Petition: Ban Rapists from suing their impregnated victims for custody

Please sign this petition: It’s really important that we start making a shift in our society to protect the victims of rape no matter what and this petition is a really great step, all you have to do is make an account and click a button to sign.

Sam

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Government forcible removes baby FROM THE WOMB

I find this story EXTREMELY problematic. An Italian woman living in the UK who was suffering from bipolar disorder was institutionalized, had a forced cescarian section to remove her baby, and then social services took her child. So… apparently, if you visit the UK and become ill, the government has the right to steal your baby, straight from your womb. As if people with disabilities didn’t have enough of their reproductive rights taken away in the past two hundred years (through forced sterilization as well as it being illegal for some with mental disabilities to marry), it’s extremely disheartening to see that it’s still occurring. The worse part I think is the fact that social services put the baby with a British family, instead of sending it to live with it’s extended family in Italy and that even though the mother is of good mental health now, they refuse to give her back her baby. ‘

Despite the fact that she may have had a mental break, the women should NOT have been forced to have the baby delivered. She should have been institutionalized and kept safe until she either a. had the baby or b. was of stable mind. The baby should have been given to it’s biological extended family in Italy, not a foster family in Britain and WHEN the mother was mentally stable, she should have gotten her baby back.

So many legal violations, how does crap like this happen?

Take the pledge to help end sexual violence

Everyone should go and sign this pledge. By signing you’re agreeing to help stop sexual violence by recognizing what everyday actions you take may contribute to rape culture and furthering the female stereotype. This may include language or jokes that are derogatory to women or promote rape etc. It’s really important that all of us realize this sort of attitude towards this issues bring complacency as well as makes us think these issues aren’t as big of a deal. It originally is a pledge for those living in Texas but that’s no reason why you shouldn’t sign if you live outside the state. Women (men and children too!) everywhere need both men and women to realize what they contribute to the rape culture that we all live in. If you want to learn more about the organization sponsoring this pledge, you can find the Texas Association Against Sexual Assult (TAASA)’s facebook page here.

Facts on Rape in the Military

Rape in the military has been a huge topic the past year or so and lawmakers have been trying to propose new legislation to give justice to the victims. If you aren’t sure how you feel about it: here’s a list of 50 facts on rape in the military.

Janelle: Music’s new Feminist Heroine

Janelle Monae is a new musician on the scene and a huge advocate for feminism. If you haven’t checked her out, you should because she is fantastic: just a glimpse into her views:

retrieved from: Equality for Women Facebook Page

retrieved from: Equality for Women Facebook Page

Mothers’ Rights

For those who know much about materinty/mother’s rights, it’s a growing topic in the United States, mainly because the US is one of the few developed nations that doesn’t have very good maternity leave and other rights for mothers. Check out this website: it talks about all the issues that surround the topics and ways to get involved.

Men’s Rights Activists: Sore Winners

While working on this blog, I ran into many articles by supposed “men’s rights activists”. If any of you are self-acclaimed “men’s rights activists” you are the sorest winner’s out there. Men have almost every right known to humankind. I know, it’s a little frustrating that you lose some privilege when women get more rights but really?

If you’re not familiar with the work of these lovely individuals, here’s a few of their top achievements:

1. They inform us women what the word bitch really means. Women really can’t understand what this insult really encapsulates when it’s spewed at us, so we need these awesome individuals to spell it out. Apparently being a “bitch” is a condition innate in many women today; it includes: “anger towards men, use of insulting language, a stubborn will, a tendency to make demands, a narcissistic attitude, an argumentative disposition”. Being any of these things leads to a dysfunctional women who questions male authority, which obviously is problematic because men know best and we should blindly follow them.

2. They let us know really how men are just better than women naturally. According to Principles 101: Feminism, Manhood, and You, “Men too possess their own natural advantages in the form of superior physical strength and superior mental prowess. However, when men seek to benefit from their own natural advantages, Feminists cries foul.” Also apparently since women stereo-typically like to go to the bathroom in groups, we shouldn’t be allowed to determine our own future because we incapable of independently going potty.

Now, besides you know, these beliefs just being completely out of rational logic, men’s rights activists make life difficult for both men and women. Men’s rights movements “biggest qualms” are men’s higher death rate in wars and from crime, men’s higher death rate on the job, sexual violence against men, and men’s higher suicide rate are all issues that are important. But really they don’t care so much about these things; there real goal is to deflect and derail discussions about feminist issues. This is problematic because there are issues that men and boys face, but Men’s rights activist don’t have two shits to give about them, they just want to make sure that feminism doesn’t achieve any of its goals. I don’t know about you, but it think it’s a problem when a movement doesn’t even care about helping the few in it’s group who need help, we should just screw over a disenfranchised group because we don’t want to give up any of our privilege.

Let me know what you think.

Sam