wordwitch: Woman in a shift, reading on a couch (Default)
[personal profile] seperis alerted me to the situation, and I went hunting. The Rob, Arnie & Dawn Show is currently losing advertisers because the two male hosts talked about hurling shoes at hypothetical transgender children of their own. I find in The Huffington Post that this is not their first, let alone their only, offense:
In layman's terms, according to KRXQ, in 2002 "the contemporary standards of the Sacramento listening community" encompassed "humor" about incestuous sexual abuse between a father and a small child, just as in 2009 it ought to encompass what States defends as "joking" about physical, verbal, and emotional abuse of transgender children.
J'accuse.These men are consistently advocating the sexual exploitation of and undifferentiated violence toward children. They should be removed permanently from the ability to voice their despicable opinions on the public's airwaves.
wordwitch: Woman in a shift, reading on a couch (Default)
Possibly triggering, certainly somewhat anti-Christian material below, depending on which verses you read how. )Now, with all that in mind, allow me to refer you to a pair of articles on Josep Fritzl's activities within the context of good, solid, Austrian culture.

The first one I found was Josef Fritzl's fictive forebears in The Times Online(UK). Ritchie Robertson undertakes a thorough overview of the kinds of literature that Elizabeth's fate recalls. I recommend a careful and thorough reading: Freaud does make an appearance, as one would expect, but there is far, far more to the story than he.

Today, I found Heather Mallick's re-consideration of her call for Austria not wholly to be tarred with one broad psycotic's brush when a reader very politely corrected her Canadian attitude thusly:
Thank you for the article, she wrote politely, but I am Austrian-German, and you are wrong. Her traditional upbringing by an authoritarian father and passive mother had scarred her as well as her own children, she said, causing one of her brothers to commit suicide and leaving the other emotionally unable to cope with life.
In both articles, look for the distinction between English/British attitudes born of class, and Austrian attitudes drawn directly from patriarchy.

We go back, as we always go back, to the above scriptures calling for submission - and the societal structures that empower, require, and coerce that submission. Regardless. We remember (as we of my generation and older should remember, and often fail) that there was, semantically, no such thing as rape in marriage legally, because - they were married. It was a husband's right to have sex with his wife. Up through the 1970s in America.

We remember, as so many of all of us fail to remember, that wifely acceptance of husbandly fits and starts was always demanded, not least by the women who had grown old and bitter in their acceptance, wondering - as Celie of The Color Purple wondered - how these young women dare expect better conditions than their elders.

I look back to my mother's best friend, an initially lively and intelligent woman, who underwent therapy to deal with her bitter unhappiness in her marriage.

Her husband, reluctantly but with care for his wife's mental state, agreed with her therapist for electroshock therapy for her.

Afterwards, she was neither lively, nor intelligent, nor unhappy in her marriage.

Austria may well be a simmering hotbed of familial abuse and violence; but it is not alone, not nearly alone.

We are nowhere near enough progressed to be post-feminist.
wordwitch: Woman in a shift, reading on a couch (choice)
In your own journal, tell why the right to choose whether or not to have an abortion is important for you. Read why at http://www.prochoiceamerica.org/choice-action-center/bfc08-home.html
Choose an icon at http://www.prochoiceamerica.org/choice-action-center/bfc08-graphics.html

If you believe that women who are not you should not have the right to choose whether or not to give birth, please explain that as well.

If someone over-rode your decision not to give birth, please tell about that. Tell us why they over-rode you, how you dealt with it then, and what you think of the situation now.

If you have tried to persuade someone to have an abortion or not to have an abortion, please explain the situation and your reasoning. Please tell us what happened. Please tell us about the situation now, and your thoughts about it now.
wordwitch: Woman in a shift, reading on a couch (Default)
A meme seen in [insanejournal.com profile] sprat's journal and taken originally from here has led me to make the following statement:

I have had an abortion. And I am not ashamed.

I wrote a fairly lengthy explanation of my views in my old website, but I'll repeat it here.

Abortion: My View )
wordwitch: Woman in a shift, reading on a couch (basket)
A meme seen in [livejournal.com profile] sprat's journal and taken originally from here has led me to make the following statement:

I have had an abortion. And I am not ashamed.

I wrote a fairly lengthy explanation of my views in my old website, but I'll repeat it here.

Abortion: My View )
wordwitch: Woman in a shift, reading on a couch (Default)
When a few progressive women asked for the right to vote, the society rose up in a body and answered, "That would devastate the family and change society as we know it."

When more progressive women asked for the right to be treated equally under the law, the society rose up in a body and answered, "That would devastate the family and change society as we know it."

When even more progressive women asked for the right to legal, safe abortions, the society rose up in a body and answered, "That would devastate the family and change society as we know it."

Now that various and sundry people (including some gays) are demanding that laws be changed to permit the marriage of gay people to the ones they love, the society is rising up in a body and answering, "That would devastate the family and change society as we know it."

It is important for us to acknowledge that they were absolutely correct, according to their definitions of marriage, the family, and society as they know it.

Marriage as they know it requires that, and I quote, "The wife submit to the husband as the church submits to Christ; and the husband love the wife as Christ loves the church." There is a profound sense of unidirectional ownership in this marriage - the wife belongs to the husband, but the husband does not necessarily belong to the wife - and there is also the assumption that wrong behavior shall be chastised.

The family as they know it is the cauldron in which the above and below situations are trained and maintained. Within the family, everyone has a place and a set of duties, responsibilities, and rights that are the same in each and every family in society. Training to a position that will not be held by that family member is rightly suspected to lead to discontent by the one trained when that training is not used. (E.g.: a boy taught to cook will be disappointed when his future wife drives him out of the kitchen, as is her right.)

Society as they know it is predicated on the idea that those in charge tell the rest what to do, and are obeyed. That there are ranges of appropriate behavior for every person, and that those ranges can be understood by looking at the person in question. That the attempt to move outside those ranges of appropriate behavior indicates a desire to belong to the group for whom that behavior is appropriate. That such a desire is both sinful and criminal, and is possibly pathological, and is a pointer to further desires to break societal rules.


Our foremothers and their male allies and family members have absolutely accomplished all of the changes ascribed to them. It is up to us to continue the battle.

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