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Saturday
Mar172012

Pa WOW's Nicole Turman @Harrisburg War on Women April 28 March Interview by Anne Enke

This week 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.

For good reason, most AOC writing focuses on the women’s rights assault of the day in America. Just trying to track the legislation is a nightmare. What’s lost in calling out one vaginal probe and personhood bill after another is the personal side of feminism and women’s rights in America.

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 Nicole Turman’s interview with Anne, meet previously published Amy Gould Caraballo, 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?

(Nicole) I know Amy. Amy knows Lynn. So, Amy has been the connection that resulted in the three of us together. I think that helps immensely as we get this moving forward – there is familiarity, and trust. We know the reasons we are here and we can get down to work.

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?

I participated in the March for Women’s Lives in March 1986. That was my first, I was 20 years old then, but feminism has been a part of who I have always been. I was raised by parents that always supported me – believed in my strengths. Who taught me to QUESTION, to think for myself, stand up for myself and what I believe in. Who told me to never believe someone who says, “you can’t” – not for any reason. They taught me to be strong in the face of adversity and how to do so with grace and with dignity.

I was the young child who stood up for others on the playground. Those high school years were awkward, as they are for many. I really found myself again when I went off to college. It was there that I became actively involved in women’s movement activities. Eleanor Smeal, then president of NOW presented a lecture on campus and it was standing room only. We were relatively close to DC and it was easy to get there and participate in marches, rallies and activities.

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

What feminism is!! It is not about sexual orientation, it is not about abortion. Feminism, to me, is about self-determination. It is about respect and equality. It about the belief that equal access and equal protection mean just that –but, at the same time, understanding that those terms do not necessarily mean the same thing to – to men and women, to black and white, to disabled and non-disabled.

When we consider, for example, access to preventative healthcare, equality cannot be defined in the same way for men and women.  By nature of biology, we have to look at different issues – BOTH are preventative healthcare and BOTH must be considered.

Feminism means not having double-standards whereby it is acceptable for men to be sexual and interested in sex and that is admired, but women — well, women who are interested in sex and sexuality are sluts, promiscuous, prostitutes. It means that family planning and family leave should apply to BOTH parents.

Feminism means that I believe that WOMEN and women alone have dominion over their own bodies. It means recognizing that we are a diverse world, where what makes us all one is the conjoining of those differences and by recognizing, respecting, and working from that mindset means we live, interact and engage in a manner that affords ALL have access to those inalienable rights – life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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

I am a woman who has faith, yet, I still believe that the struggle of feminism in America relates to religion in America. That is not to say that there are not feminist women of faith. What I mean is far-reaching fundamentalist underpinning where women are seen, through centuries of religious indoctrination, as less than the ‘male’ god.  Why do so many include the right of baptism for babies? To cleanse the infant’s soul from Eve’s original sin?  Seriously, my baby has to be cleansed of a ‘sin’ committed by a character in a book written by men to perpetuate their own authority over women? I think that the undertones of religion have had a tremendous impact on the subconscious of America and it has impeded feminism’s legitimacy in America.

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

Both. I have a son. I do work with children.

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

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Saturday
Mar172012

40% of Working Wives Outearn Husbands | 75% Americans Reject Birth Control Compromise As Anti-Religion | Vatican & Komen

Daily French Roast

Anne is reading …

Reuters shares the first major article written about the Catholic bishops putting pressure on the Susan G Komen Foundation. Komen founder Nancy Brinker shared her love of Pope Benedict XVI writing about his papal blessing of a box of silver ribbon-shaped pins for her breast cancer charity.

“He took my hands and blessed me for my work. I couldn’t help myself. I burst into tears,” she recalls in her memoir, “Promise Me: How a Sister’s Love Launched the Global Movement to End Breast Cancer.”

Komen’s relationship with the Catholic Church has been complicated in a mutual exchange of funds between the two groups. Reuters writes that Komen has allocated at least $17.6 million of its donations to US Catholic universities, hospitals and charities — none of which provide reproductive health care services to women.

Catholic bishops of Ohio flexed major muscle with Komen in 2011, with 11 bishops announcing a statewide policy banning church and parochial school donations to Komen. As Catholic bishops today investigate Girl Scouts, a similar position could happen in the coming years.

After Ohio, North Dakota bishops forbade Catholic support of Komen.

Observers say the local bishops’ focus on Komen and other social issues reflects a larger conservative shift within the American church since New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan became chairman of the Conference in November 2010.

Arizona Lawmakers Target Planned Parenthood Funding AzCapitol Times

Arizona is poised to follow Texas in banning any federal government funding of Planned Parenthood under a bill that received preliminary approval from the state House on Friday.

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Is Silence Going extinct? NYTimes Magazine

‘50 Shades of Grey,’ a Self-Published E-Book, Is the Future of Publishing The Daily Beast

Moms Judge Other Moms, But One Says She’s Sorry TIME

Extra Girly Genes Boost Male Sex Drive Live Science

Texas Sues Federal Agency Over Women’s Health Program Austin American Statesman

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With all the aggressive noise against women in America these days — including talk of banning contraception in many states and making it legal for doctors to lie to pregnant patients about ultrasound results — almost 40% of working wives out-earn their husbands, notes Liza Mundy, author of “The Richer Sex” this week’s TIME cover story and a new book.

Mundy shared her research at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women breakfast, an audience of women with seven-figure salaries and househusbands. Mundy’s research shows women are out-earning men in most U.S. metro areas. In Dallas and Atlanta, the average young woman earns $1.18 and $1.14, respectively, for every dollar earned by a male.

Unless Republicans, Catholic bishops and evangelical leaders succeed in returning women to homemaker status with no access to birth control, the trend will escalate. Today, women make up 60% of US college classes, earning more advanced degrees then men. In professions like veterinary medicine, law and medicine, women will dominate these fields.

Can men, bred to be providers, live happily in a world where women may not need them for support? An optimist, Mundy believes that many men will cede control as breadwinners.(One bit of evidence: Marriage rates for high-income women are rising, as overall marriage rates decline.) Moreover, society will adapt by “broadening the definition of masculinity,” she contends. Masculinity will include cooking as well as hunting, and child care as well as golf. via Fortune

Republicans Losing on Birth Control as 77% in Poll Spurn Debate Bloomberg

Both genders overwhelming reject the argument that the Obama Administration’s policy on employer-provided contraceptive coverage violates religious freedom, with more than 75% saying the topic shouldn’t even be part of the national political debate.

While President Obama continues to lead Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney among women voters in the Bloomberg National Poll, his margins aren’t large.

The poll also indicated that most Americans aren’t comfortable mixing religion and policy. Fifty-eight percent of those surveyed — including almost half of Republicans — say a president’s religious beliefs should never influence his policy decisions compared with a quarter who say they should sometimes, and 14 percent who say they should most or all of the time.

Thursday
Mar152012

Hillary Clinton -- Not Joe Biden -- Can Bank the Women's Vote in 2012 Elections | Violence Against Women Act

Daily French Roast

Anne is reading …

Anne supported Hillary Clinton for president in 2008. She has called more than once for President Obama to put Hillary Clinton on the 2012 ticket as vice president, to insure that Obama is reelected for a second term. We’re presently not focused on the 2016 election, but rather, the current Republican War on Women.

There is no doubt that having Hillary Clinton and not Joe Biden running as vice president this year insures a turnout among Democratic women and independent voters, too.  Joe Biden cannot — and will not of choice — focus on rallying single women to vote. 

We can argue that the failure of single women to vote is part of the reason we’re in this horrible mess with women’s rights. AOC will do all we can to mobilize single women in 2012, but we WANT Hillary Clinton running for vice president, not Joe Biden. In fact, we are ready to petition Hillary Clinton for vice president.

 

We echo Maureen Dowd’s Don’t Tread on Us column:

Women have watched a chilling cascade of efforts in Congress and a succession of states to turn women into chattel, to shame them about sex and curb their reproductive rights. They’ve seen the craven response of G.O.P. candidates after Limbaugh branded a law student wanting insurance coverage for birth control pills, commonplace for almost five decades, as a “prostitute” and “slut.”

If women are so vulnerable, they may need one of their own.

Is she inevitable?

American women know that all the gains we’re made are up for grabs by Republicans. We have a RIGHT to an American vice president who is committed to women’s emancipation.

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“We’re mad, and we’re tired of it,” said Senator Maria Cantwell.Stephen Crowley/The New York Time Laws protecting women, originally enacted with broad bi-partisan support, are now the subject of fierce debate in the Republican War on Women. Today’s anti-woman menu du jour includes the Violence Against Women Act, a federal law signed into effect by President Clinton in 1994, providing $1.6 billion to help investigate and prosecute violent crimes against women. In 2000 the act was reauthorized by Congress, as it was again in 2005.

NYTimes writer Jonathan Weisman reported today that Democratic women senators would march together today, demanding quick action on its extension.

Alaka’s senator Lisa Murkoswki is warning Republicans that they are being successfully painted as anti-woman, with potentially severe consequences. Senator Jeff Sessions, Republican of Alabama, opposes the latest version of the bill, after supporting it in the past.

The legislation would continue existing grant programs to local law enforcement and battered women shelters, but would expand efforts to reach Indian tribes and rural areas. It would increase the availability of free legal assistance to victims of domestic violence, extend the definition of violence against women to include stalking, and provide training for civil and criminal court personnel to deal with families with a history of violence. It would also allow more battered illegal immigrants to claim temporary visas, and would include same-sex couples in programs for domestic violence.

The Greater New York City affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure announced that it has cancelled the Annual Awards Gala originally scheduled for May 17, 2012. A Grantees’ Breakfast is scheduled instead, with tickets controlled by organizers. NYC Komen exects say they’re uncertain about an ability to fundraise at this time. And they can’t control the ticket purchasers — opening the door to some ugly incidents at the big party.

Anne — along with other Pa citizens and people across America — 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.

For good reason, most AOC writing focuses on the women’s rights assault of the day in America. Just trying to track the legislation is a nightmare. What’s lost in calling out one vaginal probe and personhood bill after another is the personal side of feminism and women’s rights in America.

Please 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.