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“Many women are shut out and silenced” – Salon.com

If you’re a woman, take a moment and think about what your life could be like in a few short months. If you’re a man with a woman in your life (which should be all of you), take a moment and think about what your life could be like in a few short month.

“During this campaign, we’ve heard about the two profoundly different futures that could await women—and how one of those futures looks like an offensive, obsolete relic of our past. Warnings of that future are not distractions. They’re not imagined. That future could be real.” via “Many women are shut out and silenced” – Salon.com.

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Why Paul Ryan is not ‘bad’ for women – CNN.com

There is a lot going on in this op-ed, and I’m not going to comment on all of it. You can read for yourself why the author, Anita McBride, thinks Ryan is “not bad for women.” I mostly want to emphasize one point – the GOP and conservative media keep saying that this election is not about “social issues” it’s about the economy. They say it’s not about women, or abortion, or homosexuality and same-sex marriage. It’s not about race, or minorities, or immigration.

In reality, of course, this election is about both the economy and social issues. Why do we try to sub-divide and put everything in little boxes? These things are linked, they do not exist in a vacuum. I know it’s difficult to see shades of gray and to think critically and with nuance (especially when states like Texas and Missouri are trying to give students the right to opt out of learning critical thinking skills or subjects that challenge their beliefs). Come on people, study your history. In times of economic strife, women and minorities are always, always the first to suffer. Read Anita McBride’s article here: Why Paul Ryan is not ‘bad’ for women – CNN.com.

Eve Ensler: Dear Mr. Akin, I Want You to Imagine…

I believe in the power of an individual’s story. Rape is rape.

“Dear Todd Akin,

I am writing to you tonight about rape. It is 2 AM and I am unable to sleep here in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I am in Bukavu at the City of Joy to serve and support and work with hundreds, thousands of women who have been raped and violated and tortured from this ceaseless war for minerals fought on their bodies.

I am in Congo but I could be writing this from anywhere in the United States, South Africa, Britain, Egypt, India, Philippines, most college campuses in America. I could be writing from any city or town or village where over half a billion women on the planet are raped in their lifetime.

Mr. Akin, your words have kept me awake.” Read more here: Eve Ensler: Dear Mr. Akin, I Want You to Imagine….

Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment: Not a misstatement, but a worldview.

“The sexism is outrageous, but it’s the stupidity that really burns. It takes a lot of work for a member of the House science committee to cultivate an ignorance of science as profound as Todd Akin’s. It’s not accidental and it’s not incidental to his worldview—his belief system requires a rejection of science.

The thing about science, as Neil DeGrasse-Tyson says, is that it’s true whether you believe it or not. And the truth is that biology does not give a goddamn how sperm meets egg, whether it’s within the bounds of a sanctified marriage, in a test tube, or after a rape.”

Additionally, Missouri’s “Right to Pray” amendment does what Texas lawmakers have been trying to do – make it possible for kids to opt out of classes that conflict with their beliefs. Read more: Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment: Not a misstatement, but a worldview..

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