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Child brides

31 May

Originally posted to the Community forum at MyMedia

When I tell people that I’m a feminist, I am often told that I should stop worrying about catcalling and other harassment, because it’s “not so bad,” that I should worry more about things like FGM or child brides in other, frequently Muslim, countries. Because here, in the glorious USoA, women have it sooooo good already, we should stop with the whingeing and complaining.

However, being a whole person, I can care about multiple things, and, turns out, I am concerned about child brides.

Particularly child brides of the Christian variety in the USoA.

Right here, right now.

Girls as young as 10, some already having given birth from rape¹, are forced by their own families to marry their rapist. Usually, this man is much older–an adult himself, so it can be anywhere from 10 to 15 years older than his ‘bride.’

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Women have it SO good.

6 May

(Originally posted to the Community section of MyMedia)

Another day in that Utopia where “women have it so good.”

A couple of months ago, Oklahoma State Representative Justin Humphrey kindly explained that women who become pregnant are merely hosts, stupidly deluded into thinking that it is their own body going through the pregnancy. Therefore, and whether that pregnancy is simply unplanned, not wanted, or the result of rape, those women ‘invited it in’ and should therefore be required to obtain the father’s permission in order to obtain an abortion.

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IWD thread: an update

7 Apr

(Originally posted to the Community section of MyMedia)

For those who read this thread, I offer an apology.

It’s very difficult for me, given current events, to find motivation to continue talking about the need for everyone–including women–to see everyone else–particularly women, both cis and trans, and gender fluid/gender queer people–as equals.

The current administration has declared April to be “Sexual Assault Awareness Month.”

Irony has died.

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Women’s pain, again.

21 Mar

(Originally posted to the Community section of MyMedia)

I have linked to some stuff on the incredible gender bias in healthcare before.

Here’s a recent BuzzFeed piece, with 29 accounts of specific cases in which women’s health concerns and pain were dismissed out of hand–and some of the indelible, lifelong negative consequences of said dismissal.

This is not new, and while it’s more prevalent among male health providers, even female doctors and nurse practitioners have been indoctrinated into dismissing female pain as exaggerated. We are expected to soldier on, regardless, and we often do, because we also, often, have no choice.

But the fact that we take it doesn’t alleviate the responsibility of those causing harm by dismissing our voices and our knowledge of our own bodies.

That didn’t take long.

16 Mar

(Originally posted to the Community section of MyMedia)

And…it took barely two days after the Fearless Girl was installed, before a particularly privileged white male, to the applause of some of his friends, thought it funny to mock fuck it.

“Almost as if out of central casting, some Wall Street finance broseph appeared and started humping the statue while his gross date rape-y friends laughed and cheered him on,”

I imagine many people, particularly men, will shrug the incident off. And that the same tire platitutdes will be uttered.

Boys will be boys! They were probably drunk! It’s a harmless joke!

Considering how often real women, and young girls, are exposed to this same behaviour, and how often these assaults are dismissed with these same attitudes/excuses…yeah, call me over sensitive, but both the behaviour and all the justifications for it are, precisely, why feminism is needed.

How women’s participation, and their exclusion, have impacted the country’s history.

13 Mar

(Originally posted to the Community section of MyMedia)

Via openculture.com, a FREE online course:

• How women’s participation in, exclusion from, and impact on American economic, political, and social life have altered American history.
• How key figures and events have challenged the role of women in the home and workplace.
• How ideas, such as democracy, citizenship, liberty, patriotism, and equality have differently shaped the lives of women and men.
• How women of different races and classes have experienced work, both inside and outside the home.
• How historians of women and gender study America’s past, including hands-on opportunities to practice analyzing primary sources from the present and the past.
• How women’s history has developed and changed over time.

It starts today, so go ahead, learn to view the world around you in a different light.

International Women’s Day 2017

5 Mar

(Originally posted to the community forum at MyMedia)

After a hiatus brought on by incredibly depressing current events, I bring you the next International Woman’s Day celebration:

The date of the “Day Without A Woman” strike coincides with another important event: International Women’s Day — which is no coincidence. International Women’s Day began in 1908 when thousands of women gathered in New York City to demand better working conditions, better pay, and the right to vote. The first official International Women’s Day was observed three years later, in 1911. Given that, according to the Women’s March website, the purpose of “A Day Without A Woman” is to recognize “the enormous value that women of all backgrounds add to our socio-economic system — while receiving lower wages and experiencing greater inequities, vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment, and job insecurity,” it makes perfect sense that the strike coincides with International Women’s Day.