Thursday, May 24, 2012

Hustler's Misogynist Attack On Conservative Woman S.E. Cupp

Larry Flynt defends his right here, to publicize this photo calling it “satire” but that is no excuse. Limbaugh also has the ”right” to call people names. It doesn’t make it acceptable behavior. It doesn’t mean that just because we have the right to free speech that we should publicly humiliate people. It doesn’t move us in a positive, forward direction. It causes our society to focus only on the bottom-feeder mentality.

This is another disgusting example of the War On Women but this time, it’s coming from the left. The attack is now on a conservative woman. Despite what some may think about liberal women and their position on this matter, NO ATTACK is acceptable. Women are being objectified in a way that they have not been, at least not in my lifetime. We’ve heard about Bill Maher calling Palin the “C” word and Ed Schultz calling Laura Ingraham a “Right-Wing Slut” and yes, it’s just as damaging. Ed Schultz issued a sincere apology and offered to take himself off the air for an indefinite period of time with no pay as a result of his comment. No matter who makes these kinds of  comments, it’s MEN demeaning women.  Left or right makes NO DIFFERENCE.

The more the message is heard, the more that men treat women as objects and go out of their way to demean and humiliate us, the more accepted it will become if we as women don’t stand up for each other and force them to stop this. It is simply not acceptable.

I find this to be a very sad commentary on how women are perceived in general in this country. We take pride that we’re so much more advanced than the Middle East—but are we?

Make no mistake, women are under attack in this country and although Republicans are leading with all of the anti-women legislation, it’s not just about the right. It seems women are fair game now and degrading women has become a commonly used tactic. It’s shameful and embarrassing and Larry Flynt, just like Rush Limbaugh is a pathetic example of the male species. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

House Republican Women

Dear GOP,

Thanks so much for pointing out that there are women in your party. Hey, that's great but it doesn't negate the fact you have waged a war on women in this country.

For those who haven't seen that there are indeed Republican women, have a look.

Now that we're clear and know that Republican women DO exist, put the gloves back on and ROCK THE SLUT VOTE LADIES!!!!!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Iowa’s GOP Proposed Platform: The Tea Party Vision For Subjugating Women

This is not a surprising document. It’s a Tea Party bonanza and another petrifying example of why Democrats need to gain control of the government in the next election.

As an activist for women’s rights, I am only going to focus on the issues pertaining to women and abortion rights. I urge you to read the entire document, as this is what the Tea Party wants ALL of America to look like. They have a decent shot at taking this country over and it’s up to the citizens to make that decision in the voting booth this November. You can view the document in it’s entirety here.

Please take a look at these propositions, share them with young women you know and explain how it can affect their lives now and in the future. I have selected a just a few for you to read:

1.4 We disagree with Roe vs. Wade and Doe vs. Bolton as “settled law.” Under the tenth amendment, these Supreme Court decisions have no authority over the states.

1.6 We oppose the use of public revenues for abortion, and call for the elimination of government funding for all organizations, such as Planned Parenthood which advocate or support abortions.

1.9 We believe in “conscience-clause” legislation so that no physician, pharmacist or healthcare provider can be penalized for refusing to prescribe, dispense or participate in the procurement of an abortion or anything contrary to the conscience of the health care provider.

1.10 We support an Iowa “Women’s Right To Know Law” requiring informed consent—including a three day waiting period and a mandatory ultrasound—before any elective abortion services may be provided. “Informed Consent” means that abortionists must offer to the pregnant woman, prior to the abortion, complete factual information about the complications of abortion, the biological development of the unborn, fetal pain, and the availability of alternatives to abortion.

1.14 We support legislation that would prohibit organizations, such as Planned Parenthood, from entering public school facilities for the purpose of promoting abortion.

When was the last time you saw Planned Parenthood or any organization promoting abortions? And, although the Tea Party would have you believe otherwise, tax dollars, do not now, nor have they ever been spent on abortions and there are no plans to include abortions among publicly funded medical procedures.

While any women choosing to have an abortion should understand the risks involved, mandating an unnecessary ultrasound and allowing a pharmacist or health care professional to deny a women birth control is a judgment based on a religious belief.

The choice of abortion is not a pleasant one for any woman. It’s not something we aspire to nor do we wish to use it as a form of birth control. It is however, legal. If you become pregnant and choose to terminate the pregnancy, you still have that option. The Tea Party wants to eliminate your choices by dictating their personal and religious beliefs and making them law.

Republicans currently dominate the House. If they keep the House, or take hold of the Senate or Presidency, we are not going to make the progress that will save this country from financial ruin and the theft of our individual freedoms. As it stands, we have choices. Those choices are in danger of being taken away.

I have spoken to many young women about the threat to their rights. Sadly, the ones I have talked with are not informed and a few have expressed the feeling that so much corruption plagues our voting system that voting makes no difference. To that I say, VOTE ANYWAY! What would happen if nobody voted? What if only members of the Tea Party voted? By choosing to not exercise your right, you are throwing your choices away. If your rights are stripped because you gave up, you will have no one to blame but yourself and you WILL have to suffer those consequences for a long time to come.

I ask again that you take a look at all that is proposed in this document. Is this the America you wish to live in? You have a voice. Use it and VOTE!!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Susan McMillan Emry: Founder of RTSV United Explains Why We Choose To Embrace The Word SLUT

What do Rock The Slut Vote and Yankee Doodle Have In Common? You Might be Surprised!

Slut.  What a storm of controversy this four-letter word stirs up. Why in the world would we claim such a demeaning word as a battle cry for women's rights? 

For all the same reasons the founders of our great nation laid claim to the British army's great slur against America's colonists. Redcoats gleefully sang "Yankee Doodle" to demean roughly clad revolutionary soldiers as inept, impotent bumpkins. Moreover, they raucously urged "...let the girls be handy," a grave insult to colonial women's chastity."You laughable revolutionaries are uncouth and your women are sluts", they sneered.

How did our hardy patriots respond? They embraced the outrageous insult and made it their own. Laughing off the slur, they wrested all the stinging power from the words.In fact, they began singing "Yankee Doodle" as their own battle song, mocking the British. These ordinary men who rose up to become extraordinary heroes deliberately shamed the Redcoats with their own insult  as they won the hard victory for America's rights and freedom. We can do no less while battling today's war for American women's rights and freedoms.

There's a long, proud history of oppressed peoples who effectively reappropriate the very perjorative terms used to demean and keep them in a lowly, disgraced place. By reclaiming the most hurtful, shaming words, groups rise up, unite and fight against intimidation and injustice. Many examples exist in modern America -- from punks to geeks, from gays to rednecks. And yes, now sluts!

Do any of us aspire to be insulted as sluts and worse? Of course not.  But neither will we allow that word to shame, intimidate and silence women any longer. When one woman is battered with the word "slut" for simply speaking her truth, then ALL women are attacked. We can let that word chill us from speaking our own truth -- or we can rise up together and seize that weapon from those who would oppress us. At Rock The Slut Vote (RTSV) we choose to unite, reclaim that word "slut," and turn it back on those who would deny us the basic rights due every American.

Make no mistake. The GOP has launched an orchestrated, all-out-war on women's rights in states throughout America's heartland and in the heart of her capitol. They would silence women's opposition with fear and brutal insults against our very womanhood. Let us reclaim the word "slut" as our own anthem of defiance, strength and pride.

Like those Yankee Doodles who fought at the real Tea Party, Sluts WILL win this fight for equality and basic human rights. Together, we will go forth, raise hell, and rock the slut vote in November 2012.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Ladies And Gentlemen: President Romney

This is proving to be quite a volatile election year and we’re really just getting started.

RTSV United was created in response to the GOP's War On Women. This post is not about women’s rights, it’s about what a “President Romney” would look like. It’s a collection of information about this man who claims he has your best interests at heart.

The Obama administration is pulling out the big guns and utilizing the infinite and available information out there on Romney to prove that he would destroy America as we know it. We are in a VERY vulnerable position now. The Bush years have put us at a grave disadvantage and this election is perhaps the most important in decades. We simply cannot afford to allow the GOP to dominate government policy and the only way to do that is to insure a Democratic House, Senate and another Obama victory. Unless this happens, we will all lose, including so many who refuse to truly understand what the right’s agenda is and will blindly vote Republican because they buy into the lies, fear and racism.

There is a website that provides a plethora of information and none of it is hopeful. I will highlight some of the content here as well as articles, quotes and video.

            George W. Bush: ‘I’m for Mitt Romney’
            Mitt Romney “I’m Not Concerned For The Very Poor.”
            Mitt Romney Takes Credit For The Auto Bailout. Say, What?
            Former Mormon Explains Why Mitt Romney Should Never Be President

GST Steel & Bain Capital

Romney Economics: Dade

Jobs lost At least 2,937
Debt at time of bankruptcy $1.5 billion
Bain profits > $250 million

Dade: Profiting from debt:With Dade Behring, Mitt Romney and his investors took over a healthy company and loaded it with debt. Rather than sell the company, they then had Dade take out even more loans to buy out their shares, driving the company into bankruptcy. Nearly 3,000 workers lost their jobs, while Romney and his partners made more than $250 million in profit.”

It was just a great place to work, with great people. Everybody really enjoyed it there—and then Bain Capital came in.” —Charlie DeAngelis, mechanical engineer who lost his job after eight years with Dade BehringBoston Globe, 11/19/09

"Bain and a small group of investors bought Dade in 1994 with mostly borrowed money, limiting their risk. They extracted cash from the company at almost every turn—paying themselves nearly $100 million in fees, first for buying the company and then for helping to run it." New York Times, 11/13/11

My experience at Dade during those Bain Capital years was that it was strictly an investment, not to create jobs. ... No one came from Bain and said, ‘How can we hire more people?’ It was, ‘How do we turn our investment around and make a lot of money?’”—Michael Rumbin, vice president of technology management at Dade during Romney's tenure - Los Angeles Times, 12/4/11

They were just trying to milk as much out of us as they could.”—William T. Mowrey, former Dade employee whose salary and pension were cut.

This is only a small sampling of information on what a Romney administration would look like. Do you like what you see? If not, vote Democrat and share this.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Why Is It Important For Women To Vote In November?

In the 2008 Presdential election, thirteen-million eligible women DID NOT VOTE. Right this minute, almost seven-million women are NOT registered to vote. Imagine the impact we can make in November.

This country is suffering in a way that two generations have never had to endure. Even those who lived through The Great Depression didn’t have to deal with what we are experiencing today.

The economy, though it’s slowly improving, is still staggering. The fact that we have a black president has ripped the scab off the underlying racism that has plagued this county from the start. The wound is open and fresh and all of the ugly sentiment is peaking. We are dealing with serious environmental issues as well as how to handle our energy needs.

We are at a critical point and it’s never been more important to utilize the power we DO have as citizens and VOTE!

In the midst of Democrats vs. Republicans, the REAL and deliberate War On Women is a tactic drawn up by the GOP. We can spend all day arguing the why of it but that won’t help our cause. It’s happening. The over 900 anti-women bills and measures put forth by the Right are all you need to be concerned with. Their attacks on our reproductive rights, our right to affordable birth control (which helps to prevent abortions), access to health care and equal pay for equal work, not to mention those lovely trans-vaginal probes, are all reason enough to get your butt to the ballot box.

There are millions of women who are single or single mothers—Republicans as well as Democrats—who are the sole providers for their household. They get up early, fight traffic and work hard for less money than their male counterparts are making for the same job. This makes a difference in the amount of money you collect from Social Security after you can finally retire. The less money you make in your lifetime, the less you can collect in your “Golden Years.”

Maybe you’re not in love with Obama. Maybe you’re out of work and unable to find employment and feel like your vote doesn’t count. Keep this in mind. The liberals who chose not to vote in the 2010 mid-term election because Obama didn’t have a magic wand and couldn’t fix the completely destroyed economy left over by the eight-year Bush Administration in a mere two years, GAVE their vote to the Republicans who won the House and have made it close to impossible for Democrats to make real, tangible progress. They have fought the President on every single thing he wants to do—even when it was their original idea. They hate him and don’t care if YOU have no money, no healthcare or no rights. They want to paint the picture that Obama failed.

The Right knows how to ignite their base. They have rabid followers. The Left has always been called weak—and sadly, for good reason. We have not (up until now) screamed louder than the GOP. If we choose to stay home on election day, we don’t deserve the rights that we as women have fought so hard for over the course of this country’s history.

So get to the voting booths ladies. Tell your friends. Get at least two of your friends who don’t usually vote, or have a history of saying that their vote doesn’t count, to VOTE! It’s an hour of your day but it will impact the rest of your life. If you don’t want to leave the house, find out if your state has mail-in ballots. They’re great! You get to take your time, investigate the issues and can send it in early!

Keep this in mind too. If Obama wins but either the House or the Senate is dominated by Republicans, all hope for equal rights is out the window.

There’s nothing wrong with single issue voting. The alternative is working for a lower paying job, illegal abortions and all of your rights being taken away, one by one.

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