Women’s March on Washington

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OFFICIAL STATEMENT, National Organizers

On January 21, 2017 we will unite in Washington, DC for the Women’s March on Washington. We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.

The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us–women, immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths particularly Muslim, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native and Indigenous people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished and survivors of sexual assault. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.

In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.

We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all. HEAR OUR VOICE.

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This is an INCLUSIVE march, and EVERYONE who supports women’s rights are welcome.

PLEASE SHARE, we need to spread the word everywhere! And there are groups forming for EVERY STATE, so search for your local group as well!

We especially need HOSTS and ORGANIZERS from marginalized communities for this to be truly inclusive, please DM your state administrator to get involved!

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feminist writers are so besieged by online abuse that some have begun to retire

Just over a week ago, the Washington Post published this article on the kinds of threatening and pervasive backlash that online feminist writers face. Throughout the article, draws on several examples that showcase both the online barrage of sexist, racist, and highly sexualized threats leveled at women who choose to share their personal experiences and understandings as well as times when those threats manifested themselves outside of the internet. This struck a cord with me personally because even in my tiny, not-very-publicized feminist corner of the world I’ve faced several unpleasant smack downs that have left me asking what is perhaps the most telling question of the whole piece: “Are they not going to write a piece like that again because they’re afraid of the online hate?” Now of course, the argument can be made that it’s the internet and everyone faces some level of abuse when they go online. And while that’s true, why should it be acceptable for an article, no matter its contents, to lead to death and rape threats?

what is this, the 1940s?

‘Listen up ladies’: Fox News kids off New Year with absurdly sexist advice for ‘catering to your man’

Not that anything said on Faux New is at all legitimate… but it’s continually perplexing how anyone could think that advice like this, structured in this manner, directed as it is, could be construed as something that is okay to say – especially to a huge audience. Especially in a day and age when “wife” so frequently means so much more than stay-at-home domestic partner and women are frequently carrying more than their weight in family responsibilities. The only way I can think to show how ridiculous this stuff sounds is to change the pronouns:

Yeah, I do want to be a better husband.

When she gets her ego stroked, she’ll be more inclined to love you more.

One way a man could stroke a woman’s ego would be to “prepare her meals, draw her a bath and massage her feet every now and then.

Of course a healthy relationship is one that involves both partners taking care of each other without expecting anything in return because they love each other, as Earhardt points out. But women are always the ones on the receiving end of advice like this, bearing the brunt of keeping her partner happy and the relationship going. That’s not how real relationships work.

Screenshot_2014-12-17-17-45-40These two stories just happen to come up side by side in my Facebook newsfeed and I was struck by the disparity between our severely commercialized holiday season and other countries, other people, who are never safe and face atrocities such as this on a regular basis.

ISIS executes 150 women for refusing to marry militants and buries them in mass graves, but you can get up to 50% off in-store!

We will never be able to right all the wrongs of the world, but stories like this make you realize just how far we still have to go in at least trying to achieve a decent, just and humane planet.

pastor wants women to shut up in church and quit being whores

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These articles are very short reads, coupled with footage from several rather conservative sermons this guy has given. Both the writer and the readers are justifiably outraged about his comments and the understanding of women and their “placement” that he demonstrates. It’s hard to swallow religious crazy.

But while most of the outrage seems to be over the fact that he’s talking about this super old-fashioned and extremely limiting understanding of women, my disgust is directed in a different direction. What he’s saying, he’s pulling from the bible, the actual holy book of Christianity. Yes, it sounds boorish, stupid and downright sexist. Guess what? That’s the holy book that any self-identifying Christian is upholding. And if you’re going to pick and chose which parts you want to follow, doesn’t that kind of eliminate the whole, “God wrote this book so it’s holy” thing?

This is a huge part of why I left Christianity as a teenager. This guy is a misogynistic jerk, but then so is the supposed god he gets his information from.

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