Daily Review 19/04/2017

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  1. Draco T Bastard 1

    All Male Committee Ensures Rapists Still Have Parental Rights to Victims’ Kids

    For the ninth time, a bill that would have created a process to take away parental rights from a woman’s rapist failed to pass Maryland’s General Assembly—thanks to a group of male lawmakers. Currently, if a woman conceives a child as a result of a sexual assault, she has to contend with her alleged attacker over custody rights or adoption planning.

    Just no words.

    • Dv 1.1

      Unbelievable

    • weka 1.2

      The Handmaid’s Tale.

      • Draco T Bastard 1.2.1

        It’s actually quite disturbing just how close The Handmaid’s Tale is to what’s actually happening.

        • Sabine 1.2.1.1

          Why so upset, its all been done, it will be done again?

          margaret-atwood-reflects-handmaids-tale

          Quote” During a 2006 interview with Bill Moyers for the Faith & Reason series, Atwood tells Bill she believes the Salem witch trials and the hysteria that erupted in that community is “one of the foundation events of American history.” She tells Mead, “The legacy of witch hunting, and the sense of shame that it engendered is an enduring American blight.”

          In talking about The Handmaid’s Tale, which she likes to call speculative fiction, Atwood explains that she didn’t write it as a possible prophecy. She tells Bill, “It’s a blueprint of the kind of thing that human beings do when they’re put under a certain sort of pressure. And I made it a rule for the writing of this book that I would not put anything into it that human societies have not already done.” Quote end.

          all of this has been done and is pretty much recorded history, hey its in the bible!
          Most famous handmaid would have been Saras slave Hagar who was impregnated by Abraham to bear him a son as Sara at 70 (yeah!) was too old – Ishmael,. Sara was then granted by god a successful pregnancy and birth of a son, Isaak, to reward her for her sacrifice giving up her maid to Abraham. And ever since then the world was a fucked up place cause who really is the first born of the Abraham? , Ishmael, – first born to the slave , or Isaak – first born to the wife.

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hagar

          • weka 1.2.1.1.1

            Good quote. As for the tribes of Israel, let’s not forget that it’s me that have been telling that story all this time 😉

          • Draco T Bastard 1.2.1.1.2

            Why so upset, its all been done, it will be done again?

            Because it is happening again.

  2. Good article

    Over time, things became clearer. I met men who opposed feminism in different settings, and began to recognise their varied tactics. In some ways, the online abusers – who hurled hatred from behind a screen – were the least threatening. The repetition in their arguments (if you can call “get off your high horse and change your tampon” an argument) made it clear that their fury was regurgitated: rooted in a fear of that man-hating, society-destroying “feminazi” of online forum fantasy.

    More sinister were the slick, intelligent naysayers who hid in plain sight. Men who scoffed at social events, confidently assuring those around us that sexism in the UK was a thing of the past and I should look to other countries to find “real problems”. Men who asked my husband, in commiserating tones, how he coped with being married to me. Politicians who told me I was “unnecessarily negative” and that girls these days didn’t know how lucky they were. The newspaper picture editor who overlooked the content of my interview when he announced his priority was to make me look “as sexy as possible”. People with the power to change things and the will to keep them exactly the same.

    Despite this, the site was a success, and over the next five years, hundreds of thousands of testimonies flooded in. Almost every woman or girl I met told me their story, too. A nine-year old who had received a “dick pic”. An elderly lady who had been assaulted by her late husband’s best friend. A young black woman refused entry to a nightclub while her white girlfriends were waved through. A woman in a wheelchair who was told she would be lucky to be raped. My assumptions about the type of person who suffers particular forms of abuse and the separation between different kinds of prejudice quickly shattered.

    “In five years, I have learned that the problem is immense, but the will to fight it is greater still.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/apr/17/what-i-have-learned-from-five-years-of-everyday-sexism?CMP=fb_gu

    Yes we must support the fight against sexism and the culture that supports it.

  3. Alan 3

    could you not find a better photo?

    • mickysavage 3.1

      RNZ Photo. I thought the message was a very good one.

    • infused 3.2

      Like the photos of Farrier that are always 5 years old when he was over weight?

    • Siobhan 3.3

      If we’re going down that path, I still think ditching the glasses was a shame, the right pair, old school chunky/modern hipster, would have given Andrew that ‘union battler with intellectual credentials’ look.

  4. RedLogix 4

    Just watched Adam Curtis’ Hypernormalisation again. Right to the end.

    A very complex and layered story, full of disturbing and peculiar linkages.

  5. adam 5

    Such a great interview. Queensland still had ‘gay panic’ laws on the book.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gay_panic_defense

    Very evil law.

    Interview is with Father Paul Kelly: his fight to overturn the ‘gay panic’ law.

    http://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/conversations/conversations-paul-kelly/8449124

    Before you get high and mighty, it was 2009 when that law came off our books.

  6. Judy 7

    Update: Paula Bennett is near the Cu Chi tunnels, Ho Chi Minh City, trying out an M60 at the spot where the Viet Cong hid from the Americans as they machine-gunned their way through Vietnam.

    What message do you suppose she’s sending, folks? “I am a tough Minister of Police who takes no prisoners a la Platoon and Commies are not safe in my sites”?

    I hope the Vietnamese and people in the region generally are watching her very closely. She’s not for the dumplings – Hungarian, Vietnamese – I am sure.

    • Armada 7.1

      Bennettt, is trying to emulate Judas “Crusher” Collins….

      Collins bestowed that nickname on herself when she introduced legislation to crush boy-racer cars: not a single car was crushed on her watch.

      I cringe at the sight of woman politicians posing with military weapons. I imagine them trying to communicate powerfulness by posing like a male warrior.

  7. Peroxide Blonde 8

    “May seeks UK snap election”
    https://thestandard.org.nz/may-seeks-uk-snap-election/#comment-1322028

    WHY IS THIS TOPIC DROPPED INTO THE REMAINDER SECTION? IT IS STILL A VERY LIVE ISSUE.

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