why we need feminism

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"If you talk, I'll kill you"

A very common trait of domestic violence is the threat by the abuser to inflict further physical harm in the event the victim talks about the abuse. This is part of the overall abuse cycle and is one of many reasons victims remain in abusive relationships, often times long after they have been physically assaulted.
Last week, Rihanna, who is a famous singer and was infamously beat up by her then boyfriend Chris Brown, spoke about the incident. She described the violence in detail and explained why she was photographed with her attacker after the abuse. She spoke candidly about her emotions and her feelings about her abuser. She revealed herself to be conflicted, insecure, devastated, strong and beautifully unashamed. All of which are normal reactions displayed by victims of domestic violence. To be brutalized by someone you so desperately love is very confusing and more damaging emotionally than many can imagine.
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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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Why We Need Feminism Now

News articles of late have featured studies and statistics aimed at women’s happiness and women’s sexual drive; how to find spiritual fulfillment or turn a one night stand into a lasting bond. It seems everyone these days has advice to women on how to live and enjoy their respective sex lives. I suppose my way of approaching this subject is as liberal as possible: do what you want with whomever you so please as long as what you do is completely consensual. I do not believe we should be made to feel guilty for being promiscuous or taught to view sex as only a means to pro-create or get what we want. All in all, these publicized opinions, skewed statistics and archaic opinions damage the already shaky perception women have of sex, our own bodies, and ultimately our own selves.

What goes on in my bedroom is no one’s business but my own. Women’s bodies, our sexual activities, should not be up for national debate and discussion. Just as in every election cycle, women’s decision making abilities and personal health decisions are trashed in the name of the pandering tactic otherwise known as the pro-choice v. pro-life debate, so are women trashed when popular journalists and news outlets advise women on the right thing to do in their sex lives. We are degraded to something less than human; a subject to be bantered about within the political arena. We are entertainment and apparently guinea pigs (why do we really have sex? One study asks), and we have no way to defend ourselves.

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