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Tuesday
Mar272012

Republican Stag Party Vision | National Organization for Women Endorses National March Against War on Women

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With women of both parties occupying only 17% of Congressional seats, it might seem unfair for New York Mag’s Frank Rich to write Stag Party: The GOP’s woman problem is that it has a serious problem with women

“For much of its history, misogyny was not the style of the party of Lincoln,” writes Rich. Because so many of its women were educated, the GOP was often ahead of the curve in granting women’s rights. When women got the vote via the 19th Amendment, roughly three-quarters of the 36 state legislatures that ratified the amendment were controlled by Republicans.

If you read AOC, you know 90% of the information Rich shares to show just how far afield the Republican party has gone in its rejection of independent, educated, competent women. Rich does share a story of MItt Romney the bishop. Indeed, the candidate has been a bishop of his church (perhaps he still is?)

A mother of four learned that she had a blood clot in her pelvis during a later, unexpected pregnancy, putting her own health and that of the fetus at risk. Romney visited the hospital where she “lay helpless, hurt, and frightened,” as she described it, only to tell her that “as your bishop, my concern is with the child.”

UNITE Against The

War on Women 4.28.12

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Karen Teegarden 248-310-8535

Email: Info@unitewomen.org

“Prominent names, young and old, step forward to endorse UNITE Women

BIRMINGHAM, MI—UNITEWomen.org is pleased to announce the endorsement by three well-known and nationally respected advocates for women’s rights.

Ihollabackis an international movement to address street crime or sexual harassment that happens in a public space.” Ihollaback’s efforts have changed the way street harassment is viewed and treated and its efforts have helped create the first of its kind government response in New York by connecting iPhone and Droid apps to the city’s 311 information line. Ihollaback includes 34 cities, 14 countries and operates in 8 languages. It was recently featured in Time.com’s Game Changers series.

Katrina vanden Heuvel is Editor and Publisher of The Nation magazine, serving as its editor since 1995 and as publisher since 2005. She is currently a columnist for WashingtonPost.com and is also a frequent commentator on MSNBC, CNN, ABC and PBS.  In 2003 van den Heuvel was honored with a Maggie Award from Planned Parenthood for her article, “Right-to-Lifers Hit Russia.” She said simply of her UNITE Women endorsement, “I proudly, happily endorse Unite Women march on April 28. We are all in this together – ensuring women’s rights to control their bodies and health.”

National Organization for Women (NOW)is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has more than 500,000 contributing members and more than 500 local and campus affiliates in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. NOW’s goal is to “take action” to bring about equality for all women. Both the actions NOW takes and its position on the issues are principled, uncompromising and often ahead of their time. NOW is a leader, not a follower, of public opinion.”

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Sunday
Mar252012

Unite Against the War on Women March April 28 PA Coordinator Lynn Thomas Guidetti Interview By Anne Enke

Anne of Carversville introduces friends to the three women behind April 28th’s Unite Against the War on Women march for Pennsylvania: Amy Gould Caraballo, Nicole Turman and Lynn Thomas Guidetti.

Anne, along with other Pa citizens, has joined forces with these three busy moms who have strong views about what’s happening to the women of Pennsylvania at the hands of Republican legislators.

Today we introduce our third ‘partner’ in PA, the trio that Anne now calls the T’s: Lynn Thomas Guidetti.

Furious over this nationwide assault on women’s bodies,  we want to humanize the pro-woman voices who support women’s rights. Limbaugh calls us ‘feminazis’. But who are we really? Are what are we doing to each other — woman to woman.

After you’ve finished reading Lynn Thomas Guidetti’s interview with Anne, meet previously published Amy Gould Caraballo, and Anne’s interview with Nicole Turman. Then check in at the Unite Against the War on Women national Facebook page and Unite Women’s new website. Follow on Twitter as @NatlWOW.

In Pennsylvania, link here for April 28th’s Unite Against the War on Women Harrisburg march.

Pa Press | If you are a member of the Pa press, Anne is happy to talk to you in her role as media liaison for the Pennsylvania march. Contact her here.

(Anne) Did you know each other before joining forces to organize the We Are Women March - Pennsylvania?

(Lynn) I knew Amy from a mailing list focused on improving children’s health. I did not know Nicole before she joined our group. Amy and Nicole knew each other. And I think it’s great how well we work together.

Do you have a history of being a women’s rights activist? Was feminism a word in your vocabulary growing up? What is your background and relationship with women’s rights issues?

Not really - I don’t have a background in this at all. I have always been an independent woman, but I was fairly young when the last generation was fighting for abortion rights, and was not a part of the movement. 

I’m constantly told that I can’t possibly be a feminist? I like sex and men. Could you define feminism for yourself?

Anyone who doesn’t get that feminism has nothing to do with the act of sex is an idiot. And I’m not particularly philosophical about feminism. I have my own mind, and I make my own choices. I am not chattel. And I would just love to be respected and taken seriously, without having to get pissed off and fight for that respect. Maybe we need a women are persons, too, amendment.

I have a better question for you, Anne. Have you ever Googled “what does feminism mean to you”? Do it. You will be appalled by some of the answers you read, especially the ones on answers.yahoo.com.

These are just plain scary REAL kids who REALLY think this stuff. They REALLY believe this stuff and are SO uninformed as young women. Frankly, they are clueless that they are losing ALL their rights as American females.

I am more concerned that they understand ‘feminism’ than what ‘I’ think.

Do you have any opinions on why feminism has struggled to achieve legitimacy in America?

More men in power positions than women; men in power have more money than women. The consequences are obvious.

Another thing, we a situation in the rural areas, where people are basically proud to be ignorant. It’s an atittude I’ve never seen anywhere else, and as a matter of fact, Santorum is playing on a form of it in his campaign.

Santorum finds crowds of these people and talks about education — college — being elitist. And ignorant people are generally not feminist because they don’t understand the ideology; and no one’s ever REALLY explained it to them.

Many of these people are just afraid of learning, and get defensive about it, fearing that they might that they will find out they’ve been wrong all the time. It reminds me of Catholics not wanting to face the truth about rogue priests.

Do you have children? Do you work with children or young women?

Both. I have a son. I do work with with kids as a music teacher, both boys and girls as old as high school.

Was there a specific trigger that brought you to the national Unite Against the War on Women campaign?


It wasn’t one thing but rather a pile that broke the camel’s back. Just the idea of a transvaginal probe (TVP) or an ultrasound photo sends chills up my spine. Many young girls already have negative experiences with sex and sexual issues, and the major lack of respect towards women in the media doesn’t help.

What the hell do doctors think something like a TVP is going to do to them? I had a horrible experience with a male gynecologist when I was 16, and I never went to a male gyn again. In addition, I was laid off when I became pregnant. Is it any wonder many women resent men?

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Saturday
Mar242012

Key Execs Leave Susan G. Komen Foundation | Single Women Voters Hold Key to 2012 Election

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Feb 2012 protesters in Dallas. Rex C. Curry/AP/FileThe number of high-ranking resignations at Susan G. Komen for the Cure has increased to at least five this week. Three officials has resigned from Komen’s Dallas headquarters, accompanied by CEOs of affiliate groups in Oregon and now New York City. The chairman of the foundation Howard University surgeon LaSalle D. Leffall Jr. has stepped down but remains on the Board.

The New York chief executive, Dara Richardson-Heron, declined to comment Wednesday. In a statement on the affiliate’s Web site, she said the decision was not “easy,” but the right one. Her counterpart in Oregon, Christine McDonald, said last month that she was stepping down. McDonald, who did not return phone calls Wednesday, said “deep frustration about the distraction” caused by the Komen headquarters’ actions was a factor, a statement on the affiliate’s Web site said.

New York is the biggest affiliate fund-raiser, raising about $12.7 million in cash and in-kind donations in the 2011 fiscal year. New York was always opposed to the decision to stop funding Planned Parenthood.

In Dallas, Komen is losing Katrina McGhee, the EVP and CMO, leaving May 4; Nancy Macgregor, vp of global networks is leaving in June; and Joanna Newcomb, a director for affiliate strategy and planning who is gone. McGhee oversees more than 200 corporate partnerships, 140 race events and more than $350 million in annual revenue at Komen.

Not only is Komen looking at the departures of key executives, but the breast cancer charity’s ability to fundraise is also dubious. Throughout the organization, staff members are being asked to review budgets, continues WaPo.

At Komen’s recent affiliate leadership meeting in Dallas, there was a renewed call for the organization to become more horizontal, rather than receiving top-down directives from Dallas. The NYTimes wrote earlier this week that the calls for founder Nancy G. Brinker to resign were escalating.

War on Women

Minutes ago in PA’s April 28 group planning a United Against the War on Women Rally in Harrisburg, Anne wrote “I think we need a personhood movement for women, too. Women aren’t incubators.” Jason Stanford asks the same question in his Huff Po piece.

Maybe what women need is a personhood movement that piggybacks on the Republican dream to enfranchise zygotes with civil rights. It’s time for Republicans to recognize that women should have at least as much power in their lives as they imagine a fertilized egg has.

FIFA, the Olympics, and Muslim Female Athletes Council on Foreign Relations

Pope Benedict is in Mexico, as former victims and authors staged news conferences to call attention to the sex abuse cases surrounding disgraced Rev. Marciel Degollado, the Mexican priest who founded the Legionaries of Christ. Benedict was the head of the Vatican’s doctrinal office investigating the allegations. The NYTimes writes that Rev. Alberto Athié Gallo, a co-author of a new book, “The Will Not To Know” was among the voices speaking out about the case.

More DFR

President Obama greets women onstage in November 2009. (Credit: AP/Mel Evans)That subset of female voters that is unmarried women emerges as the single most important group that could decide the November elections, writes Salon. In a new report from pollster Celinda Lake and the Voter Participation Center, it’s estimated that 55 million unmarried women will be eligible to vote in November, an increase of 19 percent since 2000.

When these women do vote, it’s overwhelmingly Democratic. Reality is, though, that currently one-third of these women aren’t registered to vote, compared to a quarter of married women.

According to a poll Gardner’s group conducted with Democracy Corps and released in mid-February, Mitt Romney’s favorability numbers with unmarried women — defined as women who are divorced, separated, widowed or never been married — have dropped from 37 percent in November 2011 to 30 percent in February 2012. Meanwhile, in the same time frame, President Obama’s numbers have jumped from 54 percent in November to 65 percent in February.

Karl Lagerfeld Latest Snit

In all the chaos of the war on women and Anne acting as a press liaison for the April 28th march in Harrisburg, we failed to post Newsbeast writer Robin Givhan’s February 6 issue essay in which she called the famed designer “overrated”.

Givhan predicted her future, booted from her usual front row seat at the Chanel show. The imperial Lagerfeld claimed at a press conference Friday that he’s sorry editor Tina Brown is “going down” with a “shitty little paper”.

For a man who dished out criticism lavishly, the Chanel designer tolerates none from others. Anne has written extensively about Lagerfeld — and not kindly.

Like Aristotle, Karl Lagerfeld Sees Women As Predators

Pirelli Defines Sensuaity & Fashion Bodies | Arthur Elgort | Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld’s Preferred Vision | No Women Allowed

Claudia Schiffer as Muse | Comparing Frida Kahlo by Karl Lagerfeld | Iris Brosch

Karl Lagerfeld | Pirelli Calendar 2011 | The Female Divinities & Muses Are Feminists

Coco Chanel | Powerful, Seductive, Independent in ‘Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky’

Heidi Klum & Rankin Could Sell Magnum Chocolate Ice Cream NSFW

ALL Karl Lagerfeld

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