Democracy promotion abroad. Funny how it seem to only happen in locals of geopolitical importance. I’m sure we’ll get around to distributing freedom for everyone eventually. Afghanistan, on the other hand, is geopolitically important to the West for possible energy reserves and pipe lines that could be a significant boon to our adversaries thus in Afghanistan we remain, murdering people merrily with our drones and wondering why…oh why… do they hate us so.
Of course, hating the West is nothing new in Afghanistan (or even here in North America as those without sufficient enthusiasm (Read more…)
Human Rights Watch has accused Canada’s federal police of intimidating and even sexually assaulting aboriginal women and girls in the province of British Columbia.
In a scathing report, which was released on Wednesday, the rights organization documented numerous accounts of women and girls in the province’s indigenous communities finding themselves in a constant state of fear.
“The threat of domestic and random violence on one side, and mistreatment by RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) officers on the other, leaves indigenous women in a constant state of insecurity,” AFP quoted Meghan Rhoad, co-author of the 89-page report on the issue, as
. . . → Read More: Sketchy Thoughts: Rape and canadian colonialism
Politically, sexual violence constitutes both a form of terrorism against its target, and an act of affirmation for the rapists and those who identify with them. It is not normally a form of “horizontal violence” – that would imply that other than this unfortunate slip-up, perpetrator and target would both share the same class position and interests. The prevalence of sexual violence, and its intractability, speaks against this naive theory.Rather than depoliticizing this question, sexual violence should be understood as a form of oppressive violence meant to either establish or defend hierarchies between people. Keeping some people – overwhelmingly
. . . → Read More: Sketchy Thoughts: The Gendered Body Public: Egypt, Sexual Violence and Revolution
i am reposting this horrific news, without commentary except to say that obviously i do not share the authors’ insistence on nonviolence, but equally obviously that is not the most important thing here in this post. Sexual violence, from India to Turtle Island, has always been used by the powerful to terrorize subject peoples, just as it has been tolerated and encouraged amongst oppressed peoples as a safety valve for male distress and (more importantly) as a direct attack on women, who have regularly formed the backbone of resistance movements here as elsewhere.
The following press release details the a
. . . → Read More: Sketchy Thoughts: Sexual Violence Against Indigenous Women
I’ve read Pornland by Gail Dines but was unaware of her online presence. Porn is not an easy topic for TV producers and it appears Ms.Dines had been down this road before as she relates her experience of almost getting on the Melissa Harris Perry Show to talk about the effects of pornography on women. The first 3 paragraphs are here, I suggest you follow the link back read the rest of this fantastic article.
When a Feminist Gets Bumped for a Pornographer by GAIL DINES Last week, midway through a leisurely Saturday afternoon, I got
. . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: When a Feminist Gets bumped for a Pornographer – Gail Dines
Hundreds of Ottawans are expected on Parliament Hill tomorrow to demand justice for 600 missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada. The event is part of the nationwide February 14th Annual Women’s Memorial March, which …Read More
Breaking news on the misogyny front…
“An Egyptian court has ordered a halt to forced virginity tests on female detainees in military prisons.
The case, which was decided on Tuesday, was filed by Samira Ibrahim, a woman who said the army forced her to undergo a virginity test in March after she was arrested during a protest in central Cairo’s Tahrir Square.
Human rights organisations say that there have been many other such tests by the military.
“The court orders that the execution of the procedure of virginity tests on girls inside military prisons be stopped,” Judge Aly Fekry, head of the
. . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Virginity Tests – WTH Egypt?
Here we are again, boys ‘n’ girls, another somber December 6; another year has come and gone and it is time again to commemorate the Polytechnique Massacre when fourteen young women’s lives were lost at the hands of a deranged misogynist. For the two plus years since I’ve started Sister Sage’s Musings, I’ve . . . → Read More: December 6, 22nd Anniversary of the Polytechnique Massacre–With Every Passing Year, We Seem To Keep Going Backward
On this day in 1989, a terrible act of violence was perpetrated in our country against a group of young women. So we use this National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women to reflect on that tragedy and what we can do to prevent similar things from happening in the future.
I suppose because I am a father of daughters I feel a particular urgency about the need for Canadian men to participate in the effort to end violence against women and girls, and – to be blunt about this – feel particular contempt for Canadians who
. . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Dec 6: Time for men to start speaking up about violence against women
Man, what a bitter woman she is!! Is there no nasty she’ll stop at to suck up to a man in uniform? This time, she’s after Lori Massicotte. You remember Ms Masicotte, that poor surviving victim of ex-Col. Russell Williams who was left bound and naked for five hours by police? Yep, ol’ . . . → Read More: Chrissie Bitchford is At it Again! . . . → Read More: Chrissie Bitchford is At it Again!
I understand the the importance of preserving forensic evidence but this borders on torture – and worse. Or, is this another example of guilty until proven innocent (emphasis mine)?
A woman who was bound and sexually assaulted by her then-neighbour, Col. Russell Williams, says the police left her tied up for five hours after responding . . . → Read More: To protect and serve: Police left Russell Williams victim bound and naked for five hours . . . → Read More: To protect and serve: Police left Russell Williams victim bound and naked for five hours
While some heralded SlutWalk as the future of feminism, the lack of hype around Calgary’s second attempt at SlutWalk reveals that it was little more than a trend that has already begun to fizzle out. So, I’ll keep my remarks brief and leave you with a radio interview that I did in June around the time of the demise of SlutWalk Calgary 1.0. I can say that I understand victim-blaming. I’ve been there. We’re silenced by the implication that we were somehow complicit in the violence. And, we’re pressured to not talk about the violence and move on with (Read more…)
…this one showing the results. And while Canada is way down on the list, it’s still sad to see that 6% of men think that it’s A-OK to beat his wife… Sad. And tragic. Share and Enjoy: Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Another graphic – wife beating OK for some…
Before I begin, I tried leaving a comment over at Andrea Mrosek’s latest screed over there just a few minutes ago, and found that I was banned; comment rejected. Oh well. That fetus fetish hen house of horrors are to be added to a very long list of others who won’t let me . . . → Read More: Andrea Mrozek And Her Hens Seem To Have No Problem With Misogynistic Women Batterers And I’m Banned From Commenting Over There? . . . → Read More: Andrea Mrozek And Her Hens Seem To Have No Problem With Misogynistic Women Batterers And I’m Banned From Commenting Over There?
This story is both a horrific example of the human trafficking going on in the world and a warning as to what could happen to women should the womb police get their way.
Anyone familiar with Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaids Tale will recognize this type of scenario;
In its promotional material, the Asia-based operation makes pregnancy sound like an illness. Its symptoms include “loss of intimacy,” growing “out of shape” and, of course, “birth pangs.”
The solution? Fertilize a foreign stranger who will be fed nutritious meals, housed in a Bangkok suburb, monitored around the clock and (Read more…)
The HarperCons have gone much too far now! Apparently, the Sisters In Spirit Campaign, organized by the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) has been too successful in raising the awareness about murdered and missing Aboriginal women in Canada. Or something. They’ve done a lot, that’s for sure, including heightening awareness throughout the country, establishing [...] . . . → Read More: Sisters In Spirit Under Attack
The August edition of Vogue Italia features a fashion spread titled ‘Water and Oil.’ I believe that ‘Violence and Destruction’ better capture the content and mood of these photos. We are accustomed to the sexualization of violence against women… . . . → Read More: Marginal Notes: Exploiting the BP Oil Spill to Sell Self Tan Bronzing Gel
Violence against women is a personal experience for me. And I have the answer to why women don’t leave violent relationships. Are you interested?Having lived in the virtual world for several months, I finally woke up last month to face my real one. This is that tale!Let me tell you why women don’t leave. Right now, I’m forced to beg for $209 a month from welfare. I haven’t eaten a proper meal in
Bob Herbert: Women at Risk “I actually look good. I dress good, am clean-shaven, bathe, touch of cologne — yet 30 million women rejected me,” wrote George Sodini in a blog that he kept while preparing for this week’s shooting in a Pennsylvania gym in which he killed three women, wounded nine others and then killed himself.
We’ve seen this tragic ritual so often that it has the feel of a formula. A guy is filled with a seething rage toward women and has easy access to guns. The result: mass slaughter.
Back in the fall of 2006, a fiend (Read more…)