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Sunday, December 4th, 2005
1:08 am - The White Ribbon Campaign

mintogrubb
In 1991, a lone gunman got into a university campus in Montreal, Canada and entered a class where he segregated all the female students at gunpoint and shot them - because he hated feminists.

The 'Montreal Massacre', as it became dubbed, galvinised public opinion in Canada, and led to the formation of the White Ribbon campaign. First in Canada, and then around the world, hundreds of thousands of men pledged that they would never commit, or condone, violence against women. they also pledged themselves to challenge sexist talk and behaviour if they encountered it personally.

There was a lot of publicity in the early years in Canada, and some said that this was taking media attention and charitable donations from women's refuges and similar groups. So the Campaign began fundraising themselves on behalf of these groups. Funds raised by local branches are donated to women's refuges and similar organisations, and the 6th of December provided the focus of these efforts.

I have to say that I was unaware of this until recently, but when a freind posted about it on a community i belonged to, I signed up. I also founded a community on LJ for those who wish to spread the message on line, and support those who take the pledge to become local activists.

A recent survey has revealed that almost one man in three in the Uk felt that a woman who went out on her own , or wore short skits, or got drunk was somehow "asking for it" if she go raped. or put another way, over two thirds of us are still decent blokes, right? But how does it look in the media? Some feminists are saying that its time that men took responsibility for eradicating rape and ending male violence against women. I have to say that I agree here, and to that end, together with a few friends, have started a community on LJ to add our voices to the campaign.

Currently, we are seeking to attract men who want to take a stand on the issue, and we hope that many here will take an interest.

To find out more about the White Ribbon Campaign, go to our community, _white_ribbons. Thank you.

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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005
10:13 am - What do you know Deutschland?

born_stubborn

The German Bundestag has elected Germany's first female Chancellor, Angela Merkel, who was sworn into her post today. This has been all over the news, as Merkel, if I'm not mistaken, is the the third female national leader in human history, as far as democratic states go (after Margarat Thatcher of the UK and Kim Campbell of Canada). This victory for feminism should not go unnoticed.

Let's hope Mrs. Merkel continues Gerhard Schroeder's habit of telling the Bush Administration where they can stick it.

current mood: excited

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Thursday, October 13th, 2005
7:44 am - New Zine #2: FEMA turns away charities/trucks wanting to deliver water to people with no plumbing

loveandequality

Dear friends of mf,

I am happy to say that due to the support of so many fellow livejournal users, I have just created issue #2 of my new zine (independent magazine).  This issue talks about the following issues: FEMA Deliberately Sabotaging Hurricane Relief Efforts; African People's Solidarity Committee Statement on Hurricane Katrina; Campus Activism Administration’s Agreement Regarding Classism and Racism; Building Progressive Infrastructure:   Taking Friendster and MySpace Down - Building a Noncommercial Non-Sexist, Non-Racist Alternative – by Aaron Kreider, founder of Campus Activism, with responses by many, many livejournal users over the last three days.

It is only 20 pages long. Please print them out and place them in your home, activist group, local co-ops, local coffee shops, collectives, libraries and other places. In this first issue I included 18 pages, so that you can create your own page 20 (add your agreements, disagreements with this publication, add a flyer for your activist project, your activist group, your distro etc.,) and then publish this publication as a 20 page booklet on the front and back of 5 sheets of 11” x 17” (or 279 x 432 mm) paper.

There are a lot of privileged (progressive and conservative) people who would like to censor, ignore and sweep it all under the rug, including all the increasing ongoing injustices regarding Hurricane Katrina, but with your help we can make certain that the issue is not censored until those suffering most receive justice!  For those unaware, FEMA has recently turned away charities who want to deliver water to women and children in NOLO with no pumbling.

I am currently accepting submissions for issue #3. The submission process is on the zine. Thank you!

Love for the people,

-love and equality

p.s.

On either of these websites http://www.opensource.dsame.com or http://www.campusactivism.org/displayresource-487.htm you will find two issue #1 and issue #2 of my zine.  Special thanks to everyone who who spoke up in solidarity and kindness, your supportive and positive comments are appreciated!  The longer that Hurricane victims suffer, the more that privileged people on and off the internet want to ignore those who are suffering (and they will come up with every excuse to do it).  Thank you :o)

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Monday, October 10th, 2005
5:58 am - New Paper & Online Zine Seeks Submissions for iss#2: "Open Source Classism, Racism & Sexism Project"

loveandequality

New Paper & Online Zine Seeks Submissions for iss#2: "Open Source Classism, Racism & Sexism Project"


Dear friends,

On this website http://www.opensource.dsame.com you will find two versions of issue #1 of my new zine.

It is a 100% not-for-profit publication titled: "The Open Source Classism, Racism, and Sexism Project: Hurricane Katrina, The Blogosphere And Corporate Media... "White People Find, Black People Loot."

It is only 20 pages long.  Please print them out and place them in your home, activist group, local co-ops, local coffee shops, collectives, libraries and other places. In this first issue I included 18 pages, so that you can create your own page 19 and page 20 (add your agreements, disagreements with this publication, add a flyer for your activist project, your activist group, your distro etc.,) and then publish this publication as a 20 page booklet on the front and back of 5 sheets of 11” x 17” (or 279 x 432 mm) paper.

There are a lot of priviledged (progressive and conservative) people who would like to censor, ignore and sweep it all under the rug, including all the ongoing injustices regarding Hurricane Katrina, but with your help we can make certain that the issue is not censored until those suffering most receive justice!  

Issue #1 is found on the website, and is only a rough draft, but I am currently accepting submissions for issue #2.  The submission process is on the website.  Thank you!

Love for the people,

-love and equality - One Love Brothers and Sisters  :o)

p.s.

Special thanks to everyone who who was supportive of this issue with love and positive comments!  thank you  :o)

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Saturday, October 8th, 2005
8:42 pm - White People Find, Black People Loot??? - With Many Resources and Photos of the Controversial issue

loveandequality

The following article is from here. : "White People Find, Black People Loot???"

Speaking of media coverage of the hurricane and race, check out the captions on these photos that were just emailed to me.

Image hosted by Photobucket.com

Update: Yahoo! has posted this note about these pictures: (after they removed the photos for receiving so many complaints)

To Yahoo! News readers:

"News photos are an especially popular section of Yahoo! News. In part, this is because we present thousands of news photos from some of the leading news services, including The Associated Press, Reuters, and Agence France Press. To make this volume of photos available in a timely manner, we present the photos and their captions as written, edited and distributed by the news services with no additional editing at Yahoo! News."

"In recent days, a number of readers of Yahoo! News have commented on differences in the language in two Hurricane Katrina-related photo captions (from two news services). Since the controversy began, the supplier of one of the photos – AFP – has asked all its clients to remove the photo from their databases. Yahoo! News has complied with the AFP request."

Here are a few of the postings that have commented on the photo caption language:

Flickr      Salon    Romenesko     Gothamist

===========================End of excerpt==============================

For more information about this go here:     http://hosted.planetether.net/referral.jpg

http://www.tonypierce.com/blog/2005/08/black-people-loot-white-people-find.htm

Below are two very large pics of the "White People Find, Black People Loot" photos.

http://www.boingboing.net/2005/08/30/black_people_loot_wh.html        http://o-dub.com/images/looter.jpg        http://blogs.sohh.com/media_check/archives/2005/08/after_hurricane.html
http://www.keithboykin.com/arch/001467.html
http://www.livejournal.com/community/equality_posse/9087.html

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I sincerely apologize for the large photo and the large article, but since the news item has attracted so much attention, many websites that had the photos, have taken down their photos, so I provided multiple links, to make certain that everyone can see the photos.  Also, if I shrank the photos any smaller, you wouldn't be able to read the print.  Please forward this article.  If the blogosphere can make Yahoo issue an apology for their 'accidental' racism, perhaps some other corporations may see the light in regards to sexism, ageism, racism and other injustices.  Thanks!

Love for the people!

p.s..  Again, I sincerely apologize for the large photo and the large article.

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12:27 am - New International Resource Network With Unlimited Feminist Resources

loveandequality

New International Resource Network With Unlimited Feminist Resources

A World of Peace - A World of Peace is an international not-for-proft organization offering the newest networking resources to all feminist activists and writers worldwide. The newest four features are:

A.) Free Photoclassifieds, which includes a "Writing, Music and Art" category for feminists buying, selling or swapping their writing or fundraisers for their activist groups. All photoclassifieds can remain up for 90 days, you can then automatically renew them up to 5 times and they have an email anonymizer (keeps emails private). This feature enables you to submit a text or photo-classified announcement about your project or about your desire to create a project and it enables people to send you emails without them ever seeing your email address. To go there, visit the below website and click on 'post to photo-classifieds.' After clicking that link, you will then see the 'peace communities' section.

B.) Search over 11 million blogs (which will help you find people interested in your feminist blog by searching for your keywords.

C.) Add your link to the links page (with unlimited details of your website, blog, email list, zine, etc.,)

D.) Add your activist event, or new project realease date to the worldwide community calendar (no registration).

E.) Bulletin boards and search feature for forums such as a sexism forum, film, DIY forums, cohousing, ecovillage, intentional communities and over 50 other discussion forums (no registration). Other resources on the website include over fifty activist network tools, an activist search engine, and many more resources.  Mirror website: http://www.dsame.com/aworldofpeace.html or Main website:  http://www.aworldofpeace.org



current mood: accomplished

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Tuesday, September 27th, 2005
4:54 am - INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, STATEMENT ON HURRICANE KATRINA: September 11, 2005

loveandequality

The below statement, in it's entire unabridged form was originally found, at the link below: 
http://www.incite-national.org/issues/katrina.html
or you can read it, unabridged, and comment on it in my livejournal by clicking here.

INCITE! STATEMENT ON HURRICANE KATRINA:

September 11, 2005

INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence is stunned by the catastrophe and tragic loss in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. In New Orleans and in many other communities along the Gulf, people are experiencing unimaginable devastating conditions. We are especially alarmed for the people who have the fewest resources, who were unable to evacuate New Orleans because of poverty, who were – and in some cases still are - trapped without food, water, and medical attention. Because of racism and classism, these people are also overwhelming folks of color, and because of sexism, they are overwhelmingly women of color - low income and poor women, single mothers, pregnant women, women with disabilities... [abridged]

That said, we’d like to take this opportunity to express our deep outrage at the federal government’s shamefully slow and pathetic response to this disaster. It is clear that the lack of rapid and effective response is based on a racist assessment of the value of the 150,000 mostly Black and poor people - a disproportionate number of whom are women - left behind in New Orleans. Further, INCITE! lays the blame of this disaster squarely at the feet of the U.S. government and particularly with George W. Bush for the following reasons:

1. GLOBAL WARMING
The Bush Administration’s willful denial of the existence of global warming has kept this country from taking seriously global warming’s dangerous consequences, one of which is an increase in the severity of hurricanes. Hurricane Katrina, for example, began as a relatively small hurricane off south Florida, but...[abridged]

2. WAR ON IRAQ & TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHY
Bush’s illegal, imperialist, and racist war on and occupation of Iraq - ironically, to enable consumption of more oil, aggravating global warming - as well as tax cuts to wealthy Americans, directly pulled resources away from levee construction and emergency management in New Orleans, as well as from... [abridged]

3. STATE-SPONSORED VIOLENCE
It is unconscionable that, while thousands of people are suffering from horrible and deadly circumstances, the media continues to harp on the so-called “looting” in New Orleans. The constant media coverage of so-called “criminal behavior” instead of the outrageous and criminal lack of response from the federal government is racist and disgraceful [abridged]

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Tuesday, September 20th, 2005
7:38 pm - New not-for-profit Speaker's Bureau for community and grassroots leaders like yourself

loveandequality

From news feed: New not-for-profit Speaker's Bureau for community and grassroots leaders like yourself
 
[excerpt] ...new not-for-profit Speaker's Bureau for community, grassroots leaders and feminist activists.  By listing yourself in our Speaker's Bureau, people who want to contact you to be a keynote ppeaker or a workshop speaker can get in touch with you directly (at no fee or charge to you).  Or (if you want to reduce the amount of emails you receive) volunteers for the Institute of Pamela can screen people before they contact you.
 
Here is link to our website to give you an idea of what our website will look like (it is still under construction).  To contact us please use the 'contact' links on our website.  We are working to create a speaker's bureau of the people, by the people and for everyday people working who are working to create a better world.  We do not list politicians or speakers who hold administrative employee positions in multinationational corporations or government agencies. 
 
Please get in contact with us if you're interested.  Keep working for a better world!
 
Love for the people,
 
A World Beyond Capitalism team
http://www.aworldbeyondcapitalism.org

Institute of Pamela Speakers Bureau International
http://www.lfhniivaaaa.info/a.htm


We encourage all people worldwide to contact us.  Here are a few of the topics we cover:

Activism -Alliances, Events, Conferences, Networking -Capitalism and Revolution -Cohousing, Ecovillages and Intentional Communities -Computer, Digital And Internet Activism -Environmental Justice -Feminism, Fair Trade -Human Rights -Global Economy And Globalization -Health Care for All -Identity: Class, Culture, Gender, Race & More -Social Change Through the Arts -Independent Media: Blogs, Film, Podcast, Zines And More -Socially Responsible Investing -Stop War in Iraq -Tent City And Tent State University Movements -Trainings -Youth Activism And More.

 



current mood: energetic

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Saturday, August 20th, 2005
3:42 pm

xsavvyxsweetsx
Every day, more than 700 women are abused or sexually assaulted by their partner - and four are murdered.
If Congress fails to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), these numbers could get a whole lot worse. With passage of VAWA in 1994, rates of domestic violence incidents have dropped by almost 50% and incidents of rape are down by 60%.


so PLZ sign!: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/178208095?ltl=1124220141

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Monday, May 23rd, 2005
3:15 pm - on the subject of your community's interests

foursixths
i noticed that you do not have "pro-choice" or "abortion rights" or anything similar listed in your community interests. i think it would be great if the interests could be modified to include one of the most important feminist issues: reproductive rights.


thank you.

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Monday, May 16th, 2005
3:09 pm - Our Bodies, Ourselves - Something Every Man & Woman Should Read/Hear

juliesmagicmoon
I was listening to the local NPR affiliate in Seattle(KUOW) and heard a really insightful and informative program based on the book Our Bodies Ourselves.

I don't know how many of the women who read this board have read that book, or how many of the men for that matter, but it's one of the most informative books about almost every possible aspect of a woman's health you can find, giving women much more information about their bodies than even their doctors share with them. It covers everything from the dangers of douching to Sexually Transmitted Infections to even historical political perspectives of women's health. It also has frank discussions on homeopathy, naturalpathic medicines and midwifery.

If you're not familiar with Our Bodies Ourselves, it's definitely worth listening to the archived program, which should be on their website by 2:30 or 3pm. I think all you need is a media player of some type on your 'puter.

Synopsis:
In the late 1960's a group of Boston area women began to meet to discuss their frustrations with their doctors. They were angry at the condescending, paternalistic, and uninformed treatment they were getting. They began to do their own research into women's health and sexuality. The group became the Boston Women's Health Collective. In 1970 they published the first edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves. Our Bodies Ourselves has become known as the definitive women's health resource. It's been published in 18 languages and culturally adapted to other countries. Today on The Conversation we'll talk to one of the contributors to the original volume about why it was such a landmark and what has happened to the state of women's health in subsequent 35 years. A new edition of Our Bodies Ourselves has just been published. Is it still necessary?

Resources
Our Bodies, Ourselves website http://www.ourbodiesourselves.org/

The Boston Women's Health Book Collective and Our Bodies, Ourselves: A Brief History and Reflection. Originally published in the Winter 1999 edition of Journal of the American Medical Women's Association.


Taking Charge of Your Fertility, website and book by Seattle contributor to Our Bodies, Ourselves.

Quiz to test your knowledge of women's health.

[X-posted]

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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005
1:34 am

babybloodheart
If you were asked to come up with male-positive slogans what would you put forth?
Obviously male-positive and men’s issues, not anti-women, also if you know of any good images, logos or symbols that would fit in too – reason being a very silly superficial one, I have a bag covered in menstrual activism/feminist buttons, I want one for men’s issues too. Stupid I know but it’s my way of expressing my opinions.

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Monday, April 18th, 2005
6:11 pm - I'd like to ask a question.

goatunit
This is specifically aimed at those who take a non-mystical approach to female empowerment, which is to say - anyone who believes in the equality of all people without relying on paganism or any other form of spirituality to come to pro-feminist conclusions.

Do you agree that the same rationalist arguments that lead us to feminism similarly support the argument that there is nothing objectively better about a society that empowers its women than one that does not? The philosophical movements that have most contributed to ideas like racial and gender equality seem to oppose the concept of objective good and evil specifically, and objectivity in general.

It seems to me that we must acknowledge that there is no balance or desire in nature that we must sate with human equality, but that we are instead acting in the pursuit of our subjective desires and values. That there is no fundamental difference, as far as dasein is concerned, between my wanting women to be free and a Mormon who practices polygamy or an Islamist who shrouds his wife and daughters. Sometimes I feel like there's a thin line between my desire to see women liberated and my being something of a jingoist. Do any of the rest of you feel this way? How do you overcome it? Where do you draw your lines?

I come under fire from many feminists of either gender over this issue and have even lost friendships over this key philosophical point and the conclusions that follow after.

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8:07 pm

babybloodheart
I need more books to read at work, most of my books are just not suitable for reading at work, funny thing is I am currently reading ‘The myth of male power’ by Warren Farrell, Ph.D. and I get accused of being a feminist – yes I am a feminist but people seem to think of me in terms of the stereotypical feminist, saying as this is a book that is pro-men, written by a male feminist you would think they would have more sense. They enjoy reading my menstrual activist buttons on my bag, but I don’t think they understand there meaning, they just assume it is a woman only issue or a woman only celebration, I think I would be far less likely to get away with proudly displaying penises than I am proudly displaying cunts. I need more books like this one, this is good however it is very Americanised in that it goes for big bangs in it’s presentation and fancies up the obvious with radical theory – if anyone knows of any similar books not quite so irritating to read please let me know.
I retain my opinion that men’s issues are almost completely ignored, which leaves us all totally screwed, but it is just the way we move forward, it is always the same, we are incapable of moving forward together so we move forward one before the other. I can go online, or go to the library and read up on female anatomy, read up on feminism and a load of wonderful things empowering women to take control of their sexuality, their bodies and their lives, yet I try to find the same sort of information for men it just does not exist, if I find sites on male anatomy it is simple and with a tone of Viagra adverts, if I find information on empowering men it is at the expense of women, or simply too scared to say much in case it is thought of as being at the expense of women. I don’t think I can be a good feminist unless I care as much for men’s issues as women’s, but then I can’t really care if there is nothing out there about men’s issues, nothing to give me the side of an empowered male.
I don’t see males moving forward to catch up with us women any time soon, especially not when the women’s movement gets so much bad press. There simply is nothing here to encourage men to move forward past nagging women, at least with women we have things that push us forward, but I don’t think men really even realise there is a problem.
Is there any hope for men to move forward in terms of sexual liberation and equality as women have?

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Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005
10:49 am - Volunteer Translators for Human Trafficking NPO

maryxmas
They need volunteers that can speak languages such as Thai, Tagalog, Korean, Spanish, Russian, Chinese

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Thursday, March 3rd, 2005
10:57 am - more accessible than the one chris crass did
delaselva The Male Privilege Checklist

1. My odds of being hired for a job, when competing against female applicants, are probably skewed in my favor. The more prestigious the job, the larger the odds are skewed.
2. I can be confident that my co-workers won't think I got my job because of my sex - even though that might be true.
3. If I am never promoted, it's not because of my sex.
4. If I fail in my job or career, I can feel sure this won't be seen as a black mark against my entire sex's capabilities.
5. The odds of my encountering sexual harassment on the job are so low as to be negligible.
6. If I do the same task as a woman, and if the measurement is at all subjective, chances are people will think I did a better job.
7. If I'm a teen or adult, and if I can stay out of prison, my odds of being raped are so low as to be negligible.
8. I am not taught to fear walking alone after dark in average public spaces.
9. If I choose not to have children, my masculinity will not be called into question.
10. If I have children but do not provide primary care for them, my masculinity will not be called into question.
11. If I have children and provide primary care for them, I'll be praised for extraordinary parenting if I'm even marginally competent.
12. If I have children and pursue a career, no one will think I'm selfish for not staying at home.
13. If I seek political office, my relationship with my children, or who I hire to take care of them, will probably not be scrutinized by the press.
14. Chances are my elected representatives are mostly people of my own sex. The more prestigious and powerful the elected position, the more likely this is to be true.
15. I can be somewhat sure that if I ask to see "the person in charge," I will face a person of my own sex. The higher-up in the organization the person is, the surer I can be.
16. As a child, chances are I was encouraged to be more active and outgoing than my sisters.
17. As a child, I could choose from an almost infinite variety of children's media featuring positive, active, non-stereotyped heroes of my own sex. I never had to look for it; male heroes were the default.
18. As a child, chances are I got more teacher attention than girls who raised their hands just as often.
19. If my day, week or year is going badly, I need not ask of each negative episode or situation whether or not it has sexist overtones.
20. I can turn on the television or glance at the front page of the newspaper and see people of my own sex widely represented, every day, without exception.
21. If I'm careless with my financial affairs it won't be attributed to my sex.
22. If I'm careless with my driving it won't be attributed to my sex.
23. I can speak in public to a large group without putting my sex on trial.
24. If I have sex with a lot of people, it won't make me an object of contempt or derision.
25. There are value-neutral clothing choices available to me; it is possible for me to choose clothing that doesn't send any particular message to the world.
26. My wardrobe and grooming are relatively cheap and consume little time.
27. If I buy a new car, chances are I'll be offered a better price than a woman buying the same car.
28. If I'm not conventionally attractive, the disadvantages are relatively small and easy to ignore.
29. I can be loud with no fear of being called a shrew. I can be aggressive with no fear of being called a bitch.
30. I can ask for legal protection from violence that happens mostly to men without being seen as a selfish special interest, since that kind of violence is called "crime" and is a general social concern. (Violence that happens mostly to women is usually called "domestic violence" or "acquaintance rape," and is seen as a special interest issue.)
31. I can be confident that the ordinary language of day-to-day existence will always include my sex. "All men are created equal…," mailman, chairman, freshman, he.
32. My ability to make important decisions and my capability in general will never be questioned depending on what time of the month it is.
33. I will never be expected to change my name upon marriage or questioned if i don't change my name.
34. The decision to hire me will never be based on assumptions about whether or not I might choose to have a family sometime soon.
35. Every major religion in the world is led primarily by people of my own sex. Even God, in most major religions, is usually pictured as being male.
36. Most major religions argue that I should be the head of my household, while my wife and children should be subservient to me.
37. If I have a wife or girlfriend, chances are we'll divide up household chores so that she does most of the labor, and in particular the most repetitive and unrewarding tasks.
38. If I have children with a wife or girlfriend, chances are she'll do most of the childrearing, and in particular the most dirty, repetitive and unrewarding parts of childrearing.
39. If I have children with a wife or girlfriend, and it turns out that one of us needs to make career sacrifices to raise the kids, chances are we'll both assume the career sacrificed should be hers.
40. Magazines, billboards, television, movies, pornography, and virtually all of media is filled with images of scantily-clad women intended to appeal to me sexually. Such images of men exist, but are much rarer.
41. I am not expected to spend my entire life 20-40 pounds underweight.
42. If I am heterosexual, it's incredibly unlikely that I'll ever be beaten up by a spouse or lover.
43. I have the privilege of being unaware of my male privilege.

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Monday, February 28th, 2005
10:19 pm - the invisible boy

io_lune
Hi everyone. I just read this truly incredible paper, titled "The Invisible Boy; Revisioning The Victimization of Male Children and Teens." I found this truly an incredible read, as it summed and gave answer to so many of my thoughts and feelings on the subject of child abuse (in all it's forms) and how it effects the anatomically male population. It is a fairly long article, so I've pulled out the quotes I feel are most important from the introduction, cited data, and conclusion. Tell me what you think.

“The language we use in the current discourse on violence and abuse masks, minimizes or renders invisible certain realities for male victims. Terms such as "family violence" have become co-terminus with "violence toward women," particularly on the part of husbands, fathers or other adult male figures. Male teens, boys, male seniors, male victims of sibling-on-sibling violence and female abusers disappear in this term.”

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Having read this, I don't really feel that the term 'male feminist' so pleasing to me anymore. Having read authors like Alice Miller, I really feel that the victimization and abuse of children of either sex is where violence and cruelty ultimately come from; and as the article, as well as simple observation states, anatomical females cannot be blanketed as innocent of this just like they can't be assumed to be innocent of sexism themselves. I don't consider myself a male feminist for the same reason I will never refer to myself as a "man," because not only do I think of myself as a sexless and genderless creature who happens to have male anatomical organs, I don't think I am really an extension of the women's movement at all. The experience in the quotes above were mine; I was abused as a child, and some of the people who abused me, such as my mother, were indeed women; others, like my brother, first learned violence from, in part, my mother and sister; and then later took it out on me. I think that to condemn violence and emotional blindness, I personally have to thwart it anywhere I see it.

I'm also an anatomical male who used to have an eating disorder; and this was directly caused by the fact that I was abused sexually, physically and emotionally; in fact I have been heavily involved in the online 'eating disordered' communities, and when I've shared my own story, I find floods of private messages coming to me from anatomical females at these sites telling me how they were abused as well; and yet so many of them still actively beleive the popular feminist interpretation of eating disorders, and I find that this only has the effect of distancing themselves further from what really happened to them, and from the subject of abuse by masking it with a 'cultural theory' that isn't adequate at all to explain any form of 'mental illness.'

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Wednesday, February 26th, 2003
10:00 pm

blackmeout
Hi everyone,

I wanted to tell you all about the Grassroots Animal Rights Conference coming up next month. It's from March 31-April 3rd in Manhatten, New York. Now is the time to register. Check out info about the conference at garc and The Grassroots AR Conference.

Hope to see you there,

t

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Thursday, February 3rd, 2005
8:32 pm

burnandshiver
This is a great community. I am posting because I thought you guys might be interested in a group of female filmmakers who are coming up against a lot. We have an award winning script and a GREAT team of talent and experience. But one problem:

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