Abusers and the rhetoric of intimidation and shaming


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I actually hesitated

to join the Big Brass Alliance for that reason. I don't like the title or the logo. I do adamantly support the cause, though, and in times of war - and we are at war within our own country - we do what must be done.

Nitpicking is another masculist tool. You don't have to be perfect or pure to have an opinion. We don't have to meet anyone else's criteria before we matter.

Morgaine-ism© #8

"A Woman's Sexual and Reproductive Autonomy is Sacred and Absolute."

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Posted by Morgaine Swann on 29 June 2005 - 9:48pm
Bad Idea

Regarding the idea that "we women will bargain away all our rights to control pregnancy, too, because we have to do whatever it takes to get the chimp out of the White House,"

That is the equivalent of letting the horse get stolen in order to justify leaving the barn door open. The important thing is our rights; next to them, the occupant of the White House is a minor issue. It is NOT worth giving up our reproductive autonomy to get the chimp out of the White House--the threat to our rights is the REASON we want him gone.

Conversely, I don't care if the President of the United States is George W. Bush, George Washington, George Lucas, SpongeBob SquarePants, James Buchanon, James Bond, James Kirk, or Jesus Christ, so long as my (and everyone else's) rights and freedoms are protected. I don't care how hard they try to ruin them, just so they don't succeed. Because the important thing is those rights--yes, there's a connection between who's the President and how much danger those rights are in, but it will never be worth giving them up to lessen the danger they'd be in if they still existed.

And don't try to tell me that they'll be restored once the Democrats are in power. They might, but more likely the Democrats would play it conservative to keep the right-and-center parts of their voting base from going Republican. No danger of that with the far left, so guess which part of their base they work for and which part they just give lip service to. Why didn't the Equal Rights Amendment get ratified under Clinton?

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Posted by Kyra (not verified) on 30 June 2005 - 10:04pm
Because Clinton was the greatest Republican ...

President we ever had - at least according to Michael Moore. He makes the point that Clinton got certain very damaging welfare reforms through Congress that that a Republican president wouldn't dare to try. I liked Clinton personally, but he was not perfect by any means.

I agree with you that we shouldn't compromise our rights - the compromise I mentioned was only joining a group with a masculist name. It's being run by feminist bloggers, though, and as I said, it's a good cause.

What people fail to realize is that it isn't really about Democrats vs. Republicans. It's about the very rich against everyone else. The Democrats are owned by the same special interests, and we have allowed our political system to devolve into one where only the very wealthy can even consider running for office. We're only going to get so far this way, but it's a crucial distance, and it's a beginning.

Morgaine-ism© #8

"A Woman's Sexual and Reproductive Autonomy is Sacred and Absolute."

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Posted by Morgaine Swann on 30 June 2005 - 11:27pm
It's not about party politics

It's about lies and accountability. I am not a Democrat or Republican. I don't have the stomach for either, to be honest. I vote progressive, usually holding my nose while I face the options in the booth.

The Downing Street Memos reveal the lies about the rationale for war. The mainstrem media have totally ignored them. Why? I don't know. Maybe they're afraid of Bush and his puppet masters.

This is about over 100,000 dead because of the lying drumbeat to war. This is about a president who has engangered our entire country with reckless, illegal and medacious actions. That goes against my moral values.

We can agree to disagree, but if you're going to write off every feminist who doesn't embrace your own particular feminist views top to bottom, pretty soon you'll be marching alone. "Feminism" is quite diverse when we really look at it.

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Posted by media girl on 1 July 2005 - 1:16am