Watering Hole: May 14, 2013 – Women, Men and Violence

“It’s important that we acknowledge that the growing movement of men in the United States — in a multicultural sense — and all around the world — in an international sense — the growing movement of men who are standing up and speaking out about men’s violence against women and going into parts of male culture that have historically been either apathetic about or openly hostile to women’s efforts to engage them. That movement of men is indebted to the leadership of women on a personal level, on a professional level, on a political level, on an intellectual level, on every level. Women built these movements, and these are movements that are affecting — in a positive way — everybody, not just women and girls, but also men and boys.

And oftentimes, men like myself get a lot of credit and public acclaim for doing the work that women have been doing for a long time.

Happy Birthday to a wonderful women, my youngest daughter.

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Watering Hole: Monday, February 27, 2012 – Birth Control All Female Panel

This speaks for me and for itself.

Some of you may have seen this before.  I wanted to share it again because the birth control issue is NOT going away.

Here’s a link to a good rant on how women really feel about the War on Women.  On April 28, there will be a protest rally/march in all 50 states.  And for the men that love women, we would love to have you join us.   🙂

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Sunday Roast — Get your government hands out of my vagina

RMuse over at PoliticusUSA has written a great post about the Republican/Religious war against women, entitled Republicans Have [Awakened] a Sleeping Giant and She is Furious.*

The true motivation for a war is not always clear in spite of proclamations by a nation or its leaders…

…Over the past couple of weeks, there have been important clues to what the conservative’s endgame is and although contraception, abortion rights, and women’s health issues are at the forefront, it is male dominance that drives the assaults.

There it is, right there.  Male Dominance.  Of course, not all men want to dominate women; I would say that a majority of men don’t want to dominate women, but a bunch of loudmouths in the extreme rightwing of the Republican Party (i.e. all of them) and the ever-present blowhards in the American Taliban-wannabe religious right have declared outright war on the women of this country.  Apparently, we have forgotten our “place” as second class citizens, and they are determined to force us into that position again.

We can’t ignore them and expect them to go away — too many of them are in positions of power, and there’s a lot of money invested the Republican agenda.

The rightwing (I’m not going to use the qualifier “extreme,” since only a few sane Republicans exist anymore), in addition to their decades-long attack on our reproductive rights, now they’re attacking the Girl Scouts.  Cuz why not wage war on female children, as well as female adults?

One Republican from Indiana claimed Girl Scouts “promoted homosexual lifestyles” and although there is no truth to the Planned Parenthood connection or promoting homosexuality, it is stunning that the claims were made in the first place.

Beat ’em down while they’re still young, right?  “Tradition” is all important to these ideological freaks even (and especially, it seems) when it simply doesn’t work.  There might be quite a few women out there who would like to have babies and then stay home to raise them, but in today’s world, unless the spouse or partner has a large income, it simply isn’t possible.  It doesn’t matter how much they beat the old “women should be at home caring for their children” meme, it is not economically possible.  Or desirable in many cases.

Now we have the ridiculous contraception flap.  Again, it’s the control and dominance; keeping women in our place. Continue reading

The Watering Hole: December 2, 2011 — The religious right vs every woman on earth

This video is pretty long, but I think it’s worth listening to.  Humor and common sense go well together.  🙂

This is our daily open thread — it’s Friday!!!

Watering Hole: Monday, October 24, 2011 – Pick One or Two or Three…

This picture speaks for itself.

This is our Open Thread. I’m sure you can find something to say about any one of the issues presented on this picture, so Speak Up!

Watering Hole – Monday, April 18, 2011 – Unequal Pay

It’s hard to believe that in this day and age, 40+ years after women’ “burned their bras” and protested for equality,  that inequality still exists in the workplace.  This is shameful and here are 10 businesses that pay women the least.

10.  Retail Trade; “The retail trade industry involves everything from automobile dealers, to electronics stores such as RadioShack and major department stores such as Walmart, which is currently fighting the largest sex discrimination lawsuit in US history.  Etc…”

 9.  Wholesale Trade; “This industry includes wholesalers of lumber and other construction materials, machinery, electronics, and groceries. Etc…”

 8.  Public Administration; “Even within the government sector, women make significantly less than men. This sector involves positions across the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government.  Etc…”

 7.  Information; “The information industry includes media, communications, and publishing companies.  Etc…”

 6.  Utilities; “Companies in this industry provide services such as electric power, natural gas, steam and water, and the removal of sewage.  Etc…”

 5.  Durable Goods; “Durable goods refer to long-lasting products such as metals, machinery, computers, electrical equipment, and motor vehicles. Roughly one in every three workers in this industry is a women.  Etc…”

 4.  Non-durable Goods; “The nondurable goods sector includes production of food, tobacco, paper, petroleum, and coal products. While female workers are more common in the nondurable goods manufacturing sector than in the durable goods industry, with roughly one women for every two men, the pay disparity between genders is greater.  Etc…”

 3.  Health Care and Social Assistance; “The health care and social assistance industry consists of companies which provide medical care, health care, and social assistance, as well as professionals such as physicians and dentists.  Etc…”

 2.  Professional and Technical Services; “The professional, scientific, and technical services industry includes law, accounting and design firms. The fact that women in this industry are paid so much less money for their services is surprising, especially considering their improved representation.  Etc…”

 1.  Finance and Insurance; “This industry includes companies in the banking, savings institutions, credit unions, investments, and insurance industries. This sector pays women by far the least amount in comparison to their male counterparts.  Etc…”

Read all the statistics and further details here.  Some of this information may surprise you.  There’s a trend in all this which is evident in the article.

This is our Open Thread.  I’ve said enough.  It’s your turn to Speak Out!