Dispatches From The War On Women: Domestic Terror In Georgia

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In Georgia state and federal authorities are investigating two fires at abortion clinics within four days of each other. The clinics targeted had doctors who spoke out against the state’s contentious 20-week abortion ban. The incidents mark an apparent escalation in violence against abortion providers and have health care providers in Georgia and across the country on heightened alert. Let’s call this what it is: domestic terrorism.

What better way to honor the lives of the women who have served than to take a step toward gender equity in the military. The Senate Armed Services committee finally advanced the Shaheen amendment, a measure that would provide insurance coverage for abortions in the case of rape or incest for women in the military and their dependents. Under the current law, if a servicewoman becomes pregnant as a result of rape or incest and needs an abortion she has to pay out-of-pocket for the procedure. Considering the fact that one in three women will be sexually assaulted while enlisted, all that is left to say is it’s about time.

There’s a sexual assault epidemic against Native American women happening, which makes Republican obstructionism and demonizing on the renewal of VAWA all the more repugnant.

The University of Montana moved forward with a new policy for dealing with sexual assaults in an attempt to deal with the dangerous rape culture on campus and to bring the university policies into compliance with federal and state anti-discrimination law.

If this doesn’t sum up male privilege, I don’t know what does. A suspect in a New York sexual assault case was released after just a few minutes and without answering any questions because he didn’t feel like answering any. For real.

The Internet remains the wild west in harassing women, the place where men feel free to spew disgusting, violent garbage all in the name of free speech, or something. Don’t believe me? Meet Mr. George Tierney Jr., of Greenville, South Carolina.

We can now quantify the effect of sexism in the media. A new study shows that when shown sexualized pictures of both men and women in advertising, viewers registered sexualized men as people and sexualized women as objects.

I bet this felt good: a female pilot ejected her sexist male passenger.

Nobody imagines their child will end up sentenced to a juvenile facility. Here’s a powerful account of one mother’s experience with just that.

People need to pay attention to Florida and the voter purge happening right now. It’s nothing short of a civil rights crisis. Related: what happens when we cut off access to the news to the nations’ poorest?

Robin Marty asks if it’s time to start taxing churches. My vote is yes.

Another day, another boycott by One Million Moms.

Does the war on women trace back to Victorian England?

Memorial Day weekend marks the official point when we can all start thinking of summer. So why not pack your reading list with these 5 feminist fiction books? Not a bad way to spend a summer, I’d say!

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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145 comments

Huber F.
Huber F4 years ago

wow.

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Walter G.
Walter G5 years ago

All for this mess boils down to the pope, go talk to the pope about it! After your talk with the Pope, give us your estimate of his IQ and cognitive understanding of which shoe fits on which foot. Why shoes? They're important to the Pope, because his flock is diminishing. When he asked one of his Cardinals why, the Cardinal replied, "Oh, your most holy holiness, your flock is voting with its feet! Now the pope wants to ex-communicate all of the feet! To illustrate the current Pope's grasp of what is going on, a Rabbi wangled an audience for himself and his son, because the son had a project in school dealing with religious integration. The pope asked the boy from which diocese he came, and the boy responded that he did not have “any such connection because he is a Jew.” The pope asked him to repeat what he is, th boy responded three times “A Jew! A Jew! A Jew!” The pope stared for a moment, then said “Bless you!” three times followed by the advice to use a handkerchief when sneezing.

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Walter G.
Walter G5 years ago

All for this mess boils down to the pope, go talk to the pope about it! After your talk with the Pope, give us your estimate of his IQ and cognitive understanding of which shoe fits on which foot. Why shoes? They're important to the Pope, because his flock is diminishing. When he asked one of his Cardinals why, the Cardinal replied, "Oh, your most holy holiness, your flock is voting with its feet! Now the pope wants to ex-communicate all of the feet! To illustrate the current Pope's grasp of what is going on, a Rabbi wangled an audience for himself and his son, because the son had a project in school dealing with religious integration. The pope asked the boy from which diocese he came, and the boy responded that he did not have “any such connection because he is a Jew.” The pope asked him to repeat what he is, th boy responded three times “A Jew! A Jew! A Jew!” The pope stared for a moment, then said “Bless you!” three times followed by the advice to use a handkerchief when sneezing.

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Walter G.
Walter G5 years ago

All for this mess boils down to the pope, go talk to the pope about it! After your talk with the Pope, give us your estimate of his IQ and cognitive understanding of which shoe fits on which foot. Why shoes? They're important to the Pope, because his flock is diminishing. When he asked one of his Cardinals why, the Cardinal replied, "Oh, your most holy holiness, your flock is voting with its feet! Now the pope wants to ex-communicate all of the feet! To illustrate the current Pope's grasp of what is going on, a Rabbi wangled an audience for himself and his son, because the son had a project in school dealing with religious integration. The pope asked the boy from which diocese he came, and the boy responded that he did not have “any such connection because he is a Jew.” The pope asked him to repeat what he said he is, the boy responded three times “A Jew! A Jew! A Jew!” The pope stared for a moment, then said “Bless you!” three times followed by the advice to "use a handkerchief when sneezing."

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Gary D.
Gary DiNardo5 years ago

I don't know what was so inflammatory about my comment that it was removed.

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Judy M.
Judy mahaffey5 years ago

Read Agenda 21, your time on the planet earth is on a count down

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Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown5 years ago

Dewayne E.-If you are against abortion don't have one, but keep your neanderthal views off of the bodies of women.

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dewayne evans
dewayne evans5 years ago

If you cant control yourselves on sex than dont kill helpless babies,try having alittle moral values and stop just thinking of yourselves.

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dewayne evans
dewayne evans5 years ago

If you cant control yourselves on sex than dont kill helpless babies,try having alittle moral values and stop just thinking of yourselves.

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Pamela T.
Pamela Tracy5 years ago

There is an easy solution....get rid of people and churches and politicians trying to live peoples lives through their cadre of bad mediums in law enforcement .... since most people are psychic these mediums are causing our children to believe lies about their own families and to misbehave......i have been a victim of a medium that is in the FBI and CIA who harasses me because I was not who he said I was and because he lost against me in court and because i filed a complaint years ago with the FBI and CIA threatening to sue them and did send a civil rights complaint via email to themmmand have wirtten correspondence from them ignoring their purposeful misidentification of myself in 1994.....ADDITIONALLY PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS A DIFFERENCE OF NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN AND NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN WOMEN.....IT IS A FACT THAT THIS COUNTRY CONSIDERS A NATIVE AMERICAN ANYONE WHO IS SECOND GENERATION AMERICAN......ON THE OTHER HAND NATIVE AMERICAN INDIANS ARE SEPARATE FROM NATIVE AMERICANS...THIS IS A FACT I READ ABOUT A FACT NOT WIDELY KNOWN BUT IT WAS BROUGHT TO MY ATTENTION .......I DO BELIEVE THAT THE WAR ON WOMEN WILL GROW WORSE BECAUSE OUR YOUNG PEOPLE ARE CATERED TO BY THE MEDIUM CADRE IN THIS COUNTRY WHICH MISLEADS THEM ....THE MEDIUMS DO NICE THINGS FOR YOUNGSTERS AND THEN LATER THEY TURN ON THEM IF THEY DONT DO IN RETURN....I HAVE PROOF. BRAINWASHING OF PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY IS WORSE THAN EVER BEFORE.

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