Sweeney Todd

New Website for Women, By Women

Hey everyone, (I hope this is okay to post here!)

Power for Women is a new non-profit website and community aimed at bringing information on domestic violence, sexual assault, and mental and physical health to all women. Additionally, we go over dating tips and relationship advice, or how to survive as a single woman in this world. PLEASE go visit and register at http://www.powerforwomen.net/forums/  in order to meet people with the same goal as you: to help others. There are discussion boards of all types currently open.

The forums contain discussions on family and parenting, sexual health and discussion, advice, a bitchfest, and other types of forums. It is an open community with the single goal of connecting women worldwide as the Power for Women website grows more and more.

I really appreciate it! Any and all help is welcome. I hope to see you over there :)

X-posted for more involvement.
that_sheep [jenny knee]

Blog!!

Hey everyone -

I have just finished my first women's studies class, and can't wait to start my minor in the Spring. I have learned so much, and can't wait to be part of such an amazing community and movement. Since my class began, I have been keeping a blog, and wanted to share it with you all. I hope to start updating more regularly as I become active in women's studies and the feminist movement.

I've also just set up a link where you can sign up to have updates sent to you, which is kind of exciting! I'd love to hear everyone's opinions and input, so feel free to take a look. Thank you all for being such a supportive bunch! :)

http://silence-betweenthewords.blogspot.com/



x-posted all over, sorry if you see this more than once!
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Bergman

BBC: Is it OK for disabled people to go to brothels?

This strikes me as a really bizarre piece from the BBC.

Is it OK for disabled people to go to brothels?

I'm having trouble finding excerpts from the piece that I want to highlight because, honestly, I'm not sure exactly what the piece is about. I can absolutely understand what is behind the perspectives presented by disabled people, but I think that my confusion arises from the title of the piece: Is it OK for disabled people to go to brothels?

What is the BBC asking?

Is it OK for disabled people, as opposed to non-disabled people, to go to brothels?
Is it OK for anyone people to go to brothels?
Is there a difference between disabled and non-disabled people going to brothels?

I'm not sure, and would be interested in your thoughts. (Obviously, I welcome comments on the above and anything else you are thinking about this issue and/ or the piece.)

The piece is copied and pasted below the cut.Collapse )

Thank you.

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Bergman

Daily Mail - How feminism destroyed real men

This piece is from the Daily Mail sometime ago (and may well have been posted here before) but I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts on it. The central argument seems to be that feminism has emasculated our Real Men in the UK; and that we ladies, told be truth, actually want our Real Men to come back and take charge. (Note that the Daily Mail will never be feminism-friendly, in my opinion.)

Link to the piece
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Some paragraphs from the beginning, under the cut. Collapse )

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Bergman

Obstetric fistula

I'm ashamed to say that I've never even heard of this condition. Part of the message of this piece for me was the differences between the life experiences of women in the 'developed' world and those in the 'developing' world, and the unjustness of this.
Each year, 100,000 women who give birth in poor countries develop a devastating condition which leaves them incontinent and ostracised.

Obstetric fistula, a hole linking the vagina with the bladder or rectum, occurs when women - often in their early teens - are in labour for days.

Campaigners at a global conference on maternal health in London this week, entitled Women Deliver, have emphasised that a simple and cheap operation can cure it.

The BBC News website speaks to two survivors about how surgery has transformed their lives.
Link to the BBC article, which includes the accounts from two survivors and further links to organisations working in this area.

Excerpts from the survivors' accounts, if you don't feel like clicking through. Collapse )

(Cross-posted to relevant communities.)
Bergman

Judge: "Sadomasochists sometimes like to get beat up"

In the messy world of domestic violence cases, often complicated by a lover's willingness to forgive, this one had a promising twist for prosecutors: Though the woman refused to testify against her boyfriend, a police officer said she had witnessed the attack in a Laurel gas station parking lot.

But Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Paul Harris, in a decision that has victims' rights advocates crying foul, acquitted the man charged with second-degree assault after he was accused of striking his girlfriend three times in the face. The judge said that without the woman's testimony, he could not be sure that she hadn't consented to the attack.

"The state is stepping into the shoes of the victim when she obviously doesn't care," Harris told the prosecutor, according to a recording of the Oct. 3 hearing. "It's that big brother mentality of the state. ... But I have to decide the case based on what I have, and I think a crucial element is missing."
This case has sparked absolutely justified anger from victim groups, in my opinion, not least because of the judge's apparent justification for his decision in the statement in this paragraph:
And in a comment that has riled victims' advocates and prosecutors, Harris added, "You have very rare cases; sadomasochists sometimes like to get beat up."
The following is a very real concern. One hopes that the hard work of women and victims groups hasn't been undone by this decision.
With authorities across the country encouraging victims of domestic violence to come forward, concerns were raised yesterday that the judge's comments and dismissal of the case set a dangerous precedent - one that threatens to erode victims' trust in the legal system.
The judge doesn't help himself with this comment:
Harris said the sadomasochist comment was intended as a hypothetical. "I'm probably as against domestic violence as anybody, when the case is proven."
Probably?! Thank you indeed for your support.

But aside from all of the above, the case heard eye-witness evidence about the assault from a police officer. One would think that such evidence would be incriminating enough to secure a conviction. The piece calls the judge's decision 'unfortunate'. I call it atrocious.

Your thoughts?

Link to the complete piece, with thanks to shakespearessister, among others, for bringing it to our attention.

(Cross-posted to relevant communities.)