Posts Tagged ‘Feminism’

What is Feminism?

August 14th, 2017 by admin

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Margaret Atwood said to a group on Facebook, “Tell me what you mean by that word [feminist] and then we can talk.” WMG producers of the radio show, “The Feminist Lens”  are frequently asked for a definition. Our definition always stresses the fact that feminists are not a monogamous group. We don’t always agree politically or culturally. There is a wide range of men and women who call themselves feminists.

Remember when that word was always pejorative? We recognize and respect the differences. Our definition has only one agreement: women’s right to control our bodies. We do not ask those whose religion or culture have commitments against contraception or abortions to abandon those commitments. We can work together on many women’s issues.

We emphasize women’s freedom, equality, and marginalization. We are against any attempts to block free speech, contraception, and abortion. WMG believes those policies issue death policies to women all over the world. These policies are pro-death, not pro-life. We at WMG come from religious, cultural, and educational backgrounds that accept free speech, contraception, and abortion.

Pussy Riot Jailed! Modern Witch Hunts From Russia to Rick Santorum

August 17th, 2012 by admin

The Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot, who stage politically provocative impromptu performances in Moscow on Russian political life, were arrested for “religious hatred” and “hooliganism” in March 2012 and on August 17, 2012, were handed their sentence of guilty with two years in prison.

You can follow live updates here.

A recent comment in the thread comes from New York based Human Rights Watch :


The charges and verdict against the Pussy Riot band members distort both the facts and the law…These women should never have been charged with a hate crime and should be released immediately.

Pussy Riot’s “stunt” consisted of taking over the altar in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior to sing a song protesting Putin and the authoritarian, patriarchal bent of the church. It was a guerrilla performance in Moscow’s main cathedral where they high-kicked and danced while singing a “punk prayer” pleading with the Virgin Mary to save Russia from Vladimir Putin, according to CBS News.

Lyrics include:

Virgin Mary, Mother of God, become a feminist,
Become a feminist, become a feminist,

The Church’s praise of rotten dictators
The cross-bearer procession of black limousines,

A teacher-preacher will meet you at school
Go to class – bring him money!

It’s also pretty obvious that the church and its authoritarian agents are using this opportunity to demonize free speech and women by describing Riot’s dance as “devilish” and accusing them of practicing Satanism.

…prosecutors and lawyers for religious people who where described as victims of the stunt said the women were motivated by religious hatred. The defendants were accused of committing “moral harm” and even of practicing Satanism.  ~NYT

I guess to put it simply, Pussy Riot hurt the Orthodox Churches’ feelings. The Slate blog states that:

Trying them for “religious hatred” appears to be nothing but a cover for trying them for displaying the insufficient fealty to the religious dogma of the Orthodox Church that their song protests. ~Slate

The Slate blog then transitions into Russian culture and how free speech and freedom of religion are handled in Russia and the US:

…we’re lucky to have an ironclad provision in our Constitution that protects not just speech, but also disallows the government to give favored status to religion. Without that protection, it’s easy to imagine the United States backsliding into these kind of religious witch trials pretty quickly, especially if the blasphemers were young women.

Let’s not get too cozy all wrapped up in our America flag however.  We need only look back a few months to the “debate” over contraception to see that Fundamentalists and religious leaders in general in this country, firmly take the reigns when it comes to policies focusing on women’s right to choose, access to basic contraception and women’s health in general.

Rick Santorum is running around claiming that health care reform is a “sin,” and he appears to believe that the First Amendment allows the church to dictate government policy that rules believers and nonbelievers alike.

Sounds like witch hunting to us.  Hunting that has been distilled to the crux of the whole issue–if you have a uterus, you’re a witch.

See the devilish cathedral performance HERE.

To hear the archived Feminist Lens program Witch-Hunts, Heresy and Human Rights click HERE.



The International Manifesto of Women

March 27th, 2011 by admin

The International Manifesto of Women

Drawn up by the International Woman Suffrage Alliance and
delivered to the British Foreign Office, August 7, 1914

WE, the women of the world, view with apprehension and dismay the present situation in Europe which threatens to involve one continent, if not the whole world, in the disasters and horrors of war.

WE, realizing our responsibilities as the mothers of the race, cannot stand passively by.  Powerless though we are politically,

WE, call upon the Governments and Powers of our several countries to avert this threatened unparalleled disaster.

WE, find ourselves on the brink of the almost unbearable position of seeing all that we most reverence and treasure, the home, the family, the race, subjected not merely to risks, but to certain and extensive damage which we are powerless to avert.  Whatever its result the conflict will leave mankind the poorer and will set back civilization.

WE, the women of twenty‑six countries, having banded ourselves together in the International Women’s Suffrage Alliance appeal to you to leave untried no method of conciliation or arbitration for arranging international differences which may help to avert deluging half the civilized world in blood.