Saturday, February 26, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
It wasn't so long ago that I wrote dispiritedly about the prospect of change via protest here at Junkland.
And now, TUNISIA! EGYPT! How desperately I hope that good is built from this- that the unbelievable, beautiful courage of Tunisian and Egyptian men and women is not co-opted- by the military, by the Americans, by the fundamentalists, by anyone.
How I hope courageous, beautiful, sustained, peaceful protests spread- including in America, where we could stand to take to the streets and stay in the streets with demands for universal healthcare and the dismantling of the corporatocracy that has supplanted our democracy (for a start).
Let us not forget Mohamed Bouazizi, the Tunisian with the vegetable cart whose tragic, desperate self-immolation sparked revolution(s).
I came across I Blame The Patriarchy somehow or other a few months ago (late, I know). I liked what I saw, but lacked time, so it was a bookmark and the backburner. This week, I've had some time to get to know IBTP a little better and all I can say is: YES. Everyone should read Twisty Faster all the time. Not only is she a radical feminist genius, but man on man can she write.
IBTP is a true breath of fresh feminist air. Reading Twisty's pronouncements is both empowering and a lot of fun. So what are you waiting for?
**Please Note: Twisty is *not* for beginners.
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Gender Junk: Sign of the Handmaid Times: H.R. 358 Poised to Let Women Die Rather Than Have Abortions
Abortion has been under attack in the U.S. since Roe v. Wade made it legal. As I have documented, anti-choice misogynists have stepped up their attacks on women in the post-Obama-Stupak era. So it's no surprise, really, to hear that H.R. 358 has just been amended in such a way that doctors who are anti-choice could, with the bill's passage, allow a woman whose life is under threat to die rather than perform a life-saving abortion. Not only could woman-hating doctors opt out of saving a pregnant woman's life, they wouldn't even have to transfer her on to a facility willing to provide life-saving care.
That's how it goes in our sick, misogynist world. And people wonder why women are filled with so much rage and sorrow.