Category violence against women

The Politics of Sexual Harassment and War

A culture that tolerates various forms of abusive and predatory behavior, whether it’s silence amid a culture of sexual harassment or blind patriotism toward dubiously justified wars, has lost its moral compass.

Tomgram: Mattea Kramer, When a Voice Tells You You’ll Never Be Enough

Decent [Trump] may not be, but he does give unambiguous voice to the (usually more subtle) ways in which women are judged for their looks and often dismissed as incompetent because of them.

Rebecca Solnit Tackles the Silencing That’s Quieted So Many Women

Solnit draws on an equation that has preoccupied women writers from Virginia Woolf to Audre Lorde: that silence is a form of marginalization.

US: Immigrant Mothers, Children Being Detained in Private Jails

The report shows the extent to which ICE grants financial benefits to private and public entities such as the GEO Group along with the public entity Berks Family Residential Center, through government contracts requiring ICE to pay for a set number of beds at detention facilities.

Chris Hedges | Prostitution: Being Raped for a Living

Activist Rachel Moran talks about her new book “Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution.”

VIDEO: John Oliver Explains Why We’re All ‘Fucked’ Thanks to Our Broken Public Defender System

The Miranda warning includes the right to a public defender. It doesn’t include the fact that public defenders are highly overworked and grossly underpaid.

Samer Muscati: South Sudan’s War on Women

From the article: “If you run they will kill you, so you just close your eyes so you don’t see the rapes.”

Al Jazeera: The girls of the Lord’s Resistance Army

“Pain at sunrise, regrets at sunset – dawn or dusk, life isn’t fair anymore.”

Claire Goldstene: The War on (Poor) Women

Goldstene: A signal achievement of Second Wave Feminism was the extension to poorer women of greater access to a full range of healthcare, frequently with the assistance of federal and state financial support. Across the country, women’s health centers have met a critical need for low-income patients in the arena of reproductive health. But as in so many other areas of social policy in recent years, dwindling political support for public programs is felt most acutely by those most in need.

Chris Hedges: No One Is Free Until All Are Free

Hedges: The sexual conquest of indigenous women, [Edward] Said pointed out, correlates with the conquest of the land itself.

Naomi Klein: No One Saw Anything — Bearing Witness to the Ongoing Catastrophe of MMIW

Naomi Klein delivered this speech on December 18 at The Opera House in Toronto, at a special production of the Basement Revue to honour Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women. Listen to an audio recording of Naomi’s reading here, with live musical accompaniment from Cris Derksen. Naomi Klein  Rabble.ca  CommonDreams.org  December 22, 2014 At the 9th Annual […]

Sonali Kolhatkar: Black Women’s Lives Matter: Film Reveals Little-Known Story of the Grim Sleeper

 Margaret Prescod, founder of the Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders, and host of “Sojourner Truth” on KPFK, Pacifica Radio, told me in an interview last week, “If it is one young, white West Virginia student that goes missing, it’s on the news every day. The whole world knows about it.”     By Sonali […]

Rebecca Solnit: Feminism — The Men Arrive! (Hooray! Uh-Oh!)

Sometimes, men insist “fairness” means admitting that men suffer from women just as women do from men, or even that they suffer more. You might as well argue that white people suffer from racism exactly as much as black people, or that there are no hierarchies of privilege and degrees of oppression in this world. […]

Evergreene Digest: Halloween Costumes Are Sexualizing Our Youngest Trick-Or-Treaters

While the boys have costumes that look like the real thing, girls are expected to dress up in spoof ensembles, thus suggesting they can’t, or shouldn’t, do the real job. The costumes are not only “sexy,” they’re also sexist. Enforcing School Dress Codes Teaches Girls to be Ashamed, Not ‘Modest’ Raina Delisle, Huffington Post <http://www.huffingtonpost.ca&gt; […]