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Horrible news of the day

July 30, 2009 Leave a comment

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A 23-year old woman, who was 8 months pregnant was found dead in her apartment today. Her fetus was cut out of her body and has not been found.

There isn’t much more to this story yet, but how awful is this? It’s disgusting. Absolutely disgusting.

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The war against women in the Democratic Republic of Congo

January 14, 2008 Leave a comment

This absolutely breaks my heart and disgusts me so much at the same time. We know that a civil war is going on in Congo, but something we rarely hear about is the fact that women are continually and systematically raped during these kinds of conflicts. We know it’s something that happens, but we don’t like to think about and don’t bother to think about it because we feel like we can’t do anything about it. Maybe there are a few more reasons that you can come up with! But nonetheless, it’s important to know that this is going on. I’m not going to quote a lot of the gory details here, because it’s graphic, but please read the article. It’s a must.

Anneka Van Woudenberg, who is the senior Congo researcher at Human Rights Watch, explains the raping that is occurring in Congo.

I think what’s different in Congo is the scale and the systematic nature of it, indeed, as well, the brutality. This is not rape because soldiers have got bored and have nothing to do. It is a way to ensure that communities accept the power and authority of that particular armed group. This is about showing terror. This is about using it as a weapon of war.

I honestly don’t have too many words about this. It is disgusting and disheartening to know that thousands of women are becoming victims of “femicide” because of this war. But even further really, these women are having genocide committed against them. Many people simply think that killing is the only definition of genocide and just think of Hitler, but according to the UN Convention on Genocide, one of the definitions is “causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group.” This is clearly happening, and it’s clearly intentional.

When will this genocide end? And why is it being ignored?

Trusting women meets my “fuck you!”

January 3, 2008 Leave a comment

So, Virginia (or, really Gov. Timothy M. Kaine) wants to toughen up on abuse laws. As well, he’s proposing a budget raise of $450,000 a year for state crisis centers and $300,000 a year for a federal prevention program. So, this is good. Especially the prevention program. In our certain welfare state, we don’t focus enough on preventing things like poverty, and violence against women. It’s definitely necessary! And it seems as though he’s kind of about trusting women.

Kaine said he wants to spare people who report being raped from having to take lie detector tests and to require courts to immediately process protective orders in civil abuse cases.

Thank you! Having rape victims take lie detector tests is a disgusting tool against women. It allows for the notion that women are not capable of telling the truth and knowing what happened to them. It essentially wants to give the power back to men.

So everything is fine and dandy…until this:

The proposal that could be the most controversial would prevent a man who has sexually assaulted a girl ages 14 to 16 from avoiding prosecution by offering to marry her.

An example:

A law allowing such a defense has been on the books for at least five decades, though it is rarely used. An 18-year-old man who has sex with his 15-year-old girlfriend, for example, could be found guilty of sexual assault, and some lawmakers believe the man should have the option of marrying her.

Honestly, that’s bullshit. And 18-year-old guy, whose dating a 15-year-old girl are not going to want to get married. They are just having sex, and in most cases, his 15-year-old girlfriend is consenting to this activity. As well, since when has marriage really made anything better? And yet again, it’s taking away the power from the young woman, and giving it all to the man/still teenage boy.

Personally, if I was between 14 and 16, and got sexually assaulted, I would RUN if that guy was like, “Hey, I’m gonna marry you because then I won’t get prosecuted.” It would honestly be the biggest fuck you anyone has ever heard!

So overall, this proposal is a good thing, but holy, that above proposal is bullshit.

Disgusting headline of the day

November 5, 2007 Leave a comment

This headline reads “Man leaves woman’s body in bag with vendor”.

This happened in Johannesburg, where a bag was left with a street vendor by an unknown man which had the body of a woman who was stabbed by a sharp object. The police are looking into investigating this murder now.

This kind of thing just erks me. What the hell is up with these guys who kill women for no reason at all? Not that there are good reasons for killing anyone, however. It just seems like another senseless act of violence against women. Yuck.

Don’t let a priest fall in love with you!

November 2, 2007 2 comments

A woman got a wine bottle smashed over her head by a Roman Catholic priest, who apparently loved her.

“He loved her,” Chaanine’s court-appointed lawyer, Jeff Banks, said later. “His emotions got the better of him. It was the biggest mistake of his life, and he’s going to have to come to grips with it.”

Riiight.

The woman, then 54, said Chaanine hit her in the head with a wine bottle, stomped on her hand, groped her and choked her until she began praying Jan. 26. She said he suddenly stopped and fled. Chaanine was arrested almost a week later near Phoenix.

He pleaded guilty to felony battery with a deadly weapon, although other charges of sexual assault, attempted murder and kidnapping were dropped. He was sentenced 4 to 12 years in prison.

My thing is, why do you become a priest when you full well know that you could possibly end up wanting a relationship with a woman, in a public setting. I’m not saying he wanted a relationship, but he said he was in love and he probably himself believed that he was, even though I don’t know how accurate that is.

It still amazes me to see how much abuse and assault that has occurred with this one specific group. Obviously men as a whole abuse or assault more than women do, but you would think that priest’s would have the morals to know that they shouldn’t abuse or assault women or children. Everyone is human, they make mistakes just like the rest of us, but what it is that sends them over the edge, when they know what they’re doing is utterly wrong?

“Gendercide”

October 28, 2007 1 comment

Marcy Bloom has written an excellent piece on the “honour killings” that occur throughout the world.

In the eyes of the communities where these murders occur, it is not only expected, but actually required, of male family member to kill their female family member, usually a wife, sister, or daughter.

Sick, right? It’s pretty freaking deranged.

The regime of honor is unforgiving: women on whom even only suspicion has fallen are not given any opportunity to defend themselves, and family members have no socially acceptable alternative but to remove the stain on their honor by attacking, brutalizing, mutilating, and, usually, killing the woman.

I’ve heard so much about these “honour killings” before, and now some people are calling it “gendercide”, which is essentially what it is. The killing of one specific gender. If a man had an affair…he wouldn’t get killed, but if a woman does it, kill her! It just makes so much sense, right? It’s a sick, sick thing and more attention needs to be paid attention to it and justice needs to be brought.