Why I Will Be Marching Against Religious Patriarchs and Woman-Hating Pornographers This Saturday – And Why You Should Join Me

From Sunsara Taylor’s Blog:  http://sunsara.blogspot.com/2012/03/why-i-will-be-marching-against.html

By Sunsara Taylor
March 9, 2012

Reposted with Permission

It is no longer deniable by anyone paying attention, that we are living through an all out war on women’s lives, women’s rights, and women’s futures. This is not a minor matter; women are half of humanity. Defeating this war is everybody’s responsibility.
This is why this Saturday at noon I will be out in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City with a rowdy band of others screaming at the top of my lungs. This is the home of Timothy Dolan who spearheaded the recent attacks on birth control, which come on top of decades of attacks on abortion. Nearly 90% of counties now lack an abortion provider.
From there, we will march to the porn stores in Times Square and once again scream at the tops of our lungs. We will protest these stores because pornography has become more violent, more humiliating, and more cruel towards women – even as it has become more mainstream.
In reality, there is no meaningful difference between the Bible’s view of women and pornography’s view of women. Both reduce women to “things” to be controlled by men. The church reduces women to breeders. Porn reduces women to sex objects to be brutalized and degraded. We are neither. Women are human beings. On Saturday, we are shaking off any remnants of our own passivity and launching a new movement that will not stop until the full humanity of all women is recognized throughout society and throughout the world.
By taking to the streets in protest, we are not appealing to those in power, neither to the politicians who are either outright attacking women’s lives nor with those who are “just” seeking “common ground” with and conciliating to those attacks. We are calling out the millions of people who are horrified by this relentlessness but who are sitting paralyzed on the sidelines. We are also calling out to those who have become so acclimated to the unceasing violence and disrespect of women that they aren’t even angry.
Our message: IF WE WANT THINGS TO CHANGE – WE MUST ACT! We must rely on ourselves. We must do more than click an online petition or send money to some politician, we must get out in the streets, we must make our voices heard, we must confront the woman-haters and we must create through this protest a taste of the future we want.
For too long, those who attack women have felt free to do so at the tops of their lungs and with the backing of the state. Rush Limbaugh can call a thirty year old woman who uses birth control a “slut” and monopolize headlines for days. Timothy Dolan can revolt against birth control and get a personal phone call trying to appease him from President Obama. Porn producers can speak openly, as Bill Margold does here, about their desire to portray violence against women, “I’d like to really show what I believe the men want to see: violence against women… The most violent we can get is the cum shot in the face. Men get off behind that because they get even with the women they can’t have.”
Meanwhile, women tell us the stories of their rapes, the obstacles and shame they’ve encountered seeking abortions, the humiliation they’ve experienced from boyfriends who take their cues from pornography in whispers and through tears.
Why should a woman feel she has to whisper to us about birth control and then add, “I hope no one hearing this gets offended”? Why should a woman be embarrassed to tell us how humiliated she has been because, “Every guy I have ever dated has begged me to let him ejaculate in my face”? Why should a woman break down in tears not because she feels guilty about having had an abortion but because she had gone her whole life without anyone ever saying to her that it is okay to feel good about her abortion?
It is time for women to stop choking on their anger and pain, to stop turning it inward. And it’s time for the men who want no part of this to stop going along.
We know that the body count of battered women – three to four women killed every day – never makes the front page. We know it’s easier not to consider the crushed spirits and ravaged bodies of the trafficked women who are locked inside the “massage parlors” we walk past. We know it’s degrading to consider how many of the men we interact with get off on depictions of women being “throat-fucked” til they gag. We know its a lot of energy to respond every time a religious fascist insists women “keep their legs closed” and be forced to bear children against their will. We know it is painful to confront that most people—including most progressive people —have learned to accept and to live with this escalating hatred of women.
But we also know that this is not the only way the world can be. We know there is a reservoir of people, women and men, young and old, who hate this relentless assault on women’s lives, rights and futures. We know that there are millions more who can be won to see that all this is intolerable. We know that not all men hate women. We know that women are not innately weak and passive and destined to lay down for this shit. We know – and we have already seen in our work building up for this protest – that, when people come together to confront the woman-haters and speak up defiantly in an uncompromising voice, tears and whispers can transform into righteous anger and defiant political action.
By standing up together, by confronting the institutions that concentrate the war against women, we can shake off our own passivity. We can plant a pole that challenges and changes what other people feel they just have to accept. We can create a situation where the anger that is simmering, often stuffed very deep down in women everywhere, can be brought to the surface and unleashed to fuel powerful thinking and action. We can give inspiration and backing to people of all genders who everywhere who want to be part of bringing a better future into being. We can forge a vehicle, a new movement, that changes the terms throughout society and gives people a meaningful way to act.
On Saturday, our protest is not symbolic. It is a beginning. It is a declaration. From now, until we win the full liberation of women, this war on women will be resisted with conscience, anger, imagination, massive mobilization, and relentless determination to turn the tide.
End Pornography and Patriarchy: The Enslavement and Degradation of Women!
Abortion On Demand and Without Apology!
Fight for the Emancipation of Women All Over the World!

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Saturday, March 10th 
12:00 NOON
ST. PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL:

Fifth Ave. btw 50-51st. Streets

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Friday Night Fun and Culture: From The New Springsteen Album: Wrecking Ball

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A Mom Becomes A Man, And A Family Sticks Together

Sometime a flash of serendipity hits and I find myself so tickled by the good fortune of this happening I’m beside myself.  I just want to get up and do a little happy dance.

Earlier this week I had a somewhat nasty encounter with some “radical feminist” shits that resulted in my unfriending one of them.

During that encounter one of her sycophants went on about how all T to M people were butch dykes to start with.  Now I actual have met a whole conference full of brothers at a get together that was not only fun but really enlightening.  I know there are an awful lots of T to M folks who are gay or bisexual men after they have transition and who didn’t think of themselves as lesbians before.  (That’s leaving aside those brothers who are heterosexual after transition who no more thought of themselves as lesbians than most heterosexual after transition sister thought of themselves as gay men.)

One of the RFs made the all knowing statement that there weren’t any heterosexual women who did this and expected their husbands to stay with them.

Gee…  All these years in the life have taught me that there are very few people who live up to the image that is held up as the norm.  I’ve seen all sorts of relationships; good, bad and downright ugly.

I know that the affection and love people feel for us isn’t exactly based on the perfection of our genitals or even if they are innies or outies.

This isn’t to say transitioning and going through surgery is exactly easy on relationships.  Indeed most probably break up, often acrimoniously.

Some do not and while the relationship surviving transition from “heterosexual” to lesbian seems more common than “heterosexual” to gay it does occur.  Probably more often than we think.

From NPR:  http://www.npr.org/2012/03/09/148178236/a-mom-becomes-a-man-and-a-family-sticks-together

by NPR Staff
Mar. 9, 2012

This spring, Les and Scott GrantSmith will mark their 25th wedding anniversary. The couple raised two daughters along the way. But 15 years ago, they hit a crisis that nearly shattered their family. Les was keeping a secret, and that became a problem. But they solved it as a family, in a way that kept them together and happy.

In the weeks leading up to that day back in 1997, Les was certain of two things: She was a mother who loved her daughters — and she was also transgender, the term for someone born in a body of the wrong sex.

Les grew depressed and withdrawn, terrified that revealing her need to live her life as a man would mean losing Scott and their daughters, Thea and Amanda.

Weeks passed in which the couple barely spoke. Finally, Scott confronted his wife, just two days before Thanksgiving.

Not long ago, the two of them sat down to recall the conversation that followed.

“I said, ‘What’s going on?’ ” Scott recalls. “And then you said, ‘I can’t tell you. Because if I do, you’ll leave me and take the children and I’ll never see them again.’ And I said, ‘You’d probably better tell me then. Because you can’t … you can’t leave it hanging like that.’ ”

“You can’t leave it like that,” Les agrees. “So, that’s when I told you.”

“First thing I remember is that you, you said that you were in the wrong body, that you should be a man,” Scott says.

“And if it had seemed to me that I was going to lose you, and I was going to lose the kids, I would have said, ‘OK. I’m not transitioning.’ But you told me that we’ll work it out.”

Continue reading at:  http://www.npr.org/2012/03/09/148178236/a-mom-becomes-a-man-and-a-family-sticks-together

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Nebraska Bigots Testify against proposed Omaha municipal LGBT protection ordinance

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The Video the Ultra Right Wing Racist Republicans Think is Controversial

The racist scumbags that make up the Republican Party have had their panties in a twist ever since America elected a Black President.  It drives them absolutely insane that he is charming, brilliant in the words of Joe Biden clean cut and articulate.

No wonder they hate him, especially since it has been a number of decades since there has been a Republican that didn’t step on his tongue while speaking or sound like he was a Nazi.

 

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Pope (Former Member of Hitler Youth) Condemns Marriage Equality in Speech to U.S. Bishops

How does someone who was part of a political organization that committed genocide on a massive scale and waged unforgivable crimes against humanity have the gall to set themselves up as any sort of moral authority?  One would think shame alone would preclude one from even considering taking such a position or issuing any statements on moral issues under any circumstances.

But I guess having been a Nazi doesn’t mandate shame.  “Ve vere only following orders.” “Ve knew nothing.”  “Hitler was a nice man, he was a vegetarian and loved dogs and small blond children.”

From The Advocate:  http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2012/03/09/Pope_Blasts_Marriage_Equality_in_Speech_to_US_Bishops/

By Andrew Harmon
March 09, 2012

In a Friday Vatican address to visiting American bishops, Pope Benedict XVI condemned the growing push for marriage equality in the United States, AFP reports.

“Sexual differences cannot be dismissed as irrelevant to the definition of marriage,” said Pope Benedict, who warned of “the powerful political and cultural currents seeking to alter the legal definition of marriage.”

The pope’s comments come one week after Maryland became the eighth state to legalize marriage rights for same-sex couples, though the bill signed by Gov. Martin O’Malley does not go into effect until January 2013 and faces a likely voter referendum this fall.

In meeting with the group of bishops from three Midwestern states, the pope echoed American election-year rhetoric against the Obama administration, decrying “threats to freedom of conscience, religion and worship which need to be addressed urgently so that all men and women of faith, and the institutions they inspire, can act in accordance with their deepest moral convictions.”

Read the AFP report here.

Laurie Penny: That’s enough politeness – women need to rise up in anger

From The Independent UK:  http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/laurie-penny-thats-enough-politeness–women-need-to-rise-up-in-anger-7544480.html

The men who run the world have become too used to not being afraid. Let’s make them afraid

Laurie Penny
Thursday 08 March 2012

To get into the UN Commission on the Status of Women, you have to get past several ranks of large armed men. In the foyer, you can buy UN women-themed hats and tote bags, and pick up glossy pamphlets about this year’s International Women’s Day, but what you can’t pick up is the slightest sense of urgency. In the 101 years since the first International Women’s Day, all the passionate politics seems to have been leached out of the women’s movement.

International Women’s Day began as a day of rebellion and outlandish demands – Equal pay! Votes for women! Reproductive rights! – but 101 years later, judging by the invitations in my email inbox, it seems to be more about jazzy corporate lunches, poetry competitions and praising our valued sponsors. At the UN, in a session on body image and the media, delegates (who are meeting this week) applauded politely as a promotional anti-airbrushing video by Dove cosmetics was shown. Cabinet Minister Lynne Featherstone gave a speech in which she condemned the “distorted image of beauty” offered by cosmetics advertisers, and lauded the efforts Dove has apparently made to change this while selling body lotion at £7.49 a tube.

The British delegates present failed entirely to mention that Featherstone is part of a government responsible for putting more women out of work than at any point since records began. Lynne Featherstone and Dove cosmetics claim to be on the side of “real” women, but one suspects that the single mothers whose benefits are about to be cut and the domestic violence victims whose refuges are being closed may not find that prospect terribly comforting.

A huge cultural change is taking place all over the world right now. Over the past year, from the Arab Spring uprisings to the global anti-corporate occupations, young people and workers have realised that they were flogged a false dream of prosperity in return for quiet obedience, exhausting, precarious jobs and perpetual debt – most of it shouldered by women, whose low-status, low-paid and unpaid work has driven the expansion of exploitative markets across the world. Equality, like prosperity, was supposed to trickle down, but not a lot can trickle down through a glass ceiling.

Women, like everyone else, have been duped. We have been persuaded over the past 50 years to settle for a bland, neoliberal vision of what liberation should mean. Life may have become a little easier in that time for white women who can afford to hire a nanny, but the rest of us have settled for a cheap, knock-off version of gender revolution. Instead of equality at work and in the home, we settled for “choice”, “flexibility” and an exciting array of badly paid part-time work to fit around childcare and chores. Instead of sexual liberation and reproductive freedom, we settled for mitigated rights to abortion and contraception that are constantly under attack, and a deeply misogynist culture that shames us if we’re not sexually attractive, dismisses us if we are, and blames us if we are raped or assaulted, as one in five of us will be in our lifetime.

Continue reading at: http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/laurie-penny-thats-enough-politeness–women-need-to-rise-up-in-anger-7544480.html

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