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equality. [13 May 2009|10:43am]

rzist

http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0416/p06s13-wosc.html

this is beautiful and inspiring.
these women are my heros.
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[25 Apr 2008|10:42am]
theatricpoet
Hey ladieeeeees. I'm conducting a survey for one of my classes. If you have ten minutes, and could please please PLEASE fill this out it would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.

For mothers:

1. How many children do you have?
2. What year did you have your children?
3. What are your overall impressions or thoughts about midwives?
4. Did you know about the option of using a midwife during your pregnancy? If so, did you consider using one?
5. Did you use a midwife during your birth? Why or why not?
6. Please explain your birthing experience with your midwife or obstetrician. Was it a positive or negative experience?
7. If you used an obstetrician, do you think that there’s anything a midwife would have done differently?
8. Knowing what you know now, would you have preferred using a midwife or would you use one in the future?




For Non-mothers:

1. Do you want to have children?
2. What are your overall impressions or thoughts about midwives?
3. Are you aware of the ways that midwives differ from obstetricians?
4. Would you consider using a midwife for your birth? Why or why not?
6. Do you know anyone who used a midwife? Was it a positive or negative experience?
7. What characteristics or traits would you want the person delivering your baby to possess? How would they ideally treat you?
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[09 Feb 2008|02:41am]

pettythings
Women Are Never Front-Runners

By GLORIA STEINEM
Published: January 8, 2008

THE woman in question became a lawyer after some years as a community organizer, married a corporate lawyer and is the mother of two little girls, ages 9 and 6. Herself the daughter of a white American mother and a black African father — in this race-conscious country, she is considered black — she served as a state legislator for eight years, and became an inspirational voice for national unity.

Be honest: Do you think this is the biography of someone who could be elected to the United States Senate? After less than one term there, do you believe she could be a viable candidate to head the most powerful nation on earth?

If you answered no to either question, you're not alone. Gender is probably the most restricting force in American life, whether the question is who must be in the kitchen or who could be in the White House. This country is way down the list of countries electing women and, according to one study, it polarizes gender roles more than the average democracy.

That's why the Iowa primary was following our historical pattern of making change. Black men were given the vote a half-century before women of any race were allowed to mark a ballot, and generally have ascended to positions of power, from the military to the boardroom, before any women (with the possible exception of obedient family members in the latter).

If the lawyer described above had been just as charismatic but named, say, Achola Obama instead of Barack Obama, her goose would have been cooked long ago. Indeed, neither she nor Hillary Clinton could have used Mr. Obama's public style — or Bill Clinton's either — without being considered too emotional by Washington pundits.

So why is the sex barrier not taken as seriously as the racial one? The reasons are as pervasive as the air we breathe: because sexism is still confused with nature as racism once was; because anything that affects males is seen as more serious than anything that affects "only" the female half of the human race; because children are still raised mostly by women (to put it mildly) so men especially tend to feel they are regressing to childhood when dealing with a powerful woman; because racism stereotyped black men as more "masculine" for so long that some white men find their presence to be masculinity-affirming (as long as there aren't too many of them); and because there is still no "right" way to be a woman in public power without being considered a you-know-what.

I'm not advocating a competition for who has it toughest. The caste systems of sex and race are interdependent and can only be uprooted together. That's why Senators Clinton and Obama have to be careful not to let a healthy debate turn into the kind of hostility that the news media love. Both will need a coalition of outsiders to win a general election. The abolition and suffrage movements progressed when united and were damaged by division; we should remember that.

I'm supporting Senator Clinton because like Senator Obama she has community organizing experience, but she also has more years in the Senate, an unprecedented eight years of on-the-job training in the White House, no masculinity to prove, the potential to tap a huge reservoir of this country's talent by her example, and now even the courage to break the no-tears rule. I'm not opposing Mr. Obama; if he's the nominee, I'll volunteer. Indeed, if you look at votes during their two-year overlap in the Senate, they were the same more than 90 percent of the time. Besides, to clean up the mess left by President Bush, we may need two terms of President Clinton and two of President Obama.

But what worries me is that he is seen as unifying by his race while she is seen as divisive by her sex.

What worries me is that she is accused of "playing the gender card" when citing the old boys' club, while he is seen as unifying by citing civil rights confrontations.

What worries me is that male Iowa voters were seen as gender-free when supporting their own, while female voters were seen as biased if they did and disloyal if they didn't.

What worries me is that reporters ignore Mr. Obama's dependence on the old — for instance, the frequent campaign comparisons to John F. Kennedy — while not challenging the slander that her progressive policies are part of the Washington status quo.

What worries me is that some women, perhaps especially younger ones, hope to deny or escape the sexual caste system; thus Iowa women over 50 and 60, who disproportionately supported Senator Clinton, proved once again that women are the one group that grows more radical with age.

This country can no longer afford to choose our leaders from a talent pool limited by sex, race, money, powerful fathers and paper degrees. It's time to take equal pride in breaking all the barriers. We have to be able to say: "I'm supporting her because she'll be a great president and because she's a woman."
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[29 Sep 2007|07:52pm]

pettythings
tampon protests


The small Sullivan County school has been in an uproar for the last week. Girls have worn tampons on their clothes in protest, and purses made out of tampon boxes. Some boys wore maxi-pads stuck to their shirts in support.
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Equal? [12 Aug 2007|03:41pm]

jisforjasmine
I am curious to know  you all react to probably the most frustrating remark a feminist can hear-
"Why are you a feminist? Women are equal in society."

I heard such a remark a few days ago, my reply was "How can women be equal in this society if a woman can't even walk down the street at night without the threat of being raped/attacked?"
This young man's reply was  'So? The same thing happens to guys.'
Ignorance is the human trait i dispise the most.
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[03 Feb 2007|12:31am]

pettythings
TAMPA - First, police say, a 21-year-old woman was raped at Gasparilla. Then, she was handcuffed and jailed - for two nights and two days.

A jail worker with religious objections blocked her from ingesting a morning-after pill to prevent pregnancy, her attorney says, keeping her from taking the required second dose for more than 24 hours longer than recommended.
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[01 Dec 2006|03:52pm]

beans45601
Hey yall

I am looking for a 'special issues' play for my play analysis class. I am looking for a feminist/womans issue play of some sort. Any ideas?
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you dont have to be pretty [20 Oct 2006|01:13pm]

pettythings


((taken from a dress a day i thought it was worth sharing.))



So the other day, folks in the comments were talking about leggings. I'm pretty agnostic about leggings, but the whole discussion (which centered on the fact that it can be *really* hard to look good in leggings) got me thinking about the pervasive idea that women owe it to onlookers to maintain a certain standard of decorativeness.

Now, this may seem strange from someone who writes about pretty dresses (mostly) every day, but: You Don't Have to Be Pretty. You don't owe prettiness to anyone. Not to your boyfriend/spouse/partner, not to your co-workers, especially not to random men on the street. You don't owe it to your mother, you don't owe it to your children, you don't owe it to civilization in general. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked "female".

I'm not saying that you SHOULDN'T be pretty if you want to. (You don't owe UN-prettiness to feminism, in other words.) Pretty is pleasant, and fun, and satisfying, and makes people smile, often even at you. But in the hierarchy of importance, pretty stands several rungs down from happy, is way below healthy, and if done as a penance, or an obligation, can be so far away from independent that you may have to squint really hard to see it in the haze.

But what does you-don't-have-to-be-pretty mean in practical, everyday terms? It means that you don't have to apologize for wearing things that are held to be "unflattering" or "unfashionable" -- especially if, in fact, they make you happy on some level deeper than just being pretty does. So what if your favorite color isn't a "good" color on you? So what if you are "too fat" (by some arbitrary measure) for a sleeveless top? If you are clean, are covered enough to avoid a citation for public indecency, and have bandaged any open wounds, you can wear any color or style you please, if it makes you happy.

I was going to make a handy prettiness decision tree, but pretty much the end of every branch was a bubble that said "tell complainers to go to hell" so it wasn't much of a tool.

Pretty, it's sad to say, can have a shelf life. It's so tied up with youth that, at some point (if you're lucky), you're going to have to graduate from pretty. Sometimes (as in the case with Diana Vreeland, above, you can go so far past pretty that you end up in stylish, or even striking (or the fashion-y term jolie laide) before you know it. But you won't get there if you think you have to follow all the signs that say "this way to Pretty." You get there by traveling the route you find most interesting. (And to hell with the naysayers who say "But that's not PRETTY"!)
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copied from a myspace bulletin [09 Aug 2006|01:23am]

pettythings
http://www.latimes.com/features/magazine/west/la-tm-gonewild32aug06,0,2664370.story


Apparently the guy who runs "Girls Gone Wild" has raped at least two girls- one he apparently drugged after arguing about the morality of "Girls Gone Wild," the other had just posed for the cameras and was very intoxicated but remembers very clearly saying "no," "stop," and that it was very painful (though he hasn't been convicted in the first case due to insufficient evidence and the second hasn't pressed charges but did talk to the reporter), physically assaulted the reporter writing the above article (...and later apologized, saying "we love our little reporter, don't we...come on, baby, give me a kiss"), paid minors to kiss each other in the shower for the camera and then to touch his penis (lawsuit pending), and has harrassed and physically threatened other women who angered him, such as a woman who would not return a deposit for a rental space that he trashed.
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[29 Jun 2006|12:24am]

pettythings
freaking giant picture under hereCollapse )
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[08 Apr 2006|06:41pm]
creativetypes
ani difranco- grand canyon (on yousendit)
coolest f-word ever deserves a fuckin' shout!Collapse )
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an article i found when researching for a paper [23 Mar 2006|09:13pm]

thicklikehoney
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[22 Mar 2006|10:18pm]

pettythings
The battle to ban birth control

Using bogus health facts to scare women about the "dangers" of contraception, a fledgling movement fights for a culture in which sex = procreation.
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[09 Mar 2006|12:57pm]

pettythings
In all, legislators in 11 states — Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, and West Virginia — have introduced bills this year to ban nearly all abortions. Even in the traditionally pro-choice state of Massachusetts, Governor Mitt Romney (R) announced this month that he would sign a bill outlawing most abortions if it ever reached his desk.

The current wave of state abortion bans is a serious, direct threat to our most basic, fundamental rights — one that has severe repercussions for all Americans.
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[08 Mar 2006|05:15pm]

highxvoltage
happy international women's day!!!
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[24 Feb 2006|11:58pm]

pettythings
S.D. House Approves Abortion Ban Bill - The measure would make no exception in cases of rape or incest
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[23 Feb 2006|12:47pm]

pettythings
anyone listen to loveline last night and hear the guy that called in to ask about how his partner had been infibulated (a type of fgm)?

i was really disappointed in dr drew not pointing out the difference between female circumcision and infibulation. the guests on the show hadn't even heard of female genital mutilation/cutting. sometimes i forget these aren't issues discussed as frequently as they are in my school setting.
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i posted this to my own journal as well. sorry if you're seeing it twice. [21 Feb 2006|12:55am]

highxvoltage
[ mood | disgusted ]

wow.. just WOW.Collapse )

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[12 Feb 2006|09:00pm]

pettythings
anyone seeing the vagina monologues this week?

i'm kind of sad i dont have the money this week to go. :[
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[30 Jan 2006|08:12pm]

pettythings
anyone know any good readings on sex vs. gender?
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