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YesAllWomen: Rebecca Solnit on the Santa Barbara Massacre & Viral Response to Misogynist Violence

This world’s view on women will not change until our leaders think or are female and male feminists.
Santa Barbara is grieving after a 22-year-old man killed six college students just after posting a misogynistic video online vowing to take his revenge on women for sexually rejecting him. The massacre prompted an unprecedented reaction online with tens of thousands of women joining together to tell their stories of sexual violence, harassment and intimidation. By Sunday, the hashtag #YesAllWomen had gone viral. In speaking out, women were placing the shooting inside a broader context of misogynist violence that often goes ignored. In her new book, “Men Explain Things to Me,” author and historian Rebecca Solnit tackles this issue and many others. “We have an abundance of rape and violence against women in this country and on this Earth, though it’s almost never treated as a civil rights or human rights issue, or a crisis, or even a pattern,” Solnit says. “Violence doesn’t have a race, a class, a religion, or a nationality, but it does have a gender.”

Source: http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/27/yesallwomen_rebecca_solnit_on_the_santa

As I listened to this man and his reasoning for killing, I automatically sensed how he felt entitlement as a male to women (their bodies). This is from culture, religion and/or the way boys are taught at a young age so seek women for pleasure, in which they should submit themselves to.

Now, not all men think this way. There are a large number of men who respect, love and appreciate what a woman has to offer in an equally distributed relationship whether it be strictly sexual or mental.

But, there are most men who feel women are here to serve their sexual needs. Sexism is real and rapes happen everyday. Voices of women are not to be shunned because she may have been drunk, dressed a certain way, knew her rapist or even had a relationship with in the past. No means No!

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After Tufts Found to Violate Title IX, How Student Rape Survivors Are Leading Movement for Reform

Wagatwe Wanjuki filed a complaint at Tufts University in 2008 after two years of rape and abuse by an ex-partner who was also a Tufts student, but the university did not take action, and later expelled her. This week, the U.S. Department of Education found Tufts to be in violation of the federal Title IX law, saying the school has mishandled complaints of sexual assault and harassment. Now an organizer with the “Know Your IX” campaign and a contributor at the blog Feministing, Wanjuki stood with Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday as he unveiled the administration’s new guidelines for handling sexual assault cases in schools. We also speak with Lena Sclove, a Brown University student who is speaking out about her sexual assault and campus policies.

Via @ http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/1/after_tufts_found_to_violate_title

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Issues w| military sexual assualt – How It Is pushed under the rug

Reports via democracynow.org

The Senate is poised to vote soon to make sweeping changes in the way the military handles complaints of sexual assault. Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York has said 46 senators — 38 Democrats and eight Republicans — support her proposal to remove the power to decide whether to try sexual assault cases from the military chain of command and put it in the hands of an independent military prosecutor. Last week, the Pentagon revealed that sexual assault in the military increased by 46 percent in the past fiscal year. In total, more than 3,500 sexual assaults were reported from last October through June, compared to roughly 2,400 over the same period the previous year. Pentagon officials claim the spike shows more victims are coming forward. But sexual assaults are still dramatically underreported in military ranks; a recent survey estimated 26,000 people were sexually assaulted in 2011 alone. We are joined by Amy Ziering, producer of the Oscar-nominated film “The Invisible War,” which interviews veterans from multiple branches of the U.S. military about their experience of being assaulted.

IN SUCH A WORLD WHERE MALE DOMINANCY, MATRIACRHY IS PART OF MANKIND AND HAS MOLDED OUR PRESENT DAY. WOMEN ARE SEXUALLY ABUSED EVERY DAY, AND OUR MILITARY KEEPS THESE ASSAULTS SECRET WITH NO OR LITTLE PUNISHEMENT TO THE MEN WHO COMMIT THESE SEX CRIMES. WHAT DOES THAT SAY ABOUT OUR GOVERNMENT, ABOUT OUR WORLD, ABOUT WHAT MEN REALLY THINK OF WOMEN…?

IT SAYS THAT WE ARE LOOKED AT AS JUST VESSELS FOR THE PLEASING OF MALES. THERE IS AN ISSUE WITH WHAT IS BEING TAUGHT TO YOUNG BOYS AND MEN. THEY THINK WHEN A WOMAN SAYS NO, IT HOLDS NO STANCE WHEN IN THE PLACE OF TAUGHT MALE SEXUAL SUPREMACY.

I STAND W| MY FELLOW WOMEN WHEN I SAY NO! YOU MAY NOT HAVE ME, YOU MAY NOT TAKE ME, YOU MAY NOT ROB ME.

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India: 4 Sentenced to Death for Fatal Gang Rape That Ignited Protests

India: 4 Sentenced to Death for Fatal Gang Rape That Ignited Protests

The horrific gang rape that killed 23 year old Indian physical therapy student Jyoti Singh Pandey last December created an international uproar.

In the past, men treated women as open game, rapes were normal and the police and courts never did much to combat them. But after Jyoti’s death, tens of thousands took to the streets nationwide to demand the death penalty for the perpetrators.

On the evening of Dec. 16, Jyoti and her 28-year-old boyfriend had gone to a movie and then boarded a bus that was not part of a scheduled service. The driver and five men, who pretended to be passengers, beat the student’s boyfriend unconscious. Then they dragged the woman to the rear bench of the moving bus and attacked her, one after another. Later they threw the couple, naked and unconscious, onto the side of a highway, where 40 minutes passed before they were found by passerby.

A judge in India has sentenced four men to death by hanging for the fatal gang rape of a woman on a New Delhi bus that ignited mass anti-rape protests in December. The family of the victim, Jyoti Singh Pandey, was among those demanding the death penalty. The sentence must still be approved by India’s high court.

Not only in India, but across the world, men feel they have some sort of control over a woman. Whether it be her body and/or her mind. Human’s started off with the giving of a young woman to be a man’s vessel for child bearing, his sexual slave, his personal cook and cleaner, his property.

This has been the downfall of man in my opinion. This has been the root of man looking to our God(s) as Him/He, not She/Her. Woman gives life, she is GOD. When we understand the interlining links to this patriarchal system of dominancy, we will have richer societies.