American Amazons: Hiding in Plain-Jane Sight

Originally posted on U.S.:
Until last Thursday, the Pentagon barred women from roughly a quarter-million jobs involving combat. Coincidentally – but, interestingly — that’s about the same number of women who have gone to war in Afghanistan and Iraq over the past 11 years. Whatever your opinion on those two conflicts, they were the…

The Writer’s World

Originally posted on The Lady in the Red Scarf:
Are We the Dreamers, or the Dream Weavers? And as imagination bodies forth The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing A local habitation and a name. – William Shakespeare They say that writers are trapped, locked…

When Kremlin Trolls Attack

Originally posted on The XX Committee:
The issue of online trolls doing the bidding of Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin has been getting some mainstream media attention, finally. The reality that Russia buys, or at least rents, trolls by the battalion to harass, intimidate and make life unpleasant for anybody who opposes Moscow policy, while employing aggressive…

CONFERENCE EXPLORES SOLUTIONS TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Inspired by the 2014 Conference on Crimes Against Women by Diane Montgomery, a contributing writer for The Mary Kay Foundation Although I’ve attended many thought-provoking conferences for business and personal interests, the most profound of these was the 2014 Conference on Crimes Against Women, held recently in Dallas, Texas. There, I was in awe of the…

RAPE, CULTURE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

by Kendra P in Sustainable Development Recently a man, appointed by authorities to protect her, raped a 15-year old girl. He also raped a 13-year old girl, and sexually assaulted another 15-year old. He pled guilty. His punishment? Probation. The fifteen-year-old girl that he raped? She received a year’s worth of incarceration for essentially skipping…

Well, sure it is her fault

Asking For It A recent study in Britain has found some startling results regarding how the public views murder victims. Here is part of the breakdown: One in three people think that if the victim disagreed with things that the murderer said, and debated with them, that they were at least partially responsible for being…

UN’s Human Rights

PREAMBLE Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world, Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of…

Objectification | The Short version

I’m working on a much more descriptive essay on this subject, but this should answer many of the misconceptions around objectification, what it is, and what it means. I really would like to see an article some day that was on Objectification which actually addressed what it means, as it was designed and written about by…

Sexism from a Feminist | Privilege

Privilege is a poem most often attributed to “Anoymous” which can frequently be found on the friges and dorm walls of sororities. I remember the first time I read it, at the apartment of a girl friend whose room mate was a feminist. This was back in the 80s. I had a similar reaction to…

I Will Not Forget

In response to the assaults at SDSU, in San Diego Ca, November 21, 2014 I believed after I read this article, that the actions of the creatures involved  — those who violently defended the felony act of rape, against those who decried it, by assaulting them in the street — were the most disturbing actions…