News and Miscellany, 8 September 2015

The Last of the Granny Witches, Appalachian Ink, September 6

“There once was many more of us, back in the old days when it seemed like God was sleeping somewhere over on the mountain and the old ones ruled the land and fended for themselves. But that time has long gone. We must work harder to preserve our magic, for it is fading into the background noise of technology and naysayers and law men that tell us we are common simple folk and feed us pills and poverty to quiet us. I fear that we are truly the last of the granny witches, the last tellers of tales, and that will be the end of our magic.”

Rural Women Worldwide Are on the Frontlines of Climate Change, Huffington Post, September 8

“Eunice eyed the stove in her mother’s home for a long while, thinking. She had never seen anything like it. It was a closed clay oven, a local design, and it wasn’t spouting smoke or choking up the air in the small home, the way the indoor open cook-fires used by so many women would. As a health worker, Eunice had treated the ragged breathing and respiratory ailments women suffered from constantly cooking in a cramped, smoky place. What’s more, her mother had used far less wood than usual to fire it up and keep it running. Eunice starting thinking about how much time her mother had saved, not having to spend hours gathering extra firewood, and how else she could better use that time.

Moment by moment, she grew more convinced. “I can build that.”

Mother And Child Behind Bars: The Women Of Afghanistan’s Prisons, NPR September 6

“In 2010, photographer Gabriela Maj was working on a project about an artist in Afghanistan when one of her editors suggested she take a look at Afghan women’s prisons. Maj recalls: “He said, you know there are all these stories kind of floating, kind of bubbling up in the international media about women being incarcerated for something known as ‘moral crimes.’ And they’re being put into these prisons with their kids.'”

Her editor was right. When she arrived at Badam Bagh, a women’s prison in Kabul, her first thought was, “It sounds more like a kindergarten or elementary school during recess than it does a prison facility.”

That’s because many of the inmates are mothers who either gave birth in the facility or brought their children to live with them after they were incarcerated.”

Women’s group name change strives for inclusiveness, The Daily Pennsylvanian, September 7

“The former name had women in it, and we are trying to be more open to genderqueer people, non-binary people and men,” Nallajerla said. “As long as you’re interested in gender equity, it doesn’t matter what gender you identify with: You are welcome.”

The old name, with the word “women” right in the title, might have been unintentionally exclusionary to other gender identities, and the new name reflects PAGE’s commitment to including all students and student groups that support women and gender equity.”

The day 100,000 Iranian women protested the headscarf, British Journal of Photography, September 8

“In the days before selfies, Photoshop and citizen journalism, photos were vital, a visual document that might otherwise not be seen.

“For me, taking a picture was a way to document events that were happening around me, no matter what my opinion was of the event, the camera was still objective at that point, it was just recording the truth.”

Syria: The Hidden War on Women, Channel 4, September 8

“Last November, the Jordanian Ministry of Health, having spent millions on health care, stopped funding free medical aid to Syrian refugees. Now Syrians must fund it themselves or look to humanitarian aid agencies for help. But it is illegal for Syrian refugees to work in Lebanon and Jordan.

There are no formal camps in Lebanon, and many lone Syrian refugee women I met in the Bekaa valley have to live in rented apartments or small informal tent settlements. There are thousands of Syrian refugee women whose husbands were either killed fighting in Syria or are simply missing – their fate unknown.”

Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities & U.S. Department of Health and Human Services @HHSGov (USA), September 8, Gender Identity Watch

“The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a proposed rule on Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act to ban discrimination based on so-called “gender identity.” Under the proposed rule, insurance companies cannot discriminate based on gender identity and must treat people consistent with their identity, including in access to facilities. Specifically, healthcare cannot be denied or services limited because the patient identify as another sex. The proposed rule also requires that sex transition care be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, explicitly outlawing categorical exclusions for sex transition.

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Women rally in Baltimore to improve birth. WBAL-TV Sept 7

“Members of the organization Improving Birth gathered in McKeldin Square to call attention to practices they say undermine women during childbirth.

“There shouldn’t be a one in three chance that when you go into the hospital that you end up with a C-section and if you’re like me, and you actually needed a C-section, and when you go to have another baby, you should be able to have a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) without having to fight for it,” Campbell said.”

Mothers Rally To Inform Women on Safe Birthing Options, WLTX, September 7

China cracks down on middle aged women dancing noisily in public squares after annoyed residents begin throwing coins, rocks and faeces to make them stop, Daily Mail, September 8

“Public square dancing will enter into the social management system,’ a joint statement from four central departments, including the culture ministry and the civil affairs ministry, said.

The agencies will manage dancing in accordance with existing laws, it added.

‘Dancing in public squares, as a cultural sporting activity deeply loved by the masses… has enriched the spiritual lives of people,’ the statement said, but added: ‘Problems such as inadequate space and… disturbances to local residents by noise and defects in management mechanisms have gradually appeared.’ ”

Alejandra Rodriguez paints walls in Mexico with images of women to promote awareness of femicide.

Cordelia Fine delivers a lecture on neurosexism.

When Women Were Warriors contemplates women crossing political boundaries to build alliances.

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Photo Credit: Elephantjournal.com

Connecticut threw women under the bus this May. Gender Identity Watch, 9/7.

Nepal’s Menstrual Exiles. Al Jazeera, web documentary.

Los Angeles midwives aim to end racial disparities at birth. Al Jazeera, 9/5.

Everything You Know About ‘Sex Work’ is Wrong | Mickey Z. Interview with Rachel Moran. World News Trust, September 6.

Navajo teenager stands up about genocide Indian Country Today Media Network.

Black Queer Feminist Erased From History. Salon, February 18.

The girls aiming to change Africa: young activists speak out. The Guardian, September 1.

Stanford historian says falsified medieval history helped create feminism. Stanford News/History News Network, August 24.

Men who buy sex have much in common with sexually coercive men. UCLA Newsroom, August 31.

Training Midwives to Save Expectant Mothers in Chiapas. NY times, September 1.

– Kajsa Ekis Ekman: EU Project Hijacked by The Prostitution Lobby

EU Project Hijacked by The Prostitution Lobby
Sweden is represented by people who oppose the Swedish Sex Purchase Law and, in addition, lack relevant expertise

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“May 13, 2015, Stockholm. First the good news: the Swedish model criminalizing the purchase of sex – is gaining ground. In recent years, Iceland, Norway, Canada, and Northern Ireland has passed sex purchase laws, and France may too, while even more nations decide to increase focus on the demand – that is, on the responsibility of the sex-purchasing man. Finally, we are focusing on the real driving force behind the prostitution industry: the johns.

The European Parliament passed a Resolution last year concluding that the Swedish model was the most efficient in terms of curbing human trafficking. The European Commission also announced a research project of 2.5 million Euro to study the demand.

All this has meant that the pro-prostitution…

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Pornography celebrates pedophilia

Purple Sage

Warning: this post contains upsetting content regarding the porn industry.

The most popular theme in pornography is “teen.” The teen genre features 18 year old girls who are supposedly virgins and being deflowered by older, more experienced men, and pseudo-child pornography where the 18 year old is made to appear younger and has to act out an incest or molestation theme.

In Gail Dines’ book Pornland, she has a chapter called Children–the Final Taboo where she describes the connection between the sexualization of underage girls in popular culture, the pseudo-child porn genre and actual child porn. Dines begins by describing several fashion and magazine images that appeared in the last few decades that sexualize teenage girls and pose them as if for a porn shoot.

Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus, age 16, Elle magazine

French Vogue French Vogue magazine 2011

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“As pop culture begins to look more and more pornographic, the…

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RIP Denise Marshall

Anti-Porn Feminists

Denise Marshall, who has died of stomach cancer aged 53, was a passionate campaigner against male violence towards women and girls. During her lengthy career within the women’s sector, Marshall was the founder of an internationally acclaimed scheme, the Poppy Project, which housed and supported the victims of sex trafficking into the UK, and a number of other innovative projects that brought about real change for those who had experienced sexual assault and exploitation.

Marshall had been subjected to sexual and physical abuse during childhood. Her father died when she was two years old, and her mother married a man who, following a head injury, became violent. Between the ages of seven and 14, Marshall was regularly raped by her paternal grandfather. The abuse stopped after she stabbed him in the leg with a butter knife.

Born in Highbury, north London, to an Irish mother, Margaret, and Traveller father, Brian…

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Support your sisters and buy this book by women who are reconciling with being female after living as transmen

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Blood and Visions by Autotomous Womyn’s Press

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Reconciling with Being Female. Writings by 10 womyn who stopped their transition from female to male. Profoundly personal stories, political analysis, practical advice, and resources for womyn who struggle with dis-identification from their female reality. Deeply moving and informative for all women concerned about the wholeness of our womanhood — and our sisterhood.

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The Way Trans Activists “Argue” with “TERFS” *Trigger Warning*

Choices, Choices

Rebecca Mott

Written in memory of Denise Marshall, RIP.

A slogan of the pro-sex trade lobby is that – prostitution can be chosen freely.

That is a lie – and could only be said by those who gain from the status quo of prostitution.

All choices made by the prostituted are the trapped bird who if made free faces an electric fence.

All choices made during being prostituted are made with punters, sex trade profiteers and their allies pulling their strings.

The concept of having full chosen for the prostituted is a dream trodden into mud.

Every time, I heard or read of the so-called contented and empowered prostitute, I want to dig deeper.

Like, the original Happy Hooker who as a child was in a concentration camp, and witnessed the horrors including women force into prostitution in the false hope of survival.

Or the romantic view of temple whore – which…

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Your (Personal) Therapy Is Political: Thoughts on “Against Therapy”

Falling through the branches of the Ladybrain Tree

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Years ago, back when New Labour were desperately trying to justify the invasion of Iraq, I remember the arguments being compared to a monkey falling from a tree. He clings to one branch (WMDs), but that branch breaks, so then he grasps on to the next (humanitarian principles). The branches keep on breaking but he keeps on believing that this one, the one in his hand right now, will hold firm. Crash, crash, crash. He does not learn from experience because it is not in his interests to learn. It is in his interests to cling on for as long as possible.

I’m reminded of this whenever the topic of male and female brains arises.

The belief that male and female brains are inherently different has been around for thousands of years. The same cannot be said for any proof. We know that there is another possible reason — perceived reproductive…

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