it’s just another boob

I am astounded that in 2017, when women can unabashedly wear crocheted string on sports magazine covers, feminist Emma Watson is getting shit for showing the beauty of her body in an elegant photo. Hannah Cranston called it right in her article, and I take issue with the fact that by baring our bodies we are necessarily sexualizing ourselves. As Ms. Cranston put it, we should have the choice to show our bodies, as women do all over the globe without shame.

In fact — shocker — FEMINISTS use their bodies as a canvas for messages of equality. This is not about sex or the male gaze. It’s about taking back what is ours, God-given if you will.

People are such prudes and hypocrits.

Afterall, the biggest boob around is clearly on view in the White House.

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then there’s this guy

Representative Dave Brat (R-Va.) believes wealth will solve environmental problems and compares us to Brazil.

Needless to say, he has his head up his moneymaker.

My favorite moment is when he said that since Obamacare has come under debate: “…the women are in my grill no matter where I go.”

Right on, sisters. Keep it up!

 

check your state’s patriarchy

With the new mandate for pussy grabbing in the White House, states are scrambling to restrict abortion rights within their borders. 

Oklahoma is submitting legislation requiring consent from the sperm provider for a woman to get an abortion. I wonder what happens in the case of rape where the man is certainly not available for decisions around the results of his crime. The fact that politicians could consider a woman’s body a “host,” allowing her no agency over her future reveals a terrifying view of the patriarchy that we live under.

Tennessee is trying to declare  children born to married couples through fertility treatments “illegitimate.” I wonder how the state legislators feel about other medical procedures that improve reproductive outcomes for people: should solutions for erectile dysfunction be considered unnatural and resulting pregnancies an abomination? I can just imagine the awkward debate on that one, which wouldn’t last long in the male dominated legislatures of our country.

Women, pay attention! This debate is not only happening at the national level. The dog and pony show in the White House is distracting us from the restrictions happening right under our noses.

Call your legislators and voice your dissent!

photo:afp 2017

this week’s action

via momrising.org:

Make A Quick Call! Tell the U.S. Senate to vote “NO” on Andrew Puzder for the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor ASAP! 

Puzder’s hearing is this Thursday, February 16, so the time to call is NOW!   Take 30 seconds now and call 1.855.440.1800. It’s easy and will have a big impact. When you dial the number, you’ll be connected directly to the office of a key U.S. Senator. Tell them to vote “NO” on Andrew Puzder.

ACTION: Call 1.855.440.1800 to tell key U.S. Senators #JustSayNOonPuzder!

Background: Andy Pudzer opposes paid sick days, overtime pay, breaks for workers, and more. In short, he’s not qualified to serve in a position that protects workers. The U.S. Senate must oppose Puzder to lead the U.S. Department of Labor.

my two cents:
With all the GOP union busting that’s been going on quietly for years, we need to protect the rights of our labor force. The cynical side of me knows that no one 45 nominates is going to do that well, but this guy is anti-worker and should be blocked.

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photo: IntegratingDarkAndLight.com

 

 

 

justice prevails

it is a rare occurrence but a great joy to awaken to good news in my morning scroll. Yesterday the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the injunction against the current administration’s immigration ban against seven countries that have not been responsible for any of the major terror attacks on U.S. soil.

As comforted as I feel by the ruling, it concerns me that our only hope for curbing the insanity rests on the Judiciary branch, especially in view of the person being nominated for the Supreme Court. But at this point I’ll take what I can get.

teachers disciplined for discussing hate crimes

Amidst the rising tide of administrative silencing, we see the trickle-down of hate-based politics and turning a blind eye (and a tight lip) functioning much better than Reagan’s trickle-down theory ever did.

One teacher was suspended without pay after rescinding her college recommendation for a student who emblazoned a swastika in the hallway. Others were disciplined for having dared to discuss the incident with students in their classrooms.

Read more below:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/teacher-suspended-swastika_us_5894b999e4b040613136a1af?y8lbf2baey2gwrk9

Seattle judge trumps 45

The best news I’ve read in weeks: a Seattle judge overturned the executive order that barred valid visa holders from certain Muslim countries from entering the U.S.

Read about it here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/state-department-reverses-visa-ban_us_5895f61de4b09bd304bba2f7