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?

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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

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.

Don’t drink! Or you’ll get raped

Ugh, this article is some of the worst journalism I’ve seen in a while. I just have a problem with people blaming women for getting raped. Whether or not you drink, a women is NEVER to blame for getting raped. Why don’t be blame the men who decide that they should take advantage of women when their drunk? Why don’t we blame the culture that condones degrading women and treating them like dirt so it makes rape seem ok? Why don’t we blame the women who would rather blame their fellow female colleagues for their decisions instead of banning together to change the anti-women culture we live in? Why don’t we blame the fact that our court system give men a lesser punishment for raping when they’re drunk but shames women for getting drunk in the first place and letting it happen?

Seriously. This is ridiculous. Violence against women isn’t ever her fault, whether she had a drink or asked the guy who date-raped her out. The blame lies in our culture, that tells men you’re only a real man if you dominate women and treat them like trash.

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.