Category Archives: Feminism

Opinion | Why We Are Leaving the G.O.P. – The New York Times

We don’t have the space to outline President Trump’s transgressions, but it is important to understand that his rise is an inevitable result of the hostility to women within the Republican culture. Women’s reproductive freedom has shifted with the wind: Remember that Ronald Reagan once supported abortion rights, as did George H. W. Bush, Mitt Romney and Mr. Trump himself. We can no longer support a Republican Party that is shutting down low-cost health care clinics offering cancer screenings, basic health services and much-needed family planning services. It has become a party that wants to punish pregnant women by limiting their economic choices, that wants to reduce access to sex education programs that prevent unintended pregnancy and disease. It is no wonder that women are voting with their feet.

Inoreader – ‘Back to the dark ages’: US rules out domestic violence for asylum claims

US Attorney-General Jeff Sessions rules that domestic and gang violence cannot be considered grounds for asylum, in a ruling that will affect large numbers of Central Americans and could undermine claims of women suffering from sex trafficking.

Source: Inoreader – ‘Back to the dark ages’: US rules out domestic violence for asylum claims

In memory of Razan al-Najjar | +972 Magazine

I then returned to the comments that had accumulated under the picture of the young woman who went to care for wounded protesters and came back in a shroud. My heart struggled to contain the sadness. I apologize to my well-intentioned friend. The bitter truth is that the Israeli collective consciousness is light-years away from a place where it can even begin speak about the basic concepts of justice, human rights, and human equality before God. I doubt that years of occupation and moral corruption can be corrected. I also apologize to Razan, the young Gazan woman who lived her whole life under occupation, more than half under the brutal siege. She did not taste a single day of freedom in her short life. She went out into the Valley of Death by the separation barrier to care for her wounded countrymen and never came back. With shame beyond words, I apologize. Rest in peace Razan, may your memory bring freedom and justice to your people.

Source: In memory of Razan al-Najjar | +972 Magazine

Opinion | When Misogynists Become Terrorists – The New York Times

Despite a great deal of evidence that connects the dots between these mass killers and radical misogynist groups, we still largely refer to the attackers as “lone wolves” — a mistake that ignores the preventable way these men’s fear and anger are deliberately cultivated and fed online.

Here’s the term we should all use instead: misogynist terrorism. Until we grapple with the disdain for women that drives these mass murderers, and the way that the killers are increasingly radicalized on the internet, there will be no stopping future tragedies.

Over the past decade, anti-women communities on the internet — ranging from “men’s rights” forums and incels to “pickup artists” — have grown exponentially. While these movements differ in small ways, what they have in common is an organized hatred of women; the animus is so pronounced that the hate-watch group Southern Poverty Law Centertracks their actions.

Video of Iran ‘morality police’ wrestling with woman sparks outrage | World news | The Guardian

Source: Video of Iran ‘morality police’ wrestling with woman sparks outrage | World news | The Guardian

Masoumeh Ebtekar, Iran’s vice-president for women’s affairs, denounced the treatment of the young woman on Twitter. “How could this treatment be justified?” she tweeted. “Even if they were insulted, should the police react like this? I categorically condemn this behaviour and will pursue the matter. This is a harsh and anti-religious treatment that no human deserves.”

The hypocrisy of Arab liberals – sister-hood magazine. A Fuuse production by Deeyah Khan.

Source: The hypocrisy of Arab liberals – sister-hood magazine. A Fuuse production by Deeyah Khan.

As a liberal, I believe liberalism is really about believing in your own individual freedom and that of those around you, and treating them as equals in their right to exist and live their lives.

What they wear, where they want to go, where they live, what they do for a living, who they pray to, who they want to sleep with, who they want to love … is really up to them. By freedom I mean everything that does not result in harming other individuals. Yes, those points were important enough to put in BOLD.