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History as this woman sees it. The serious, the kitsch, the opinionated. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/
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Binders Keepers

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"Scarborough also mocks “Binder-Gate”, completely missing the point of the reaction to Mitt Romney’s “Binders full of women” statement. Which is exactly what the tap-dancing Romney was trying to do. Romney want’s to hide his record, his stance, his very negative attitude towards women. It’s not the ill-phrased statement made by the perpetually awkward Romney, but the very negative scenario he was attempting to illustrate as a positive.

 

Let me spell it out for you: We don’t want to hear about binders full of resumes from qualified female candidates — which were given to you, not sought by you, Romney. We want to live in a world where hiring women, at equal pay, is common practice."

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UN takes new step to include women in international peace talks - AlertNet

UN takes new step to include women in international peace talks - AlertNet | Herstory | Scoop.it

Women often suffer the most in times of conflict, but they are rarely represented in peace negotiations. In fact, no woman has ever been the lead negotiator in U.N.-sponsored peace talks, a situation the United Nations is now seeking to redress through a unique training programme. As delegates began arriving for the recent opening of the 67th United Nations General Assembly, the U.N. Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) for the first time assembled female diplomats from some 20 countries in a two-day training session designed to hone their skills in international conflict resolution.

 


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Spotted at today’s presidential debate

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‘Raising Hope’ Star Martha Plimpton On Politics In Television And The War On Women

‘Raising Hope’ Star Martha Plimpton On Politics In Television And The War On Women | Herstory | Scoop.it

"Women who seek to control their own physical destinies are normal. What’s abnormal, and again this goes back to this subject of normalizing the abnormal , what’s abnormal is to think that in preventing women from having control over their own physical destinies that there will be calm and peace. There will not be calm and peace. Women who are prevented from realizing their full rights under the law suffer, and society suffers as a result. We know this. I could list for you the statistics, everybody knows them. But rationality doesn’t seem to enter into the discussion. You know what I mean? And…people don’t seem to be willing to hear those rational solutions. So, like I said far be it for me to psychoanalyze anybody else"

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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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Feminism Was Alive in Renaissance England, Researcher Says

Feminism Was Alive in Renaissance England, Researcher Says | Herstory | Scoop.it
A newly transcribed text shows that some Renaissance women launched battles for equality, and sometimes won.

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Feminism F.A.Q.s: What Have Women Been Told They Can’t Do?

Feminism F.A.Q.s: What Have Women Been Told They Can’t Do? | Herstory | Scoop.it
This video looks at just a few of the things women have been told they can't do, through actual legal prohibitions (e.g. voting) or social norms (riding bicycles).

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A Very Good Question

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Why are you afraid of me when I open my mouth but not when I open my legs? Indeed. HSU Womens Center sticker, circa 1997.
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The only good abortion is my abortion

The only good abortion is my abortion | Herstory | Scoop.it
As I write this, it is 1:17 am on Wednesday, June 20th, 2012. I am lying awake in bed, trying to decide whether or not to have an abortion. Of course, we don’t call it an abortion. We call it “a procedure” or a D&C.
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Your Right To Bare Breasts

Your Right To Bare Breasts | Herstory | Scoop.it
Given all the ruckus about breast feeding in public (something which relegated me to the isolation of many a stuffy room, even during family gatherings), I consider the right to...
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Miss Represented: Women's Success in the 21st Century is Still Defined by Sex

Miss Represented: Women's Success in the 21st Century is Still Defined by Sex | Herstory | Scoop.it

"As long as we tolerate being saturated by media that depicts female success as tied inextricably to the ability to attract a man and produce offspring […] we leave room for the notion that women are above all procreative vehicles."

 

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Going To Hell In A Handbag?

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Two thoughts regarding Vote With Your Purse...

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

Susan Sarandon Explains Why Women Need White Man’s Di*#s | Herstory | Scoop.it

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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47,000 Women Die Each Year From Unsafe Abortions

47,000 Women Die Each Year From Unsafe Abortions | Herstory | Scoop.it

by TARA CULP-RESSLER, ThinkProgress

 

According to the Guttmacher Institute, complications from unsafe abortions in the developing world contribute to 47,000 preventable deaths each year.

 

In all parts of the world, women have abortions for similar reasons, often for the very same reasons that woman who have access to modern contraception choose to use birth control. Women want to be able to delay having children if they are financially unable to care for a child or additional children, if they are not in a stable relationship with a partner who can help them care for a child, or if they still need to finish their education. But contraception isn’t readily available in many of the countries where women are dying from botched abortion procedures. Guttmacher estimates that about 222 million women in the developing world are trying to avoid pregnancy, but aren’t using a modern form of contraception, putting themselves at risk for an unintended pregnancy and an unsafe abortion.

 

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Naughty Secretaries Vs. Bosses Gone Bad

Naughty Secretaries Vs. Bosses Gone Bad | Herstory | Scoop.it

The myth of the naughty secretary was created & used to perpetuate fears among Victorian housewives and beyond.

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How Pinterest Is Killing Feminism

How Pinterest Is Killing Feminism | Herstory | Scoop.it
One in five women over the age of 18 who regularly use the internet is on Pinterest, which had an estimated 23 million users users as of July. It also has an overwhelmingly female audience; around 60 percent of visitors to the site are women. And the site is only growing: between July 2011 and July 2012, 22 million users joined. Since Pinterest stopped requiring an invite to become a member in August, that number is only increasing. But the site's popularity highlights an uncomfortable reality: Pinterest's user-generated content, which overwhelmingly emphasizes recipes, home decor, and fitness and fashion tips, feels like a reminder that women still seek out the retrograde, materialistic content that women's magazines have been hawking for decades — and that the internet was supposed to help overcome. This isn't where the internet was supposed to take us.

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Laura Brown's comment, December 17, 2012 11:49 AM
Feminism is about women being able to stand on equal ground with men and have our rights and needs taken into account. It is not about turning women into men, stripping us of our femininity. Yes, women like cosmetics, making their home comfortable and pretty and we even like nice clothes and Christmas baking. Get over it. It doesn't mean we aren't feminists. It just means we are being the women we want to be.
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What is your vision for women and where was the Internet supposed to take us?
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Just Don’t Call It Slut-Shaming: A Feminist Guide to Silencing Sex Workers

Just Don’t Call It Slut-Shaming: A Feminist Guide to Silencing Sex Workers | Herstory | Scoop.it

The feminist movement really is in a pickle these days. It used to be a given that things like prostitution, pornography and stripping were bad, but nowadays there’s some resistance to these time-honoured notions. Women are increasingly coming out as sex workers and demanding rights. As feminists seek to shut down strip bars and criminalise clients, those women are complaining not just that they’ll lose their livelihood, but that they’ll be at increased risk of abuse and violence if their industries go underground! You can’t let such trivial concerns get in the way of your crusade, so below are some handy tips for discrediting these pesky meddlers.

Remember: being an actual sex worker doesn’t entitle her to speak about sex work!...


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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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Busty Girls Held Hostage By Retailers & Economy

Busty Girls Held Hostage By Retailers & Economy | Herstory | Scoop.it

Retailers, the economy, and our culture consipre against women with larger breasts.

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Republican likens contraceptive mandate to Pearl Harbor, 9/11

Republican likens contraceptive mandate to Pearl Harbor, 9/11 | Herstory | Scoop.it
 
A House Republican lawmaker likened the implementation of a new mandate that insurers offer coverage for contraceptive services to Pearl Harbor and the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks against the United States.
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Happy Birthday Me

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Birthdays are a time of reflection — but don’t worry, this isn’t one of those sentimental personal pieces full of beauty and gratitude, a wistful and wise piece about aging,...

 

[PS I'm OK; I'm not being morbid, but hoping to work up a rant. The state of affairs is terrible!]

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Wichita Anti-Choicer Leaders Raising Funds for Multi-Million Dollar "Pro-Life Memorial" As Children Suffer From Budget Cuts | RH Reality Check

Wichita Anti-Choicer Leaders Raising Funds for Multi-Million Dollar "Pro-Life Memorial" As Children Suffer From Budget Cuts | RH Reality Check | Herstory | Scoop.it

"At a time when many of its parishioners may be having trouble paying their mortgages and wondering how to survive massive layoffs, this church wants to erect a massively expensive monument to their victory in the murder of Dr. Tiller. Kansas' career anti-choice activists are literally salivating over a "one of a kind" tourist attraction rivaling the Creation Museum, to drive an influx of cash and the credulous."

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Suffering Suffrage Jewelry

Suffering Suffrage Jewelry | Herstory | Scoop.it
This antique pin with peridot, amethysts, and pearls set in 9 carat rose and yellow gold — but it’s not (necessarily) suffragette jewelry. FYI, the antique brooch is hallmarked Chester...
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War on Women: Powerful Messages Written on Women’s Bodies

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May Day Rising!

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by LAURA KACERE, feministcampusblog.org

 

The fight on May Day is a fight for economic justice; it is a fight for a better world.

 

When I was a kid, May 1st meant giving and receiving May Day baskets from my friends. Today it just means I have to pay my rent.

 

But for the world, May 1st signifies a beautiful fight – one that has for over a century stood for the rights of workers and an end to their exploitation.

 

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