Let’s talk about it…

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When I found out I was going to write blog posts for The F-Word I was delighted. Following the old adage of 'write what you know' I decided that, during October, I will write about the oppressive situations women face that are still largely hidden from view, issues that we all know are there but many people don't talk about. With the recent media-led frenzy around third wave feminism and what it means, largely brought about by the assumption that women are now equal to men, and in saying that feminism is only about choice, there is an assumption that all women are able to choose. This article in a daily newspaper typifies the skimming over of serious, enduring problems of inequality by pointing to progress made and tells us that 'In the Western world, the feminist argument has been definitively won...'

“I consider myself a decent man, but for the past year I have been cheating on my wife about twice a month with prostitutes.”

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(For the record, I am very sympathetic to people whose partners don’t want to have sex with them, or don’t want to have sex as often as one partner thinks is ideal. Serious libido imbalances are deal-breakers for me, personally, in my relationships, and I would be pretty frustrated/devastated if I were married to someone who only wanted to bone me once a month. But the solution to that situation is not to cheat on your partner, with sex workers or anyone else (the “prostitute” part is kind of not the issue here!).

Shocker: Sarah Palin not running for president

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Yesterday Sarah Palin made the startling announcement that she would not follow up quitting her governor job with a run for the White House. Apparently this is major news, based on the coverage I’ve seen everywhere.

I’m in the new Our Bodies, Ourselves!

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Yesterday was one of those days that everything seemed to have hit me at once. When I opened the envelope and saw that the latest edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves was inside, I was giddy. I quickly found a shelf in the post office to flip to the back where contributors are listed. There I was. Fuck yeah!

Voter suppression can change 2012 outcome

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Over on Loop21.com this week I wrote about the problem of GOP voter suppression in the upcoming 2012 election cycle. It’s going to be bad folks. A new study by the Brennan Center for Justice quantified just how many voters the new laws put in place by Republican legislatures across the country will affect: 5 million friggin votes!head of time.

I Saw the Sign but Did We Really Need a Sign?: SlutWalk and Racism

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I want to be in solidarity with Slutwalk. I really do.  But my knees are getting weak. It’s inspiring to see women coming together to protest the all-too-real threat and reality of rape and to reclaim our right to define and exercise our respective sexualities outside the context of patriarchy. I dig all that. But I do not dig seeing signs like that held up by Erin Clark and Kelly Hannah Peterlinz at Slutwalk NYC that said “Woman Is the Nigger of the World.”

Does an Aggravating Factor Based on “a Difference in the Sexes of the Victim and the Defendant” Violate Equal Protection?

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Following up on my previous post, here is another interesting case in a similar vein: State v. Wright, 563 S.E.2d 311 (S.C. 2002). In Wright, Todd Wright was convicted of criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature. One of the aggravating factors alleged in the indictment against him was “a difference in the sexes of the victim and the defendant,” which led to the imposition of a more severe sentence.

Does a Law Punishing More Severely a Male’s Assault of a Female Violate Equal Protection?

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Eugene Volokh has an interesting post up over at The Volokh Conspiracy. The post discusses G.S. § 14-33(c)(2), which provides that

Unless the conduct is covered under some other provision of law providing greater punishment, any person who commits any assault, assault and battery, or affray is guilty of a Class A1 misdemeanor if, in the course of the assault, assault and battery, or affray, he or she:…(2) Assaults a female, he being a male person at least 18 years of age…

CFP: “Women, the Charter, and CEDAW in the 21st Century,” Kingston, Ont. March 2-4, 2012

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From our colleagues at Queen’s University (Kingston Ont.):

New online game SPENT asks people to see what poverty is really like

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The Urban Ministries of Durham has a new online game. And their goal is to challenge the way you think about poverty and homelessness.

Arbitrary Abortion Laws, from South Dakota to Greece

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I have been planning a trip to Greece. So as you read this, I am taking a break from my job at an abortion clinic and gazing out on something like this photo. Don’t hate me. In addition to researching Greece’s legendary beaches...and history -- and the country’s protests in response to austerity measures -- I decided to research abortion laws there. In part, I wanted to know how open I could be about my work. But I was also curious. As recent and unparalleled legal attacks in this country have shown, abortion laws can be fascinating studies in systemic absurdity. When one belief system (the one that says abortion is murder) hits an irreconcilable belief system (the one that says women are more human than fetuses) the legal results are convoluted and bizarre.

When Wombs Speak Louder Than Words

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Next week, anti-choice activists bring the latest assault on reproductive rights to Washington, D.C. On October 13, the "Voices from the Womb" tour will set up shop at the Capitol Visitor's Center, offering both the public and members of Congress the chance to stop by and watch ultrasounds being performed on women in their first, second, or third trimester of pregnancy. The purpose of this The purpose of this fetal theater is allegedly to show the truth about abortion. What is that truth, you ask? Oh, just that an ultrasound image is so powerful, it erases all doubt that life begins at conception, establishes the personhood and humanity of a fetus, thereby giving the fetus protection under the 14th Amendment, and calls the very legality of Roe v. Wade into question.

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