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The rise of high school feminism

At the door is a quote from American televangelist Pat Robertson: "Feminism is a socialist, anti-family, political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practise witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians."

The quote is there ironically, of course. The teenagers congregating in D11 are members of Auckland's Western Springs College Young Feminists Club, who are here for an informal focus group. They're a bonfire – light the kindling with a question, and seconds later they're ablaze with chatter.

"I'm Posey," a member begins. "Some of the stuff that goes on in society and school gets me really worked up. Watching the typical day-to-day things, it's like, Oooh." Asked what "stuff" the 17-year-old means, and the group comes alive: catcalling, sexual harassment, feeling unsafe walking alone at night.

"The way women are portrayed on TV is a big thing for me," says Healy Jones, 17. "Watching shows where there's only one woman who's ditzy and can't do anything, that really pushed me to join."

The group came together last year after a wary few noticed a double standard in the school's dress code.

"We had some friends who were continuously getting pulled up by teachers, and it was really unfair: 'I can see your bra straps – you're a distraction,'" recalls the group's co-leader, 17-year-old Thomas Rands. "We had issues about the language teachers were using."

With two others, Rands set up a Facebook group then sent a notice around the school inviting students to discuss the issue. Come lunchtime, more than 40 teenagers had convened to go through the school's dress code, line by line. Senior management took their comments on board, and changed the wording of the policy. And, with that, the club was born.

"At first, I wasn't anti the group, but I wasn't 100 percent for it, because I was caught up in the mob mentality," says 17-year-old Marlon Drake. "Everyone is freaked out by the connotations around the name feminism.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/life/68153551/the-rise-of-high-school-feminism

Want to know how low anti-vaxxers will go? (Trigger warning)

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Military rescues more women, girls from Boko Haram

Nigerian troops have rescued about 160 more hostages from Boko Haram’s Sambisa Forest stronghold, the army said on Thursday, taking the total number liberated this week alone to nearly 500.
The numbers underlined the scale of the tactic of mass abduction used by the militants, who according to Amnesty International have seized about 2,000 women and girls since the start of last year.
Amnesty’s Africa director for research and advocacy, Netsanet Belay, said the rescues were a “cause for celebration” but he warned: “This is just the tip of the iceberg.
“There are thousands more women and girls, and men and boys, who have been abducted by Boko Haram,” he said in a statement.
Female former hostages have described being subjected to forced labour, sexual and psychological abuse as well as having to fight on the frontline alongside the rebels.
The first release of 200 girls and 93 women was announced on Tuesday, raising hopes that some of the 219 girls snatched from their school in Chibok in April last year were among them.
- See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/04/military-rescues-more-women-girls-from-boko-haram/#sthash.OZ4F8Ary.dpuf

These Are the Jokes That Caused Actors To Walk Off Adam Sandler's Set

I should say, I depise Sandler movies--to the point I cringe and leave the room. A lot of people love him--I get that. I've never been angry before--irritated yes, but what the fuck was he trying to do here?



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The version of the script we have is dated December 7, 2012, so it’s possible, if not likely, that some revisions have been made. But several of the examples cited as offensive by the Native actors who walked off the set are present in, and confirmed by, this script.

The film’s main character, presumably played by Sandler, is Tommy (also called “Three Knives”), a white man who was given up by his family and raised by Native Americans. He is married to a Native American woman named—wait for it—Smoking Fox, and the movie follows the two of them as Tommy battles a group of men called the Left-Eye Gang.

The scenes that caused the Native actors to leave the set appear to happen within the first 15 minutes or so of the film. Extra Loren Anthony, who spoke to Indian Country Today, described a scene involving a character named Beaver’s Breath as being particularly irritating to the extras:

“One thing that really offended a lot of people was that there was a female character called Beaver’s breath. One character says ‘Hey, Beaver’s Breath.’ And the Native woman says, ‘How did you know my name?’”


http://defamer.gawker.com/these-are-the-jokes-that-caused-actors-to-walk-off-adam-1699990455

Ok people

Off to the Washington State Nurses Association convention!

In Some States, Access to Abortion Care Is Expanding

Kirke was a student at the time she became pregnant and didn’t have much money. She didn’t want to tell her mother and ask for financial help, so she had to empty her checking account to scrounge together enough money to pay for the procedure. Ultimately, she had to forgo anesthesia because she couldn’t afford it.

Now a mother of two girls, Kirke says she’s already anticipating the body-image issues her daughters will face, but hopes they won’t still be fighting for adequate reproductive care and the right to make decisions about their own bodies. “I would love if, when they’re older … the political issues surrounding their bodies were not there anymore,” she says. “I would hate to see them having to fight for rights.”

The good news is that access to abortion is actually expanding in some states. For most legislators, the goal is to prevent situations such as Kirke’s, where women can’t afford the care they need and have to make do with subpar options or forgo treatment altogether.

Though more anti-choice bills were enacted around the country between 2011 and 2013 than in the previous decade, legislators in states like Washington and Oregon have proposed bills that would require insurance providers to cover abortions as they would any other type of reproductive care. Said Andrea Miller, president of the National Institute for Reproductive Health, in a statement:

Since 1976, millions of women in America who qualify for public insurance have endured government-sanctioned discrimination in access to abortion services. But there is a strong and growing movement underway to eliminate this disparity


http://msmagazine.com/blog/2015/04/20/in-some-states-access-to-abortion-care-is-expanding/

Rural Women in Latin America Define Their Own Kind of Feminism

EZEIZA, Argentina , Apr 16 2015 (IPS) - Rural organisations in Latin America are working on defining their own concept of feminism, one that takes into account alternative economic models as well as their own concerns and viewpoints, which are not always in line with those of women in urban areas.

Gregoria Chávez, an older farmer from the northwest Argentine province of Santiago del Estero, said feminism must include “the struggles and support of our fellow farmers in defending the land.”

Until recently, feminism was an alien concept for her. But like so many other women farmers around Latin America, she is now a leader in the battles in her province against the spread of monoculture soy production and the displacement of small farmers.

“I think women are important in the countryside because they are braver than men,” she told IPS. “I’m not afraid of anything. I always tell my compañeras that without courage we won’t gain a thing.”


http://ruralhealthcaucus.com/rural-women-in-latin-america-define-their-own-kind-of-feminism/

Ok I never do this but

These are my two youngest granddaughters. (Except the baby!)My daughter said "guess which one dressed herself today?"

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Nice try, Maajid Nawaz, but you didn’t go to a lapdancing club because you’re a feminist

Let’s play a round of the world’s worst game: Can You Be a Feminist and…? The rules, laid down by generations of opinion writers, are that you find a thing and then bloviate airily about whether that thing is compatible with being a feminist. There are some reliable old standbys to start with: CYBAF and wear high heels? (Yes.) CYBAF and a stay-at-home mum? (Yes.) This is easy. Let’s do a harder one. CYBAF and a man? Well I’d hope so, but if I’m absolutely honest the number of men I’ve met who are actually feminist is dwarfed by the number of men who call themselves feminist and then use this as cover to act like a perfect horse’s arse towards women. Try this: CYBAF, and a man, and go to a lapdancing club, and get handsy with the dancers? We have a winner. GAME OVER, ruptured irony gland stopped play, no one can ever play CYBAF again.

You can thank Maajid Nawaz, Liberal Democrat candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn, for the demise of the world’s worst game. Last Friday, the Mail released CCTV footage of Nawaz — Muslim moderate and (yes!) self-professed feminist — in a lap-dancing club, receiving a private dance. Repeatedly, and contrary to the club policy, he puts his hands on the woman dancing for him. Club manager Jay Shah told the Mail that Nawaz was “asking her to touch him and he was touching her . . . In general he was quite persistent with her, asking to take her out and for her number.” Let’s note that Shah’s concern for the women working on his premises didn’t seem to extend to actually ejecting the man breaking the rules, before we move on to enjoying Feminist Maajid Nawaz’s public response to these revelations.

Firstly, Feminist Maajid Nawaz tweeted a picture of his wife with the caption “Don’t ya wish your wifey. was. hot. like. mine? …. Don’t ya? … Don’t ya?” But not satisfied with this salvo of patriarchy smashing, Feminist Maajid Nawaz released a statement on Facebook explaining that his lapdance was no contradiction with his feminism — it was, if anything, a perfect expression of his feminism. After all, it’s not as if he killed anyone: “In current times, our moral uproar is best reserved for those who aspire to stone men or women to death, not those who consensually watch women, or men for that matter, dance.” Ah, there’s that word: consensually. Nawaz, you see, is a choice feminist. “My feminism, as intended by me, extends to empowering women to make legal choices, not to judge the legal choices they make. My fight is for rights.”

And if women choose to dance for men in an upholstered broom cupboard, for twenty pounds a go, by God Nawaz will fight for that right. In fact, he’ll even make the choice easier by supplying the twenty pounds himself! That’s how much of a feminist Feminist Maajid Nawaz is. What does the “choice” to work in a nightclub look like for the women who do it? Firstly, they’re usually not actually employed by the club: it’s standard for them to pay the club a fee, which they then need to make back before they can break even on their night’s work. This incentivises women to tolerate rule-breakers as they compete with each other for business, and because the house has made its money either way, there’s limited incentive for the bouncers to protect the women who work there from the grabby patrons.

https://medium.com/@NewStatesman/nice-try-maajid-nawaz-but-you-didn-t-go-to-a-lapdancing-club-because-you-re-a-feminist-54df59fd0e56

The most banned and challenged books of 2014 (Excellent reading list)

The ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom today released its annual "Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books," based on over 300 reports of community members attempting to have literature removed from libraries and school curricula. The organization notes that "attempts to remove books by authors of color and books with themes about issues concerning communities of color are disproportionately challenged and banned."

Four of the books on the list are by writers of color: "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie, "Persepolis" by Marjane Satrapi, "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison and "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini.

Seven of the 10 books were challenged because they were "sexually explicit." Among those books are two that deal with child sexual assault: Morrison's novel "The Bluest Eye" and "A Stolen Life," a memoir by Jaycee Dugard, who was kidnapped, raped and held prisoner for 18 years by a Mendocino couple.

"Homosexuality" is listed as the reason two of the books were banned or challenged: Stephen Chbosky's perenially controversial "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" as well as "And Tango Makes Three," Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell's children's book about two male penguins who form a relationship and raise a chick together. The book is based on a true story.


http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-et-jc-challenged-banned-books-2014-20150413-story.html
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