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Women under siege

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009   11:22 am | Author: freethinker | Life, Politics/Government, Relationships, Work/Employment | Add Comment
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What has happened to women’s rights and equality these days?

 

Every day there seems to be a story about the infringement on women’s rights.

 

Several weeks ago Al Franken introduced an amendment to assure the victims of rape (predominately women) are afforded the right to take legal action against their defense contract employers. The Senate Republicans were outraged that these contractors could be held accountable. They were more interested in protecting these corporations instead of protecting women from sexual assault.

 

Then the health care reform raged in recent weeks with the right of women to have insurance coverage for abortions as one of the key obstacles. It was also the final obstacle from Senator Ben Nelson Democrat of Nebraska who had to be assured that the government would not provide funds for abortions.

 

And then to add insult to injury Maj. Gen. Anthony Cucolo, the general in charge of 22,000 U.S. troops northern Iraq, announced this week that getting pregnant ..continue reading

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Violence against women

Saturday, November 28th, 2009   9:26 am | Author: Isabelle | Education, Life | Add Comment
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The U.N.’s Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean released a report this week that finds that up to 40% of women in Latin America were victims of physical violence. The number for emotional abuse is even higher.

 

The report states that “a close relationship exists between inequality, discrimination and violence against women.”

 

“Further, violence against women gains strength from and is promoted by the persistence of the balance of power that takes [from women] possibilities to exercise economic, political and physical autonomy.”

 

Laura Carrera, Mexico’s national commissioner for the prevention of violence against women said  ”Trafficked, sold, exploited for sexual reasons; excluded from employment and school because they are pregnant; discriminated or attacked for not hewing to masculine criteria…. Violence against women does not distinguish among social class, origin, generation, color of skin nor creed”.

 

As is the case with children in many parts of the world, women are treated as second class ..continue reading

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Republicans: women different class as far as insurance coverage

Monday, November 9th, 2009   2:29 pm | Author: freethinker | Health/Medical, Politics/Government | Add Comment
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It has become obvious that Republicans believe that women are not in same same class as men when it comes to health care insurance. 

 

Republicans do not seem to see a problem with denial of coverage for domestic violence and pregnancy associated medical costs.

 

Over the weekend Republicans in the House shouted down Democratic women Representatives who tried to discuss what health care reform will mean for women who are currently denied coverage.

 

According to thinkprogress Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) stated during a conference call today

 

“I’m pleased to have an opportunity to express and underscore my concerns of essentially what amounts to the Republicans’ back of the hand treatment to women, issues that are important to women, particularly women’s health. We already have had a clear sense that Republicans were opposed to our efforts to advance women’s health interests. Now we know they’re opposed to letting women voice opinions on health care as ..continue reading

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Republicans don’t believe in equality on the House floor

Saturday, November 7th, 2009   1:38 pm | Author: freethinker | Health/Medical, Politics/Government | Add Comment
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thinkprogress reports that the Republicans in the House tried to silence the Democratic women’s caucus when they tried to explain how the House bill would benefit women.

 

“Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) — repeatedly talked over, screamed, and shouted objections. “I object, I object, I object, I object, I object,” Price interjected as Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) tried to hold the floor.”

 

“In an effort to delay and derail the proceedings, the Republicans continually talked over the Democratic women for half an hour. They sought to prevent the debate by calling for unnecessary “parliamentary inquiries” and requests for “expanding the debate” by an hour.”

 

The Republican party has reached new lows just when you think they have hit bottom. These “politicians” are idiots. I am sure that those who voted these people into office must be wondering why taxpayers are paying their salaries.

 

It is incredible that anyone still believes that the Republican party is an inclusive ..continue reading

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Celebrity rapist

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009   9:20 am | Author: JennysMom | Life | 4 Comments
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This morning I saw a story about the Oscar winning composer and director of “You Light Up My Life”, Joseph Brooks. He has been indicated for sexually assaulting or raping 11 women. The women all answered audition ads placed on Craigslist. The range in age from 18 to 30.

 

Brooks, who is 71 lured the women to his apartment with the aide of his personal assistant, Shawni Lucier. Lucier apparently played a willing role in contacting the women, interviewing them and even assuring some of some and their mothers that these were legitimate auditions. Once he had them in his apartment he got them drunk and forcibly raped them or used threats to get them to submit to him.

 

Being the mother of a daughter this story is appalling to me. In my opinion, if convicted, rape and assault crimes on women should carry minimum prison sentences that can not be reduced, ..continue reading

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