As a feminist organization, Secular Woman promotes gender equality. We stand against and combat sexism, hate, intolerance, and misogyny.
Transgender women are women.
Cisgender women are women.
We do not, in any way, view the existence of transgender women, genderqueer individuals or transgender men as a threat to the safety of women, female identity, or the goals of feminism.
As intersectional feminists we acknowledge the privilege that cisgender people experience. We aim to dismantle the axis of oppression that this represents.
Unfortunately, not all who claim the label “feminist” agree with us. They do not represent us and we reject their actions and views as unethical and devoid of reason.
We stand in opposition.
Members of our community have been targeted by trans-exclusionary radical feminists (TERFs). Personal information such as former names, current legal names, and photographs have been compiled and displayed on the website “Name the Problem”. Several of the entries are self-attributed to “Pegasus” (“PegasusBug” is a pseudonym of Cathy Brennan, the head of Gender Identity Watch). This information was presented alongside reports describing rapists and batterers of women.
Graffiti on Mohamed Mahmoud Street, Cairo, Egypt, depicting a woman fighting against sexual harassment. (c) Amnesty International
Ahmed Ezz, a mechanical engineer, talks about his voluntary work with Operation Anti-Sexual Harrassment/Assault (OpAntiSH), an activist organization based in Cairo, Egypt, known for intervening in sexual assaults by mobs in Tahrir Square.
When people find out that a woman has been sexually harassed and assaulted, their first reaction is “what was she wearing?”. They always lay the blame on the women themselves. I’ve witnessed this so many times.
It is not safe at all in Cairo for women and girls. Their freedom of movement is constantly constrained. Some avoid using the metro, and spend more money on taking taxis or multiple buses, simply to minimize the risk of harassment and assault. If women and girls complain about sexual harassment, people around them just try to calm them down, belittle their concerns or accuse them of unjustly pointing the fingers at harassers.
The worst response to sexism is of course to brush it off or cheer it on or suggest that it is somehow “over”; let that not be in doubt. But as good as it would feel to go off on a jeremiad about such things, it’s likely going to be more productive to focus on what we the non-sociopaths are doing when faced with the depressingly ongoing issue of people treating others based on a few trivial anatomical differences. Like all problems, it persists because the majority of people are not doing enough to combat it, so what could we the majority be doing better? A lot, probably. Because so often our reactions when faced with sexism are a Pogo paradox-style causality loop of inadvertently making the problem worse.
Also make sure you check out all the hilarious cartoons included in the article! You can’t miss them!
By Maggie Freleng
David Futrelle feels the wrath of men’s rights activists daily. He doesn’t belong in the “manosphere,” and that’s okay with him.
“They are some of the worst human beings I have encountered,” Futrelle, a freelance writer and creator of the website “Man Boobz,” tells VITAMIN W.
Man Boobz began about three years ago on a whim out of Futrelle’s frustration with the “dumber” things men’s rights activists say. Yet, Futrelle’s intention with his blog has far exceeded what he originally set out to do. When the former staff writer for Money Magazine first encountered men’s rights activists, he didn’t consider himself a serious feminist.
By the way, I also recommend that everyone here check Futrelle’s Man Boobz blog where he viciously mocks misogynists, mostly of the misnamed “men’s Rights activists” variety.
A group of about 200 feminist women have been denied entrance to an all-male meeting of Mormon priesthood holders.
The Ordain Women group marched from a nearby park to a standby line at outside the meeting Saturday evening to highlight what they perceive as gender inequality. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spokeswoman Ruth Todd greeted them and told them they would not be allowed in. The group had previously been denied their request for tickets.
The all-male meeting is being broadcast live around the world for the first time ever. Kate Kelly, the group’s founder, said that’s a good first step but not enough. She said men and women are not equal in the church.
In a statement, church officials said millions of women do not share the views of this small group and find their efforts divisive
That’s the latest from this link: Mormon Women’s Group Shut Out of All-Male Meeting - San Jose Mercury News. It also has an earlier article with other news about the meeting and some background.
This is an article by the same journalist (Brady McCombs) which gives an overview of the group Ordain Women: Gender equality among issues at Mormon conference
The push for equality by Mormon women’s’ groups has escalated in recent years, fueled by growing online and social media communities that allow LDS women from around the country and world to unite and discuss the causes they want to champion. They celebrated a milestone at the previous general conference in April when a woman led a prayer for the first time in the 183-year history of the conference.
The movement began growing in the mid-2000s with the creation of the blog, “Feminist Mormon Housewives,” said Matthew Bowman, assistant professor of religion at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia and author of a book about Mormons.
That set off the creation of other blogs and websites, and more recently, Facebook groups. Ordain Women launched earlier this year and has a website with about 150 profiles of people who support its cause and a Facebook page with 1,000 followers.
“What you’ve seen is a digital creation of a community that has really become galvanized,” Bowman said.
Kelly said she and others have heard from church leaders that motherhood is the equivalent if priesthood. Her group disagrees.
“Fatherhood is the appropriate parallel to motherhood,” Kelly said. “Priesthood is separate and apart from gender.”
There was a much lonelier movement in the late seventies that tried to expand the role of women in the Mormon Church. Sonia Johnson and three other women, whose names I don’t know, made up that movement.
Here’s the website of Ordain Women.
I wish these women strength and luck.
Sheikh Salah al-Luhaydan said if woman drove they would damage their pelvis and their children could suffer ‘clinical disorders’
- In 2011 Muslim scholars said a relaxation of the ban would see both men and women turn to homosexuality and pornography
-Women are banned from driving in Saudi Arabia
- Some defy the law - with one taking to the roads for four days continuously to protest for greater women’s rights in the country
By Ted Thornhill
A Saudi sheikh has warned women that driving could affect their ovaries and pelvises.
Women are currently banned from driving in Saudi Arabia and many have protested against the statute.
However, Sheikh Salah al-Luhaydan has warned them that their health could be at risk if they get behind the wheel.
He told Saudi news website sabq.org: ‘[Driving] could have a reverse physiological impact.
‘Physiological science and functional medicine studied this side [and found] that it automatically affects ovaries and rolls up the pelvis.
‘This is why we find for women who continuously drive cars their children are born with clinical disorders of varying degrees.’
The comments come two years after a ‘scientific’ report claimed that relaxing the ban would also see more Saudis - both men and women - turn to homosexuality and pornography.
The startling conclusions were drawn in 2011 at the Majlis al-Ifta’ al-A’ala, Saudi Arabia’s highest religious council, working in conjunction with Kamal Subhi, a former professor at the King Fahd University.
In 2011 a report claimed that relaxing the ban on women driving would also see more Saudis - both men and women - turn to homosexuality and pornography
In 2011 a report claimed that relaxing the ban on women driving would also see more Saudis - both men and women - turn to homosexuality and pornography
Their report assessed the possible impact of repealing the ban in Saudi Arabia, the only country in the world where women are not allowed behind the wheel.
It was delivered to all 150 members of the Shura Council, the country’s legislative body.
The report warned that allowing women to drive would ‘provoke a surge in prostitution, pornography, homosexuality and divorce’.
Within ten years of the ban being lifted, the report’s authors claimed, there would be ‘no more virgins’ in the Islamic kingdom.
And it pointed out ‘moral decline’ could already be seen in other Muslim countries where women are allowed to drive.
I’ve never much liked the punk-anarchistic aesthetic-ideology, mostly because it defines itself almost entirely negatively, in opposition to traditional norms of art and society, and so inadvertently comes to mirror the rigidity of the most overbearing applications of those norms. Punk music, for instance, is most easily identified by its adamant rejection - in contrast to mere ignorance - of traditional musical norms (related to melody, harmony, virtuosity, etc.), while its positive political agenda - when it has one - is, at best, vague, utopian, and intentionally unorganized. All of these weaknesses are clearly on display in the HBO documentary, airing this month, on the Russian feminist performance-art “collective” known as Pussy Riot. But watching “Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer” managed to convince me that, at least in some situations (such as Putin’s Russia), the punk aesthetic can be put to very good use. For, using a minimalist style almost devoid of commentary, the documentary effectively shows how Pussy Riot’s quickly aborted performance in a Russian Orthodox cathedral precipitated an incredible over-reaction, throwing into stark relief the repressive, authoritarian tendencies of the Putin administration - tendencies that unfortunately seem to be reflected in the post-Soviet society at large.
Two of Pussy Riot’s members - Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina - are still serving 2-year sentences in penal colonies. No one, and no thing, was physically harmed by their performance; at worst, as their defense attorney suggests, they should have been charged with misdemeanors. Unfortunately, their chosen setting allowed them to be charged with a hate crime - even though they explicitly denied being motivated by hatred, apologized for offending anyone, and insisted that they are not even anti-religious, but were rather protesting the political connections between the Church and the Putin administration. Here’s the (very brief) trailer-
The repressive over-reaction continues. The BBC reported yesterday that the Russian Duma voted unanimously to criminalize providing information about “non-traditional sexual relations” to persons under 18, and the lower house also passed a bill criminalizing those who “offend religious believers”-
Russia’s lower house of parliament, the Duma, has passed a law imposing heavy fines for providing information about homosexuality to people under 18. The measure was passed unanimously and will become law when approved by the upper house and President Vladimir Putin, a virtual formality. … The lower house also passed a bill imposing up to three years in jail on those who offend religious believers. The law comes in the wake of the imprisoning of members of the punk band Pussy Riot for performing an anti-Putin protest in an Orthodox cathedral in February 2012. … The new law on “offending religious feelings of the faithful” will also take effect after approval by the upper house and the president.
Thank God - or at least The Founders - that we have free speech in this country. But Americans should bear in mind that the sorts of tendencies on display in Russia today are not that far removed from those displayed by some members of the religious right wing of the “Tea Party” movement right here at home.
Cross-posted at blogherenow.net
In this video I take to task Feminist Frequencys latest video on ‘Tropes vs women: the damsel in distress’
I’ve been thinking about this for several months and this will be my best attempt to convey a problem I see within feminism in it’s current incarnation.
There are women who are using the same tactics as the NRA in order to win support and make money from the feminist “movement”. It’s simple fear mongering and it doesn’t play to every woman or every feminist just as the NRA doesn’t play to every gun owner. However, this voice seems to be getting stronger and it seems to be a distraction from real issues.
Scream Oppression + Pop Culture Target of the Moment = $$$
For those who truly care about women please do your best to keep your eye on the ball. Violence Against Women act, access to health care choices and contraception, commanders in the military overturning sexual assault convictions, child care assistance, etc.
We all have a limited amount of time and energy in our lives. Spend yours wisely in support of your issues and beliefs. Find common ground and accept help from those who want to support you.
It’s not as if I feel the LGF community is not already aware of this sort of position. I’m not trying to educate so much as to firm up my own feelings on the matter. Do your thing.
February 21, 2013 by CH
The point of this post was to show the converging of the world of “Game” or pickup artistry and outright white nationalism. My apologies to those who though I promoted outright bigotry. Also I wanted to read your comments and have a discussion on this phenomenon.
After the Vietnam War, the government of Vietnam instituted “reeducation camps“, which were prison camps holding hundreds of thousands of government and military partisans of the former South Vietnam regime. In these camps, psychological torture was often as bad as the physical torture endured by the prisoners. Indoctrination and forced confessions were the order of the day, and the humiliation of the prisoners was total, reaching zeniths of cruelty so abhorrent that many surrendered their identities and wept at the feet of their captors and praised them as gods.
In the former Soviet Union, the infamous Gulag labor camps had a system in place for the “re-education of class enemies“. Red China had such a system, as well, and rumors circulate that China continues the practice of reeducation “of undesirables” to this day.
Commies. Horrible people. Awful, genocidal ideology. Couldn’t happen here, in the land of the free and home of the brave, right?
Watch this video. See if you have the stomach to watch the whole thing without wincing with revulsion.
The vibrant buffoon in this video was hired by the USDA — the UNITED STATES Department of Agriculture — to speak at a “Cultural Transformation” training seminar, aka reeducation camp for white people. You don’t even have to read much between the lines to recognize that the target of his vile propaganda is white people, and in particular, white men. As a mouthpiece of USDA policy, his enemy is the government’s enemy, and that enemy is whites. Never forget that.
The USDA would like you to forget that, though, because as fast as these videos are going up on YouTube, they are being taken down.
Like Communist reeducation camps, the captive (yes, captive, or they lose their jobs) listeners in the audience are being humiliated by this piece of shit into participating in de facto forced confessionals of their imaginary sins, and indoctrination of their “privilege” and “oppression”. You can hear their humiliating subjugation in the way they nervously laugh at slander directed against them. This is the laughter of the bullied beta male trying to go along to get along, so as to avoid any beatings on the playground later.
Not all are feeling humiliated though. Some of that laughter is the cackle of victory, of triumph, of sweet sweet tribal vengeance. Affiliation matters, and the speaker is clear that not all in the audience are designated targets.
Yes, Virginia, it can happen here. It IS happening here. Everywhere. All around you, if you only have the eyes to see. And it is perpetrated by YOUR government, the government you fund and to whom you pay allegiance. YOUR government, YOUR country, is in the racket of utterly humiliating you and your kind. You have lost the loyalty of the very nation your ancestors built into a gleaming castle from nothing but dirt and vast emptiness.
God FUCK America.
The time for petty negotiation is over. Such tactics will only serve to further arouse the hunger of the diversity beast. Insurrection fueled by the illuminating hatred of a thousand suns is the path to progress. Be not afraid. Let the filth and the flotsam know how you feel. Stand up for what is right and true for once in your life, and when they fight back with futile gestures of passive aggressive snark, drive your sword deeper in their guts. To the hilt. And don’t stop until they’re on their knees begging forgiveness. At which point you finish them off.
This is by Sarah AB over at Harry’s Place, and I really do not have a great deal to add to it, except that some of these snippets raise my hair. (She also links to some excellent pieces.)
The willingness of people to explain away, excuse, diminish, denigrate, or otherwise not deal with, rape charges against people they are inclined to like, or that interfere with their political concepts, is a pretty thoroughly non-partisan problem. In some of these quotes, I hear echoes of Akin’s ilk—the insistence that it’s just too hard to know what consent is, and that women are to be assumed liars and drama queens if you don’t care for what they’re saying.
I’m not surprised. I’ve met people like this. But I am always disappointed, and angry.