Archive for April, 2007
The headline of this post caught my eye and provoked me click the link and read more about it. Here is the sad story in full.
I do not remember stumbling across this information in any of the American media. I wonder why?
I found this link in the right hand column of this blog after the comments section where I installed a Women’s Rights News section. The articles change daily if not more often and are always about women’s issues.
If you have not taken the time to browse these news articles yet, be sure to do so often. The news stories you will f ind make for very interesting reading and will keep you informed of the issues that impact women on a global scale.
According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the Archbishop of St. Louis, Raymond Burke, has resigned from the board of the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation, the fundraising arm of Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center because Sheryl Crow will be participating in the fundraiser. Burke said Crow is “well-known as an abortion activist.”
So let me get this right, this nice religious man is choosing not to help the children of St. Louis – children who are alive and in need of medical assistance – because that bad woman Sheryl Crow believes women should have a choice on when they want to have a child?
Something is very, very wrong with this picture.
But hey, I support this man’s right to choose what he wants to do with his own body. If he doesn’t want to help the children of St. Louis – that is his choice.
It is a huge step for a predominantly Catholic country to legalize abortion. I am almost giddy that this has actually happened because it shows that women are finally taking their rightful place in the Mexican society.
However, we all know the fight has only just begun. Conservatives will come out of the woodwork now to protest and try to reverse the decision just like they have worked tooth and nail to do in America.
Funny thing, my husband told me the other day that if Bush and his cronies achieve their goal of making abortion illegal in the US – that will be the day that civil war breaks out in America. He is so right and I replied by stating that I would be on the front lines.
The right for women to choose when and if they will bear children should never, never, never be decided by men – as it was last week in the American Supreme Court. This issue has nothing whatsoever to do with men, yet they insist on pushing their patriarchal notions on women at every turn.
I have been watching the trial of Mary Winkler closely. She is the preacher’s wife who shot her husband because, according to her, he was a tyrant and abusive. The preacher man would not give his wife a divorce, but instead forced her to have sex when she did not want to and abused her emotionally and physically.
I was interested in how this would turn out because if she was found guilty of first degree murder, that would send a strong statement to women around the nation that they should not stand up to their abusive men.
On the other hand, she killed someone and should be accountable for her actions. A guilty verdict for first degree murder would have put her in jail for at least 51 years. Since she was found guilty of voluntary man slaughter instead, she will serve three to six years. I think this was an equitible decision.
There might be some who think this lady should have just walked away and left her husband alive. Those same people have no idea what a true tyrant can be like. If he did not want her to leave, he would not let her. Not to mention that there were children involved as well.
I feel like justice was served in this case. It seems that although justice turned it’s back on women yesterday via the Supreme Court decision to ban a certain type of abortion, today (thanks to a jury of mostly women) justice has graced us with her smile again.
Our conservative male president appointed more conservative male justices to our Supreme Court last year and now that court has decided against a certain type of abortion – a type that is sometimes the safest for the woman.
According to a Washington Post article “Six federal courts have said the law that was in focus Wednesday is an impermissible restriction on a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion.” Then again, when has this administration cared about the Constitution? All it cares about is imposing its conservative agenda on the rest of us.
The Supreme Court now has eight men and only one woman, while women make up slightly more than half of this nation’s population. Yet our male dominated society has once again told us what we can do with our own bodies. I am so pissed.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the sole woman on the Supreme Court, wrote in dissent and said today’s ruling is alarming. The Washington Post reported that Ginsburg said the ruling “refuses to take … seriously” previous Supreme Court decisions on abortion. “Instead, the court shields women by denying them any choice in the matter. This way of protecting women recalls ancient notions about women’s place in society and under the Constitution — ideas that have long since been discredited.”
In typical cowardly fashion, this very important portion of Bush’s agenda was hidden behind a story of great impact – the shooting at Virginia Tech – and women will barely even notice they have once again been blind-sided by the patriarchal system.
One of the primary roles of any good feminist is to dispel the many, many lies and misconceptions perpetrated by the patriarchal system. Like the fact that women were not as smart as men and therefore, should not be afforded an education. There are many such untruths that ruled for thousands of years and still keep women in chains in various parts of the world.
An article in the March 19 issue of Newsweek contained an interesting article on the origins of humankind entitled, “Beyond Stones and Bones.” The article had a very telling statement about how anthropologists are now changing their view of the means by which humans were able to thrive in the hostile prehistorical times.
According to anthropologist Robert Sussman of Washington University and co-author of the 2005 book “Man the Hunted,” early humans were more often prey than predators. The article says the evidence is in the “many fossils and skulls containing holes made by big cats and talon marks from raptors.”
So what does any of this have to do with feminism? Quite a lot actually. It seems that it was not the strength of the men and their hunting capabilities that allowed the human race to survive the dinosaurs and fierce prehistoric predators. Evidence now shows it was the social skills of humans and their ability to form cohesive groups – a trait traditionally accredited to women – as the reason humans survived and adapted over time to their present state.
Here is a paragraph from the article:
The realization that early humans were the hunted and not the hunters has upended traditional ideas about what it takes for a species to thrive. For decades the reigning view had been that the hunting prowess and the ability to vanquish competitors was the key to our ancestors’ evolutionary success (an idea fostered, critics now say, by the male domination of anthropology during most of the 20th century). But prey species do not owe their survival to anything of the sort, argues Sussman. Instead, they rely on their wits and, especially, social skills to survive. Being hunted brought the evolutionary pressure on our ancestors to cooperate and live in cohesive groups. That, more than aggression and warfare, is our evolutionary legacy.
[Emphasis is mine]
Women have long been made to believe that it is only because of men that humans have come so far. It is my personal belief that it is because women have been held back that we as humans have progress so little. The aggressive behavior of men have led to wars, death and power struggles that have hurt the world far more than it ever helped. Had this aggressiveness been curtailed by a balance of feminine leadership, perhaps our world would be a far better place today.
This new discovery, that it was the traditionally accepted female trait advanced social skills that has furthered the human race instead of the aggressive male trait, is indeed one more proof that gender balance is needed in world leadership. Male domination is just not working. It never has and it never will.
Those who grow up in such situations are never thinking about fighting oppressive government policies, they are more concerned with just getting by from day to day. Will the electric be turned off today? Can we eat something more than mayonnaise sandwiches? Will my overworked, high-pressured, abusive mother snap again today? The last thing on my mind was fighting for my rights as a woman.
On top of everything else, there was school to keep my city survival skills sharp and church to make me feel small and insignificant – as if I didn’t have enough to accomplish that task already. One of the many things I learned in church was to be mad at the feminists. I didn’t know why, I just knew that I should. I knew they were out of control male wanna-bes…