November 26th, 2012

Dear Facebook

In response to the new Facebook guidelines, which are barely distinguishable from the old Facebook guidelines, I hereby declare that my copyright is utterly invalid, because by the mere act of posting my personal details in a public forum, I have long since accepted that my right to privacy is worth less than a bucket of warm spit.

(Anyone reading this can copy this text and paste it on their Facebook Wall. This will place them under no protection whatsoever, but some people still believe in the efficacy of zinc-based cold remedies, and there's even less evidence for that.)

By the present communiqué, I notify Facebook that it is free to do anything it jolly well wants to do on the basis of this profile and/or its contents. The aforementioned waving of a white "surrender" flag also applies to employees, students, agents, henchmen, assassins, and/or any zombies under Facebook's direction or control. The content of this profile is no more private than the contents of a mobile phone call as the caller shouts to be heard over the roar of the city bus's engines. The violation of my privacy will be punished by nobody, no one, and nothing (4Q2 PDQ and the Rome Statute, whatever the hell that is).

Facebook is now, was then, and always will be a rapacious capitalistic overlord to which I have traded my privacy in exchange for a pleasant social service. All members are recommended to publish a notice like this if you have nothing better to do; or if you prefer, you may copy and paste this version. If you do not publish a statement at least once, you will publish it more than once, or never. There are no other choices.

How I wish I'd written this.

NYT on Lesbian Republicans
“Oh, we’re like unicorns,” said Erin Simpson, 51, who cites “personal liberty” as a fundamental value and teaches firearms safety in Tucson. Ms. Simpson, who came out in February, was “very disheartened” by Mitt Romney’s loss — one fueled, in part, by overwhelming gay support for President Obama.

There is no way to measure the true numbers, but gay activists say that in many cases, these “unicorns” were Republicans before they were gay — driven by conservative upbringings, economic issues and libertarian principles. They often did not acknowledge their sexual orientation, even to themselves, until middle age.

In interviews, these Republicans said they often feel like the odd women out, in their party and among other lesbians. But they are beginning to make their presence known, said Casey Pick, a program director and the first woman on the staff of the Log Cabin Republicans, a gay-rights group.

“There is a presence of mature, established Republican women who are being more vocal of late,” Ms. Pick said. ...

From the comments:
'... I worked with a Tea Party organization as an out lesbian and never experienced any negativity around my sexual orientation. To the contrary---I was welcomed. Yet, on the liberal side of the fence, I have had to put up with confrontation, threats, and shunning for being an out lesbian conservative.'