"There have been 694 proposed abortion restriction provisions in the first three months of 2013 alone."

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Guttmacher Institute, via ThinkProgress (via actualfactsaboutabortion)

(via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

anarcho-queer:

NYPD Now Running Criminal Checks On Domestic Violence Victims
Women who report domestic violence are exposing themselves to arrest under a new NYPD directive that orders cops to run criminal checks on the accused and the accuser, The Post has learned.
The memo by Chief of Detectives Phil Pulaski requires detectives to look at open warrants, complaint histories and even the driving records of both parties.
“You have no choice but to lock them up” if the victims turn out to have warrants, including for minor offenses like unpaid tickets, a police source said.
“This is going to deter victims of domestic violence … They’re going to be scared to come forward.”
The directive tells detectives that when they are investigating cases of domestic violence, they should run a search that cross-references all NYPD databases.
Beside warrants, a person’s criminal record and history of making criminal complaints should be checked, the directive says.
A source said that even if detectives wanted to take pity on someone who was battered by a spouse, they would feel pressure to make an arrest to avoid getting in trouble with superiors.
“We have every right to arrest that person at that moment,” the source said.

anarcho-queer:

NYPD Now Running Criminal Checks On Domestic Violence Victims

Women who report domestic violence are exposing themselves to arrest under a new NYPD directive that orders cops to run criminal checks on the accused and the accuser, The Post has learned.

The memo by Chief of Detectives Phil Pulaski requires detectives to look at open warrants, complaint histories and even the driving records of both parties.

You have no choice but to lock them up” if the victims turn out to have warrants, including for minor offenses like unpaid tickets, a police source said.

This is going to deter victims of domestic violence … They’re going to be scared to come forward.

The directive tells detectives that when they are investigating cases of domestic violence, they should run a search that cross-references all NYPD databases.

Beside warrants, a person’s criminal record and history of making criminal complaints should be checked, the directive says.

A source said that even if detectives wanted to take pity on someone who was battered by a spouse, they would feel pressure to make an arrest to avoid getting in trouble with superiors.

We have every right to arrest that person at that moment,” the source said.

(via tinypunx)

Ma'lik crying after ruling

Judge Thomas Lipps told the Steubenville, Ohio court that he reviewed the case’s documents and text messages again. He said that many of the things learned during the trial were “profane” and “ugly.”

Trent Mays, 17, and Ma’lik Richmond, 16, were both sentenced to at least one year in juvenile jail and could be held until they are 21 years old. Mays was sentenced to an additional year for a charge related to distributing nude images of a minor.

Both teens were told to avoid contact with the victim at least until they are 21 and both were required to register as juvenile sex offenders.

Mays’ attorney called him a “family-oriented, loving, young man” and asked the judge for leniency.

Mays briefly addressed the court saying, “I would truly like to apologize to [the victim] and her family.”

Richmond cried as he approached the front of the courtroom. ”I would like to apologize,” he said, struggling to speak through his sobs. “I had no intentions to do anything like that. I’m sorry to put you guys through this.”

Ma’lik’s lawyer and father cried as they spoke about his difficult family history involving alcoholism.

Please read about what Trent, Ma’lik, and the town did to the young woman.

I’m very confused why, when rape is a felony, these men were not tried as adults… oh wait… they are small town super heros. GROSS. 

As the world waited for white smoke the Women’s Ordination Conference were in Rome with the women’s ordination worldwide. They were raising pink smoke to bring attention to the lack of women’s voices in the conclave and in the decision making of the Roman Catholic Church.

The Vatican is very much a monarchy, and has a seat at the U.N.; they make very important decisions that affect women on a global level. It’s more than a religion; it’s a government that affects the lives of millions of Catholic women around the world. Not just women who seek larger roles like ordination, girls who want to serve at the altar, women who’ve been divorced, lesbian women, reproductive healthcare, birth control, LGTB issues… They were against the Violence Against Women Act.

In 1994, Pope John Paul II closed officially any discussion on women’s ordination. People can be fired for discussing it. Lets hope is Pope Francis will open the doors just to discuss it.

A documentary film called Pink Smoke Over the Vatican is about the controversial movement of women seeking to be ordained as priests in the Roman Catholic Church.

motherjones:

Surprise, surprise: members of Congress with daughters vote better on women’s issues. 

Along the same lines, look at which Republicans in the Senate voted for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Personal experience makes a difference.
lloudmouth:

fuckyeahfeminists:

*trigger warning: rape joke*
thatfeministdyke:

stfuapologists:

vicmorrowsghost:

During his “We Saw Your Boobs” song Seth MacFarlane listed off women who’s breasts he’d seen in their movies. As if this isn’t grotesque enough four of the instances he listed were scenes of rape or the character was raped during the movie.
Hilary Swank in Boys Don’t Cry.
Jodie Foster in The Accused.
Jessica Chastain in Lawless.
Charlize Theron in Monster.

Holy SHIT. This is new information to me and wow just so not okay

Jesus fucking christ.

rage

First of all, it’s really fucked up that he would sing a song called “we saw your boobs” anyway. How about a “we saw your dick” song? I wanna hear that shit. And then to take his objectification a step further and sexualize brutal scenes depicting rape? You’re a real fucking prize, Seth MacFarlane. 

lloudmouth:

fuckyeahfeminists:

*trigger warning: rape joke*

thatfeministdyke:

stfuapologists:

vicmorrowsghost:

During his “We Saw Your Boobs” song Seth MacFarlane listed off women who’s breasts he’d seen in their movies. As if this isn’t grotesque enough four of the instances he listed were scenes of rape or the character was raped during the movie.

  • Hilary Swank in Boys Don’t Cry.
  • Jodie Foster in The Accused.
  • Jessica Chastain in Lawless.
  • Charlize Theron in Monster.

Holy SHIT. This is new information to me and wow just so not okay

Jesus fucking christ.

rage

First of all, it’s really fucked up that he would sing a song called “we saw your boobs” anyway. How about a “we saw your dick” song? I wanna hear that shit. And then to take his objectification a step further and sexualize brutal scenes depicting rape? You’re a real fucking prize, Seth MacFarlane. 

(via stfufauxminists)

After Tweets like…

"Lena Dunham is the voice of a masturbatory, hyper-self & her pathological titty baring represents Generation Shit."

Author of this article, Nathan Walker, says…

For years now, my wife has insisted that I’m a feminist despite my arguments that I’m not. She says that since I believe a woman has the right to work for the same pay as any man that I’m inherently a feminist. My half-hearted response was that I couldn’t possibly be. I’ve never read any feminist literature, never participated in a rally, and I certainly can’t stand behind the idea that a woman can do everything a man can (or vice versa). To be clear though, I do believe in equal rights, equal pay for equal work and that, intellectually men and women are equals. I also totally love the way women look naked. So, I couldn’t possibly be a feminist, right?

Then he talks about Girls taking a humorous look at people transitioning from childhood into adulthood, being the only TV show that allows women to be naked, and privilege/money

He asks whats unique about Girls and the lightning rod of hate? Hate for her body, the lack of diversity, her fantasy scenarios having sex with men out of their league? The only truly unique thing is it’s written and directed by a young woman.

He points to another HBO show, Game Of Thrones, who’s only characters of ethnicity are bloodthirsty, shirtless primitives and main characters are overprivileged kings and queens. The Playboy worthy Daenerys showings her tits all the time. But there is no scrutiny for creating an imaginary realm where old, fat men fuck teenage women in every episode.

Nathan finishes…

If you can point me to one single thing that sets her apart from her numerous counterparts making television entertainment beyond the fact that she’s a young woman, I’m all ears.

So, Lena Dunham, you’ve managed to do a few things here: You’ve managed to make me laugh; you’ve managed to make me cringe at that Adam character too many times; but more importantly, you’ve proven my wife to be correct (as usual) and confirmed that I am indeed a feminist. The sheer volume of public outcry over your show has pulled off my blinders to the reality of how our culture deals with a successful woman. I apologize that I’ve not caught on sooner, but, thankfully, it’s never too late to change. Now, I’m going to settle in and watch a nation of internet police tweet, blog, Facebook, and, hell, maybe even pinterest the ways that I and you are completely wrong. But don’t worry, the number of people fighting for your right to have a job making television shows just increased by one.

quickhits:

Fox’s Doocy wonders if Hillary Clinton’s ‘glamorous new face’ the result of a facelift.

Yeah, Steve. They certainly look different don’t they? It could be that she had a facelift or it could be — now try to follow me here, Speedy — that one is obviously a professional portrait and the other is obviously not.

Sometimes I wonder whether Fox & Friends isn’t really just performance art meant to demonstrate what the world looks like to horrifically stupid people.

(Source: livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com, via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

Roe v. Wade guaranteed abortion as a legal right across the country. A separate decision two decades later, Planned Parenthood v. Casey, guaranteed states’ rights to limit access to abortion, so long as it did not pose an “undue burden” on the woman.

Only Oregon has not layered additional restrictions on top of the Roe decision. At the other end of the spectrum is Oklahoma: With 22 abortion restrictions. You can go here for an interactive version of the graphic.

—> The GOP refuse to acknowledge this issue as a ‘war on women' but please remember the aggressive language they used during the last election around a woman in the workplace, 'forceable rape', pro life/choice, passing legislation that says a woman is pregnant 2 weeks before its possible… And, if your congressman voted against the Violence Against Women Act, what does that man support? etc. etc. etc.

Which 1/3 of this offends you?

Which 1/3 of this offends you?

(Source: trustoriez, via phroyd)

Tags: war on women

The groundbreaking move recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff overturns a 1994 rule prohibiting women from being assigned to smaller ground combat units. Panetta’s decision gives the military services until January 2016 to seek special exceptions if they believe any positions must remain closed to women.

However it opens hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after more than a decade at war.

A rape victim lives in every other house in the slum, say the residents of Kasturba Nagar. He violated women to control men, ordering his henchmen to drag even girls as young as 12 to a nearby derelict building to be gang-raped.

When one 22-year-old reported being raped by Yadav, the police accused her of having an affair with him and sent her away. Several others were sent away after being told: “You’re a loose woman. That’s why he raped you.”

On the day of Yadav’s hearing, 200 women came to the court armed with vegetable knives and chilli powder. As he walked in, Yadav spotted one of the women he had raped. He called her a prostitute and threatened to repeat the crime against her. The police laughed. She took off her sandal and began to hit him, shouting, “We can’t both live on this Earth together. It’s you or me.”

Akku Yadav was lynched by a mob of around 200 women from Kasturba Nagar. It took them 15 minutes to hack to death the man they say raped them with impunity for more than a decade. Chilli powder was thrown in his face and stones hurled. As he flailed and fought, one of his alleged victims hacked off his penis with a vegetable knife. A further 70 stab wounds were left on his body. The incident was made all the more extraordinary by its setting. Yadav was murdered not in the dark alleys of the slum, but on the shiny white marble floor of Nagpur district court.

demnewswire:

In 1994, Congress enacted the Violence Against Women Act with broad bi-partisan support. It has been renewed several times since then, except for 2012. If VAWA is NOT reauthorized, then important funding for battered women shelters and to aid in prosecution of domestic violence and sex-based crimes will be lost! Contact your representative ASAP to speak out. Go to www.4vawa.org for more info.

Please take a few minutes on that day to call your Senators and Representatives.

  • Use this number 888.269.5702 to connect to the Capitol switchboard.  Then ask to be connect to you U.S. Representative (www.house.gov) or Senator (www.senate.gov).
  • Tell them:  “I am your constituent.  Now that the elections are over, I urge you to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)!
  • @[INSERT YOUR REP’S TWITTER HANDLE] #PassVAWA2012


In case you wanted a dose of CRAZY check out these Ya-Ho’s. I guess the problem with making violence illegal is sometimes American men marry women from other countries and after the nuptials the woman objects to being abused. Now bing-bang-boom SHE’S unfairly American.

http://bellsouthpwp2.net/a/r/arietti/vawa_01.html

(via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

The story inside follows up on the juries’ refusal to convict now former NYPD officer Michael Pena on charges of rape for allegedly raping and sodomizing a schoolteacher on her way to work in the morning (because victim couldn’t remember color of parked car) he was convicted, instead of predatory sexual assault, a higher charge that may mean life in prison but still makes the layperson wonder: Why not rape?

She described in graphic detail how the cop threatened to shoot her with his service revolver if she resisted.

She told the court how he violated her repeatedly on a raw, wooden table.

She said she knew for sure it was rape because she begged him not to — and because “it hurt.”

But a Manhattan jury made up of highly educated professionals refused to convict Officer Michael Pena of rape for a startling reason —

“If she doesn’t remember these details, how does she know she was penetrated,” one of the holdouts reportedly said, according to sources.

(via realworldnews)