Archive for ‘femicide’

July 15, 2012

Radical Feminism is Gaining Ground

by cherryblossomlife


Associate Professor Betty McLellan and Dr Greg Canning [Sourced from Townsville Bulletin]

What happens when men finally realize they can no longer suppress women’s speech? When their counter-arguments prove to be unsubstantiated and factually incorrect? When they’re forced to accept that nobody takes the word “misandry” seriously, because while “misogyny” evokes the horrors of witch-burnings, female genital mutilation, honor killings, suttee, forced lobotomies and Chinese foot-binding, “misandry” only manages to evoke the image of an overweight white dude who hates his ex-wife and gets off on punching his perceived grievances into a keyboard…?

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December 29, 2011

Lest We Forget

by HUB Newsfeed

ANZAC Day women’s march, 1984 (Melbourne newspaper photo)

One thing that distinguishes human animals from non-human animals is death rituals and ceremonies. One thing that made me a feminist, was the complete lack of human respect for women’s systematic ritualised rapes/deaths. In the early 1980s, I went to one of the ‘Women Against Rape in War’ remembrance walks on Australia’s nationalistic war day – ANZAC Day (April 25th). I was young, I had no idea the scale of the hatred and violence which would be directed at the women who marched way-back at the rear of the formal military parade, to just lay a wreath on the war memorial cenotaphs, in memory of our own war dead and injured.

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December 18, 2011

Can Women Escape from Men?

by cherryblossomlife

If women as a group were able to escape male violence, we would not be men’s victims. Women as a group have obviously not yet found a way to stop or escape rape, wife abuse, incest, sexual harassment, or other forms of male tyranny. (Dee Graham, in Loving to Survive)

A new survey released in the U.S, entitled The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, details the extent and effects of male violence against women. It is a nationally representative survey that assesses experiences of sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence among adult women and men in the United States and for each individual state.

 

 

 

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December 6, 2011

December 6, 1989

by easilyriled

It was a Wednesday. Four of us, (maybe 5?) were meeting together on the third floor of the big house that then (and now) serves as a rape crisis line and transition house, staffed 24 hours by women who volunteer their time and their best work to aid women to escape violence. Often, our best was pretty good. Sometimes it wasn’t. There weren’t many of us then, to do that work together. There are still too few, 22 years later, far too few.

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November 29, 2011

Radfem-ological Images (Yoplait and Febreze)

by FCM

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November 4, 2011

Who are the Perpetrators?

by smash

In the US earlier this week, it came to light that in the 1990s, two different women accused Republican presidential candidate and current front-runner Herman Cain of sexual harassment when he was the head of the National Restaurant Association in 1999.

Herman Cain denies sexually harassing anyone.

Of course, denial is tactic men in power frequently use when accused of using, buying, harassing, and abusing women. Consider the DSK case, the Anthony Wiener case, Silvio Berlusconi, Arnold Schwarzenegger, (he’s got two!), Justice Thomas,  and more. The list of male leaders involved in and denying sex scandals is exceptionally long. In all of these cases, we have examples of men who believe that they should, as a condition of their status as powerful males, be believed- even when they are lying.  All of the above men denied their abusive behavior.

Do women also make public denials?

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October 28, 2011

Women’s Estates Revisited 40 years on

by HUB Newsfeed

Forty years ago, in 1971 – Juliet Mitchell wrote her thesis ‘Woman’s Estate’, starting with a summary of the history of where the *idea* of women’s liberation came from:

Every Socialist recognizes the dependence of the workman on the capitalist, and cannot understand that others, and especially the capitalists themselves, should fail to recognize it also; but the same Socialist often does not recognize the dependence of women on men because the question touches his own dear self more or less nearly. [August Bebel, Woman and Socialism, 1883]

Juliet Mitchell’s thesis is presented in two parts, the first part is a pencil-sketch summary of political context and history at the time of writing, tracking the launch of the 60s women’s liberation movement in England. Like north-america WLM arose from within a context of various leftist political movements, although UK women’s experiences diverged somewhat from US women’s experiences.

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September 5, 2011

Mainstream News Outlet Confuses “Sex” and “Stuck His Dick Into”

by FCM

its a common error.  and they made it more than once.  liberal dickwad/mainstream news outlet huffington post reports that a man has been arrested for having “sex” with his neighbors pink inflatable swimming pool raft.  sex, you say?  yep.  later, the same publication reports that a new mexico police officer has been fired for having the “sex” with a woman on the hood of his patrol car.  a security camera that just happened to be there shows that the officer is still in his uniform, but little else has been made public.  we dont know the identity of the woman, or all of the circumstances of this encounter, although the facts we do have certainly do not rule out the possibility of sexual abuse and abuse of power by a police officer, otherwise known as rape.  but apparently, as long as a man sticks his dick into something, anything, under any circumstances, huffington post is willing to call it “sex”.  got that?  good.

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August 26, 2011

Six Degrees of Misogyny (Or Less!) On Corrective Underpants, Bondage and Porn

by FCM

trinity, "the matrix: reloaded"

has anyone ever played the “six degrees of kevin bacon” game?  apparently, everyone in hollywood has either worked with kevin bacon, or has worked with someone who has worked with him.  its a small world and all that.  the point is that there are degrees of separation among things that are seemingly very different i mean incestuous, homogenous and the same.  like hollywood!  and theres more than a little similarity between corrective underwear (ie. spanx) and bondage gear (obviously) and its less than a stones throw from bondage gear to bondage-porn.  so what the fuck comes next?  you tell me.  how many degrees of separation are there, between corrective underpants and rape?  and whats at the very end of that road?

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August 13, 2011

Killing our Mothers: Our Daughters’ Fairytales

by allecto

As a child care worker I am interested in children’s media and am often increasingly horrified by what passes as children’s entertainment. After watching the latest Disney Princess movie, Tangled, it really got me thinking about the construction of female/female relationships in children’s movies and entertainment.

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