War on Women
Surely this is self-explanatory?
The Hyde Amendment, put forth by Henry Hyde (R-We Hate Wimminz) after the passage of Roe v. Wade, has been a rather stubborn thorn in the side of pro-choice activists since its inception. It is a "rider," usually attached to some appropriations bill and passed every year, which prevents the HHS from sending any federal funding towards abortion, except in the cases of rape, incest or danger to the life of the mother. Read more about "Jekyll" and Hyde
This is a chock-full Friday. With the anti-choice hypocrites in charge of the House, it didn't take them long to start having their usual foam-at-the-mouth conniption fits about that wimminz-only medical procedure that is none of their fucking business. Read more about Smith-Lipinski, Santorum, and Other Signs of the Opocalypse
America’s and Saudi Arabia’s Craven, Skewed Codependence and the West’s Sickening, Morally Myopic Sell-Out of Women
The following are excerpts from Every Man in This Village is A Liar ... an education in war by Megan K. Stack (Doubleday). This is a brilliant book -- poetic and profound. I highly recommend it. Read more about America’s and Saudi Arabia’s Craven, Skewed Codependence and the West’s Sickening, Morally Myopic Sell-Out of Women
In a move familiar to the Administration's kabuki on DADT, they are now claiming they need a year - a YEAR - to study whether birth control is a preventative health care treatment covered under the new health reform law. Although it will actually take longer than a year to decide that question: Read more about Obama Administration: Confused over whether birth control is healthcare
Last week I talked about how the Haves strategically use hate as a means of keeping the Have-nots divided.
It occurs to me that there is a certain kind of hate that is particularly important to the Haves: misogyny - the hatred of women. The reason it is so important is that women leaders are a threat to the Hate Paradigm. Across human cultures, the primal image of woman as mother carries with it the emotional response to women as embodiments of compassion and fairness. Historically, women have been the primary leaders of reform through-out the world. Read more about Ave 2012
Meh, I'm trying to think of a way to keep this short. Bottom line: it's much, much nicer to be an out gay man, today, than it is to be an out gay woman or transperson. It... annoys me that I have to dispute this, even at popular gay blogs. Don't get me wrong, I'm not dissing anyone at this post or blog or in particular. I just don't think I should have to argue that. And I doubt most of you care! And that's fine! But as intra-PC wars that no one cares about go, this makes me crazy. Read more about A Rare Lesbian Rant
Since Blue Lyon alerted us to the latest salvo in the fundiegelicals' War on Women (otherwise known as Smith-Lipinski) I have searched in vain for any protest or reaction from a liberal/lefty/women's group. Here's what I've been up to:
I check my Gmail every day. Alas, MadamaB's Mailbox is empty of any alerts or alarms about this legislation, which hopes to make us look back fondly to the halcyon days when we ONLY had the Hyde Amendment to deal with. Read more about Desperately Seeking Smith-Lipinski
This morning's New York Times: Afghan Women Fear Loss of Modest Gains
Women’s advocates are concerned that they are increasingly being shut out of political decisions. At an international conference in Kabul on July 20, which was meant to showcase the country’s plans for the future, President Hamid Karzai said nothing about how women’s rights might be protected in negotiations.
The very first meeting on negotiations, held by Mr. Karzai on July 22 with former leaders who had fought the Taliban, did not include a single woman, despite government pledges. When asked, government officials said that women would be included in later sessions.
Although Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has also pledged that she will not desert Afghan women and that any deal with the Taliban that traded peace for women’s rights was “a red line,” women remain wary.
“Right now it’s a big challenge for women to go to school and work, but at least according to our Constitution and laws they have the right to do so,” said Nargis Nehan, 31, an Afghan women’s advocate.
Who can blame them for feeling wary? Not me. When I consider how often our own government and political parties throw women under the bus to further some other agenda, I fully sympathize.
To wit: "Abortion provision threatens Dems."
This headline implies what we all know to be true, now: that the Democrats are no longer the party that protects women's rights. How else could they be threatened by anything to do with abortion, which is (barely) still a legal procedure protected by the Supreme Court's 1972 decision on Roe v. Wade, unless they don't fully support reproductive freedom? Where is the threat if you simply stand by your Party's platform, instead of being terrified that the fundiegelicals you are supposed to be fighting against, won't vote for you any more? Read more about Saddest. Headline. Ever.
(THE SCENE: A bland corporate building - it could be anywhere in any large city in America. We see, downstage right, a plain wooden door in a frame, adorned with a golden "P". Beyond it is a conference room, featureless, yet rather on the opulent side, with one golden "P" on the back wall. Four figures in shapeless hooded robes, disguised with black and white masks and voice-altering devices, are seated in the sumptuous leather chairs, in various postures of impatience. Smoking cigars, drinking from brandy snifters, and looking at their watches can only keep them quiet for so long.)
PATRIARCH #1: (bursting out) Where the HELL is he! Read more about Operation ConservaFem: A Play in One Diabolical Act.
I think I really have heard everything now. Citigroup has fired a lovely lady named Debrahlee Lorenzana because – wait for it – she’s too sexy. Apparently the emotionally adolescent men who worked with her just couldn’t control their raging hard-ons when they saw her. Whoops! Did I say that in my out-loud voice?
The 33-year-old Queens woman filed suit in Manhattan Supreme Court, claiming she was ordered to lay off turtlenecks, pencil skirts and fitted suits because clingy clothes were drawing too much attention in the workplace.
Compare and contrast this:
The Vatican reports cited countless cases of nuns forced to have sex with priests. Some were obliged to take the pill, others became pregnant and were encouraged to have abortions. In one case in which an African sister was forced to have an abortion, she died during the operation and her aggressor led the funeral mass.
At last, at last! Sarah Palin has admitted she is not a feminist. She's a "conservative feminist." As you'll see, this is an important distinction indeed. Read more about Thanks for the Modifier, Sister Sledgehammer