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This really shouldn’t even be an issue; cases like this are shocking and horrifying. Protect women’s rights and stand up in your area. 

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Read the narrative by Aaron Westendorf about my blog womenandnews.tumblr.com and how Super PAC’s can be a major influence on the upcoming election concerning women’s rights. 

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Disgusting.

CHALLENGE: 

Read and try NOT getting angry- 

http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/pregnancy-begins-2-weeks-before-conception-now-the-law-in-arizona/politics/2012/04/13/37993

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"Gaslighting” - the way in which men undermine women’s self-confidence through subtle (and not so subtle) insinuations that women’s feelings are unreasonable. Men will go to great lengths to try and short-circuit women’s attempts at serious conversation. Words are powerful. Along with slut bashing, these tactics by men attempt to create a large gap to claim superiority. These methods in turn create an endless cycle of violence and diminish the taboo nature of sexual violence and rape by arguing that they 1. "deserved it" 2. "Were asking for it" or 3. By appealing to the women’s "loose morals" and calling her a "slut" to elude  consequences. 
Stop the cycle. Words can be fists of blatant and dangerous violence and contributors to one of society’s most debilitating and horrific crimes: Rape. 

"Gaslighting” - the way in which men undermine women’s self-confidence through subtle (and not so subtle) insinuations that women’s feelings are unreasonable. Men will go to great lengths to try and short-circuit women’s attempts at serious conversation. Words are powerful. Along with slut bashing, these tactics by men attempt to create a large gap to claim superiority. These methods in turn create an endless cycle of violence and diminish the taboo nature of sexual violence and rape by arguing that they 1. "deserved it" 2. "Were asking for it" or 3. By appealing to the women’s "loose morals" and calling her a "slut" to elude  consequences. 

Stop the cycle. Words can be fists of blatant and dangerous violence and contributors to one of society’s most debilitating and horrific crimes: Rape. 

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Loveee this. Especially the end quote. Powerful. 
http://www.itgetsbetter.org/

Loveee this. Especially the end quote. Powerful. 

http://www.itgetsbetter.org/

(Source: caattnip, via fuckmisstexas)

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(womenandnews): This is one of the greatest pragmatic illustrations of why limiting women’s rights to abortion is counterproductive, ineffective, cruel, and very dangerous. Abortions will still be done if bill after bill is passed, the only thing that changes and is compromised is the woman’s safety. Please click the link to continue reading this great article. 

jesteractivist:

My name is Caroline, and 30 years ago, I had an abortion—back alley, of course—when I was 15 years old and 12 weeks pregnant. Yesterday I took my 15-year-old daughter to an abortion clinic and held her hand while her 12-week pregnancy was terminated. Despite being the same age and the same number of weeks pregnant, our abortion experiences were 30 years and 2 worlds apart. 

We’re telling our stories here in hopes that people will understand how important it is to keep abortion safe and legal. When I was 14, I had unprotected sex with an older man whose name I didn’t know and whose face I never saw again. 10 weeks later, on my 15th birthday, I had been throwing up in the mornings, my breasts were tender, and my very regular period had not come since 2 weeks before the intercourse. I didn’t even have to take a pregnancy test to know the awful truth. I desperately asked around and was finally given the name of a man who did abortions in his basement late at night. I had to empty my savings of the $500 it contained and wait a week and a half because he was so busy. Finally, at 3:00 in the morning on the day the abortion was scheduled for, I snuck out of the house and hurried the 3 blocks to where he lived. 

(via riotgrrrljacksonville-deactivat)

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Transitioning to a world with increased political opportunities and rights for women

"This year, millions of women have taken to the streets in the Arab world to demand change.

Women played a vital role during the uprisings. They seized the moment of the Arab spring and voiced their hopes for democracy and participation in society and politics. They rose up and called for change. For many women, the demonstrations represented their first chance to take part in public life.

Women are among those who have had to pay a high price, as political and economic transitions often exacerbate pre-existing discrimination, subordination, and violence against women.  “Women have experienced sexual abuse, inappropriate touching, invasive body searches, as well as insults and humiliations of a sexual nature. Women human rights defenders, including activists, journalists and bloggers, as well as women political candidates have been particularly targeted for politically motivated purposes,” said Manjoo.

Women are entitled to contribute to societal change and transformation, free from threats of violence. “Their voices must be heard and their concerns taken into account during times of transitions and reform,” she stressed.

Thousands of women have recently demonstrated in the streets of Cairo, Egypt, to express their anger at the treatment of women by military and security forces.

Pillay expressed strong concern at what appears to be a deliberate targeting of peaceful women protestors. “The ruthless violence being used against unarmed women protestors is especially shocking and cannot be left unpunished,” she said. “There have also been extremely disturbing reports of the ill-treatment of women in detention. These must be immediately investigated and perpetrators brought to justice.”

The awarding this year of the Nobel Peace Prize to three women – Liberia’s President Ellen Sirleaf Johnson, Leymah Gbowee, a Liberian activist, and the Yemeni activist Tawakkul Karman – has emphasised the important role that women can play in peace processes.

In these moments of historic transition, “women’s rights should be at the top of the list of new priorities,” said Pillay. “Women must be able to shape the future of their countries by being involved in institutional reforms from the beginning. Women’s full participation is essential not only for their empowerment, but for the advancement of society as a whole.”

Let us ensure that women’s rights are at the foundation of these new beginnings, and let us be vigilant against any retrogression,” she added.

(Via UNHR-Political transitions provide opportunities to promote women’s human rights)

 http://ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/Politicaltransitionsprovide

opportunitiestopromotewomensHR.aspx

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2011: A Quick Rundown

A year in women: 

The pursuit for higher education led to the removal of a woman’s fingers by her husband. 

A 20 year old woman was shot to death in an “honor killing” by her family after deciding to live in Belgian and defying an arranged marriage. 

Women’s reproductive rights slowly stripped away. The heartbeat bill continues to be pushed through Ohio, Planned Parenthood’s on the verge of complete defunding, the GOP candidates oppose pro-choice considerations and thus reject notions of women’s equality. 

Mexican Women’s Rights Activist Shot in Ciudad Juarez

Journalists, activists, and reporters raped and murdered. 

Sexual abuse, violence, and domestic abuse continues without taboo. 

Child marriages continue to evade the nation’s priority list on human rights. 

And the news that brings us hope: 

Pakistan President signs two women’s rights bills

Egyptian women standup- Facebook girl and the “naked revolution” shows us that these women can no longer be silenced 

Planned Parenthood fights back, and the GOP’s constant flip-flopping shows hope that women will oppose a restriction of rights 

Social media helps the cause- Twitter and Facebook catapults revolutions, raises awareness on untalked about issues, and fights oppression 

While it might not directly be combatting violence- The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo has received a lot of attention through its amazing plot-line and stellar acting that has created a new category of women, a new phenomenon, and a great conversation starter about the effects of abuse and women fighting back 

Favorite discovered campaigns of the year- The Girl Effect, It Gets Better Campaign 

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"So, just so we’re clear: a 15-year-old who had unprotected sex and knows that she doesn’t want to be a mom is too immature to follow the directions on the box, but mature enough to birth and raise a baby?"

Teen Girls Can Suck It: No Morning-After Pill Without Doc’s Consent (via feminismduh)

he or they, too.

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The Legality of Abortion Still Threatens Equality

There is no greater obstruction of equal rights for women than the illegalization of abortions.  Denying women the right to abortion is a flagrant misguided attempt to project others’ religions out of ignorance of the facts and an uncouth consideration for the woman and her right to privacy. In the book, Feminism is for Everybody by Bell Hooks, she clarifies, “And we were clear that there could be no genuine sexual liberation for women and men without better, safer contraceptives-without the right to a safe, legal abortion.”  Equality is often measured in equal opportunity, and with every unwanted pregnancy if abortion were not legal, there would be a considerable lack of equality among women of all regions and backgrounds.               

FIGHT THE HEARTBEAT BILL OHIOANS. 

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"Sexual harassment is about the lust for sexual gratification, obviously, but it’s also about power. When a man in a position of authority pressures a woman to service him sexually even if she doesn’t want to, and her ability to refuse is compromised by … her dependent status, the man is committing an egregious abuse of power. For him, that’s a large part of the point: he’s demonstrating his dominance and demanding that the woman acknowledge her subservience."

Daily Beast, Leslie Bennetts explains why what Herman Cain is accused of doing was wrong, and why it should be taken seriously. 

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"In addition, girls who have been raped or molested are quickly married off to the rapist or any other man to preserve family honor, the report noted…"

How would you like to be married for life to your rapist at 16, 14, 12 years-old? THINK ABOUT IT.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/17/world/europe/turkish-television-takes-on-topic-of-child-brides.html?_r=1&ref=europe

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Politicians aren’t innocent, but children are

The closer it is to elections, the more the nefarious blood bath escalates to claim a spot in the white house. Yet, in this time, it is important to be wary and remember ALL politicians aren’t innocent. There is no cure, fix, or happy ending. But there are more pressing matters. Children around the world are innocent, and being victimized without much help from international powerhouses. 

"Every year, an estimated 10 million girls worldwide are married before they turn 18, usually with no say in when or whom they marry. Child marriage almost always cuts girls’ education short, trapping them and their children in poverty. It often leads to early pregnancy and childbirth, putting girls’ lives and health at risk.” - girlsnotbrides.org 

While the GPO attempts to strip away the availability for women’s healthcare, it’s important to remember those globally whose main concern won’t be the price of birth control (which has made great strides in the U.S. and should be free by most insurance companies by 2012). Putting into perspective the underprivileged children forced into marriage by the time they are eight, and the tragedy they must endure for two lifetimes should be a concern for all. Democrats, Republicans- they have grown into their stances and have ideologies and viewpoints, corruption and cynicism… but children are the same everywhere; innocent. And in this case, innocent victims. 

DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT- http://girlsnotbrides.org/what-can-i-do/  

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While usually I include journalism of substance related to women, women’s rights, and gender issues, I thought I’d take a turn to Advertising, which is actually my major. 

Ads are horrible and usually depict women in horrible lights blah blah. But, in this case, I happen to genuinely love this advertisement. I can’t help but feel inspired, and while this ad’s only goal is to make you pay attention to the product so it resonates with you, I would still like to share it because well, it does resonate. 

I love the message and motto, and as an Ohio girl with Mayflys all over the place, they remind me to embrace life. Today was voting day and while tensions are global and problems exist in every sphere of life, there is nothing that says you shouldn’t try to find enjoyment out of it, live life to the fullest, and help others achieve a shard of happiness in the short lives we are granted. 

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