Category Archives: Women’s Rights

Hobby Lobby retirement plan invests heavily in contraception manufacturers

Hobby Lobby retirement plan invests heavily in contraception manufacturers

Redden examined documents filed with the Department of Labor three months after the company’s owners filed the lawsuit challenging the contraception provision of the Affordable Care Act and found that the Hobby Lobby 401(k) ‘held more than $73 million in mutual funds with investments in companies that produce emergency contraceptive pills, intrauterine devices, and drugs commonly used in abortions.'”

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Texas will keep a dead woman on life support just to incubate her fetus

Texas will keep a dead woman on life support just to incubate her fetus

“But when the heartbroken family was ready to say goodbye, hospital officials said they could not legally disconnect Marlise from life support. At the time she collapsed, she was 14 weeks pregnant.

And because doctors could still detect a fetal heartbeat, state law says Marlise Munoz’s body — against her own and her family’s wishes — must be maintained as an unwilling incubator.”

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Federal judge rules controversial Texas abortion law unconstitutional

NBC Latino

In a move described as ‘stunning‘, a federal judge Monday ruled that strict abortion restrictions authorized by Texas lawmakers in July are unconstitutional, and will not be implemented as scheduled on Tuesday, according to court documents obtained by NBC News.

The decision comes four months after Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis, now a candidate for governor, staged a dramatic 13-hour filibuster against the proposed restrictions.

The filibuster forced Gov. Rick Perry to order a second special legislative session for the Republican-dominated Legislature to pass the controversial law.

“I’m grateful that a Texas court agreed today that House Bill 2 would have had harmful effects on women’s access to care and affirmed that the Republican-controlled Legislature went too far in its attacks on women,” said Texas state senator Leticia Van de Putte, an outspoken critic of the abortion restrictions.

Lawyers for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers brought the lawsuit, arguing…

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US: the GOP’s pro-life hypocrisy

US: the GOP’s pro-life hypocrisy

“American mothers and children are some of the least healthy, and least cared-for, in the industrialised world. Every year, more than 11,000 babies die within a day of being born in the US – 50 per cent more than in other developed nations. Maternal mortality rates are also higher here than in economically comparable countries, and they actually increased after the mid-1980s. Today, you’re better off having a baby in Bosnia than in certain suburbs of Baltimore.”

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On Virginity.

I hate the term virginity as much as I hate misogyny, racism and tomatoes. The fact that for centuries it has been used and continues to be used as a tool for controlling women’s sexuality makes me even more repulsed by it. Being defined as a virgin has different implications for men and women and it’s unfair that women must be burdened to “keep their virginity”, while men have no pressure to keep it or value it. Their self worth and character won’t be up for debate if or when they decide to engage in sexual activity.  But the term alone is damaging to society because the concept of virginity puts unwarranted pressures on women to be submissive and in the case of men it shapes their interactions and relationships with women.  The worst part is that women have internalized this concept and use it to oppress each other.  It is called slut shaming.  Men engage in it as well, but the internalization of “virginity” as a virtue and a defining characteristic by women makes social rejection of this concept greater to achieve when the group being most damaged by it also uses “virginity” as a tool for defining their self worth and as a tool for shaming.  Don’t forget that in some countries women are killed for not “being virgins”because their sexuality represents a family’s honor.

Its time that we start changing the way society treats women’s sexuality. Let’s acknowledge that women like men are sexual beings. Let’s stop valuing women for their willingness to conform to oppressive systems. Let’s stop instilling in women that their sexual inexperience will some how evelvate her status or gain her special privileges.  Let’s stop treating “virginity” or lack there of as a moral issue because it isn’t. Oppressing a group of people to the point that they will be killed for not submitting to another’s will isn’t moral. Oppressing women over something as superficial as “virginity” is not moral. “Virginity” is not real. It was made up to control and suppress women’s sexuality. We need to give that up. “Virginity” is an outdated concept that helps no one. Remaining a “virgin” doesn’t make a woman a better person.  What it does make her is sexually inexperienced and unaware of the joys of sex.  Sex is fun and there is always something new to learn. What’s wrong with enjoying something as natural as sex and admitting to liking it? The answer for women is shame. It’s shameful for women to identify as sexual beings because of the concept of “virginity”. But what social functions does “virginity” fulfill other than the oppression of women?  Let’s cut the bullshit. “Virginity” is nothing more than an outdated concept used to suppress women’s sexuality by attaching honor and virtue to its definition.

Some idiots will say that I just want women to let loose and go on a fucking spree and catch an STI or unwanted pregnancies.  To them I say. Yes! I do want women to let loose. I want them to set themselves free from the constraints brought upon their sexual lives by “virginity”. If they want to go on a fucking spree they should go for it and enjoy themselves. What’s wrong with that? STI’s and unwanted pregnancies you say? We live in the 21st fucking century. If we let go of the immoral and damaging concept of virginity and all the bullshit that is associated with it people in general would be better informed about STI’s and pregnancy prevention and we wouldn’t have to worry about it as much.  Instead of scaring people and teaching them to be ashamed of sexual feelings we should, for the progression of a healthy and accepting society, teach people about the importance of owning their sexuality. Let’s teach our young girls that if they want to engage in sexual activity they should be aware of not only the responsibilities that come with having sex, but the importance of having sex for pleasure and not for the pressure of maintaining certain relationships or for the sole purpose of bearing children.

In conclusion, FUCK “VIRGINITY”!

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Fuck the high road: The upside of sinking to their level

http://www.thenation.com/blog/174624/fuck-high-road-upside-sinking-their-level#ixzz2VCm4VnZW

“But the high road is overrated. It requires silence in the face of violent misogyny, and a turn-the-other cheek mentality that society has long demanded of women. A vibrant feminist movement has ensured women don’t take injustices laying down offline—so why would we acquiesce on the Internet?”
Read more: http://www.thenation.com/blog/174624/fuck-high-road-upside-sinking-their-level#ixzz2VIvPFsjM

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Women do not Hate Other Women

One common way in which the media portrays women is with the stereotype that women all hate each other. Media is a powerful socializing tool that influences people’s worldviews.  In stereotyping women as having hatred of each other convinces people that women have not been as successful as men in areas outside the realm of domesticity because we just can’t get along. It makes them believe that there is something inherently wrong with the female gender. That there is some sort of dysfunction that women have that men don’t which makes women unfit for certain environments.  This stereotype portrays women as catty, jealous of each other, dysfunctional, hormonal, and most of all it portrays us as being in constant competition of each other over the male gaze.  This influencing happens mostly with individuals who fail to stop and question, or think critically of what they are viewing, reading or listening to. Impressionable teenagers internalize these negative views about women’s relations.  Even people who are able to think for themselves can sometimes have this prejudice against women because of the many times such portrayals are played in different contexts.  The problem with media’s representation of women’s relationships is that it is far from what goes on in the lives of real women. Most importantly, it obscures the many progresses women have achieved throughout the years by transforming women’s roles in society and helping each other access fields and rights that were once denied to us by using their collective power to empower one another for the sake of future generations of women. 

Turn on the TV and look at Reality TV. It’s all about it. Women hating on other women. That’s the kind of thing we feed the masses as the reality of women’s lives and relationships. In selling it as such, media perpetuates this awful misconception about women’s relationships and the worst part is that it “bears little or no relation to how real women live their lives” (Byerly and Ross p.18).   Granted, people have their differences and are willing to hate on each other rather than address any problem that might resolve conflict.  But it is not a thing that pertains solely to women.  It is not a common thing; it is not innate of women to hate each other! For example, I wouldn’t like to sit at a dinner table with Sarah Palin and Michelle Backman because we clearly have opposing views on politics and reality. If we ever discussed politics and reproductive rights it would not end pretty. But the same thing would happen if I sat around George Bush and John Boenher. What I’m trying to say here is that what sometimes separates women from establishing good relations with others is not hatred or jealousy of each other but differences in opinions.  The Media’s portrayals of women assumes that women are impossible to work with or negotiate with because they can’t even find it in themselves to work with one another. This kind of representation hurts all the progress that women have collectively worked for and instead promotes patriarchal notions of women and obscures the struggles and strides that women have made in their attempt to transform society into a more equal and tolerant one.

 Women do not hold each other back. They do not plot to take down other women for their personal enjoyment or out of sheer jealousy. Yes, make the argument that you have experienced it many times or that you see it all the time on TV. And that’s exactly the problem. Media is so obsessed with ratings that it doesn’t mind perpetuating this stereotype of women because as a culture that is exactly what we have become fixated on. That is what we have become fascinated with and is what entertains us.  But pause for a second and think to yourself, why would women want to fight each other over petty things when women have so much on their plate? They have families and jobs to worry about. Why wouldn’t women want to be around more women at work, at school, or in other places? Why would they choose purposely to hate on someone who like themselves has similar difficulties and experiences trying to get ahead in our society? Not all women experience the same troubles, but we all have been affected by patriarchy in one way or another and it has been our common struggle against it that makes us want to work together to achieve social progress. But the media does very little to represent the progress that women’s collective action has done for modern society as a whole.

What prevents women from being equal players and contributors to this world is not their disdain of each other. If that were the case then this world where women make up 50% of its population would be impossible to live in (with having so many people hate each other and all). It’s patriarchy. Patriarchy is what drives our society and the disenfranchisement of women. Media is one of the many avenues in which patriarchy thrives.  It’s focus in the portrayal of “mean girls” as the standard of female relationships does well for its own ratings, but very little to change society’s negative perceptions of women.  Worst of all it influences impressionable people to take such portrayals as the reality of women’s lives. Yes, we don’t all get along, but to say that we all hate each other is plain stupid.  How else would we have achieved so much? And yes, we have a long way to go to truly be recognized as equal to males in society but it’s not because of our disdain for each other, but because of the constant backlash that our social movements have received from the dominant group. 

 

Byerly, Carolyn M. Ross Karen. 2006 “Women and Media: A Critical Introduction” Blackweel Publishing. 

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