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Lovers/Haters: Love, love, love

1 Apr

There are a few lovers I want to acknowledge this week, and to be honest, I didn’t feel like thinking about all of the negativity surrounding women’s rights today. Today we are going to celebrate women!

“Women are not a commodity to be haggled over or bartered with. Their bodies, their reproductive rights are theirs and theirs alone!

The GOP and its allies have no fucking authority over what a woman can and cannot do with their bodies.

Women are not property. Women are not slaves. They are human beings–just as us men are!”

This blog post came through my reproductive rights Google alert today and I almost missed it. Thankfully I read the fine print because it’s a great post! My favorite thing about it? It’s written by a feminist male. I love when feminist males speak up about these kinds of issues! I love my ladies, but I have to admit, sometimes it feels like an us vs. them argument, which not only creates unmovable sides but ignores other genders as well. Check it out – it’s a great rant.

“By simply helping preserve their personal records, we can make sure our veterans have the care they need while supporting justice for assault victims.”

Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) introduced a bill called the Support for Survivors Act to assist victims of sexual assault in the military. The bill would require the military to keep all evidence of sexual assaults committed on servicemembers instead of destroying them and sweeping the issue under the rug. It may not be much, but it’s certainly a start to acknowledging this consistent issue (which I wrote about here).

“To all the women out there with inconvenient dreams, never stop dreaming and never stop fighting.”

I love this post by Abortion Gang (see the blogroll link as well!). It discusses why she uses birth control and why she would choose to have an abortion if her birth control failed. It’s a wonderful post that discusses that nasty “convenience” claim that anti-choicers love to make.

Any lovers you want to highlight?

Celebrating Women’s History Month: Geraldine Ferraro

29 Mar

“Unlike the American revolution, which began with the “shot heard round the world,” the rebellion of Seneca Falls — steeped in moral conviction and rooted in the abolitionist movement — dropped like a stone in the middle of a placid lake, causing ripples of change. No governments were overthrown, no lives were lost in bloody battles, no single enemy was identified and vanquished. The disputed territory was the human heart and the contest played itself out in every American institution: our homes, our churches, our schools, and ultimately in the provinces of power.”

Geraldine Ferraro, 1935-2011

Women’s History Month could not be wrapped up more perfectly than celebrating Ms. Geraldine Ferraro’s legacy. Ferraro was a champion of women, fighting endlessly to improve the lives and increase legal rights for women. She became the first woman to be nominated for vice president when Walter Mondale chose her as his running mate in 1984. Although they didn’t win, Ferraro saw the good in running for office, stating, “Every time a woman runs, women win” (although Palin and Bachmann may have ruined that). Later, when she was helping Hillary Clinton run for office in 2008, she didn’t shy away from the issues of race and gender that inevitably became a part of the Democratic primaries – her comments were repudiated and she stepped down, but she did not take them back. President Obama summed up Ferraro’s work perfectly in saying, “Geraldine will forever be remembered as a trailblazer who broke down barriers for women, and Americans of all backgrounds and walks of life.”

Read more:
Geraldine Ferraro: V.P. candidate inspired a generation of women
Geraldine Ferraro

In honor of Geraldine Ferraro’s lifelong work for the rights of women, let us remember and embrace:

“We’ve chosen the path to equality; don’t let them turn us around.”

Celebrating Women’s History Month: Victoria Woodhull

22 Mar

“Woman’s ability to earn money is better protection against the tyranny and brutality of men than her ability to vote.”

Photo: McHenry County Turning Point

My woman of honor this week might be a little less familiar to you, but Ms. Victoria Woodhull and her sister, Tennessee, became the first women to establish a banking and brokerage firm on Wall Street called Woodhull, Claflin & Company around 1870. It should be noted that this was a time when women were expected to be managing money from the home, not in a bank. This was a huge step in the women rights movement. But this was just the first step. In 1870, Victoria decided to run for presidency – the first woman in U.S. history to do so. Obviously, she didn’t win, and considering that she supported ideas such as free love when women weren’t even allowed to vote, that’s not too surprising. Victoria didn’t let that stop her. In 1871, she became the first woman to deliver a memorial to the House Judiciary Committee – about women suffrage. The leaders of the Women Suffrage Movement were so impressed that they asked her to speak at their convention – the following day. The speech Victoria delivered at the convention catapulted her into suffrage leadership – in fact, she became known in newspapers as “the ablest advocate on Women Suffrage.”

Unfortunately, having that much sway in such a tumultuous time meant that she had powerful enemies, and these enemies didn’t stop until they had taken Victoria out of the game. Victoria was cornered during a speech at Steinway Hall, where she was badgered into sharing that she was a free lover, which turned the crowd against her. Things went downhill from there, but Victoria remains a champion of women rights to me. She proclaimed that women should be free to love whomever they choose, emphasizing the injustice of shaming women for doing what men do without consequence. That’s my kind of lady.

Read more about Victoria Woodhull:
http://www.lkwdpl.org/wihohio/wood-vic.htm
http://www.victoria-woodhull.com/whoisvw.htm

“Women must rise from their position as ministers to the passions of men to be their equals. Their entire system of education must be changed. They must be trained like men, [to be] independent individuals, and not mere appendages or adjuncts of men, forming but one member of society. They must be the companions of men from choice, never from necessity.”

Had a miscarriage? Death for you!

7 Mar

Rep. Bobby Franklin, a Georgia lawmaker (somehow), is actually stating that women who have a miscarriage are not only legally responsible, This isn’t the first time this kind of bill has come about, either – a similar bill failed in Utah a few years ago! This bill would also turn over Roe V. Wade in Georgia. This is the same man who tried to change rape victims to “accusers” last year.

How the hell is this guy getting elected?!?!? Seriously, what is going on in this country? Are we living in the 1700s? It’s sure starting to feel that way.

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/304268

The women (and men) know what they’re talking about!

27 Aug

I’m watching Hillary’s speech at the DNC and thought I’d post some solid pro-femme quotes…’cause nothing’s better than reiterating truth. 🙂

Sylvia Plath:
I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart. I am. I am. I am.

Susan B. Anthony:
The fact is, women are in chains, and their servitude is all the more debasing because they do not realize it.

Hillary Clinton:
I have met thousands and thousands of pro-choice men and women. I have never met anyone who is pro-abortion. Being pro-choice is not being pro-abortion. Being pro-choice is trusting the individual to make the right decision for herself and her family, and not entrusting that decision to anyone wearing the authority of government in any regard.

Virginia Woolf:
The history of men’s opposition to women’s emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself.

Sojourner Truth:
If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again! And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.

Margaret Sanger:
Woman must not accept; she must challenge. She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her; she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression.

Ayn Rand:
The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.

Camille Paglia:
We cannot have a world where everyone is a victim. “I’m this way because my father made me this way. I’m this way because my husband made me this way.” Yes, we are indeed formed by tramas that happen to us. But you must take charge, you must take over, you are responsible.

Andrea Dworkin:
Woman is not born: she is made. In the making, her humanity is destroyed. She becomes symbol of this, symbol of that: mother of the earth, slut of the universe; but she never becomes herself because it is forbidden for her to do so.

Ursula LeGuin:
We are volcanoes. When we women offer our experience as our truth, as human truth, all the maps change. There are new mountains.

Florynce Kennedy:
You’ve got to rattle your cage door. You’ve got to let them know that you’re in there, and that you want out. Make noise. Cause trouble. You may not win right away, but you’ll sure have a lot more fun.

Margaret Sanger:
No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body. No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother.

And my personal favorite tonight:

Hillary:
Eleanor Roosevelt understood that every one of us every day has choices to make about the kind of person we are and what we wish to become. You can decide to be someone who brings people together, or you can fall prey to those who wish to divide us. You can be someone who educates yourself, or you can believe that being negative is clever and being cynical is fashionable. You have a choice.

Check out what other women have said!

A newbie to the site!

28 Jun

I wanted to let everyone know that I have been feeling incredibly bad about my lack of posting to this site – therefore, I’ve invited a fellow feminist to blog on here as well! Megan has many good ideas and isn’t afraid to be outspoken, so she should be a great addition. Stay tuned for more!

Starting it up…

22 Mar

I’ve decided to create a new blog that really reflects the issue I’m most passionate about – women’s rights. I plan to post interesting stories, both showing progress and setbacks, as well as things I think are worth knowing about. It’ll probably be controversial, but all worthwhile writing is. 🙂 Feel free to leave comments about the stories, the information or my reactions to them…this world needs communication to survive!

I don’t have anything to post right now except a couple of pictures. Hope ya’ll like it!


That’s it for now – check back for more coming soon! 🙂

Special thanks to Amy, who runs Appetite for Equal Rights. Her blog is simply inspiring – check it out! http://appetiteforequalrights.blogspot.com/ Also thanks to the Minnesota Symposium (I think!) for the title of the blog.