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A quasi-academic look at Feminism, politics & race relations through the lens of a 20-something year old Nigerian American who was born & raised up in the (still) segregated south but has relocated to the "liberal" yet historic & traditional north.
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Posts tagged "women's rights"
Why extremists always focus on women remains a mystery to me, but they all seem to. It doesn’t matter what country they’re in or what religion they claim, they all want to control women. They want to control how we dress, they want to control how we act, they even want to control the decisions we make about our own health and our own bodies. Yes, it is hard to believe. But even here at home, we have to stand up for women’s rights and reject efforts to marginalize any one of us because America needs to set an example for the entire world.

Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton


Great speech by Hilary Clinton. We also need to keep in mind that while we are calling for America to “set an example” this must not, and can not translate into “Americans telling women in other countries how to fight for their own rights” and keep this as a focus on analyzing what is going on in America, and even how America exports damaging and exotifying images & beliefs about other women all over the world. We can set an example by handling our business in house while still aknowledging our complicity in the subjagation of the “exotic other” overseas that we do on a daily basis.

The common assertion is that Parks’ moment in history began in December 1955 when she refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man in Montgomery, Ala. But we must confront this assertion, because each time we confine her memory to that moment we erase part of her admirable character, strategic intellect and indomitable spirit.
To be clear, Rosa Parks left us a deliberate legacy of activism, not an accidental activist moment. Furthermore, she, like many other Black women, should not be remembered in the shadows of Dr. Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. or any other Black male civil rights activist, but rather right alongside of them. We must realize and teach that when Rosa Parks was helping lay the foundation for the civil rights movement, Dr. King was still in high school.
At the intersection of sexism and racism, it is not surprising that we remember Rosa Parks as demure and delicate, since the image of her sitting quietly with her hands folded politely in her lap is commonplace. However, if we get beyond our stereotypical expectations of who a Black woman can be, we bear witness to her steely grace and steadfast commitment to defending human dignity. She had been doing so for years before she ever got on that bus.

Black Herstory: Rosa Parks Did Much More than Sit on a Bus - Rachel Griffin

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marthaq:

“Now, my uterus may not see ovary to ovary with other uteruses across the land. But no matter where we reside, we are all American uteri and as such are guaranteed a fundamental human right, the right to privacy.  But without much outcry, my uterine rights are shriveling away.”

from The State of My Union is the State of My Uterus

Second-wave feminism grew out of a lot of things. Yeah, there was dissatisfaction with horrific job discrimination and middle-class housewives were finally getting mad that their supposedly perfect lives left them feeling unfulfilled and directionless and women were haemhorraging to death in hotel rooms after botched abortions. And some women were feeling a wee bit angry about that.

But one thing that really helped kick things off? Leftwing men. Leftwing men who could talk your ear off about the oppression of workers but let the women volunteers stuff the envelopes and make the coffee. Leftwing men who were all about opposing men being drafted for a capitalist war but didn’t have time to think about how, war or no war, women got drafted into producing the next generation of cannon fodder.

Leftwing men who tried to tell us (and the people of colour, and the people with disabilities, and everyone else) that the problem was capitalism, obviously. It was all about class and once we got rid of that mean ol’ power dynamic all those other oppressions – those oppressions that didn’t matter quite so much – would just vanish.

Now could you please go make some coffee while the boys are talking?

Guest post: Why the left needs feminism « The Standard (via alisdee)

same could be said for feminism and people of color…

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newwavefeminism:

this is a problem. we need to break the machine.

newwavefeminism:

this is a problem. we need to break the machine.

Recently a powerful tool for analysis—really a breakthrough, in my opinion—came in the form of a sociological study, “The impact of light skin on prison time for black female offenders.” I suspect that because it’s academic—you have to buy it to read the whole thing—and because it’s wonky as hell, this Villanova University study didn’t receive a quarter of the attention idiotic party promoters, tweeps and rappers like Yung “Dark Butts” Berg do when they floss their color bias.

But the key finding in this study of more than 12,000 black women imprisoned in North Carolina between 1995 and 2009 is that those who were classified as light skinned by one or more corrections officers during intake served 12 percent less time than dark skinned prisoners. Along with height, weight, build, hair and eye color, there’s literally a color code—0 for non-light skin and 1 for light skin. (And lest you think light-skinned women prisoners in the study committed less serious crimes than their dark-skinned sistren, the study controlled for crucial factors including type of arrest, previous record, recidivism and prison behavioral record.)

changge:

Makes me proud to be part of the women’s rights group recognized in the top 10 wins for women’s movement across the globe.

1) Republicans not only want to reduce women’s access to abortion care, they’re actually trying to redefine rape. After a major backlash, they promised to stop. But they haven’t yet. Shocker.

2) A state legislator in Georgia wants to change the legal term for victims of rape, stalking, and domestic violence to “accuser.” But victims of other less gendered crimes, like burglary, would remain “victims.”

3) In South Dakota, Republicans proposed a bill that couldmake it legal to murder a doctor who provides abortion care. (Yep, for real.)

4) Republicans want to cut nearly a billion dollars of food and other aid to low-income pregnant women, mothers, babies, and kids. 

5) In Congress, Republicans have a bill that would let hospitals allow a woman to die rather than perform an abortion necessary to save her life. 

6) Maryland Republicans ended all county money for a low-income kids’ preschool program. Why? No need, they said.Women should really be home with the kids, not out working. 

7) And at the federal level, Republicans want to cut that same program, Head Start, by $1 billion. That means over 200,000 kids could lose their spots in preschool.

8) Two-thirds of the elderly poor are women, and Republicans are taking aim at them too. A spending bill wouldcut funding for employment services, meals, and housing for senior citizens.

9) Congress just voted for a Republican amendment to cut all federal funding from Planned Parenthood health centers, one of the most trusted providers of basic health care and family planning in our country.

10) And if that wasn’t enough, Republicans are pushing toeliminate all funds for the only federal family planning program. (For humans. But Republican Dan Burton has a bill to provide contraception for wild horses. You can’t make this stuff up).

Sources: 

1. “‘Forcible Rape’ Language Remains In Bill To Restrict Abortion Funding,” The Huffington Post, February 9, 2011 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=206084 


"Extreme Abortion Coverage Ban Introduced," Center for American Progress, January 20, 2011 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=205961 


2. “Georgia State Lawmaker Seeks To Redefine Rape Victims As ‘Accusers,’” The Huffington Post, February 4, 2011 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=206007 


3. “South Dakota bill would legalize killing abortion doctors,” Salon, February 15, 2011 
http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2011/02/15/south_dakota_abortion_killing_bill 


4. “House GOP Proposes Cuts to Scores of Sacred Cows,” National Journal, February 9, 2011 
http://nationaljournal.com/house-gop-proposes-cuts-to-scores-of-sacred-cows-20110209 


5. “New GOP Bill Would Allow Hospitals To Let Women Die Instead Of Having An Abortion,” Talking Points Memo, February 4, 2011 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=205974 


6. “Republican Officials Cut Head Start Funding, Saying Women Should be Married and Home with Kids,” Think Progress, February 16, 2011 
http://thinkprogress.org/2011/02/16/gop-women-kids/ 


7. “Bye Bye, Big Bird. Hello, E. Coli,” The New Republic, Feburary 12, 2011 
http://www.tnr.com/blog/83387/house-republican-spending-cuts-pell-education-usda-pbs


8. “House GOP spending cuts will devastate women, families and economy,” The Hill, February 16, 2011 
http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/economy-a-budget/144585-house-gop-spending-cuts-will-devastate-women-families-and-economy- 


9. “House passes measure stripping Planned Parenthood funding,” MSNBC, February 18,2011
http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/02/18/6080756-house-passes-measure-stripping-planned-parenthood-funding

"GOP Spending Plan: X-ing Out Title X Family Planning Funds," Wall Street Journal, February 9, 2011 
http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2011/02/09/gop-spending-plan-x-ing-out-title-x-family-planning-funds/ 


10. Ibid. 

"Birth Control for Horses, Not for Women," Blog for Choice, February 17, 2011 
http://www.blogforchoice.com/archives/2011/02/birth-control-f.html 

julicious:

Wow, amazing.

When i was fifteen I could only IMAGINE myself being that awesome. *tear*

msavignon:

“During the last decade, Guatemala has experienced an epidemic of woman-killing. The bodies are everywhere: turning up in ditches on the side of the road, on the curbs of city streets, and in wooded ravines, often with signs of mutilation and rape. Over 5,000 women have been murdered in the tiny country during the past decade, giving it one of the highest female mortality rates in the world, according to the Central American Council of Human Rights Ombudsmen (CCPDH), and it has been labeled the most dangerous place to be a woman in all of Latin America.

What’s more, a jaw-dropping 98 percent of these killings receive no legal action whatsoever. The phenomenon is uniquely toxic, and surprisingly, the Guatemalan government has responded in a unique fashion: by passing a law to prohibit and prosecute the crime of femicide.”

feminism doesn’t have to stop at the border guys! we need vigilance for women all over the globe!

so much to do… so many people in power who could give a shit… =(

Issues of women’s rights and equality come in all shapes and sizes. I’ve said this before, feminism doesn’t have to stop at the border. Women’s rights are human rights all over the world. 

Rape culture is telling girls and women to be careful about what you wear, how you wear it, how you carry yourself, where you walk, when you walk there, with whom you walk, whom you trust, what you do, where you do it, with whom you do it, what you drink, how much you drink, whether you make eye contact, if you’re alone, if you’re with a stranger, if you’re in a group, if you’re in a group of strangers, if it’s dark, if the area is unfamiliar, if you’re carrying something, how you carry it, what kind of shoes you’re wearing in case you have to run, what kind of purse you carry, what jewelry you wear, what time it is, what street it is, what environment it is, how many people you sleep with, what kind of people you sleep with, who your friends are, to whom you give your number, who’s around when the delivery guy comes, to get an apartment where you can see who’s at the door before they can see you, to check before you open the door to the delivery guy, to own a dog or a dog-sound-making machine, to get a roommate, to take self-defense, to always be alert always pay attention always watch your back always be aware of your surroundings and never let your guard down for a moment lest you be sexually assaulted and if you are and didn’t follow all the rules it’s your fault.
This is a damn good read. (via nikkiwiley)
xinxang:

“Curing” lesbianism with rape is growing evermore popular in South Africa. Curing. Lesbianism. WITH RAPE. Yeah. Please read the following from Change.org:

“Corrective Rape” is a term used to describe when a male rapes a lesbian with the aim of ‘turning’ her heterosexual.
This heinous crime is prolific in South Africa, especially in the “townships”. 
Most of the victims are tortured, grievously assaulted and sometimes murdered! They are also prone to getting HIV/AIDS from the assault, and many of them commit suicide as a result of the “corrective rape”!
The South African government and justice system are failing the victims of Corrective Rape by letting the perpetrators out on ridiculously low bail, and taking literally years to bring the court-cases to a conclusion. In the meantime the victims have to live with seeing and being taunted and threatened by their rapists every day, as do those who help the victims!
In the last 10 years: *31 lesbian women have been murdered because of their sexuality  *More than 10 lesbians a week are raped or gang raped in Cape Town alone  *150 women are raped every day in South Africa  *For every 25 men accused of rape in South Africa, 24 walk free
Despite all this, hate crimes on the basis of sexual orientation are not recognised by South African law.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION TO DECLARE “CORRECTIVE RAPE” A HATE CRIME IN SOUTH AFRICA.

rape sucks in the west. but rape is a TOOL OF WAR in some countries, including South Africa, The Congo & and probably every country that United States soldiers are currently occupying. Everyone who’s [rightfully] upset with Julian Assange and the Michael Moore disaster should be OUTRAGED at this.
RAPE IS A HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION. yes rape culture sucks balls in America - but rape warfare is horrific. Women of America should be up in arms every single day the UN & US government doesn’t do anything to recognize the fact that this goes on every day.
feminist activism doesn’t have to stop at the border.

xinxang:

“Curing” lesbianism with rape is growing evermore popular in South Africa. Curing. Lesbianism. WITH RAPE. Yeah. Please read the following from Change.org:

“Corrective Rape” is a term used to describe when a male rapes a lesbian with the aim of ‘turning’ her heterosexual.

This heinous crime is prolific in South Africa, especially in the “townships”. 

Most of the victims are tortured, grievously assaulted and sometimes murdered! They are also prone to getting HIV/AIDS from the assault, and many of them commit suicide as a result of the “corrective rape”!

The South African government and justice system are failing the victims of Corrective Rape by letting the perpetrators out on ridiculously low bail, and taking literally years to bring the court-cases to a conclusion. In the meantime the victims have to live with seeing and being taunted and threatened by their rapists every day, as do those who help the victims!

In the last 10 years:
 *31 lesbian women have been murdered because of their sexuality
 *More than 10 lesbians a week are raped or gang raped in Cape Town alone
 *150 women are raped every day in South Africa
 *For every 25 men accused of rape in South Africa, 24 walk free

Despite all this, hate crimes on the basis of sexual orientation are not recognised by South African law.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION TO DECLARE “CORRECTIVE RAPE” A HATE CRIME IN SOUTH AFRICA.

rape sucks in the west. but rape is a TOOL OF WAR in some countries, including South Africa, The Congo & and probably every country that United States soldiers are currently occupying. Everyone who’s [rightfully] upset with Julian Assange and the Michael Moore disaster should be OUTRAGED at this.

RAPE IS A HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION. yes rape culture sucks balls in America - but rape warfare is horrific. Women of America should be up in arms every single day the UN & US government doesn’t do anything to recognize the fact that this goes on every day.

feminist activism doesn’t have to stop at the border.

Globalization hurts women across the world. If you watched Slumdog Millionaire, you’d probably think outsourcing stops at tech support phone lines. yeah, no. sweatshops employ women and children at degradingly low wages. they are treated horribly, besides they’re CHEAP DISPOSABLE LABOR.
no one should be treated by less than human, but this is what happens when we are told to consume to the point where companies have to virtually enslave the desperate poor of the third world to make random shit we don’t need.
go to college? have one of those nice champion hoodies? yeah, sweatshop labor. its a lot more pervasive than we realize.
YAY CAPITALISM! -_-‘
start educating yourself

Globalization hurts women across the world. If you watched Slumdog Millionaire, you’d probably think outsourcing stops at tech support phone lines. yeah, no. sweatshops employ women and children at degradingly low wages. they are treated horribly, besides they’re CHEAP DISPOSABLE LABOR.

no one should be treated by less than human, but this is what happens when we are told to consume to the point where companies have to virtually enslave the desperate poor of the third world to make random shit we don’t need.

go to college? have one of those nice champion hoodies? yeah, sweatshop labor. its a lot more pervasive than we realize.

YAY CAPITALISM! -_-‘

start educating yourself

feminism in the current world is a complex idea. every day norms can be re-examined and analyzed through a feminist lens.

SO ASK ME ANYTHING. start the dialogue.

The world’s fucked up, let’s figure this shit out together =)