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Sup, playa?   Proud member of the Trifecta (Liberal, Feminist, Socialist.) Hedonist. Anti-theist. I enjoy wanton harlotry and inappropriate jokes.

twitter.com/FeistyFeminist:

    Limbaugh: Penises now ’10 percent smaller’ and shrinking because of ‘feminazis’ →

    paxamericana:

    reallyfoxnews:

    andyouhavetogivethemhope:

    FEMINIST AGENDA ACHIEVED. WE’RE DONE HERE. EVERYONE CAN GO HOME.

     

    Crying tears of misandry and joy.

    Now we know why Ryking et al. are so angry. 

    (Source: )

    — 1 year ago with 1349 notes
    #rush limbaugh  #feminist  #feminism  #women's rights  #small penis  #feminist agenda 
    projet-bleu:

Indian activists belonging to various womens rights organisation hold placards during a protest demonstration staged in Bangalore condemning violence against women and transgender people. 

    projet-bleu:

    Indian activists belonging to various womens rights organisation hold placards during a protest demonstration staged in Bangalore condemning violence against women and transgender people. 

    (via bubonickitten)

    — 1 year ago with 7243 notes
    #activism  #women's rights  #protest  #demonstration  #transgender rights 
    "

    Now because the majority of abortions are performed in the first trimester, if you’re going to get an ultrasound image, as the Virginia law requires, the law states, basically, that any woman seeking to have a legal procedure known as an abortion, whether she wants to or not, first lay back in a chair, spread her legs, (put her) feet in stirrups, and have an eight- to ten-inch wand put inside her — even if the woman in question is pregnant as the result of a rape.

    I don’t really have a joke here. I just thought I’d tell you.

    "
    JON STEWART, on Virginia’s inhumane, inhuman and shameful “personhood” law that requires women wanting to get an abortion to, in essence, be subject to rape, on The Daily Show (via inothernews)

    (via laninaseria)

    — 2 years ago with 5908 notes
    #the daily show  #Jon Stewart  #Virginia  #abortion  #women's rights 
    An open letter to Ron Paul acolytes:

    cognitivedissonance:

    Please stop assuming I will back Ron Paul because I’m progressive, support ending the drug war, and wish to abolish our current imperialist system of meddling in world affairs.

    There’s numerous reasons to not support Paul. I’m going straight to a sampling of the legislative record.

    H.R.875 - Marriage Protection Act of 2011, co-sponsored by Paul and 12 other representatives, introduced March 2, 2011.

    This bill sought to amend Title 28, Chapter 99 of the US Code to read:

    “No court created by Act of Congress shall have any jurisdiction, and the Supreme Court shall have no appellate jurisdiction, to hear or decide any question pertaining to the interpretation of, or the validity under the Constitution of, section 1738C.”

    Here’s Section 1738C:

    “No State, territory, or possession of the United States, or Indian tribe, shall be required to give effect to any public act, record, or judicial proceeding of any other State, territory, possession, or tribe respecting a relationship between persons of the same sex that is treated as a marriage under the laws of such other State, territory, possession, or tribe, or a right or claim arising from such relationship.”

    That’s the Defense of Marriage Act [DOMA], which is currently facing several constitutional challenges in federal court. Basically, Mr. Constitutionalist Ron Paul sponsored a bill to ban federal courts (including the Supreme Court) from having any kind of jurisdiction over constitutional review of DOMA. Eighth grade civics says differently. Remember that whole checks and balances thing?

    H.R.358 - Protect Life Act, co-sponsored by Paul and 144 other representatives, introduced 1/20/2011. Passed the US House October 13, 2011.

    This bill sought to ban private health insurance companies from participating in federal exchanges if the company offered coverage to women for abortion or abortion-related services as part of an insurance policy, and also states if people receive federal healthcare subsidies to purchase private insurance plans, they cannot use the subsidy to purchase private comprehensive health insurance plans that cover abortion. If a woman wanted her insurance to cover abortion, she would have to purchase a separate policy to cover abortion - basically, an abortion rider. 

    This bill would limit private enterprise from providing something consumers want. Seems contradictory to what a free-market denizen would advocate. But that’s not the worst part. This is:

    And finally, it overrides protections for pregnant women under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act. EMTALA was enacted in 1986 to ensure public access to emergency services regardless of ability to pay, including women in active labor. Under EMTALA, hospitals must stabilize a pregnant patient who, for example, is facing an emergency obstetric condition or life-threatening pregnancy and either treat her—including an emergency abortion—or if the hospital or staff objects, to transfer her to another facility that will treat her.

    H.R. 358 overturns decades of precedent guaranteeing people access to lifesaving emergency care, including abortion care and says its ok that a pregnant woman fighting for her life be left to die.

    Paul is an OB/GYN and knows emergencies can arise during pregnancy requiring termination, making his co-sponsorship of this bill especially shameful. Read Mikki Kendall’s Salon article, “Abortion Saved My Life”, for an example of what happens when doctors refuse to treat women.

    H.R.1095 - Freedom to Bank Act, sponsored by Paul with no co-sponsors, introduced March 15, 2011

    The bill’s stated purpose:

    “Sunset Federal laws and regulations which treat the American people like children by denying them the opportunity to make their own decision regarding control of their bank accounts and what type of information they wish to receive from their banks.”

    So what’s that mean? Well, Paul thinks “no creditor, depository institution, or credit union shall be required to provide periodic statements of account to any customer.” Your bank would no longer be required to provide account statements or other information about investments or accounts unless you specifically know to ask for it.

    Do I even need to go into how bad this idea truly is?

    H.R.2040 - National Right-to-Work Act, co-sponsored by Paul and 71 other representatives, introduced May 26, 2011

    Right to work is one of those warm and fuzzy newspeak names for something quite terrible. Here’s information on right to work states:

    • The average worker in a right to work state makes about $5,333 a year less than workers in other states ($35,500 compared with $30,167).
    • Weekly wages are $72 greater in free-bargaining states than in right to work states ($621 versus $549).
    • 21 percent more people lack health insurance in right to work states compared to free-bargaining states.
    • Maximum weekly worker compensation benefits are $30 higher in free states ($609 versus $579 in right to work states.
    • According to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of workplace deaths is 51 percent higher in states with right to work, where unions can’t speak up on behalf of workers.

    Oh, and my own state of Wyoming is a right to work state. Currently, Wyoming has the highest wage gap of any state, and is one of the deadliest places to work in the nation. Ron Paul thinks it would be super cool if we enacted a policy that contributed to these conditions nationwide. Because freedom.

    H.R.1830 - To authorize the interstate traffic of unpasteurized milk and milk products that are packaged for direct human consumption, sponsored by Ron Paul and three co-sponsored, introduced May 11, 2011

    Wasn’t the milk pasteurization question settled awhile ago? Anyhow, Paul believes “a Federal department, agency, or court may not take any action (such as administrative, civil, criminal, or other actions) that would prohibit, interfere with, regulate, or otherwise restrict the interstate traffic of milk, or a milk product, that is unpasteurized and packaged for direct human consumption.” In other words, selling unpasteurized milk is a-OK because Salmonella, Listeria, Q-fever, and E.coli are just the risks you take in a free society.

    H.R.1164 - National Language Act of 2011, co-sponsored by Paul and 22 other representatives, introduced March 17, 2011

    This bill would declare the official language of the US to be English. It would require all government business be transacted in English, and further state that “no person has a right, entitlement, or claim to have the Government of the United States or any of its officials or representatives act, communicate, perform or provide services, or provide materials in any language other than English.” Income tax forms would no longer be available in Spanish or any other language, nor information on government programs or benefits. This would even include information on joining the military and could potentially include the right to an interpreter when arrested or conducting business in the courts, i.e. divorce.

    Further, this would affect voting rights by repealing Section 1973AA–1A of the Voting Rights Act of 1965:

    The Congress finds that, through the use of various practices and procedures, citizens of language minorities have been effectively excluded from participation in the electoral process. Among other factors, the denial of the right to vote of such minority group citizens is ordinarily directly related to the unequal educational opportunities afforded them resulting in high illiteracy and low voting participation.

    The Congress declares that, in order to enforce the guarantees of the fourteenth and fifteenth amendments to the United States Constitution, it is necessary to eliminate such discrimination by prohibiting these practices, and by prescribing other remedial devices.

    A covered State or political subdivision for the purposes of this subsection if the Director of the Census determines:

    • That more than 5 percent of the citizens of voting age of such State or political subdivision are members of a single language minority and are limited-English proficient
    • More than 10,000 of the citizens of voting age of such political subdivision are members of a single language minority and are limited-English proficient
    • Or in the case of a political subdivision that contains all or any part of an Indian reservation, more than 5 percent of the American Indian or Alaska Native citizens of voting age within the Indian reservation are members of a single language minority and are limited-English proficient
    • And the illiteracy rate of the citizens in the language minority as a group is higher than the national illiteracy rate.

    This bill will prevent people from voting. Period. And don’t give me any whining about voters who are not proficient in English don’t know anything about the candidates, issues, etc… First off, do you think native English speakers are well-informed? Second, even his supporters recognize the need for campaign materials in a language other than English. Check out Vota Ron Paul and this thread on the Ron Paul Forums. A few quotes:

    • From California: Los Angeles County has (before redistricting) 18 Congressional Districts. Spanish is heavily spoken (and advertised). It would be helpful to us here in the third world, if the campaign would create a slim jim in Spanish. It would be great if the campaign could provide an official translation. Without Spanish materials, we are limited in who we can recruit. 
    • From Wyoming: I am also interested in spanish campaign materials…there is a large population here…let no stone go unturned…
    • From Pennsylvania: This would be about as well recieved in the GOP primary as putting out official campaign materials to promote an end to the war on drugs. It’s probably something best handled at the grassroots level.

    So there you have it, Ron Paul fans. Ron Paul is more concerned about my right to drink unpasteurized milk than whether I would potentially die after being denied life-saving care based on a doctor’s religious conviction. He’s more concerned that my bank not be forced to provide me a bank statement than if the Defense of Marriage Act violates the constitution he claims to live and breathe. This is just from 2011 - and what I could turn up in 60 minutes. Don’t prod me to make a weekend of it.

    Sincerely,

    Meg

    P.S.: Check out the Family Protection Act from 1980, sponsored by Ron Paul with no co-sponsors. I did. And I was disgusted. The act provides no federal penalty or implementation of guidelines “for determining whether a private school has forfeited its tax-exempt status by the adoption of racially discriminatory policies.”

    — 2 years ago with 680 notes
    #Politics  #Ron Paul  #republican  #Republicans  #GOP  #legislation  #Election 2012  #2012  #Elections  #DOMA  #Abortion  #Pro-life  #Voting rights  #marriage equality  #women's rights  #minority rights  #gay rights  #I'm sick of this shit 
    "Women cannot be expected to struggle alone against the forces of discrimination and exploitation. I recall the words of Dante, who reminded us that “The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of moral crisis.” Today in this world, in the fight for the liberation of women, there can be no neutrality."

    Benazir Bhutto in a 1995 speech in Beijing at the World Conference of Women. This is a beautiful speech, go read all of it.  (via thepoliticalnotebook)

    I remember vividly when Benazir Bhutto was assassinated. It was the December before my last semester in undergrad, when I would receive my Political Science degree. I cried.

    (via sanityscraps)

    — 2 years ago with 1386 notes
    #Benazir Bhutto  #Women's liberation  #women's rights 
    Over It

    By Eve Ensler

    I am over rape.

    I am over rape culture, rape mentality, rape pages on Facebook.

    I am over the thousands of people who signed those pages with their real names without shame.

    I am over people demanding their right to rape pages, and calling it freedom of speech or justifying it as a joke.

    I am over people not understanding that rape is not a joke and I am over being told I don’t have a sense of humor, and women don’t have a sense of humor, when most women I know (and I know a lot) are really fucking funny. We just don’t think that uninvited penises up our anus, or our vagina is a laugh riot.

    I am over how long it seems to take anyone to ever respond to rape.

    I am over Facebook taking weeks to take down rape pages.

    I am over the hundreds of thousands of women in Congo still waiting for the rapes to end and the rapists to be held accountable.

    I am over the thousands of women in Bosnia, Burma, Pakistan, South Africa, Guatemala, Sierra Leone, Haiti, Afghanistan, Libya, you name a place, still waiting for justice.

    I am over rape happening in broad daylight.

    I am over the 207 clinics in Ecuador supported by the government that are capturing, raping, and torturing lesbians to make them straight.

    I am over one in three women in the U.S military (Happy Veterans Day!) getting raped by their so-called “comrades.”

    I am over the forces that deny women who have been raped the right to have an abortion.

    I am over the fact that after four women came forward with allegations that Herman Cain groped them and grabbed them and humiliated them, he is still running for the President of the United States.

    And I’m over CNBC debate host Maria Bartiromo getting booed when she asked him about it. She was booed, not Herman Cain.

    Which reminds me, I am so over the students at Penn State who protested the justice system instead of the alleged rapist pedophile of at least 8 boys, or his boss Joe Paterno, who did nothing to protect those children after knowing what was happening to them.

    I am over rape victims becoming re-raped when they go public.

    I am over starving Somalian women being raped at the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, and I am over women getting raped at Occupy Wall Street and being quiet about it because they were protecting a movement which is fighting to end the pillaging and raping of the economy and the earth, as if the rape of their bodies was something separate.

    I am over women still being silent about rape, because they are made to believe it’s their fault or they did something to make it happen.

    I am over violence against women not being a #1 international priority when one out of three women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime — the destruction and muting and undermining of women is the destruction of life itself.

    No women, no future, duh.

    I am over this rape culture where the privileged with political and physical and economic might, take what and who they want, when they want it, as much as they want, any time they want it.

    I am over the endless resurrection of the careers of rapists and sexual exploiters — film directors, world leaders, corporate executives, movie stars, athletes — while the lives of the women they violated are permanently destroyed, often forcing them to live in social and emotional exile.

    I am over the passivity of good men. Where the hell are you?

    You live with us, make love with us, father us, befriend us, brother us, get nurtured and mothered and eternally supported by us, so why aren’t you standing with us? Why aren’t you driven to the point of madness and action by the rape and humiliation of us?

    I am over years and years of being over rape.

    And thinking about rape every day of my life since I was 5-years-old.

    And getting sick from rape, and depressed from rape, and enraged by rape.

    And reading my insanely crowded inbox of rape horror stories every hour of every single day.

    I am over being polite about rape. It’s been too long now, we have been too understanding.

    We need to OCCUPYRAPE in every school, park, radio, TV station, household, office, factory, refugee camp, military base, back room, night club, alleyway, courtroom, UN office. We need people to truly try and imagine — once and for all — what it feels like to have your body invaded, your mind splintered, your soul shattered. We need to let our rage and our compassion connect us so we can change the paradigm of global rape.

    There are approximately one billion women on the planet who have been violated.

    ONE BILLION WOMEN.

    The time is now. Prepare for the escalation.

    Today it begins, moving toward February 14, 2013, when one billion women will rise to end rape.

    Because we are over it.

    — 2 years ago with 156 notes
    #Rape  #Rape Culture  #Sexual Assault  #Eve Ensler  #Women  #women's rights  #Over It  #So fucking over it 
    thepoliticalnotebook:

“Today, my ACLU connection would probably disqualify me,” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told students at a lecture series at Southern Methodist University’s law school. Before being nominated to the court in 1993 by Clinton (and confirmed 96-3), Ginsburg had spent time working as the Director of the ACLU’s Women’s Right Project. These days, she says, her work as a women’s rights attorney for the civil rights organization would prevent her from being confirmed by this Senate. 
ThinkProgress calls her “single most important women’s rights attorney in American history” for her work with the ACLU. She was instrumental, as they note, in two particular cases: Reed v Reed and Craig v Boren. The first case marked the first instance in which SCOTUS ruled that the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment applied to women. The second case resulted in a ruling declaring that gender discrimation laws “were subject to heightened constitutional scrutiny.” Her role in gender equality under the law in the United States has been unparalleled and indispensable. And that would probably mean that she would not be confirmed today.
Above: Via ThinkProgress, Ginsburg during her time with the ACLU.

    thepoliticalnotebook:

    “Today, my ACLU connection would probably disqualify me,” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told students at a lecture series at Southern Methodist University’s law school. Before being nominated to the court in 1993 by Clinton (and confirmed 96-3), Ginsburg had spent time working as the Director of the ACLU’s Women’s Right Project. These days, she says, her work as a women’s rights attorney for the civil rights organization would prevent her from being confirmed by this Senate. 

    ThinkProgress calls her “single most important women’s rights attorney in American history” for her work with the ACLU. She was instrumental, as they note, in two particular cases: Reed v Reed and Craig v Boren. The first case marked the first instance in which SCOTUS ruled that the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment applied to women. The second case resulted in a ruling declaring that gender discrimation laws “were subject to heightened constitutional scrutiny.” Her role in gender equality under the law in the United States has been unparalleled and indispensable. And that would probably mean that she would not be confirmed today.

    Above: Via ThinkProgress, Ginsburg during her time with the ACLU.

    (Source: thinkprogress.org, via fuckyeahfeministartandliterature)

    — 2 years ago with 348 notes
    #Ruth Bader Ginsburg  #feminist philosophy  #women's rights  #feminism 

    sanityscraps:

    The Solution to Men’s Rights Activists’ Problems? More Feminism.

    This article is beautiful and hilarious and oh my god.

    Men’s rights activists—a loose coalition mostly comprised of men embittered that they’re not getting as much tail as they believe they’re due and men embittered after having their wives up and leave against their wishes—irritate feminist bloggers for many reasons, from blaming feminists for problems they clearly brought on themselves, to the Russian bride weirdness, to their dogged trolling and grudge-holding of feminists that criticize them.

    But, honestly, all that pales in comparison to the most irritating thing of all about MRAs: they’re just so wrong.

    When you believe that we live in a female-dominated world where straight men are the most oppressed class, it tends to make you wrong about pretty much everything. Wrong about the little things, like labeling every woman who displeases them a “feminist,” even if she does something highly traditional, like demands that men pay for every date. And wrong about big things, like writing off high rates of domestic violence and rape as matters of women lying, when all reputable sources agree that there’s simply a lot of violence against women.

    They’re so wrong about everything, they’re wrong even when they’re right. Some of their observations of the world correspond with reality, but when they attempt to analyze it through the “blame feminism” lens, they get all turned around. Usually what annoys them stems not from feminism, but from sexism, especially when it comes to inflexible gender roles. Ironically, then, the solution to the problems they manage to correctly identify is … more feminism. I pulled together a sampling of examples to show how this works.

    — 2 years ago with 121 notes
    #feminism  #masculism  #men's rights  #women's rights  #equality 
    "For the anti-choice, I believe the heart of the abortion controversy is not about the fate of unborn babies. It’s about the value of women in society. In North America, for example, many anti-abortion leaders oppose ideas and programs that could help women achieve equality and freedom, and protect the health and well-being of families. For instance, they oppose affirmative action programs that help women gain equity in the job market. They force poor women to have babies and then cut off their welfare. They lobby against health and nutrition programs for children. They condone the bombing of clinics providing reproductive services, and the killing of doctors and staff.

    These uncivilized actions reveal the true nature of anti-choice goals. They want a return to the days when women had few choices in life. They don’t like women having too much freedom, especially in controlling their reproductive lives. They’re convinced that women can’;t be trusted to make their own decisions. And they certainly don’t like women having sex for fun without paying for it."
    Joyce Arthur, summing up the anti-choice movement well. (via cognitivedissonance)

    (Source: prochoiceactionnetwork-canada.org, via glittertitties-deactivated20130)

    — 3 years ago with 1138 notes
    #america  #United States  #anti-choice  #anti-choice movement  #joyce arthur  #women  #women's rights  #choice  #violence  #conservatives  #Religious Right  #right wing bullshit  #oppression 
    powerpussysays:

[Image description: purple and black alternating diamond pattern in background. At the center is a pissed-off grey and white cat. Top text: “Tell me a rape joke” Bottom text: “I’ll tell you that one about the douche who got punched in the face for telling a rape joke”]

    powerpussysays:

    [Image description: purple and black alternating diamond pattern in background. At the center is a pissed-off grey and white cat. Top text: “Tell me a rape joke” Bottom text: “I’ll tell you that one about the douche who got punched in the face for telling a rape joke”]

    — 3 years ago with 447 notes
    #rape jokes  #women's rights  #justice  #feminism  #feminist  #revenge  #women's health  #ignorance 

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    flycatcher:

    insideoutnight | keeptheballrolling

    Hillary delivers the best response to yesterday’s attack on Planned Parenthood 

     holy shit, THIS.

    HBIC.

    oh hillary. how can i ever express my love for you adequately? show me how. 

    [also, this video is from 2009, not yesterday, so…]

    — 3 years ago with 6778 notes
    #Hillary Clinton  #Abortion  #HBIC  #Family Planning  #Reproductive Health  #Women's Rights