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Dispatches From The War On Women: A Step Away From Rape Culture

Dispatches From The War On Women: A Step Away From Rape Culture

Welcome to Dispatches, your round-up of the latest news from the frontlines of the War on Women. Have a story from your state or an idea on how to push back? Share them here and fight back against the War on Women.

It may not have made quite the splash as the dump Rush Limbaugh campaign, but GoDaddy has been under a steady stream of pressure to stop its ridiculously misogynistic ad and branding campaign. It looks like it’s working. This can really only be considered good news. The push against rape culture is genuinely, and sadly, a campaign to win hearts and minds. That means means every inch of progress is a victory and has to be claimed as such if we want it to stick.

One place rape culture is alive and well: the U.S. military.

Ugh. Is bleaching genitals really a thing?

Mayors from across the country bucked the trend and banded together to offer up a resolution in favor of women’s fundamental human rights. To think that in 2012 in the United States this is considered news says it all.

Title IX turns 40 and there’s still a ways to go before its goals are met, but the landmark civil rights law spawned some amazing and inspiring stories, like these.

The U.S. Catholic Bishops may be calling for a Fortnight of Freedom, but followers don’t seem to be getting the message. But you know who is? NOM.

The fact that a 6-year-old was arrested and Republicans are calling for the child’s deportation sums up everything that is wrong with the their stance on immigration.

In contrast, the NY Mets are considering creating a “quiet section” for autistic kids so they can go out and enjoy a ball game. Magnificent.

New Hampshire Governor John Lynch vetoed a so called “partial birth” abortion ban, calling the bill redundant and therefore not necessary.

The anti-abortion bill that consumed Ohio for most of the year died in session.

Michigan is officially out of control.

The gender pay gap is well-established, but this look at it in the medical field puts it in breathtaking context.

Dahlia Lithwick offers this proposal to save us all from having to use ‘vagina’ when legislating ever again.

One of the most adorable things you will see on the Internet is this baby and chimp reaching out to each other. You’re welcome.

Thanks for checking back and don’t forget to send in your stories, suggestions and comments. We’ll be back each weekday with the latest in the best and the worst from the War on Women. So long as the battle rages, we’ll cover the latest, so please check back!

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10:56PM PDT on Jul 7, 2012

If it wasn't for the chimp link at the end... I'd be really depressed now!

9:38AM PDT on Jul 1, 2012

The GOP morons. T-Party retards, Neoconscum, Rightwing vampires, call RAPE women FAULT.

2:09AM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

We've come a long way, but not long enough. Oh, and btw, DON'T call me baby. I have a name, now don't wear it out.

10:22AM PDT on Jun 23, 2012

Yep, we still have a long way to go......

6:53AM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

MLK's dream for economic and social justice has quite a ways to go before becoming a reality...so sad

12:01AM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

"My wonderful mother knew what was going on and stood by and did nothing."

I had a mother just like that. My great grandfather and grandmother were German immigrants so I'm almost 100% German genetically. On top of that they were dirt poor and
intensely brainwashed in the Christian "religion" with all the sexual repression and resulting perversion firmly ingrained in the culture. As a small child I sensed something was very wrong but I was helpless. I was taken to church every Sunday and forced to listen to a pastor rail about hell and brimstone and how I was responsible for "original sin" as well as
rape, torture and bloody wars that somebody else did. No matter which way I turned, I was told to shut and be subservient. I learned early on that my place was to be quiet and work hard. My mother said, if you don't work, you don't eat, on a daily basis. I was given absolutely no sex education and when I asked questions, I got put off. Growing up I noticed the German people, at least the poor ones, were very hard working. However, they were a very unhappy people with a penchant for abusing animals when they didn't HAVE to. I hate to say this about my own people but they are Neo-Nazis and they are mean and dispassionate. I lived in a state that was full of Germans and the religious upbringing made them extremely sexually repressed, perverted, greedy and sneaky. Unfortunately anybody who is brought up in the Catholic/Christian cults are still this way. Very few pe

12:01AM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

"My wonderful mother knew what was going on and stood by and did nothing."

I had a mother just like that. My great grandfather and grandmother were German immigrants so I'm almost 100% German genetically. On top of that they were dirt poor and
intensely brainwashed in the Christian "religion" with all the sexual repression and resulting perversion firmly ingrained in the culture. As a small child I sensed something was very wrong but I was helpless. I was taken to church every Sunday and forced to listen to a pastor rail about hell and brimstone and how I was responsible for "original sin" as well as
rape, torture and bloody wars that somebody else did. No matter which way I turned, I was told to shut and be subservient. I learned early on that my place was to be quiet and work hard. My mother said, if you don't work, you don't eat, on a daily basis. I was given absolutely no sex education and when I asked questions, I got put off. Growing up I noticed the German people, at least the poor ones, were very hard working. However, they were a very unhappy people with a penchant for abusing animals when they didn't HAVE to. I hate to say this about my own people but they are Neo-Nazis and they are mean and dispassionate. I lived in a state that was full of Germans and the religious upbringing made them extremely sexually repressed, perverted, greedy and sneaky. Unfortunately anybody who is brought up in the Catholic/Christian cults are still this way. Very few pe

12:00AM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

"My wonderful mother knew what was going on and stood by and did nothing."

I had a mother just like that. My great grandfather and grandmother were German immigrants so I'm almost 100% German genetically. On top of that they were dirt poor and
intensely brainwashed in the Christian "religion" with all the sexual repression and resulting perversion firmly ingrained in the culture. As a small child I sensed something was very wrong but I was helpless. I was taken to church every Sunday and forced to listen to a pastor rail about hell and brimstone and how I was responsible for "original sin" as well as
rape, torture and bloody wars that somebody else did. No matter which way I turned, I was told to shut and be subservient. I learned early on that my place was to be quiet and work hard. My mother said, if you don't work, you don't eat, on a daily basis. I was given absolutely no sex education and when I asked questions, I got put off. Growing up I noticed the German people, at least the poor ones, were very hard working. However, they were a very unhappy people with a penchant for abusing animals when they didn't HAVE to. I hate to say this about my own people but they are Neo-Nazis and they are mean and dispassionate. I lived in a state that was full of Germans and the religious upbringing made them extremely sexually repressed, perverted, greedy and sneaky. Unfortunately anybody who is brought up in the Catholic/Christian cults are still this way. Very few pe

12:00AM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

"My wonderful mother knew what was going on and stood by and did nothing."

I had a mother just like that. My great grandfather and grandmother were German immigrants so I'm almost 100% German genetically. On top of that they were dirt poor and
intensely brainwashed in the Christian "religion" with all the sexual repression and resulting perversion firmly ingrained in the culture. As a small child I sensed something was very wrong but I was helpless. I was taken to church every Sunday and forced to listen to a pastor rail about hell and brimstone and how I was responsible for "original sin" as well as
rape, torture and bloody wars that somebody else did. No matter which way I turned, I was told to shut and be subservient. I learned early on that my place was to be quiet and work hard. My mother said, if you don't work, you don't eat, on a daily basis. I was given absolutely no sex education and when I asked questions, I got put off. Growing up I noticed the German people, at least the poor ones, were very hard working. However, they were a very unhappy people with a penchant for abusing animals when they didn't HAVE to. I hate to say this about my own people but they are Neo-Nazis and they are mean and dispassionate. I lived in a state that was full of Germans and the religious upbringing made them extremely sexually repressed, perverted, greedy and sneaky. Unfortunately anybody who is brought up in the Catholic/Christian cults are still this way. Very few pe

12:00AM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

"My wonderful mother knew what was going on and stood by and did nothing."

I had a mother just like that. My great grandfather and grandmother were German immigrants so I'm almost 100% German genetically. On top of that they were dirt poor and
intensely brainwashed in the Christian "religion" with all the sexual repression and resulting perversion firmly ingrained in the culture. As a small child I sensed something was very wrong but I was helpless. I was taken to church every Sunday and forced to listen to a pastor rail about hell and brimstone and how I was responsible for "original sin" as well as
rape, torture and bloody wars that somebody else did. No matter which way I turned, I was told to shut and be subservient. I learned early on that my place was to be quiet and work hard. My mother said, if you don't work, you don't eat, on a daily basis. I was given absolutely no sex education and when I asked questions, I got put off. Growing up I noticed the German people, at least the poor ones, were very hard working. However, they were a very unhappy people with a penchant for abusing animals when they didn't HAVE to. I hate to say this about my own people but they are Neo-Nazis and they are mean and dispassionate. I lived in a state that was full of Germans and the religious upbringing made them extremely sexually repressed, perverted, greedy and sneaky. Unfortunately anybody who is brought up in the Catholic/Christian cults are still this way. Very few pe

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