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Rights Treading

17 Jan

Rights Treading

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“Everything I Need to Know, I Learned From the 2012 Election”

1 Nov

This article was written by a female blogger and talks about her observations of things that have gone on during this presidential election. She does it in a very humorous manner. I think she also does a good job of summing up the kind of circus that this election has been! Give it a quick read! I promise it will make you laugh! I feel really similarly to her. Do you agree with her? What are your thoughts about this election? What have you learned? Have these issues made you want to become more politically involved?

Well this is interesting…

23 Oct

Here is a video of Mitt Romney speaking in 1994 about his abortion policy. I think it will be clear to you that it’s very different from what he says now… Personally I hate that he is changing his stance on so many issues. Even if I didn’t like Obama, there would be no way I could morally vote for Romney because, in my opinion, he lies. He panders to whatever audience he speaks to at the time. His policies change daily. It’s very frustrating as a voter! His stance on almost every policy has changed multiple times. What are your thoughts on this flip flopping? Do you find that this is a common practice among politicians in general?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=UeQGObiGGqY

Women are Worry Warts…..

14 Oct

After reading an article in Time magazine about how women produce more stress when reading bad news, I realized how stereotypical it was. Scientists found that women stress levels did not alter while receiving the bad news but the stories made them more reactive to stressful situations afterwards. The magazine claims the reasoning behind the stress levels was because the lead author Marie-France Marin says “it could be that they carry the [emotional] load longer than men, which could also influence their memory.”

The article goes on warning women to be aware of what type of news they are reading because it will affect their mood. Unfortunately, this is not a joke and Time magazine gives women advice on how to handle “stressful news:” “For women, perhaps recognizing that they may be particularly vulnerable to news-related stress could help them lessen the burden by simply being mindful of the potential effect of mass media, or by engaging in coping mechanisms like meditation and exercise.”

Even if the study is valid, their generalization that women should maybe exercise to deal with reading bad news is outrageous. I don’t know about you but I read news throughout the day, hard and soft news, and my mood is not affected. But after reading this Time article I might need to go do some yoga to deal with the stress, since according to Time I am not man enough.

you can check out the article HERE

“The Choice on Choice”

12 Oct

President Obama posted this on his twitter earlier and it got me thinking about about the fact that birth control and abortion are still major issues in American politics. It’s 30 years later and Roe v. Wade is still controversial! In our modern society I think this is just ludicrous! No matter my own personal views on abortion, I think that we live in a democratic society and we should not impose our own views on everyone. Not everyone in America is religious or against abortion. They should have the right to choose! Furthermore, I’m tired of these social issues being at the top of political agenda when we should be focusing on fixing the economy! I’m trying to give Romney and Ryan a fair chance and really consider their policies and plans. However, it’s things like this that just affirm that I am supporting the right candidates. What are your thoughts on this? Should these social issues be a major topic of discussion?

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It’s the Law…

9 Oct

Check out Lady Parts Justice online. Liz Winstead talks about how since 2011 there have been hundreds of laws passed that strip away women’s rights to privacy and healthcare.

 

Girls Beat up Muslim Man over Insult

8 Oct

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http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/20/world/meast/iran-hijab-fisticuffs/index.html

It’s no secret that Muslim women in the Middle East are expected to dress modestly, ideally by wearing a hijab. Religious expectation in the region has become a cultural and sometimes even governmental mandate.

I found a story of two girls who fought back (violently) against the cultural norm. In Iran, two girls were walking when a Muslim cleric insulted one girl and told her to cover herself up. The girl told him to cover his eyes. He repeated his insult and told her to cover up.

What did they do? They beat him up.

The cleric had to be taken to the hospital. After he was let out, he decided not to press charges. He believes that the girls beating him up only helps the ’cause of the Islamic hijab.’

As wrong as it is, I was really happy these girls stood up for themselves, even if it was violently. I can’t imagine living in a society were I would be verbally abused for dressing the way I do. These were obviously girls who were done with the oppression and intolerance they faced, and their patience broke.

I hope that they are safe and that fundamentalist groups do not lash out against them and their families. Hopefully, Iran will view this as a funny isolated incident. Meanwhile, I am proud of their bravery and hope they channel it in a less violent way in the future. 🙂

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Plan B within New York City Schools

25 Sep

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New York City Department of Education is launching the CATCH program. CATCH stands for Connecting Adolescents to Comprehensive Health. The program will allow young girls ages 14 and up to be able to receive emergency contraception without parental consent. According to the National Association of Nurses, the New York school district will be the only district to supply plan b within schools. Starting this fall, students will also be able to receive Depo-Provera. Under the CATCH program prescriptions will be written by Health Department Doctors, for such things as oral or injectable contraceptive methods.

What are your thoughts about the CATCH program and sex education within schools? Would your parents allow you to partake in the program? 

The Controversy of a Woman’s Body

19 Sep

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http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/19/living/women-bodies-public-perception/index.html?hpt=hp_c2

The article I found made the point that there is no controversy when it comes to porn or any objectification of a woman’s body or sexuality in media and society. The conversations surrounding those subjects have seemed to die out. This article points out that the real controversy occurs when women take ownership of their bodies.

It’s in the news time and time again. Whether it be invasive vaginal ultrasounds, limiting access to birth control, reproductive issues, public breastfeeding. This thread of opinions and legislation limits a woman’s ability to decide these issues for herself. This thread of invasive legislation is nothing compared to the objectivity of women around the world. Virginity tests were performed on women in Tahir Square during the Arab Spring, and only because those women had the audacity to come out and help protest for their cause. Part of the reason the band Pussy Riot was sentenced to 2 years in Russian prison is because they stripped onstage.

I feel like legislation regarding women’s reproductive rights doesn’t belong in a country like America. Birth control should be widely available so abortions are less frequent. Women should be the leaders in discussions on women’s issues, not squeamish white men.

I believe women are on nearly equal footing with men in this country, until prejudices and judgments of powerful men (and even women) get in the way. To me, rights should be granted, and women should be trusted to have the discretion to use them or not. Broader access to birth control and services won’t make a woman more likely to have sex. Her beliefs about sexuality will.

What do you guys think?

a wake-up call

23 Aug

In light of the national conversation about rape – and while it’s an ugly topic, it is a very real topic for all women and deserves the national dialogue – this is the first I’ve heard of another side to the story.

What laws are in place to protect the woman pregnant as a result of a rape after the child is born?  As Shauna Prewitt so heartbreakingly writes, in 31 states, not many.

A must read.  And a wake-up call to those 31 state legislatures.  And time for women to start insisting – loudly – that these legislators need to do just that.