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From lemon rinds to knitting needles: A visual history of abortion and birth control

Eugene Reznik via Hopes&Fears:

“On Abortion & Contraception History,” the first chapter from photographer Laia Abril’s long-term project On Misogyny, published by Hopes&Fears for the first time, pictures centuries of gadgets meant to delay or terminate the roughly 15 pregnancies that a woman might have “under natural circumstances.”

For most of recorded history, the burden of family planning has been placed on women, and due to restrictive laws founded on religious or demographic agendas, methods were ineffectual, harmful or even deadly. Prohibition, which persists in many countries around the world, drove women to futile rituals and back-alley abortionists. Only over the last 60 years, roughly, have there been safe and effective alternatives, and though the lives and survival rates of women have greatly improved, some continue the fight to limit their accessibility.

Many of the objects pictured here are not what they appear to be—to evade prosecution, the most important requirement for the abortionist was to avoid raising suspicions.… Read the rest

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If Women Ruled the World – Is a Matriarchal Society the Solution?

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Steve Taylor, Ph.D, via Waking Times:

Is a matriarchal society the solution to our problems?

I’ve just returned from Crete, where I visited the ancient palace of Knossos, and the archaeological museum in Heraklion, where thousands of the artifacts and artworks of ancient Crete are displayed.

The most striking thing about the culture of ancient Crete (or Minoan culture, as it is often called) is how prominent women are. They are everywhere in Minoan artwork, on pottery, frescoes and figurines (small stone statues). They are shown as priestesses, goddesses, dancing and talking at social occasions, in beautiful dresses with their breasts on show. There is a striking fresco of a beautifully dressed woman surrounded by a group of half-naked dancing men.

It is clear that – as many archaeologists have agreed – this was a society in which women had very high status; at least as high as men.

Some archaeologists believe that the Minoans worshiped a goddess, and that women were the main religious leaders.

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Watching porn does not cause negative attitudes to women, study finds

Applesauce and the Box of Playboys

And next you’re going to tell me that first person shooter games don’t create violent madmen?!

Researchers at Canada’s Western University have found that”on average, porn-watchers expressed more positive attitudes towards women in positions of power.” To be honest, this doesn’t really surprise me.

Alexandra Sims reports at The Independent:

The average porn user may have more egalitarian views towards women than non-users, a contentious new study has suggested.

Researchers at Western University in Canada have even argued that many pornography fans might be “useful allies” in women’s struggles for equality in the workplace and in public office.

Taylor Kohut, the study leader and a post-doctoral fellow in psychology, analysed data from 35 years of the General Social Survey, a US government-funded project that interviews around 24,000 men and women a year about a variety of issues.

They reported in the Journal of Sex Research that the 23 per cent of people who said they had watched an “X-rated” film during the previous year were no more or less likely to identify as feminists than those who did not watch porn.

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Where Feminism Left Me

From 2011, David Ker Thomson writing at CounterPunch:

I’ve been with feminism for two decades.  Where does it leave me?

Friends, employers, family, and so on, seem to have gathered enough information about me to have decided, to their satisfaction, that I am of a certain race, class, age, and gender.  Am I not, after all, white, middle, middle, and male?

Of course at the literal level I put no stock in any of this.  I’m pale this time of year, but every August my pelt is the same color as that of the “leader” my friends have chosen to conduct the latest wars in the wrack of the dune planet Arakkis.  I suppose for comparison purposes we would both need to unveil our torsos at the same time (mine rich in vitamin D, his in history).

“Middle,” for its part, does not seem to describe my most significant relationship to bankers and the world of men, since at eighty-two years of age I will be past any sort of middle when I will have finished paying off the mortgage that I and my wifeif she is my wifehave contracted in whatever fit of nesting exuberance governed our actions at the point of contract. 

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Feminism for Men

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Floyd Dell writing in 1914, via the Baffler:

Feminism is going to make it possible for the first time for men to be free.

At present the ordinary man has the choice between being a slave and a scoundrel. That’s about the way it stands.

For the ordinary man is prone to fall in love and marry and have children. Also the ordinary man frequently has a mother. He wants to see them all taken care of, since they are unable to take care of themselves. Only if he has them to think about, he is not free.

A free man is a man who is ready to throw up his job whenever he feels like it. Whether he is a bricklayer who wants to go out on a sympathetic strike, or a poet who wants to quit writing drivel for the magazines, if he doesn’t do what he wants to do, he is not free.

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A Critique of Feminism: A Humanitarian Won’t be Silenced about Sexual and Domestic Violence

Ian Burt (CC BY 2.0)

Ian Burt (CC BY 2.0)

I have worked as a professional in the human services and as an advocate of social justice for nearly two decades. I have worked with thousands of children and families in multiple roles including as a mental health counselor, parenting coach, social worker, educator, and mentor. I am also the proud Mom of a 21-year-old son who I adopted from the foster care system when he was 11. Through my extensive research and work with children and families over many years, I have been able to see the threads of how childhood trauma and attachment breaks in each individual family can lead to the tragic tapestry of global human suffering. Family violence is almost always a symptom of trauma and unmet emotional and physical needs, usually in the childhoods of the adults. I believe that hurt people need compassion, healing and guidance, not punishment. My passion is to heal human suffering at its root causes and to offer people compassion and hope.… Read the rest

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An Analysis of ‘Equal Pay for Equal Work’

This is an editorial column that does not necessarily reflect the beliefs of Disinformation as a company.

First of all, the phrase “equal pay for equal work” is not a new slogan. It originates from the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. For those of you that have not taken the time to do so, I suggest reading the document in full. It is vastly different from the American Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence. It states that one of these human rights is the right to social security which is set up “through national effort and international co-operation.” In other words, it legitimizes massive loans to countries through the IMF which lays a burden on the countries the money comes from (mainly the U.S.) and creates an economic colonialism in the countries that receive the aid.

While reading said Human Rights declaration, look at Article 8 that states man gets rights “granted him by the constitution or by law.” The Declaration of Independence states that rights come from the creator.… Read the rest

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Hillary Clinton is Not a Feminist

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Mike Mozart (CC BY 2.0)

Sophie Stephenson writes at CounterPunch:

Hillary Clinton says she’s a feminist, and claimed, astonishingly, while promoting her book “Hard Choices” last year:

“Women and girls … [are] central to our foreign policy,” saying that countries that value the rights of women are “less likely to breed extremism.”

However this statement is completely at odds with her actions as Secretary of State, such as with Libya – of which it has been said was her own project rather than Obama’s – where she put her own vile agenda ahead of the rights of the nation’s women, which were until that point light-years ahead of most other Middle Eastern countries. Since the death of Gaddafi, the rights of Libyan women have been rolled back by decades, with them now having to leave the house covering their heads, if not also their faces. It should be noted that the leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) – Abdelhakim Belhadj – whose group was backed by NATO air strikes and who afterwards had his photograph taken with Washington’s leading warmongers John McCain and Lindsey Graham, is now said to be leading ISIS in Libya.

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On Madonna & The Entitlement of White Women

"On the left is Willi Ninja, known as the 'Godfather of Vogue' and star of Paris is Burning. On the right, Madonna."

“On the left is Willi Ninja, known as the ‘Godfather of Vogue’ and star of Paris is Burning. On the right, Madonna.”

Britni de la Cretaz writes:

By now you’ve probably seen the clip of what can only be described as Madonna sexually assaulting Drake onstage at Coachella. It’s gross and I’m not going to post the link here, but feel free to Google it if you’re so inclined (trigger warning for those of you going off to watch it). There are a lot of conversations to be had about this incident, and many of them are happening. An important one worth considering is how the reactions to this event would have been different if an older, (white) male artist had done this to a younger (Black), female artist, and I’m willing to bet they’d have been quite different. But the discussion that I want to pick up on right now is one I started thinking about on Twitter and one that my friend Jay Dodd touched on with his piece.

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Katie Goodman says you’re a feminist! (and that’s a good thing)

Re-published from Act Out! with permission

Regardless of what mainstream media tells you, feminism is not a dirty word. Eleanor lays out why and then lets Katie Goodman elaborate using comedy and music, highlighting her latest viral video and song: “Sorry Babe, You’re a Feminist.”

View the full episode: https://youtu.be/rO5X3AKLdDY

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