Category Archives: Feminism

Opinion | I’m a Democrat and a Feminist. And I Support Betsy DeVos’s Title IX Reforms. – The New York Times “And a pretty good liar to get noticed by DeVos” Would have you believe most claims of abuse are “made up”

Consider this scenario: A young black man enrolls at a state university in California on an athletic scholarship. He’s the first person in his family to go to college. His teammate’s white ex-girlfriend matches with him on Tinder, comes to his apartment, has sex with him and, they both agree, returns three days later to have consensual sex. Weeks later, the young woman, who has reconciled with her boyfriend, claims the Tinder match raped her during the first sexual encounter. The Tinder Match adamantly denies this. Her boyfriend, who is also black, says she is lying. There is no hearing, no chance for the accused to ask her questions.

This abortion law isn’t what Ireland voted for | Emer O’Toole | Opinion | The Guardian

The three-day wait is a political concession that has no basis in best medical practice or clinical evidence. Its only purpose is to make access to care more difficult. And, as always, the most vulnerable will be the most affected – people with disabilities, single parents, people suffering partner abuse, people in precarious employment, people on low incomes, people who live in remote areas, and asylum seekers in Direct Provision facilities will all find it much harder to attend multiple appointments.

Source: This abortion law isn’t what Ireland voted for | Emer O’Toole | Opinion | The Guardian

Saudi women who campaigned for the right to drive tortured, Amnesty International says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Detained activists in Saudi Arabia, including those who campaigned for the right for women to drive, are being sexually harassed and tortured in prison, Amnesty International has been told.

Source: Saudi women who campaigned for the right to drive tortured, Amnesty International says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Democrat Katie Porter unseats two-time incumbent Rep. Mimi Walters in California’s 45th Congressional District – Los Angeles Times

Porter ran on a progressive platform, touting her support for universal healthcare and vowing to take corporate money out of politics. Her victory in the wealthy, highly educated district including Tustin and Mission Viejo, which had never sent a Democrat to Congress, signals the shifting political landscape in the county.

Source: Democrat Katie Porter unseats two-time incumbent Rep. Mimi Walters in California’s 45th Congressional District – Los Angeles Times

I defended my daughter’s right to get a haircut. This is what happened next – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The hard work by so many before us to improve gender equality sits on a precipice. We are still nowhere near being able to tell our daughters that they can grow up confident in enjoying everything their male counterparts have with absolute equality, and safely for that matter. Violence against women, harassment, slut-shaming, pay disparity, the under-representation of women in politics, professional sport and management are just the tip of the iceberg. What I have learnt is that we need to throw our support behind those who speak out and find themselves at the back end of a social media dump truck. We have a very long way to go before we enjoy a world without discrimination on a daily basis. That path is not one to tread quietly.

Source: I defended my daughter’s right to get a haircut. This is what happened next – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

‘Are You Actually an M.D.?’: A Black Doctor Is Questioned as She Intervenes on a Delta Flight – The New York Times How racist are we? Read this.

Dr. Stanford said she was not challenged for the rest of the two-hour flight. As they were descending, she said, one attendant told her they would not need to check her license anymore because “it seems like you were able to handle everything.” She interpreted the encounter as biased because of the persistent questioning about whether she was a physician even after she had provided proof. “It never stopped,” she said. “I just couldn’t figure out why we were having this discussion.” Delta apologized to Dr. Stanford on Wednesday and said it was investigating, according to the email it sent her. On Thursday, Anthony Black, a Delta spokesman, noted that the airline had changed its policy about medical credentials in 2016 to say flight attendants are not required to verify credentials from someone who says she or he is a physician, physician assistant, nurse, paramedic or emergency technician.

Simone Biles Criticizes Anti-Nike Tweet by New U.S.A. Gymnastics Leader – The New York Times Kinda obvious that Ms. Bono is at the very least a supporter of a racist, sexist, anti-free  speech Trump or is also racist, sexist and against free speech – resign!

“*mouth drop*,” wrote Ms. Biles, who is sponsored by Nike. “don’t worry, it’s not like we needed a smarter usa gymnastics president or any sponsors or anything.” By Saturday night, Ms. Bono had apologized and deleted the tweet. “I deeply regret posting the tweet because I respect everyone’s views and their fundamental right to express them,” she said in a statement released by U.S.A. Gymnastics. “This in no way reflects how I will approach my position at U.S.A. Gymnastics. I will do everything I can to help change the culture and to work with the entire community to build an open, safe and positive environment.” A spokeswoman for U.S.A. Gymnastics did not answer questions on Saturday night about how the organization had vetted Ms. Bono or whether it agreed with her anti-Nike sentiments.

Separation of Powers is Officially Politically Dead | La Prensa San Diego

For political gain, the Republicans have blurred the lines between independent branches of government on the bet that their voters will reward them with another term or two in office. They may be right. Republican voters may think that the end justifies the means. But, there are more Democratic and Independent voters than Republicans, and many of those may think that the long-term damage to our form of government is a too high a price to bear. Moderate women voters are the most likely to revolt against the Republicans for their callous responses to accusations of assault, especially given Trump’s mocking of Dr. Ford this week. The #metoo movement has made great strides to protect women from abuse, but now Trump and the Republicans are pushing right back on those efforts. With elections only five weeks away, voters will have an opportunity to show how they feel about the political machinations going on, and they will have the last word on who wins and who loses. If voters don’t recoil from the current political environment, we should all brace for more vitriol and corrosive political maneuvers in the future. Left unchecked, the convergence of the three branches of government co

Source: Separation of Powers is Officially Politically Dead | La Prensa San Diego

Sen. Susan Collins to vote yes on Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh, likely securing his confirmation – Los Angeles Times – She and Flake will be responsible for countless rapes and assaults because any guy can get away with it – too many will now think. Shame is too weak a word for their vile votes!

The U.S. Senate voted narrowly Friday to advance the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s choice for the Supreme Court.

Source: Sen. Susan Collins to vote yes on Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh, likely securing his confirmation – Los Angeles Times