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A voting issue that isn’t

A voting issue that isn’t | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

by EUGENE ROBINSON, The Washington Post

 

When Michelle Obama called voting rights “the movement of our era” in a speech Saturday night, she didn’t specifically mention the Republican-led crusade for restrictive voter identification laws. She didn’t have to.

 

Her audience at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual gala dinner fully understood the context. It’s hard to believe that, in this day and age, the right to vote is once again under assault from those who would prefer to keep minorities, the poor and the elderly away from the polls. But here we are.

 

Let’s be clear: Voter ID laws are not a solution to the “problem” of voter fraud. There is no problem, or at least no problem that would be solved by voter ID. Proponents should be able to point to troubling instances of voter-impersonation fraud, which is the only kind that would be prevented by the new laws. But they can’t. For all intents and purposes, this kind of fraud simply does not happen.

 

What did happen in 2008 was that African Americans, Hispanics and poor people — traditional Democratic Party constituencies — voted in unusually large numbers. And what happened in 2010 was that Republicans took control of more statehouses and set out to reshape the electorate and make it GOP-friendly.

 

Not coincidentally, this voter ID campaign has been particularly intense in swing states such as Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Invariably, advocates cloak the restrictive new measures in pious-sounding rhetoric about “the integrity of the voting process.” This sounds uncontroversial — who’s against integrity? — until you weigh the laws’ unconscionable costs against their undetectable benefits.

 

“But you need an ID to do a lot of things, like board a plane,” advocates say. Unlike commercial air travel, however, voting is a constitutionally protected right. To infringe or abridge that right — for no demonstrable reason — should be considered a crime against democracy. [MORE]

 

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Sandra Fluke and All This Entitlement BS

Sandra Fluke and All This Entitlement BS | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

by ROSIE, Make Me a Sammich Blog

 

Conservative Talking Point: Sandra Fluke wants someone else to pay for her birth control.

 

Truth: Sandra Fluke and I and a lot of other women want birth control to be covered by health insurance the same way Viagra is.

 

Why is this so hard to understand?

 

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[All feminist bloggers are welcome to submit suggestions to this scoop.it page. - jkl]


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Hobby Lobby: Drop your suit or I'm dropping your store

Hobby Lobby: Drop your suit or I'm dropping your store | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

Ultraviolet

 

Hobby Lobby is a major arts and crafts retailer and they just filed a lawsuit because they don’t want to cover some forms of birth control. They need to hear from outraged consumers right away. Will you sign the petition?

 

[THE PETITION]

 

Our message to Hobby Lobby CEO David Green

"All women deserve affordable access to birth control and its a woman's personal, medical decision on which form to use. I won’t be shopping at your store until you drop this suit, and I’ll be telling my friends to do the same."


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Laura Brown's comment, September 18, 2012 10:26 PM
Why is an arts and crafts store responsible for selling birth control? This is right over my head as a Canadian. I would expect to buy birth control at the pharmacy, if I were using it.
Deanna Dahlsad's comment, September 18, 2012 10:50 PM
The idiots don't want to provide health insurance coverage that covers birth control to their employees.
Laura Brown's comment, September 19, 2012 3:25 PM
They must think it's a woman thing and men don't make babies. Not very well educated are they? But you should feel sorry for the men - they just have so little understanding of how sex works.
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600 Missing Women

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"The abuse and exploitation of vulnerable women and girls in all its forms is nothing less than a national tragedy, and it must stop," Manitoba Aboriginal Affairs Minister Eric Robinson said late Tuesday. "Our focus is to establish the best way to get the answers we all want so urgently. We are not ruling out any options to get those answers as quickly as possible."

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Laura Brown's comment, September 19, 2012 3:30 PM
Women don't really matter. The law proves this to us constantly.
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Ladies, You're Still Earning Less: Census Reports Gender Wage Gap Didn't ... - International Business Times

Ladies, You're Still Earning Less: Census Reports Gender Wage Gap Didn't ... - International Business Times | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
Ladies, You're Still Earning Less: Census Reports Gender Wage Gap Didn't ...International Business TimesNo progress was made to close the gender wage gap in the United States last year, according to the U.S.

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The Global War Against Baby Girls

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In many countries, the ratio of newborn boys to girls has skewed dramatically.

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Why Architects Need Feminism: Defining a New Wave: Places: Design Observer

Why Architects Need Feminism: Defining a New Wave: Places: Design Observer | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

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Laura Brown's comment, September 19, 2012 3:28 PM
It would be nice if they starting planning buildings for more than just men. I laugh at how often you see a new house designed for men - kitchen cupboards which are impractical, laundry in the basement, etc. It would be really nice to see buildings designed to be user and cleaner-friendly.
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Scarlet Letters

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The scarlet letters of this authentic suffrage poster read, “A Woman Living Here Has Registered to Vote Thereby Assuming Responsibility Of Citizenship.” Because that’s what voting is, a responsibility of...
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A Woman is Not a Pre-Existing Condition

Health care isn’t fair. Women pay more for the same coverage. Yet we’ve been left out of the debate on reform. It’s time to make our voices heard.
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Toward a Postcolonial, Posthumanist Feminist Theory: Centralizing Race and Culture in Feminist Work on Nonhuman Animals - Deckha - 2012 - Hypatia - Wiley Online Library

Toward a Postcolonial, Posthumanist Feminist Theory: Centralizing Race and Culture in Feminist Work on Nonhuman Animals - Deckha - 2012 - Hypatia - Wiley Online Library | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

Posthumanist feminist theory has been instrumental in demonstrating the salience of gender and sexism in structuring human–animal relationships and in revealing the connections between the oppression of women and of nonhuman animals. Despite the richness of feminist posthumanist theorizations it has been suggested that their influence in contemporary animal ethics has been muted. This marginalization of feminist work—here, in its posthumanist version—is a systemic issue within theory and needs to be remedied. At the same time, the limits of posthumanist feminist theory must also be addressed. Although posthumanist feminist theory has generated a sophisticated body of work analyzing how gendered and sexist discourses and practices subordinate women and animals alike, its imprint in producing intersectional analyses of animal issues is considerably weaker. This leaves theorists vulnerable to charges of essentialism, ethnocentrism, and elitism despite best intentions to avoid such effects and despite commitments to uproot all forms of oppression. Gender-focused accounts also preclude understanding of the importance of race and culture in structuring species-based oppression. To counter these undesirable pragmatic and conceptual developments, posthumanist feminist theory needs to engender feminist accounts that centralize the structural axes of race and culture.


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Southern Baptist Convention Asks Supreme Court to Review Gay Marriage Case

"[W]e are in favor of traditional marriage -- not against homosexuals," according to the brief. "Only invidious stereotyping could reduce religious doctrines and practices cherished by millions of Americans to nothing more than irrational prejudice against gays and lesbians."

 

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The Best of Reproductive Rights at the DNC

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by ROBIN MARTY, RH Realtity Check, via Common Dreams

Photo (REUTERS/Eric Thayer)


"To this end, Democrats have introduced a long line of female speakers, politicians and advocates to address the issues explicitly facing women and their families, and have planned numerous events to rally their support.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker kicked off events at a Planned Parenthood Federation of America rally by drawing a stark contrast between the two conventions--the RNC spoke at women, while the Democrats were prepared to advocate for women.


He added, “I heard people stand up and say, ‘I love women.” I heard people say, ‘I’ve got a sister, I’ve got a mother.’ That’s like saying you’re not a bigot because you have a black friend. That’s like saying, ‘I love Latinos, I go to Taco Bell every week,’” drawing laughter and cheers from the crowd.

“When it comes to your actions, when it comes to your deeds, when it comes to what you do every day, you are denigrating those very people you claim to love,” he said. “So I don’t understand how somebody can say they love women when they are denying women access to health care, when they are denying women strategies to protect their life, when they are implementing policies that undermine all the ground that we have gained, not as just women, but as this nation.”     [MORE]


[thanks to Stop The War On Women for this post - jkl]


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Government is Good - Capitalism Requires Government

"One of the most common and misleading economic myths in the United States is the idea that the free market is “natural” – that it exists in some natural world, separate from government. In this view, government rules and regulations only “interfere” with the natural beneficial workings of the market. Even the term “free market” implies that it can exist free from government and that it prospers best when government leaves it alone. Nothing could be further from the truth. In reality, a market economy does not exist separate from government – it is very much a product of government rules and regulations. "

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“So…my rights end where my uterus begins?”

Regarding abortion, RNC attendees recognize Mitt Romney's right to choose, but not Samantha Bee's.
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If we only stand our ground, when they move right, we look like we moved left.

If we only stand our ground, when they move right, we look like we moved left. | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

http://robt.shepherd.tripod.com/big-tent-gop.html


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Citizenship for Zygotes – so what?

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by JKL, Pointed Postcards

 

The robo-partisans want to extend 14TH Amendment constitutional rights to zygotes: citizenship for the fertilized egg. Big deal.

 

I can own a gun – lots of guns. I can shoot and kill a citizen who breaks in to my house or scares me on the street.  I have the gun: the perception of threat is mine. The NRA and ALEC tell me so.

 

I guess if we recognized rape pregnancies as intruders, or any untimely pregnancy as scary – citizen or not – I should have the right to defend myself. The perception of threat should be mine.

 

The catch? I think the robo-partisans would have to accept my rights if only doctors used a tiny tiny tiny little gun to end the pregnancy, preferably one purchased at an NRA - ALEC member outlet.


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The False Equivalency of Abortion "Extremes" | RH Reality Check

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Let's start comparing apples to apples.
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Paul Ryan: Rape Is Just Another 'Method Of Conception'

ARG


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A 1970’s bigoted car ad. Luckily feminists saw it...

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A 1970’s bigoted car ad. Luckily feminists saw it and tagged it.
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From Talking to Doctors

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Wham, Bam, Sonogram! Meet the Ladies Setting the New Pro-Life Agenda

Wham, Bam, Sonogram! Meet the Ladies Setting the New Pro-Life Agenda | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
From transvaginal ultrasounds to attacks on Planned Parenthood, Americans United for Life is targeting reproductive rights one state at a time.

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