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- 18th Down Under Feminists’ Carnival!
- How immoral to acknowledge to kids that yes, sex happens
- You have no rights
- At last, a website that does not degrade my worth and dignity!
- My Friend Called To Say She Was Raped
- Male Chauvinist Chimps or the Meat Market of Public Opinion?
- Furbruary or Bushtember?
– More reading than you can poke a stick at
– “This post is essentially my reaction to the knee-jerk reactions displayed in this article here. The gist of which is: the federal government is talking about a national sex ed curriculum for primary and high school.
And the gist of my reaction is: headdesk after headdesk after headdesk.”
– “Therefore those who oppose abortion because they believe the fetus is a person with special status have to hope they are never successful in legislating how others handle their pregnancies. If they are, it means that exceptions could be made to the right to control one’s own person.
Once that principle is admitted, then there is nothing to stop a majority with different beliefs from legislating forced abortions.
Over-population is, after all, the source of the environmental problems killing the planet.
There is nothing to stop an aging population from requisitioning a kidney from healthy people walking around with a spare.
There is nothing to stop doctors from performing medical experiments on you for the public good.
There is nothing to stop the majority from deciding all those old folks are too expensive to live.
Really. Nothing. Once you take away the right to control your own body.”
– “If someone is vulnerable, screaming and in distress while you and nine buddies take turns ritually humiliating her for no purpose other than rituallly humiliating her, then basic human empathy is enough to tell you that it’s wrong. You do not need laws, because you have tears and screams and blood. What you can be taught is that those things don’t matter when they’re coming from somebody less important than you, something evidenced in, ooh, every heirarchal structure ever created. The most telling part of Charlie “argument”, however, is that if we do accept that these boys needed to be told that gang rape was bad, then we have to also accept that men are inherently gang rapists unless forced not to be. This is the same person who, a paragraph earlier, was complaining that society is out to degrade men. Once again, the only real misandrist involved is the guy complaining about misandry.”
– “I don’t know where to put this. I don’t know how to deal with this. She was talking and I kept flashing back to my own rape. People tell you that in time that you get over it, but I don’t think that is the case. In time you may learn to put it beside you, however; I don’t think that you ever put it behind you. You could be having a perfectly normal day and something will trigger you and take you back; leaving you feeling like a raw open wound.”
– “Furthermore, because the sharing of meat was primarily with anestrous females, and because there was no relationship between the amount of meat provided and the number of copulations, suggesting that this had any connection to prostitution or buying someone an expensive meal in order to “get lucky” was to completely miss the point. In all likelihood, females were using these exchanges to determine who would be the best potential father for her offspring over the long term. High rank has its advantages, but so does the guy who’s willing to share.”
– the tension between feminism and multiculturalism, the boundaries between respect and reform
Ariane Lauredhel has some idle wondering to share