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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tv host facepalms after saudi historian says rape is ‘not a big deal’ for women drivers

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“If a woman drives from one city to another and her car breaks down, what will become of her?” he asked.

“Well, women drive in America, in Europe, and in the Arab world,” the host noted.

“They don’t care if they are raped on the roadside, but we do,” Al-Saadoon insisted.

“Hold on,” the host interrupted. “Who told you they don’t care about getting raped on the roadside?”

“It’s not a big deal for them beyond the damage to their morale,” Al-Saadoon opined. “In our case, however, the problem is of a social and religious nature.”

Facepalm is right. How can we expect to move forward on eliminating rape culture when people who speak to wide audiences clearly have no clue?

 

is it possible to orgasm while being raped? is it still rape if you do?

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On the surface these are despicable questions to be asking; what part of “no means no” is so difficult to understand? But that’s actually the point of the article, and it shouldn’t surprise anyone that these two questions (and dozens more like them) are in fact still asked in general conversation and of rape survivors.

As the writer points out, we treat victims with doubt and place the blame on them: You were drinking? You deserved it. You were dressed sexy? You were asking for it. For people who understand rape in this manner, it’s not such a far leap to see them drawing the conclusion that an orgasm cancels out the rape. I mean, we still have guys who think pregnancy can’t result from rape and that marital rape isn’t real if the wife is in a nightie.

Rape culture’s foundation is ignorance, hate and an unwillingness to make needed changes. Misconceptions and misinformation are the building blocks that keep that horrid institution from crumbling.

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Feminism is not a bad word, or at least it should not have a negative cogitation. It’s simply the idea that women are people too, and should be treated with the same respect, and have access to the same rights, as male counterparts. It’s not hard to see that women are suffering in our world for being female.

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boss thinks you’re “irresistible?” you’re fired

When I first started reading the articles and watching the videos about the Iowa City dentist who fired his assistant because of his emotions and concerned over his marriage, my first thought was that the story had somehow been distorted by the media to look worse than it was. After all, this is a modern day and age, and while women clearly still encounter sexism all the way from subtle slights to major knock-downs I would have thought that being fired for anything along the lines of “looking pretty” would be a blatant no-no.  (Although the reality of being fired for not being pretty enough is a whole other reality many women face.)

It really doesn’t matter what this dentist’s excuses were for firing his assistant; the bottom line is that he did it and labeled it in sexual terms. This is one of the things that people have the hardest time understanding—that women should not be responsible for controlling men’s sexual desires or emotions. This is a spin-off of rape ideology in that the victim is blamed for being raped because she asked for it, that it was her fault for drinking, for dressing provocatively, for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, for fill-in-the-blank. This dentist’s assistant was fired for being attractive and employed in close proximity to this man. This type of thinking shifts the blame from the truly guilty party and enables them to continue their destructive and abusive behavior.

My big question is how this would have gone down if the dentist had been a woman and she had fired a male assistant for emotional reasons and to protect her marriage. Can you imagine the names that woman would be called, the slander that she and women in general would face? People would rally behind that man, because he was wronged.

All of life is a power dichotomy.