Happening right now: The Michigan legislature is taking up legislation that, if enacted, would amount to a total ban on private insurance coverage of abortion. It’s based on signatures from only 3% of Michigan voters, and could become law without the governor’s signature—and even worse, without all Michiganders having a say.
Women deserve to be able to make their own personal and private medical decisions, and Michigan voters don’t want to see legislators interfere in them. Michigan should let the voters decide.
girl scouts are letting in trans* girls and letting girls replace God with whatever they want in the pledge, also they use cookie income to support abortion and LGBT agendas
boy scouts are just now allowing gays in, officially in january, but gay leaders are still banned and they’re talking about segregation on camping trips, with gays and straights in different tents. also they still ban atheists,
girl scouts: 10000 boy scouts: 0
Looking at the situation all at once seems disparaging: how do you bring down an army composed of child soldiers, former child soldiers who’ve been stuck there for so long, and other forced soldiers. It seems hopeless, but Invisible Children is proving that it’s not and it can be done peacefully. Their come home fliers they’ve been dropping and their radio broadcasts of come home messaging are what brought these 19 people home.
Invisible Children is ending this conflict and saving human lives who would otherwise be subjugated to torture, slavery, violence, rape, psychological damage, and murder. We will win this fight.
Afghan activists have made significant gains in the past twelve years with millions of girls now going to school, women joining the police force and women holding leadership positions in Afghanistan’s Parliament—yet there has been a rollback of women’s rights.
A report issued by the United Nations showed that violence against women increased by 28% and prosecutions increased by only 2%. About half of Afghan women in prison and about 95% of girls in youth detention are imprisoned for “moral crimes,” such as fleeing forced marriages or domestic violence.
Read the full op-ed at The New York Times.
Reminder that while the concept of virginity is technically a social construct, your sexual debut is still allowed to be special to you, and you are still allowed to wait and want to make it meaningful, and your self-perception is still allowed to change after you have sex. Just as long as you’re doing these things for yourself, and not because someone told you that you should.
You do you.
Shock. Gasp. Who would have thought.
Keep this one in your back pocket for the next time a pro-lifer says, “But we DO care about babies after they’re born!!!”
Two weeks ago a man in France was arrested for raping his daughter. She’d gone to her school counselor and then the police, but they needed “hard evidence.” So, she videotaped her next assault. Her father was eventually arrested. His attorney explained, “There was a period when he was unemployed and in the middle of a divorce. He insists that these acts did not stretch back further than three or four months. His daughter says longer. But everyone should be very careful in what they say.” Because, really, even despite her seeking help, her testimony, her bravery in setting up a webcam to film her father raping her, you really can’t believe what the girl says, can you?
Everyone “knows” this. Even children.
Three years ago, in fly-on-the-wall fashion of parent drivers everywhere, I listened while a 14-year-old girl in the back seat of my car described how angry she was that her parents had stopped allowing her to walk home alone just because a girl in her neighborhood “claimed she was raped.” When I asked her if there was any reason to think the girl’s story was not true, she said, “Girls lie about rape all the time.” She didn’t know the person, she just assumed she was lying…
No one says, “You can’t trust women,” but distrust them we do. College students surveyed revealed that they think up to 50% of their female peers lie when they accuse someone of rape, despite wide-scale evidence and multi-country studies that show the incident of false rape reports to be in the 2%-8% range, pretty much the same as false claims for other crimes. As late as 2003, people jokingly (wink, wink) referred to Philadelphia’s sex crimes unit as “the lying bitch unit.” If an 11-year-old girl told an adult that her father took out a Craigslist ad to find someone to beat and rape her while he watched, as recently actually occurred, what do you think the response would be? Would she need to provide a videotape after the fact?
It goes way beyond sexual assault as well. That’s just the most likely and obvious demonstration of “women are born to lie” myths. Women’s credibility is questioned in the workplace, in courts, by law enforcement, in doctors’ offices, and in our political system. People don’t trust women to be bosses, or pilots, or employees. Pakistan’s controversial Hudood Ordinance still requires a female rape victim to procure four male witnesses to her rape or risk prosecution for adultery. In August, a survey of managers in the United States revealed that they overwhelmingly distrust women who request flextime. It’s notable, of course, that women are trusted to be mothers—the largest pool of undervalued, unpaid, economically crucial labor.