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BREAKING NEWS: Gays Can Marry and the Earth Hasn’t Fallen Out of Its Orbit


gay marriage did not cause apocalypse such as asteroid heading toward earthWith the landmark decision by the Supreme Court of the United States legalizing gay marriage last Friday, June 26, 2015, one would think only celebrating and rejoicing would be heard throughout these 50 states, which are founded upon the principles of “liberty and justice for all”. However, one does not have to look far to see the glaring reminder of the right-wing religiosity that plagues American culture and politics.

The vile response by evangelicals and fundamentalists has been most prevalent on social media with an extra helping of crazy being bandied about in the news media. The past seven days have offered a shocking reminder at just how deep the fundies’ misguided hate runs in this country. Lifelong friends have been unfriending and blocking each other. Preachers have threatened to light themselves on fire. Businesses have posted “No Gays Allowed” signs on their doors. Narrow-minded troglodytes everywhere have shown their true colors amidst the “rainbowification” of the United States.

The one thing that has not happened is the earth imploding, or falling out of the sky, or hell freezing over, or some other catastrophic calamity causing the end of life as we know it — even with the religious right prognosticating that marriage equality would end life as we know it. In fact, everything looks pretty normal from here … and I’m in the Red State of Mississippi. The marriage equality ruling was blocked by Governor Bryant — whose son is gay! — and Attorney General Jim Hood, but the people demanded their equality — backed by the Supreme Court, and won. Things are looking good here as gay and lesbian couples have been getting their marriage licenses around the state.

Amazingly, the LGBT community and allies have taken the high-road amidst all the vehemence spewed by so-called Christians. Yet, real Christians, who actually live by Jesus’ teachings of love and tolerance, do count themselves amongst the allies, and hopefully, they will drown out the cacophony of the religious nuts’ anti-gay and anti-equality rhetoric that has filled the media since Friday.

Sure, it’s a balmy summer’s day, but not because of the predicted fire and brimstone.

Apocalypse, anyone? Not today.

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ARTS: Become a Patron and Support My Work


Trish Causey - Become a Patron and Support My Work via http://www.Patreon.com/TrishCauseyArousedWomanBlog.com is a very popular blog, and I am so proud of that! I’ve worked very hard (and been through quite a lot!) in the past 3 years since I launched ArousedWoman and this blog.

As I’ve grown, so has this blog, and I love being able to help people. AWBlog has grown from my personal diary and attempt at online activism to a lively blog, radio show, YouTube videos, and the upcoming magazine (finally!) — all of which focus on the things that are important to me, from arts and activism, to health and fitness, and of course, sex and relationships.

All this content is time-consuming, but I LOVE IT! And keeping all these balls in the air requires hardware, software, equipment, and upgrades. This is where Patreon and you come in!

Patreon is a new platform for artists who create content on a frequent basis, and I’ve got a brand new page at www.patreon.com/TrishCausey. You’ve read my blog for a while now, probably listened to my radio show, interacted with me on Twitter and Facebook, and maybe even had one of your questions answered by me personally here on the blog, my radio show, or even YouTube.

I also record songs, voice readings, compose music, and teach lessons.

Now, you can support my work in a way that is super easy. You can choose to be a patron at $1/month, $3/month, $5/month, $10/month, or more. Check out the Rewards for each level, and just choose which one is right for you.

As a patron, you’ll be able to have special interaction with me, and the different Rewards’ levels offer various options for group hangouts, free stuff, patron-only exclusive content, first shot at new releases, and private 1-on-1 Skype sessions.

I can’t wait to count you as a patron of my work. Thank you for checking out my new page at Patreon!

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OpEd: Jon Stewart Nails It When Telling Caitlyn Jenner What to Expect as a Woman


Jon Stewart on Bruce Jenner Transformation into a Woman as Caitlyn JennerThe former Bruce Jenner was an Olympian and respected personality. The new Caitlyn Jenner is fodder for media outlets to either extol her bravery or ridicule her journey to what is still considered weak and inferior — being a woman.

Like many others, I posted the Vanity Fair cover on my Facebook wall, and comments ranged from, “She looks fabulous” to “Her breasts look real!” Today, in a restaurant, I overheard men talking about the “Jenner thing” (their word for all the media hype), and they referred to her as “it”. Not him or her, just “it”. Now that she is no longer a masculine specimen to behold and revere, she is just her looks, her breasts, and an oddity: an “it”.

Jon Stewart hit the nail on the head in his acerbic commentary on Jenner’s transformation, noting that now that she is a woman, the only thing people will consider is her “comparative fuckability”. The Olympic gold medal is in the past. Jenner’s accomplishments in the future rest solely on how attractive she is. Thank god, she’s thin. I mean, if she were trans and fat and ugly, there’s no telling how the media would have treated her…. Or would the media have cared at all?

Another aspect of this journey that fascinates people is Jenner’s penis, which she still has according to interviews she has given. It is customary for a transwoman to wait a year before making the decision to turn the penis and scrotum into a vagina. This is a huge decision, and the penis surgery will be irreversible once done.

People are fascinated by the genitals, and we all know how much men adore their penises. Nearly every monument men have left throughout history has been phallic, from Egyptian obelisks to the Washington Monument to New York skyscrapers. Men who are insecure about their virility due to size tend to overcompensate in other ways, leading to accusations of Napoleonic Syndrome. And let’s not forget all the ammosexuals who must prove their manhood by showing off their bigger, longer, powerful assault rifles at the grocery store.

The penis transformation of sexual reassignment surgery continues to boggle people’s minds — because a person lucky enough to be born with a penis certainly must be crazy to cut it off, right? Having a penis comes with so much entitlement in our world. In the 20th century, tobacco companies marketed cigarettes to women with the understated sell that having a cigarette meant women could finally have a penis, too. Women no longer needed to be jealous that they were penis-less. Therefore, a man giving up everything that embodies masculinity to become a woman is the punchline to a cruel joke because being feminine, being female, being a woman is obviously still looked down upon in our society.

To Caitlyn Jenner: I wish it were different, and I think you are incredibly brave to have gone through this whole ordeal so publicly. But to echo Jon Stewart, welcome to life as a woman in this vast expanse of patriarchy, where your looks matter more than your intellect, your abilities, or your heart.

I hope this pain you’ve endured will help others who are also in pain. Thank you for being a role model — whether you are wearing sneakers or heels.

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Ban on Gay Marriage in Mississippi


Gay-Marriage-EqualityToday, federal judge Carlton Reeves sided with two lesbian couples and an LGBT rights organization who had fought for marriage equality in the state of Mississippi. Technically, Mississippi is now a gay-marriage-friendly state! We weren’t LAST — hallelujah!

I always thought Mississippi was able to step up and not be LAST in the fight for LGBT rights such as marriage equality. This proves it is possible for Mississippi to be progressive. And I’m a marriage officiant, so let me know if you’re in the Magnolia State and want to get hitched!

The fight isn’t over, however, as the state has two weeks to file an appeal. Stay tuned for details.

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TOD: Please Support ArousedWoman: Arts, Activism, & Awakening


ArousedWoman ActivismTopic of the Day: Please support ArousedWoman!

I just wanted to let you all know what’s going on with ArousedWoman, my artsy-activism, and more.

After my run as a Congressional candidate ended (in June), I sort of shut down. The reality of the horrible state of American politics was almost too much. I was literally on my own. In fact, not one person in my family wished me well when I announced my candidacy or congratulated me on trying to work for the people when it was all over.

I am in the process of writing a short book about my time as a candidate because we canNOT stay where we are in this polarized political setting. Not only will the country not move forward, I am afraid we are moving backward at an alarming rate.

In the few months since then, I went back to school — I’m still a single mom, and I am back at work with my daily activism.

A friend who knew of my computer woes took pity on me and gifted me with a new laptop (I’m still getting the hang of Windows 8.1). If you’ve followed my posts on Facebook, you know I recently pulled the hard drives from my dead computer and am searching for enclosures to see if all my original works (music, writings, activisty stuff) are still there. Fingers crossed!

With this fancy new OS, I have to update all my software I use — and I even have to get a new microphone to be able to do my radio show, ArousedWoman Radio, because the laptop doesn’t have a mic jack. So I need to get a USB mic.

Anyhoo, I’m hoping you will support me now as you have in the past — either with a donation or sharing the word about the AW Activism donation page. I simply cannot afford all this myself, and I do believe I am here for a reason. Maybe not for Congress, but definitely for speaking up for women’s rights, the disenfranchised, the poor — the people whose basic rights are negated every single day. Not only am I a vocal activist for a variety of human rights causes, I try to incorporate solutions into every artistic work I create. Without offering solutions, it would all be just complaining, which solves nothing.

Bottom line, I need financial support to get my works out there to the masses. If you can donate now to support my work (music, writings, upcoming books, the return of my radio show!), I will be very grateful. And if you’d like to set up a recurring (monthly) donation, we can do that, too. (I miss those old days when artists had patrons who supported their work! :-) )

I know some people are looking for a great cause to donate to here at the end of the year, and I think my work qualifies. If you would like to see links to what I do as an artist, here’s a link to one of my shows: Witchcraze.com, and the music player has song samples from “Witchcraze” and “Herstory”. (Scroll down on the music player.) And check out the gallery of pics below!

I am in the middle of writing several books: one on my campaign, a novel that deals with American Indian rights issues, and one on personal development. I am also looking to fund some stage concert readings of my musicals “Witchcraze” (set during the Salem Witch Trials and deals with women’s rights, protection of the First Amendment, and tolerance for people who are considered different) and “Herstory” (highlights women who affected world events but didn’t always make the his-story books), as well as my one-act opera, “Two Hearts”, which explores LGBT issues, including marriage equality, and my requiem which is based on a couple of the gospels that were purposely left of out the bible by the early church fathers.

I need to raise $600 by the end of November, and another $1,500 by the end of December, so that I can get my books ready for publication in January, as well as get the equipment I need to get my radio show back on the air in January. I also need to upgrade this blog, but that’s a wish on the backburner for now.

If you’d like to support my musical or literary works specifically, message me for the link. It’s still tax-deductible. :-)

So, I am humbly asking for your support. Check out the various Rewards listed, which include a subscription to ArousedWoman Magazine, ad-space, one-on-one teaching, and more! Donate here.

I truly appreciate your help. As I say on Twitter, “Activism doesn’t get a day off.” The way things are going, it looks like we need to work even harder to ensure our rights are supported and protected.

THANK YOU! :-)
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