In non-patriarchal societies women are valued.
Not so much in patriarchies, where men rule and men are valued over women — whether you’re talking present-day America or the world circa B.C.E.
Wyoming: Women = Cattle?
Oklahoma and Wyoming Republicans agree women aren’t people, disagree on just what they are.
Many on the religious right are pro-Trump even though his life is not right religiously.
He’s bragged about enjoying plenty of casual sex. He’s even boasted about sexually assaulting women. And some women have filed lawsuits that sound exactly like the assaults that he has described making. His first wife said he raped her once (later taking back the claim).
Why do so many religious conservatives still back him? Read the rest of this entry
Some folks try to use their own religious rights to tramp down everyone else’s.
A couple examples:
- Contraception: Powerful people who don’t believe in birth control refuse to cover contraception thru their organization’s insurance
- Gay marriage: No cake-baking for gay weddings if you’re against homosexuality
Apparently, religious rights are more important than any other kind. Read the rest of this entry
Should some people be allowed to force their religion on less powerful people?
That might happen if the Supreme Court rules against the government in the Zubik v. Burwell contraception case. Read the rest of this entry
Laws “protecting” women often end up harming them, instead.
That’s because limiting liberty is the real aim.
In 1905 a laundress sued her employer for making her work more than 10 hours — Oregon’s legal limit for women back then. The case eventually wound up at the Supreme Court, where her employer made this feminist argument:
Limits on women’s work hours discriminate against them.
But the Justices upheld the law, saying that women are like children, both needing special care. Read the rest of this entry
The Ms. Blog asked readers to share stories of what it was like to get illegal abortions before the 1973 Supreme Court decision on Roe v Wade that gave women the right to terminate a pregnancy.
It seems strange when a “pro-lifer” kills.
Like Robert Dear’s recent mass shooting.
Yet “pro-lifers” are less interested in sustaining life than in controlling women.
That sounds crazy, but check this out:
Pro-lifers aren’t really pro-life Read the rest of this entry
Defund Planned Parenthood to save lives?
That’s what folks — perpetually intent on promoting unplanned parenthood — claim. Because 3% of the services PP provided last year were abortion-related (but not government-funded). And some folks trust hoaxes staged to make PP look bad.
Yet the anti-PP folks don’t really care about saving lives.
Pro-lifers Against Saving Lives Read the rest of this entry
Once upon a time we imagined God as The Goddess.
Women give birth, and so from the goddess worlds were born.
But once we knew the role men played the goddess birthed a son who grew to become her lover and consort. And from these two worlds were born.
Later, gods overtook goddesses. And eventually, from God the world was born. (Why this pattern? I’ll discuss it later.)
And these patriarchal types have been trying to control women’s reproduction ever since.
But PsychoSuperMom is here to remind us that:
I didn’t come from your rib. You came from my vagina.
Video here: Read the rest of this entry