The problem with the word feminism is that it was co-opted and poisoned by the 1970s pseudo-feminists who were promoting a legal and social agenda that had nothing to do with true feminism of the early 20th century. Unfortunately, the 70s pseudo-feminists were successful in taking over the word and implying that their movement was an extension of the "first wave" of feminism. It is not any more than the Nazi movement of 1930s Germany was an extension of the 18th century American abolition movement. The two have no relation whatsoever.
There comes a time when a word has been so perverted that it must be abandoned. The word feminism is one such word. I suggest calling the original, good feminism by the term Gender Progressivism as it's really part of the great Progressive Movement of the early 20th century that we all accept as one of the best things in American history, except of course for vile conservatives who call it an abomination.
I suggest calling the so-called "second wave" pseudo-feminist movement by the term The Misandrist Movement as that is a far more accurate term.
For political and social movements today, society should come up with new terms that accurately describe their actual goals.
Society barely raises a finger when men raise their fists.
All of our legal system and police force is designed to incarcerate men who commit any act of violence against their wives or girlfriends. In contrast, a woman who assaults her boyfriend or husband is extremely unlikely to be arrested. There are literally millions of images that say "Stop Domestic Violence". All of these should be considered offensive. The only just message is "Stop DomesticALL Violence".
I find it hard to respect any organization that is selective about which violence is OK and which is intolerable, especially when that organization ignores the women who truly are being harmed by our legal system.
Imagine a young woman handcuffed as a large man beats and rapes her so forcefully that it results in her rectum being torn. Imagine her pained cries that go unanswered and ignored. Imagine that after hours of this vicious assault she is left in a bloody heap on the floor. In all likelihood, this deplorable act of violence makes you angry and disgusted. However, does your reaction change if you learn that the victim was wearing a prison jumpsuit? Does it, or should it, make you any less enraged or any less willing to help? These are the questions that confront American society, as it becomes harder to ignore what Congress has labeled an "epidemic" of sexual assault in America's prisons.
Currently, there are over 200,000 women imprisoned in the US. According to Human Rights Watch at least 15 percent of incarcerated females have been the victims of prison sexual assault. These assaults occur at the hands of prison staff and other inmates.
But that violence doesn't make the radar of the people behind the video in the original post.
The American Civil Liberties Union said it plans today to urge the Michigan Department of Corrections to ban an invasive vaginal strip search that humiliates female prisoners.
It said women are forced to expose themselves, often with unclean hands while sitting on an unsanitized chair and in full view of other prisoners, while a female guard checks to see whether they're concealing contraband.
"There is no logical reason for these searches, so the only conclusion we can come to is that they are designed only to humiliate and degrade these women," Mie Lewis, a senior staff attorney with the ACLU's Women's Rights Project, said in a statement that will accompany a letter to Michigan corrections officials. The letter is signed by nearly two dozen human rights, health and religious groups.
Anyone who opposes liberalism is evil. To oppose liberalism is to support
- one person owning another person's life or body
- the restriction of a person's freedom without just cause, for reasons other than protecting the rights of others
- preventing people from peacefully pursuing happiness
- a class society in which your birth determines your status and opportunities for life
All attempts to poison the word liberalism are an attack on liberty itself and is both vile and Unamerican as any act can be. Cloaking such attacks in psuedo-patriotism is a cowardly act equivalent to pissing on the graves of every soldier who ever died for freedom and liberty. This is why conservatives and the Republican Party are so damn evil.
The really bad thing about Facebook today is the lack of ability to opt out. It comes as pre-installed malware on every smart phone and reinstalls after deleting it. Other apps require you to log-in with Facebook, which is a red flag that the app is malware as well.
"MSF is disgusted by the recent statements coming from some Afghanistan government authorities justifying the attack on its hospital in Kunduz. These statements imply that Afghan and US forces working together decided to raze to the ground a fully functioning hospital with more than 180 staff and patients inside because they claim that members of the Taliban were present.
This amounts to an admission of a war crime. This utterly contradicts the initial attempts of the US government to minimize the attack as 'collateral damage.'
This is the quintessential example of a terrorist attack. The terrorists responsible for this mass murder should be arrested, tried, and punished as any other terrorists should be. The fact that they are members of our government and our military does not mitigate the crime. It amplifies the severity of the crime. We can either be a nation of laws or a nation of anarchist bandits. It's time to decide.
Won't make a difference to Dan, Jazz and other pessimists.
Pointing out crimes committed by government officials and demanding justice is not pessimism any more than point out terrorist acts and demanding justice is. I've posted many things that are great about our society, such as the legalization of same-sex marriages and the decline of religion. Your problem is that you cannot distinguish between the American people and corrupt politicians, police, and other government agents. You think the government is America. It's not. The people are America. You're inability to understand this does not make me pessimistic, hateful, or unpatriotic. It just demonstrates your lack of intelligence.
Mostly good, but a few mistakes. The big one is about democracies. There are currently zero in the world and there hasn't been one since the ancient city-state of Rome.
Republics are not democracies. Nor are they a substitute for democracies. They are an antithetical and competing form of government. Getting terms right is important. A cow and an airplane might be similar in that they both can move, but there are more important differences and so calling cows and airplanes both cows is wrong, confusing, and counter-productive, no matter how well-liked the "cow" brand is.
Blount County, Tennesseeis set to hear a most important resolution this coming Monday. It is a resolution asking God to not destroy the county in his upcoming wrath, as a reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling permitting same-sex marriage.
If god had any mercy for them, they wouldn't be living in Tennessee in the first place.