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SFS14 Workshop Recap: “Beyond Yes Means Yes: The Law, Activism, and Practice of Consent”

I missed this session at Woodhull SFS because I was in another session, but I was RTing like crazy b/c of all the amazingness @neuronbomb was pushing out. I apparently missed much awesomeness.

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Two-people-talking-logoMissed the Sexual Freedom Summit by @WoodhullSFA this past weekend? Fear not! I’ll be recapping some of the sessions I attended. First up: “Beyond Yes Means Yes: The Law, Activism, and Practice of Consent” by Andy Izenson (@andyeyeballs).

Overall, I want to commend Andy for a wonderful session. He managed to strike a good balance between hilariously personable and serious, all while providing useful information and having us directly practice some of the concepts through engaging activities (AND giving space to not participate for those who hate activities and/or may be triggered by ones specific around consent). I’m a pretty harsh critic when it comes to judging presentations, and I had a lovely time.

While I don’t think everyone left the session with the same delicious taste in their mouth (especially not the cisgender white man who probably felt attacked when he mentioned that a way for people, and…

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UPDATED: WTF OTD: FB Post Teaches Men How to Rape Children; FB Won’t Remove IT

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This piece is part of a daily “What the Fuck of the Day” series here on Antigone Awakens, where I briefly discuss one thing each day that has me seriously saying, WTF?!?!

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UPDATE:

Shortly after publishing this post to Twitter and Facebook, I received the following notification from Facebook:

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It looks like Facebook finally had a live human review the post I reported (only after I sent a not-quite-so-politely worded response to their original denial of my request) and have removed the post in question.

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Readers, I can’t even explain to you the rage I am feeling right now at this situation. A fellow twitter user (@blackdove) pointed this out to meet last night.  It is a post on Facebook from a user known as Ukachukwu Anokuru.

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On September 10th, in response to the death of an eight year old child on her wedding night in Yemen due to injuries she sustained when her 40-year-old husband raped her, THIS was what he posted:

yes we all vent anger and frustration no doubt,that’s ok.But we must realise that we still cannot stop this practice.In order to save the lives of future victims,we should educate the men on how to do it.If that Yemeni child husband had rubbed his limp penis(I don’t know if it’s the same with uncircumcised men)up and down the little girls vagina,he would have ejaculated within 15-20 seconds.Wipe her clean with tissue or clean cloth she wears back her panties and runs along to play,she would certainly have been alife today,safe,healthy, all forgotten.Nature permits this than Obama’s man marry man legality.I am talking from experience,I am not a hypocrite.Child sex,if done well is even safer and sweeter than adult sex.No injury,no pregnancy,nothing.The Yemeni bride was not ready for penetration and her husband must be arrested for murder.He is a mad man.How can he seek to enter a child sexually,instead of standing up the moment he notices that he has become erect.

After reading the link, and breathing for a few minutes to keep myself from vomiting or throwing my Macbook, I started going through Facebook’s reporting process. The first thing I noticed is that Facebook has absolutely NO mechanism for reporting sexual violence. You can either report something for violence, for which there is no option for reporting sexual violence:

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Or you can report something as sexually explicit:

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I attempted to report the post under the only option under which it fell (sexually explicit content), and received the following message from Facebook:

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RAGE. Unbridled rage.

Facebook gave me an option to comment on their refusal to remove the post, in which I may or may let have let a few choice words come out to play in explaining why a freaking BOT should never review these complaints. (Because I am POSITIVE that had a live person reviewed my complaint, this post would have been removed IMMEDIATELY).

So what can you do? You can go to Ukachukwu Anokuru’s page and report that disgutingly vile post in hopes that enough reports will force them to review it manually.

I’ve also created a Change.org petition asking Facebook to add a sexual violence option to their abuse reporting feature, and to hire more staff to review reports, so if you’re in the mood to do more, please sign that, as well.

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© Heather Parker and Antigone Awakens, 2012-2013.

61 Days Left: Where are the Crisis Pregnancy Centers in Texas? [MAP]

Wondering where all the #CPCs are in TX? Here’s a handy map of them.

In Texas and other states, anti-choice activists will try and trick women seeking abortion care into carrying their pregnancies to term. To do this, they often lead them to a fake clinic called a Crisis Pregnancy Center (CPC).

CPCs are funded primarily through anti-choice license plates sold by the State of Texas, but some have even received federal funding as of July, 2006. These places often offer pregnancy tests on site, and if the test comes out positive, they will use coercive and deceptive tactics to convince women to continue the pregnancy rather than discussing all options. They typically oppose the use of birth control and condoms, give false information about the effectiveness of those methods, and will preach that abstinence is the best option even for someone who is already pregnant. Most Crisis Pregnancy Centers are religiously affiliated and are operated by massive anti-choice organizations like Care Net

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WTF OTD: Rapist Gets Only 31 DAYS in Jail???!?!?

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This piece is part of a daily “What the Fuck of the Day” series here on Antigone Awakens, where I briefly discuss one thing each day that has me seriously saying, WTF?!?!

Today’s WTF OTD comes to you from Yellowstone County. Montana, where this man:

enhanced-buzz-7092-1377640981-13Stacey Rambold, a 54 year old former high school teacher was sentenced to just 31 days (yes thirty-one DAYS) for repeatedly raping a 14-year-old student. This same student later committed suicide just weeks before her 17th birthday.

Want even more shocking details from this story? Apparently Mr. Rambold could have avoided sentencing COMPLETELY if he completed a sex offender treatment program and agreed to other conditions. Yes, dear readers, you read that correctly. A 50+ year old man had sex with a FOURTEEN YEAR OLD student REPEATEDLY and could have received ZERO jail time had he simply completed a sex offender treatment program and stayed away from minors.

Read that again. A RAPIST could have avoided prosecution for his crimes simply be completing a sex offender treatment program? WTF?!

Moving on.

So what did he do to warrant this “terrible” punishment of 31 days in prison (with one day credited for time already served)? He skipped out on his treatment program and began spending time, unsupervised, with minors!

And instead of of agreeing with the prosecution’s request of a twenty year sentence, with a minimum of serving ten, the judge determined that the fact that Mr. Rambold had lost his teaching career, his marriage (the poor man!), and his home, had received an internet scarlet letter because of the publicity about the case, and (I’m not even joking here folks) that his victim “was older than her chronological age” (read: the slut must have been asking for it), the judge decided that leniency for this statutory rapist was in order, and gave him a mere 31 day sentence.

This might be my biggest WTF OTD yet.

Till next time,

– H

If you found this post informative, or educational, witty, etc., you can click on the subscribe button just a few inches up and to your right to receive updates when I post on new womensy topics (you can unsubscribe at any time – I promise I won’t be offended). If you feel so inclined, you can also click the Donate button to help support the work I’m doing and keep me fighting the patriarchy. Thanks!

© Heather Parker and Antigone Awakens, 2012-2013.

WTF OTD: Missing History Class is Problematic

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This piece is part of a daily “What the Fuck of the Day” series here on Antigone Awakens, where I briefly discuss one thing each day that has me seriously saying, WTF?!?!

Good afternoon, lovely readers. My apologies for not visiting you in forever, but the non-digital world has been taking up quite a bit of my time as of late. I promise to try and get back to a more regular blogging schedule sometime soon. My goal is to get back to at least one “regular” blog per week, and my regular once a day WTF OTD by September, so be looking for those.

In the meantime, here’s today WTF OTD:

I found this “lovely” gem on Facebook, which is a treasure trove of the worst of the worst of antichoice vomit-inducing vitriol (it’s amazing what they say when they thing you’re not looking). This morning (before I had my coffee, I might add), I came across this picture, pointed out to me by a friend:

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Photo credit Jonathan O’Toole and Christian Gallery

Now, just take a moment to let that picture sink in. Because my immediate reaction was the standard WTF??? But then I actually took a moment to LOOK at it. And then my reaction became a WTF?!?!?!?!?!??!!?

I’m going to try not to delve to deeply into the fact that this isn’t even a relatively close depiction of member of ANY Native American tribe (and actually seems to be rather gender amorphous – I mean, good for antis if that’s what they were going for, but somehow I doubt they really believe that not all persons who give birth are women).

Instead, I’m going to focus on the fact that, once again, they named a woman a PLACE. A woman’s body is not a fucking location. You cannot find my uterus on google maps, thank you very much.

I’m also going to focus on the fact that they’ve chosen to put a GIGANTIC undeveloped fetus –  covered with a Davey Crocket hat and armed with a non-period correct firearm – INSIDE the body of a supposedly Native American pregnant person. And then proceed to tell us that this arrangement is meant to be symbolic because settlers were “unjustly” attacked by those “savage Indians,” just like fetuses are “unjustly” attacked by their “savage” mothers and doctors during abortions.  W.T.F.

[Excuse my while I go laugh and then vomit]

Okay, I’m back.

What these antis don’t seem to realize is that neither the settlers NOR fetuses actually had/have a right to be where they were/are. Settlers were STEALING lands from Native American peoples, and fetuses are NOT persons – they do NOT have the right (NO ONE does) to use a pregnant persons body without that person’s permission. Just as Native American peoples had every right to tell the settlers to get the fuck back to where they came from and to protect their lands with force*, so, too, do pregnant persons have every right to terminate a pregnancy they do not wish to carry to term.

It really IS that simple.

Till next time,

– H

* Can I also just point out the utter laughability of the idea that Native Americans were behind the worst of the atrocities during that time period. A cursory reading of any introductory history text will show that while certain tribes did commit violence against settlers, the vast VAST VAST amount of violence was committed against Native Americans by settlers and by the US government. So, yeah…STFU antis.

If you found this post informative, or educational, witty, etc., you can click on the subscribe button just a few inches up and to your right to receive updates when I post on new womensy topics (you can unsubscribe at any time – I promise I won’t be offended). If you feel so inclined, you can also click the Donate button to help support the work I’m doing and keep me fighting the patriarchy. Thanks!

© Heather Parker and Antigone Awakens, 2012-2013.

Safe Abortion in Nepal

Amazing to hear how ACCESS to SAFE ABORTION CARE has nearly halved Nepal’s maternal mortality rate. It’s a lesson that many countries should take to heart.

Kumari: A Feminist

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Whenever I represent Nepal as youth delegate in any conferences or workshops I always share the great achievement Nepal’s government made in Women’s Health i.e. legalizing Abortion. For many years, women in Nepal had experienced strictest abortion laws in the world. Do you know once in Nepal to end unwanted pregnancies, women endured illegal and unsafe abortions and sentenced lengthy prison for abortion-related “CRIMES.” At that time Nepal had one of the highest maternal mortality rates in Asia and there were more visits in health facilities for abortion related complications.

Well Nepal government then made a remarkable change in law by legalizing abortion and offering abortion services in public hospitals in 2002. Three cheers for this as women got safe choice to end unintended pregnancies in safe sites. The law has enabled women’s rights to control over and decide on their unintended pregnancies.

Abortion http://www.asap-asia.org/country-profile-nepal.html is legal in Nepal on…

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