“Not every man must be violent toward every woman in order for violence to control women’s behavior. Rather, knowing that some women are victims of horrific violence is enough to control the behavior and limit the movement of all women in society. The creation of a culture of fear secures men’s status over women” (Yodanis, 2004, p. 658)”—
Parrot, Andrea & Cummings, Nina. Forsaken Females: The Gobal Brutalization of Women. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 2006, (p. 19)
Nine months of head games finally caught up with my temper, bringing on a fist fight with my youngest sister. Now I nurse my knuckles while I await one-sided blame and hatred for a natural reaction from my family. I feel complete dissociation and emptiness towards this situation, which along with losing my shit to the degree that I did is something I haven’t felt in years, and while logically I know that this should worry me it doesn’t at all.
“A pregnant woman has had her baby forcibly removed by caesarean section by social workers. Essex social services obtained a High Court order against the woman that allowed her to be forcibly sedated and her child to be taken from her womb.
The council said it was acting in the best interests of the woman, an Italian who was in Britain on a work trip, because she had suffered a mental breakdown. The baby girl, now 15 months old, is still in the care of social services, who are refusing to give her back to the mother, even though she claims to have made a full recovery.”—Child taken from womb by social services (via thefreelioness)
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) An eastern Ohio grand jury plans to reconvene to hear evidence of other laws broken in the rape of a 16-year-old West Virginia girl last year. Among issues being investigated by the Steubenville panel Monday is whether adults like teachers or coaches knew of the rape but failed to report it as required by state law.
According to data from the National Abortion Federation, nearly 70 percent of medical students in the United States have received less than 30 minutes of class training about abortion by the time they finish medical school. This disregard for reproductive health education is an experience Dr. Nancy Stanwood, associate professor and section chief of Family Planning at the Yale School of Medicine and board chair of Physicians for Reproductive Health, remembers well. “We spent literally an hour and a half learning about birth control in two years of lectures,” she says. “We spent more time on cochlear implants — an important, but far less common, procedure.”
The problem with this kind of uneven training is that a lack of early exposure to reproductive health issues not only hurts a student’s ability to become, as Stanwood notes, “informed physician citizens,” it also shapes their career choices. It’s far less likely for students to choose a specialization in reproductive health care if it’s not something they’re hearing about during their training.
Social stigma around abortion may drive the marginalization of this training in medical school curricula, but the scarcity of students being trained to perform the procedure is also directly connected to the proliferation of GOP-backed state-level restrictions — on funding, on clinics and on physicians themselves.
Multinational death camp, and abattoir of greed And you support the industry from the corpse on which you feed. A legacy of suffering from a business built on pain A history of butchery and I hold you to blame You uphold the slaughter when you support the cause A tradition wrapped in bloodshed and it’s no one’s fault but yours.
“I am tired of being told by so-called third-wavers that my feminism is fascist, old hat, irrelevant and man hating. It is nothing personal to me; just that feminism is something that has been central to my life since I was a teenager. I do not want to see its radical edge co-opted by over-privileged, self-serving faux feminists. These “fun feminists”, who have little or no idea about the theory or practice of this movement, take advantage of the benefits that radicals have fought long and hard for, whilst contributing nothing. In fact, they are damaging to other women, and are destroying progress won by those of us who do not weep when men disapprove of our views… “Fun feminism” isn’t feminism at all. It is about the rights of the individual. In the “fun feminist” world, anything goes, no matter how destructive or harmful it may be to the individual or to women as a class.”—Julie Bindel, Why “Fun Feminism” Should Be Consigned to the Rubbish Bin (via ironfoxe)