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Unofficially Raped

Posted in Legal, Medical, News, Politics and Sex with tags , , on April 17, 2010 by paigetsindfw

I have no jokes here. I barely have words. This story speaks for itself and sickens me with the kind of inarticulate rage usually reserved for genocide.

But if genocide is the act of obliterating an entire ethnic group, then this tragedy of errors is clearly the act of obliterating a person so completely, invalidating them, that her bravery in choosing to resist and live is simple incalculable.

Just a small handful of the tools and documents required for the average rape kit. I speak from experience here when I say getting one of these done is both time consuming and deeply humiliating.

For some statistics on just how many assaults there are every year, you can go here to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network. Among the important highlights? One in six women, on average, and one in thirty three men are sexually assaulted at some point in their life. College age women are at four times the national average risk. About 3/4 of victims knew their assailant beforehand, as a friend, colleague, peer, someone they interacted with on at least a few occasions.

But there’s more to this story … Continue reading

“U” is for Utah, Uterus, and Un-fucking-believable

Posted in Feminist Sex, Legal, Medical, News, Politics and Sex with tags , , , on March 13, 2010 by paigetsindfw

It’s starting to look like we need to hold a contest for most repressive and ignorant state in the union. Sure, I know Texas wouldn’t fare too well (or maybe perform fabulously depending on how you rate this), with some of the things we get up to in an average week. Just read about our new history and social studies standards.

But in any competition for biggest, self righteous cocksucker, and I say that with all due respect to my fellow cocksuckers, Utah is a shoe-in for at least one award.

Don't be fooled. The map says it's part of the United States of America, but this maladjusted tetris block of territory is barren of just about anything worthy of the union. Ok, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is hot stuff, but if it's a choice between them and being able to make decisions about one's own body, anyone who goes with the first is welcome to this little slice of American Taliban.

State legislators have now approved a law that makes it criminal to have a miscarriage. It sounds ridiculous; a law that penalizes women for what must already be one of the most traumatic experiences of their lives?

And it is ridiculous. Further, it’s a sensationalist mischaracterization of the law. Wait, wait, don’t kick me out of the feminist club; this is a complicated one and it needs some explaining.

The law specifically targets women who have a miscarriage by an “intentional or knowing act”. Originally it had the word “reckless” in there too, but the language was removed to get the governor’s John Hancock on it. So what on earth does that mean? Abortion is effectively banned in Utah?

Not quite. See there’s this case, shocking to many people of Utah, wherein a young woman paid someone $150 to beat her up and provoke a miscarriage. Apparently, her boyfriend was none too happy about the unwanted pregnancy and she was desperate. So state representative Carl Wimmer was inspired to craft this bill. Under it, decisions like the one this girl made would be punishable by a MINIMUM of 15 years in prison because she would now be charged with murder.

Wimmer makes no bones at all about his aims. He says his work is explicitly aimed at tearing down Roe vs. Wade. He gives many of the standard, weaselly answers when pressed on the matter. He says his beef is a states’ rights matter, that once he succeeds in bringing down Roe vs. Wade that women can just go somewhere else if they want, he sees no conflict between supporting the death penalty and opposing abortion, and he has no interest or plan for providing prenatal care and education or postpartum resources for young mothers. There are plenty of volunteer groups to help, he says, it’s not government’s job. It is government’s job though to make the decision for her, of course.

He’s a member of a national legislator’s association which exchanges plans for bills and describes his work as a model for other states to follow. Don’t pretend it’ll end here.

I thought about offering a series of hypothetical arguments that would expose the fallacies and hypocrisies of this. But a few things stop me. One, let’s be realistic; I’m preaching to the choir here. Two, if I have to explain why this is deranged to anyone because they genuinely don’t get it, it’ll break my heart. Three, I’m just plain tired. So damn tired of all this.

I’m going to go look for some good news now. I don’t know about you, but I need a heap of it if I’m going to keep hope alive and find the will to fight.

Did you fill out the Sexual Freedom Survey?

Posted in Activism, Feminist Sex, Gender Issues, Legal, LGBT Rights, Medical, News, Politics and Sex, porn, Religion, Sex Ed, Stuff to do with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 12, 2010 by girlonpiano

If not, YOU BETTER, or SiP will hunt you down and take away your sexy license.

Take the survey now!!!!

Let’s start the New Year off in a proactive way, by adding your voice to the Sexual Freedom Report!

This questionnaire will be the foundation for the first report on the State of Sexual Freedom in America today.  If you already responded to the questionnaire, and many of you have, thank you!  If not, we would really value your opinions!

As I shared with you in the first email, the Woodhull Freedom Foundation plans to publish regular reports on the sexual freedom movement, designed to help identify the social changes taking place, or that must take place for progress to be made, on the diverse issues on which we work. We are particularly interested in recognizing opportunities for already-established sexual freedom issue groups to work together.

We would like to know what you think are the most pressing sexual freedom issues this country is facing and so we are asking for a bit of your time and a lot of your knowledge and expertise.

We will treat your responses as confidential, unless you specifically give us permission to share your comments.  To protect the confidentiality of our participants, we will download the responses each day and they will be taken completely offline.  With that assurance, we are also asking that you provide your contact information on the survey.

I do hope that you’ll take some time right now to respond to the questionnaire.  What you think really does matter to us and to this project.

Please click here or at the link below to begin the survey.

Thanks for your time and your participation!

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Ricci Levy, Executive Director

PS:  Please make sure to give us an email address in the questionnaire so that we can email you a copy of the completed report immediately prior to its public release.

More news from Uganda

Posted in Activism, Gender Issues, Legal, LGBT Rights, News, Politics and Sex with tags , , , , , , , , on January 5, 2010 by girlonpiano

“American Evangelicals are apparently shocked that their anti-gay activism in Uganda — which mostly involves telling Ugandans that gay men sodomize boys and that homosexuals have a nefarious plot to destroy society as we know it — has actually been taken seriously by Ugandans, who, in order to stop purported child rape and total social annihilation, have bandied about the idea of executing gay people.” Read the rest of the story at Femeniste

If you didn’t already watch it, check out our earlier posts, including this one with Rachel Maddow.

After 17 years on the job, Officer Joe is Officer Debbie

Posted in Activism, Gender Issues, Legal, LGBT Rights, News with tags , , , , , , , on November 29, 2009 by girlonpiano

Thanks John, for sending this link!

A positive article about a local transwoman, and her experience on the job as a Dallas Police Officer.  Go Debbie!

Read her story here

 

Dallas police seek pudgy naked backyard dancer

Posted in Crazy/Funny, News with tags , , , , on October 8, 2009 by girlonpiano

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That’s not really the guy, I just thought it was a funny picture.  Makes the story so much more vivid!

Dallas police are looking for a man who they said repeatedly sneaks into backyards, dances around naked and then runs away. Police believe the man has been exposing himself in the same neighborhood since 2005. The most recent incident was on Sept. 30.

Police said he usually climbs a fence or goes through a gate and either dances naked or jumps in a swimming pool naked. Police said he also has danced naked on top of a backyard air conditioning unit.

Police said they’re looking for a pudgy man who is about 6 feet tall and covers his face while dancing.

Dallas Police Senior Cpl. Janice Crowther said police want to catch him before it escalates into something worse.

Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com

Sex Offenders Summer Camp!

Posted in News with tags , , on July 10, 2009 by girlonpiano

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Attention all Miami sex offenders! Got no place to live?  Got no job? Annoyed by silly laws that prevent you from finding houses?  Have we got the place for you!

Ok, so it’s not actually summer camp, more like a shantytown. And it’s not really legal, but cops are recommending people move there after release. Awesome!