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July 19, 2024

FLOTUS as Edith Wilson??? This was actual BS I heard at our Drinking

Liberally meeting tonight. Naturally, one of the major topics of discussion was whether President Biden should stay, or go. The consensus was that he should stay, including our facilitator, who is somewhere to the left of Bernie. However, one of our group (of whom I have had doubts for months), insisted that if he stayed, it would be because Jill insists on it, and she is the power behind the throne (her words, not mine). I asked her where she had heard such a thing, and she said that "everybody knows this". I, perhaps not-so-politely, pointed out that I, for one, had not run across that idea before, and nothing I have ever seen of their relationship would give rise to such a notion.

Note to self: Drink VERY liberally BEFORE next meeting, so as not to create a scene.

July 14, 2024

Bill Penzey's email today about the shooting was one of the kindest, most

loving things I could imagine. I hope somebody who is on the list can post it here. He even explained why he took down the poster that read "Welcome, FAKE electors" from their store across the street from the security zone.

July 14, 2024

One million acknowledged covid deaths in this country during the pandemic.

But it just occurred to me, in responding to someone in another thread, that we do not talk about those who did not die, but are now suffering, and may well continue to suffer, the effects of long covid. One of my friends contracted covid in June 2020, long before the vaccines were available, was in ICU, on a vent, for over two weeks. She survived, barely, but has brain fog, heart, and digestive issues to this day.

How much long term damage are we as a society, as family, as friends, as the helping orofessions, going to be dealing with?

July 9, 2024

sharia law or "christian" nationalist talibangelicals (project 2025). Can

anybody explain the difference (apart from which sacred fiction is being used to justify the misogyny, cruelty, and hatred, that is.!

Thanks in advance.

July 9, 2024

An interesting piece of trivia about the fight for the 19th Amendment. From 1776

to 1848--Seneca Falls-- was 72 years. From 1848 to final ratification of 19A in 1920 was 72 years. 144 years to gain some semblance of equality in this supposed "greatest, bestest country in the world" and the fucking misogynist bastards are trying to strip women of every small advance we have made toward equality and recognition as full human beings in this patriarchal society. We are regressing and devolving as other nations are progressing and evolving. FUCK the misogynists. FUCK the woman-haters. FUCK the "christian" nationalist talibangelicals. SIDEWAYS. WITH RUSTY CHAINSAWS.

July 9, 2024

Interesting piece of trivia about the fight for the 19th Amendment. From 1776

to 1848 -- Seneca Falls-- was 72 years. From 1848 to ratification of 19A in 1920 was also 72 years. 144 years to gain some small semblance of equality, and now the fucking misogynist bastards want to yank it away, along with every other small advance women have made in this patriarchal country in the last 248 years of recognized independence.

July 8, 2024

Some of the "discussions" hinted at by the media and elsewhere remind me

of something. . what is it? Some phrase I used to hear. . Now, what was it? ? ? Oh, yes, "just asking questions".

July 6, 2024

An Introduction to Catalonia's Feminist Administration

(wow, some actual hopeful news!!)

An Introduction to Catalonia’s Feminist Administration
PUBLISHED 4/29/2024 by Tània Verge

Tània Verge (center) presents the 2024 budget of the Ministry of Equality and Feminisms, at the Palau de la Generalitat, on Feb. 29, 2024, in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. (David Zorrakino / Europa Press via Getty Images)

For many decades, sexual and reproductive rights have been at the core of the global feminist struggle—but only an unapologetically feminist administration puts them at the center of the political agenda. Such is the progressive turn the government of Catalonia, an autonomous region in northeastern Spain, assumed in May 2021 when it created a Ministry of Equality and Feminisms. In October 2021, this new ministry drafted the national strategy for sexual and reproductive rights. This was founded on the premise that the personal is political, so it must also be public policy. This strategy sought to guarantee the effective exercise of existing rights—particularly abortion, long-term contraception and sexuality education.

. . . .

‘My Period, My Rules’

How does an intersectional feminist logic of policymaking unfold in practice? Let me illustrate it with a global first: the action ‘My period, my rules,’ which consists of the free distribution of reusable menstrual products to all girls and women age 10 and 60, as well as to transgender men and nonbinary people who menstruate. These products—one menstrual cup, a pair of menstrual underwear, or two cloth pads—can be collected at any local pharmacy by showing a QR code downloaded from the app of the Catalan public health system, which also covers undocumented migrants. Pharmacists have been trained by the Ministry of Equality and Feminisms on menstruation, reusable products, and sexual and reproductive rights, in order to provide adequate information and counsel. The action has also been implemented in juvenile detention centers and prisons, and sessions on menstrual health are held in high schools and in community centers. Specific sessions targeting disabled women or migrant women, among other groups, will also be organized with grassroots feminist organizations.

The goals of this action are threefold.

Firstly, social justice: The action fights period poverty, which results from the feminization of poverty. Indeed, 23 percent women in Catalonia cannot afford to buy menstrual products and 44 percent opt for products that are not their first choice due to economic reasons, with implications on school and work absenteeism or on lower participation in sports or leisure activities. More generally, it also compensates for the extra economic cost that menstruating entails for half the population.
. . . .

All these goals justify why, rather than being a means-tested benefit, menstrual equity was conceived of as a right for all women. Last month, within 10 days of the action launch, over 250,000 women had already collected their free products and the social conversation around menstruation had reached TV and radio political talk shows, social networks, coffee breaks at workplaces, and school parent chats. Besides covering the immediate problem of period poverty, this action has also stirred structural change. Goodbye to taboos, silence and lack of information about our bodies! It was about time. Many women are now asking: What about perimenopause, menopause and post-menopause—another taboo period of women’s life cycles. We will get there, but the demand of more rights is another intended, albeit undeclared, goal of the ‘My period, my rules’ action. So, yes: Our Bodies, Ourselves, and Our Rights—because sexual and reproductive rights are human rights


July 6, 2024

Backsliding Democracies and Women's Rights in the U.S. and Around the Globe

(please read this disturbing, lengthy, scary article at the link below)

Backsliding Democracies and Women’s Rights in the U.S. and Around the Globe
PUBLISHED 5/2/2024 by Sheri Arnold
“There is no democracy without women’s rights.”

The 18th ‘Manifa’ feminist march in Krakow, Poland, on March 18, 2023—an annual feminist march organized in various Polish cities in March in connection with International Women’s Day. Activists stand for protection against violence and discrimination, reproductive rights, labor rights, reliable sex education and support for people with disabilities, migrants and non-heteronormative people. (Klaudia Radecka / NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Can a democracy where women have never been equal ever really thrive? How are attacks on democracy tied to gender equity? What can we learn from past fights to protect and expand women’s rights in order to chart a path forward?

A two-part virtual discussion hosted by Ms. magazine in partnership with NYU Law’s Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Center and the 92NY explored these questions, plus how women’s rights are inextricably tied to the integrity and durability of democratic institutions.

This event is part of 92NY’s Newmark Civic Life Series: lectures and conversations with leading experts exploring pro-democracy efforts at this critical moment in the U.S. and around the world, supported by Craig Newmark Philanthropies.

. . . . .


July 6, 2024

So Goes Reproductive Freedom, So Goes Democracy

So Goes Reproductive Freedom, So Goes Democracy
PUBLISHED 5/13/2024 by Laleh Ispahani and Jennifer Weiss-Wolf

Bodily autonomy is inextricably linked to the integrity and durability of the body politic—with threats to one reinforcing threats to the other.

Pro-abortion demonstrators outside the U.S. Supreme Court on March 26, 2024, as the Court hears arguments on whether to limit the use of mifepristone, a medication that’s used in nearly two-thirds of all abortions nationally. (Michael Nigro / Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images)

When people consider what it means to be a democracy on the decline, plot points of the recent film Civil War come to mind: a U.S. president who disregards the Constitution to nab a third term. Crackdowns on dissent and the media. Leaders using the military to break up public demonstrations. While that is, of course, representative of growing authoritarianism, recent history suggests that rollbacks on bodily autonomy and reproductive freedoms are also flashing red lights for would-be regimes. Elected authoritarians undermine the rule of law by positioning themselves as defenders of traditional values, spreading misinformation, and stacking the judiciary with their political allies.

The standing of the United States among modern democracies also has continued to ebb. The capture of the federal courts and installation of a supermajority on the U.S. Supreme Court not only sounded the death knell for Roe v. Wade but ushered in the chaotic judicial aftermath we are now experiencing—with not one but two abortion cases back on the Court’s docket this term. The anti-democratic through-line points toward fissures in other aspects of free and fair representation. A majority (67 percent) of Americans who live in states where abortion is banned want the procedure to be legal; that can only be seen as an abject failure of democratic systems and structures. This is further reflected in states where abortion has been on the ballot (going six-for-six); people overwhelmingly voted to restore abortion rights where gerrymandered legislatures would have otherwise passed and enforced bans. Moreover, the introduction of nearly 400 anti-trans bills in state legislatures across the country hardly reflects the priorities and will of the majority of voters. Reproductive rights do not exist in a vacuum. Bodily autonomy is inextricably linked to the integrity and durability of the body politic—with threats to one reinforcing threats to the other. Targeting women leaders like Maria Ressa and Suyen Barahona, has proved a powerful political tool for illiberal leaders, a bargaining chip that not only helps them gain power but consolidate and maintain it.

. . . .

“Misogyny and authoritarianism are not just common comorbidities but mutually reinforcing ills,” writes Harvard Kennedy School’s (and Ms. contributor) Erica Chenoweth. In other words, leveraging these in tandem is a key tactic in the authoritarian playbook. “Aspiring autocrats and patriarchal authoritarians have good reason to fear women’s political participation. [F]ully free, politically active women are a threat to authoritarian and authoritarian-leaning leaders—and so those leaders have a strategic reason to be sexist,” Chenowith writes. In the United States, philanthropic support for democracy and for girls, women, and LGBTQ people encompasses a tiny fraction of total investment dollars. So how do we ensure that this nexus is addressed and adequately supported?

In our respective roles—as head of the U.S. program for Open Society Foundations and a feminist advocate and writer—we’ve got some ideas. First, pro-democracy funders simply must be deliberate and full-throated—in word and deed—that the fight for robust democratic structures and gender justice is one and the same. This simply means elevating these connections wherever and whenever one has influence whether it is in the media or the corridors of power. Raise your voice boldly. This also entails determining where reproductive and LGBTQ rights are on the line, mapping it with states fighting for voting rights and representation, and investing at the intersection of the two issues. For those supporting direct democracy initiatives in 2024—whether it is Florida’s abortion ballot measure or fair maps in Ohio—it means funding those efforts not just for a single win, but to harness momentum in those communities and coalitions that builds lasting democratic reforms. Here’s the main takeaway—so well-articulated by our colleague Pamela Shifman, president of the Democracy Alliance: “The struggle for democracy and for gender, racial and economic justice is one fight. It’s our fight.”


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