – government and schools
• South Carolina-Aiken
• South Carolina-Salkehatchie (both campuses)
• South Carolina State University
• Taliaferro County – government and schools
• Voorhees College
• Warren County Government
• Wilkes County Government

Note: Government offices in all 159 Georgia counties are closed on Monday and Tuesday under the order of Nathan Deal

Tropical Storm Warning in effect for the whole Aiken Area

 

Hurricane-Irma-update-Barbuda-Saint-Barthelemy-and-Saint-Martin-battered-by-near-200mph-windsA Tropical Storm Warning is now active for all 22 Aiken Area counties. This includes cities such as Aiken; Allendale; Augusta, Ga.; Bamberg; Branchville; Crawfordville, Ga.; Gibson, Ga.; Girard, Ga.; Grovetown, Ga.; Jackson; Lincolnton, Ga.; Louisville, Ga.; Midville, Ga.; Millen; Monetta; Mount Carmel; Orangeburg; Springfield; Statesboro; Swainsboro, Ga.; Sylvania; Thomson, Ga.; Trenton; Washington, Ga.; Warrenton, Ga.; Waynesboro; Williston; and Yemassee.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that sustained winds of 40 mph or greater from a tropical system are expected. High Wind Warnings were issued for the Midlands and Central Georgia for such situations prior to 2016.

Wind speeds in Williston could gust as high as 60 mph throughout the 24-hour period Monday.

The maximum temperature in Williston on Monday is projected to be 64°f. Rainfall is expected to be at 3 to 4 inches from Irma.

Tornados are also a big threat.

The Tropical Storm Warning is active right now in Allendale, Bulloch, Emanuel, Hampton, Jenkins and Screven counties. The Tropical Storm Warning will be active for the remaining 16 local counties beginning at 17:00.

Irma will likely make its second landfall in the Lowcountry. Hurricane conditions expected in Williston and surrounding areas Monday night.

Looks like the absolutely worst possible outcome will come to fruition.

On Monday night, either Bryan, Chatham or Liberty County in Georgia, or Jasper or Beaufort County in South Carolina, will experience Hurricane Irma’s second landfall. From there, the storm is expected to head northwest or north-northwest – cutting into much of the eastern half of the Aiken area. Irma will not be downgraded to a tropical storm until it is north of Asheville, long out of Georgia and South Carolina. Read the rest of this entry »

#Surfacegate: Aiken Area Progressive is no longer recommending any Microsoft or Windows non-phone product

Redmond, Wash. – If you are among the few who have been living under a rock, you should know why this post is happening.

In August, Consumer Reports basically de-recommended all of Microsoft’s non-phone products, saying that almost one in every four Surface computers were returned because of various issues that popped up during the second year, usually right after the warranty ended.

We at Aiken Area Progressive agree with Consumer Reports magazine here.

In fact, we are going to go one step further: Simply do not buy any Windows PCs, Surface PCs or Xbox Ones.

Instead, buy these alternatives: Read the rest of this entry »

Henry McMaster punishes women further by forcing medical facilities to stop working with abortion providers

Columbia — Donald Trump’s closest ally in South Carolina, Henry McMaster, signed an executive order punishing the state’s women further.

The executive order requires state run medical facilities to cease doing business of any kind with abortion providers.

The state earlier ended its reimbursements to Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood swiftly slammed the out of touch governor:

“Planned Parenthood South Atlantic has provided annual exams, birth control, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and lifesaving cancer screenings- such as clinical breast exams and Pap tests- to women, men and young people in South Carolina for over 50 years.

Planned Parenthood does not receive Title X funding or any other grants through the state of South Carolina. We do serve patients who rely on Medicaid for their insurance, and provide basic healthcare to men and women who participate in the state health insurance plan.

Given this clear-cut information, today’s executive order issued by Governor McMaster is simply a political stunt. While he spends taxpayers’ time and money on scoring political points, Planned Parenthood South Atlantic will continue to focus on providing the wide-range of accessible, affordable health care services that our patients, and his constituents, rely on.”

Why feminists should embrace public nudity

On Saturday, August 26, people will observe it as the day women got voting rights.

Now, fast forward close to 97 years and women still are not even close to having equality in the United States.

We all know about the War On Women currently being waged by anti-choice extremists. But, this goes far beyond abortion. Nudity rights are in peril by conservatives in cities as well.

While public nudity is legal in 43 states, female toplessness in 48, and breastfeeding in all 50 – only 19 states actually give women the right to breastfeed anywhere she has a right to be (49 protect breastfeeding on paper, but most of them allow towns and cities to ban breastfeeding in public places).
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My fellow white Americans.

“THIS is ‘white people’ oppression: We used to be the only voice. Now we hold the only microphone. THIS is ‘white man’ oppression. We face criticism now. We were free from it, because others feared the consequences.

THIS is ‘oppression’ of white Christians in this country. Christmas used to be the only holiday acknowledged, now it’s not.

I would so love to see these people get all the oppression they insist they receive, just for a year. Just to see.

Give them a world where you ACTUALLY can’t say Christmas. A world where the name “Geoff” on a resume puts it in the trash. Give them a world where they suddenly get a 20% pay cut, and then 70 women every day tell them to smile more.

Give them a world where their polo shirt makes people nervous, so they’re kicked off the flight from Pittsburgh to Indianapolis.

Give them a world where they inherited nothing but a very real understanding of what oppression really fucking is.

Give them a world where if they pulled up on a campus with torches lit and started throwing hands, the cops would punch their eyes out. Put THAT in your Tiki torches and light it, you sorry Nazi bitches.

Source: My fellow white Americans.

Guys don’t tape your penis shut instead of using a condom

Also, stop listening to and stop reading InfoWars.

 

Source: Guys don’t tape your penis shut instead of using a condom

TOTALLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL is the only word needed to describe Ocean City’s emergency public nudity ban

Ocean City, Md. — The Ocean City government thought it would be a good idea to call an emergency session to infringe on the US Constitution.

In a lame attempt to cover their behinds, the town placed language in the ordinance claiming that “there is no constitutional right for an individual to appear in public nude or in a state of nudity”.

That argument will not fly in the Fourth Circuit as the 24-hour old ordinance violates four separate state and federal laws and amendments:

  1. A 2002 state law in Maryland not only repealed the state ban on public nudity, it also preempted all local ordinances that banned public nudity too. That means that as long as Ocean City is a part of Maryland, they are not allowed to prohibit public nudity. State law is unambiguous here.
  2. The exemption that allows for breastfeeding in public violates Article 46 of the state’s Constitution. It states:

    Equality of rights under the law shall not be abridged or denied because of sex (added by Chapter 366, Acts of 1972, ratified Nov. 7, 1972. Amended by Chapter 681, Acts of 1977, ratified Nov. 7, 1978).

    Again, for those who have difficulty comprehending: the breastfeeding exemption alone violates this Article. Add in the fact that this ordinance will not apply to topless men and you have a second violation of the Article.

  3. The ordinance violates the Free Exercise and Religious Freedom clauses of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. In recent years, federal courts have ruled that public nudity is protected speech, even with the O’Brien Test that was adopted in 1968. Public Nudity is also a religious freedom issue as covered in the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a law that came about after several Supreme Court rulings – Barnes being among them – that the federal government felt infringed on religious liberty. So, simply saying that there is no constitutional right to be naked in public may slide by with out of touch judicial activists, but such claims no longer cut it with the strict constructionalists former President Barack Obama appointed to the Fourth Circuit.
  4. This ordinance violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. As explained in #2, men are not required to cover up and breastfeeding is still allowed in the town.

As female nudity rights advocate Chelsea Covington put it, Ocean City believes they can violate the Constitution at will.

“Ocean City seems to feel that the Constitution does not apply to them, but a high court will decide,” she said.

Indeed. We will support Ms. Covington as she prepares her lawsuit against Ocean City. We expect that the town will be served wth the lawsuit first thing Monday morning.

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