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What can we do as a group about the Legistative Mandated Rape of Abortion Seekers

Yesterday the Va House passed a bill mandating transvaginal ultrasounds for anyone seeking an Abortion in that state. The governor has already stated he would sign it.



In addition the TX law will go into effect today as the 5th Circuit Court appealed CRR's request for a re hearing was denied.

http://www.msmagazine.com/news/uswirestory.asp?id=13472
Posted by The empressof all | Thu Feb 16, 2012, 02:19 PM (10 replies)

Have you ever wondered what DU would look like with Woman as the Dominant Gender

This Chrome Extension Jailbreak the Patriarchy will give you a taste.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/fiidcfoaaciclafodoficaofidfencgd

"Genderswaps your view of the web.

Jailbreak the Patriarchy genderswaps the world for you. When it's installed, everything you read in Chrome (except for gmail, so far) loads with pronouns and a reasonably thorough set of other gendered words swapped. For example: "he loved his mother very much" would read as "she loved her father very much", "the patriarchy also hurts men" would read as "the matriarchy also hurts women", that sort of thing.

This makes reading stuff on the internet a pretty fascinating and eye-opening experience, I must say. What would the world be like if we reversed the way we speak about women and men? Well, now you can find out!"

It's kind of a giggle to see how things could look if all other things were equal. Though quite frankly, I don't imagine that things would be quite the mess they are now.

Posted by The empressof all | Thu Feb 16, 2012, 02:02 PM (6 replies)

Here is another example of the importance of Context

There was a thread hidden earlier that contained a video that a jury thought was offensive. Frankly, I probably would have voted to hide it as well.

But Let's look at it again after I share some things that I have learned that weren't shared in the original thread.

First: Poe's Law which states

“ Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humor, it is impossible to create a parody of Fundamentalism that SOMEONE won't mistake for the real thing."

http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Poe%27s_Law

Now let me share with you the work of Barry Crimmins who is a Liberal Satirist of some standing.

Here's a bio

http://www.barrycrimmins.com/index.php?page=bio

And here is his theater piece about Transvaginal Ultrasounds being legislated before an abortion:




Does knowing it is satire make it funny now? And is it now appropriate to post it on DU?
Posted by The empressof all | Wed Feb 15, 2012, 09:38 PM (15 replies)

Jailbreak the Patriarchy

Has anyone played with this Chrome extension that reverses gender for everything you read on the internet. Gives you a glimpse of (if all things were equal just reversed) how things could look if Women were the predominant gender.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/fiidcfoaaciclafodoficaofidfencgd

What a hoot! Read DU from a matriarchal perspective.
Posted by The empressof all | Tue Feb 14, 2012, 09:18 PM (6 replies)

Lets talk Grooming Products

I bought myself a Clarisonic for Christmas and LOVE it. I feel it really gets my face much cleaner without the irritation.

What other tools and products do you love?

I'm also a very loyal WEN user for my hair. It's been great for me and my hair is in fact much thicker than when I used regular shampoo. It gave my sister dandruff and my husband hates the way it makes his hair feels. It really is an individual thing I guess.

And....

Mineral Makeup???? I'm not much for glamming it up on a daily basis but this stuff is amazing.
Posted by The empressof all | Tue Feb 14, 2012, 03:43 PM (17 replies)

So what and who is everyone reading

I admit, I've falling off the reading habit and haven't been keeping up with current Feminist thinkers and writers. I'll be first in line for any new release by Margaret Atwood or Marge Piercy...but who's gonna grab this old crones attention. I'm pretty persnickety and all the talk of waves and divisions just makes me a bit weepy. Last I read was some Naomi Wolf...

So spill ....who do you "follow", which blogs are your never misses and who will you fork over the bucks for at the book store?

Here's one of my favorites

http://margaretandhelen.com/
Posted by The empressof all | Mon Feb 13, 2012, 08:52 PM (25 replies)

Awesome Amendment to "Personhood": the "Spilled Semen" Clause

I posted this in GD but things move so quickly there I wanted to give you all an opportunity to chuckle and chortle with me.

I have been waiting for years for someone to propose this...Thank you State Senator Constance Johnson of Oklahoma for making my day...

"Oklahoma State Senator Constance Johnson, a Democrat, has offered an amendment to the “personhood” bill pending in the state legislature. The pending bill, if passed, would declare that “the unborn child at every stage of development (has) all the rights, privileges, and immunities available to other persons, citizens, and residents of this state.”

Johnson writes that “the Personhood bill would potentially allow governmental intrusion into families’ personal lives by policing what happens to a woman’s eggs without any similar thought to what happens to a man’s sperm.” Her amendment reads:"

http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/788681/awesome_amendment_to_%22personhood%22:_the_%22spilled_semen%22_clause/#paragraph4

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002306317
Posted by The empressof all | Mon Feb 13, 2012, 05:38 PM (10 replies)

Awesome Amendment to "Personhood": the "Spilled Semen" Clause

I have been waiting for years for someone to propose this...Thank you State Senator Constance Johnson of Oklahoma for making my day...

"Oklahoma State Senator Constance Johnson, a Democrat, has offered an amendment to the “personhood” bill pending in the state legislature. The pending bill, if passed, would declare that “the unborn child at every stage of development (has) all the rights, privileges, and immunities available to other persons, citizens, and residents of this state.”

Johnson writes that “the Personhood bill would potentially allow governmental intrusion into families’ personal lives by policing what happens to a woman’s eggs without any similar thought to what happens to a man’s sperm.” Her amendment reads:"

http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/788681/awesome_amendment_to_%22personhood%22:_the_%22spilled_semen%22_clause/#paragraph4
Posted by The empressof all | Mon Feb 13, 2012, 02:05 PM (13 replies)

Foods of Downton Abbey

If you haven't watched the show Downton Abbey on PBS you are truly missing something wonderful.

I love learning about foods and kitchens of the past and wanted to share this with you all. Check out the meatless sausage recipe!

"There's never a dull day at Downton Abbey, with the estate positively brewing with scandal, intrigue and salacious gossip. And whether the servants are nattering over their breakfast downstairs, or the Granthams and their guests are keeping up appearances over dinner upstairs, there is almost always a common theme running between both classes - food!

Many a suitor has fallen for Lady Mary's charms while sipping on the Grantham's fine wine, while downstairs Cook shouts at Daisy to get a move on with the kidneys.

Indeed, mealtimes were an important part of the everyday lives of Edwardian people, with the servants savouring a moment's respite from their duties over a hard-earned meal, as the upper class put on airs and graces over a sumptuously-laid dining table."

http://www.itv.com/food/articles/food-downton-abbey
Posted by The empressof all | Wed Feb 1, 2012, 12:57 PM (11 replies)

Well here's a frightening new development on the employment front

A new tactic for keeping wages low and throwing out the "old".


"A new casino set to open in Atlantic City, N.J., has announced it will set term limits for its front-line staff. When employees' terms run out, they'll have to go through the hiring process again. The casino says the policy will keep its service fresh. Others say the company is taking advantage of a tough job market.

From bellhops to dealers, employees of the new casino — called Revel — will be hired for terms from four to six years. After that, they have to reapply for their jobs and compete against other candidates."

http://m.npr.org/news/front/146000685
Posted by The empressof all | Mon Jan 30, 2012, 02:43 PM (28 replies)
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