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This morning I scanned through the last few weeks worth of posts to do some  re-tagging and I noticed something a little depressing: the nature and tone of almost every, single one of my blog posts have been decidedly negative. There was not one with even the slightest suggestion of some blessed light at the end of the metaphorical tunnel, no posts about my life and what leads me to come to each expressed conclusions, and perhaps most revealing, there is almost nothing of my self in my most recent posts.

On the subject I am foremost passionate about,  how could I become so void of genuine emotion and conviction?

As anyone can imagine, it is very simple for me to fall into my typical acerbic style and make sardonic observations about far removed issues that usually have little impact on my direct life. I have noticed that it is far easier to stay a little closed off and cynical when writing about difficult issues and it has become habit to reveal almost nothing about myself in the process. This isn't something that only occurs in virtual reality online (hahaha), rather this is the same in my literal reality. Why is it more difficult to open up and really feel?

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Media, Pop Culture and The Continued Support of Violence Against Women

I really don't want to write about Jersey Shore, MTV's new disgraceful and irreverent "reality" show documenting the lives of "Real Italian" girls and boys from Jersey, but a recent clip was emailed to me this week and I cannot stay silent.  Much has been written about this show, and to be true, I have watched 2 commercials and 20 minutes of one episode.  I assure you, this was more than enough to make me gag in horror and disgust.  The show has everything our pop culture obsessed society wants.  True to form MTV delivers: degraded women, dominating men, alcohol and a camera to show every juicy detail.

As an Italian, it disturbs me to no end that a mainstream television show is allowed to portray such a reaffirmation of dehumanizing stereotypes.  But of course, this is the point, is it not?  As an appeal to the subconscious typecasts each person in our society possesses, Jersey Shore draws upon and connects to what many people believe to be true and thus becomes appealing.  Do you think Italian-Americans are loud and rude?  Lazy and stingy?  Materialistic?  Crass, dirty, promiscuous, and dangerous?  Watch Jersey Shore , it will affirm each one of these notions to be true.

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Work Place Inequality - From Top to Bottom, Companies Still Not Hiring Women

A new report from the Los Angeles Business Examiner reveals that corporations are seeing less and less women in boardrooms than ever before.  New studies published show that about 10% of executives are women.  The  study cited in this report shows that the demographic of these companies generally reflect the boardroom.  This is based on about 400 companies in California only.

The ranks of women in corporate executive suites and board rooms remain thin, even as research shows that companies with more women at the top perform better financially and might be more socially responsible.

That’s according to a study of California women business leaders released Thursday by the Graduate School of Management at the University of California Davis.

Women hold only about one out of every 10 top management and board positions — precisely 10.6 percent — in California’s largest 400 firms, according to the fifth annual Study of California Women Business Leaders.  That ratio has remained pretty consistent over the five years that the Graduate School has been studying the issue.

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Insurance Company to Woman: You Were Raped? DENIED

 

There are some things that I can’t describe; so upsetting no words can convey how I feel. Now is one of those times.  A story on Huffingtonpost.com highlights the practice of insurance companies that deny coverage for rape victims who are prescribed anti-HIV medication to prevent contracting the disease.  According to the health insurance provider, using anti-HIV medication indicates an unhealthy patient, a patient with too many health risks, a patient with a risk laden lifestyle.  Even after the assault was documented within the appeal process, the insurance company still felt the patient was too risky, and she was denied.  Now with a documented appeal and subsequent denial, for lack of better words, this woman is totally fucked.

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Women From Abusive Relationships Are High Risk for Depression and STD

A new study reveals women who have been in, or are currently in a romantic relationship, in which their partner was or is abusive, are more likely to suffer from health problems such as depression, STDs, urinary tract infections and chronic fatigue. These health problems linger far longer than the cuts or bruises from the original physical assault.

Women abused by their romantic partners are more likely to suffer from a long list of medical maladies than other women, a new study shows.

The diseases, many of which aren't traditionally connected with violence, include abdominal pain, chest pain, headaches, acid reflux, urinary tract infections and menstrual disorders.

"Roughly half of the diagnoses we examined were more common in abused women than in other women," study author Amy Bonomi, an associate professor of human development and family science at Ohio State University, in a school news release. "Abuse is associated with much more than cuts and bruises."

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Under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, Women More Likely To Be Expelled- AP

Go figure.

The AP reports:

SAN FRANCISCO — Pentagon statistics obtained by University of California researchers show that women are far more likely than men to be kicked out of the military under the "don't ask, don't tell policy" banning openly gay servicemembers.

Every military branch dismissed a disproportionate number of women in 2008 under the policy banning openly gay servicemembers. But the discrepancy was particularly marked in the Air Force, where women were a majority of those let go under the policy, even though they made up only 20 percent of personnel.

Across the military, women represented about one-third of the 619 people discharged based on sexual orientation. They account for just 15 percent of servicemembers.

The data was released Thursday by the Palm Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

With these statistics, it's doubly not surprising that the President considers his plate too full to deal with this, as Lesbian Women are like, one millionTH in line to get equal rights. Even with the tremendous strides the collective Women's Movements have made, when things like this come to the surface, the leader's response seem to be, "yeah sure, we'll get right on that". There seems to be so much yet to be accomplished.

-Sophia

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MSNBC: Women Attracted to "Father Types" to "Mate" When They Take The Pill

MSNBC

FAIL

I don't know about anyone else, but the Pill makes me crazy.  So my birth control options are limited to the non-hormone variety.  I guess that means that forever and always I'll be stuck going after the "Cad"; the type of guy that won't ever marry me or help me raise our kids.  At least this is true according to a new study out of Britain.  The study finds women who take hormones for birth control are more apt to attract and be attracted to men who are more likely to settle down with them.  This is because they don't have the typical peak and valley of hormones during the month, which sees a rise in hormones around ovulation (fertility) and causes, in theory, women to go after the most masculine looking male.

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"Produce babies but don't expect to get covered because pregnancy is a "choice""

-Republican on the House floor.

What a bunch of fucking hypocrites. Excuse my language, I'm heated.

Allow me to explain.

The right wing of the political arena are hell bent on killing insurance reform. So are some left wingers, but for the most part, the Republican party is going hard on the "oppose Obama and collect dollars by the millions from lobbyists" tip.

While the Baucus bill is up for amendments and debate (the bill truly is a piece of shit, but that's for another blog post) several right wingers are pushing this asinine notion that maternity care isn't necessary and shouldn't be mandated.

Why?

Because Pregnancy is an elective condition.

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Professional Sports and the Illusion of Equality

Pop music, heavy on the bass, easy on the lyrics, blare from the speakers as the players exit the court. Their heads hanging low, sweat pouring off their bodies, they are spent. Behind them, bolting out from the sidelines like fourth graders just let out to afternoon recess, come the dancers. They wear the standard: tights, knee-high boots, and a sparkly bra. They convene in some clever alignment at center court and begin their routine: Hip thrust left, leg kick right, pirouette, hair toss front, turn around; repeat.

In sharp contrast to the action of the basketball game, to the NBA’s massive “make it better” campaign, the attempt to diversify the sport’s audience, to the politically correct world of the athletes themselves; these cheer “leaders”, dancers if you will, provide a distracting dance routine, forced and contrived, whose display is nothing close to that of the competitive dance squads across the country. NBA cheerleaders have been reduced from the uber-athletic, diverse and competitive teams we see up through the collegiate level and ‘Bring It On 7’, to a blatant sexist display, devoid of athleticism and any dignity. What is more disturbing, we are expected to accept that this is just "part of the experience", a normal and respectible part of the modern professional world, which ultimatly insinuates that degradation of women is ok.

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The Boy Who Cried Wolf

There was once a shepherd-boy who kept his flock at a little distance from the village. Once he thought he would play a trick on the villagers and have some fun at their expense. So he ran toward the village crying out, with all his might,--

"Wolf! Wolf! Come and help! The wolves are at my lambs!"

The kind villagers left their work and ran to the field to help him. But when they got there the boy laughed at them for their pains; there was no wolf there.

Still another day the boy tried the same trick, and the villagers came running to help and got laughed at again. Then one day a wolf did break into the fold and began killing the lambs. In great fright, the boy ran for help. "Wolf! Wolf!" he screamed. "There is a wolf in the flock! Help!"

The villagers heard him, but they thought it was another mean trick; no one paid the least attention, or went near him. And the shepherd-boy lost all his sheep.

There is a reason our parents, kindergarten teachers, mentors and anyone else, tell us the story of the boy who cried wolf. It is an important warning, not just a lesson but a warning to us: if you lie perpetually, the day when you really tell the truth no one will believe you.

A couple of days ago, several news sources cited theAP regarding a student who was allegedly raped by 5 men, 4 of which were pictured; all of them “of color”. Of course, upon seeing this story and reading the gruesome details, I was saddened, I RT’d it and then went about my day. How horrible, one young women is strangled to death on campus another is raped by 5 men. Is there no safety for us?

Fast forward to now;the young woman has confessed that the sex was indeed consensual. She made the story up and much worse, of the four men arrested, whose pictures were splashed across America’s televisions and computers under the caption “RAPE”, only two had sex with her.

Wonderful

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