Just one more way the government wants to regulate your body

Here’s an interesting article on how a state senate  passed a bill to ban certain body peircing and tattoos. While this bill affects women and men alike, it shows how the government takes a patriarchal stance on how to regulate the bodies of men, women and people of color, which this country has a long history about.

What do you think?

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

Biker Gang to Protect Child Abuse Victims

This is an awesome story. One thing I am super grateful for in our society is there isn’t much victim blaming when it comes to child abuse (or any that is really tolerated or accepted) unlike when women are raped. It’s super awesome that this group of people has formed an organization to help children who have been abused take back power and not feel afraid anymore. I think it’s a great idea that the kids have people on their side, by their side who they believe will protect them and who volunteers to be there whenever and wherever the child needs them. This article made me super happy and hopefully it puts a smile on your face as well.

Rosa Parks 58th Anniversary of refusing to give up her seat

I just want to pay my respects to Rosa Parks, who refused to give up her seat 58 years ago yesterday. Her taking a stand was a huge thing not only for African Americans but also for women. She’s a fantastic role model and icon for feminists and race activists alike. Congratulations Rosa!

retrieved from Equality for Women facebook page

retrieved from Equality for Women facebook page

Inequality in Film Representation

New York Film Academy put together a great visual on how women are unequally represented in film. If there’s any feminist movie junkies out there, this is the perfect article for you!

Where’s the justice for Renisha McBride?

This article hits the nail on the head. If you haven’t heard Renisha’s story, you should listen up. Renisha was murdered a few weeks ago, after crashing her car in the late hours of the night she wandered onto a porch close by to get help. Instead of being greeted with kindness and an offer to call 911, she was shot in the face with a shotgun through a screen door. Here’s where the case starts to parallel the Trayvon Martin case even more. Not only was she not an imminent threat, her murderer wasn’t until recently arrested for her death because he claimed self defense.

It seems to be a reoccurring problem in the US that white men find unarmed, young people of color to be such an threat they must kill them before they actually do something wrong.

But where is the outcry for Renisha? Where are the “hoodie marches” that people like Beyonce and Jay-Z participated in mourning the loss of Trayvon? Why is it that we as a people can be outraged for a young black man but don’t even pay attention for a young black woman? Just something to think about and we should make a conscious effort to change.

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.

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

Congratulations, you now have to buy rape insurance

This article highlights how based on a new proposition voted on by the public of Michigan, women now have to buy rape insurance. That’s cool though because obviously rape is women’s fault, and if she wants to prevent it, the burden is on her, not the society that has produced a culture condoning rape and teaching men how to rape.

Good grief this country makes me ashamed and sad to be apart of its citizens.