The many stereotypes of black women are used to justify violence and aggression against them. Because black women are mythologized as gold-digging, angry, physically strong, provocative shrews some black men assume (and this is something that having a mama, a auntie, a grandmother who raised you, or your own damn daughters doesn’t change) that if/when black women are hit, they asked for (or deserved) it. At the end of the day many men empathize with other men and instead of vilifying any act of violence, physical or otherwise, against anyone, especially a woman, they attempt to justify it. They put themselves in the shoes of the aggressor, but not the victim, and see themselves as blameless and reactionary, rather than violent and misogynistic.
Wage equality for women has been a long and difficult road, dating the Roosevelt era and before. Down through the years, step by step, progress against pay discrimination has plodded along, despite the numerous obstacles. However, that struggle came to an abrupt halt last April when Republican Senators decided to shut down legislation to curb pay discrimination based on gender. But the question is: will they pay a price in November?
"The right to abortion cannot be exercised without a medical professional, and the right to keep and bear arms means little if there is no one from whom to acquire the handgun or ammunition," a judge said.
Many discussions of Debra Harrell, the South Carolina mother who was jailed for "abandoning" her 9-year-old daughter at a park, fail to mention how limited child-care options are for low-income parents, especially those who are single.
24 women shared why they don't use birth control - and it's exactly as shame-y and problematic as you'd expect.
Deanna Dahlsad's insight:
ARRRG! Now there's birth control shaming?! Now we don't see access to birth control as a choice?! Shit, I thought that narrow vision was gone & in my lifetime we'd get people to see abortion as a choice... Now this?! *sigh*
If Steinbeck's woman character is purely a victim, why is she so hated? And if she is truly harmless, why is she so threatening? Without question, it was a commentary on the social climate at the time, which still surprisingly applies today....
It’s sad to me just how much this seems like the default setting for how comic books are so often drawn. :\ Here we have a woman in a domestic abuse situation, and we still need to have a gratuitous butt and panty shot.
Likening abortion to the right to bear arms, a federal judge strikes down Alabama provision restricting which doctors can perform the procedure.
Revisiting the issue in the court's Monday ruling, Thompson said, "The court was struck by a parallel in some respects between the right of women to decide to terminate a pregnancy and the right of the individual to keep and bear firearms, including handguns, in her home for the purposes of self-defense."
Both rights are controversial, and there are opponents of each who, based on moral or ethical convictions, feel they should not be rights and deserve no constitutional protection. Each protected right is also held by the individual, but neither right can be realized "without the assistance of someone else," he wrote.
Many people might end up taking issue with my point of view here or how I’m expressing it. That will happen. I can’t, nor am I intending to, speak for every single person affected by the majestic tentacles of misogyny and patriarchy that reach out in all directions and attempt to suffocate the life out of any sense of shared outrage or mutual support of each other’s struggle with either. Plus, I admit, my thinking is not particularly nuanced on a day like today. Like a lot of people, I’m mostly just pissed.
Welcome to the 5th year of the only Sexual Freedom Summit – the event where all of the personal and political elements of the sexual freedom movement come together. And this year, 2014, we’re bringing you even more of the fabulous discussions, trainings, networking events, and extended Institutes than ever before.
I, like most people, don’t like being called names. So it kinda stung when a stranger called me a bunch of names intended to be derogatory on Facebook just because I posted a video about how women’s abortion rights are disappearing.
How calling women these names backfires. Big time.
When engraving her new iPad, Justyn Hintze noticed that clit and vagina are considered inappropriate words while penis and dick are not. This may not seem like a big deal, but it represents one of feminism's more important fights.
Daily Life Five Things Feminist Times Taught Me About Feminism... Huffington Post UK They're wrong. They're stupid. They're misguided. But wait, they're women. Why are they being condemned? That's not what it's about, surely.