Burkini, burqa, niqab, même combat !

Interdisons ces monstruosités dans l'espace public européen et aidons les femmes des pays islamiques (Golfe, Iran, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Malaisie, Indonésie, pays d'Afrique subsaharienne... et tant d'autres !) à se libérer de tous ces archaïsmes et asservissements religieux.
Héritiers de l'Europe des Lumières, cautionnons ou interdisons at home les pratiques d'un autre âge, religieuses ou coutumières, selon qu'elles sont en conformité ou en contravention avec les droits de l'homme, de la femme et de l'enfant. C'est à cette seule aune que peut être - et doit être - mesurée la légitimé de notre action.
Profitons-en pour interdire l'abattage des animaux de boucherie selon les rites halal et casher (qui impliquent une terrible et inadmissible souffrance animale), et prohibons sans dérogations possibles la mutilation sexuelle que constitue la circoncision des petits garçons à des fins confessionnelles (que les adeptes de cette pratique se fassent mutiler à leur majorité). Il me semble inutile de revenir sur l'excision des petites filles, tant la cause est évidente et entendue.
Le burkini est une atteinte au concept d'égalité entre les hommes et les femmes. En entendant certains commentaires, venant notamment d'une gauche autoproclamée qui se fourvoie en un combat douteux et, selon moi, munichois,  Simone de Beauvoir doit se retourner dans sa tombe.
A de très rares exceptions près (je pense à certaines occidentales récemment converties à un islam rigoriste), on ne porte pas un burkini : on le supporte. Comment vit-on sous une burqa ? Quel plaisir prend-on aux bains de mer et aux bains de soleil sur la plage emmurée dans un burkini ?
Si les femmes des pays islamiques concernés par ces diktats sartoriaux pouvaient réellement voter, à bulletin secret et sans crainte de représailles, je doute qu'elles plébiscitent les conditions de leur asservissement vestimentaire et, au-delà, de leur aliénation sociale. 
Vive la laïcité, non au retour du religieux !
Burkini, niqab et burqa, même combat : dehors !
Vous me trouverez très rarement en situation de défense des droits des femmes, alors profitez-en ! (another country, commentaire, le 26 août 2016)


Burkini : le monde à l’envers

Décidément, le débat sur le burkini est surréaliste. Prenez Agnès Gruda, de La Presse.
«Le burkini n’emprisonne pas les musulmanes, il les libère», a-t-elle écrit il y a quelques jours.
Pourquoi?
Parce que si le burkini n’existait pas, les femmes musulmanes ne pourraient pas aller à la plage ou à la piscine.
Donc, vive le burkini!
Le burkini, vêtement libérateur...
Mais par quelle logique tordue peut-on arriver à une conclusion aussi absur­de?
Des religieux ultramisogynes obligent les femmes à se couvrir de la tête aux pieds parce que leur corps est sale et on trouve ça libérateur?
L’Occident est vraiment tombé sur la tête!
On est rendu là.
Au lieu de pourfendre une idéologie arriérée qui étouffe les femmes, la go-gauche et le mouvement féministe vantent les vertus du voile et du burkini!
Heureusement que Simone de Beauvoir n’est pas en vie, ce débat la tuerait.
Jamais les militants de la go-gauche et les féministes ne tiendraient ce genre de propos si c’était des extrémistes catholiques qui obligeaient les femmes à se couvrir pour aller se baigner.
Ces gens descendraient dans la rue et condamneraient la misogynie du pape.
Mais parce que c’est une religion «exotique» et «orientale» qui contraint la moitié de l’humanité à porter un burkini à la plage, on trouve ça cool et «libérateur».
Il fut un temps où le mouvement féministe défendait les femmes. Aujourd’hui, le mouvement féministe défend une idéologie.
La haine de l’Occident est en train d’aveugler la gauche.
Les féministes devraient condamner d’une seule et unique voix la miso­gynie islamiste. Au lieu de ça, elles dépensent temps et énergie pour justifier l’injustifiable, sous prétexte que la misogynie orientale (qui est «culturelle») est plus acceptable que la misogynie occidentale (qui, elle, est «politique»).
Aujourd’hui, on dit que le burkini libè­re.
Que dira-t-on demain?
- Richard Martineau, Le Journal de Montréal, 22 août 2016











Source: The New Yorker (More here)



Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Twink


Fred Lyon - San Francisco


Fred Lyon - San Francisco | The Gallery at Leica Store San Francisco



Fred Lyon - San Francisco | The Gallery at Leica Store San Francisco



Fred Lyon - San Francisco | The Gallery at Leica Store San Francisco



Fred Lyon - San Francisco | The Gallery at Leica Store San Francisco


The Gallery at Leica Store San Francisco, in collaboration with Peter Fetterman Gallery, is pleased to present the photography of San Francisco native Fred Lyon (b. 1924). Opening August 1, 2016 and running through October 21, 2016, the exhibition will feature some of Lyon’s most iconic images of classic San Francisco.
Fred Lyon, a fourth generation San Franciscan, has accomplished a lot over his seventy-year career with his trusty mechanical film cameras and he continues to explore the medium to this day.

The photographs in Lyon’s exhibition, consisting of more than forty-five vintage and modern prints, represent work developed during San Francisco’s post-war transformation. At the time, the city was thriving and full of optimism, and one feels this energy in Lyon’s sweeping compositions. His subjects range from children and their elders, to musicians and painters, fishermen and servicemen. (Source: The Gallery at Leica Store San Francisco, August 2016. Read more)

Tyler Mcferson photographed by Hadar Pitchon
Tyler Mcferson by Hadar Pitchon



.身一ツをひたと苦になる暑哉


making my life
a total pain...
summer heat


- Kobayashi Issa (1822)

Marco Bellotti by Marco Conte
Marco Bellotti by Marco Conte


Marco Bellotti by Marco Conte


Danielle Sade by Michael Liani for Vanity Teen online!
Danielle Sade by Michael Liani for Vanity Teen online!

Danielle Sade by Michael Liani for Vanity Teen online!


So essentially French. The peristyle at Le Grand Trianon connects the east and west wings.
Palace of Versailles, Versailles, France.








Why I ride...





Edmund White photographed by Slava Mogutin for "Sissy Daddy" in Gayletter #4











Revisiting Photos That Find
Tenderness Amid Inequality


“Untitled, Shady Grove, Alabama, 1956.” Photograph by Gordon Parks
“Untitled, Shady Grove, Alabama, 1956.”
Photograph by Gordon Parks/Courtesy of and copyright The Gordon Parks Foundation.


Black Classroom, Shady Grove, Alabama, 1956.
“Black Classroom, Shady Grove, Alabama, 1956.”
Photograph by Gordon Parks/Courtesy of and copyright The Gordon Parks Foundation.


“Outside Looking In, Mobile, Alabama, 1956.”
“Outside Looking In, Mobile, Alabama, 1956.”
Photograph by Gordon Parks/Courtesy of and copyright The Gordon Parks Foundation.


“Untitled, Mobile, Alabama, 1956.”
“Untitled, Mobile, Alabama, 1956.”
Photograph by Gordon Parks/Courtesy of and copyright The Gordon Parks Foundation.

Gordon Parks’s “Segregation Story” images, first published in Life magazine in 1956, are as important today as they were 60 years ago.
Though the civil rights movement is most commonly associated with black-and-white photography, these images were shot on color film, and connect past and present in a more immediate way.
Parks brought an equally tender and frank eye to capture and honor the intimate, everyday moments of the Thornton family and their community in Shady Grove and Mobile, Ala., showing us how they managed to live “normal” lives in conditions that were anything but.
Moments of happiness, love and strength, like a church gathering or a family outing to the ice cream stand, take place under codified inequality. (The New York Times, Caroline Hirsch, March 24, 2016. Read more.)



"Truly heartbroken. But I will never give up on my dream of
being an Olympic champion." - Tom Daley (via his Facebook page)




heat wave sunset---
it looks cooler
than it is

- Fred Masarani (more here)


Gianluca by Nico Quinteros for Vanity Teen


Xavier Serrano


the paths of glory

The moment Tom Daley lost his gold medal.


Tom Daley has made a shock early exit from the Rio Olympics 10m platform diving, as he failed to make the finals, placing 18th, last, in the semi-finals today, with a score of 403.25.





Tom's performance today will leave many wondering, "What the hell happened?"
Was it over-confidence after his spectacular performance on Friday? That happens with the best of athletes, posting a personal best then turning around the next morning and flubbing the performance. Is there some of that element here? It's possible. Again, it happens to everyone at some point.
Was it all the attention he suddenly received overnight? Doubtful. Daley has been doing this for a long time, as he discussed in a great spot on NBC that aired Friday night. It's hard to believe this guy let the pressure and attention get to him.
Apparently Daley's fiance, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, rewarded his boyfriend after every successful round of diving with a chocolate bar. Maybe Daley is just tired of chocolate?
Daley explained it in a way that a lot of athletes can understand. Sometimes you just don't have the hot hand:
I truly am heartbroken, because I really do feel I'm in peak physical condition, and I could have gone out there and won tonight. It's really hard to accept how it went today.
When I'm up on the board, I'm completely present in the moment; today things just weren't clicking. I was giving it my all, I was so up for it today - training beforehand was really good, but in the competition it just fell apart.
It didn't feel any different, I guess my mind and body weren't connecting. I knew I had a shot on the last dive still, and I gave it my all, it just didn't happen today.'
Whatever the reason, fans will be shaking their heads, and the diving world will be long questioning how Daley, who finished with a bronze in London and looked like a solid bet for at least a top-five finish in the final, finished last in the semifinal.
Still, at only 22 years old, Daley is already thinking ahead to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Hopefully he can put today behind him, go win some World Championships and bring him an Olympic gold in four years. (Source: Outsports, Cyd Ziegler, August 20, 2016. Read more)
























"Le meilleur moment dans l'amour, c'est quand on monte l'escalier."