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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Reflects on the Women of Passover

On Passover, which begins tomorrow night, Jews are commanded to tell the story of the Exodus and to see ourselves as having lived through that story, so that we may better learn how to live our lives today. The stories we tell our children shape what they believe to be possible—which is why at Passover, we must tell the stories of the women who played a crucial role in the Exodus narrative.

The Book of Exodus, much like the Book of Genesis, opens in pervasive darkness. Genesis describes the earth as “unformed and void, with darkness over the surface of the deep.” In Exodus, darkness attends the accession of a new Pharaoh who feared the Israelites and so enslaved them. God alone lights the way out of the darkness in Genesis. But in Exodus, God has many partners, first among them five brave women.

There is Yocheved, Moses’ mother, and Shifra and Puah, the famous midwives. Each defies Pharaoh’s decree to kill the Israelite baby boys. And there is Miriam, Moses’ sister, about whom the following midrash is taught:

[When Miriam’s only brother was Aaron] she prophesied … ‘my mother is destined to bear a son who will save Israel.’ When [Moses] was born the whole house … filled with light[.] [Miriam’s] father arose and kissed her on the head, saying, ‘My daughter, your prophecy has been fulfilled.’ But when they threw [Moses] into the river her father tapped her on the head saying, ‘Daughter, where is your prophecy?’ So it is written, ‘And [Miriam] stood afar off to know what would be[come of] the latter part of her prophecy.’

http://msmagazine.com/blog/2015/04/02/justice-ruth-bader-ginsburg-reflects-on-the-women-of-passover/

Let's read some David Futrelle, shall we?

Lest we forget what those nut job MRA's are REALLY about.


Woman Oppresses Husband By Getting Fat; Men’s Rights Redditors Outraged

Sitting near the top of the front page of the Men’s Rights Reddit at the moment, with more than 300 upvotes: A post, based on a three and a half year old comment on a Fat Acceptance blog, with the title “Woman gains 65 pounds after getting married, forces husband to get Viagra after he is no longer attracted to her.”

Brace yourself for the HORROR of a wife who put on weight in blatant disregard of the rights of her husband’s boner.
http://wehuntedthemammoth.com/2015/03/31/woman-oppresses-husband-by-getting-fat-mens-rights-redditors-outraged/#more-15870


Feminists: The fact we haven’t killed you means we don’t hate women, extremely creepy dude explains

I‘ll get to that thing in the headline in a second. But first: A Voice for Men’s Director of Lying Liars Janet Bloomfield has responded to my last post about her embattled tit pics — see here; the whole thing is too bizarre to explain briefly — by informing her readers that I was

failing to distinguish between pics sent to individual men privately as a means of manipulation and pics plastered over social media to make a broader point about feminist censorship and harassment.

But that’s not really what I want to talk about. What I want to talk about is this creepy as hell comment one of her fans left on her blog. (I’ve crossed out the name of the specific feminist being addressed.)

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http://wehuntedthemammoth.com/2015/03/31/feminists-the-fact-we-havent-killed-you-means-we-dont-hate-women-extremely-creepy-dude-explains/

Aaarrghhh

There is a thread in GD with people defending a pedophile. Jesus fucking Christ.
(Sorry I haven't been around-- I'll have some time tomorrow to read some of these fabulous OP's I've been missing)

Thanks for the vent.

Kenyan Schoolboys Save Girls From Rape After Learning 'No Means No'

So those who think rape prevention training should only include things such as women carring mace and using the buddy system--think again

Nairobi — The schoolboy watched as a man tried to remove the nappy of a little girl he was dragging along a Nairobi riverbank, suspecting that he was going to rape her.

Having been trained to defend girls against sexual assault, the boy called other young men to help him confront the man and rescue the child.

"It would have been fatal," said Collins Omondi, who taught the boy as part of a programme to stamp out violence against women and girls in Nairobi slums. "If this man would have assaulted this kid, he would have thrown her inside the river."

Omondi teaches a programme called 'Your Moment of Truth', run by the charity Ujamaa Africa which encourages adolescent boys to stand up against violence towards women.

The training is "highly effective" in improving attitudes towards women and increasing the likelihood of successful intervention, researchers from Stanford University, University of Nairobi and United States International University-Africa said.

The training increased boys' successful interventions when witnessing physical or sexual assault by 185 percent, from 26 to 74 percent, according to their study to be published later this year in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
http://allafrica.com/stories/201503241509.html

The Intrepid Women of Exodus: Ruth Bader Gindburg's Feminist Seder Supplement

Thought this might be of interest-- plus I adore the portrait and wanted to share




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Passover is nigh and the Notorious R.B.G. has spoken.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has released a supplementary Seder reading highlighting the role of women in the Exodus narrative. Ginsburg—who is the first Jewish woman ever appointed to the Court—decided to contribute a feminist perspective after being asked by a Jewish nonprofit to to write on social justice and Passover. Below is an excerpt of her essay, which was co-written with Washington D.C.’s Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt:

The stories we tell our children shape what they believe to be possible—which is why at Passover, we must tell the stories of the women who played a crucial role in the Exodus narrative.

The Book of Exodus, much like the Book of Genesis, opens in pervasive darkness. Genesis describes the earth as “unformed and void, with darkness over the surface of the deep.” In Exodus, darkness attends the accession of a new Pharaoh who feared the Israelites and so enslaved them. God alone lights the way out of the darkness in Genesis. But in Exodus, God has many partners, first among them, five brave women.

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These women had a vision leading out of the darkness shrouding their world. They were women of action, prepared to defy authority to make their vision a reality bathed in the light of the day.

http://blog.longreads.com/2015/03/23/the-intrepid-women-of-exodus-ruth-bader-ginsburgs-feminist-seder-supplement/

Emmy Noether revolutionized mathematics — and still faced sexism all her life

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Emmy Noether was one of the most brilliant and important mathematicians of the 20th century. She altered the course of modern physics. Einstein called her a genius. Yet today, almost nobody knows who she is.

In 1915, Noether uncovered one of science's most extraordinary ideas, proving that every symmetry found in nature has a corresponding law of conservation. So, for example, the fact that physical laws work the same today as they did yesterday turns out to be related to the notion that energy can neither be created nor destroyed. Noether's theorem is a deep insight that underpins much of modern-day physics and things like the search for the Higgs boson.

DESPITE HER BRILLIANCE, UNIVERSITIES DIDN'T WANT TO HIRE A WOMAN

Even so, as one of the very few female mathematicians working in Germany in her day, Noether faced rampant sexism. As a young woman, she wasn't allowed to formally attend university. Even after proving herself a first-rate mathematician, male faculties were reluctant to hire her. If that wasn't enough, in 1933, the Nazis ousted her for being Jewish. Even today, she remains all-too obscure.

That should change. So it’s welcome news that Google is honoring Noether today with a Google Doodle on her 133rd birthday. To celebrate, here's an introduction


http://www.vox.com/2015/3/23/8274777/emmy-noether

Monica Lewinsky Is Back, but This Time It's on Her Terms

Monica Lewinsky Is Back, but This Time It's on Her Terms

Monica Lewinsky was sitting in a Manhattan auditorium last month, watching teenage girls perform a play called "Slut." Lewinsky was in bluejeans and a blazer, her hair pulled out of her face with a small clip. She was wiping away tears.

In the scene, a young woman was seated in an interrogation room. She had been asked to describe, repeatedly, what had happened on the night in question - when, she said, on their way to a party, a group of guy friends had pinned her down in a taxi and sexually assaulted her. She had reported them. Now everyone at school knew; everyone had chosen a sidenShare
"My life has just completely fallen apart," the girl said, her voice shaking. Her parents were in the next room. "Now I'm that girl."

The play concluded, and Lewinsky fumbled through her purse for a tissue. A woman came and whisked her to the stage.

"Hi, I'm Monica Lewinsky," she said, visibly nervous. "Some of you younger people might only know me from some rap lyrics."

The crowd, made up largely of high school and college women, laughed. "Monica Lewinsky" is the title of a song by rapper G-Eazy; her name is a reference in dozens of others: by Kanye, Beyonce, Eminem, Jeezy. The list goes on

http://www.ndtv.com/world-news/monica-lewinsky-is-back-but-this-time-its-on-her-terms-748705?site=full

Breaking: Man Admits That Men Simply Don't Trust Women

Hold onto your butts: a man has admitted that generally speaking, it takes longer for men to believe what a woman says than it would if a man said it. And… exhale. Let's breathe this one out.

Who is this brave soul, and what exactly did he say? His name is Damon Young, the co-founder and editor of VSB Magazine. In an essay for HuffPo republished from a blog called Very Smart Brothas, Young admitted that he doesn't trust his wife, basically:

Panama and I were talking about the Rolling Stone story controversy. It eventually segued to Cosby, which then segued into a realization that there's a common thread in each of these types of stories and the tenor of the conversations surrounding them.

Trust. Well, the lack thereof. Generally speaking, we (men) do not believe things when they're told to us by women. Well, women other than our mothers or teachers or any other woman who happens to be an established authority figure. Do we think women are pathological liars? No. But, does it generally take longer for us to believe something if a woman tells it to us than it would if a man told us the exact same thing? Definitely!

This conversation is how, after five months of marriage, eight months of being engaged, and another year of whatever the hell we were doing before we got engaged, I realized I don't trust my wife


http://jezebel.com/breaking-man-admits-that-men-simply-dont-trust-women-1692464599

Happy Birthday Lightnin Hopkins born this day in 1912

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The best thing I ever did for my Grandson's guitar playing was to introduce him to the blues.

15 Awesome Ruth Bader Ginsburg Quotes for her 82nd Birthday (Belated)

Supreme Court justice, feminist, and all-around badass Ruth Bader Ginsburg turns 82 today. Let's celebrate with some inspiring quotes. Happy birthday RBG!

1. ON HER MOTHER

"My mother told me two things constantly. One was to be a lady, and the other was to be independent. The study of law was unusual for women of my generation. For most girls growing up in the '40s, the most important degree was not your B.A., but your M.R.S."

— via ACLU

2. ON BEING REJECTED EARLY IN HER CAREER BY A FIRM THAT HAD ALREADY HIRED A WOMAN

“You think about what would have happened ... Suppose I had gotten a job as a permanent associate. Probably I would have climbed up the ladder and today I would be a retired partner. So often in life, things that you regard as an impediment turn out to be great good fortune.”

— In conversation with Makers

3. ON FEMALE SUPREME COURT JUSTICES

"[W]hen I’m sometimes asked when will there be enough [women on the supreme court]? And I say ‘When there are nine.’ People are shocked. But there’d been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that."

— In an interview with 10th Circuit Bench & Bar Conference at the University of Colorado in Boulder, via CBS News

4. ON DISSENTING OPINIONS

"Dissents speak to a future age. It's not simply to say, ‘my colleagues are wrong and I would do it this way,’ but the greatest dissents do become court opinions."

— From an interview on Live with Bill Maher


More: http://mentalfloss.com/article/62023/15-awesome-ruth-bader-ginsburg-quotes-her-82nd-birthday
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