Sexism among women is still sexism. It’s prejudice and bullying. Judging another woman for her appearance, or because you’re intimidated by her presence or beauty, and discrediting her with other women and with men. These things seem to belong to another century, when women were burned for being witches. I spend a lot of time on social media – I’m a digital and marketing strategist – and I often have the sense that the media is like a pillory.The most absurd and painful case is that of Tiziana Cantone, a 29-year-old Italian whose boyfriend shared sex tapes filmed while she was drunk. The videos shared her full name and her face was shown clearly. Everyone, and I mean everyone, made fun of that video for two years. Even friends of mine. There were photo montages, Facebook pages, comics, parodies, songs, even people who profitted from selling t-shirts and mugs with her face or name. The ‘meme’ even appeared in the video of a song by Lorenzo Fragola, a young artist who won X Factor Italia two years ago. It had 20 million views, and the references to Tiziana was totally unnecessary. These memes and videos were everywhere – ‘ironic’ in theory but in reality, they were abhorrent.Tiziana moved house, because she could no longer leave the house, she changed her name, she attempted suicide, and her family made her come back home. Then she took legal action, but somehow lost it because of technical errors by the lawyers and an absurd justice system which denied the ‘right to be forgotten’ because the ‘news’ was judged to be ‘of public interest’. Then she was ordered to pay compensation. Days after the ruling, Tiziana took her own life.One disturbing thing I remember is that even then, after two years of insults from other women as well as men, there was a sense of ‘she had it coming’ even after her death. Again, this came from both men and women.
Do these party members really believe in what they say about women and marriage? A large-scale expose of right-wing politicians by Cobrapost and Gulail found, in horrifying conversations, right-wing Hindu men treating Hindu and Muslim women as property to be exchanged. “If she doesn’t listen to us, we hit her. We get her beaten up. We misbehave,” a Bharatiya Janata Party leader said about ‘saving’ Hindu women married to Muslim men. As TLF wrote then these men were using “marriage as a weapon of war”. The truth is that across the political spectrum the easiest way for aspirants to climb the ladder is step on a pile of women’s bodies.The thing is for small ‘parties’ or small politicians in big parties can there be an easier agenda than fixing ‘immoral’ couples or policing women.
To my surprise, the attack I anticipated from society never happened. The attack came from a place I never expected, from the place that was supposed to foster me, to hold me up.The attack came under the direct guidance of my mother. My mom who raised me to stand up for my rights, who educated me so that I could shield myself in times of need, then blamed me for the years that I was submissive when I was merely compliant to satisfy those norms I highly revered.I thought that the moment I told them that he broke my rib, they would break his head, but instead, I was executed and blamed because they believed I must have provoked him. The moment I told them how many times he deceived me, how many times I swathed him up to protect my family, I was censured and says I must not have been good enough. I thought that the moment I told them that he was locking me up, cursing at me, abusing me, that they would nurture me and open their shoulders for me. Instead my mother and family persecuted me.
The co-founder of a new organization that campaigns against gender-based violence in Jamaica has been arrested after posting the names of alleged sexual predators on social media.Latoya Nugent, a prominent LGBT activist and co-founder of the Tambourine Army, was arrested late on Monday and charged with three counts of breaching the country’s Cybercrimes Act.
A spokeswoman, Sarah Kiriliuks, said on Monday the organization’s membership was diverse and inclusive and leaders worried some girls could get left behind when a group tried to enter the US.A temporary travel ban by Trump on citizens from six Muslim-majority countries also prompted concern among Canadian schools over the potential treatment of foreign-born students at the border.Kiriliuks said the Girl Guides didn’t want to take the risk with all the uncertainty. She was not aware of any girls being turned away by US officials.The Girl Guides of Canada said in a letter to members it would not be approving any new trips to the United States until further notice.“This just speaks to the Girl Guides of Canada and our commitment to inclusivity,” Kiriliuks said. “We just want to make sure that no girl gets left behind.”A nationally sponsored trip to a California camp that was scheduled for this summer is being relocated. The group is encouraging local leaders to consider domestic trips instead.Canadian schools are also considering cancelling trips to the US.
Coincidence and likely stories They dog your trail like a pack of lies They whine at night when the lights are out You toss and turn, you pitch and roll Disinformation, you spin it like a silkworm Just when I need another point of view Here you come from nowhere, from over the ways I stand amazed, I see your greatest hits They blow back down the chimney into everyone’s eyes Creative thinking in the first degree You’re a three-way mirror of a one-way world It’s a perverse company you work for They build the past, it just can’t last It’s obsolete by design They send you out rerouting history To make the same old mistakes in a brand new way Come out from under cover Ollie Ollie in free Come out, come out wherever you are And virgin places don’t mean a thing To people who never bring their hearts along And fools like them never fall at all They’re tough as sin, let nobody in They turn and spin your wheels and nobody wins Coincidence and likely stories They dog your trail like a pack of lies They whine at night when the lights are out You toss and turn, you pitch and roll Disinformation, you spin it like a silkworm
A briefing by a Burundian activist to the United Nations Security Council was cancelled at the last minute on Thursday after Russia objected to her participation, diplomats said.Rights activist Carine Kaneza was scheduled to brief the Council on the devastating crisis in her homeland as the Council discussed a damning report by the new UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, on the situation in Burundi. Diplomatic sources told FRANCE 24 that Russia objected to her participation and her intervention was cancelled.
Let us be clear.1. 20 million people will lose healthcare2. The bad old days will be back3. You will be bankrupt once again from one illness4. The working poor, who got access to healthcare because of Medicaid Expansion – THEY ARE SCREWED5. Grandma and Grandpa in the nursing home paid by Medicaid-you better have a place in your house when they’re kicked out of the nursing home6. Preventive care measures – those wellness measures that have been so popular – GONE7. The subsidies which help the working class/middle class get Obamacare – GONE8. This WILL make Medicare insolvent, which folds into the plan to turn Medicare into a voucher system9. THIS IS A HUGE TAX CUT-$600 BILLION- FOR THE WEALTHY. THEY ARE TAKING AWAY FUNDS FROM THE POOR AND GIVING THEM TO THE WEALTHY.10. GOP health bill includes tax break for insurance execs making $500,000+11. Health insurance isn’t the end goal of #TrumpCare. Tax cuts for the rich is.And, for those of you who are smug, because you don’t think that Trumpcare will affect your Employer Given Healthcare?