One way to examine this issue [violence against women] is by looking at the relationship of the female life cycle and women’s degree of vulnerability. Gender violence occurs throughout the life cycle. Violence during the prenatal period includes sex-selective abortions, forced abortions, battering during pregnancy, and forced pregnancy. During infancy, violence against females include infanticide, emotional and physical abuse, and restricted access to food and medical care. During childhood, females face genital mutilation, incest and sexual abuse, differential access to food, medical care, and education (compared to male children), child prostitution, and sexual slavery. The adolescent period brings the risk of dating and courtship violence, economically coerced sex, sexual abuse in the workplace, rape, sexual harassment, and forced prostitution. Violence throughout women’s reproductive years includes abuse by intimate partners, marital rape, dowry abuse, partner homicide, psychological abuse, sexual abuse in the workplace, sexual harassment, rape, and abuse of women with disabilities. Elderly women experience violence in the forms of self-immolation, abuse of widows, and elder abuse (which affects mostly women) (Heise, Pitanguy, and Germain, 1994).
Parrot, Andrea & Cummings, Nina. Forsaken Females: The Gobal Brutalization of Women. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 2006, (p. 12)
'Lest that make me sound like that scary, man-hating ogre I've never actually met in real life but which straight feminists and men have been talking about since before Friedan's panic attack over lavender menacing, let me explain: Feminism is a movement to empower women and equalize them in society. All women, everywhere.'
'Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen whom Taliban gunmen shot in the head in October 2012 in an assassination attempt to keep her from advocating for girls' education, spoke at the United Nations last month on her 16th birthday. Malala seems to know much more about feminism and what its goals once were/should be than do the majority of straight, white, middle-class feminists blogging around the Internet in 2013. At the same time that Malala was speaking with urgency about a need for radical feminist reforms worldwide to save the lives of girls like herself, Amanda Marcotte was writing at Slate that there is no need for radical feminism, and what the heck was that anyways, huh, and lesbians who espoused it should just get over themselves.'
When Nelson Mandela was released from prison, my mother was chosen to escort him on his first visit to the states. She told me this was one of the most fulfilling experiences of her life. That day, when she got home, she talked about how gracious and down to earth a man he was. She said that when she met him, he shook her hand, told her how beautiful she was and that he was honored to be escorted by such a lady. They held random conversations in the limo between appearances and before they entered the room where this picture was taken, he took hold of her arm and said “lead the way”. I pray his spirit rest and that his legacy continues.
In the ’90s, a gynecologist named Gao Yaojie exposed the horrifying cause of an AIDS epidemic in rural China — and the ensuing cover-up — and became an enemy of the state. Now 85, she lives in New York without her family, without her friends, and without regrets.
MP Geoff Shaw is using women’s reproductive rights as a political bargaining chip in Victorian parliament. Our Premier, Denis Napthine, might be securing his essential support in exchange for letting Shaw push his anti-abortion legislative reform (which was cited as Shaw’s ‘main problem’ with the Baillieu administration).
But yeah, let’s keep telling ourselves that the Minister for Health, Australian Medical Association and other stakeholder groups have a direct input into the discourse surrounding abortion in this state (let alone country).
Can we please realise that it’s incredibly idealistic to think that the ‘right’ decisions will be made in the end? This isn’t about us, it never has been. It’s about politics. We can have all the representation and all the inquiries, but at the end of the day, this is the type of shit that happens.
Fucking christ, do you know what this would have done? What this would have meant to SO MANY people?? The truth of this is devastating. And to think it almost found it’s way into a DISNEY film??
The inclusion of this scene alone would have made it the greatest animated feature the company ever produced. Easily. And if you think that’s hyperbolic clearly you don’t understand.
No, really, if anyone knows why this was cut PLEASE let me know.
oh man WHY WOULD they cut this, this is so great, holy MOLY
It was clearly something the crew was very reluctant to get rid of if it made it all the way to rough-clean (and in a few scenes clean!), fully inbetweened animation. That is like, thousands and thousands of dollars and weeks (months?!) of labour. Maybe a reluctant producer decided they would alienate their white middle-class American audiences by making them feel “too guilty” and pressed them to drop it? It’s unfortunate, it’s one of the most honest accounts of racism in a Disney movie (which is why it’s believable that someone got uncomfortable and made a case to get it chopped)
Designing entertainment by committee for maximum marketability is probably the most heartbreaking process in Hollywood.
There are a group of people who can consistently be counted on to argue that men’s sexuality is animalistic, feral, uncontrolled, dangerous; that men just can’t help themselves. These people are the rape apologists. If men can’t help themselves but to rape, why is it even wrong? This argument usually isn’t stated explicitly, because when stated explicitly it’s too over-the-top. But it is at the core of every comment that rape has to do with how the victim was dressed or whether she gave off the “wrong” signals.
I am tired, not of arguing in favour of equality, diversity and tolerance, but of having to explain, over and over and over again, why such arguments are still necessary, only to have my evidence casually dismissed by someone too oblivious to realise that their dismissal of the problem is itself a textbook example of the fucking problem. I am tired of being mocked by hypocrites who think that a single lazy counterexample is sufficient to debunk the fifteen detailed examples they demanded I produce before they’d even accept my point as a hypothetical, let alone valid, argument. I am tired of assholes who think that playing Devil’s Advocate about an issue alien to their experience but of deep personal significance to their interlocutor makes them both intellectually superior and more rationally objective on the specious basis that being dispassionate is the same as being right (because if they can stay calm while savagely kicking your open wound, then clearly, you have no excuse for screaming).
— Foz Meadows (“I Am So Very Tired” in shattersnipe: malcontent & rainbows October 4, 2013)