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This blows my mind:

[T]he worst cases of misogyny in the world today are rarely even deemed newsworthy. In India, a “bride burning” in which a young bride is set ablaze as punishment for unacceptable dowries, occurs about once every two hours. 39,000 baby girls under 1 year old annually die in China each year directly because of gender discrimination, which causes parents to deny them the medical treatment reserved for boys. According to some estimates, more girls have been killed directly because of being girls in the last 50 years than all of the men killed in all of the wars of the 20th century, and more girls die in any given decade than all people killed in all of the genocides of the 20th century. Additionally, a staggering number of girls and women are also victims of various forms of sexual violence. As many as 3 million women and girls worldwide are victims of sex trafficking, with hundreds of thousands of new victims added each year. Rates of rape around the world are staggeringly high, not just in areas like the war-torn East Congo, but also in the United States military, where recent reports indicate that one out of every three women in service has been sexually assaulted, and surveys of college-aged women routinely show that approximately 25% have experienced rape or attempted rape. And rape is abetted everywhere by ingrained cultural attitudes that still, even in ostensibly liberal democracies like the United States, blame the victim and diminish the responsibility of the rapists. Even the mainstream New York Times recently got on the victim blaming bandwagon when their coverage of the gang rape of an 11-year old girl included quotes from members of the girl’s community who observed that the girl acted older than her age, hung around too much with neighborhood boys, and obviously wasn’t being properly supervised by her mother.

from "The Invisibility of Misogyny" by Phil Molé

http://www.butterfliesandwheels.org/2011/the-invisibility-of-misogyny/

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Of course I knew things are bad for women and girls around the world. But I didn't know it is this bad. Stunning.

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I've forced myself to read the article. Not exactly easy reading. And again, Kat, I think Campbell was right.

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Hi Tere,

Yeah, I think Campbell was right, too. The article concentrated on how misogny affects women, which is understandable, but I would like to see more emphasis put on how misogny harms men as well.
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Good point. Damn good point! It must dehumanize men.

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I wasn't sure where to post this. Decided to present the material here. Very relevant to this thread, but I won't say more as I want you to approach the work without any interference from me:

Statement of Facts by Vanessa Place

"This is the first in what I hope will be a series of self-appropriations, selected from my cases. Many thanks to Kenneth Goldsmith, who encouraged same."

http://www.ubu.com/ubu/unpub/Unpub_042_Place.pdf

Recent follow up "poem" after questions about about the original project were raised:

http://www.theclaudiusapp.com/1-place.html



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Vanessa Place Reading 1 Pussy, Statement of Fact

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npW2KcGng7M

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I had to make myself watch Place's Youtube video. What I mean is that I had to force myself to not turn away. It fits your thread perfectly. Please don't stop here.

But none of it really is invisible is it? None of it. Just like racism isn't invisible, slave trade in children for sex isn't invisible, the case of the working poor in America isn't invisible. The extinction of animals and plants. Environmental degradation. None of it is invisible except through a generally agreed upon conspiracy State, corporation, the legal system and, most egregious of all, "nice people" agree to. There in lies the invisibility. And you bet. Misogyny is directly linked to all of the above.

Kat, this may strike you as a tangent and irrelevant to Place's thesis. (all poetry has a thesis.) But I despise how "nice people" misappropriate art. They have to in order to co-opt it so that they can neutralize it. To me the sin is unpardonable how Victor Hugo's novel, Les Miserables, has become a best-loved opera when, in fact, it speaks to Place's cases, as she puts it, and to all cases of desperate invisibility. I don't blame a Cheney or a Bachmann or a Palin or a Limbaugh or a Colter nearly as much as I hold "nice people" accountable for the degradations of the human spirit.

Don't stop. Don't let me avert my eyes.

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Rep. Jackie Speier on the House floor today. "It is misogynist. It is absolutely misogynist."

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Nothing can ever dissuade the pro-lifers from their trenches. Irony, here, is that pro-lifers are really pro-deathers. Past time to get less than polite and go to the roar, as the Bible puts it.

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Rush Limbaugh has crossed the line: He is attacking a young woman who testified before Congress on birth control as a medical necessity. He has been calling her a slut, among other terrible names. Yesterday he offered to buy her and her friends aspirin to put between their knees—another form of name-calling. And then he said that if Sandra Fluke wants birth control coverage, he should get something for it—she should have to post videos of herself having sex.

This is unacceptable. ProFlowers is a major advertiser for Rush’s show and they are a company that caters mostly to women. That’s why we’re joining forces with RH Reality Check to call on Rush advertisers, starting with ProFlowers, to cut ties with him right away. ProFlowers is already feeling the pressure on this, so if enough of us sign we can push them over the edge.

Add Your Voice.


Aren't you as tired as I am of the nuts or sluts, madwoman in the attic or whore accusations meant to silence women?

http://act.weareultraviolet.org/sign/proflowersrush/
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hi Kat,

Signed several such petitions yesterday and read today that SIX of his advertisers have dropped him, including ProFlowers if I'm not mistaken.

Maybe he's finally, at long last, self-destructed. I'm not holding my breath,

Chris

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Hey Chris,

Six of his advertisers have dropped him? That's great. If you come across any petitions for advertisers who haven't come to their senses yet, will you please post them here? I WANT TO SIGN THEM! When I heard all that !@#$ he said about Fluke, I wanted to cry.
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According to Rush's website:

"The Rush Limbaugh Show is the most listened to radio talk show in America, broadcast on over 600 radio stations nationwide."

Yesterday I heard someone say Rush got a $400 million, multi-year contract not too long ago. And for what? For talking trash. For spewing his toxic stew all over the airwaves. Yeah, he has the right to say what he wants, but we have the right to say Enough! Oh, and Rick Santorum, in what world is Limbaugh's brand of misogyny entertaining? Maybe in the good ole boys' club you pretend not to belong to, but nowhere else.

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The thing is, whether we want to accept that part of social thought or not, these ideas are out there, being heard to a "uh-huh, yeah, tell 'em Rush" or simply adding to the acceptability of such beliefs. When we hear complaints about "political correctness" or even maligning of the marginal, it is certainly colored by disgust for women by a not so silent, seething class.
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/guest-voices/post/all-about-eve-the-christian-roots-of-the-gop-war-on-women/2012/03/01/gIQAymq0kR_blog.html
All about Eve: The Christian roots of the GOP war on women

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Here's a petition and list of all sponsors:

http://campaigns.dailykos.com/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=81

I don't like the tone of his so-called apology;
kinda sounds like 'sorry you can't take a joke.' I say keep the pressure on,

Chris

Carbonite just dumped his ass.

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I was wrong, Pro-Flowers just pulled their ads
today.

Chris
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I'm with you, Chris, let's keep the pressure on:

Tell Rush's Advertisers: Drop his show ASAP

Rush Limbaugh has crossed the line: Over the course of 3 days he attacked a young woman 53 separate times for testifying before Congress about birth control as a medical necessity. He called her a slut and a prostitute among other terrible names. And then he said that if Sandra Fluke wants birth control coverage, he should get something for it—she should have to post videos of herself having sex. He issued a statement on the controversy this weekend that showed that he was not at all sorry for his rants-- even prominent conservatives don't think he is actually sorry for what he said.

So far 9 companies have already stopped advertising on his show. But some, like Life Lock--among others--still remain. Can you sign this petition telling Rush advertisers that he crossed the line and they must stop advertising on his show?

Our message to Rush Limbaugh Advertisers

Hateful and abusive language towards women is completely unacceptable. Rush Limbaugh has really crossed the line this time and you need to stop advertising on his show immediately.


 http://act.weareultraviolet.org/sign/rushads/?rd=1&t=1&referring_akid=41.325589.m8sCcK
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Libra,

Thanks for the link to "All about Eve: The Christian roots of the GOP war on women." Flipping through the channels this morning, I came across a black woman preacher on the Christian broadcasting station who told a huge auditorium full of women, "We have to stand up to the feminazis." Wow. You are right that there is a disturbingly large audience for this stuff.
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Just when we thought it was safe to come up from the gender wars ...
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No, I don't believe he's sincere in his appology:

Rush Limbaugh opened his syndicated radio show on Monday by reiterating the weekend apology he had made to Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown law student whom the outspoken host had called a "slut" and "prostitute" for her testimony about contraception the week before.
 
"I descended to [the left's] level when I used those two words to describe Sandra Fluke," Limbaugh said. "I've always tried to maintain a very high degree of integrity and independence on this program. Nevertheless, those two words were inappropriate. They were uncalled for. They distracted from the point that I was actually trying to make, and I again sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for using those two words to describe her. I do not think she is either of those two words. I did not think last week that she is either of those two words."
 
He added: "It was way beneath me, and way beneath you. I was wrong. I genuinely apologize."


http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/cutline/limbaugh-not-think-sandra-fluke-slut-prostitute-181711551.html
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No. Too cute by half. He may actually be circling the drain this time, a station in Hawaii has stopped carrying his show, citing his odious comments as the reason.

Here's hoping,

Chris
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Why We Must Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act Now

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sen-amy-klobuchar/why-we-must-reauthorize-t_b_1455262.html?ref=black-voices

I got an email today asking me to sign a petition in support of reautorization of the act. I thought, yes, I must sign this. Then I thought, nah, let them vote it down and then tell us all how they are not fighting a war against women.
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