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How male privilege damages women – and men

How male privilege damages women – and men | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
Male Privilege does not emancipate men – it enslaves them.
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Why Are We Debating Birth Control … Again?

Why Are We Debating Birth Control … Again? | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

by JESSICA VALENTI, Boston Magazine

 

Forty years after the Supreme Court settled it, we’re somehow having a birth control debate. Again. And Scott Brown’s political future could hang in the balance.

 

IF YOU’D ASKED American women a year ago about the most pressing concerns facing the country, they’d have given you a variety of responses: the economy, war, education. Some might have even mentioned reproductive rights. But I doubt a single one of them could have anticipated that in 2012 they’d be worrying about access to birth control. I mean, didn’t we settle all of that decades ago? [MORE]


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Five Overlooked Battles in the War on Women

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The war on women is real, but it doesn’t stop with abortion—or here at home.
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The Freedom to Love Is Not Free

The Freedom to Love Is Not Free | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

by GEORGE TAKEI

 

This struck a deep chord with me. With the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, may LBGT soldiers never face such ironies again.


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Women's rights in Mali 'set back 50 years' by new 'Family Code' law

Women's rights in Mali 'set back 50 years' by new 'Family Code' law | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
Opposition to legislation dashes equality hopes in West African country's strongly patriarchal society...

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Saying "No More War on Women" in the California Capital

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by R. ROBERTSON, San Francisco Bay Area Indymedia

 

In every state across the nation (barring Mississippi and North Dakota) weekend rallies against the War on Women took place with enthusiastic participants. In the California state capital of Sacramento, hundreds marched through the downtown area after rallying on the steps of the capitol building. One lone counter-protester was not ignored. Several women gave him the word, telling him it was time to face the reality of equality. PHOTO ESSAY!

 

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Susan Sarandon Explains Why Women Need White Man’s Di*#s

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Gearing up for the Unite Women nationwide march this Saturday, Susan Sarandon explains the many benefits of having a white man's dick (WMD) in this Funny or Die video. NSFW.

 

[I have the hugest crush on Sarandon -- this is just another wonderful example of why. If you only watch one video online today, this is IT.]

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I Can’t Decide If I’m A Nerd Or A Geek; Maybe It’s The Gender Bias

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I don’t suppose it matters, really, if I am a “nerd” or a “geek.” But this “Geeks vs Nerds” infographic got me thinking… First it was just the statements in...
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McCain: The 'War On Women' Is 'Conjured' By Dems

McCain: The 'War On Women' Is 'Conjured' By Dems | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

by LAURA BASSETT, Huffington Post

 

As many Senate Republicans prepare to defend their opposition to reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, a visibly annoyed Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) delivered a floor speech Thursday morning expressing his support for the bill. He also accused Democrats of fabricating the so-called GOP "War on Women" as a political tactic.

 

"Women and men are no different in their rights and responsibilities," he said. "I believe this legislation recognizes that. I don’t believe the ludicrous, partisan posturing that has conjured up this imaginary war does."

 

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Violence against the wrong women

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by PATRICIA MURPHY,

Washington Post

 

Do lesbians count as "abused women" if they are beaten by a woman instead of a man? Should gay men be protected from violent partners? What about illegal-immigrant women, who were born elsewhere but hit, raped or stalked on U.S. soil? Or Native American women?

 

Those are the questions at the heart of the growing controversy that has taken reauthorization of the iconic Violence Against Women Act from easy-to-pass legislation to partisan bomb material in an election year that favors fights over compromise, no matter what the issue may be.

 

It’s a risky year on Capitol Hill to ask for more than you know you can get and, in the end, Democrats will have to decide if pushing to expand the Violence Against Women Act was worth the chance of losing the fight altogether. At the same time, Republicans will have to answer to the women and men trying to escape domestic abuse, who may never receive the help they need because they are not the right kind of victim in the eyes of today’s laws and the politicians who write them.

 

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Governor Slashes Aid For Rape Victims During Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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"Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) shocked the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence this week when he vetoed $1.5 million in funding for 30 rape crisis centers in the middle of Sexual Assault Awareness Month."


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Rep. Gwen Moore Recounts Own Rape and Sexual Assault

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by JOHN PARKINSON,

ABC News Blogs

 

Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wisc., who joined Pelosi in introducing the [Violence Against Women] legislation, said, “Violence against women is as American as apple pie.”

 

“Domestic violence has been a thread throughout my personal life — up to and including being a child repeatedly sexually assaulted, up to and including being an adult who’s been raped.”

 

“This law has helped ensure that more victims report domestic violence to the police, that the rate of non-fatal intimate partner violence against women has been decreased by 53 percent, in that period of time,” she said. “Rape crisis centers have been able to keep their doors open [and] law enforcement and victims’ services providers are working together to better meet the needs of victims.”

 

“Unfortunately violence is not limited to just Democrats or just Republicans or just blacks or just whites,” Moore, the Democratic Co-Chair of the Congressional Women’s Caucus, said. “It’s not limited to heterosexual relationships, but there are relationships of all kinds that are exposed to domestic violence.”

 

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Open Letter To All WOMEN and Men In Texas. Unite Against War On Women Rally In Austin A Must

Open Letter To All WOMEN and Men In Texas. Unite Against War On Women Rally In Austin A Must | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

by EGBERTO WILLIES, Coffee Party USA

 

It is not necessary for me to tell anyone what our legislature has done this session. There is something very interesting that one must note with the draconian cuts in our school budget, the invasion of women’s bodies, the cuts in medical care, and all the other cuts too numerous to document, they disproportionately affect women.

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Afghan schoolgirls poisoned in anti-education attack

"About 150 Afghan schoolgirls were poisoned on Tuesday after drinking contaminated water at a high school in the country's north, officials said, blaming it on conservative radicals opposed to female education."...
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I Know a Lot About Welfare Mothers

I Know a Lot About Welfare Mothers | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

by HAPPY IN NM, Daily Kos

When I was going through my divorce, my daughter and I went to LA for my mother's 70th birthday celebration. While we were gone, my husband closed our business. The office had been emptied of everything. He also took whatever money was in the business account, which was the only account we had. I had nothing, except a place to live until the bills came due. I also had one 6 year old daughter who was inclined to eat periodically. My parents were living exclusively on Social Security, so they could offer little financial help. With few choices and much trepidation  [MORE]


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Thank you for sharing this article. I think it is so important to share experiences of real people, and not the oft touted fiction that passes for fair and balanced news in other parts.
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What We Can Learn From Teen Dating Violence

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"the data in this survey reveals that the prevalence of domestic violence, especially when combined with gender-skewed safety education, means that such violence prevails because we are too busy providing reasons such as “it’s a tough economy” that “explain” violence rather than flat out condemn it." By my friend Alessia.

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Why Planned Parenthood matters

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by JOAN WALSH, salon.com

 

The Tea Party tried to turn the group into the New Black Panther Party, and instead inspired an ongoing backlash

 

On Thursday I’ll be speaking at Planned Parenthood of Chicago’s annual gala, and I’m honored. (Tickets are available here.) I’ve always supported Planned Parenthood, but I think the group has helped change the political debate in this country in tangible ways over the last year or so, and I’m excited to talk about where we go from here.

 

We also have to thank the Tea Party, of course. My MSNBC colleague Chris Hayes joked on Monday that Tea Party extremists “thought they could turn Planned Parenthood into the New Black Panthers” – that Fox News boogeyman – but they were wrong. When they pushed to defund Planned Parenthood, they touched off a grass-roots uprising to defend not only the organization, but women’s health and freedom. It flared up again when Susan G. Komen defunded Planned Parenthood, and Komen had to reverse itself. 

 

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Foul play: War on women is real

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by SENATOR BARBARA BOXER, politico.com

 

Suppose it’s the championship basketball game and one player is committing foul after foul. Each time, he denies he’s committed any offense. Eventually, he fouls out. But even as he heads to the bench, he’s protesting that he did nothing wrong.

 

The facts are the facts. The Republicans have launched a war on women. Despite all the denials, women get it — and so do the men who care about them.
Just like in that basketball game, the Republicans are hearing the whistle blow.

 

Too many fouls and you’re out.

 

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More Facts On the Unfair Tax Burden for LGBT Taxpayers

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by Paul Guequierre, Human Rights Campaign

 

We’re another day closer to tax day. If you haven’t filed your tax returns yet, it’s time to get on it. As you get the forms ready, we’ll shed a little more light on the unfair tax burden LGBT taxpayers face. All week we’ve said the lack of marriage equality is the reason for the tax disparity. It is clear that repealing DOMA and making marriage equality a reality in all 50 states is the solution. The anti-equality leadership in Congress needs to hear from us.

 

To personalize our tax struggles, every day leading up to tax day we will also release a fact of the day on unfair taxation. We encourage you to use Facebook and Twitter to spread the message. Wednesday we told you an average retired same-sex couple will be denied more than $8,000 a year in Social Security survivor benefits upon the death of the higher-earning spouse after retirement. Yesterday we told you same-sex partners and spouses of Armed Forces members are denied military benefits that straight couples receive.

 

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A new report says political conservatives have a much better sex life than Democrats by Andrew Malcolm

Republicans, especially older conservatives, have a far better sex life than young liberals...

 

I don't think they (Match) knows how trully funny this is from such lying liars!

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Jackie Vanderbrug | Women Effect Investments

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Women Effect Investments is a field-building initiative that seeks to mobilize more investment dollars toward improving the condition of women and girls worldwide.

We are doing this because when women are economic agents and leaders, social change accelerates and returns multiply. The returns of women-focused investing can be measured in our families, our neighborhoods, and on the other side of the world. This is The Women Effect.


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