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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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If You’re Forced To Have A Baby, Don’t Throw It Out With The Bathwater (Or, Of Margaret Sanger & Eugenics)

If You’re Forced To Have A Baby, Don’t Throw It Out With The Bathwater (Or, Of Margaret Sanger & Eugenics) | Herstory | Scoop.it

Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood and advocate for planned parenting & birth control before women even had the right to vote, is often misquoted or quoted out of context. And one thing is generally missing from any conversation about Sanger and her times: The subject of eugenics itself.

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Domestic Violence Is Sexy | BlogHer

Domestic Violence Is Sexy | BlogHer | Herstory | Scoop.it
Why do celebrities and victims of domestic violence like Rihanna continue to glamorize abuse?

 

Why is the media making domestic violence sexy? Because we are letting them.

They’re using the pictures of a leather-clad Rihanna bumping and grinding on stage, not the pictures where her face is torn up and bruised. If we continue to let these celebrities parade their choices in front of us, then we become immune to the truth about domestic violence.

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Alumnae Profiles: Susan Elliott '58

Alumnae Profiles: Susan Elliott '58 | Herstory | Scoop.it
Susan Elliott's career is fascinating; she made a lot of savvy--and gutsy--decisions about the direction of computer technology, and she has a career as an entrepreneur in a field dominated by men.

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Sexual Health Pioneer Margaret Sanger Biography "Writing The Messy Life Of A Sexual Health Pioneer"

Writing The Messy Life Of A Sexual Health PioneerNPRHer work around sexual health made her one of the most celebrated and vilified figures in women's history.

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Wear All White for Women's Rights

Wear All White for Women's Rights | Herstory | Scoop.it

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Based on the Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee’s nonviolent protest for women’s rights in Liberia , I started this protest as a single woman in New York, a woman who is horrified at watching my rights being stripped away in this country that I love so much. I can no longer sit back and do nothing. I am beginning this grass roots movement to stand up for my rights, your rights, human rights. Will you stand with me?

 

Lawmakers today seem to have forgotten who those laws are being made for; seem to have forgotten how many of us there are who vote to keep them in office, or to take them out. How about a friendly reminder?

 

I stand by and for women’s rights.

 

By wearing all white, or a white shirt with pink "I support women's rights" on this day, April 2, 2012, I am reminding those who write and pass bills:

that women deserve honesty from their doctors - 100% of the time that a fetus’s life is not more important that the mother's that state sanctioned rape is still rape and not ok that it is not ok to charge a mother with attempted murder for a miscarriage that it is not ok to force women to carry a stillborn baby to term that it is not ok to take away the funding of women to receive medical treatment to make a political point that it is not ok to fire a woman because she is taking a medicine you disagree with

For these and many other things currently being debated about in legislature, I stand by and for women’s rights.

 

Leymah Gbowee said “It’s time for women to stop being politely angry.”

 

Here is a way to start:

Commit to wearing all white on Monday April 2. Send this invite to people you know. Find a way to gather with others who are weraing white, the more people in one place, the greater the impact. Call your senators and congressmen and let them know you do not approve of what’s happening right now. Stay informed. Talk about it. Shout about it. Do not stop until they have listened. Start visual protests of your own. Vote. Vote. Vote. Do research on what candidates actually believe and look at their voting history. Stay informed. Vote. Be the change.

 

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A popular gender exercise among High School students

A popular gender exercise among High School students | Herstory | Scoop.it

Spark a Movement

 

A popular exercise among High School creative writing teachers in America is to ask students to imagine they have been transformed, for a day, into someone of the opposite sex, and describe what that day might be like. The results, apparently, are uncannily uniform. The girls all write long and detailed essays that clearly show they have spent a great deal of time thinking about the subject. Half of the boys usually refuse to write the essay entirely. Those who do make it clear they have not the slightest conception what being a teenage girl might be like, and deeply resent having to think about it. [MORE]


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Women: The Libyan Rebellion's Secret Weapon

Women: The Libyan Rebellion's Secret Weapon | Herstory | Scoop.it
They helped overthrow Qaddafi by smuggling arms and spying on the government.

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Gender Ideology in Size Charts » Sociological Images

Gender Ideology in Size Charts » Sociological Images | Herstory | Scoop.it

"When we see this kind of gendered posing in drawings that are ostensibly neutral, we are being told that our particular historically- and culturally-contingent version of masculinity and femininity is natural."

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Reproductive Rights and the Long Hand of Slave Breeding

Reproductive Rights and the Long Hand of Slave Breeding | Herstory | Scoop.it

By JOANN WYPIJEWSKI, The Nation

 

“What a spectacle,” Pamela [Bridgewater] exclaimed, “Virginia, the birthplace of the slave breeding industry in America, is debating state-sanctioned rape. Imagine the woman who says No to this as a prerequisite for abortion. Will she be strapped down, her ankles shackled to stir-ups?” [MORE]


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Hollaback! You have the power to end street harassment

Hollaback! You have the power to end street harassment | Herstory | Scoop.it
Hollaback! is an international movement to end street harassment. We believe that everyone has the right to feel safe and confident when they walk down the street.
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The spectacular triumph of working women around the world

The spectacular triumph of working women around the world | Herstory | Scoop.it
Surveying the globe with three new studies that show us how far women have come in the world economy -- and how far they still have to go, even in the United States...

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Slut! Should we reclaim the word or banish It?

Slut! Should we reclaim the word or banish It? | Herstory | Scoop.it

The Limbaugh controversy is a perfect example of the complexities of reappropriating, or renouncing, the slur. AlterNet


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Health Insurance "Gender Rating" Charges Women $1 Billion Annually For Being Women - Autostraddle

Health Insurance "Gender Rating" Charges Women $1 Billion Annually For Being Women - Autostraddle | Herstory | Scoop.it

Health Insurance "Gender Rating" Charges Women $1 Billion Annually For Being WomenAutostraddleThe disparity in cost exists thanks to a system called "gender rating." You're probably familiar with it because it's the same practice used by car...


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Rich Mom, Poor Dad: Women become breadwinners

Rich Mom, Poor Dad: Women become breadwinners | Herstory | Scoop.it
NPR's Jennifer Ludden reviews Liza Mundy's new book, The Richer Sex, which argues that as women out-earn men, the balance of power will shift in the dating scene, the marriage market and family life.

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Constructive Conversations on Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality and the -isms of ... - Huffington Post (blog)

Constructive Conversations on Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality and the -isms of ... - Huffington Post (blog) | Herstory | Scoop.it
Constructive Conversations on Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality and the -isms of ...Huffington Post (blog)To this end, I offer these three perspectives that I believe can help us have constructive conversations about, not only race, but any of the...

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The (Not-So-Secret) War on Moms : How the Supreme Court Took Protections Away from Pregnant Workers

The (Not-So-Secret) War on Moms : How the Supreme Court Took Protections Away from Pregnant Workers | Herstory | Scoop.it

Posted by ARIELA MIGDAL,

Women's Rights Project, ACLU

 

This week, the Supreme Court ruled, by the all-too-familiar 5-4 margin, that a provision of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) giving workers time off to care for their own serious health conditions — including pregnancy and childbirth — can't be enforced by state employees in damages lawsuits against their public employers. The decision in Coleman v. Court of Appeals of Maryland effectively stripped many public employees — the majority of whom are women — of the right to job protection when they need to take time off while pregnant. [MORE]


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The Quietus | News | Annie Lennox Discusses Feminism & HIV

The Quietus | News | Annie Lennox Discusses Feminism & HIV | Herstory | Scoop.it
David Peschek spends ten minutes with Annie Lennox and discusses HIV, Africa, International Women's Day, celebrity culture and why an Evening Standard columnist...
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Male lawmakers to receive knit uteruses in the mail - TheHill.com

Male lawmakers to receive knit uteruses in the mail - TheHill.com | Herstory | Scoop.it

By Judy Kurtz, The Hill

 

Susan Santos is a 55-year-old Colorado blogger and housewife, but these days, she’s doubling as a uterus-knitting machine.

 

Yes, you read that right.

 

The mom and knitting fanatic is an organizer of a campaign called the “Government Free VJJ Project.”

 

The goal of the initiative: to knit or crochet a vagina or uterus and send it to every male lawmaker in Congress.

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Government Free VJJ’s website, which comes complete with patterns such as “Happy Uterus,” claims the initiative is aimed at telling America’s men in government: “Hands off my uterus! Here’s one of your own!”

 

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Sen. Brown cites mom in domestic violence law push

by STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press

 

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is pointing to his mother's history of abusive relationships with men as he pushes for renewal of a domestic violence law that has met with opposition from some fellow Republicans over proposed expansions of its protections. [MORE]


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Abortive Art

Abortive Art | Herstory | Scoop.it
Look at this sketch closely… My first thought was that this was the agonizingly personal doodles and notations of a woman contemplating abortion. There are lists of check-marked points, like...
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What Health-Care Reform Means to Women

What Health-Care Reform Means to Women | Herstory | Scoop.it

by CINDY PEARSON, Guest Blogger,

Feminist Majority Foundation

 

For the tenth #HERvotes blog carnival, we’re celebrating the second anniversary of the new health-reform law, the Affordable Care Act, or ACA.

 

Why are women so excited about the ACA? Well, for a start, the law has already started removing barriers to health care and improving services for millions of women and our families, helping us access the care we need to stay healthy.

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Women's Suffrage - Bad Romance Parody

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Lady Gaga's Bad Romance: Women's Suffrage: In honor of International Women...

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Shit Men Say to Men Who Say Shit to Women on the Street

"Shit Men Say to Men Who Say Shit to Women on the Street" was inspired by International Anti-Street Harassment Week. It was created by a group of women and m...
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The GOP's Witch Hunt | RH Reality Check

The GOP's Witch Hunt | RH Reality Check | Herstory | Scoop.it
"Having a female body was the factor most likely to render one vulnerable to being called a witch...the truth about the majority of persons accused of [witchcraft]: old, unattractive, disliked, and FEMALE"

— Witchcraze: A New History of European Witch Hunts by Anne Llewellyn Barstow

 

The past few months the GOP has waged a war on women that places them firmly in bed with religious lobbyists, treating women like they are subhuman all in the name of patriarchal religion. N
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Curated by Deanna Dahlsad
An opinionated woman obsessed with objects, entertained by ephemera, intrigued by researching, fascinated by culture & addicted to writing. The wind says my name; doesn't put an @ in front of it, so maybe you don't notice. http://www.kitsch-slapped.com
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A Marketing Mix
Adventures in advertising and marketing - the contemporary, the historical, and the hysterical. http://deanna.dahlsad.com/
Antiques & Vintage Collectibles
Collecting old things; heirlooms and new to you things! Companion to http://www.inherited-values.com/
Colorful Prism Of Racism
Racism past and present. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/colorful-prism-of-racism/
Consumption Junction
Consumerism meets marketing; who & what manipulates the free market of goods & services. See also: http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/ze-big-mouth-promotions-stuff/
Crimes Against Humanity
From lone gunmen on hills to mass movements. Depressing as hell, really.
Cultural History
The roots of culture; history and pre-history.
Dare To Be A Feminist
I do. http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/hey-sister-can-you-spare-some-social-change/
For Art's Sake-1
Art, crafts, and the people who make them. To inspire and purchase. Companion to http://www.ululating-undulating-ungulate.com/
Herstory
History as this woman sees it. The serious, the kitsch, the opinionated. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/
In The Name Of God
Mainly acts done in the name of religion, but also discussions of atheism, faith, & spirituality.
Kinsanity
Let's just say I have reasons to learn more about mental health, special needs children, psychology, and the like.
Kitsch
Mostly vintage and retro "badness" but you can decide how delicious it is. http://www.kitschy-kitschy-coo.com/blog/
Nerdy Needs
The stuff of nerdy, geeky, dreams.
Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic
The meaning behind the math of the bottom line in publishing and the media. For writers, publishers, and bloggers (which are a combination of the two).
Sex Positive
Sexuality as a human right.
Vintage Living Today For A Future Tormorrow
It's as easy to romanticize the past as it is to demonize it; instead, let's learn from it. More than living simply, more than living 'green', thrifty grandmas knew the importance of the 'economics' in Home Economics. The history of home ec, lessons in thrift, practical tips and ideas from the past focused on sustainability for families and out planet. Companion to http://www.thingsyourgrandmotherknew.com/
Visiting The Past
Travel based on grande ideas, locations, and persons of the past.
Walking On Sunshine
Stuff that makes me smile.
You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important
Links to (many of) my columns and articles.