New Mexico lawmaker: abortion after rape “tampering with evidence” –

All I can say is

Punish and blame the victim even more! It’s the Republican way.

New Mexico lawmaker resurrects bill making abortion after rape a felony

After the blowback of trying to prosecute rape victims, Rep. Cathrynn Brown wants to go after abortion providers


New Mexico lawmaker resurrects bill making abortion after rape a felony

(Credit: AP/Tim Korte)

We all remember last week when Republican state legislator Rep. Cathrynn Brown introduced a bill that would charge rape survivors seeking an abortion with a felony, right?

And we all remember when she was promptly Internet shamed and removed all evidence of the bill from her website, post haste?

Well, she’s back. And so is the bill.


White Women’s Rage: 5 Thoughts on Why Jan Brewer Should Keep Her Fingers to Herself « The Crunk Feminist Collective

White Women’s Rage: 5 Thoughts on Why Jan Brewer Should Keep Her Fingers to Herself « The Crunk Feminist Collective.

What is wrong with this picture? Jan Brewer and Pres. Obama

Jan Brewer is not a favorite of mine and though I will be in the southwest this summer for several weeks, I am stubbornly avoiding Arizona until it becomes American again. Yes, that is my personal issue with what I consider to be going on in the government of that state.

This post from The Crunk Feminist Collection is so powerful. Please take the time to read through. Here’s a bit from the beginning.

What’s wrong with this picture?

1.)   He is the President. She is being disrespectful. As hell.  Period. Point Blank. End of Discussion.

2.)   White privilege conditions white people not to see white rage. However, it makes them hyper-aware of Black threat.   Newt Gingrich is white rage personified. And for it, he gets loads of applause.  So is Jan Brewer, but usually we think of white rage in masculine terms. Gender stereotypes condition us not to see white women as being capable of this kind of dangerous emotional output. We reserve our notions of female anger for Black women. Such hidden race-gender logics allow Brewer to assert that she “felt threatened,” even though she was trying to handle the situation “with grace.”  Now look back at the picture: who is threatening whom? Couple white rage with white women’s access to the protections that have been afforded to their gender, and you have something that looks ironically like white female privilege. Yes (yes, yes), the discourse of protection is based upon problematic and sexist stereotypes of white women as dainty and unable to care for themselves, and yes, these stereotypes have caused white women to be oppressed by white men. But remember, gender does not exist in a racial vacuum. It is performed in highly racialized contexts, and history proves that what constitutes oppression for white women in relation to white men, dually constitutes privilege for white women in relation to Black men. (I’m not spoiling for a fight today, so anybody who feels uncomfortable with such assertions should probably go read some Patricia Hill Collins, Black Sexual Politics and then try again.)  What I know is this: 100 years ago (less than, actually) a Black man even standing that close to a white woman would’ve gotten him lynched.  (Seriously, …

Read the whole post at White Women’s Rage: 5 Thoughts on Why Jan Brewer Should Keep Her Fingers to Herself « The Crunk Feminist Collective

Women Presiding Officers of Parliaments

From the Inter-Parliamentary Union page on Democracy through partnership between Men and Women in Politics comes this very informative table on the political positions on women in power in various countries.

Women Presiding Officers of Parliaments.

Date at which, for the first time in the country’s parliamentary history,
a woman became Presiding Officer of Parliament or of one of its Houses:
Austria 1927 Suriname 1997
Denmark 1950 Netherlands 1998
Hungary 1963 Czech Republic 1998
Uruguay 1963 Venezuela 1998
Germany 1972 Spain 1999
Canada 1972 Dominican Republic 1999
Argentina 1973 Lesotho 2000
Iceland 1974 Republic of Moldova 2001
Switzerland 1977 Georgia 2001
Bolivia 1979 Chile 2002
Italy 1979 Liberia 2003
Dominica 1980 Estonia 2003
Sao Tome and Principe 1980 Greece 2004
San Marino 1981 Belgium 2004
Ireland 1982 Saint Kitts and Nevis 2004
Belize 1984 New Zealand 2005
Jamaica 1984 Burundi 2005
Costa Rica 1986 Albania 2005
Australia 1987 Zimbabwe 2005
Luxembourg 1989 Gambia 2006
Grenada 1990 Israel 2006
Nicaragua 1990 Swaziland 2006
Finland 1991 Turkmenistan 2006
Guatemala 1991 Saint Lucia 2007
Sweden 1991 United States of America 2007
Trinidad and Tobago 1991 Nigeria 2007
United Kingdom 1992 Uzbekistan 2008
Croatia 1993 Pakistan 2008
Japan 1993 Serbia 2008
Norway 1993 Rwanda 2008
South Africa 1994 Romania 2008
Antigua and Barbuda 1994 Gabon 2009
El Salvador 1994 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2009
Mexico 1994 Ghana 2009
Panama 1994 India 2009
Ethiopia 1995 Bulgaria 2009
Latvia 1995 Lithuania 2009
Peru 1995 Botswana 2009
Malta 1996 Mozambique 2010
Poland 1997 United Rep. of Tanzania 2010
Bahamas 1997

For three short years, the U.S. had a woman in the lead position of a House of Government — first time on 2007! Shame on us. And, of course, no longer.

Women’s Equality Day: Time for Constitutional Guarantee of Women’s Rights

Women’s Equality Day: Time for Constitutional Guarantee of Women’s Rights.

90 years ago today, August 26, women were finally granted the right to vote with the signing of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.  But in other matters, women still are not protected by the Constitutions. Terry O’Neill, President of NOW, said, “The fact is, sex discrimination against women is not unconstitutional, and statues prohibiting it have no constitutional foundation. It is time to write women into the Constitution by ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment.”

It is time for a rekindling as passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Get involved. Read the press release from NOW. Activate your campus, town, or organization.  We came so close last time.

Mama Grizzlies speak out: from Emily’s List

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