Monthly Archives: July 2009

Glaringly Sexist Commercials

Inspired by: 8 TV Ads That Hate Women
By Cole Gamble February 11, 2009 333,642 views
http://www.cracked.com/article_17036_8-tv-ads-that-hate-women.html

Once women refuse to give in to this brainwashing – once we begin to refuse to use these products – when we turn off the TV- when we  refuse to wear the clothes or buy the magazines or don the make-up or dress the part  or play dumb we will begin to see a change. But not until WE put the brakes on.

The following  commercials will show you how we progressed  from our mothers tieing on their apron strings to us wearin G-stings just to keep a man happy without ever once being any more valuable or valued as more than slaves of one kind or another. The more things changed the more they stayed the same!

Liberated? Not hardly–  looks more to me like berated.

Used was bad enough — sexually abused  from birth to death is no step- up.

And today’s young ladies have no clue that they are disposable. They have been spoon fed this crap from birth as have their male counterparts. No wonder neither knows any boundries and thinks this is ok! IT’S NOT OK!

In this prize winner – Goodyear sells their tires to men by assuring them the tires are just what they need  to keep their idiot wife safe while she somehow gets around until he can take the wheel. 

In this romance promise her anything but be sure you give her a bauble- that always works! Nevermind the vows he is sure never to keep! 

Milk huh? I never new milk could help with Putting up w Men’s Shit – what do you do – drown the bastards in it?

Ahhhh – there it is the perfect little girl toys- keep them home save the jobs for the boys- after all jobs are getting scarce again so like after the war – send them home agin.

Now remember this? Suprisingly enough  we haven’t come that far have we?

Fly Maggie- We thought that was bad- Have you listened to the words of today’s rap- sung by the women themselves? I’m just not that innocent!

And these two – well they sound like they are not that innocent either- but what have we come to when we will say and do just about anything for a buck? How many little girls got that message  – we sure have come a long way baby from that original barbie commercial. We seem to have bent the tree completely to the breaking point and then we wonder how we got to where we are.

This was then -aaaaand now Barbie has a Tattoo, nose rings, navel and brow piercings. Yes we have come a long way baby and we haven’t learned a damned thing. 

And the best of them all. We have let our daughters down. We are so much smarter than this – we are the majority and yet here we sit. 50 years and what have we accomplished in advertising?  Free Speech extends to everyone else but us!  You would never see a minority used like this!

CRY

Free US Now  / The Majority United

Religion is one of the ‘basic causes’ of violations of women’s rights

By Jimmy Carter

Discrimination and abuse wrongly backed by doctrine are damaging society, argues the former US president.

“Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status …” (Article 2, Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28)

I have been a practising Christian all my life and a deacon and Bible teacher for many years. My faith is a source of strength and comfort to me, as religious beliefs are to hundreds of millions of people around the world.

So my decision to sever my ties with the Southern Baptist Convention, after six decades, was painful and difficult. It was, however, an unavoidable decision when the convention’s leaders, quoting a few carefully selected Bible verses and claiming that Eve was created second to Adam and was responsible for original sin, ordained that women must be “subservient” to their husbands and prohibited from serving as deacons, pastors or chaplains in the military service. This was in conflict with my belief – confirmed in the holy scriptures – that we are all equal in the eyes of God.

This view that women are somehow inferior to men is not restricted to one religion or belief. It is widespread. Women are prevented from playing a full and equal role in many faiths.

Nor, tragically, does its influence stop at the walls of the church, mosque, synagogue or temple. This discrimination, unjustifiably attributed to a Higher Authority, has provided a reason or excuse for the deprivation of women’s equal rights across the world for centuries. The male interpretations of religious texts and the way they interact with, and reinforce, traditional practices justify some of the most pervasive, persistent, flagrant and damaging examples of human rights abuses.

At their most repugnant, the belief that women must be subjugated to the wishes of men excuses slavery, violence, forced prostitution, genital mutilation and national laws that omit rape as a crime. But it also costs many millions of girls and women control over their own bodies and lives, and continues to deny them fair access to education, health, employment and influence within their own communities.

The impact of these religious beliefs touches every aspect of our lives. They help explain why in many countries boys are educated before girls; why girls are told when and whom they must marry; and why many face enormous and unacceptable risks in pregnancy and childbirth because their basic health needs are not met.

In some Islamic nations, women are restricted in their movements, punished for permitting the exposure of an arm or ankle, deprived of education, prohibited from driving a car or competing with men for a job. If a woman is raped, she is often most severely punished as the guilty party in the crime.

The same discriminatory thinking lies behind the continuing gender gap in pay and why there are still so few women in office in Britain and the United States. The root of this prejudice lies deep in our histories, but its impact is felt every day. It is not women and girls alone who suffer. It damages all of us. The evidence shows that investing in women and girls delivers major benefits for everyone in society. An educated woman has healthier children. She is more likely to send them to school. She earns more and invests what she earns in her family.

It is simply self-defeating for any community to discriminate against half its population. We need to challenge these self-serving and out-dated attitudes and practices – as we are seeing in Iran where women are at the forefront of the battle for democracy and freedom.

I understand, however, why many political leaders can be reluctant about stepping into this minefield. Religion, and tradition, are powerful and sensitive area to challenge.

But my fellow Elders and I, who come from many faiths and backgrounds, no longer need to worry about winning votes or avoiding controversy – and we are deeply committed to challenging injustice wherever we see it.

The Elders have decided to draw particular attention to the responsibility of religious and traditional leaders in ensuring equality and human rights. We have recently published a statement that declares: “The justification of discrimination against women and girls on grounds of religion or tradition, as if it were prescribed by a Higher Authority, is unacceptable.”

We are calling on all leaders to challenge and change the harmful teachings and practices, no matter how ingrained, which justify discrimination against women. We ask, in particular, that leaders of all religions have the courage to acknowledge and emphasise the positive messages of dignity and equality that all the world’s major faiths share.

Although not having training in religion or theology, I understand that the carefully selected verses found in the holy scriptures to justify the superiority of men owe more to time and place – and the determination of male leaders to hold onto their influence – than eternal truths. Similar Biblical excerpts could be found to support the approval of slavery and the timid acquiescence to oppressive rulers.

At the same time, I am also familiar with vivid descriptions in the same scriptures in which women are revered as pre-eminent leaders. During the years of the early Christian church women served as deacons, priests, bishops, apostles, teachers and prophets. It wasn’t until the fourth century that dominant Christian leaders, all men, twisted and distorted holy scriptures to perpetuate their ascendant positions within the religious hierarchy.

I know, too, that Billy Graham, one of the most widely respected and revered Christians during my lifetime, did not understand why women were prevented from being priests and preachers. He said: “Women preach all over the world. It doesn’t bother me from my study of the scriptures.”

The truth is that male religious leaders have had – and still have – an option to interpret holy teachings either to exalt or subjugate women. They have, for their own selfish ends, overwhelmingly chosen the latter.

Their continuing choice provides the foundation or justification for much of the pervasive persecution and abuse of women throughout the world. This is in clear violation not just of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights but also the teachings of Jesus Christ, the Apostle Paul, Moses and the prophets, Muhammad, and founders of other great religions – all of whom have called for proper and equitable treatment of all the children of God. It is time we had the courage to challenge these views.

Jimmy Carter was US president from 1977-81. The Elders are an independent group of eminent global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela, who offer their influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity.

This news appeared in: The Observer July 12 2009

More Information can be found on The Elders http://www.theelders.org/

“Religion and tradition are a great force for peace and progress around the world.

However, as Elders, we believe that the justification of discrimination against women and girls on grounds of religion or tradition, as if it were prescribed by a higher authority, is unacceptable.

We believe that women and girls share equal rights with men and boys in all aspects of life.

We call upon all leaders to promote and protect equal rights for women and girls.

We especially call on religious and traditional leaders to set an example and change all discriminatory practices within their own religions and traditions.

The Elders are fully committed to the realisation of equality and empowerment of all women and girls.”

The Elders, 2 July 2009.

Carolyn Maloney reintroduces ERA

Contributed by Jeff Imm R.E.A.L. http://www.RealCourage.org  

For the full text of the bill, click here.
For more information on the ERA, click here.
For MaloneyPress Release on the ERA, click here.

 A. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney holding press conference reintroducing Equal Rights Amendment for Women

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B. Attendees at Press Conference on Capitol Hill

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 C. Responsible for Equality And Liberty’s (R.E.A.L.) Jeffrey Imm Joins the Support for the E.R.A.!

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 D. From Quantico, Virginia – Rose Comes Out to Support the Reintroduction of the E.R.A.

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 Jeffrey Imm, Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.)
Email: realorg@earthlink.net
http://www.realcourage.org

 

NOW Hails Reintroduction of the Equal Rights Amendment

Statement of NOW President Terry O’Neill

July 21, 2009

The National Organization for Women welcomes the reintroduction of the Equal Rights Amendment and the renewal of a national dialogue regarding women’s equality. We applaud Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) for her dedication and commitment in working tirelessly to help women achieve constitutional equality.

Throughout the history of this country, women have faced systematic and purposeful discrimination. Women were conspicuously absent from the U.S. Constitution when it was drafted more than 200 years ago, and today, women still have no explicit legal guarantee of equal protection. While the 14th Amendment to the Constitution is commonly believed to be a source of protection for women, the amendment was not drafted to ensure legal protection from sex discrimination, and the 14th amendment does not provide women with sufficient legal remedies for sex discrimination. As such, we know the ERA must be ratified to ensure meaningful and lasting equality for all women.

Women have been and continue to be the disadvantaged subjects of a privileged male system. As a result, we face many more hurdles in the fight to attain consistent and non-prejudicial applications of justice in the legal system. The recent appointments of conservative judges throughout federal courts have compounded these difficulties.

We hope that progressive leaders will join NOW to begin in earnest an important dialogue among our elected representatives, legal scholars, women’s rights advocates, and the public. This national dialogue should seek to determine the many ways in which an application of an equal rights amendment can resolve sex-based discrimination — as it is much more than a problem of unequal pay and bias in hiring and promotion. In fact, the broadest possible application of this constitutional amendment is critically important as we go forward.

The National Organization for Women has a long and intimate history with the ERA, having mobilized one of the largest grassroots advocacy campaigns in history in support of ratification during the 1970’s and early 1980’s. We can and will undertake the same effort as we believe that the time is long overdue for a constitutional guarantee of equality between the sexes.

Only the Beginning

Contributed by: Mary in Texas

This is a local Texas story of a woman who was a Woman Airforce Service Pilot (WASP). I thought it was an uplifting story of what women have done and accomplish….those brave pioneers who “chose” to do the unconventional. Of course the sad part is for years they were unrecognized for their contributions.

A long overdo bill was signed last week and soon they will receive Congressional Gold Medals. We all should celebrate these brave women and salute them when they receive this long overdue recognition. Here’s the link to the article http://www.neighborsgo.com/stories/38907

 There was an additional footnote to the article which does not get picked up by this link…but it read: ” Only the Beginning” “Bretherick fell in love with more than the sky as a WASP. When an aircraft engineer asked Bretherick to test a plane, she resisted, because it was the end of her workday. But he insisted, throwing in a dinner date to the terms of the deal. So, she agreed, but not before blasting him with sod grass as he stood behind the aircraft. Her hard features soften for the first time as she remembers her husband of 50 years, and she says, ‘So that was the beginning.'” I love her spunk for “blasting him with sod grass”!

Note- this is not only long overdue- most of these women are no longer alive.