“This is what American women are facing.”

Wow. What a brave woman. Today, Representative Gwen More, D-WI, stood up in the US House of Representatives and shared her story about how she was drugged and date-raped as a child, and how the offender took her underwear as a token to show others. Republicans are dragging on re-authorizing the Violence Against Women Act, which is usually fully supported, but this time it includes protection for LGBT and Native American communities. Apparently that’s bad, because violence is acceptable as long as it’s not against people we agree with. Lately, I have really just started to question what kind of country we live in. I’ve tried to pass the personhood bills off as anomalies, the reproductive controversy as ignorance, but this is just repugnant. I don’t mean to be melodramatic, but how am I supposed to sleep at night knowing there is such hatred in my community? Why are neighbors turning on each other in such malicious ways? I don’t remember any other election cycle being this vicious, although I’m sure some in the past were. But this attacks the people, not the politicians. How did we allow ourselves to get here? How can we possibly talk about defending democracy abroad when democracy is not defended here? Most importantly…when will it end? It just keeps getting worse, and I’m starting to actually be afraid of my government. How can they prioritize political goals over people’s rights? And really, how can we get through to them?

Suggestions/comments are welcome. I’m very disheartened tonight, as you can probably tell. I’ve also included a link to the original story.

Thank you, Representative Moore, for standing up for the people. We appreciate it more than you know. 

http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/03/28/454073/defending-vawa-rep-moore-recounts-being-raped-as-a-child/

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“My womb is one million times more private than your bedrooms, gentlemen.”

Check out this amazing, articulate, impassioned appeal to the most recent attacks on women’s health. It is awe-inspiring and captures the issue completely.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/soraya-chemaly/womens-reproductive-rights_b_1345214.html

This is about sex and property, not life and morality. Sex because when women have sex and want to control their reproduction that threatens powerful social structures that rely on patriarchal access to and control over women as reproductive engines. Which brings us to property: control of reproduction was vital when the agricultural revolution took place and we, as a species, stopped meandering around plains in search of food. Reproduction and control of it ensured that a man could possess and consolidate wealth-building and food-producing land and then make sure it wasn’t disaggregated by passing it on to one son he knew was his — largely by claiming a woman and her gestation capability as property, too.”

And, to add another quote from another amazing feminist who spoke in context of the Civil Rights Movement (Fannie Lou Hamer):

Whether you have a Ph.D., or no D, we’re in this bag together. And whether you’re from Morehouse or Nohouse, we’re still in this bag together. Not to fight to try to liberate ourselves from the men — this is another trick to get us fighting among ourselves — but to work together with the black man, then we will have a better chance to just act as human beings, and to be treated as human beings in our sick society.”

Dear Men Congress, If We Knit You a Uterus, Will You Stay Out of Ours?

With misguided attempts to regulate women’s healthcare running amok in the U.S. government – some awesome women decided to take matters into their own two hands. These ladies have set out to deliver to every male member of congress a uterus of his very own (albeit a knitted one). This might be the greatest thing I have ever heard. I am native of the state of Texas, where our fine governor recently vetoed a bill outlawing texting while driving, asserting the government shouldn’t legislate the behavior of adults. He did however, pass a law regulating women’s access to abortion by mandating transvaginal ultrasound prior to pregnancy termination, because, of course, grown women are not, in fact, adults and capable of making decisions without the assistance of the Texas Legislature. Bonkers. Well, gotta go. I need to get busy on Rick Perry’s uterus.

Women aren’t really people, so it’s OK to treat them like animals.

I don’t have the mental space to even write about this right now, but check out the latest in a series of attacks on women’s health care in Kansas:

http://www.aclu.org/blog/reproductive-freedom/kansas-pregnant-women-little-lie-your-doctor-wont-hurt-you

I don’t care who you are or what you believe. Doctors are obligated ethically, legally, and hippocratically, to tell patients the truth. Always, no exceptions, no reasons. For all the rhetoric about Obama creating a communist state, I’m seeing a ton of Republicans that are actually instituting authoritarian regimes here. I mean, dictating what doctors can and can not tell their patients? I’m sorry, when did Putin get elected in the United States?

Learn the meaning of “American Democracy,” guys, and do it FAST.

What does it mean to be a man in Panem?

Having senioritis is hard. I made the mistake of starting The Hunger Games series during midterms, which pretty much meant I read The Hunger Games and didn’t study for exams. Oh, priorities.

I really enjoyed the series, but found myself wanting to really dig deeper with the books, and I was so excited to come across this article in Bitch Magazine about gender in the books. Do not read the article unless you have read ALL the books though! The article is full of spoilers all the way to the end of the series.

If you have read the series, please feel free to comment with your opinions about the article! What role does masculinity play in the books?  What makes Peeta and Gale so different from one another?  How does Katniss go against traditional gender roles?  Or does she at the end of the series? Is Katniss a feminist?

Toss the Taboo

Can you bring up the topic of female masturbation up around friends and not get the classic uncomfortable seat shift? Many would say no because the idea of female pleasure is still very much taboo within most social circles to this day. While the idea of sexual needs are understood and a given in reference to men, they most often tend to be overlooked or forgotten in regards to women . This documentary does a nice job of doing away with the silence associated with female pleasure and seeks to open conversation on a topic we all, sometimes secretly, wonder about. Enjoy!

You can find it here:  http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/female-orgasm-explained/

Warning: This documentary is admittedly rather explicit.