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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:23 pm    Post subject: Trump Opened Door To More Misogyny Reply with quote

Hillary Clinton: President Donald Trump Opened Door To More Misogyny

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talks with Rachel Maddow about public interest in her as a person, the challenges to becoming the first woman president, and Donald Trump's role in turning back equality and civil regard for women.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 5:47 pm    Post subject: One woman hitting back Reply with quote

Very smart and well done ... for once a positive thing done with the selfie ...

[Sorry I couldn't copy the photos]

A 20 year old student is making a powerful statement about sexual objectification by turning the tables.

Noa Jasma took selfies with her catcallers for a month and
From August to Sept. 29, Jansma posted 24 photos to captioning many with the words men shouted at her.

“Sexy girl Where you goin’?? Can I come with you ?” reads one.
“Weheeee horny girl,” another is captioned.
“It’s not a compliment,”

“By making the selfie, both the objectifier and the object are assembled in one composition. Myself, as the object, standing in front of the catcallers, represents the reversed power ratio which is caused by this project,” she wrote in the same post.
Jansma that she didn’t know the depths of the problem until she was fully immersed in the project.

“I thought men would be suspicious of me, that they would understand my motives when I was taking selfies with them. So I was kind of fearful,” she told the outlet.
“But most of the time they have their thumbs up, they’re happy because they honestly think that they’re complimenting me,” she continued. “They really didn’t care about me. They never realized that I was unhappy.”

In other photos you can see men actually cozying up to Jansma and placing their arms around her.

“They’re not at all suspicious because they find what they do completely normal,” she told Dutch newspaper Het Parool in a quote

Since she started the project, Jansma has gained more than 170,000 followers — many of whom are women.

Jansma wrote in that her part of the project is over, but to prove that this is “a global phenomenon,” she would like to pass the reins onto other women around the world who could document their experiences with catcalling as well.

But, she wants to find “responsible” women to do it.
“Because what I do is a bit risky,” she said.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 7:21 pm    Post subject: 1960's Reply with quote

I was dating twin college students who were models from Arizona, and when visiting NYC with me, they sashayed past a construction site in Mid-Town. In silk micro-mini dresses.

Well, the explosion of whistles and shout outs was nothing short of amazing. I'm a New Yorker and I had never seen or participated in anything like it!!! Very Happy

Their response? They waved and yelled "Hi Boys!" And their hips went into overdrive. None of the cat callers fell to their death, but it was close. Shocked Music blowing kiss Music

Then they looked at me and said "We're going around the block!"

Yup, they did it all again. They enjoyed being women! Hearts Hearts Hearts
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 1:41 am    Post subject: And your point is? Reply with quote

UnMask wrote:
I was dating twin college students who were models from Arizona, and when visiting NYC with me, they sashayed past a construction site in Mid-Town. In silk micro-mini dresses.

Well, the explosion of whistles and shout outs was nothing short of amazing. I'm a New Yorker and I had never seen or participated in anything like it!!! Very Happy

Their response? They waved and yelled "Hi Boys!" And their hips went into overdrive. None of the cat callers fell to their death, but it was close. Shocked Music blowing kiss Music

Then they looked at me and said "We're going around the block!"

Yup, they did it all again. They enjoyed being women! Hearts Hearts Hearts

I fail to see the point you're making, UnMask. confused
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 1:56 am    Post subject: Women as sex objects Reply with quote

Emmanuel wrote:
UnMask wrote:
Yup, they did it all again. They enjoyed being women! Hearts Hearts Hearts

I fail to see the point you're making, UnMask. confused

I think his point is that (some) women like being objectified. That's a very 60's outlook, when women were "girls" who shouldn't "bother their pretty little heads" about serious things. Pale sigh

Have you ever read or seen John D. McDonald's "The Girl, the Gold Watch and Everything"? Enjoyable book and movie as far as it goes, and very '60's. Not so much the movie as the book. In it the pinnacle of a woman's success was being able to wear dresses "too tight to sit in" and have men ogle them. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 1:35 pm    Post subject: Women to be allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia Reply with quote

The woman in burqa, who just crashed her car into a tree, says "I couldn't see anything!" and the guy next to the Saudi prince says "There is still a small problem to be solved, Your Highness!"

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:20 pm    Post subject: Inside a Secretive Group Where Women Are Branded Reply with quote

Inside a Secretive Group Where Women Are Branded
By BARRY MEIEROCT. 17, 2017

ALBANY — Last March, five women gathered in a home near here to enter a secret sisterhood they were told was created to empower women.

To gain admission, they were required to give their recruiter — or “master,” as she was called — naked photographs or other compromising material and were warned that such “collateral” might be publicly released if the group’s existence were disclosed.

The women, in their 30s and 40s, belonged to a self-help organization called Nxivm, which is based in Albany and has chapters across the country, Canada and Mexico.

Sarah Edmondson, one of the participants, said she had been told she would get a small tattoo as part of the initiation. But she was not prepared for what came next.

Each woman was told to undress and lie on a massage table, while three others restrained her legs and shoulders. According to one of them, their “master,” a top Nxivm official named Lauren Salzman, instructed them to say: “Master, please brand me, it would be an honor.”

A female doctor proceeded to use a cauterizing device to sear a two-inch-square symbol below each woman’s hip, a procedure that took 20 to 30 minutes. For hours, muffled screams and the smell of burning tissue filled the room.

“I wept the whole time,” Ms. Edmondson recalled. “I disassociated out of my body.”

Since the late 1990s, an estimated 16,000 people have enrolled in courses offered by Nxivm (pronounced Nex-e-um), which it says are designed to bring about greater self-fulfillment by eliminating psychological and emotional barriers. Most participants take some workshops, like the group’s “Executive Success Programs,” and resume their lives. But other people have become drawn more deeply into Nxivm, giving up careers, friends and families to become followers of its leader, Keith Raniere, who is known within the group as “Vanguard.”

Both Nxivm and Mr. Raniere, 57, have long attracted controversy. Former members have depicted him as a man who manipulated his adherents, had sex with them and urged women to follow near-starvation diets to achieve the type of physique he found appealing.

Now, as talk about the secret sisterhood and branding has circulated within Nxivm, scores of members are leaving. Interviews with a dozen of them portray a group spinning more deeply into disturbing practices. Many members said they feared that confessions about indiscretions would be used to blackmail them.

Mark Vicente, a filmmaker and former top Nxivm official, said that after hearing about the secret society, he confronted Mr. Raniere.

“I said, ‘Whatever you are doing, you are heading for a blowup,’” Mr. Vicente said.

Several former members have asked state authorities to investigate the group’s practices, but officials have declined to pursue action.

In July, Ms. Edmondson filed a complaint with the New York State Department of Health against Danielle Roberts, a licensed osteopath and follower of Mr. Raniere, who performed the branding, according to Ms. Edmondson and another woman. In a letter, the agency said it would not look into Dr. Roberts because she was not acting as Ms. Edmondson’s doctor when the branding is said to have happened.

Separately, a state police investigator told Ms. Edmondson and two other women that officials would not pursue their criminal complaint against Nxivm because their actions had been consensual, a text message shows.

State medical regulators also declined to act on a complaint filed against another Nxivm-affilated physician, Brandon Porter. Dr. Porter, as part of an “experiment,” showed women graphically violent film clips while a brain-wave machine and video camera recorded their reactions, according to two women who took part.

The women said they were not warned that some of the clips were violent, including footage of four women being murdered and dismembered. Eek

Read more (if you really want to!)
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/17/nyregion/nxivm-women-branded-albany.html
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:50 pm    Post subject: The Struggle of 19th-Century Women Artists in Paris Reply with quote

The Struggle of 19th-Century Women Artists in Paris

An exhibition at the Denver Art Museum will pay homage to the women painters who worked in Paris at a time when they were banned from most studios.



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https://france-amerique.com/the-struggle-of-19th-century-women-artists-in-paris/?ct=t(FA_Hebdo_du_5_octobre_2017)
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:09 pm    Post subject: On Women’s Health, Trump Is Even Dumber Than We Thought Reply with quote

On Women’s Health, Trump Is Even Dumber Than We Thought
A leaked memo shows that Team Trump wants American women to go back to relying on total abstinence or the rhythm method to prevent pregnancies.
BY Erin Gloria Ryan

Even before he added Mike Pence to his ticket, we already knew that the Donald Trump was unprincipled-to-wacky when it came to his stances on women’s sexual health. Now, thanks to a leaked administration wish list, we know a little more about Team Trump’s beliefs and archaic views on women’s reproductive health.

The list, obtained by Crooked Media, was meant to be circulated internally. Brian Beutler notes that the list highlights how much of the administration’s policy is driven by Islamophobia, even policy that doesn’t have anything to do with travel.

For our purposes, let’s focus on how the document treats women. The memo suggests the World Health Organization doesn’t actually promote health, and advises there should be cuts to the U.S. government’s “gender and ‘Let Girls Learn’ initiative.” “Instead,” the document reads, “start the Child Rape elimination initiative that we’re going to try to work up through an interagency process.”

The spectre of sexual abuse by Muslim men has long been used by those pushing an Islamophobic agenda to drum up fear of immigration. The administration’s sudden concern for women would feel less disingenuous if the Trump administration cared about sexual assaults committed by anybody who wasn’t brown (perhaps by somebody who was more, uh, orange, for starters), but as it stands, this concern trolling is very of-the-Breitbart-playbook.

The real show starts when they get into their kooky beliefs about birth control.

If the Trump administration got its way, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) budget for family planning would be slashed, with “no other family planning programming for girls except fertility awareness methods.” Lapsed Catholics should remember the phrase “fertility awareness” from confirmation class; it’s just a scienced-up term for “the rhythm method,” a form of birth control that doesn’t work for one-quarter of couples who use it.

Title X funding, which helps poor women afford contraception, would be slashed in half if Team Trump gets its way. Money would be diverted from sex education that emphasizes “risk reduction” and instead flow toward “sexual risk avoidance,” which is another term for “abstinence-only education.” Abstinence-only education doesn’t work. A report published this year declared the practice both “ineffective and unethical.”

The Title X money could also be diverted into childcare programs, or fertility awareness education. Women who want to be on birth control do not want childcare programs. They want to not be pregnant. That’s why they’re on birth control. They also would not like to learn about “fertility awareness,” a form of birth control that is much less effective than other, better forms of birth control the Trump administration would like us to pretend have not been invented.

For how stupid it is to promote “fertility awareness” over real contraception, let’s consider a theoretical model of car. Let’s say this car was, for 75 percent of the people who drove it, perfectly safe. But let’s say that for 25 percent of people who drove it for a year, the car would crash completely without warning and its driver would require hospitalization to recover. Promoting that car over an alternative car that crashed for, say, 0.01 percent of people (that’s the fail rate for a hormonal IUD) is fucking insane. So would telling people who didn’t want to drive the crashing car to perhaps, rather than getting a safer vehicle, simply not drive at all. That’s the Trump administration’s stance on birth control.

According to the document, a federal program designed to prevent teen pregnancy “needs to be defunded as it has not worked, there is no positive evidence and some negative evidence.” Teen pregnancy in the U.S. just reached its lowest point since records were initially kept. So have abortion rates. That means that teens are either having much less sex than they were before or are not getting pregnant in the first place. Experts believe that the drop in teen fertility and abortion rates is due to greater availability of long term birth control and comprehensive sex education. What the government has done to bring us to this point is absolutely effective.

Donald Trump lived a life of hedonism in the 1980s and 1990s. If tabloid reports at the time are to be believed, the future president plowed his way through a portfolio’s worth of models and starlets. He even managed to drive a weird mini-news cycle with reports that he made all of his sexual partners take an AIDS test before he’d bless them with his sexual company. Karen Pence’s first husband, before she married Vice President Mike, helped invent Cialis, a drug that helps men who have difficulty experiencing sexual arousal achieve erections.

That men should have medically-assisted access to consequence-free sex while women are misled into punishment for the same actions encapsulates this administration’s stunning hypocrisy on sexual health. (Also, hi, Ivanka! Where the f*ck are you?)

Women can at least hope that this administration’s ineptitude when it comes to health care, tax reform, the border wall, every multilateral deal Trump threatened to pull out of, and every other major policy Trump has threatened to enact means that they’ll also have trouble creating the unplanned pregnancy hellscape of this wish list’s dreams. Trump being bad at his job might be the last thing that keeps American women safe from this pre-sexual revolution wish list.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/on-womens-health-trump-is-even-dumber-than-we-thought?via=newsletter&source=DDMorning
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:56 pm    Post subject: How Law Enforcement Fails Women Reply with quote

Police Told Rape Victims They Would ‘Look Like a Slut on Trial’: How Law Enforcement Fails Women
Flawed sex crime investigations are described in a confidential 2013 draft of a NYPD memo obtained by Newsweek.
by Josh Saul

When an Icelandic woman passed out on a sofa in a New York City nightclub in March 2009, a construction worker started kissing the unconscious woman and then dragged her out of the club. The young tourist awoke to find herself inside his apartment, naked underneath him as he raped her in bed.

The man dropped off the woman halfway to her house with $20 for a taxi. She just wanted to go home, but two of her friends convinced her to go to a hospital, which called the New York Police Department’s Special Victims Squad—the police detectives who investigate sex crimes. When a rookie detective with that squad, Rafael Astacio, interviewed the victim, she said she wasn’t sure about moving forward with the case, as she was preparing to return to Iceland.

Astacio closed the case, saying later that the victim was uncooperative. But she was certainly cooperative when a cold-case detective got a DNA hit that matched the rapist in her case more than a month later. She identified her attacker in a photo array and he was arrested and later sentenced to more than three years in prison.

And while Astacio had told the Manhattan District Attorney’s office that security at the club, Marquee, was uncooperative and that he wasn’t able to obtain any surveillance footage, a D.A. investigator who went to the club on a different case had no problem obtaining footage of the rapist kissing the woman and then dragging her out of the club. Astacio later admitted he never actually tried to obtain the video at the club.

Those missteps by Astacio, described in a confidential 2013 draft of a NYPD memo obtained by Newsweek, were emblematic of more serious misconduct during that period by both that detective and by other investigators in the squad. In the memo, the chief of the D.A.’s Special Victims Bureau at the time, Lisa Friel, criticized detectives with the NYPD Special Victims Squad for closing cases too quickly, for not completing all investigative steps and for the way they treated victims.

“The detectives were yelling at the victims and saying inappropriate things such as the District Attorney is going to make you look like a slut on trial,” veteran prosecutor Friel said in 2009, according to the NYPD memo. “They also threatened the victims that they’re going to lock them up.”

Read more:
http://www.newsweek.com/police-slut-shame-rape-sex-assault-nypd-district-attorney-investigation-688796?utm_source=email&utm_medium=morning_brief&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_content=read_more&spMailingID=2415326&spUserID=MzQ4OTUyNzQyMzMS1&spJobID=891039844&spReportId=ODkxMDM5ODQ0S0
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