President Barack Obama has an opportunity this month to lead from behind on women’s rights in Saudi Arabia - behind, that is, a woman driver.
The president is visiting the repressive Gulf kingdom this month. In a letter delivered to the White House, Amnesty International is calling on him to take a stand on women’s rights by meeting with the female leaders of a campaign to end the ban against women driving. We are also calling on him to have a woman Secret Service driver himself during his visit.
Take action to demand the president support women’s rights in Saudi Arabia.
There are five reasons why the president should hand over the car keys to a woman:
1988 marked an incredible sixth successive cup final for the pioneering women’s football club.
They were the cup holders and had no intention of letting their prestigious piece of silverware slip from their grasp.
Travelling to Crewe with a side boasting the talismanic Gill Coultard, prolific marksman Kaz Walker and inspirational leader Sheila, nerves were put to one side for 90 minutes as they focused only on thing - to be crowned cup champions for the second successive season.
There was no way the team wanted to experience that same feeling of being second best like in 1984, 1985 and 1986 where they watched Howbury Grange, Friends of Fulham and Norwich all lift the FA Women’s Cup respectively.
In 1988, they certainly weren’t second best.
An Excellent article from Jezebel - well worth reading the entire piece:
There is not space even for one person to lie down, but tonight there will be three. Radha’s relative Jamuna is also menstruating, and she’ll be sleeping here along with her one-year old son. Still, Radha appreciates the company, as another woman is some protection against drunken men who conveniently forget about untouchability when it comes to rape. Although the stigma keeps women silent, rapes of women sleeping in these sheds are common enough to appear as occasional items in newspapers in faraway Kathmandu, and common enough for women to look down when they are mentioned. Also common are snake attacks. (I see three snakes there in three days.)
Sometimes there are four or five women in the shed, an unthinkable number. If the shed is that full, then girls and women must find other options. Up the field, I watch with disbelief as a 14-year-old girl shows me her sleeping arrangements for the night: the bare earth outside her family’s house, with only a mosquito net for protection. It’s only the third time she has had her period and already she is resigned. What can she do?
While female pleasure in music is nothing new, the shift that has appeared is largely based around an absence of the man: take for example Janet Jackson’s Take Care, where she sings: “I’ll lay here and take care of it ‘til you come home to me.” For Jackson, masturbation is a bookmark. The Divinyls’ I Touch Myself - a pro-masturbation anthem if ever there was one - contains the line: “I’d get down on my knees, I’d do anything for you.” When it came out in 1990 it was intrepid. But the song is just as much about giving pleasure as getting it.
In a 2011 interview with CNN, Kathleen Hanna, feminist leader of Bikini Kill and now the Julie Ruin, questioned the purpose of Katy Perry’s sexual presentation on Perry’s 2008 debut single I Kissed a Girl. “The whole thing is like, ‘I kissed a girl so my boyfriend could masturbate about it later,’ said Hanna. “It’s disgusting. It’s exactly every male fantasy of fake lesbian porn.”
St Vincent, Cyrus and Minaj don’t fight for the right to pleasure, they just do it and they do it themselves. Until this point, most lyrics on the subject of female masturbation have undermined and corrected the illusion that pleasure can’t be DIY. Now the message is that pleasure still exists when pleasure is self-serving.
Some Vatican experts have raised the possibility of the pope appointing women to senior positions in the Vatican bureaucracy, perhaps as the head of one of its powerful departments.
But the pope suggested even bigger changes could be in store, with a senior cardinal now consulting female experts in considering possible options.
“Women must have a greater presence in the decision-making areas of the church,” he said. “But I would call this a ‘functional’ promotion. That won’t take us very far.”
Some church leaders advocate making women deacons, ordained ministers who can participate in the Mass and perform other duties, although the pope made no reference to such a possibility.
This is one of the most eloquent articles I’ve read on the subject of how Muslim women’s rights, and “Muslim women” as a category, are perceived by Westerners versus how Muslim women (and the male activists who are working with them for gender equality) perceive themselves.
if you post Pages about Muslim women’s rights and sincerely want to see things change for the better for them, then please ready the entire article thoughtfully and heed the important distinctions Ms. Lalami is making, especially in the last two paragraphs. Oh, and you can follow her on Twitter at @LailaLalami.
There came a moment when I realized that there are two distinct kinds of conversations taking place around Muslim women — one in Muslim countries and one in Western countries. The first conversation is highly specific, and focuses on local problems. In Morocco, for example, feminist activists pushed for a reform of family law for more than a decade; it was finally passed by parliament in 2004, and it granted women greater rights in marriage, divorce, and custody. These activists also successfully lobbied parliament for another reform, this time of the penal code, because it contained a loophole that allowed a man to escape statutory rape charges in case of marriage. Now feminists are focusing on access to education in rural areas, the practice of hiring underage girls as domestic workers, sexual harassment on the street — these are issues that Moroccan women and girls face every day, but they might not be exactly the same issues faced by women in Somalia or Comoros, where the legal apparatus and cultural practices are quite different.
The second kind of conversation takes place in Western countries, primarily via the Chronicles of the Veil™ and other sensationalistic materials. Here, the terms of the debate are global. One hears about arranged marriages, forced veiling, honor killings, female genital mutilations, and punishment by stoning, the narrative line always the same: Muslim women are victims, and they need Western saviors. So simple and so powerful is this message that even when Muslim women speak out against it, their supposed saviors refuse to believe them. Last April, for instance, when the Ukrainian group FEMEN staged topless protests outside mosques in Europe, billing them as “International Topless Jihad Day,” Muslim women organized their own counterprotests online, in which they made clear they did not need FEMEN’s help. But FEMEN’s Inna Shevchenko’s response was, “through all history of humanity, all slaves deny that they are slaves. […] [These Muslim women] write on their posters that they don’t need liberation, but in their eyes it’s written help me.” […]
More: Chronicles of the Veil
Speaking of sensationalistic Chronicles of the Veil™ type materials regarding Muslim women, I’ll soon be creating a Page about a film that’s due to start screening in March. It looks and sounds legit and even seems to have managed to suck in some legitimate human rights organizations, however it’s backed by an organization that’s one of the biggest funders of anti-Muslim fear-mongering. You’ll see lots of familiar faces, so stay tuned…
This blog is a month old, but I thought I’d share it here anyway. The writer is Arianna Simpson, who is a research scientist, Facebook employee and entrpreneur. ariannasimpson.com Here she describes her attendance, as one of only two women, at a Bitcoin meetup in New York City.
The other night my good friend & fellow cryptoenthusiast Ryan Shea suggested we head to a new Bitcoin meetup neither of us had been to before. I agreed to meet him there, and though the conversation was stimulating, much of the experience was pretty demeaning.
I walk in and a group of people are already sitting at a long table. I say hi and hover for a second, determining where to sit. Entirely uninvited, and before I even have a chance to react, one guy proceeds to grab me by the waist and pull me into an awkward, grope-y side hug next to him on the bench. To reiterate, I’ve never met this man in my life. I try giving him the benefit of the doubt and make some quip about his being a friendly sort, but it gets uncomfortable pretty quickly when he puts his hand on my leg and leaves it there until I squirm uncomfortably.
It gets worse, as the dudebros (or geeks) there express incredulity that (a) a woman owns bitcoins and (b) a woman can understand efficiency or effectiveness. Basically, she felt like she was at a meat market.
Hate monger, Pamela Geller isn’t just attacking Muslims now, or “Muslim Marxist Nazi” Obama. Now she has decided to attack another target, transgendered people. Writing for the only thing possibly more insane than her, World Net Daily, Pamela Geller asks, “has America lost its mind?” To which I reply, “no.” Her commentary is entitled Institutionalized sexual harassment in U.S. schools” Which is odd given the fact that as you will see, it isn’t really about that at all, but who are we to expect Geller of all people to be “accurate.”
America, we have a problem. The latest multi-culti, non-gender specific “innovations” at the country’s top universities are “gender-neutral facilities.” Sounds innocent enough, right? Wrong.
Okay Geller, what’s so horrible about them?
These gender-neutral facilities are being installed in universities across America. Not small marginal colleges, but major institutions such as NYU. These bathrooms are for both girls and boys. What it means, and what most parents who send their kids to these cesspools for $70,000 a year don’t know, is that these non-gender specific bathrooms have stalls and urinals. Urinals. So if your daughter is one of the few who don’t relate to the disgusting whores of, say, “Girls,” or fellate any guy who asks her to, and if she actually respects herself, her body and her self-worth, this could be - sexually traumatic.
Yes, for bigots like you. Also you’re engaging in slut shaming, no surprise there. Looks like you’re not much better at being a feminist and defending women’s rights, than you are at being a defender of gay rights. off course you don’t really care much about homophobia, except to use Muslim homophobia as tool to demonize Muslims. I’d be willing to bet that if a well known American or European Muslim were to engage in slut shaming similar to the kind that you just exhibited there, you would be all over him. Off course that further shows us what a hypocrite you are, Geller. You really only seem to defend women, when you think the person violating her rights is a Muslim, or the fears of women being harmed are completely imaginary as they are here. You do little to nothing, to defend women’s rights when its the American religious right, which you have allied yourself with, that is trying to take them away.
Before you call me prudish or old-fashioned, think of it this way. A young girl finishes class, goes to the bathroom to refresh herself and she opens the door to the restroom to find a male student whom she has never met relieving himself in a urinal. What is going to protect girls from sexual predators in such a situation?
Wouldn’t that “guy” if he sees himself, or rather herself as a girl, be urinating sitting down on a toilet, inside a restroom stall, away from her prying eyes? Also if that girl is a male transsexual why would seeing a guy urinate be so traumatic? Also if shes a regular CIS women and she entered a bathroom that was gender neutral, and was for more than one person, wouldn’t it be unreasonable for her not expect there to ever be boys there? Far more importantly, a woman could be attacked by a sexual predator at anytime, including on collage campus. It just won’t be very likely if there are a lot of other people around. Also whether she’s in a nice neighborhood or a crime ridden slum will make a much bigger difference than if she’s at a facility with gender neutral bathrooms. In fact having gender neutral bathrooms on a collage campus won’t make much difference either way.
Meantime, lets ignore how trans people have been harmed by transphobic bigots like you, because they wanted to use the restroom meant for the gender they identify with.
And if the girl grew up in a household with no men, it is certainly traumatic. Virgins who have morals and do not engage in casual sexual activity would certainly be victims of such institutionalized sexual abuse. Even for sexually active girls, who wants to see a guy urinating?
If she was a Muslim girl, knowing Geller, she would claim that she was oppressed and this was reason enough to destroy Islam. Why those “evil Muslims” won’t let there daughter spend time with boys. By the way, I find it very hard to believe there are a lot of women in the United States ( or The world for that matter ) who grew up, and never saw anyone of the opposite sex for their entire childhood or teen years.
This madness isn’t just in the universities, either. AP reported Friday on a ruling by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court: that “school officials violated state anti-discrimination law when they would not allow a transgender fifth-grader to use the girls’ bathroom.” The story tell us, “Nicole is a biological male who identified as a girl beginning at age 2″ and is now 16. Jennifer Levi, director of the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders’ Transgender Rights Project, was thrilled, saying: “This is a momentous decision that marks a huge breakthrough for transgender young people.”
Yes its madness, I tell you, madness that we respect people and treat them as being part of the gender they identify with.
Nor is it the first time that this has been sanctioned. AP says: “Colorado officials said last year that a suburban Colorado Springs school district discriminated against a 6-year-old transgender girl by preventing her from using the girls’ bathroom.” And in California, there is a law “that allows public school students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their expressed genders.”
Good! look at how far we’ve come. People like you have been harming trans people for a long time.
Read the rest of Geller’s Transphobic fear mongering over at WND If you insist on it.*
*I didn’t bother using the wingnut text since the only things I was quoting were from Geller and there was a lot of it, and Charles said its hard on his eyes.