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May. 5th, 2009

mark ryden, inside sue

grrrlesque

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Check out my new blog: http://forwrrrd.blogspot.com/

Mar. 19th, 2009

mark ryden, inside sue

grrrlesque

What Does Feminism Mean To You?

What does feminism mean to you?

Feminism means equality for everyone. I strongly believe in equal rights for both men and women. Feminism, to me, means standing up for women's rights and supporting women.

That is just my quick definition of feminism...What's yours?

Mar. 4th, 2009

mark ryden, inside sue

grrrlesque

Moderator Needed!

I'm needing someone to help me moderate this lj community and help me run it, if you are interested, contact me, through my livejournal by commenting on an entry in my livejournal. So far, I only need 1 moderator. If the community grows later, I will need more moderators, but for now one moderator will do.

To be accepted as a moderator, Here are a few simple requirements:

1.) You must be a member of this livejournal community. I won't accept someone that isn't a member of this community as a moderator. If you want to be a moderator, join this community, and contact me through my livejournal.

2.) Do not reply to my "friends only" entry in my livejournal saying you want to be a moderator. Choose a different entry to respond to regarding moderatorship. If I decide to have you as a moderator, I will respond to you in a reply to your comment and we'll discuss other womensrights community related stuff like: user pic, layout, userinfo bio section, interests section, banners for the community, etc.

3.) You should have "women's rights" listed as one of your interests on your user info page.

4.) If more than one person wants to be moderator, I will contact each person through their livejournals and ask them why they want to be a moderator. I will choose the best answer and they will be a moderator.

5.) If you ever leave this community, I will delete you as moderator. If you delete your livejournal, I will delete you as moderator.

6.) If you ever decide you no longer want to be a moderator for some reason, let me know and I will get a new moderator.

7.) If your interested in being a moderator, you can respond to this post instead of contacting me through my livejournal. It's up to you.
mark ryden, inside sue

grrrlesque

Women's Rights Links

Post some women's rights links in a reply to this post.

I'll start, here is a good link: http://www.care2.com/causes/womens-rights/

Jan. 22nd, 2009


queerunity

Bolivia to Vote on New Consitution With Abortion Rights, and Protections for Sexual Minorities

Bolivia will hold a nationwide referendum this Sunday for its constituents to decide whether to approve or reject a new version of the country's constitution that would provide for abortion rights, religious liberties, and protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender citizens.

Take action to urge the President and Vice-President to vocally support the referendum publicly.
http://queersunited.blogspot.com/2009/01/bolivia-to-vote-on-new-constitution.html

Nov. 3rd, 2008

loretta hogg

redacted

Let's revive this community?

Hi ladies!

Just a reminder for all those of you in the US to get out and vote tomorrow.  If ever there was a dire time for women's rights, it's now.  McCain/Palin will continue to erode reproductive rights, just as Bush has. 

Also, if you're in California, propositions 4 and 8 are also extremely dangerous: 
  • Prop 4 would require teenagers to notify their parents before getting an abortion, which could be dangerous if they are coming from an abusive/violent home situation.  This has been tried before numerous times in CA, and it seems they will not give up.  Let's let them fail one more time. 
  • Prop 8 would eliminate the rights of gay and lesbian couples to marry - a right which currently exists in the state.  Backwards movement and discrimination is not a direction we should go.  So please get to the polls tomorrow!


/soapbox

Sep. 29th, 2008


60megawatts

Ladies, please be ashamed of your body's natural functions.

I was in the car and I was listening to the radio, and I was listening to a Top 40 station called 95.7 the Vibe located in Kansas City, Kansas. The song "A Millie" by Lil' Wayne came on, and I am by no means a fan of that song for several reasons, part of it being that I just don't like the way it sounds, part of it being that I don't like hearing my menstrual cycle being referred to as a "venereal disease." The part I am referencing is quoted below:

"Ima venereal disease like a menstrual bleed" (http://www.metrolyrics.com/a-millie-lyrics-lil-wayne.html)

It was near the beginning of the song, and before I could change the station I hear that the word "menstrual" has been scrambled so that the listeners would not have to hear it.

95.7 the Vibe is owned by Cumulus Media and I was curious as to whether or not this was a decision made by the station or by its parenting company so I called the business office of 95.7 (after I attempted calling the main branch of Cumulus Media and the number listed on their website didn't work) and requested to speak with anyone with information on the censorship of their music.

I was connected to a man who didn't introduce himself or give his title and the conversation went as follows:

Me: Hi, I was calling because I had a question about the censorship of a song I heard on your station, "A Millie."
Him: ...Mhmm...
Me: I heard that the word "menstrual" was censored and I wondered if this was a decision made by your station or if this was a decision made by Cumulus Media.
Him: Well, its a station-by-station thing and we'll flip or scramble words that we don't think need to be there or are inappropriate.
Me: So you think that words regarding the natural function of women's bodies is inappropriate?
Him: No, some people think it is and we all got together and decided it didn't really need to be there.
Me: So this was people calling in about it.
Him: Yes.
Me: Thanks. Bye.

I think it was very curious that initially "some people got together" and then all of a sudden it was listeners calling in.

I'm offended by the message that the media has sent repeatedly, that periods are "inappropriate." I don't get it, and I don't know what to do about it. If anyone has any ideas as per what I could do, I'd love some ideas.

Thanks,
Kate

Sep. 13th, 2008

ricochet rockabilly

riotgrrrlgess

Sarah Palin.... FEMINIST?!

I’ve had a more than a couple of days to simmer with the idea of Sarah Palin as Mc Cain’s running mate. However, recently a new thought appeared in my head. Apparently Sarah is now being pegged as a “feminist” just because she’s a woman in a position of power and she has broken the “glass ceiling“ that up until this point, republicans had chosen to ignore.

I was already upset at the fact that the liberals had an opportunity to have a kick-ass female in the presidential candidate position. And even more upset when the Obama campaign did not elect Hilary as the liberal running mate. I honestly felt like the republicans decided to choose a woman BECAUSE that would tick off the liberals and also to get momentum and more camera time just for her sex. And so far my theories seem to have been proven true.

I’ve seen her as the main topic in various news channels, on countless newspapers, and in various magazines including the covers of PEOPLE, US WEEKLY and OK! magazine. Never the less, the one article that really ticked me off came from a not well known-unless your in Hollywood- magazine who shall remain nameless. It features her on the cover with the subtitle THE FEMINIST CONSERVATIVE and inside it reads FEMINISM’S NEXT WAVE. So with that said, I’ll go ahead with MY thoughts:

The convention itself didn’t look to me like an actual political event. To start off it reminded me of one of those award shows they show on VH1 or MTV. Obama accepted his nomination…which in itself was a little redundant, and I was honestly laughing when people were chanting Clinton’s name over and over and he was just standing there probably thinking he was cool.

Of course I was surprised when McCain Dropped the Sara-BOMB on the democrats by announcing that his running mate had a vajayjay. I also decided to inform myself on her because this woman from Alaska has actual power here. I mean, she has the ability to pull away women voters who don’t like Obama. And then its another republican term in the white house.

So I guess its needless to say that I think we’re fucked either way. Women actually have POWER to decide who the next president will be, most probably will NOT vote, and I think Obama fucked himself over by not choosing Clinton.

Moving on. Sara is NOT a feminist and I don’t care if you think otherwise. First of all she did NOT break the proverbial glass ceiling. Geraldine Ferraro did back in 84. Google it! Secondly, just because she is honestly benefiting from our fore mothers who FOUGHT for women to be recognized and to have positions of power does not make her a card carrying feminist.

I honestly commend her for being a working mom. Power to you if you can juggle your home, children, and still work to put food on the table. However that power I just gave her gets taken away because she is currently on the ticket with mc Cain to support businesses that practice wage discrimination based on gender, opposing health insurance coverage for kids, and favors weakening the family and medical leave act. Which are all KEY for working mom’s.

On another note, she OBVIOUSLY opposes women’s right to choose. She is against abortion EVEN in cases of incest and rape. She is all for you giving the baby up for adoption and for keeping the baby, but I think this only applies for her own daughter because she cut funding for shelters for pregnant teens during her ten years and She is for abstinence only sex education, which has so obviously failed - even in her own home.

Now I have a lot of thoughts in this particular area, but I will just say this. I am not against sex. I am definitely not against pre-marital sex, I know my parents aren’t against it, nor are my friends. However, I AM against sex if it is not safe and if you are not well informed, or mentally prepared for it. I believe that abstinence only sex education defies common sense, spreads ignorance, and sends a confusing message to teens. When it comes to sex, most people think of actual intercourse, but oral and anal sex counts as well. And that is definitely NOT a subject that abstinence only education goes over. So how can one actually believe, much less EXPECT, that this will prevent teen pregnancies? I don’t know.
However, I do know that if someone is well informed, they can at least take actual responsibilities for their actions and decide their game-plan accordingly

Jun. 9th, 2008

mark ryden, inside sue

grrrlesque

Favorite News Sources

What are you favorite internet women's rights/feminism news sources?

A few of mine are:
Women's eNews
Feminist News (from feminist.org)
Human Rights Campaign
Feministing

I probably have more, but those are just a few.

Jun. 7th, 2008

mark ryden, inside sue

grrrlesque

Women's eNews

A website that I get good women's rights news from is: Women's eNews. It's a really good website and worth checking out.

Anybody else visit the website regularly?

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