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Confessions of a Gender Traitor

I confess. 

I am a gang member. 

I have benefitted from my membership in this gang, all my life.  Everything in my life has come to me easier than it has for most of the planet, because I belong to this gang.  My clothes, food, shelter, luxuries and freedom are the spoils of my membership.  We live a life of ease, gluttony, vanity and waste built on the backs of oppression, deceit and cruelty.

We are a gang that brutally oppresses half of the world's population with rape, murder, starvation, torture, disease, forced and unpaid labor, humiliation, lack of education and food and shelter.  The mother of almost every child on the planet is the target of our oppression - controlled by words, weapons & fear and deprived of a voice or respect as human - as equal.

This gang also fights among its own ranks.  The gang at the top of this pyramid of brutality, ignorance and brutality is run by several thousand gang members who use raping, pillaging, murder and destroying the entire planet to luxuriate in and hoard the wealth of the planet.  For every bite of food we eat, thousands of people die of starvation.

The annals of history are written by this gang, obliterating the thoughts, words and lives of all foes, vanquished or living.  For four thousand years we have forged the planet around us into instruments of war, torture, enslavement and despair.  We have roamed the surface of the planet in packs, armies and alone in dark alleys with an unquenchable thirst for the blood of our fellow humans.  Those whom we do not kill outright, we eliminate in history, we remove their names from their own stories and place the names we choose to honor in their places.

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Obscenity Laws Suck

It's illegal to produce pornography outside of California. You, dear readers, probably think this law is as asinine as we think it is.

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FOSS Sexism Report and Backlash

Bruce Byfield writes about the reactions to his post about the prevalence of sexism in the FOSS world. 


Similarly, I assumed that, in the FOSS community, if you were a free software supporter, you were concerned about social justice and would therefore be against sexism as well.

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Through Women's Eyes: Report on the Gender-Specific Impact and Consequences of Operation Cast Lead

(From AIC)

The recent Israeli offensive—codenamed Operation ‘Cast Lead’ by the Israeli authorities—claimed the lives of 118 women, and injured 825 more. In total 1,414 Palestinians lost their lives, 1,177 (83%) of whom were civilians. A further 5,303 were injured. The infrastructure of the Gaza Strip was decimated, for example, 2,114 homes were completely destroyed and a further 3,242 rendered uninhabitable, affecting 51,842 people.

The true impact of the offensive, however, cannot be measured in terms of statistics and figures alone. Although the numbers of victims and casualties illustrate the appalling human toll of this conflict, the true extent of the suffering lies in the day-to-day reality of life in the Gaza Strip following Operation Cast Lead, as civilians struggle to rebuild their lives, come to terms with their loss, and restore some semblance of human dignity.

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Women's Groups Take on Laws Based on Sex

By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 30 (IPS) - When a landmark U.N. conference on women adopted a "platform for action" in Beijing in 1995, member states were urged to commit themselves to revoke all existing laws in their statute books that discriminate on the basis of sex.

But since the adoption of that resolution, human rights organisations and women's groups have unsuccessfully called for the appointment of a U.N. special rapporteur to specifically focus on laws that discriminate against women worldwide.

So far, the Human Rights Council in Geneva - and its predecessor the Human Rights Commission - have both sidestepped the proposal, arguing such a U.N. post is redundant.

Currently, there are more than 30 U.N. special rapporteurs either armed with thematic mandates (right to education, violence against women, human rights of migrants) or country mandates (human rights in Belarus, human rights in Sudan).

But the demand for a special rapporteur to probe gender-related discriminatory laws has failed to materialise.

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Killing Us Softly 3 Advertising's Image of Women

Jean Kilbourne continues her groundbreaking analysis of advertising’s depiction of women in this most recent update of her pioneering Killing Us Softly series. 

In fascinating detail, Kilbourne decodes an array of print and television advertisements to reveal a pattern of disturbing and destructive gender stereotypes.  Her analysis challenges us to consider the relationship between advertising and broader issues of culture, identity, sexism, and gender violence.  Kilbourne uses over 160 ads and commercials to critique advertising's image of women. 

A study guide and handouts for this video are available online.


Does the beauty ideal still tyrannize women?

Does advertising still objectify women’s bodies?

Are the twin themes of liberation and weight control still linked?

Is sexuality still presented as women’s main concern?

Are young girls still sexualized?

Are grown women infantilized?

Are images of male violence against women still used to sell products? 


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If this won't depress you...

I was munching my Cheerios this morning, scanning teh interwebs, looking for things of note.  I found this little gem of saccarine glazed rot, appropriately entitled "Inequality".

It's a song from Myanmar, where oppression is a national sport.  I can't tell what's worse here.  On one hand, the song extols the virtues of being a gratefully mistreated & neglected female / slave / cum-dump.  Simultaneously, the music itself is completely western - like a schmaltzy love ballad from an 80's movie about an aging rock diva. 

I guess the message is "Myanmar: Come wipe your ass with our women and our culture."

Is is just me, or does this song make you feel like you're on the wrong end of a dozen Manhattans at an airport kiosk with "Tiny Bubbles" on an endless loop on the jukebox.


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COLOUR CODE | No Country For Women

Aneesh A comments from The Times of India:

A person who kills a brown-skinned man is no less a murderer than someone who kills a white-skinned man. The same dictum applies for rape.

After an American girl was gang-raped in Mumbai, there seems to be a certain section of our ever-so-patriotic society that feels that the white woman's violation is being unjustly sensationalised. They think that if her skin had been a little more tanned and if her screams had an Indian twang to it, the case wouldn't receive the kind of attention it got. It reaffirms the hopelessness of humanity when a girl gets violated and instead of feeling ashamed and angry and questioning exactly how much divinity we all have within us, we are more interested in casting aspersions on the 'character' of the victim, investigating if 'she had it coming', and protesting that the violated brown woman didn't get as much media space as the violated white woman. Perhaps, the act of rape itself has no more shock value left in it.  It shouldn't come as a surprise in a nation where a celebrity husband getting zipped down by his celebrity wife on a fashion show ramp earns more ire than men who rape and assault women.

It is undeniably true that the profusion of molesters and rapists in the country would not be possible without the patriarchal trinity of the police, the courts and various state governments. And, undoubtedly, the biggest token of gratitude should go to the word 'allegedly' and its variations that the media and the officials efficiently inculcate into their vernacular.

Thanks to this word a giant land mammal with big ears, tusks, a trunk and pillar-like legs will remain an 'alleged' elephant until enough evidence is provided before a court of law. How can some men get their minds around the complex working of a car engine, the fastidious rules of various sports and still not realise there is no excuse for rape? There's one thing that needs to be hammered into their rock-like skulls: It doesn't matter if a girl is drunk or over-flirtatious. If she doesn't want you to be with her, then you have no right to even lay a finger on her. End of discussion.

And if you feel otherwise, then you are suffering from a serious case of cerebral malfunction. Allegedly, of course.

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