09 August 2009

"""That's because a large portion of feminist scholars and activists are i) male – identified or ii) childless themselves and / or iii) the second wives of older men or iv) the partners of lesbian mothers or v) still carrying the culture's anti – mother belief systems or vi) well –meaning but just motherhood – ignorant and vii) so forth ––– so have a huge embarrassed problem with it themselves. It's not the gender – neutral, androgynous world they would prefer.

So ––– it's okay to demand that women who want to trot right back to work postpartum get facilitated in their efforts to do so, but there really is no desire or intention to facilitate women's wanting to actually BE with and nurture their children. Very cognitive dissonant.

The same thing comes up in the daycare / child care issue.



On 07 August 2009, c____ wrote:

I wish the breastfeeding issue was not only mentioned but publicly written about, discussed, and outraged against. This is one of those issues that when I've told people about it, most have simply not believed me. It seems to get no publicity at all.



On 07 August 2009, l__ wrote:

Breastfeeding: Natural Protector Against Swine Flu

Cecilia is a lawyer. Why is there no mention in the article of the abomination of judges in child custody cases ordering mothers to stop breastfeeding in order to facilitate father's rights?

Why is there no mention in the article of the abomination of judges ordering women involuntarily to have to pump their breast milk like they were cows in order to facilitate men's exalted demands for playing mommy?


08 August 2009

“ … misogyny = ‘ ... an important cornerstone of the nation’s entertainment.’ ... “

misogyny = " ... an important cornerstone of the nation’s entertainment." ...

whether in its gyms, its schoolhouses, its engineering curricula, its print and video media or inside its ... family – law courtrooms.
http://bluemaas.public.iastate.edu/chapter_27, pages 230 - 231 ...

Women at Risk

07 August 2009 // http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/08/opinion/08herbert.html?_r=1

"... there would have been thunderous outrage if someone had separated potential victims by race or religion and then shot, say, only the blacks, or only the whites, or only the Jews. But if you shoot only the girls or only the women — not so much of an uproar.

We have become so accustomed to living in a society saturated with misogyny that the barbaric treatment of women and girls has come to be more or less expected.

We profess to being shocked at one or another of these outlandish crimes, but the shock wears off quickly in an environment in which the rape, murder and humiliation of females is not only a staple of the news, but an important cornerstone of the nation’s entertainment.

The mainstream culture is filled with the most gruesome forms of misogyny, and pornography is now a multibillion-dollar industry — much of it controlled by mainstream U.S. corporations.

One of the striking things about mass killings in the U.S. is how consistently we find that the killers were riddled with shame and sexual humiliation, which they inevitably blamed on women and girls. The answer to their feelings of inadequacy was to get their hands on a gun (or guns) and begin blowing people away.

... we should take particular notice of the staggering amounts of violence brought down on the nation’s women and girls each and every day for no other reason than who they are. They are attacked because they are female.

A girl or woman somewhere in the U.S. is sexually assaulted every couple of minutes or so. The number of seriously battered wives and girlfriends is far beyond the ability of any agency to count.

There were so many sexual attacks against women in the armed forces that the Defense Department had to revise its entire approach to the problem.

We would become much more sane, much healthier, as a society if we could bring ourselves to acknowledge that misogyny is a serious and pervasive problem, and that the twisted way so many men feel about women, combined with the absurdly easy availability of guns, is a toxic mix of the most tragic proportions.