Archive for ‘motherhood’

March 20, 2012

Slave and the Free (Holdfast Part 2)

by HUB Newsfeed

Part 1 covered Book 1 (Walk to the End of the World) and Book 2 (Motherlines)

Book 3 – The Furies (1994)

For some, this is the least popular book, for others, the most powerful of the series. Charnas has said in interviews, this was the most difficult book of the series to write, and took the longest (over 15 years):

“One reason THE FURIES took so long to write was that I wanted to skip over the harshest part — an actual war, or more properly a slave-revolt, of the “fems” against their male masters — and go right to a better life for all;….. just as so many women with feminist ideals wish desperately to be able to “skip” the harshest part in reality, the part where we seem to have the most to lose, and the most to suffer, the part where we demand full recognition of our humanity, and do whatever it takes to get it.”

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March 15, 2012

The “Born This Way” Political Tactic: What’s Next?

by Sargasso Sea

Around the time of the discovery of the AIDS virus in the very early 1980s, the Gay (and Lesbian) community adopted the ideology of homosexuality as innate; Gay (and Lesbian) people were born this way ergo they could not be “fixed”, it wasn’t their “fault” and AIDS could not be a punishment from God if the theist belief of being “made in His image“ were to hold.

It was politically expedient at the time, and quite intuitive really, to claim a biological basis for homosexuality when the AIDS pandemic itself was, and continues to be, a biological disaster. An innate homosexuality also allowed people close to Gays (and Lesbians), especially mothers, to absolve themselves of any *wrong doing* and instead build a platform from which they could advocate for their children, fathers (and mothers), brothers (and sisters), husbands (and wives) as full human beings with full human/medical rights.

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August 24, 2011

Book Review: Being Married, Doing Gender, by Caroline Dryden

by cherryblossomlife

Being Married, Doing Gender is a little-known book with a decidedly Radfem feel. Dryden illustrates how marriage has been ignoredin mainstream psychology to a suspicious degree. The field has traditionally been dominated by behaviorism, namely the study of rats, followed by cognitivism, the study of innate differences between the sexes. And that’s about it. Emotional experience has been completely overlooked and in her 1999 research she set about changing that.

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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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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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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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July 5, 2011

Womb Rights, Womb Wrongs

by HUB Newsfeed

So. I heard in the news recently that pregnant women having natural abortions (ie miscarriages/stillbirths) are now up for murder charges with life imprisonment.  More ‘bad mother’ stuff. I suppose we can be grateful if they don’t get the death penalty.  Witches caused miscarriages too,  gave their foetuses the Evil Eye or some such, so they were burned at the stake.  “Women are being stripped of their constitutional personhood and subjected to truly cruel laws,” said Lynn Paltrow of the campaign National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW). “It’s turning pregnant women into a different class of person and removing them of their rights.”

No shit?

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July 2, 2011

Presumed Innocent? Only if You’re Male

by Loretta Kemsley

“…this was a selfish, narcissistic, self-involved slut who wanted to kill her child to have “la bella vita.” Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera wasn’t reluctant to use sexual slurs as he condemned Casey Anthony, a woman on trial for the death of her daughter.

Fortunately, Ben Stein at American Spectator was outraged, “Presumed Innocent, Anyone?,” screamed his headline. Oh, wait, he wasn’t talking about Anthony. He was defending Dominque Strauss-Kahn, the former IMF chief charged with sexually assaulting a hotel maid.

And now the New York Post has joined Rivera in defending (not vilifying) Strauss-Kahn and smeared the maid with their own sexual slur: “Maid cleaning up as ‘hooker’ — Big tips for extra ‘turndown service’ — Prosecutors list litany of lies, scams.”

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June 23, 2011

Casey Anthony: Judged Guilty by Cultural Prejudice?

by Loretta Kemsley
Medea by Delacroix

Medea by Delacroix

Real crime TV shows are rapt with the Casey Anthony case and have been since the first 911 call was made. Crime show hosts and commentators, normally neutral, are actively prosecuting Anthony, ridiculing her every move in court. Did she wipe away tears? Fake. Fraud. Was she stoic? Heartless psychopath. Did she laugh along with everyone else? Monstrous.

Filicide — the murder of a child by the parent — is a horrid crime, but does this case merit relentless coverage? If so, why?

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May 26, 2011

Wrongs Darker than Death or Night

by Feminist at Sea

I have to admit something, and that is that I am a bit of a trekkie. From when I was a child I used to watch reruns of The Original Series and The Next Generation. The world of Star Trek simply appealed to me, though at the time I was not sure why.

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