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Mari
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Stop Having Sex With Men Who Vote Against Your Best Interests



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Mari 's (1364)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 6:32 am

Stop Having Sex With Men Who Vote Against Women's Best Interests!!
 

Emma S. (227)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 6:38 am
Thanks, Mari. Lysistrata had it right...
 

Sharon W. (4)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 6:50 am
Stop having sex with guys in order to make them refrain from things you don´t want to?
So a woman´s main power instrument is withholding sex?
This is so disgusting, I need to take a shower.
 

Kit B. (276)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 6:52 am

I know many find the idea of a NO SEX strike to be amusing but here are (listed below) some more recent sex strikes and the results for women to actually achieve peace and cooperation with men.


Women have used sex strikes as a form of protest many times. Most recently, women in Togo called for a week-long sex strike in an effort to promote true democracy in their country. In Liberia, women held a sex strike to promote peace, and were major players in ending its civil war in 2003. Women in the Philippines recently held a successful sex strike to end fighting in their village. The sex strike in Togo is another example of the significance of sex strikes in relation to women’s empowerment.


Sex strikes have often led to favorable results for the nations in which they are held and have often achieved their intended objectives. In Liberia the civil war ended soon after the sex strike. Women’s role in ending the conflict was empowering to these women and lifted their status in Africa, especially when one of the women promoting peace, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, was elected president of Liberia – the first elected female president in Africa! Using a sex strike in Dado, Filipino women achieved their objectives of bringing peace to the village and reopening a road to the market, bolstering the local economy.

http://lipstickandpolitics.com/love-sex/sex-strikes-a-legitimate-form-of-protest
 

Kit B. (276)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 6:53 am

And....

Less than a year ago, women helped lead the reform movements that swept across Libya, Egypt, and Tunisia. But now that those uprisings have succeeded, and the world’s attention has shifted elsewhere, women are once again being shoved aside.
In that context, the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize earlier this month to three women activists, including two Africans, shouldn’t leave the impression that gender equality has arrived in Africa. If anything, the award should re-focus the world’s attention on how too many African countries continue to marginalize women — and how much they are hurting themselves in the process.

The women recognized by the prize — Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee of Liberia, and Tawakkul Karman of Yemen — have all made meaningful contributions to the homelands, Karman as a leading opposition figure and Sirleaf as the continent’s first democratically elected female president.


Gbowee, who helped end a long-running war in Liberia by organizing both Christian and Muslim women behind a peace movement, provides an especially inspiring example. The group she organized met to pray together at a fish market, and, memorably, threatened a sex strike on partners who were part of the warring sides. By staging additional protests in front of the Presidential Palace in Ghana, the venue of the peace talks in 2003, Gbowee and the group of women were able to bring the fourteen-year war to an end.

http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/blogs/the_angle/2011/10/despite_the_nob.html
 

Arielle S. (317)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 6:54 am
No, Sharon, what is disgusting is men making decisions FOR women about women's bodies. Men do not have to worry about unwanted pregnancies, women do. Therefore, if the only protection women have is to not have sex, then that may have to be the answer. That and getting more women who actually think for themselves into Congress...
 

Sharon W. (4)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 7:12 am
It may be effective, but the problem is that it ignores all the achievements of the feminist movement.
Yes, men making decisions about women´s bodies is absolutely disgusting. My point is: Sex strikes are sexist, or can you imagine men protesting that way? I can´t.
You can´t reject sexism but protest in a sexist fashion. My body is not my instrument of power over men, nor it is the only form of protest I can think of. And if yours is, I pity you.
 

Sharon W. (4)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 7:15 am
And if you are out of ideas for protest: Make huge banners and hang them in front of the Congress, organize a petition, send letters to your congresspeople, hell, throw stones at the damn congress building if you need to. But please don´t shit all over the feminist movement´s achievements.
 

Sue H. (7)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 11:58 am
My sentiments exactly! Except the men will just go to sex workers unless we can convince them to join the "boycott".
 

Kit B. (276)
Monday July 8, 2013, 6:18 am

Some do not have a clue about the feminist movement, achievements or the true power of women. Nor do they understand what a real protest is all about. Any one who actually reads about sex strikes, how they are used, when and the ultimate gains would understand that they work, they often have the greatest support from men, and have less to do with SEX than the goal of the strike.
 

Kit B. (276)
Monday July 8, 2013, 6:20 am

Now I see, a 26 year old is daring to tell those of who are the modern feminist movement about the work and achievements. I don't think so. By the way, Sharon - clean up your language.
 

Nyack Clancy (435)
Monday July 8, 2013, 6:33 am
Something to think about Sharon-

A woman's body IS her own- so is her own mind, and the ability to think creatively, and resourcefully. I think women do as much damage to each other, as the patriarchal society in which they live.

Now? Here you are, a woman, all up here, telling women how they MAY... or MAY NOT use their own bodies, and calling it somehow "feminist". You REALLY should re-think that.
 

Sharon W. (4)
Monday July 8, 2013, 1:37 pm
@Kit: Are you tring to use my age to discredit me? Way to go. And I will not clean up my language because when I use swear words, I usually mean them. And I as I am part of the feminist movement, I have every right to tell about the feminists´ work and achievements. The same way that OP has the right to request people to participate in a sex strike, I have the right to request people to not participate.
@Nyack: I am not telling anyone how to use or not use their body. What I am doing is expressing my views which, in this case, may be strong. Note that I speak out against this sexist way of protest, not against the people who have participated.
And I will express my view once more: A protest which uses the female body as an instrument of power is sexist. If you participate in such a protest, you are behaving in a sexist way. So if you want to do so, be aware of that. If you protest sexism in a sexist way, you are a hypocrite.
 

Mari 's (1364)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 4:33 am

You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last day.
 

Mari 's (1364)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 4:39 am
Sharon I read your view I just don't agree with anything you said, sorry.
 

Kit B. (276)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 1:21 pm

The feminist movement begins in 1848 and continues today. The battles we fought in the 60's are now coming around again. We had a strong sense of respect and appreciation for those who came before and were champions of the cause of freedom and equality for women.

Sharon you are criticized or two points, one that you are inherently rude, and two that Care2 does have rules of conduct that include language, no matter how you want to use the word. We are very well acquainted with expressive language, and we also fully understand the more subtle points of the use of SEX. I think you are deeply under water, and have no clue about what you ranting about.

Do not presume to tell any of us here about the cause of feminist rights, we each have worked to pave that road, as for the use of the word hypocrite - get a dictionary.

We each have a right to our views, you are no more right than any us. The difference is we do understand what this is about, clearly you do not. In 40 years, if you mature you may have very different thoughts.
 

Sharon W. (4)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 4:00 pm
Kit, will you only attack me personally, or will you actually present an argument for why I am wrong? I presented several in my comments above, and never insulted anyone personally, which is why I wonder: Why the hate?
I will come back here once more to check if someone made a valid point, or if you just rant and try to discredit me for my age, or my language, or something else that is not even close to the topic.
Oh and for the word hypocrite, I have kindly got a dictionary and am happy to teach you its meaning:
A person who engages in the same behaviors he condemns others for.
Example (made by me): Someone who tries to protest sexism by organizing a sexist protest.
 

Sharon W. (4)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 4:07 pm
@Mari S.: That is OK, no worries. I am happy to hear your opinion, and I would have been even happier if you included arguments, because I am sincerely astonished as to why such a protest is considered appropriate (and es, I have read about this kind of protest, yet I find it appallingly sexist). But as you don´t spew insults and just reiterate your opinion, I am happy.
 
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