Instead of "Frère Jacques, Dormez vous? Dormez vous? Sonnez les matines, …" sing, "I am special/I am special/Look at me!"

Lumping together Gen-X and Y under the moniker “GenMe,” psychologist Jean Twenge argues that those born after 1970 are more self-centered, more disrespectful of authority and more depressed than ever before.

Hmmmmm….

“Why are younger Americans so miserable?”

” ‘Twenge said today’s young people scored low [on need for] …for social approval. For example, the average sixth-grade child scored lower than 72 percent of children from the 1960s. The average college student in 2001 scored lower than 62 percent of college students from 1958.

“When you’re less concerned with what other people think of you, you’re more likely to do things like blast your car stereo or talk loudly on your cell phone in a library or waiting room,” Twenge said….’ “

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Instead of "Frère Jacques, Dormez vous? Dormez vous? Sonnez les matines, …" sing, "I am special/I am special/Look at me!"

¿Qué Temen?

(See Blabbeando’s coverage of this story!)

Por JUAN PABLO SANCHEZ NOLI para La Gaceta de La Argentina 26 de febrero, 2007:

“No se puede cambiar la patente, aunque tenga una sigla curiosa

En los registros de automotor se recibieron reclamos de usuarios, pero fueron rechazados. La ley impide que se varíen los dominios. Ya circulan chapas con las letras FEO o SEX. Ahora el sistema está en la letra G.

Circular por la calle en un vehículo con un cartel con la leyenda GAY, GIL o FEO, puede ser incómodo. Sin embargo la ley lo obliga y nada puede hacerse para evitarlo. En Tucumán hay patentes de autos cuyas letras forman palabras que, para algunas personas, resultan graciosas o hasta ofensivas. Algunos propietarios de vehículos con patentes de este tipo solicitaron el cambio de dominio, pero desde la Dirección Nacional de Registro Automotor aseguran que no pueden otorgárselo. Otros, lo toman con buen humor. Es el caso de Andrés, dueño de una empresa metalúrgica, quien recibió sin problemas la noticia de que la palabra GAY identificaría a los tres nuevos vehículos que había comprado su empresa. “Sí hubo obreros que hicieron comentarios, pero la patente no tiene nada que ver con la vida o la personalidad del dueño del auto ni de quien lo usa”, dijo.

Desde los 90

El encargado de uno de los registros habilitados en la provincia informó a LA GACETA que desde que se produjo el cambio a las nuevas chapas patentes conformadas por un código de tres letras y tres números, hace 13 años, en el norte se presentaron muchos problemas. Los autos usados cambiaron por patentes a partir de la letra R, y los nuevos comenzaron con la A. Ahora el sistema está entregando chapas con la letra G. “Una gran cantidad de usuarios quiso cambiar sus patentes, y costó mucho esfuerzo que se convencieran de que no se puede”, comentó.

Los más problemáticos

Según dijeron en los distintos registros, los dominios que incomodaron y generaron algunas consultas son FEA, FEO, ACA, ANO, XXX, SEX, URA y GAY. Además, afirmaron que reciben quejas cuando las letras de las chapas forman las iniciales de algún partido político o equipo de fútbol, como UCR o CAT. “En los años 90, cuando recién se hizo el cambio al nuevo sistema, tuvimos un planteo de un hombre al que se le había asignado una patente que, decía, formaba una mala palabra ,y quería cambiarla, pero no pudo”, comentó el encargado de uno de los registros consultados.

Son dominios, no palabras

En la Dirección Nacional de Registro del Automotor, en Buenos Aires, un hombre presentó una carta documento en la que exigía que se le asignara otra codificación a su vehículo porque la que tenía formaba la palabra GAY. Adujo que su auto iba a perder valor, pero la respuesta fue negativa. Los que hicieron los planteos dijeron ser víctimas de burlas, y aseguran que esa codificación les genera una potencial disminución del valor de mercado del automotor. Sin embargo, la Dirección Nacional considera que estos fundamentos son valoraciones subjetivas que no pueden justificar un cambio de identificación.“No se trata de palabras, sino de dominios que deben leerse letra por letra, más allá de los ejemplos subjetivos”, explicó Martín Penella, abogado encargado del área normativa de la repartición.

No hay denuncias, pero preocupan los prejuicios

Desde el Instituto Nacional contra la Discriminación, la Xenofobia y el Racismo (Inadi) aseguraron que no recibieron denuncias por patentes ofensivas. Sin embargo, su titular, Graciela Cárdenas, señaló a LA GACETA que es importante trabajar sobre el prejuicio de las personas que se sienten agraviadas por este tipo de patentes. “Yo les hablaría a esas personas de los prejuicios, porque me parece que hay cosas más preocupantes (que las palabras en sí). Con respecto a una patente que diga GAY, creo que el tema va más por el prejuicio de que es malo ser tal cosa”, opinó Cárdenas.

La funcionaria contó que su primer auto, un Fiat 600, tenía como patente la sigla VHI y que en algún momento alguien le dijo que se parecía a HIV. “No me hice ningún problema; no creo que sea algo ofensivo. Nos reímos porque nos resultaba curioso que la combinación de caracteres formara esa sigla”, dijo. Sin embargo, si una persona se siente afectada por sus creencias o porque cree que puede afectar su personalidad, puede hacer una presentación ante el director nacional del Registro Automotor, Miguel Gallardo, en avenida Corrientes 5.666, Capital Federal. No hay mucha esperanza de que consiga algo. Pero hay que saber que el sistema ahora está por la letra G. Falta que lleguen patentes como HIV, HDP, o la que pueden temer los supersticiosos: KKK666.”

Esos argentinos, tan orgullosos, tan lejos de Europa….

¿Qué Temen?

New Jersey Schools Told to Protect Gay Students

The following is from an article by Tina Kelley that appeared yesterday in the NYT:

“Students who are bullied by other students because of their sexual orientation are protected by New Jersey’s antidiscrimination law, and school districts must take reasonable steps to stop such harassment, the state’s Supreme Court unanimously ruled yesterday.

“Students in the classroom are entitled to no less protection from the unlawful discrimination and harassment than their adult counterparts in the workplace,” according to the opinion, written by Chief Justice James R. Zazzali.

In the case in question, known as L. W. v. the Board of Education of the Toms River Regional Schools, an anonymous student said that he was taunted with antihomosexual epithets from the time he was in fourth grade until he was in high school and that he was physically attacked twice in high school. Because of the harassment, he contends, he eventually had to change schools.

District policy called for offending students to be punished after a third offense, although they could be punished for being late to class by one minute on the first offense.

In 1999, L. W.’s mother filed a complaint against the district with the state’s Division on Civil Rights, and various appeals ensued. The opinion issued yesterday found that districts must take actions “reasonably calculated to end the harassment.”

Under the ruling, such actions will have to be determined case by case, considering how quickly school officials respond to harassment, its frequency and severity, and the maturity of the children involved.

“We’re pleased with the decision we got today,” said Thomas E. Monahan, a lawyer for the Toms River school board, “because it establishes a standard for student-on-student harassment that takes into account the age of the students and the circumstances of the harassment.”

The case will now be sent to the Office of Administrative Law to determine if the schools protected the student reasonably according to the standards at the time. In 2002, New Jersey passed antibullying legislation, while this case was in court.

Lawrence S. Lustberg, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union, which participated in the case, called the ruling unique because it requires schools to take particular actions to prevent bullying.

“The application of the Law Against Discrimination to bullying in general and antigay or lesbian bullying in particular is yet another sign of the progressiveness of this excellent court,” he said.

Lee Moore, a spokesman for the attorney general’s office, which represented the State Division on Civil Rights, said, “We applaud the court for issuing a decision that recognizes the promise of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination to eradicate the ‘cancer of discrimination.’ ”

Eliza Byard, the deputy executive director of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, based in New York, said: “Having a policy is not enough. Schools must implement their policies to ensure that each student is free from fear when entering a schoolhouse.”

She said that when antibullying policies are enforced, students are more likely to stay in school and do well there. According to her organization, which focuses on safe schools for all students, New Jersey is one of nine states with laws that protect students from bullying and harassment based on sexual orientation.”

New Jersey Schools Told to Protect Gay Students

Sonia Nazario

Haven’t read Sonia Nazario’s Enrique’s Journey? She’s coming to Haverford College on Sunday for a talk and a book signing. Here’s what Isabel Allende had to say about the book in a pre-publication blurb:

“This is a twenty-first-century Odyssey. Nazario’s powerful writing
illuminates one of the darkest stories in our country. This is
outstanding journalism. If you are going to read only one non-fiction
book this year, it has to be this one, because you know these young
heroes. They live next door. . . .”
—Isabel Allende

See link for more information: Enrique’s Journey

Sonia Nazario

From Andrés Duque’s Blabbeando

(Go to site on links section: Blabbeando) Andrés writes, “Thanks to my post on Wednesday, I have been contacted by the law firm working on behalf of Alvaro Orozco, the 21 year old Nicaraguan young man who is fighting deportation proceedings in Canada after the Immigration and Refugee Board refused to grant him asylum based on fear of persecution for being gay.

The reason? After a live long-distance video interview with Mr. Orozco, the court deemed that he wasn’t gay enough and that it was unclear how Mr. Orozco could know he was gay at twelve years of age when he ran away from home as he wasn’t sexually active during his teen years.

Today The Globe and Mail reports that Mr. Orozco’s new lawyers have won a small victory: He will not be deported on Tuesday as scheduled as the Canadian Justice Department has granted a two month deferral (though they could have decided to grant him refugee status instead and did not do so).

I am working on sending published articles on the treatment of gays and lesbians in Nicaragua over the last 5 years that support Mr. Orozcos’ fear of persecution should he be deported to Nicaragua.

What you can do:

A website has been set up on Alvaro’s behalf at: Alvaro Orozco

Once there, you can get information on a letter writing campaign that might help to sway the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration to grant asylum for Mr. Orozco (including sample letters).

To find out more about the case you can connect to video reports here and here (even if they were conducted before the two month deportation deferral).”

From Andrés Duque’s Blabbeando