Archive for ‘law/legislation’

September 28, 2011

Steering the Sluts, Moar: 18-Year Old Male Anarchist Organizes Baltimore Slutwalk

by FCM

so here we are again.  another slutwalk, another sex-positive man organizing it, standing behind women (but not in a creepy way!) and supporting womens god-given right to be sexually penetrated by men.  now thats good faux-feminism!  and it gets even better than that: this particular dood as recently as earlier today went by the internet handle “molester” on internet forum “formspring”.  you know, because sexual assault is funny, and stuff and things.  alas, the women who allowed this dood to “help” them pull off slutwalk baltimore probably shouldve done a background check; or at the very least, followed the links he left on his facebook profile, where they wouldve learned about the “molester” thing.  oh well!  im not blaming the women, really; thats just what happens when you do feminist organizing with men.  you have to be super-extra vigilant, and they werent.

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September 15, 2011

Freedom or Death (A great British woman speaks to an American audience)

by zeph

The famous “Freedom or Death” speech was delivered in Hartford, Connecticut on November 13 1913,
by Emmeline Pankhurst.

I do not come here as an advocate, because whatever position the suffrage movement may occupy in the United States of America, in England it has passed beyond the realm of advocacy and it has entered into the sphere of practical politics. It has become the subject of revolution and civil war, and so tonight I am not here to advocate woman suffrage. American suffragists can do that very well for themselves.

I am here as a soldier who has temporarily left the field of battle in order to explain – it seems strange it should have to be explained – what civil war is like when civil war is waged by women.

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August 15, 2011

Frequently Asked Questions about Brennan & Hungerford’s UN submission re: ‘gender identity’ legislation

by Undercover Punk

Cathy Brennan and Elizabeth Hungerford’s responses to frequently asked questions about their submission to the United Nations regarding ‘gender identity’ legislation and the erosion of sex-based legal protections. These are not necessarily the views of the Hub, nor statements of the “radical feminist party line.”

1. Where’s the evidence of harm? You have not demonstrated the harm that has come to females in states that have adopted ‘gender identity’ legislation!

Anecdotal evidence is not needed to legitimize our criticisms about overbroad definitions of ‘gender identity.’ Here is our point: male persons have cross-dressed in order to gain access to sex-segregated spaces with the specific intent to harm females. This has happened. Many times. That’s all we need to know. 

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August 11, 2011

Let’s Declare a National Sue Our Rapists Day

by Loretta Kemsley

Nafissatou Diallo, the hotel maid sexually assaulted by Dominque Strauss Kahn, is being attacked again, this time because she dared to sue her rapist. Her attorney, Kenneth Thompson, made a brilliant move when talking to the press. He used the word “vagina,” much to their horror. Here’s a quote from his former partner Andrew Goodstadt that appeared in the Observer:

He connects with juries. He connects with members of the media. I mean, you saw him standing out in front of the court house on D.S.K. I mean for a 35-minute uninterrupted CNN interview where you use the word vagina 20 times in four minutes.

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August 9, 2011

‘Courtroom dog’ helps young rape victim testify

by FCM

new york and washington are among the states to have allowed “therapy dogs” into courtrooms to give comfort to and to gently encourage traumatized witnesses as they testify against their attackers.  this dog, rosie, recently sat in the witness box with a 15-year old girl as she testified against her father who had raped and impregnated her.  he was convicted, and his lawyers are appealing based on accusations that the dog unfairly swayed the jury, and complaining that there was no way to cross-examine the dog.  of course you cant cross-examine a dog, but isnt the issue really this: mens courtrooms and mens legal system as a whole, in requiring victims of sexual assault to testify in court, when sexual assault specifically is known to leave victims literally speechless, is specifically designed to let men who sexually abuse girls and women off the hook?

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August 4, 2011

Forced Birth Crowd, Led by Catholic Church, Dedicated to Blocking Contraception Proposal

by Loretta Kemsley

The forced birth crowd is once again trying to strip your rights from you. It’s time for you to take a minute and stand in opposition.

At stake is a new regulation mandating no-copay birth control options by health insurance companies. Those who want to force us to give birth are already rallying their supporters with claims we’re “irresponsible” and “violating God’s law” if we choose to exercise our reproductive rights.

The New Contraception Mandate: Wrong on Every Level

the new mandate forces health insurers to pay for the immoral use of drugs, therefore violating God’s law

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August 4, 2011

Pornography and the Myth of Free Speech

by Guest Blogger

Guest Post by Betty McLellan

In the United States, an individual’s right to “free speech” is sacrosanct.  Consider these examples of free speech: a little-known pastor of a small congregation in Florida, first, threatened to burn the Koran and, then, in spite of the huge outcry against such an action, did actually burn the Koran — and he did it in the name of free speech. He claimed he had a right to exercise his freedom of speech with no thought for possible consequences.

More recently, again in the US, an anti-abortion activist named Angel Dillard sent threatening and intimidating messages to a Kansas doctor who performs abortions, yet ultimately escaped punishment in court.

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August 1, 2011

“Gender identity” legislation and the erosion of sex-based legal protections for females

by Undercover Punk

Guest post by Cathy Brennan and Elizabeth Hungerford. This is an edited version; complete submission here.

In response to the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women’s call for communications dated June 14, 2011 regarding allegations of human rights violations affecting the status of women,[i] we write to advise you of a legal development in the United States that compromises hard won sex-based classification protections for females.[ii]  This legal development – in which gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (“GLBT”) organizations[iii] and individual activists work to enact protections based on “gender identity” – thus far has occurred in Minnesota,[iv] Rhode Island,[v] New Mexico,[vi] California,[vii] District of Columbia,[viii] Illinois, [ix] Maine,[x] Hawaii,[xi] New Jersey,[xii] Washington,[xiii] Iowa,[xiv] Oregon,[xv] Vermont,[xvi] Colorado,[xvii] Connecticut[xviii] and  Nevada.[xix]

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July 23, 2011

Porn Industry Begs (Then Coerces) Porndogs to Stop Illegally Downloading Porn

by FCM

last year, the porn industry’s trade association produced a video using porn actors (almost all women) to beg porndog cybercriminals i mean porn consumers to stop downloading porn without paying for it, because the loss of royalties was hurting the industry.  apparently, they thought this would work because having female porn stars begging for stuff is totally sexy, and besides, porn consumers are all upstanding citizens, and they care about other peoples rights, and the industry — that provides them with images of coerced women engaging in sex acts in the complete absence of obvious consent-negotiations and where the circumstances do not imply consent — assumed that once someone called attention to the problem and described, demonstrated and enumerated the harms of what they were doing, said porndogs would immediately change their behavior and start doing the right thing.  stop laughing!

well, turns out it was wrong about its upstanding i mean pornstastic criminal consumer base, so now the industry has decided to start suing them in federal court instead, then offering to “settle” out of court for a lump sum to preserve the defendants’ anonymity.

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July 14, 2011

Would “Caylee’s Law” have Protected Caylee?

by Loretta Kemsley

People are jumping on the Caylee’s Law bandwagon without asking the essential question: how would this law have protected her? Of course, the rage isn’t really about protecting Caylee Anthony. It’s against her mother — Casey Anthony — who is perceived as getting away with murder. But let’s consider another scenario: what if Caylee died while her grandmother, Cindy Anthony, was trying to murder her mother, Casey?

According to brother, Lee Anthony, and other sources that is what happened right before Caylee disappeared. Per their neighbor, Casey left without Caylee, so why did George Anthony testify he saw Casey leave with Caylee?

The public rage is rooted in these unanswered questions. We haven’t found the answer in the hate fest infecting the talk shows who covered the trial. We didn’t find it during the testimony in the courtroom. We won’t find them in a new law requiring parents to report children missing. So let’s look in another direction: What if Caylee died because of the domestic violence committed by her grandmother?

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