Saturday, December 6, 2014

Intersex Wars

In 2009, law professor and former Nominated Member of Parliament Thio Li-Ann  cancelled a planned teaching stint at New York University's School of Law, after the school's students, alumni and faculty members protested her suitability to teach a course on human rights law in Asia. Something about her fearing for her own safety.

On Wednesday a group of 78 civil society members protested against the European Union (EU) for inviting Thio to speak at the closed-door seminar on "The Role of the Judiciary in the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights" to mark Human Rights Day. Thio Li-Ann showed up as planned. After all this is her home ground, and her mummy is Thio Su Mien, self proclaimed "Feminist Mentor" listed on page 73 of a women's movement publication as former Dean of the Faculty of Law of the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Thio's own provocative pronouncements include the memorable line, "Anal-penetrative sex is inherently damaging to the body and a misuse of organs, like shoving a straw up your nose to drink." That was her speaking in 2007, arguing in favour of the continued criminalization of adult consensual same sex relations in Singapore. For males, that is. That's nothing in 377A about females shoving stuff up their body cavities. What Cyndi Lauper probably meant when she sang "girls just wanna have fun".

The miracle about what happened at the event at Conrad Hotel on Thursday is that the gay rights activists were holding placards and a rainbow flag smack in front of the stage where Thio was speaking, and nobody was arrested for heckling. Somebody must be trying hard to figure out whether special needs children were involved in the rare demonstration in a Singapore where a single person standing is defined by law as an illegal assembly. The spokeswoman for the EU delegation was definitely not complaining, "The EU delegation has made it clear to participants that it will continue its established dialogue with civil society, including with members of the LGBTI community."

The "I" in LGBTI refers to "Intersex", a general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a sexual anatomy that doesn’t seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male. Interesting, like a boy with girl parts, or a girl with boy parts. 377A is so in need of a rewrite. The other interesting observation is how combative conservative religious folks can turn out to be. So much for peace on earth and goodwill to all men.

12 comments:

  1. Singapore Aunty12/06/2014 10:24 AM

    how can someone who is academically intelligent be so uneducated about nature ? she should watch nature documentaries to learn more about life (human and non human).

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    1. Brain screwed up royally by religion.

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    2. When your mother calls herself Feminist Mentor;
      It's probably in the genes.
      Hereditary.

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    3. "how can someone who is academically intelligent be so uneducated about nature ? she should watch nature documentaries to learn more about life (human and non human)."

      What can you expect from PAP lackey and sycophant ?

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  2. She has been steadfast in her beliefs.
    No flip-flopping
    That is good, unlike moving targets.

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    1. I guess it runs in the family. They are either dead wrong or dead right:

      "Last February, a USSPN Washington Regional Coordinator was present during a report given by an international lawyer from Singapore, Thio Su Mien (Su), who is gifted in prophetic intercession and healing. She shared about some of the things going on in the area of Indonesia before the tsunami.

      She explained how the SARS virus hit Singapore a year prior to the earthquake/tsunami. The Lord alerted the intercessors and told them that if they did not get on their faces and repent on behalf of their nation's involvement in abortion as the contraceptive of choice, that the land would suffer from His hand of judgment."

      http://www.elijahlist.com/words/display_word.html?ID=2997

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    2. Hitler had been steadfast in his beliefs.
      No flip-flopping
      That is good, unlike moving targets.

      On the other hand, Winston Churchill changed his mind when presented with new facts.

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    3. "People who are open-minded are willing to change their views when presented with new facts and evidence."
      - there is a difference between being steadfast and stubborn

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    4. The world's record flip-flopper was the old fart. When he was the Opposition he believed in Democracy, when he took power he believed in Autocracy. It's just going with the flow.

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  3. A person invited to speak is being combative, no sure what delusions are involved.
    The combative are those who decided to protest although they were not invited to speak .
    Wow, what doublespeak by those who profess freedom of speech but wishes to silence those who do not agree to their self proclaimed correct thoughts especially in the article above.

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  4. The only time you will see a person is actually real and stand for his/her beliefs is when u put a gun in his/her hands...put her in the frontline with real enemies out to kill them....

    Then we will actually see the true character and actual intelligence of that person.

    No flip flopping when one physical safety is threaten. As simple as that.

    Only when one is safe behind many others who take the hit/do the actual self sacrificing...you see the flip and the flops.

    zzz

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    1. As Shakespeare wrote in Julius Ceasar...

      "Cowards die many times before their deaths;
      The valiant never taste of death but once. "

      Yet it is cowards that rule the land and heroes lie beneath it.

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