Posts Tagged 'misogyny'

The shameful conduct of Howard U, GWU, and the DC Police

After a Howard University student was drugged and raped at a party, her attempts to get a medical forensic exam were stonewalled by the cops.

This is the first time I have heard of Howard University Hospital behaving so shamefully; but GWU Hospital has a long history of mistreating women. Decades ago they changed their diagnoses of a student rape victim, thus denying her justice. They also refused to preform an abortion on a women who was in the final stages of a deadly disease. The women had requested an abortion and her husband was desperate to prolong his wife’s life as long as possible. The strain of a pregnancy would finish her off. But GWU chose to ignore her written request, her husbands wishes and forced her to carry the baby. When it was obvious that she was dying they preformed a cesarean. The mother died on the table. The infant lived for something like 48 hours and then died. I never ever want to be in power of GWU Hospital, they clearly do not regard women as human beings.

Neither health, nor care, nor reform

What Natasha said:
Choice, dying by inches, is already a near fiction for many (4.00 / 4)
If you can’t get something, choice is meaningless. Right now, for example, 87 percent of counties don’t have any facilities that perform abortions, and a third of US women live in them.

Because the required travel costs more, and takes more time to raise money for, women may require later term abortions. Both later term abortions and abortions with complications can run many thousands of dollars, which just isn’t an amount many families can pay up front.

There’s more about the Nelson language here, but the two-check rule, as well as the mandate that equivalent plans be made available that don’t cover abortion, means that a lot of women will find themselves needing an abortion that their employer or male head of household already decided not to bother covering. That’s two levels of approval a woman has to go through, as well as facing the social stigma of even wanting the option.

The administrative overhead will be such that it isn’t even clear many providers will offer such coverage. And the likelihood that only a very small pool of people will even be willing to purchase it guarantees higher costs anyway.

The promise from the administration and Congressional leadership at the beginning was that this bill would be choice-neutral and that people could keep the coverage they had. It isn’t choice-neutral, and it will strip abortion coverage from many women who have it. We were lied to and sold out.

Further, reproductive justice advocates were hoping to campaign against the Hyde amendment. Now, Obama has forestalled action on that until 2014.

And let’s take on that class issue. Of the women who get abortions, 61% are already mothers who don’t believe they can care for their families adequately with another mouth to feed. This bill has taken contraception coverage out of the required benefits, and IIRC, the expanded conscience clause would pre-empt state mandates for contraception mitigating this. Further, women with one child often find, or know already, that having a second child can mean extreme damage to her future income potential, with the pay and promotion discrimination extended to mothers increasing near exponentially with further children.

It’s a recipe for permanent impoverishment of women and their families, so we can expect to see the number of poor people under that threshold go up. Instead of making it easier for women to delay childbearing, and many women who have abortions go on to have children later when they’re better situated, this bill makes it more likely that they’ll be stuck in a lifelong cycle of poverty that their children will inherit.

Reproductive health care and empowerment to determine their own family spacing is the core issue of female poverty, as well as the feminization of poverty. The president and Congress decided that didn’t matter, though.

And as an aside, the bill also did very little for those 55-64, many of whom have been rendered all but unemployable by the recession and the higher costs of their coverage compared to younger workers.

So while there’s help in it, while there’s a team victory in it, this bill perpetuates both corporate rent-seeking and systemic discrimination against women. Being probably the only bite at the apple we’ll get, yes, I’m angry. Having been defined as some wiggy, far left-wing thing, when it’s the unholy love child of Romney and McCain’s plans, yes, I’m angry.

This was handled badly and the ‘center’ has been pushed farther towards unapologetic misogyny. So no, I’m not happy.

Concerning Favreau and the Obama fan base

Mike comments at TAPPED

This is typical of the ObamafanBoyz thinking: Degrading women and running a misogynist campaign is fine because it is for you. Obama shows no concern? Obama shows no concern about anything until it penetrates his narcissistic ego.

Favreau’s behavior is disgusting and offensive to many outside your clique. As a center of the Obama campaign, he is a public figure. You may approve of behavior that is degrading women and to be sure, it was typical of the campaign and his media harlots like Matthews, Olbermann, Robinson, Maddow.

This degradation is directed at Obama’s Secretary of State who is will represent his administration and this country around the world. If this exemplifies the way she will be treated by the Obama camp, it’s a sorry comment on Obama. To allow this image of her being groped and degraded by a close associate of the president elect, by someone who appears to be on track as a member of the administration, says two things to the nations and diplomats of the world: shit on her since we do; and, secondly, we don’t respect you enough to send someone we respect. I realize that Obama probably shares this contempt because as was pointed out long ago: a fish rots from the head.

His refusal act upon the irreducible fact of this photo is paradigmatic of Obama’s political behavior. He is loath to do the right thing if that thing involves a criticism of himself.

This clearly shows Favreau is an immature jerk, a fool, and unfit to hold any government office let alone have been such a crucial member of the Obama team. There is no excuse for this.

See also NYCweboy

Is there anything more contemptible

Then men who are incapable of discussing powerful women without the castration metaphor?

Violence against women

So, I’d like to hear from the guys about the men they know who are rapists. Or what you have done personally to get some rapist arrested. Or how you stand up against male peer pressure to make a point that rape isn’t acceptable to you.

Violence against women in the military

Soldiers must unite to create climate of zero tolerance for sexual assault

In 2007, the rate of reported sexual assault cases in the Army was more than double the rate of our sister services. Over the past seven years, with our nation at war, more than 1,800 soldiers have been punished for sexual assault of their fellow soldiers.

Instead of talking about this they need to DO something about it.

Democrats and female voters

Doing Karl Rove’s work for him