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The Unstoppable Gravy Express said on March 27th, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Technically, aren’t they PINK equal signs on a red background?

Also I love that under this post is a “like on Facebook” button.

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Savage Wombat said on March 27th, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Your argument feels unfinished. I know you were probably avoiding a “yes/no” answer, but it feels like the two would continue talking from this point.

FLAPJACKS: And now I’m hungry.
ME: Well, I was planning on making stir-fry, but you broke my wok.

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JCHandsom said on March 27th, 2013 at 12:57 pm

I was wondering how you’d tie up the “Where’s my Wok?” subplot.

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On the bright side, when I see people pushing back against the campaign on Facebook, I get to know who is on the wrong side of the issue. And for living in a very conservative part of the country, I’ve been pleased to see more people expressing support for gay marriage than pushing back.

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I call shenanigans.
No way did they use real law terms on Boston Legal.

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The biggest problem I see with the cynical mindset among those who are pushing back against folks updating their profile photos is that they’re operating under the assumption that we’re all thinking we’re doing something. It’s a common Internet pastime to operate from the position of “Everyone else is stupider than I am. I must educate the masses.” And I think that’s at work here, especially in the really ugly article posted on Vice.com.

Look, it’s really, really quite simple and everyone I know is 100% in agreement here. This is less about activism and more about solidarity. This is about the sense of community of seeing how many of your peers are proudly showing their support of gay marriage. No one’s under any illusion that they’re changing the world through Facebook, and anyone who thinks that’s what people think is entirely missing the point because they can’t see through their own petty cynicism the communion of gays, straights and trans folks sharing the a common hope for a future more full of love than our present.

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I was actually more annoyed that changing the Facebook icons went without context for me until someone did that and actually posted why they were doing it.

I know that makes me look lazy for not looking it up, but at the same time when have an equal sign on top of solid red, it doesn’t immediately leap out “Social justice cause!” to me. Maybe there’s some new nerd centric thing people are excited about and that’s what it’s for.

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It’s also just about making people curious. My boyfriend works in CG and he participated in the green square FB profile pic (still is), while also sharing stories about the issues in the industry. He got at least a few people asking what that was about.

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Yes to the solidarity thing. Ten years ago, I don’t think this a gesture like this (were it possible) would have gotten nearly the results.
That means something and I’ve talked to people who it means a lot to personally that so many of their friends were willing to make a very public gesture.

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I would be much less cynical about this if it didn’t use the Human Rights Campaign logo. As an LGBT group they’re kind of awful, and this movement is benefiting them regardless of whether the Facebook slacktivist crowd is aware of it.

It does make me a little angry when I see people using the HRC logo as a brave choice feel-good ribbon, especially when I know those in question did nothing in opposition of the 2004 Oregon gay marriage ban. Shit, some of them bragged about voting for it back then.

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Michael P said on March 28th, 2013 at 7:50 pm

The thing that bugs me about stuff like this is when dumb nerds take the image and stick their dumb nerd stuff all over it. The message is not enhanced by turning the equals sign into two Batarangs.

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DistantFred said on March 28th, 2013 at 10:39 pm

MichaelP- But what if you support same sex Bat-Marriage between say, Batman and Robin, or Batwoman and Maggie Sawyer?

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Saismaat said on March 29th, 2013 at 2:16 am

That was funny. Not as funny as the transcript-recap written by a law professor-turned-romance-author (http://courtneymilan.tumblr.com/post/46374496823/truncated-transcript-from-todays-scotus-argument), but still funny.

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kingderella said on March 29th, 2013 at 9:16 am

showing support lgbt causes on facebook can make queer people feel better. perhaps even make coming out a little less scary. also, “raise awareness”; this may be old hat to most of us, but its still news to a whole new generation. its not exactly setting the world on fire, and i dont know if id call it “activism”, but it does a have some merrit.

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sluglife said on April 2nd, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Did you ever stop to think that perhaps putting an equal sign up as our FB userpic might not be the *only* thing we were doing? Did you consider, perhaps, that we might show our support for marriage equality by voting for candidates who support it, and encouraging others to do so? Did you consider that, in this case, taking days off from work and flying out to Washington DC to stand outside a courthouse might now have been the most practical thing to do in this situation? Did it occur to you that perhaps we did the userpic thing not to annoy our homophobic relatives but to make our GLBT friends and relatives aware that they are not alone?

Probably not. I look forward to your next alignment chart.

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