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Why Fetal Fascist Carly Fiorina is a Threat to Women

17 Sep

“If women want any rights more than they’s got, why don’t they just take them, and not be talking about it.”

– Sojourner Truth

 

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Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

I wanted to keep this post professional, but there’s something about other people wanting to dictate what choices I am “allowed” to make for my own body that really makes my blood boil.

A universal sustainable development includes gender equality and ensuring sexual and reproductive health and rights are protected. Unfortunately, it is issues that fall under this umbrella, such as reducing maternal mortality and birth control/abortion access that constrain female independence and freedom, control over their own bodies, sexuality and childbearing that deny personal life choices and opportunities regarding education and careers.

Not only in the United States, but around the world, women and girls face very real barriers concerning equality (wage gaps, gender-based violence, genital mutilation, etc.) but the poor and socially disadvantaged become further ostracized.

GOP candidate and pro-life advocate Carly Fiorina is a threat to eradicating poverty and achieving that sustainable development which I see as possible through gender equality including women’s rights, health and empowerment.

Fiorina’s plan to cut contraception access and limit it to over-the-counter would likely lead to higher, not lower abortion rates. And although she only believes in abortion for circumstances of rape, maternal mortality and incest, women who want to terminate pregnancies will find a way – and it will be detrimental and dangerous. I assume she wouldn’t want to be responsible for an underground abortion ring, but it looks like that’s what she could breed.

While I am pro-choice, I do not mind those who favor a pro-life stance, and I do have opinions on aborting a fetus over 20 weeks. However, reproductive rights ARE human rights and Carly nor anyone else should ever be able to dictate what another woman chooses to do with her body.

I just can’t seem to find any rationale on how limiting access to birth control and abortions will be beneficial. Fiorina also continues to blast Planned Parenthood as a callous and brutal organization, however many women depend on PP. Perhaps instead of defunding PP, maybe we should develop better ways of managing its practices?

All in all I think Carly is a woman who needs to feel important, yearns to be relevant and enjoys challenging the status quo just for the hell of it.

Being Fierce in ’15 – Dispelling the False Association Between Feminism and Misandry

12 Feb

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We’re going back to basics. Have you ever heard the term misandrist? It’s like the antonym for misogynist and pertains to hatred for men instead of women.

Lately, discussions of feminism have been at an all-time high as celebrities such as Emma Watson are taking a public stand on the issue of inequality between sexes. Consequently, most backlash and negativity seems to attack feminism at it so-called weak spot, calling supporters “man-haters.” When did feminism become code for “person who hates men?” When did feminists become viewed as individuals who believe all men are predators? After all, feminist is just a word. A word to describe people who believe everyone should have equitable places in society regardless of their gender. Hey guys, that means we support you too!

Some feminists are misandrists, but it is not a criterion to join the movement. A portion does not equal a whole, even if that portion is very loud.

What matters is that feminism, distilled down to its most inner core, is about gender equality, with the goal of creating a society or utopia in which gender does not restrict an individual from an equitable shot at success and happiness.

Most feminists, including myself, politely disagree with the belief that women are better than men, and conversely try to convey that we’re all deserving and worthy – women, men, trans – and should be treated as such.

Man-hating is unfortunately a reactionary sentiment identified with feminism.

So…What Does Feminism Say Is Bad?

Feminism came about because of sexism – it’s historical presence as well as its existence today. Sexism is the problem, and a problem that is largely engaged in by men, and a lot of women internalize. Because men are largely the vehicles for sexism, they oftentimes wrongly associate feminism as an attack on men. But we’re not out for your blood in particular, our sights are on the patriarchy.

Men become participators in sexism because they have been taught to behave and think that way. Women internalize it for the same reason.

Aside from seeking equality, feminism asks both men and women to think about those normalized behaviors created by society, and calculate the impact. More than anything, the movement asks to hold people accountable who perpetuate sexism whether they realize their behavior is sexist or not.

It’s easy to get defensive about this. Whenever my boyfriend and I debate if feminism is relevant or even needs to exist today, he oftentimes brings up the belief that men can’t be accountable for sexist behavior they never thought/knew was wrong. To no avail I argue that this does not make it acceptable.

It all comes down to society and educating our peers how to treat each other with equity. That is what feminism seeks to achieve.

Saying all feminists hate men is a stigma, which closely relates to the notion that college is just one big beer fest. But you and I both know that college is more than that, isn’t it? Maybe I went to the wrong university…

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Rush Limbaugh Claims “Women Are Nothing But Abortion Machines”…

8 Nov

Yesterday, I read another stupid comment from Rush Limbaugh and came across this great piece by Erin Gloria Ryan on Jezebel. She pretty much summed up exactly how I feel, which I ranted below, but is not half as funny as Erin’s post.

Rush Limbaugh Gives A Speech In Michigan

“Thrice-divorced, pill-abusing ‘conservative’ Rush Limbaugh has a real problem with the loose morals of American women, whom he claims have been turned into ‘abortion machines’ by Democratic politicians.

Limbaugh, who once called Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” because she expressed the belief that insurance companies should be compelled to cover birth control, has his gullet in a bunch over the way he feels that women have been “demeaned” by liberal policies. Yesterday, he said,

Look at what [liberals] are doing to women with their policies: They’re demeaning them, they’re turning them into nothing but abortion machines. There’s so much that we could be doing to just fight back, but the Republican Party, even if they had all the money in the world right now, doesn’t seem inclined to do any of this.

Another cool way that Rush Limbaugh has defended women against being “demeaned”: That time he suggested that abortion rates would decrease if women had to use guns to perform them.

But Limbaugh’s strong personal history of feminism and strict adherence to the moral code he imposes on others aside, I’m totally stoked that soon my liberal friends and I will be turned into abortion machines for a few reasons:

  1. Saves a ton of money and time waiting in abortion clinic waiting rooms when what I really want to do, as a lady, is get straight to the abortin’! One thing women love more than anything is vaginal cramping and bleeding! I love doctors, man! I love having my genitalia scrutinized over by people wearing novelty scrubs! All bitches do!
  2. I’ve always wondered what it would be like to be a robot. Once my transition to machine is complete, I’m going to go around saying ABORT ABORT ABORT in a robot voice to my robo-friends and we’re all going to laugh and laugh because that can mean two things.
  3. Abortion Machine is a good band name.

Anyway, the human body is amazing.”

On a more serious note…

Limbaugh has been criticizing women for as long as I can remember, and attacks us over birth control and abortion, yet he has been married many times and he has yet to have any children.  Have his wives been using birth control or have they had abortions, or is he sterile or is he really not that in to his wives? or women for that matter? 😉

With Limbaugh’s rationale we can conclude that all men are walking sperm machines, and revel in getting women pregnant and abandoning them. This guy is an idiot most of the time. I suggest men take a look at themselves and say you know, hmmm, how does a woman get pregnant? Well it takes two people, which even includes a doctor and a woman who is getting in vitro. Many women get into situations where raising a child either alone or in poverty would leave the child unentitled to proper care and attention. Where is the shaming of these men who want nothing to do with their children and have abandoned their wife and family? Isn’t that just as terrible a “crime” as abortion for a man to commit?

Democrats do not push abortion upon anyone.  They permit women to make decisions about their lives and their reproductive choices.  Why does Limbaugh think women shouldn’t be able to make their own decisions, when he never objects to the behavior of men who are involved in the situations in which women find themselves?

Women are supposed to be equal citizens in this country but if they are not capable of making their choices in health care, in control of their own reproductive choices, and whether they have children at all, they are not equal citizens and have been having their rights as independent human beings.  It just so happens only women are affected by these choices in such a personal manner.  Men are never, ever going to face the issue of pregnancy and bearing and in most issues, caring for those children who result from relationships or sexual assault.  How is it that they feel they should have the right to make those decisions for the women who do face those issues, and are the only ones who are ever going to face those issues?

If their beliefs are so rigid, then why can’t women have the right to get involved and tell certain men they should not reproduce, if Limbaugh and his crew of zealots feel they have the right to force women to reproduce?  That would be the only manner in which equality can be achieved.  Are we to be able to tell men they can’t have sex for recreational purposes only, since Limbaugh and the religious right seem to think only women are the ones made who do not have the right to make their own decisions?  If they are going to control women, shouldn’t men be controlled since they are involved in the fertilization process?

Cambodia’s SALT Academy Challenges Gender Discrimination

26 Sep
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SALT Might Girls Football Program

I absolutely love stumbling upon unexpected treasures. As I was watching House Hunters International yesterday, (one of my guilty pleasures) a young woman was searching for a rental in Battambang, Cambodia, where she works as a coach for the community’s SALT program. I became so enthralled with the group, I had to research it further and share it with you.

SALT provides recreational activity and holistic development to the youth of Cambodia by teaching life skills education and building positive relationships through a community-based football program.

The organization gives young adults an opportunity to use and further develop their skills and become leaders in their community. They gain valuable experience for future jobs – through volunteer and internship opportunities, mentoring by SALT staff, and leadership lessons.

What struck me most is their Mighty Girls program, which aims to realize the real value of jobs and participation in womans’ football and prevent individual cases of human trafficking by empowering and supporting exceptional young female players in education and training.  They work towards the following objectives:

  • Provide a safe space and prevent human trafficking:

Battambang is a major source and transit hub for human trafficking, especially for uneducated girls from rural areas. Mighty Girls gives at-risk individual girls a safe alternative and provides opportunities for peer-to-peer education through coaching and outreach in schools and villages.

  • Educate a generation of female leaders:

Women remain underrepresented in higher education and positions of leadership in Cambodia. By supporting top-level academic scholarships and ensuring one-on-one mentoring, Mighty Girls magnifies the positive effects of team sports to build the next generation of female leaders.

  • Empower women’s football and challenge gender discrimination:

Women’s Football in Cambodia is still in its infancy, yet the impact of girls succeeding in a traditionally male-dominated sport is already challenging gender discrimination throughout society. Mighty Girls play in the boys division of SALT league and formed the core of the first-ever Cambodian Women’s National Team in 2011.

The Mighty Girls program also has dormitories to house at-risk girls, and provides free schooling  to girls of low-income families. I encourage everyone to subscribe to their newsletter or get involved with the program by donating like I did!

Learn More: http://saltacademy.net/

Subscribe to SALT: http://saltacademy.us2.list-manage1.com/subscribe?u=a1ad65e9d46e0ef33b8a049da&id=74e16a250e

Donate: http://saltacademy.net/donate/