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Sioux Falls Feminists is a group mainly made up of people who are interested in supporting and helping the victims of domestic abuse, domestic violence and child abuse. Most domestic abuse, domestic violence and child abuse incidents are not reported. This may be caused by a lack of information provided to women and children about the signs of domestic abuse and violence. Domestic abuse and child abuse includes any form of mistreatment such as: physical, emotional, psychological or sexual. The Sioux Falls Feminists is a group of people who help women and children who are and have been abuse victims. This website provides information on how to distinguish signs of domestic abuse and where to find help. There are many links to help centers, help hotlines, counselors and therapists that can give assistance to women and children who are suffering from any abuse. One in three women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime and one in five children will experience child sex abuse. We are here to help women and children recognize abuse and provide them with resources to leave an abusive atmosphere. We are here to let women and children know that THEY ARE NOT ALONE!
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And one last meetup before next year, sort of a Christmas party
Spezia Restaurant, 4801 S Louise Ave, Saturday, December 17, 6:30 PM
Let's meetup and celebrate the holidays with a really good Italian dinner. Spezia has the best Italian in Sioux Falls. And I'll even buy everyone one glass of Champagne, but only one.
And here are the latest billboard designs for January/February 2017
All Hate Groups Operating In The United States
Hate Crime Billboards for 2017
Human Trafficking Billboards for 2017
National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Billboards for 2017
Our next meetup will not be until January 14th.
Dale Hemming, founder of Sioux Falls Free Thinkers
The Sioux Falls Feminists group will never have any dues. Membership is not required to attend our meetings. This group will probably never have any formal rules except treating other members and their opinions with respect and giving everyone equal time to speak. This group will never purge members for expressing their opinions or for forming their own group of people that want to help woman that have been domestically or otherwise abused. The only loose requirement is that members, and those attending our meetings, have an interest in one of the subjects of our five websites.
The Southern Proverty Law Center and the BBC
report 700 Hate Crimes since the Election.
That's a jump to over 70 per day!
And hate crimes also targeting women!
Child Advocacy Centers of South Dakota Billboard for
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month of October
To Get Help or Donate Contact CACSD at:
Sioux Falls Feminists gets none of the donation
11-4-16 Republican women: Betrayed by their party?
Republican women: Betrayed by their party?
I’ve had enough, said Amanda Carpenter in The Washington Post. As a lifelong Republican and former communications aide to Sen. Ted Cruz, I spent years fending off accusations that my party held “anti-woman beliefs.” My reward? Not only have Republican voters nominated Donald Trump, a “brazen and unapologetic misogynist,” but the men who lead the party have refused to disavow him. Republican women are being told that Trump’s boasting of grabbing women’s genitals is “how men speak behind closed doors,” and that we should just “get over it”—even after a dozen women came forward to say Trump did in fact sexually assault them, just as he described. House Speaker Paul Ryan and his fellow Trump enablers have clearly calculated it is “too politically risky” to offend the nominee’s core supporters. After the GOP’s shameful embrace of a sexist pig who’s taken the party back “to the Dark Ages,” said S.E. Cupp in The New York Times, women would “have to be lobotomized to believe anything the Republican Party tells them.” I think I may “die of schadenfreude,” said Gary Legum in Salon.com. Conservatives have long dismissed the accusation that their opposition to contraception and abortion amount to a “war on women,” denouncing it as a “cheap shot intended to smear all Republicans as sexists and misogynists.” Now the conservative women who helped push that line are realizing they belong to a party dominated by over-50 males who think that insulting and assaulting women is a forgivable flaw. “Needless to say, Trump’s share of the women’s vote, especially the college-educated women’s vote, is plummeting,” said Jennifer Rubin in WashingtonPost.com. In the battleground states, the Republican nominee is trailing Hillary Clinton among women by as much as 15 points. After this election, conservative women will have to decide whether they want to belong to a party dominated by “white, angry, abusive men.” The rebellion of Republican women has been “one of the more interesting subplots in this election,” said Michelle Goldberg in Slate.com. Will it lead to a broader “feminist awakening among women on the Right”? Until now, conservative women were so opposed to “identity politics” that they insisted that women should not be viewed as “a distinct class,” with interests different from those of men. Yet they finally seem to be acknowledging something feminists have said for decades: “Women can’t trust men to look out for them.”
10-16-16 Rose McGowan accuses Hollywood boss of rape on Twitter
Rose McGowan accuses Hollywood boss of rape on Twitter
Actress Rose McGowan has accused a Hollywood studio head of rape on Twitter. The Charmed and Planet Terror star made the claims online using the hashtag #whywomendontreport. It had been trending after a number of accusations against Donald Trump emerged this week. Rose did not name the man but says that the attack is an "open secret" in Hollywood. During a number of tweets, Rose says she has sought legal advice over the assault but was told she could not win her case. She says a female lawyer told her that having performed sex scenes in her movies would count against her in court. Earlier this week an anti-Trump video, starring Rose, was premiered online. Lady Gaga also spoke in support of the hashtag, having previously revealed how she was raped by a music producer when she was a teenager. She says that reading tweets from rape surivors was like "re-living it all over again." "You are strong enough to make it through. I believe in you." - Rose McGowan (Webmaster's comment: I know it would be hard and difficult and scary for you but if all sexually abused women would find the courage to rise up in a mass movement and out their abusers we would see a revolution in the treatment of women in American like has never been seen before. It would make getting the vote pale in comparison. You all deserve to be treated like human beings and to get justice. Join Rose McGowan and tell it like it really is.)
10-14-16 'Cut her mic' moment left me flabbergasted
'Cut her mic' moment left me flabbergasted
"Cut her mic." No-one's ever said my microphone should be cut before, so when Dr Ben Carson suggested I should be shut up after I asked him if he thought the women accusing Donald Trump of sexual abuse were lying, I was a bit flabbergasted. It sounded almost Soviet. Let's be clear about what happened. I asked Dr Carson, a surrogate for Mr Trump, a simple yes/no question. He refused to answer. When I pushed him he asked not once but twice that the programme shut off my mic. All I wanted was an answer - what I got was a ridiculous demand for censorship. Replaying the tape I see it also looks rather bullying. In a conversation about sexual harassment a man asks a woman to be silenced for asking a question he doesn't want to answer. He may not have meant to, but Dr Carson gave a perfect, real-time example of exactly the kind of overbearing, condescending attitude a lot of women experience all too often and that the whole Donald Trump scandal has raised as a conversation here. But I'd be remiss if I didn't point out that this pattern is very familiar to women everywhere. In less crass and explicit ways, this happens in the workplace all the time, men who talk over women at meetings, who take credit for a woman's idea or dismiss their female colleagues as somehow too emotional. Amid the stunned reaction to Dr Carson's "cut her mic" demand another important thing he said has been slightly overlooked. Later in the our interview he said it didn't matter whether the women accusing Mr Trump were lying or not. I don't really know what he meant by that but it's clearly nonsense. If the women are all lying they deserve criticism, if they're not, they don't. How could it not matter? (Webmaster's comment: Protect the man, censor the woman, Only In American!)
10-14-16 The dark secret of sexual assault
The dark secret of sexual assault
I really hoped I wouldn't have to write another article about sexual abuse during this presidential campaign. But the latest allegations against Donald Trump have prompted an important national conversation about the wider abuse of women. It's a conversation that is long past due, about something too many women have experienced in painful silence, and men for the most part are unaware. Every woman who has been the victim of unwanted sexual advances - and I don't know very many women who haven't - has strong emotions about this and a lot of unanswered questions. The political fallout of the New York Times and People Magazine accounts is pretty clear. Trump has vehemently denied the allegations, but women are deserting Donald Trump. His chances of winning the White House are diminishing. His campaign is in disarray, he himself is sounding increasingly apocalyptic. So let's try instead to examine some of those more awkward abuse questions, because they reveal something rotten in our society.
- Why do we have to put up with sexual harassment?
- What happens to women who complain of abuse?
- A silver lining in #TrumpTapes story
- Why this Trump row is different
- Hillary's campaign and Bill's women
- Why do women carry the shame?
10-14-16 Celebrities do get away with sexual assault
Celebrities do get away with sexual assault
Donald Trump is right: “Famous men can do whatever they want to women,” said Lovia Gyarkye. When Trump boasted in the now infamous video that he could “do anything” to women and get away with it because he’s “a star,” he was just revealing a sad reality. Roman Polanski drugged and raped a 13-year-old girl, escaped prosecution, and later won “an Academy Award to a standing ovation.” Kobe Bryant’s reputation took only a brief hit after he paid off a civil suit from a 19-year-old hotel employee who said he’d raped her. For decades, Bill Cosby got away with numerous sexual assaults, dismissing his accusers as unstable women who were after his money. “The list goes on and on.” Right now, New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose is embroiled in a civil suit for allegedly gang-raping an unconscious ex-girlfriend with two buddies. His defense: She wanted it. The main concern of the team and its fans “appears to be how this will affect Rose’s play.” In our culture, allegations of sexual assault against a male celebrity are viewed as an “inconvenient obstacle” to be overcome, “rather than the gravest of accusations.” Trump’s boast about how famous, powerful men can treat women “is a reflection of who we are.” (Webmaster's comment: A male Trump supported said "He just likes women. What's wrong with that?")
10-13-16 US Election 2016: #repealthe19th tweets urge US women to be denied vote
US Election 2016: #repealthe19th tweets urge US women to be denied vote
Calls for women to be denied their right to vote have trended on Twitter as polls suggested Donald Trump would win if only men could cast ballots in next month's White House election. The Republican nominee's supporters were accused of tweeting #repealthe19th - a reference to the US constitutional amendment granting women's suffrage less than 100 years ago. The hashtag went viral after polls suggested Mr Trump would win election if only men cast ballots. Mr Trump has struggled to win over female voters, especially since a recent tape emerged of his sexually aggressive boasts. The hashtag began trending after FiveThirtyEight, a political number-crunching blog, tweeted two polls which showed what the outcome of the presidential election would be if only women voted, and if only men voted. He found that if the election only counted the female vote, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton would win the presidency with 458 electoral votes and Mr Trump a meagre 80. If only men voted in the presidential election, Mr Trump would win the election with 350 electoral votes and Mrs Clinton only 188. A candidate must win 270 electoral votes to win the presidency. (Webmaster's comment: This is a movement supported by conservatives. Who else would?)
10-13-16 US Election 2016: Trump 'groped woman like an octopus'
US Election 2016: Trump 'groped woman like an octopus'
Donald Trump is facing a series of allegations of inappropriate sexual contact, after US media reported claims from several women. Two women told the New York Times that the Republican presidential candidate groped or kissed them. A People magazine reporter also said she was forcibly kissed, while another woman said Mr Trump grabbed her bottom. Mr Trump fired back on Twitter, calling the claims a "total fabrication" and denying the People reporter's account. The allegations come less than a week after a video shot in 2005 emerged which showed Mr Trump making obscene remarks about groping women. He apologised for the comments - which were widely condemned - but described them as "locker-room talk". Asked during last Sunday's debate whether he had kissed or groped women without their consent, Mr Trump said: "No, I have not", and stressed that he respected women. Many of the women said Mr Trump's denial during the second presidential debate prompted them to come forward. Calling the NYT story disturbing, Hillary Clinton's campaign said it "sadly fits everything we know about the way Donald Trump has treated women". (Webmaster's comment: Since this story over 10 women have come forward accusing Trump of groping thier body against thier will.)
10-13-16 Jessica Leeds: Donald Trump 'was like an octopus'
Jessica Leeds: Donald Trump 'was like an octopus'
A woman has told the New York Times she was groped by Donald Trump on a plane. Jessica Leeds, 74, said she was sitting next to him on the flight, when he put his hand up her skirt three decades ago. Mr Trump's campaign has denied her accusation, and that of a second woman, Rachel Crooks, who claims he kissed her outside an elevator in 2005. (Webmaster's comment: This is just the tip of the iceberg!)
10-12-16 Hey, men: Stop saying you 'champion' and 'revere' women and just give us equal rights
Hey, men: Stop saying you 'champion' and 'revere' women and just give us equal rights
Last week, America received definitive proof that Donald Trump is exactly and precisely as awful as his political opponents have long said, thanks to a 2005 audio tape in which we collectively heard him boast of his capacity to physically assault women at will. It was, I'll admit, somewhat heartening to see the outraged backlash. Women have been the objects of gendered harassment, abuse, and assault throughout recorded history, and it's only been in recent decades that we've begun to convince society that that's a problem. For every person who insisted that the tape was a "boys will be boys/locker rooms will be locker rooms" moment, there were seemingly 20 others who were openly horrified. But not all outrage is created equal. There was a fair amount of pearl clutching about Trump's vocabulary (as if the word "pussy" were the affront), and some concern that in one of his boastful tales, Trump was married and making moves on a married woman (as if married people haven't been having sex with people to whom they're not married since the dawn of marriage.) And then there were Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. The Republican Party's Congressional leaders both registered strong disapproval of Trump's behavior within hours of Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold breaking the news — and on the face of things, were as righteous in their indignation as the next feminist. But let's go to the statements: (Webmaster's comment: I've always said women deserve equal rights simply because they are human beings. No other argument is necessary!)
10-11-16 Girl under 15 married every seven seconds, says Save the Children
Girl under 15 married every seven seconds, says Save the Children
One girl under the age of 15 is married every seven seconds, according to a new report by Save the Children. The study says girls as young as 10 are forced to marry much older men in countries including Afghanistan, Yemen, India and Somalia. Save the Children says early marriage can trigger a cycle of disadvantage across every part of a girl's life. Conflict, poverty and humanitarian crises are seen as major factors that leave girls exposed to child marriage. "Child marriage starts a cycle of disadvantage that denies girls the most basic rights to learn, develop and be children," said Save the Children International CEO Helle Thorning-Schmidt. "Girls who marry too early often can't attend school, and are more likely to face domestic violence, abuse and rape. They fall pregnant and are exposed to STIs (sexually transmitted infections) including HIV." (Webmaster's comment: In America with parental consent girl children only 15 years-old can be married and made to have sex in Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Missouri and Mississippi. In New Hampshire it is 13, in Massachusetts it is 12, in California there is no minimum age limit. For most of the rest of the United States with parental consent the age limit is 16. Without out parental consent for most of America it is 18. But if your parents want to marry you off at 16, or even less, they can probably find a place do it.)
10-7-16 US election: Donald Trump sorry for obscene remarks on women
US election: Donald Trump sorry for obscene remarks on women
US election: Donald Trump sorry for obscene remarks on women. A video obtained by the Washington Post shows Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump making lewd remarks about women. US presidential candidate Donald Trump has apologised for obscene comments about women he made in a newly released videotape from 2005. Mr Trump said that "these words don't reflect who I am... I apologise". In the video, Mr Trump says "you can do anything" to women "when you're a star" and brags about trying to grope and kiss women. Top Republicans condemned the comments. His election rival Hillary Clinton called them "horrific". "We cannot allow this man to become president," she posted on Twitter. In the video, Mr Trump is heard saying: "Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything." The second TV debate between Mr Trump and Mrs Clinton will take place on Sunday evening in St Louis. (Webmaster's comment: It's not just what he said, IT'S WHAT HE DID that makes him a SEXUAL PREDATOR.)
10-7-16 US election 2016: Why this Trump row is different
US election 2016: Why this Trump row is different
Trump had just married Melania when the recording was made in 2005. A couple of weeks ago, after the row over Trump "fat-shaming" Alicia Machado, I suggested the Republican candidate lay off our weight. Now, and I can hardly believe I'm having to write this, I suggest he lay off our vaginas. The day after a video tape emerged in which he suggested he could have any woman he wants because he's a star and so could just grab them by the pussy, Mr Trump is in a whole ocean of hot political water. Enough, quite possibly, to sink any chance he had of winning the White House. Why this tape - and not the myriad other controversies that have dogged him in recent weeks? First, analyse what he actually says. There is something particularly sexist, I'd say abusive, about this recording. Read this excerpt: "When you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything." "Whatever you want," the interviewer says. "Grab 'em by the pussy, you can do anything," Trump replies." It's the way Mr Trump reveals that he sees women as a piece of sexual meat, something he wants, grabs, discards that is so damning. (Webmaster's comment: It's just not what he said, IT'S WHAT HE ADMITS DOING that makes him a SEXUAL PREDATOR.)
10-4-16 Does the contraceptive pill cause depression?
Does the contraceptive pill cause depression?
The study found a higher incidence of antidepressant use among women on the pill. "At last!" "Elated." "Really? This is only now becoming common knowledge?" Sighs of relief and growls of frustration were among the online reactions from around the world to the Danish study, published last week, which found that women on the contraceptive pill were more likely to be diagnosed with depression. Researchers at the University of Copenhagen studied the health records of more than a million Danish women aged between 15 and 34, in one of the largest studies to date. They found that those on the combined pill - which contains the hormones oestrogen and progesterone - were 23% more likely to be prescribed an antidepressant than those not on hormonal contraception. For those on the progestin-only pill, the figure rose to 34%. It increased even further, to 80% more likely, for girls aged between 15 and 19 on the combined pill.
10-3-16 Men are more violent when there are more women around
Men are more violent when there are more women around
Contrary to conventional wisdom, a surplus of men in a society doesn’t equal more violence – in fact, the more men, the better-behaved they become. More men inevitably means more testosterone-fuelled violence, right? Wrong, according to a comprehensive analysis exploring how a surplus of men or women affect crime rates across the US. In areas where men outnumber women, there were lower rates of murders and assaults as well as fewer sex-related crimes, such as rapes, sex offences and prostitution. Conversely, higher rates of these crimes occurred in areas where there were more women than men. Ryan Schacht of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and his colleagues analysed sex ratio data from all 3082 US counties, provided by the US Census Bureau in 2010. They compared this with crime data for the same year, issued by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation. They only included information about women and men of reproductive age. For all five types of offence analysed, rising proportions of men in a county correlated with fewer crimes– even when accounting for other potential contributing factors such as poverty. The results suggest that current policies aimed at defusing violence and crime by reducing the amount of men in male-dominated areas may backfire.
9-27-16 Exclusive: World’s first baby born with new “3 parent” technique
Exclusive: World’s first baby born with new “3 parent” technique
Five-month-old Abrahim Hassan is the first baby to be born using a new version of a controversial technique that uses DNA from three people. Five-month-old Abrahim Hassan is the first baby to be born using a new technique that incorporates DNA from three parents, New Scientist can reveal. “This is great news and a huge deal,” says Dusko Ilic at King’s College London, who wasn’t involved in the work. “It’s revolutionary.” The controversial technique, which allows parents with rare genetic mutations to have healthy babies, has only been legally approved in the UK. But the birth of Abrahim, whose Jordanian parents were treated by a US-based team in Mexico, should fast-forward progress around the world, say embryologists. Abrahim’s mother, Ibtisam Shaban, carries genes for Leigh syndrome, a fatal disorder that affects the developing nervous system. Genes for the disease reside in DNA in the mitochondria, which provide energy for our cells and carry just 37 genes that are passed down to us from our mothers. This is separate from the majority of our DNA, which is housed in each cell’s nucleus. Around a quarter of Shaban’s mitochondria have the disease-causing mutation. While she is healthy, Leigh syndrome was responsible for the deaths of her first two children. Shaban and her husband, Mahmoud Hassan, sought out the help of John Zhang and his team at the New Hope Fertility Center in New York City.
9-7-16 Canadian judge faces inquiry over handling of sex assault trial
Canadian judge faces inquiry over handling of sex assault trial
A Canadian judge is facing a disciplinary hearing over controversial comments he made while presiding over a sexual assault case in 2014. Justice Robin Camp, a provincial judge in Calgary, asked an alleged sexual assault victim why she could not "just keep her knees together". Mr Camp acquitted the accused man, but the verdict was overturned on appeal. The Canadian Judicial Council will decide whether Mr Camp should be removed over his remarks. Disciplinary hearings for judges are not common in Canada, where there have only been 11 such inquiries since the national council of senior judges was created in 1971. Mr Camp sparked outrage during the 2014 case, when he asked a 19-year-old woman, "Why couldn't you just keep your knees together?" He also said, "pain and sex sometimes go together" and had referred to the complainant as "the accused," court records show. The woman told the court she was raped by Alexander Scott Wagar over a bathroom sink at a house party in Calgary. The Alberta Appeal Court overturned Mr Camp's decision and a new trial was ordered for Mr Wagar. Mr Camp had since been elevated to the Federal Court. (Webmaster's comment: The law the older judges in North America use is "Protect the man, blame the woman!")
8-23-16 US pregnancy-related deaths are rising and have doubled in Texas
US pregnancy-related deaths are rising and have doubled in Texas
Deaths from pregnancy-related causes have increased by 26.6 per cent across most of the US in 15 years. The problem is particularly bad in Texas, where the maternal mortality rate nearly doubled in the space of a year, from 2011 to 2012. These numbers come from a study of health data led by Marian MacDorman at the University of Maryland. The average maternal mortality rate in the US was 23.8 per 100,000 live births in 2014, although the researchers excluded Texas and California from this calculation. In comparison, it was only 9 and 6 deaths per 100,000 live births in the UK and Australia, respectively, in 2015. In fact, according to a previous analysis, the US is one of only eight countries in the world where the rate of pregnancy-related deaths has gone up in the last few decades, instead of down. The other countries where this has happened are Afghanistan, Belize, El Salvador, Guinea-Bissau, Greece and the Seychelles. But it’s Texas’s shocking rise that has caught the most attention. MacDorman’s team hasn’t pinned the state’s doubling in maternal mortality to a specific cause, but the team did note that the it has seen “some changes in the provision of women’s health services” since 2011. These changes include cuts to funding for women’s health and family planning. A new law restricting abortions in Texas – which has now been struck down by the US Supreme Court – also prompted a number of abortion clinics across the state to close. This may have made it harder for women whose health was at risk from pregnancy to get a termination.
7-27-16 Clinton nomination puts 'biggest crack' in glass ceiling
Clinton nomination puts 'biggest crack' in glass ceiling
Democrats on Tuesday made Hillary Clinton the first woman to head a major party ticket -- and during an emotional night, her family and supporters asked voters to give her a second look. At the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, just three miles from Independence Hall where the nation was born, a sense of history is palpable -- as is Clinton's willingness to finally enjoy it. "What an incredible honor that you have given me, and I can't believe we just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet," Clinton said via satellite after a video montage showed the faces of all 44 male presidents before shattering like glass to reveal Clinton waiting to address the convention from New York.
FGM - The Evil That Just Doesn't Quit
9-7-16 Egypt: Outrage as MP opposes tougher FGM laws because of 'impotent men'
Egypt: Outrage as MP opposes tougher FGM laws because of 'impotent men'
An Egyptian MP has stirred controversy after rejecting tougher penalties for those who force women into genital mutilation (FGM), saying half of the country's men "are impotent". Parliament last week approved longer jail terms for those carrying out FGM, following the death of a teenage girl. MP Ilhami Agina responded by saying FGM was needed in order to reduce women's sexual appetite, to match Egypt's men. The procedure is still widespread in Egypt despite being illegal since 2008. It involves the partial or full removal of the external sex organs, ostensibly to control women's sexuality.
8-18-16 Russia furore over FGM in mainly Muslim Dagestan
Russia furore over FGM in mainly Muslim Dagestan
A report on female genital mutilation (FGM) in the North Caucasus has sparked a fierce debate in Russia, with some clerics defending the practice. A civil society group found FGM to be common among Muslims in mountain villages in Dagestan. Girls' genitals were cut in primitive homes. Regional Muslim leader Ismail Berdiyev suggested all women should undergo FGM but later withdrew the remark. But a senior Orthodox Christian priest, Vsevolod Chaplin, had backed him. He said FGM was not necessary for Orthodox Christian women "because they're not promiscuous anyway". But he approved of the mufti's statement that God had created "woman so that she could give birth and bring up children". "Feminism is a 20th-Century lie," he added. Mr Berdiyev, the mufti of the North Caucasus, had said earlier that FGM was practised in some villages in Dagestan and that it was necessary to curb women's sexuality. "It would be very good if this were applied to all women," the Islamic cleric said, adding, "It doesn't stop women giving birth and there would be less debauchery." (Webmaster's comment: Unbelievable Evil sponsored by Religious Leaders!)
Unbelievable, But True!
7-21-16 The man hired to have sex with children
The man hired to have sex with children
In some remote southern regions of Malawi, it's traditional for girls to be made to have sex with a paid sex worker known as a "hyena" once they reach puberty. The act is not seen by village elders as rape, but as a form of ritual "cleansing". However, as Ed Butler reports, it has the potential to be the opposite of cleansing - a way of spreading disease. Aniva is by all accounts the pre-eminent "hyena" in this village. It's a traditional title given to a man hired by communities in several remote parts of southern Malawi to provide what's called sexual "cleansing". If a man dies, for example, his wife is required by tradition to sleep with Aniva before she can bury him. If a woman has an abortion, again sexual cleansing is required. And most shockingly, here in Nsanje, teenage girls, after their first menstruation, are made to have sex over a three-day period, to mark their passage from childhood to womanhood. If the girls refuse, it's believed, disease or some fatal misfortune could befall their families or the village as a whole. "There was nothing else I could have done. I had to do it for the sake of my parents," one girl, Maria, tells me. "If I'd refused, my family members could be attacked with diseases - even death - so I was scared." They tell me that all their female friends were made to have sex with a hyena. (Webmaster's comment: Unbelievable, but true! The same custom still occurs in rural India! I have the documentary on it. And in Medieval Europe the Italian City State Mayors had the DUTY of having the first sex with women when they were married. This was also true for many Medieval Lords of Manors all across Europe that "owned" the peasant farmers on their land. This was also condoned by the Church at the time.)
Back-Alley Abortions Are Back!
6-12-16 Why one woman carried out her own abortion
Why one woman carried out her own abortion
More than 100,000 women in Texas, US, have induced their own abortions, according to a recent study. The US Supreme Court is to hear a case regarding abortion law in Texas. It is to decide on whether a 2013 ruling stating that abortion clinics meet certain requirements is constitutional. Dozens of clinics have closed as a result of the ruling, and researchers say self-induced abortions may increase if clinics continue to close. Women typically use a pill called misoprostol to induce their own abortions. Here, one young woman explains why she crossed the border into Mexico, where the drug is cheaper and easier to obtain without a prescription. (Webmaster's comment: The Republicans have finally done it. They've managed to bring back the back-alley abortion. Now all they have to do is Build A Wall between the United States and Mexico and make it illegal for a pregnant woman to cross it, for her own safety of course, thus making sure that a woman bears the fruit of a man's loins and passes on his genes.)
Women Where Are You?
6-2-16 Brazil's women take on 'rape culture'
Brazil's women take on 'rape culture'
In Brazil, the alleged mass rape of a 16-year-old girl by up to 33 men in Rio has been raising widespread debate – and triggered demonstrations in 11 Brazilian cities to call for an end to violence against women. Almost 50,000 cases of rape were registered in Brazil in 2014 and there is fear that the numbers are radically under-reported. (Webmaster's comment: Over 84,000 cases of rape were registered in the United States in 2014 and over 293,000 sexual assaults were registered! There also is fear that these numbers are radically under-reported. And where are the protests by women in America? Why don't they take on the AMERICAN RAPE CULTURE?)
5-2-16 Breast cancer: Scientists hail 'milestone' genetic find
Breast cancer: Scientists hail 'milestone' genetic find
Scientists say they now have a near-perfect picture of the genetic events that cause breast cancer. The study, published in Nature, has been described as a "milestone" moment that could help unlock new ways of treating and preventing the disease. The largest study of its kind unpicked practically all the errors that cause healthy breast tissue to go rogue. Cancer Research UK said the findings were an important stepping-stone to new drugs for treating cancer. To understand the causes of the disease, scientists have to understand what goes wrong in our DNA that makes healthy tissue turn cancerous. The international team looked at all 3 billion letters of people's genetic code - their entire blueprint of life - in 560 breast cancers. They uncovered 93 sets of instructions, or genes, that if mutated, can cause tumours. Some have been discovered before, but scientists expect this to be the definitive list, barring a few rare mutations. (Webmaster's comment: Genes run the show and our scientists are unlocking the very secrets of what makes us tick.)
Of Urgent Importance - Tell Everyone!
5-1-16 Why are so many white women dying young?
Why are so many white women dying young?
White women between 25 and 55 have been dying at accelerating rates over the past decade, a spike in mortality not seen since the AIDS epidemic in the early 1980s. According to recent studies of death certificates, the trend is worse for women in the center of the United States, worse still in rural areas, and worst of all for those in the lower middle class. Drug and alcohol overdose rates for working-age white women have quadrupled. Suicides are up by as much as 50 percent. (Webmaster's comment: Maybe it's because they live under constant threat of being controlled, dominated, intimidated, manipulated, and of being physical beaten or of being raped by males. If you are a male imagine living under constant threat like that your whole life! Imagine the stress that puts a woman under! A woman has to worry her whole life about her safety in America. Do You?)
2-22-16 Doctors claim legalising some genital mutilation may help girls
Doctors claim legalising some genital mutilation may help girls
Controversially, two US gynaecologists are arguing that legalising milder FGM procedures would lead to less harm overall, and be more culturally sensitive. Should any kind of female genital mutilation be legal? Two US-based gynaecologists are arguing that legalising less severe forms of the surgery could protect girls from more extreme operations, but most ethicists and medics are against the proposal. Worldwide, around 3 million girls every year are subjected to genital mutilation, mostly in parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia. The practice can range in severity from nicking genitals to removing the clitoris and labia then stitching up most of the vagina. Such operations are now illegal in the UK and US, but Kavita Shah Arora and Allan Jacobs, gynaecologists based in Ohio and New York, say such laws might leave girls more vulnerable to harm by pushing the practice underground. They argue that so far, attempts to clamp down on FGM have not succeeded in wiping it out, and can be viewed as racist or culturally insensitive. (Webmaster's comment: Only in America! A blatant attack on a woman's right to sexual pleasure, a blatant attack on a woman's sexual freedom, by the American medical profession no less. The American Medical Association should remove the licenses to practice medicine of the doctor's advocating it. A doctor must never do harm or advocate harm otherwise they are just like the many American doctors who practiced genital mutilation for the "girl's or woman's own good" from 1860's through the 1960's. (See the Genital Mutilation Pages Abuse of Women Coverup and Genital Mutilation Movies.) This is a travesty of ethics and morality. Anyone who thinks this practice is some kind of cultural or religious "right" is mentally ill should be confined in a psychiatric clinic until they are cured.)
4-24-16 'This is what it's like to pee after female genital mutilation'
'This is what it's like to pee after female genital mutilation'
Some 200 million women and girls across 30 countries have been affected by female genital mutilation (FGM). But how do survivors live with the pain of peeing, periods and childbirth? "The first time you notice your physicality has changed is your pee," says Hibo Wardere. Hibo, now 46, was subjected to what is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as "type three" mutilation when she was six. This means all of her labia were cut off and she was then stitched together, leaving a tiny hole she compares to the size of a matchstick. Her clitoris was also removed. "An open wound rubbed with salt or hot chilli - it felt like that," she recalls. "And then you realise your wee isn't coming out the way it used to come. It's coming out as droplets, and every drop was worse than the one before. This takes four or five minutes - and in that four or five minutes you're experiencing horrific pain."
5-15-16 The backlash to a controversial alternative to banning female genital cutting
The backlash to a controversial alternative to banning female genital cutting
In order to fight extreme forms of female genital cutting, a pair of American gynecologists are suggesting a controversial compromise: Rather than an outright ban, allow ritual surgical "nicks" on young girls' privates. Such procedures are banned in most Western countries, but the authors say that allowing them would not only be culturally respectful but also serve to prevent more extensive surgeries.Female genital cutting, also referred to as "female genital mutilation," is often done on young girls in an attempt to control sexual desire and has impacted an estimated 80 to 140 million women worldwide, most notably in Africa and the Middle East. It encompasses a wide range of procedures, from the removal of the clitoral hood to the excision of the labia and clitoris along with the stitching together of the vaginal opening. The most extreme forms can result in infection and death, as well as loss of sexual pleasure. In the case of the genital "nick" proposed by the authors, it would mean a small cut of the vulvar skin that doesn't remove any skin and has no effect on sexual pleasure. This isn't the first time the suggestion has been made that less severe forms of "female genital alteration," as the paper puts it, could reduce potential harm. In 2010, the American Academy of Pediatrics introduced a policy statement on the issue that read in part, "It might be more effective if federal and state laws enabled pediatricians to reach out to families by offering a ritual nick as a possible compromise to avoid greater harm." The thinking was similar: If girls living in the U.S. who come from cultures that practice female genital cutting are prohibited from any form of the ritual, their families might force them to travel abroad to undergo more extreme procedures. The outcry from activists and advocacy organizations was swift, and the AAP retracted the position.
Of Special Interest!
5-6-16 Women sleep half an hour longer than men, phone app data shows
Women sleep half an hour longer than men, phone app data shows
App data from 5000 sleepers have revealed that women under the age of 25 sleep the most, and that people who wake up early every day get less sleep overall. The answer may depend on your age, location and gender. A survey of 5000 sleepers from across the world has revealed that women get the most sleep, particularly those under the age of 25. Daniel Forger at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and his team were able to get their huge dataset thanks to Entrain, a smartphone app that people use to track their sleep. With their consent, Forger’s team accessed users’ data on their wake time, bed time, time zone and how much light they were exposed to during the day. Analysing this information, they found that middle-aged men sleep the least, while women under the age of 25 sleep the most. As a whole, women appear to sleep on average for 30 minutes longer than men, thanks to going to bed slightly earlier and waking up slightly later.
5-5-16 Photo of woman defying neo-Nazi march in Sweden goes viral
Photo of woman defying neo-Nazi march in Sweden goes viral
A photograph of a woman with her fist raised defying a uniformed march of neo-Nazis in Sweden has gone viral. Activist Tess Asplund took part in a counter-demonstration during a Nordic Resistance Movement (NRM) rally in Borlange on Sunday. She has been widely praised on social media, including by Harry Potter author J K Rowling, who has called her "magnificent". The anti-racism activist told Swedish P4 radio station that her act was an impulse, as she thought the neo-Nazi demonstration should not be being held there. (Webmaster's comment: Women and Decent Men all over the world need to make a public stand against Racist Pigs like these.)
4-7-16 Parental leave - San Francisco v rest of world
Parental leave - San Francisco v rest of world
As any mother or father will tell you, having children is wonderful but it's not cheap. Now San Francisco is taking steps to try to relieve some of the financial strain on new parents. The city has become the first in the US to approve six-weeks of paid parental leave for full-time workers. It is not a lot by the standards of other Western countries, but it's a lot more than parents get at the moment. (Webmaster's comment: The rest of the United States you mean. The rest of the world has up to over a year of employer/government-paid maternity and paternity leave by law. The average in Europe is 22 weeks and increasing. See Paid Maternity Leave in Developed Countries)
Multiple Women's Issues
4-27-16 State of US health: black health up, teen pregnancies down
State of US health: black health up, teen pregnancies down
A report on health in the US finds that people are living longer, racial disparities are improving, but suicide, heroin use and ADHD are on the rise.
- Longer lives: Between 2004 and 2014, life expectancy increased by an extra 1.1 years for women and 1.4 years for men, according to the report. In 1980, for example, white men were expected to live 6 years longer than black men – by 2014 it was 4.2 years.
- Fewer teen births: Between 2004 and 2014, the rate of teenage childbearing dropped by an astounding 40 per cent, and the number of teenage mothers is at a record low. The most significant decline has been among girls aged between 15 and 17.
- Soaring ADHD? In 2014, 10 per cent of children aged 5 to 17 were diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). That’s up from 6.5 per cent in the 1997 to 1999 period.
- Big killers less deadly: Heart disease and cancer are the biggest killers in the US – together they are responsible for 46 per cent of deaths in 2014. The good news is that these disorders aren’t as fatal for as many people as they used to be – death rates decreased by 25 per cent for heart disease and 14 per cent for cancer between 2004 and 2014.
- Suicide and heroin: Suicide is on the rise, particularly among adults aged between 45 and 64. In this age group, suicide rates increased by 27 per cent over a decade. And in the midst of the US opioid epidemic, deaths from heroin poisoning are also on the up, with five times as many deaths in 2014 as in 2004.
- Getting heavier: Obesity is still a big problem. Between 1999 and 2002 and 2011 and 2014, the percentage of overweight adults rose from 17.9 per cent to 20.6 per cent.
- Trailing behind: Despite improvements in life expectancy, the US still lags behind many other OECD countries, ranking in 25 out of 31. Men live longest in Switzerland, with an average life expectancy of 80.7 years, while the longest-lived women are those in Japan, who can expect to live to 86.6. In the US, the average life expectancy for men is 76.4 and for women 81.2.
3-30-16 Shandra Woworuntu: My life as a sex-trafficking victim
Shandra Woworuntu: My life as a sex-trafficking victim
Shandra Woworuntu arrived in the US hoping to start a new career in the hotel industry. Instead, she found she had been trafficked into a world of prostitution and sexual slavery, forced drug-taking and violence. It was months before she was able to turn the tables on her persecutors. Some readers may find her account of the ordeal upsetting. (Webmaster's comment: Read it! The ugly story of a very abused women but also a true heroine.)
3-18-16 Lori Robinson nominated as first US female combatant chief
Lori Robinson nominated as first US female combatant chief
US Defence Secretary Ash Carter has nominated the first female in US military history to lead a combatant command. General Lori Robinson has been nominated to lead the US Northern Command, Mr Carter announced on Friday. The position is one of the most senior in the US military and must be confirmed by the Senate. She is currently commander for the Pacific Air Forces and enrolled in the Air Force in 1982.
1-28-16 The school on the front line
The school on the front line
In one of Benghazi's poorest neighbourhoods, right on the front line of Libya's fight against the so-called Islamic State group, a brave head teacher is keeping her school open. She is determined that shelling and sniper fire will not get in the way of her pupils' education.
1-26-16 Before Hillary Clinton, there was Shirley Chisholm
Before Hillary Clinton, there was Shirley Chisholm
Decades before Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton, there was Shirley Chisholm. As the first black woman to run for President for a major political party she was years ahead of her time. So why don't more people know about her? Shirley Chisholm was at the Democratic National Convention in 1972.
12-28-15 Clinton Most Admired Woman for Record 20th Time
Clinton Most Admired Woman for Record 20th Time
Americans again name Hillary Clinton (13%) and President Barack Obama (17%) the woman and man living anywhere in the world they admire most. Both win by wide margins over the next-closest finishers, Malala Yousafzai (5%) for women and Pope Francis (5%) and Donald Trump (5%) for men. (Webmaster's comment: In spite of all the hype Trump's a loser!)
11-30-15 The woman who built a coffee empire from a small town
The woman who built a coffee empire from a small town
Elana Rosenfeld has built a coffee empire from a small town in rural British Columbia. Elana Rosenfeld was not even remotely prepared for her first wholesale orders. That was in 1996. Since then, Kicking Horse Coffee has become one of the biggest retail success stories in Canada, its distinct black packaging appearing in grocery stores and cafes across the country, as well as in the US. The company is tight-lipped about its finances, but expects to roast more than 1.3 million tons of coffee this year and has over 70 employees. And in 2012, marketing research firm AC Nielsen ranked it as one of the top ten commercial brands in Canada, alongside national stalwarts like bakery chain Tim Hortons.
10-7-15 Mexico's 13-year-old psychologist is amazing
Mexico's 13-year-old psychologist is amazing
In September, Dafne became the world's youngest psychologist as she graduated from Mexico's Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM). At just 13 years old, she's the country's most famous child prodigy. And it shows: When she's not studying, she plays the piano and teaches Mandarin to other gifted children, and she just returned from a trip to Denmark where she presented her simulated satellite project. (Webmaster's comment: More than equal.)
12-13-15 Prevention better than cure in Cuban healthcare system
Prevention better than cure in Cuban healthcare system
Imagine your doctor knocking at your door to give not just you, but your whole family, an annual health check-up. This is what happens in Cuba and although it might not go down well everywhere, it's a pro-active approach to healthcare that yields some impressive results. In terms of having healthy people, the Cuban health service outperforms other low and medium income countries and in some cases, outperforms much richer ones too. Despite spending a fraction of what the United States spends on healthcare (the World Bank reports Cuba spends $431 per head per year compared with $8,553 in the US) Cuba has a lower infant mortality rate than the US and a similar life expectancy. (Webmaster's comment: Another example of the inferiority of the ignorant and arrogant American health system.)
12-11-15 Women in combat: The Pentagon says yes
Women in combat: The Pentagon says yes
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter last week announced that all military combat posts were now open to women, meaning that female troops can now drive tanks, fire mortars, lead infantry into battle, and fill any of the 220,000 military jobs previously open only to men. The new policy simply reflects the reality in Iraq and Afghanistan, where women “have been serving, dying, and getting decorated for their heroism” for 15 years. Now the U.S. can follow allies such as Israel, Canada, and several European countries that put women in combat roles. True gender equality “will make the military stronger.” (Webmaster's comment: And following Russia and China 75 years ago in 1940.)
10-22-15 Violinist highlights a decade of online abuse
Violinist highlights a decade of online abuse
Mia Matsumiya, a violinist based in Los Angeles, has taken a stand against sexual harassment and abuse online by posting screenshots of offensive messages she's received over the past decade. She is using Instagram to highlight the violence, aggression and volume of inappropriate messages she has received, and hopes it will shine a light on online abuse of women. (Webmaster's comment: The abuse of women just never stops does it. The ugly statistics regarding American male behavior listed on the page Abusive and Violent American Males is constantly being confirmed by the daily news reports. It really is as bad as listed.)
10-13-15 Jennifer Lawrence pens essay on Hollywood sexism
Jennifer Lawrence pens essay on Hollywood sexism
Jennifer Lawrence has written an essay expressing her anger at getting paid less than her male co-stars. In the article on Lena Dunham's site Lenny, she said: "I'm over trying to find the 'adorable' way to state my opinion and still be likable!" She said she only found how much less she was being paid when emails from Sony Pictures were hacked last year. "I didn't get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself. I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early," she said. (Webmaster's comment: Being "likable" finishes last! Being "nice" finishes last! Honk your own horn and demand what you have earned! And you're still trying to be likable. You should be MAD at Sony. Rip them up one side and down the other! Little girls are brought up to be likable. That way men can use and abuse you for your whole life and get away with it! They know that and keeping you ignorant of that is the objective of much of their treatment of you!)
For the first time ever, a greater percentage of American women hold bachelor’s degrees than men—30.2 percent of women, 29.9 percent of men. Women have earned the majority of bachelor’s degrees granted every year since 1981.
The Facts: Canada's gun-related homicide rate (0.5 per 100,000) is about seven times lower than the United States' (3.5 per 100,000). However, it is higher than many of its peers, including Japan (0.01 per 100,000) and the United Kingdom (0.06 per 100,000). (Webmaster's comment: Canada - 1/7th the U.S. gun homocide rate, United Kingdom - 1/58th the U.S. gun homocide rate, Japan - 1/350th the U.S. gun homocide rate. Our interpretation of our constitution has not guaranteed our freedom and liberty, it has guaranteed a high death and violence rate! Think about the tens of thousands of innocent dead people, grieving family and relatives, and terrorized children every year compared to other nations! Mention this to conservatives and they will have no answer!)
And There's More!
7-30-15 Sex trafficking: Lifelong struggle of exploited AMERICAN children
Sex trafficking: Lifelong struggle of exploited AMERICAN children
In the US, poverty, deprivation and exploitation draw thousands of its own children down into a dark underworld that offers few ways out. It is a world few Americans are aware of. But tens of thousands of American children are thought to be sexually exploited every year. It's believed that every night hundreds are sold for sex. The FBI says child sex abuse is almost at an epidemic level, despite the agency rescuing 600 children last year. "Trafficking" often conjures images of people from other countries being smuggled over land and across the sea and then forced to work against their will in foreign lands. People are trafficked into America from Mexico, Central and South America. But the vast majority of children bought and sold for sex every night in the United States are American Kids. (Webmaster's comment: The vast majority of persons selling sex with children or buying sex with children are AMERICAN males. Every day over 7,500 American males buy sex with children. Every month over 225,000 American males buy sex with children. That's 2,700,000 American males buying sex with children every year!)
1-4-15 New hope for rape kit testing advocates
New hope for rape kit testing advocates
Five years after more than 11,000 unprocessed rape kits - some dating back to the 1980s - were discovered in a police warehouse in Detroit, cities across the US are working to eliminate their own huge backlogs of untested evidence. Thousands of sexual assault cases are beginning to be resolved.
- Investigations of these matches continue, but so far the Wayne County prosecutor's office - which includes Detroit - has produced warrants for 23 alleged rapists and convicted 14 of them, with three awaiting trial.
- The office, run by the county's top prosecutor, Kym Worthy, has also identified 188 serial rapists from the processed kits who have committed crimes in 27 other states.
- In Cleveland, which has submitted all of its 4,300 kits for testing, police have opened more than 1,800 investigations, with more than 1,000 still in progress. The local prosecutor's officer has indicted 231 people, a third of whom had at least one previous rape conviction.
- More than 50 people have been arrested so far from ongoing investigations after officials in Houston completed testing 6,600 kits.
- Memphis, which is only part way through its more than 12,000 backlogged kits, has opened 243 investigations, indicting 36 people.
- And a new effort in Colorado saw 24 Codis matches from the first 150 kits tested, according to local media.
Looking back at those police files, Campbell says, there was a "widespread" attitude of not believing the victim, and only doing minimum investigation on the cases, many just including the initial police report. (Webmaster's comment: It's about time! Outrageous that rape kits are not immediately processed. It's the age old "blame the woman, protect the man" philosophy.)
10-1-13 Sexual Assault: The Silent, Violent Epidemic
Sexual Assault: The Silent, Violent Epidemic
According to the AMA, sexual assault continues to represent the most rapidly growing violent crime in America, claiming a victim every 45 seconds. Because many of these attacks occurring daily go unreported and unrecognized, sexual assault can be considered a "silent-violent epidemic" in the United States today. The National Victim Center reports that over 700,000 women are raped or sexually assaulted annually. Of these victims, 61% are under age 18.
That's 427,000 child rapes and sexual assaults in America per year!
Source: The American Medical Association (AMA).
We need to arrest, prosecute and incarcerate all child abusers. Police and others that ignore their responsibilities in this regard should also be arrested, prosecuted and incarcerated.
Our "slogan" above comes from the following quote:
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent!
We look forward to seeing you at one or more of our events and meetings. Hopefully we can help put you in touch with those who can help.
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