27 Sep
2020

Polyamorous marriage in NZ

first_imgThe Daily Blog 2 April 2013Features writers such as Chris Trotter, David Slack Efeso Collins, John Minto, Keith Locke, Sue Bradford and moreWhen Bob McCroskrie stirred the pot by pointing out that we can’t call it ‘marriage equality’ if we’re not including anyone who wants to get married, many clever and supposedly intersectional activists went to a very strange place to prove Bob wrong. It’s entirely fair to focus this argument on same-sex marriage. This legislation at hand. This international movement of acceptance. But in order to do that, we don’t need to run screaming and emphatically separate ourselves from those poly people. Those people, who by the way, have not tried to ‘hijack’ this stage in marriage equality publicly once. Those people who are loudly supportive of queer marriage and waiting for their turn. Or, like many queer and straight folk, don’t personally want to get married, but don’t agree with a glaring legislative difference.To separate ourselves from McCroskrie’s attempts to derail and divide, all we have to do is ignore him. Because currently the only person who IS conflating this phase in marriage equality with poly marriage, is a dude who ran a nationwide campaign in support of child abuse. He is no one’s ally. So let’s not give him any time at the big people’s table. If this isn’t the fight we’re fighting, our responses to his attempts to mess with us from his tiny swivel chair in a basement laden with Christian motivational posters, should simply say that and move on. But for “marriage equality” activists to go to great lengths to emphasize that’s definitively not going to happen so please move along oh my god don’t conflate us with that argument, it’s too far out and weird and you’ve got the wrong people, these are not the droids you’re looking for is offensive. Tell me why, exactly, poly marriage isn’t something we shouldn’t be actively setting our sights for once this hurdle is over? Is it because of the slippery slope? Is it because of ‘the children’? Is it because amending legislation to enable it would be literally the hardest thing ever and we have never needed to amend those things before in the history of humanity? Because I’m pretty sure those arguments should be all too familiar to “marriage equality” activists.…Extending marriage to any informed consenting adult who wants to, should be something eventually incorporated in marriage equality. Unless you subscribe to the idea that loving, adult relationships should be prescribed and confined in accordance with…what, exactly? If you subscribe to that idea, then please, don’t talk about “marriage equality”. Talk about “same-sex marriage” because that is really all you stand for. If you’re at least broadly open to it, but you want to distance yourself from the poly discussion because you’re well aware that now is not the time, and that people do have super toxic hang ups about poly marriage, then sure. But do so with acknowledgement, at least internally, that you’re prioritizing this milestone over a discussion poly folk have been waiting for, and will continue to wait for. And maybe try not to spit in their face while you do it. http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/04/02/polyamorous-marriage/last_img read more

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8 Sep
2020

Jaguars create executive position to push for social justice

first_imgLast Updated: 27th August, 2020 06:56 IST Jaguars Create Executive Position To Push For Social Justice The Jacksonville Jaguars have created an executive position to lead the organization’s social responsibility mission LIVE TV First Published: 27th August, 2020 06:56 IST Associated Press Television News FOLLOW US Written Bycenter_img The Jacksonville Jaguars have created an executive position to lead the organization’s social responsibility mission.The small-market franchise on Wednesday named T-Neisha Tate its vice president of social responsibility and impact. She is responsible for directing the team’s desire to emphasize respect and to inspire and unify players, staff and fans to make a positive, meaningful impact on the community.Team president Mark Lamping says the Jaguars “have placed strong emphasis on social responsibility and racial equality, and the creation of this position is taking that commitment to an entirely new and appropriate level.”Jacksonville has the NFL’s only minority owner, Shad Khan.Tate grew up in Jacksonville and has worked for the team for more than eight years. She had been the director of programs for the Jaguars Foundation.Tate says she’s “humbled by the commitment the Jaguars organization has made to essential issues such as social justice and equity. I am honored to be leading the charge to better my community by leveraging the power of football.”She adds that her goal “is to be a role model for every Black and brown girl and woman whose possibilities and potential have yet to be realized.”Image credits: AP COMMENT WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

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14 Aug
2020

West Virginia’s lofty seeding in NCAA bracket preview suggests March Madness selections still need a tweak

first_imgSouth: No. 1 Baylor, No. 2 Louisville, No. 3 Seton Hall, No. 4 AuburnMidwest: No. 1 Kansas, No. 2 Dayton, No. 3 Florida State, No. 4 Michigan StateWest: No. 1 Gonzaga, No. 2 West Virginia, No. 3 Villanova, No. 4 Oregon And this matters, even though Saturday’s annual NCAA selection committee bracket reveal is neither official nor binding, because it does demonstrate how the committee is thinking and suggests at least part of the NCAA selection process is still amiss.What got West Virginia a No. 2 seed?MORE: Big Ten facing unprecedented parity this seasonCumulative high-level victories? WVU has a 4-3 record against Quad-1 opposition. Seton Hall is 7-4, Maryland is 6-4 and Florida State is 4-2. Extend that to Quad 2, and the Mountaineers are 10-4, same as Maryland, whereas Seton Hall is 12-5 and FSU is 9-3.Specific great performances? West Virginia’s best win was on a neutral court against NET No. 16 Ohio State. There are five Big Ten teams that can say they beat the Buckeyes. Minnesota did it twice. Wisconsin did it on OSU’s homecourt.By comparison, Seton Hall beat No. 9 Maryland at home and No. 11 Butler on the road. Florida State beat No. 7 Louisville in a true road game.Record? West Virginia’s 18-4 is better than Seton Hall’s 17-5, identical to Maryland’s and not as good as FSU’s 19-3.So what happened here? There are two explanations for West Virginia’s position, and neither is sufficient.One is straight computer rankings. West Virginia is No. 9 in the NET and No. 7 according to KenPom. That’s ahead of Seton Hall (No. 13 in both) and FSU (No. 14 in NET, No. 19 in KenPom), though only one spot ahead of No. 10 Maryland.If that’s to be a factor, though, why is NET No. 8 Arizona not even on the list as one of the top 16?NBA MOCK DRAFT: Edwards, Ball, Anthony battle for top spotIt’s more likely this: West Virginia has the No. 4 schedule and No. 5 non-conference schedule in Division I. This has been achieved in part because the Mountaineers played against NET No. 4 Kansas on the road. They lost. But a bigger component of that schedule rating is that they faced only two games in Quad 4.How can I put this diplomatically … So what?Does whether a team played three or five low majors say anything to you about its merit as an NCAA Tournament candidate? Three words you should never hear again in discussion of the selection process are “strength of schedule.” SOS is baked into every metric the NCAA acknowledges using (NET, KenPom, Kevin Pauga’s KPI) and every one it might employ.It’s apparent in the Quad system and each team’s performance against those levels of opponents. Strength of schedule should be banished to tournament history along with the RPI and the “last 10 games” factor.West Virginia might yet demonstrate it is worthy of a No. 2 seed — or better. It has games remaining against Baylor and Kansas and could meet either or both in the Big 12 Tournament.This is an excellent team, and West Virginia has earned significant recognition by the committee. And it doesn’t have great consequence that the Mountaineers are a No. 2 seed in a bracket projection the committee could trash on Monday if it wished, or that could be entirely usurped by the results of the next five weeks.The committee still binds itself to some obsolete or redundant tools, however, even as the RPI fades into the rear-view mirror. There’s no reason to avoid even greater progress.Key takeaways from NCAA bracket preview— The No. 1 seeds were no-brainers. No. 1 overall Baylor in the South, Kansas in the Midwest, Gonzaga in the West and San Diego State in the East. Duke athletic director Kevin White, the chair of the selection committee, said those four were unanimous top seeds and that there “was a bit of a separation between four and five.” The fifth team, according to White, was Duke, placed as the No. 2 seed in the East.— Gonzaga’s edge over San Diego State for the West Region No. 1 was surprising. The Zags are ranked behind the Aztecs in the NET and KenPom. The committee put weight on the Zags’ wins over Arizona and NET No. 19 Oregon, whereas SDSU’s top win is over No. 22 Creighton.— Maryland could continue to climb. Currently leading the Big Ten Conference, the Terps defeated Illinois on the road Friday night to claim first place in the league alone. Had they lost that game, they might have slipped, but NCAA vice president Dan Gavitt said, “They’re actually much closer to the 2 line.”— The Big Ten’s depth is hurting the league, as SN suggested. Only two teams were included among the top 16 seeds, Maryland as a No. 3 seed and Michigan State as a No. 4. Maryland has more Quad-1 wins than every team on the 2 line; so do Penn State, Iowa and Illinois. But they also have more defeats.NCAA bracket preview seeding by regionThe potential #MarchMadness Sweet 16? 👀#BracketPreview pic.twitter.com/yD1vXUoJ7o— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) February 8, 2020East: No. 1 San Diego State, No. 2 Duke, No. 3 Maryland, No. 4 Butler If you’re looking for a number, fact or occasion that justifies West Virginia being placed on the No. 2 seed line in the NCAA’s projected bracket for the 2020 edition of March Madness, you’re going to need to hydrate in advance. This is work.Because all the usual stuff that would justify that degree of respect — elevating the Mountaineers above such accomplished teams as Florida State, Seton Hall and Maryland — does not apply.last_img read more

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