5 Election Day lessons for the GOP – The Week

The editorial staff at the Week’s examination of the GOP’s poor showing in the 2012 elections is rather superficial because the Republicans don’t need a face lift, they need a heart transplant. Their bone-deep misogyny and pandering to the radical religious right needs to to be excised and exorcised if they want to have any hope of appealing to anyone other than the lunatic fundamentalist fringe. Their “woman problem” (more accurately woman-hating problem) is their worst failing and should have been first on this writer’s list.

Romney signed his own political death warrant when he named blatant misogynist Paul Ryan as his running mate and continued to support Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock and didn’t denounce them and Joe Walsh for the  idiots they are when they made their ill-informed and outrageous remarks about rape, rape-induced pregnancy, and abortion.

The article in Reuters outlines the real reason Obama and so many other pro-choice Democrats, especially women, won:  women voters refusal to accept the war on women unleashed by the Tea Party Republicans.  The defeat of Romney/Ryan, Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock, Joe Walsh, and the rabid Allen West and the election of pro-choice women like Elizabeth Warren, Tammy Baldwin, Heidi Heitkamp, Kirsten Gillibrand, Maria Cantwell, Tammy Duckworth, Dianne Feinstein, Carol Shea-Porter, Mazie Hirono, and Annie Kuster to the Senate for the first-time ever total of 19 pro-choice women (!) is abundant proof of this.

With the help of women, Obama wins a second term | Reuters

5 Election Day lessons for the GOP – The Week

Saudi Arabia: Hooray for Female Olympic Athletes? | Care2 Causes

Saudi Arabia remains a bastion of male supremacy and, as pointed out in this article, only complied with sending a couple of tokens to the Olympics because they were forced to in order to participate.  It is a disgusting example of a culture steeped in a repressive patriarchal religion and the  absence of freedom that results  when the church rules the state–a cautionary tale for this country which is well on its way to becoming a theocracy.  Saudi Arabia needs to become secularized in order to join the 21st century and make some real changes like voting rights, driving rights, and educational rights for women if they want to show the world they are serious about progress.

Saudi Arabia: Hooray for Female Olympic Athletes? | Care2 Causes

The Declaration of, by, and for Women

We, the Women of the United States of America on behalf of all women everywhere, hereby declare that we are inviolable sovereign entities whose worth is self-evident and whose life, liberty, pursuit of happiness and self-determination are inalienable fundamental human rights

Whereas Women have been, are, and will be the basic human template, bearers and sustainers of life, the gardeners, the herbalists, the healers, the nurturers, the teachers, homemakers, the breadwinners, the builders of community and nations, the cornerstone of society and the family

Whereas the rule by patriarchy for thousands of years has resulted in our rights being abridged, our being treated as property, our bodies being assaulted and sold, the Earth, our mother, plundered and polluted by profligate greed, our peace destroyed by continual war, our communities and families broken, and our institutions corrupted

Whereas patriarchy has perpetuated male dominance by:

  •  Systematically excluding women from the realms of power, blocking the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, working against equal representation in government, despite the fact that we are 51% of the population
  • Denying women economic parity by relying on women’s unpaid domestic labor, raising children, caring for elders or loved ones who are chronically ill, denying women promotions, equal pay for equal work, working against increases in minimum wage and cost-of-living increases to Social Security
  • Oppressing women and causing immeasurable physical, psychological and emotional harm through commodification, sexual exploitation, trafficking, sexual harassment, rape, molestation, physical assault, emotional abuse, genital mutilation, psychological intimidation, domestic violence
  • Attempting to control women’s reproduction by blocking access to sex education and family planning, thereby restricting women’s autonomy and ability to reach full potential, even endangering women’s lives and health

Whereas the world is dangerously out-of-balance due to the abuse of power characteristic of patriarchy and empire-building, and as there will never be an end to conflict and injustice or lasting peace and harmony so long as women are mistreated and live in one form of bondage or another in societies ruled by men

We the Women hereby declare our independence from sanction or approval by a patriarchal culture or world system.  We abjure and condemn all forms of domination of and violence towards women and girls everywhere.  We declare our human right to live in a world free from misogyny and male supremacy that oppresses us and attempts to alienate us from our sisters in the struggle for truth, justice, fairness, equality, and peace

We unite in spirit and in action with all women and all men of conscience who join us in the struggle against the oppression of patriarchy until every woman in every nation everywhere across the globe can live in a world that is safe, harmonious, and respectful of life and nature, where women and the sacred feminine are again respected and honored as was the case in antiquity, and where we can live in peace and prosperity as many matri-focal societies have done

We hereby join in solidarity with our sisters throughout the world in reclaiming our rightful place in roles of leadership in the family, the workplace, society, worship, and government, and we demand gender parity in the form of fair and equal representation.  We reclaim our long denied birthright to fully and freely explore and utilize our gifts, talents, intellect, spirituality, emotional sensibilities, sexuality, creativity, and power and declare this day, July 1, 2012 as our day of GLOBAL LIBERATION

In Honor of Dr. George Tiller

I am writing to mourn the loss of the extraordinary doctor who on a daily basis courageously faced down the terrorists who harassed him, threatened him, even injured him, and now have murdered him.  At the Family Planning Clinic where he helped women, often in desperate circumstances and traveling long distances, obtain abortion services, among other health care services, he and his staff were subjected to constant threats of violence and yet they persevered in order to help the women of this country.  Dr. Tiller was a man of great courage, compassion, kindness, and dedication and deserves a place of honor in the hearts of women and men everywhere.

His murder—actually assassination as it was politically motivated– is a tragic statement of the lengths to which these fascist zealots will go in their attempt to control others and try to force them to live according to their dogma and it is an outrage that they refer to themselves as “Christian” or “pro-life”.  They are nothing like Jesus, who preached tolerance and forgiveness, resembling the Pharisees and Sanhedrin of his time far more than the Christ.  This terrible act certainly makes the case for gun control so that guns don’t fall into the hands of fanatics. His killer and the people that believe this kind of conduct is justified are a disgraceful, unrepentant, self-righteous bunch of criminals, no better than the Al Qaida and ought to be imprisoned in Guantanamo alongside their fundamentalist Islamic counterparts.

I will remember him best as the gracious doctor who coined the phrase, “Trust Women”, as he knew women know what is best for them and are the only ones whose opinion on whether to bear or not to bear a child matters.