So sorry to be absent for a few weeks. And on this Halloween we have a monster post to catch you up on what has been happening. Buckle up, let’s go! And be sure to be safe on this crazy, crazy night!
Abortion & Abortion Rights
♀ Trust him? – digby over at Hullabaloo offers up an article about Larry Pressler and his flip-flop regarding Roe vs. Wade.
♀ Sam Harris doesn’t know anything about feminism, decides to set feminist priorities anyway – Very funny and beautifully written article that contains this gem: “In the classic stance of the mansplainer, Harris lets it be known that having no fucking idea what he is talking about doesn’t mean he can’t be the self-appointed expert over people who actually know things like facts.”
♀ NEWSFLASH: North Dakota Court Restricts Medication Abortions
♀ Exclusive Excerpt: How Pro-Choicers Can Take Back the Moral High Ground – I wasn’t aware we’d ever lost it.
♀ Women’s Rights Groups Mount Online Offensive in Colorado’s ‘Personhood’ Battle
Culture & Pop Culture
♀ #GamerGate is an attack on ethical journalism – I would have expected better from gamers, but at least it started a dialogue.
♀ GamerGate is loud, dangerous and a last grasp at cultural dominance by angry white men
♀ These 7 Geek Icons Have Had Enough of #Gamergate. Here’s How They’re Fighting Back.
♀ Gamergate’s anti-woman agenda made clear: Actor Felicia Day threatened for speaking up
♀ Billboard’s all-female Top 5 don’t empower – Many are claiming that the six week run of female artists snagging the top five slots is a sign of “girl power” – but is it?
♀ This Mom Was Tired Of Princesses. So She Did Something About It. – A big welcome to the Guardian Princesses!
♀ Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: ‘I decided to call myself a Happy Feminist’
♀ Annie Lennox says the word ‘twerking,’ makes most controversial statement of 2014 – Finally somebody said it.
♀ And feminism got a whole lot sexier this week:
Benedict Cumberbatch best known for playing Sherlock Holmes in the hit BBC series Sherlock
♀ Alaska High School Pulls Plug On Q&A Session After Republican Compares Same-Sex Marriage To Two Bulls Having Sex – This could have gone under LGBTQ, but there’s more to it than that. Plus, you have to consider the difference between a run-of-the-mill fucktard (such as those Republicans, conservatives and teabaggers capering through the rest of these posts) and a real fucktard. The fact that Rep. Young was addressing a high school audience qualifies him by itself.
♀ Gun nuts’ powerful new enemy: How pediatricians are taking on the NRA – “The debate antagonists are the gun lobby and physicians, two of the most powerful interests in the country. At stake are fundamental issues: gun owner privacy versus physician responsibility; constitutional rights versus public safety.” Very good article and it raises a few questions I had not thought about.
♀ Yes, Mass Shootings Are Occurring More Often
♀ POLICE: MEN OPEN FIRE AFTER LOSING GAME OF BEER PONG – Ah, good ol’ Texas. . .
♀ Former Rep. Gabby Giffords on gun violence: ‘This is a women’s issue’ – I’m mixed on this. I love Gabby Giffords but I find this to be an “everybody issue”. However, I completely agree with her otherwise.
♀ 7 Big Gun Fights to Watch on Election Day
♀ Efua Dorkenoo dead: Influential FGM women’s rights campaigner dies, aged 65 – Such a terrible and sad loss.
♀ Someone needs to explain to Greg Abbott where babies come from – I have raved about this blog before and sure enough Margaret and Helen are back and talking about Greg Abbott and his idiotic belief that the ban on same sex marriage will reduce the number of babies born out of wedlock. Helen is poetic in her writing and this is a must read!
♀ Evolution complete: President Obama backs constitutional right to marriage equality for first time
♀ 20 disgustingly misogynist quotes from religious leaders
♀ Men’s rights group launches creepy website to co-opt respected anti-violence campaign – Not only is this underhanded, but they seem to not understand that men’s rights are women’s rights, which are human rights. And I dare you to look at the first picture and not get the creeps!!
♀ A Female News Anchor Has A Priceless Reply To Comments That Would Never Be Made About A Male Anchor
♀ Texas Cop Under Fire After Shocking Video Of Dog Shooting Surfaces (VIDEO) – Is it getting to the point that shooting anything that moves is the accepted response?
♀ Slain hostage’s family asks: Did 33 cops really have to fire 600 bullets during shootout?
♀ Autopsy Reveals Black Man Was Shot Five Times in the Back in ‘Self Defense’ By Utah Cops
♀ There is a twitter account called Killed By Cops and they actually have to tweet on an hourly basis!
♀ St. Louis Police Officer calls the job of Ferguson Activist to get her fired. She gets his number and calls him back.
♀ How the ‘War on Women’ Is Deepening Racial Inequality – Wow, findings from a 1983 study are still, sadly, accurate.
♀ Supreme Court’s civil rights backlash: How a new case could set us back decades – Oh, happy, happy, joy, joy.
♀ S. Carolina HS football coach fired after team mocks Black opponents with watermelons
♀ Teacher suspended for alleged racist remarks
♀ Horrific “lynching” display removed from home on Kentucky Army base
Rape & Rape Culture
♀ High school football player still on team while out on bail for two sets of rape charges – Oh, for fuck’s sake! Even though the superintendent says “they are ‘sickened’ by the allegations against [Tyler] Smith, but until he is convicted, he should have the benefit of playing for his school.”
♀ If We Don’t Teach This To Our Sons, Women Will Be Harmed. So Will Our Sons.
♀ People Have Mocked Her Story For Years. Now She’s Going Up To The Mic And Taking It Back.
♀ “Who do you report to when your rapist is the police?”
♀ Ex-trooper coerced sex from women he stopped
♀ The scandal that threatens Alaska Republicans
♀ Conservative pundit rallies GOP voters by calling rape culture a “gargantuan lie” – Why is the asylum allowing these people outside without an orderly?
♀ Ruth Bader Ginsburg wants to see 9 women on the Supreme Court – I wish this great lady could live forever (and that’s what her wish just might take).
Sexual Assault & Harassment
♀ Creepy Tennessee Republican Gets Arrested For Stalking And Intimidating Female Neighbor (VIDEO)
♀ Woman walks around New York for a day, is catcalled more than 100 times – And she’s already gotten numerous rape threats for posting the video according to this.
♀ Gun extremists’ ghastly new low: A fight over “open carry” turns vulgar and scary – Meet gamergate’s big brother.
♀ Boko Haram agrees to release kidnapped girls after cease-fire
– Or not.
♀ Sixty more women and girls reported kidnapped in Nigeria
War On Mothers
♀ Victims of Domestic Violence Getting Longer Prison Sentences Than Their Childs’ Abuser? – Remind me again about how we have the best system of justice in the world?
Women In History
♀ Forgotten Women of Film History: Marion Wong
Women In Politics
♀ Grimes Beats McConnell in Kentucky Debate – Okay, who’s surprised by this??
♀ SarahPAC, Like Palin Herself, Light on Donations to Fellow Republicans
♀ Joni Ernst: Repeal Obamacare And Cut Food Stamps And Force People To Rely On The Church For Help – And what fucking century is this woman living in??
♀ Times-Picayune Endorses Landrieu On Front Page: She’s ‘Vital’ To Louisiana
♀ Elizabeth Warren Demands An Investigation Of Mortgage Companies
♀ Is Martha Coakley About To Blow Another Major Race In Massachusetts?
♀ Did Elizabeth Warren Really Just Open The Door To A 2016 Run?
♀ Alison Lundergan Grimes Punches Back And Says She Won’t Be Bullied By Chuck Todd
♀ Wall Street’s Worst Nightmare: Elizabeth Warren As Hillary Clinton’s Treasury Secretary
♀ Breast Cancer Industry Month Is Here! – Also known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the splash of pink everywhere you turn is known as “pinkwashing”.
♀ Brain Cancer Cases Shot Up In this Florida Town—Is a Defense Contractor to Blame?
♀ Why Is This Country Full Of So Many Idiots? – Are they trying to get me started?
♀ Jaggar: Why are Komen’s pink ribbons on so many carcinogenic products? – Why indeed.
♀ Who’s the civic illiterate, George?
♀ Fox News to young women: Don’t worry about voting, just focus on your Tinder profile
♀ Serena Williams shuts down tennis chief’s “racist, sexist” remarks
♀ Hackney Flashers, feminism and art forty years on
♀ Thousands in Iran Protest Acid Attacks on Women
Violence Against Women
♀ LA Kings Slava Voynov suspended by NHL following domestic violence arrest
♀ Oklahoma man opens fire on ex-girlfriend for not leaving ‘fast enough’: police
♀ Claiming rights, facing fire: young feminist activists
♀ Private Violence: up to 75% of abused women who are murdered are killed after they leave their partners
♀ ‘In 2014, violence against black women is seen as nothing more than a joke.” – Holy crap on a cracker. . .
On A Lighter Note
♀ Tom and Dick had it right way back in 1968.
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