Category Archives: sexism

OPINION: ‘Sexism among women is still sexism. It’s time to stop dragging each other down’ – The Local

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.

Source: OPINION: ‘Sexism among women is still sexism. It’s time to stop dragging each other down’ – The Local

“Hate Group” Inclusion (to US delegtion by Trump) Shows UN Members Still Divided on LGBT Rights

C-FAM – one of the invited members of the United States official delegation to the meeting – has been designated as an Anti-LGBT hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center “for its often violent rhetoric on LGBTQI rights” according to the International Women’s Health Coalition, who opposed the appointment.Including C-Fam on the US delegation reflects ongoing disagreement between UN member states – and even within UN member states domestically – about the importance of including LGBTI rights within the UN’s work.For the Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) community, there were many reasons to come to this year’s annual women’s meeting with “battle scars,” and “eyes open” says Jessica Stern, Executive Director of OutRight Action International.

Source: Inoreader – “Hate Group” Inclusion Shows UN Members Still Divided on LGBT Rights

Ivanka Trump has West Wing office and will get access to classified information | US news | The Guardian – Corruption reaching new heights – and what says the GOP? Nada!

Since Donald Trump took office, his eldest daughter has been an increasingly visible presence in the White House, where her husband, Jared Kushner, already serves as a senior adviser. On Friday she participated in a meeting on vocational training with the president and the German chancellor, Angela Merkel. She stepped down from her position at the Trump Organization before her father’s inauguration, but still owns her own fashion label.

Source: Ivanka Trump has West Wing office and will get access to classified information | US news | The Guardian

A Texas Woman ‘Voted Like a U.S. Citizen.’ Only She Wasn’t. – The New York Times – In Texas – Racism is issue #1!

Her punishment may be unprecedented for an offense that often draws a minimal sentence or probation. Ms. Ortega, who has a seventh-grade education and a sometimes shaky grasp on the complexities of her life, has steadfastly insisted that she did not know she was violating the law — that she is being imprisoned and probably deported for the crime of being confused.“I thought I was doing something right,” Ms. Ortega said. “It wasn’t to hurt somebody, or the state, or the government. I even worked for the government.

Kid Rock blasts foreign-made grills out of the sky with shotgun: ‘In your face, China!”: Shanghaiist

Badass as that may have been, some Facebook commenters wonder if Rock had completely thought this ad through beforehand:”I’m not sure he knows that the camera, computer and TV equipment he used to film this was made in China. Kid Rock might not be the brightest bulb in the box.””That is a trebuchet. The first traction trebuchets were invented by the Chinese around the 4th century BC.””I wonder if the shoes kid rock is wearing is made in the USA?”

Source: Kid Rock blasts foreign-made grills out of the sky with shotgun: ‘In your face, China!”: Shanghaiist

Living in the Shoes of a Woman | nadiaharhash

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.

Source: Living in the Shoes of a Woman | nadiaharhash

Jaws Drop As Trump WH Claims Starving Seniors By Killing Meals On Wheels Is Compassionate – Feeding kids and seniors a waste of time! Hate is Love/Love is Hate

Later Mulvaney was asked if this is a hard-hearted budget. He answered, “I don’t think so. In fact, I think it is one of the most compassionate things we can do to. You’re only focusing on half of the equation. Right? You’re focusing on recipients of the money. We’re trying to focus on both the recipients and the folks who give us the money in the first place, and I think it’s fairly compassionate to go to them and say look, we’re not going to ask you for your hard earned money anymore.”

Source: Jaws Drop As Trump WH Claims Starving Seniors By Killing Meals On Wheels Is Compassionate

Rep. Steve King’s Tweet Gave Away the GOP’s Dirty Little Secret | Dame Magazine

A white nation is first and foremost concerned with citizenship. In order to create a white nation, you need only white citizens. To do that, you need to not only control who is allowed into your country, but how the citizens and residents of your country can reproduce. It’s no coincidence that the same party that demands we “build the wall” and “Ban All Muslims” has been leading the charge in restricting reproductive rights.

Source: Rep. Steve King’s Tweet Gave Away the GOP’s Dirty Little Secret | Dame Magazine

Steve King (#LoserTrump does not disown him), Hurling Insults at Immigrants, Is Rebuked by His Own Party – The New York Times

Mr. King, 67, represents the most conservative corner of Iowa, and has long held policy positions rooted in deeply conservative beliefs, especially concerning immigration, which he once deemed a “slow-motion Holocaust.”He has often said he was made aware of illegal immigration as a small child by his father, the one-time mayor of a small Iowa town who taught him to take a hard line. Mr. King dropped out of Northwest Missouri State University to run a construction contracting business, and ran for the State Senate in 1996 when he first cottoned to the idea of an English-only America, something he would push for legislatively throughout his career.“Our language is getting subdivided by some forces of the federal government,” Mr. King once said. “It is time to speak with a common voice. The argument that diversity is our strength has really never been backed up by logic.”He has argued vociferously, long before Mr. Trump ran for office pushing strict anti-immigration measures, including against protections for young adults brought over as children who have been successful in America, a group many Republicans support. In 2006, he suggested a complex plan for building an electrified wall at the border, noting that this was a practice used to control livestock. In 2012, he compared immigrants to dogs.

Raped, beaten, exploited: the 21st-century slavery propping up Sicilian farming | Global development | The Guardian

An Italian migrant rights organisation, the Proxyma Association, estimates that more than half of all Romanian women working in the greenhouses are forced into sexual relations with their employers. Almost all of them work in conditions of forced labour and severe exploitation.Police say they believe that up to 7,500 women, the majority of whom are Romanian, are living in slavery on farms across the region. Guido Volpe, a commander in the carabinieri military police in Sicily, told the Observer that Ragusa was the centre of exploitation on the island.“These women are working as slaves in the fields and we know they are blackmailed to have sex with the owners of the farms or greenhouses because of their psychological subjugation,” he says. “It is not easy to investigate or stop this from happening, as the women are mostly too afraid to speak out.”Many of the Romanian women leave children and dependent families at home and feel forced into making the desperate choices that have carved deep lines of grief into Bolos’s face.“Where I come from in Romanian Moldavia, nobody has a job,” says Bolos, as she nurses her five-month-old daughter in a dark warehouse that is now her home on another farm in Ragusa province. “The average salary there is €200 a month. Here you can make much more, even if you need to suffer.”

Source: Raped, beaten, exploited: the 21st-century slavery propping up Sicilian farming | Global development | The Guardian